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Karate, Martial Arts, Japan, Okinawa, history, tournaments, travel, and good ol\' blood & guts stories. We talk about everything martial arts related!

CHOP TALK: Karate | Martial Arts | Okinawa | Japan Nate England

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Karate, Martial Arts, Japan, Okinawa, history, tournaments, travel, and good ol\' blood & guts stories. We talk about everything martial arts related!

    CT085 Yonjuro: Review of Kurosawa & Mifune's Classic Film Yojimbo

    CT085 Yonjuro: Review of Kurosawa & Mifune's Classic Film Yojimbo

    This week, Ezra and Nate review the Akira Kurasawa classic film, Yojimbo,  starring Toshiro Mifune. At the top of the show, Ezra and Nate discuss what they have been up to over the last few months, how they have been handling quarantine, both individually and at the dojo.  If hearing more about the Covid sends you into a depression spiral, skip ahead to the first break about 30 minutes in!
    In the review, the guys talk about Kurosawa & Mifune's influence on Japanese cinema, and how this film marked a major change from earlier Chanbarra films.  WWII strongly affected both the actor & directors of this movie, and they get into some of the details, many of which are shown in the  documentary Mifune: The Last Samurai.
    Ezra and Nate also get into Yojimbo's influence on American and International films, including of course, the Dollars trilogy starring Clint Eastwood and the Magnificent Seven starring Charles Bronson. They compare this film to other martial arts and action movies, and try to figure out what works and what doesn't. These include Die Hard, Lady Snow Blood, Kill Bill, a bunch of Angelina Jolie movies that blend together, some great Blaxslpoitation movies including Coffee, Foxy Brown, and Nate's favorite film of all time Black Dynamite starring Michael Jai White, the various Marvel TV shows and Movies, and a few Tarintino and Jackie Chan movies, plus many more.  
    To find a bunch of great samurai films and other classics on the Critereon Channel, check out www.criterionchannel.com
    To find out more about Ezra Scott from James McLain's Kosho School of Karate in Nashville, check out www.koshokarate.wordpress.com. To find out more about me, check out www.koshoschoolofkarate.com or listen to more Chop Talk!

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    CT040 The Art of Japanese Architecture with Professor StanRussell

    CT040 The Art of Japanese Architecture with Professor StanRussell

    This week's guest is Professor Stan Russell, expert on Japanese architecture and carpentry.  Stan is an Associate  Professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He is also the founder of One Corner Architects, a full service Architetural design studio in Ybor City, Tampa Florida. One Corner Architects specialize in creative contemporary design solutions for residential, commercial, and institutional projects.  
    Stan is very experienced in international architecture, having worked in the offices of Balkrishna Doshi in Ahmedabad, India, Team Zoo in Kobe Japan and he also apprenticed with a Japanese master carpenter in Hyogo, Japan.
    Russell has presented and published papers in international, national, and regional conferences and journals.  His work has been featured in the Japanese periodicals Jutaku Tokushu, Kenchiku Bunka, The Japan Architect, Kazi, Shonan Style and Kenchiku Chisiki. His work in the US has been featured on the Architectural Record and Archdaily websites and has received numerous design awards.  
     I first met Stan about 10 years ago while I was attending Miami University in Ohio for my Master's degree in Architecture.  When I found out he was offering a class on Japanese architecture, I signed up right away.  He also became an advisor on my graduate thesis project, which focused on Okinawan Architecture.  Stan organized and taught a Japan Summer Studio ,  Where he took about 15 students to study architecture in Japan for 6 weeks.  This was an incredible experience for me and my classmates, and was the first time I had been outside of the US. This experience a big influence on my life and helped convince me to take a shot at living there. A few years later, Stan began running the same program for the University of South Florida, and since I was already in the country, he  was nice enough to let me tag along for a few days with the group again. To find out more about Professor Stan Russell, you can visit his website www.stanleyrussellarchitect.com
    If you are interested in finding out more about his architectural work and Japanese carpentry, you can find his contact information on his website.

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    CT084 The Kendo Podcast with Hiro Imafuji

    CT084 The Kendo Podcast with Hiro Imafuji

    This week, Masahiro Imafuji joins the show. Imafuji Sensei is the host of the Kendo Podcast, which you can find at www.kendo-podcast.com.  He is also the author of the Kendo Guide website www.kendo-guide.com, where you can find a TON of great information on kendo including books, videos, and web courses, this is for kendo practitiors of every level from complete beginners, intermediate, and  all the way to advanced students.
    You should also check out the Kendo Guide channel  on YouTube, which has great videos, including  interesting discussions on its Kendo Talk Show, and some recent videos giving tips on training at home during the Covid Qurantines.
    Hiro Imafuji he started kendo at 7 years old, under Juichi Tsurumaru, Keisuke Maruyama, and Masayoshi Miyazaki at the Shubukan Dojo in Itami City, Japan. This dojo is over 250 years old. In today's show, we talk about Imafuji's early training at this dojo, the differences in promotions between Kendo & Karate, his experiences teaching in New Zealand, South America, how he came to the U.S, and how his podcast and website got started.
    As a kendo practitioner, of course he is a member of the national organization the All United States Kendo Federation, and the regionional federation the East Central US Kendo Federation. Which I belong to, as does our dojo the Kosho School of Karate here in Cincinnati. Now not everyone realizes this, but the Kendo federation also includes Iaido and Jodo. Last year, Imafuji Sensei was the Acting President of the ECUSKF, and he played a major part in organizing the 2019 Cincinnnati Jodo Seminar & Promotion Exam. So thanks again to Imafuji Sensei for helping with that!
    If you would like to know more about Masahiro Imafuji, check out www.Kendo-Guide.com, www.Kendo-Podcast.com, or the Kendo Guide channel on YouTube.  Imafuji Sensei's dojo is right next door in Indiana, and you can find out more about that at www.gotokukan-imafuji-dojo.com, and www.mudokwan.com.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    CT083 Life Undercover with Don Sonney

    CT083 Life Undercover with Don Sonney

    This week,  Don Sonney returns to to discuss his career in law enforcement and how it was influenced by his martial arts training. Don Sonney's martial arts training led him  to join the Ohio Highway Patrol, which he discusses today. during his time as a trooper he was selected for their newly founded Ranger program (which was the predecessor of the SWAT Team) He also become an Instructor at the Highway Patrol's Academy. Mr. Sonney's undercover career started during his time with the Highway Patrol, and amazingly his first undercover assignment was exactly 50 years ago at the Kent State Riots, also known by some as the Kent State Massacre, which he discusses in today's show.  His career continued as an Agent for the Ohio Attorney General, where he worked undercover on numerous  Investigations, focusing  on Organized Crime of Various Mafia Figures and their Assistants.  He also assisted the FBI on a number of cases.
    Some of his investigations included people, that were depicted in the 2011 film Kill the Irishman starring Ray Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer, and Christopher Walken, and the book To Kill the Irishman by Rick Porrello
    Mr. Sonney started his karate training in 1964, in Gary, Pennsylvania under one of the best competitors of the era, Artis Simmons. then went on to train with another of the era's top competitors, James McLain.  Don Sonney competed against, worked out with some of the top karate men the time, including Dr. Mel Wise, Phil Koeppel, Robert Trias, and was a close friend of the head of Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu, Takayoshi Nagamine.
    If you would like to know more about Don Sonny, you can contact him directly, on facebook , or you can reach out  reach out through the Chop Talk Facebook page, or send an e-mail to choptalkwithnateengland@gmail.com and I will get you connected.

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    CT082 Worth Every Minute with Don Sonney

    CT082 Worth Every Minute with Don Sonney

    This week,  long time karate practitioner Don Sonney joins the show..  Mr. Sonney started his karate career in 1964, training in Shotokan Karate in Gary, Pennsylvania under Artis Simmons, who was one of the top karate competitors of the era. He then went on to train in Shuri Ryu with, James McLain in his Cleveland dojo.  Don Sonney competed against, worked out with some of the top karate men the time, including Dr. Mel Wise, Phil Koeppel, Robert Trias, and was a close friend of the head of Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu, Takayoshi Nagamine. Now, everyone thinks of Nagamine as an OKINAWAN martial artist, of course, but he actually lived and had dojo's right here in Ohio.   Mr. Sonney also discusses what made the United States Karate Association such a unique and successful organization, and shares his thoughts on the changes that karate has gone through during his career.
    Don Sonney's martial arts training led to join the Ohio Highway Patrol,  him becoming the self defense instructor for their Academy, he was selected for the Ranger program (which was the pretecessor of the SWAT Team), he had an extensive undercover career working for the Highway Patrol, Secretary of State, and the FBI.  We will get into his fascinating law enforcement career in next weeks episode,  so make sure you check back in. Amazingly his first undercover assignment was at the Kent State riots, (which, as I record this on May 4th, 2020, was exactly 50 years ago today).  He also worked on cases, and with people, that were depicted in the 2011 film Kill the Irishman starring Ray Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer, and Christopher Walken, and the book To Kill the Irishman by Rick Porrello
    If you would like to know more about Don Sonny, you can contact him directly, on facebook , or you can reach out  reach out through the Chop Talk Facebook page, or send an e-mail to choptalkwithnateengland@gmail.com and I will get you connected.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    CT081 Kakuriki: Okinawan Sumo with Andrew Clark

    CT081 Kakuriki: Okinawan Sumo with Andrew Clark

    This week, Andrew Clark joins us to discuss his experience living in Japan and training in Okinawan and Japanese Sumo. Andy moved to Japan 2004,  to teach English on the tiny island of Kitadaito Jima,  a few hundered miles East of Okinawa. While there, Andy had the unique opportunity to train both Kakuriki, or Okinawan Sumo (also known as Tegumi & Muto). and Japanese Edo Sumo, which is the Japanese sumo that most of you are familiar with. Okinawan Sumo and it has been a popular grappling art for hundreds of years. Some people, including Shoshin Nagamine, thought that Okinawan Sumo was the original martial art of Okinawa, which later developed in the striking art of Te and ultimately Karate.
    At the start of the show, Andy tells us how he arrived in Japan, and his first impressions of his new home. He then talks about how he got involved with the Kitadaito Sumo team, and explains the differences between Okinawan Sumo and Edo Sumo. At the end of the show, he gets into some of the challenges he faced during his training, and the best way to see Okinawan Sumo for yourself.
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