Today’s episode of Martial Arts Radio is new – our first ever non-interview episode. We’ll be releasing one of these per week, but we need your help. We want to make this a great show, and just as you all have helped guide us with guest suggestions and other feedback, we want to ask the same of you here. Please give it a listen and let you know what you like and don’t like about it.
Today we talk about AMC’s upcoming show, Into the Badlands, which debuts Sunday.
There is a difference between a fighter and a martial artist. A fighter is training for a purpose: he has a fight. I’m a martial artist. I don’t train for a fight. I train for myself. I’m training all the time. My goal is perfection, but I will never reach perfection. – Georges St-Pierre.
Falcon Rising starring Michael Jai White
We end the show talking about the strong possibility that Karate will become an Olympic sport when Japan hosts in 2020.
You can read the transcript below or download here.
Hello everyone and thanks for tuning in, it’s episode 33 of whistlekickmartialartsradio and today we’re doing something different, something that we’ve been promising to do for a little while, we’re adding a second weekly episode. But instead of doing an interview, it’s just gonna be you and me. We’ve got some different ideas, some thing’s that we’re gonna play with as we flesh out this show over the next few weeks so hearing from you, getting some feedback is gonna be really important to help shape this show int the best thing it can be and of course the best place to give us that feedback is over at whistlekickmartialartsradio.com. You can send us an email, fill out a form or follow us on Twitter and all that contact information over there. So without digging too hard into the intro, let’s just get into it because honestly, I have no idea how this is going to go.
So the first thing I wanna start talking about is that great show that AMC is rolling out starting this coming Sunday. We’ve talked about it a bit, both on the show and on social media, AMC’s Into the Badlands and this show look awesome. It’s this futuristic sort of I don’t think it’s post-apocalyptic but guns have been banned in this future world. There’s a whole bunch of crime and corruption and these barrens and they have assassins and all of it is this sort of loose framework for some really awesome Martial arts action. There have been a ton of trailers put out, if you’re a walking dead fan, you’ve probably seen 20 different ones they really seem to be hammering on that audience to get them to stick around after walking dead to watch Into the Badlands. I’m hoping to be able to catch it on Sunday at the very least it’ll be on my DVR. Check it out it’s on at 10 o’clock on AMD 9 central and it should also be available on the web that’s something AMC does pretty well, they make their shows available for people to watch after the fact or on the web and the reason I say that I’m hoping to catch it is that we’ve got a busy weekend coming up whistlekick’s gonna have another 2-event weekend and I’m always exhausted after those but they’re a lot of fun and the more people to get out and see the better right. So on Saturday we’re gonna be in Waterville Maine at the Elm City karate challenge and then Sunday well Saturday night driving back through not even stopping back at head quarters but just headed right along to Albany New York for the capital district Taekwondo tournament, looking forward to both events this is the first time for us at both of them but I know the folks involved through other things through other events so looking forward to it if you’re gonna come out to either one please stop by say hello and hope to see some of you there. This past weekend we were at the fall open championships, a nice close event for us in Jericho Vermont and we’ve got a great write up about that over on our normal website our main website whistlekick.com. So check that out. As I was putting together the framework for this show one of the things that I really wanted to do was offer a motivational piece. It’s something that I do a lot in my life when I’m feeling unfocused or unmotivated, I’ll take a quick shout out to google and see what it comes uplift for me in terms of motivation and I found this really nice quote that I like, there is a difference between a fighter and a martial artist. A fighter is training for a purpose he has a fight. I’m a martial artist I don’t train for a fight, I train for myself. I’m training all the time, my goal is perfection but it will never reach perfection and that comes to us from George St Pierre so for those of you that don’t know he’s a mixed martial arts but he’s got a really deep foundation in traditional martial arts, so that one really mart out to me so I hope you’ll like it. If you haven’t checked out Monday’s episode of the podcast yet with Sensei Rob Buckland you really should go back listen to that, a lot of fun very entertaining had a blast talking to him and it looks like he’s gonna be working with us on something’s as we move forward so that’s gonna be great and of course we’ll keep you up to date on all that but such a cool guy and it was really a lot of fun to talk to him. I don’t usually have to mute the microphone to keep my laughter off the recording but there were entire minutes that I just couldn’t compose myself listening to that episode and just from the early feedback on it other people are feeling the same way. Sensei Buckland is just a riot fun guy great guy so I had a lot of fun but that’s really not anything new is it no I enjoy my job I enjoy getting to talk to all these wonderful people like you so even though you’re not talking back to me right now knowing that you’re listening, that’s a ton of fun I enjoy doing this. So movies one of the things that came up that we wanted to do with this show was give you a movie every week I don’t wanna call it a homework but a movie that maybe you haven’t heard of or that you haven’t watched in a little while and the one that we’ve selected this week is Falcon Rising and it stars Michael Jai White and the reviews on it are actually really mixed. The critics seemed to completely hate it but that’s pretty typical of a good martial arts film isn’t it? Whereas the majority of people real people martial artist I would expect seem to really enjoy this movie, it’s got good reviews over at Netflix and we’re gonna limit our movie picks to things that are available on Netflix. Most people seem to have Netflix available to them so you can check that out it’s available on streaming 4 stars from the Netflix community anyway, Falcon Rising Michael Jai White. Let us know what you think in the comments, if you liked that movie let us know, if you hate that movie let us know it’s gonna help us find movies you’re gonna enjoy moving forward and the last thing I wanna talk about today is the possibility that karate may finally be included in the Olympics, that’s right. Out of the original 26 potential new sports to be included in the Olympics in Japan, we’re down to 5 and karate is one of them. Of course as mrsts we do have a hard time agreeing on things so it looks like that what most of us know is point sparring rules are less likely to be used the World Karate Federation is kind of the body that the international olympic committee has tapped to set up the rules for what would be going on so that means no full contact no what we might call kickboxing no hard style kyokoshin full contact kind of stuff would be going on there have been a lot of people trying to lobby for multiple divisions within the olympics that we get both flavors of sparring but it doesn’t look like that’s gonna happen so I’m not sure when we’re gonna find out if that’s actually gonna happen but of course when it does hopefully it does you’ll know about it be it here or through our social media. Personally, I’m pumped I really wanna see karate in the Olympics not just for the sake of karate but for all of the other martial arts. Let’s get more martial arts going o I think anybody listening to this would agree that martial arts is far more exciting than quite a few of the events that are already in the Olympics and they have far fewer people participating in them globally so keep your fingers crossed and if you know someone at the IOC maybe you can send them a gift basket so that’s it first episode just me you listening to me gonna keep it short under 10 minutes.
This will grow and develop as I said with your feedback so please head on over to whistlekickmartialartsradio.com give us some feedback, leave a message on our facebook page whatever you gotta do let us know what you think what you’re looking for what you want this show to become we’re all yours so thanks a lot and until next time, train hard smile and have a great day.