The kata is an individual style-element which follows a set ground-pattern and a series of principal forms as representation of a real fight against 4 or more imaginary opponents. Important points during the performance of a kata, besides correct techniques, are rhythm, relaxation and breathing.
I used to do Karate for quite a while, mrsmule has recently lit a long extinguished flame under my ass since she has taken up the sport at work. We can now occasionally be seen practising Katas in the front room.
Trying to remember the moves is slow and painful, so I was most please to find this site with all 26 Shotokan Kata’s in .MOV (quicktime) format.
Shotokan Karate Centrum Amsterdam
Tel. +31(0)20-7706501 / 6182342
1001 LA Amsterdam
Dojo: Palmstraat 13 Amsterdam
I remember watching Superman when I was a little kid. Having dreams that I too could fly and fight evil.
I’m very sad to see Chris go. He was a true inspiration, in and out of tights.
Great way to waste a few hours
So after being slightly nostalgic about old 70s weather presenters, I was reminded of this great clip from ITVs ‘Rainbow’ Kids T.V program… and if you thought Dick n Dom was a bit risque, you wanna hear these guys go at it.
Zippy was of course the badboy role model for all kids my age.. but it never seemed like they were being rude at the time.
Rod (to Jane): “Do you want to blow on my pipe while I’m twanging away?”
Jane: “Oh no Rod, I was blowing a lot with Roger last night. But would you like to play with my maracas?”
Zippy: “No, let’s just pluck away with our twangers.”
Bungle: “Yes, it doesn’t matter what size your twanger is.”
Zippy: “I’ve got a big red one.”
George: “I’ve only got a tiny twanger. But it works well and I like to play with it.”
Geoffrey (to viewers): “Well, have you got your twangers out? And remember, you can bounce your balls at the same time. If you haven’t got any balls, ask a friend if you can play with his.
French university students have some fun with inexpensive stop motion.
foiund via boing-boing
BRITAIN’S longest-serving TV weatherman Michael Fish retires today after 30 years.
Michael Fish’s broadcasting career began in 1971 when he started forecasting for BBC Radio and in January 1974 he became part of BBC Television’s weather team.
I think Mr Fish is a star!.. all through my childhood he read the forecast and up to recently when I can really appreciate his skills as perhaps one of the best TV weather persons out there.
The moustachioed presenter is best known for his notorious gaffe ahead of the Great Storm of 1987 – the worst in 300 years.
In the infamous broadcast the weatherman told viewers: “Earlier on today apparently a lady rang the BBC and said she heard that there was a hurricane on the way. Well, don’t worry if you’re watching, there isn’t.”