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- 8 / 17 / 1815 Satonuku "Tode" Sakugawa (passed away …)
- 8 / 17 / 1974 Kung Fu FightingReleased at the height of the first martial arts movie boom, the song Kung Fu Fighting by Jamaican-born Carl Douglas enters the UK Singles Chart at #42. It reaches the top on September 21 and remains there for three weeks. On October 12, the song is released in the U.S., where, on December 7, it reaches the #1 position on both the Pop and the Soul Singles charts. The single would eventually go on to sell 11-million records worldwide and win the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Selling Single.
- 8 / 17 / 2012 The Expendables 2The Expendables 2, Sylvester Stallones sequel to his 2010 box-office hit, debuts in theaters and ultimately earns $312.5 million worldwide. It cost $100 million to make. The mega-action movie features an ensemble cast, with more martial arts stars in one filmsix of themthan ever before. Reprising their roles from the first film are Jason Statham, Randy Couture, Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren, with Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme added to the sequels cast. Reportedly, at Norris urging, the script was purged of all foul language and the film consequently received a PG rating, making it viewable to a much larger audience.
- 8/17/1961 Dale Robinson
- 8/17/1940 Rudy Timmerman
- 8/17/1947 Al Gagne
- 8/17/1964 Donald Weidendorf
- 8/17/1952 Mar deLeon
- 8/17/1952 Thomas Mitose
- 8/17/1966 Tom Bloom
- 8/17/1973 Daniel Crowson
- 8/17/1979 Vanessa Bush
- 8/17/1988 Nathan Crowder
- 8/17/1961 George Adams
- 8/17/1961 Victor Matos
- 8/17/1990 Vlad Davydov
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- 8/17/2018 Think about this:
I can tell you, straight up, I don't know what martial arts mastery is. I have my own ideas about it, of course, but could I write the definitive "Book of Martial Arts Mastery?" No, not yet; maybe never.
What It is Not
In my view of martial arts mastery, which is a collection of beliefs I have garnered from people, in and out of "the martial arts," who I recognize to be driven by ideas and beliefs that, to me, look like the kind of "mastery" I would like to have myself, there are a number of things I can think of that DO NOT reflect the mindset or behaviors of "A Master."
Hate. I do not believe that a true "master," as in the kind of master I seek to be, is driven, motivated, compelled, or fueled by hate or any of its cousins.
Anger. "Anger is an acid that does more harm to the vessel it is contained in, than it does to anything it is poured over." I do not believe that a master holds on to her anger for very long --or uses it to find peace or to help others.
I would add the 7 deadly sins to the list; they are wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.
I'm sure we could all think of some other things a master is not.
Your Definition and Idea of Mastery, I Think, Has Everything to Do With the Company You Keep
If you hang out with, Oh say, Thich Nhat Hanh, you're idea of mastery might be considerably different than if you hung out with Rush Limbaugh, yes? If you associate with people whose idea of supreme martial arts mastery is multi-school ownership and 5000 students, you're going to have a much different idea of what mastery is --and/or isn't --than if you hung out with Tom Callos.
If your teacher is 75 pounds overweight and does not pay one iota of attention to his diet, you might have a different idea of how a master carries him/herself. If your teacher and/or your "village" of teachers emphasize education, or combat readiness, or competition, or "tradition" ---all of these things might have an affect on how you view the idea of mastery.
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