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Anatomy of Martial Arts Facebook Giveaway

The Anatomy of Martial Arts, the book I co-wrote with Norman Link last year, is now in its second printing. In celebration, we’re giving away a copy on Facebook. The contest begins on Friday, March 16, and ends at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time on Friday, March 30, 2012.

To enter the contest:
1. Like The Anatomy of Martial Arts Facebook page.
2. Post a comment/question under one of the book giveaway statuses throughout the month.
3. One entry per person per day. That’s it!

One winner from the contest will be chosen at random from all eligible entries. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The winner will be notified by April 2, 2012; s/he will have 48 hours to respond to claim the prize. Prizes are not transferable and cannot be redeemed for any cash value or credit.

Good luck!

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Win This Book

In the interest of furthering everyone’s education, Ulysses Press is generously offering up copies of the book I co-wrote with Norman Link: The Anatomy of Martial Arts.

There are two separate contests, one for Twitter heads and another for Facebook fans. You can enter one or both. The contest begins on Tuesday, September 6, and ends at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time on Friday, September 30, 2011.

To enter the Twitter contest:
1. Follow me @jetlagrnr.
2. Find my Tweets about the book giveaway and retweet them. One retweet per Tweet. Easy!

To enter the Facebook contest:
1. Like The Anatomy of Martial Arts Facebook page.
2. Post a comment/question under one of the book giveaway statuses throughout the month.
3. Share the link! One entry per person per day. That’s it!

One winner from each contest will be chosen at random from all eligible entries. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Winners will be notified by October 5, 2011; they will have 48 hours to respond to claim the prize. Prizes are not transferable and cannot be redeemed for any cash value or credit.

Good luck!

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Five on Friday: Let’s Twist

Ankle lock | Canon Digital Rebel XT, 17mm, 1/13 f8, ISO 400

For the past ten months I’ve been dabbling in no-gi jiujitsu to help improve my ground game. Having trained for so many years in a martial art (yongmudo) that packs practically everything into its curriculum, focusing on one area has been a nice change of pace. And yet I still feel like I’m floundering on the surface. Sure, working out without a uniform and in an informal environment took a little getting used to, but that’s nothing compared to the seemingly endless number of techniques I have yet to learn.

To supplement my physical workouts, I recently bought Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: The Closed Guard by BJ Penn. I had Eddie Bravo’s Mastering the Rubber Guard in hand, too, but decided that my brain could only process so much information and probably couldn’t handle the goofy monikers Bravo gave his moves. Rather than devour all of Penn’s straightforward and clear instructions in one sitting, I’m digesting them slowly in hopes that something will stick. If I only had a photographic memory, a cooperative full-time partner, and more time to dedicate to this twisted art…

Here are some photos of other folks contorting themselves and/or defying gravity.

Submission

Submission, UC Yongmudo Championship, UC Berkeley | Canon 5D, 70mm, 1/200 f4, ISO 1250

Ssireum headplant

Ssireum headplant, Yong In University, South Korea | Canon 5D, 73mm, 1/200 f4, ISO 800

Wushu flip, Chinese Martial Arts Tournament, UC Berkeley | Canon 5D, 50mm, 1/400 f2.8, ISO 1600

Yongmudo front flip (top) and dive roll (bottom), Yong In University, South Korea | Canon Digital Rebel XT, 24mm, 1/100 f6.3, ISO 400

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Kickin’ Around

C & I recently got a Canon 60D, the DSLR/HD video recorder with the awesome flip screen. C has a better sense of what to do with it, whereas I’m just messing around.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/19880093″>Charles vs. the Bag</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/jetlagrnr”>JetLag RocknRoll</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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Louise Brooks Demonstrates JiuJitsu

Ok, she’s not really Louise Brooks, but she’s a dainty-looking early-20th-century dame. This is pretty awesome, if only because she manages a stomach throw without her dress flying inelegantly over her head and keeps her headband on throughout the demonstration.

http://shock.military.com/Shock/videos.do?displayContent=225222&page=2

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