Kyoketsu Shogi

How to use a Kyoketsu Shoge Ninja Weapon

One of the most mysterious and least understood ninja weapons of all time is the kyoketsu shoge.  Made popular by the Mortal Kombat video game and movie series, this hook and rope ninja weapon is both deadly and practical. If you search around online for tutorials about how to use the kyoketsu shoge (often pronounced shogee), you will find a lot of different people using the weapon in different ways.  Some people choose to do long range strikes with...

Top 5 Ninja Weapons of All Time!

If you are a ninja historian, then I know what you are thinking… Is this blog post going to be about the top 5 weapons that traditional ninjas actually used in ancient Japan, or is this article going to discuss the weapons that modern day ninjas have adopted as their own.  Well, because of the popularity of both modern day and traditional ninja weapons, I’ve decided to do a mix of both of them in this top 5 list....

‘Warrior’ Scores a Hit With Critics and Audiences

Now that MMA fans have a movie dedicated entirely to their sport, how does it fare? Will it rise to the challenge, becoming a truly great sport film against which all MMA movies are hereafter judged? Or will it suck? Well, according to the scientists at Rotten Tomatoes (and the critics they measure), ‘Warrior’ doesn’t suck. For those of you too lazy to read the Tomatometer yourselves, I’ll spoil it for you: Right now it’s getting an 84%. So...

Ever Wanted a USB Memory Stick Shaped Like a Shuriken?

Instructables participant ‘eyefail’ has been kind enough to make up an instructable for creating your very own shuriken-shaped USB stick. The best part? It’s pretty darn cheap. The downside? It’s made from foam so if you threw this at someone whilst nestled in a shadow, the only thing you’ll succeed in killing is your 4 gigs of J-pop music and Hentai.

Bruce Lee’s Auction: Update

The Bruce Lee auction I told you about last week went down on Saturday. Appraisers had estimated that the collection would fetch around $100K in it’s entirety. This should just go to show you that those fancy-pants auction people don’t always know what they’re talking about, because the collection ended up selling for more than $200K, so take that! For those of you that are curious, the highest selling item was actually NOT the hand-written letter everyone had been...

Trailer For a New Jackie Chan Movie That Won’t Suck

Watching this really does get me revved up for some classic kung-fu action. Now let’s just hope nobody drops the ball on this. The only reason I’ll be giving this a shot is because Brett Ratner promised to stay the hell away from it. That’s what I heard at least.

Own a Piece of Martial Arts History This Weekend

There’s going to be an auction this Saturday for over a dozen pieces of Bruce Lee memorabilia. The lots range from custom clothing to a hand-written let from Bruce Lee to his best friend. If I had the money, I’d be trying to get something here, that’s for sure. Source: CNN

Miesha Tate Won A Fight Or Some Such Thing

Ok, so this was basically just an excuse to post the picture you see above all these words. For those of you too good to make kissy faces at your computer screens there’s this stuff from the article: “This past Saturday, Miesha ‘Takedown’ Tate pulled off an impressive fourth round submission victory over Dutch champ, Marloes Coenen to claim the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title.” There’s something strangely intriguing about a girl that could overpower me and leave me crying...

Expendables 2 Casting Rumors

For those of you looking to keep informed on the details of the ‘Expendables’ sequel scheduled for release Summer of next year, we have some new rumors floating about. It should come as no surprise at all that the rumors focus on the (potential) addition of new cast members, who include Jean-Claude Van Damme, John Travolta, and Chuck Norris. Van Damme should have been a no-brainer for the first ‘Expendables’, as well as Chuck Norris. I don’t know why...

Mortal Kombat the Sitcom Kills with (Canned) Laughter

So this video just hit YouTube a little while ago and it’s pretty entertaining. The jokes are appropriately cringe-worthy and the animation is great. Maybe we’ll see a second episode?

Screen Junkies List Top 10 Ninja Movies

If you’ve been feeling neglected as a ninja movie fan, never fear. Our friends over at Screen Junkies have been kind enough to compile a list of the Top 10 Ninja Movies for your perusal. This one’s got some pretty darn good selections on it and bonus points from me for counting ‘Batman Begins’ as a ninja movie. Unconvential? Perhaps. Necessary? Completely.

Epic New Trailer For Wong Kar Wai’s ‘The Grandmasters’

Whether you love kung fu movies, are a fan of director Wong Kar Wai, or just love watching people fight it out hyper-stylistically in the rain, you’ll be glad you took two minutes to watch this trailer. Be warned though: No release date has been set.

Police On the Hunt For a Ninja

According to news sources in El Paso, police are officially on the lookout for a ‘ninja with a Samurai sword’ who was seen wandering suspiciously around a Texas neighborhood in Sunland Park. Highlight of the article: - “…her husband chased after the ninja and found the man here trying to hide behind a small tree in their neighbor’s yard.” When I read that, I’m picturing some Chris Farley-sized guy trying to hide behind some newly planted, 4-foot tall sapling....

Mystery Solving Martial Artist Returns In New Sherlock Holmes Trailer

Ok. So this may not be a straight kung fu movie, but you have to admit: Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes has some pretty stylish martial arts moves. I liked the first movie. It helped me get the taste of Revolver out of my mouth.

Jean Claude Van Damme Signs On For New Martial Arts Movie

The good folks at Contactmusic.com have found a tid-bit of news concerning everyone’s favorite aging martial artist. In an attempt to keep the likes of Deathrace 2 and Cabin Fever 3 company on the shelves of Blockbusters everywhere, Jean Claude Van Damme (JCVD to his peeps) is set to star in the upcoming ‘Six Bullets’. You know how every kung fu movie fan knows that Bruce Lee had to have his film slowed down just so that audiences would...

Other Ninja Weapons

While we don’t always like to admit it, at times, ninjas do have to rely on weapons other than just their ninja stars. Shurikens are typically on limited supply after all, right? Unless you’re a ninja that weighs themselves down with twenty pounds of sharpened throwing stars before a mission, but then you’re just being a terrible ninja. So what other kinds of lethal weaponry does a ninja keep at their disposal? Read on to find out. The Facts...

Creating a Throwing Star Target

So you’ve got your hands on some great throwing stars that are just begging to be thrown, but there’s just one small problem: you don’t have anything to throw them at! All is not lost my friend. There are a variety of options available to young, aspiring ninjas who are looking to put together their own gallery for throwing practice. Read on to learn some of the basic do’s and don’ts of throwing stars, as well as how you...

How to Throw a Shuriken

Ready to figure out how to properly throw your ninja stars? The technique can be a little tough at first, but it doesn’t take long to get used to. The good thing about throwing stars is that they are really easy to use compared to other sharp things you might like to throw. Actually, it is kind of hard to not stick your star to your target, or the wall, if you missed. With that being said, you probably...

Types of Throwing Stars

For most people, a throwing star is just a jagged piece of metal that is cut in a ‘star’ shape and hurled with brutal accuracy by shadow warriors of the night. Well, they may have that last part right, but real shuriken aficionados  know there is much more to it than just that. From the number of points, to their size, and even shape, ninja stars come in an almost endless combination of styles. In fact, the only real...

Martial Arts Movies 2014

Posted 04 Feb 2014 in martial arts movies

I was just thinking today, what martial arts movies will be coming out this year.  I did a search of the web and I have collected information on the martial arts films that you need to put on your list. The Raid 2 – Coming March 28th, Trailer, The story of Rama (Iko Uwais), a police officer in Jakarta Indonesia is tasked to go undercover to infiltrate the countries most ruthless and brutal crime syndicate. Ninja 2 – Released December 31 2013, Trailer, A master of the martial arts Ninjitsu(Scott Adkins) takes revenge when his pregnant wife is killed. The Expendables 3 – Coming August 15, 2014, Trailer,  Another Stallone action movie. Police Story 2013 – Released December 24,...

Choosing The Right Ninja Star – Shuriken

Posted 14 Nov 2013 in ninja stars, ninja weapons, star throwing

Ninja stars, otherwise known as shurikens, are meant to be thrown or used as stabbing weapons.  The utility of these deadly weapons comes from the  idea that they can be made from every day items.  Although these fighting instruments were mean to supplement the more traditional weapons such as the sword, also called a Katana, and the Spear, also known as a Yari, they can be a vital tool in the choice of weapons for the ninja in training. There are many variations of the ninja stars.  In general they are made out of stainless steel, carbon steel, or some other strengthened metallic substance  with a varied number of points.  Some have as few as 1 point these are...

Bruce Lee Legendary Quotes

Posted 22 Jul 2013 in history, ninja stars
Bruce Lee Legendary

No matter how much time passes  Bruce Lee’s never seems to wear thin and his legacy remains an inspiration to us all. Not only for his phenomenal contribution to Martial Arts, but also in his personal philosophy. He pretty much lived the practice and it is evident in the quotes below. Hope you enjoy! “Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.” “Choose the positive. You have choice, you are master of your attitude, choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” “Don’t fear failure.  Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” “Empty your mind; be formless, shapeless...

A Ninja, a Yogi and a Ballerina…

Jean Claude Van Damme - Connecting Ballet & Martial Arts

If you’re waiting for a punch line, sorry to disappoint, but that’s not where we’re headed here. Granted, seeing a pink-tutu’d ballerina pirouetting her way down the road with a levitating, saffron-robed yogi and a black-swaddled ninja has a fair amount of comic appeal.. the improbability of such an oddity undoubtedly tickles with distinct laugh-out-loud value. Absurdity aside, is it possible that these three disciplines actually have more in common than we imagine? Believe it or not, they do. Connecting the Unlikely Trinity Ninjutsu and Yoga are martial arts have a lot in common with Ballet dancing. Although the three may seem worlds apart, the disciplines share core intrinsic values of: Strength Flexibility Balance Breathing Relaxation The recent trend...

Ultimate Ninja Sword is the Perfect Ninja Weapon!

Posted 24 Jun 2013 in ninja weapons

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of searching for ninja weapons I haven’t come across before. While doing that, I found a pretty cool mash-up weapon I thought I should tell you guys about. The ultimate ninja sword is not only a really nice sword, but it has other hidden ninja weapons all over it. For instance, if you need something to throw at your enemies, there is a hidden ninja star or even hidden ninja spikes. Both of those weapons are extremely easy to throw, even if you are new to throwing weapons. If you are looking for another close quarters weapon (other than the sword of course), there is a ninja hand claw attached to the scabbard...

How to use a Kyoketsu Shoge Ninja Weapon

Posted 17 Jun 2013 in ninja weapons, reference, tutorial
Kyoketsu Shogi

One of the most mysterious and least understood ninja weapons of all time is the kyoketsu shoge.  Made popular by the Mortal Kombat video game and movie series, this hook and rope ninja weapon is both deadly and practical. If you search around online for tutorials about how to use the kyoketsu shoge (often pronounced shogee), you will find a lot of different people using the weapon in different ways.  Some people choose to do long range strikes with the bladed weapon while others believe the knife portion of the weapon should never leave the hand.  After watching different instructors use this weapon in various ways, I’ve come to the conclusion that this weapon could be used in whatever...

Top 5 Ninja Weapons of All Time!

Posted 01 Jun 2013 in history, ninja weapons, reference

If you are a ninja historian, then I know what you are thinking… Is this blog post going to be about the top 5 weapons that traditional ninjas actually used in ancient Japan, or is this article going to discuss the weapons that modern day ninjas have adopted as their own.  Well, because of the popularity of both modern day and traditional ninja weapons, I’ve decided to do a mix of both of them in this top 5 list. So, without further ado, here is our list of Top 5 Ninja Weapons of All Time. #5 – Blowgun What’s better than a weapon that is not only extremely accurate at a distance of 40 feet, but is also silent?...

Jackie Chan’s Son To Star In New Kung Fu Film This Weekend!

Posted 08 Jun 2012 in Uncategorized

If you’re like most martial arts movie fans out there you probably weren’t even aware that Jackie Chan had a son, let alone one that was looking to follow in his gigantic footsteps. Well, as the above trailer shows you, Double Trouble is shaping up to be just as fun and goofy as some of Jackie’s classics. Here’s hoping the limited release this movie gets lands at a theater near you!

‘Warrior’ Scores a Hit With Critics and Audiences

Posted 09 Sep 2011 in martial arts movies, Uncategorized

Now that MMA fans have a movie dedicated entirely to their sport, how does it fare? Will it rise to the challenge, becoming a truly great sport film against which all MMA movies are hereafter judged? Or will it suck? Well, according to the scientists at Rotten Tomatoes (and the critics they measure), ‘Warrior’ doesn’t suck. For those of you too lazy to read the Tomatometer yourselves, I’ll spoil it for you: Right now it’s getting an 84%. So who’s planning on seeing this and why? Are you a sucker for sports films? A fan of MMA? Just a huge Tom Hardy fan? (guilty)

Ever Wanted a USB Memory Stick Shaped Like a Shuriken?

Posted 26 Aug 2011 in entertainment, martial arts news, ninja stars

Instructables participant ‘eyefail’ has been kind enough to make up an instructable for creating your very own shuriken-shaped USB stick. The best part? It’s pretty darn cheap. The downside? It’s made from foam so if you threw this at someone whilst nestled in a shadow, the only thing you’ll succeed in killing is your 4 gigs of J-pop music and Hentai.

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