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  • Stockton man uses UFC moves to restrain carjacking suspect

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    A colleague of mine, Todd Warner, found this article.

    Stockton man uses UFC moves to restrain carjacking suspect (video at external link)

    STOCKTON, CA – Abel Simmons has been a huge fan of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for years. But never did he imagine that he would be using the moves to defend himself or his family from a carjacking suspect.

    Simmons, 29, was able to stop and hold down his attacker until police came.

    Simmons says his family was pulling up to their home on E. Jefferson Street Saturday night. They had just returned from watching a UFC fight.

    They were in the driveway when a man came up and started pounding on the back window of their SUV. Then, the man tried opening the back door where Simmon’s sons – a newborn and a 2 year old – were sleeping. Fortunately, the door was locked.

    Simmons, who was sitting in the passenger seat, jumped out out and tried to stop the man. His wife, who was driving, called 911.

    The guy punched Simmons in the face. That was when Simmons tried several mixed martial arts moves. He wasn’t able to restrain the assailant right away.

    “I just snatched his legs and took him down. I had just put him in an arm bar, he slipped right out of it. So then I got him in a rear naked choke and started rolling and squirming around. He got out of that as well,” said Simmons.

    But the last move he tried worked.

    “I had him in a guillotine choke. And he wasn’t getting out of that. I had that lock really tight,” said Simmons. “I just held him in place and said, ‘Well, guess you are going to jail tonight buddy.'”

    A neighbor came out to help, but he didn’t’ have to do much because Simmons had the man in a compromising position.

    “It’s impressive,” said the neighbor. “He just had him in like a chokehold, had him really good, really tight.”

    Simmons held the man until police arrived several minutes later. According to police, the man fought with officers before being taken into custody.

    The suspect, 32-year-old Shron Antoine Jones is now behind bars, booked on attempted carjacking, battery and resisting arrest.

  • Martial artist Jim Kelly, known for ‘Enter the Dragon’ role, dies

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    Wing Chun man, Mike Petrovich sent this in.   Thanks Mike.

    Martial artist Jim Kelly, known for ‘Enter the Dragon’ role, dies

    SAN DIEGO — Actor Jim Kelly, who played a glib American martial artist in “Enter the Dragon” with Bruce Lee, has died. He was 67.

    Marilyn Dishman, Kelly’s ex-wife, said he died Saturday of cancer at his home in San Diego.

    Sporting an Afro hairstyle and sideburns, Kelly made a splash with his one-liners and fight scenes in the 1973 martial arts classic. His later films included “Three the Hard Way,” ”Black Belt Jones” and “Black Samurai.”

    During a 2010 interview with salon.com, Kelly said he started studying martial arts in 1964 in Kentucky and later moved to California where he earned a black belt in karate. He said he set his sights on becoming an actor after winning karate tournaments. He also played college football.

    The role in the Bruce Lee film was his second. He had about a dozen film roles in the 1970s before his acting work tapered off. In recent years, he drew lines of autograph seekers at comic book conventions.

    “It was one of the best experiences in my life,” he told salon.com of working on “Enter the Dragon.” ”Bruce was just incredible, absolutely fantastic. I learned so much from working with him. I probably enjoyed working with Bruce more than anyone else I’d ever worked with in movies because we were both martial artists. And he was a great, great martial artist. It was very good.”

  • Maximum Conviction on Netflix ‘Watch Instantly’

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    Maximum Conviction (2012) available to watch on Netflix ‘Watch Instantly’

    “When former black ops operative Cross (Steven Seagal) and his partner Manning (Steve Austin) are assigned to decommission an old prison, they must oversee the arrival of two mysterious female prisoners. Before long, an elite force of mercenaries assault the prison in search of the new arrivals. As the true identities of the women are revealed, Cross realizes he’s caught in the middle of something far bigger than he had imagined.”

    1:08 Gooseneck come-along

    There are a few decent fight scenes scattered through the film.

    Bren Foster who appeared in Fight Science has a nice looking fight near the end that you might mistake for Muay Thai or Kyokushin-kaikan of it was not for all of the Tae Kwon Do sounds he makes when kicking.

    No sex or nudity, but a few F-bombs.

  • The effects of an “electronic media epidemic” and a possible solution

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    Research implies that on average, 730 minutes per day (12 hours & 10 minutes daily) are spent by kids with electronic media like TV/movies, music/audio, video games & computers (including music, texting & games on smartphones).

    That comes to roughly 4,428 hours of electronic media use per year.  In the United States, the average number of hours of school instruction per year is 997.

    1,456 hours per year are spent by the average child just watching TV, which is like spending the waking hours of 91 days watching TV

    It has been observed for years that kids now spend far less time outside or doing physical activities than they do inside playing video games, watching TV and the like.

    In our system of Kajukenbo, it only takes an average of 800 hours of “exercise” to get a 1st degree Black belt.

    Maybe parents should think about these things considering the growing trend of obesity in this country – in both children and adults.

    Some other tips-

    Allow your kids only 1 or 2 hours of “quality” TV or videos per day
    Children under the age of 2 should not watch TV – stop using the television as a babysitter.
    Do not allow a TV in your child’s room
    Do not allow your child to be in sight of a TV while doing homework

  • Sam Harris on chi/ki powers and similar martial arts delusions

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    My “brother from another mother” & Daito-Ryu black belt, Sensei John Rentschler found this interesting article the other day.

    Religious implications aside, it is a very interesting & highly recommended read.

    Skeptic and Rationalist, Sam Harris, is also a Martial Artist. He shared some of his thoughts on the arts, knife fighting, and a certain Japanese Ki “Master” getting punched in the face, in an interview for The Atlantic.

    On knife fighting:  The reality of a knife attack is that even if you stop 50% of the thrusts and slashes, you will be taking damage with every other move. And getting cut with a knife of any size is physiologically horrible in a way that few people realize. It is arguably worse than getting shot.

    On self defense:  Once you go down the rabbit-hole and admit that certain self-defense skills are worth having, you discover that it can be immensely fun to acquire them. The reality of what you’re learning is pretty grim when you look at its possible application in the real world, and a person can certainly become slightly aberrated by spending too much time thinking about violence. But there’s nothing morbid about training in the martial arts–or even with guns, knives, and other weapons.

    The “ki master” demonstrating his B.S. with someone who is NOT as delusional as he is:

     The original article in “The Atlantic”