Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
- lots of free response
- Jeff needs to stop sharpening his knees--I have a dark purple bruise
- Keegan gets his sword kihon
- being thrown by Thomas is always a pleasure
- the insanely spicy rice Jas made for the potluck! Thomas calls it the "weapons grade" rice
Good job, and congrats on the new belts, everyone! ~Jenn
Thanks to Robbie for the pics! Images are: Jenn beating up children again, sword action with Keegan and Thomas, Jenn hitting Keegan's glasses off. Good times...
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Here's our disclaimer. ~Jenn
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Vote in the poll and see who is the worst victim of Stage Combat natural selection.
Thanks to waynewhitecoop.com for image.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
In the meantime, I have posted our very first video to YouTube--our safety warning and disclaimer. It's there now before any of the dangerous stuff goes up. ~Jenn
As we continuously say, being able to fall is singly the most important aspect of movement arts one can learn. Especially we who are involved in martial arts, stage combat, and stunts. We at Bonzuko can teach you, but will also celebrate anyone else who does good work in this area.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Here is a video from their "glog" about the merry band of rogues' foray into paintball. Looks like fun and pain.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Ah, it's from not too long ago--2007, I believe. Me teaching PiYo at the BQC. This pose is called the reverse, or dancing, warrior. As you can see, I have a small medicine ball in my hand, which is conditioning my arm even more than the pose alone. Mary is in the background.
This is an opportunity for me to invite all my local lurkers to take a class called NinjaFit at the BQC. Every Friday but test nights, NinjaFit meets to get as fit as a ninja. Class curriculum includes yoga, Pilates, meditation, strength training, Linklater and Lessac systems, dance, martial arts and shiatsu to improve strength, flexibility, posture, and breath. It's way cool.
NinjaFit: Fridays 5:45-6:45
Boulder Quest Center
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
There are lots of sword-geeks out there. Some unknown place inside the soul yearns for a solid piece of steel at the side, in the hands. It's not a matter of violent intentions or control issues. In fact, sword-geeks are often the most pacifist in a given group. Practicing swordplay for stage or martial technique is just plain fun. It's a noble pursuit.
I am one of those sword-geeks. But there are degrees of geekitude, and it is easy to get all caught up in how beautiful a well-made sword can be. It is easy to forget that we are dealing with instruments of death: these are razor blades ranging from 3 inches to 4 feet long! Is a stage blade with no edge safe? Anyone who has to ask that has no business getting near one. Though a sword may be dressed in a beautiful way, if you think about it for what it is ... it's about as cute as a stomach pump. And likewise should only be handled by a trained professional.
But really - swords can be so pretty! With passionate and talented people such as Denny Graves making high-end handmade quality functional pieces of art, it is easy to appreciate what a true sword should be.
A sword is like a car; using either carries mortal responsibility. It might look really cool or it might be a beater - its function is up to the user. No matter how great it looks, any time it is put into use, it poses a very high likelihood that someone will be hurt or killed. Even in controlled situations.
We need scholarly research to help us respect and understand the sword. It's all well and good to know the proper historical period for using a particular sword, to know its evolutionary history, to know its construction. It's important to know how to move and strike and parry with a sword. But are the true consequences of drawing a blade fully comprehended?
Most anybody can learn how to fight with a sword. Many more can learn to act like they can fight with a sword. Rare is the one who goes beyond cutting and bashing and the whole ego ride to discover the true depths of sword technique.
My question and challenge to all other sword-geeks out there:
Using a sword, are you able to restrain an unarmed opponent without cutting or killing them?
If not, please put down the books and go find a good teacher who can.
Peace, and stay healthy. ~Jason
Images: the other MSCD swept hilt from Denny's; an ornate cup hilt, also made by Denny
"It's boring, but it's part of my life." - Ron Burgundy, Anchorman
Weight training is good for my body. People who don't lift usually have good reason. Injuries, egos and boredom are the top three reasons. I'm not here to judge your motivations. But if you feel less than superheroic, I highly suggest checking in with your doctor to see if you can handle a weight training program. Even light lifting has too many benefits for me to bore you with here.
Since youth I've always kept playfully active and in pretty excellent shape. Last year was mostly business ... lots of time in the office chair. Out of serious conditioning for about 8 months and disillusioned with some truly crappy gyms around the area, I finally found 24 Hour Fitness last November. Since then I've kept up with an outstanding regimen created by Coach Glenn A. Morris at MSCD, and it has really taken effect.
It's easy to stay motivated when your health club has a good atmosphere and you see results from your work. Otherwise it can be really tough.
Have you had a lame experience at a workout facility? Tell us about it! Let it out. Was your last place owned by a "White Tyra Banks" with a catty gossip fetish and a husband with a professional title of "Gym Bitch" ... a gym with no HDTV and outdated cardio equipment? Did some roid-freak trainer physically hurt you through an intimidation workout? Did you get sore one day after training and just couldn't handle it anymore? Bonzuko wants to know.
Safe & Happy training to ya! ~Jason
images courtesy oneinchpunch.net
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
- Getting space all our own in the Tivoli for our meetings and events
- Getting food for above
- Getting our very own podcast started
- Getting a filmographer/editor paid for for above
- Getting out there in cyber-space
- Getting together with other groups for events
- Getting a table for Spring Fling
- Getting travel fundage in case we need it (a moment of silence for RMTA)
- And stuff!
The other main thing we have begun is work on the podcast. We have an outline set for the first two (the safety warning and the first technique one); it's even cast etc. Jenn is writing a couple blurbs for it, and we should be able to start rehearsing/filming this coming Saturday!
See you then. I'll also have seen the swords Denny is making for us, so I'll have news there too. ~Jenn Image is Jenn head-slamming our now-club-president, Advanced class summer 2008. Nick, why are you smiling?