Sunday, November 15, 2015

NUKO TOOLS review by Wmpyr


Nuko Tools review by Wmpyr


On October of 2012 I received a Nuko Tools Punch Ring from Norman, owner of Nuko Tools. That was about 3 years ago, here I am to revisit Nuko Tools and update my review.

Whether it's the Punch Ring or the Nuko Head, Nuko Tools is designed to go with your keys. From a self-defense point of view that makes total sense because it will most likely be in your hands right when you need it, rather than be tucked away somewhere that requires some fumbling around to get to. It's also perfectly normal to be walking about in public with your keys in your hand, however if you had a tactical flashlight in your hand at the grocery store, you would look out of place.

Can you punch hard with this thing without hurting your hand? This is the most frequently asked question I get about Nuko Tools. The answer is no, you can't, you will hurt your hand. This is not designed to maximize your brawling ability. If you really want something that will let you punch something as hard as you can, you will need a padded glove like a Boxer.

Instead Nuko Tools are designed for you to do quick light strikes to cause enough pain, to distract the enemy so that you can runaway. In self-defense, why would a college girl trying to stop a rapist repeatedly throw big haymaker punches? Instead she can do a quick flick towards the eyes and nose, create distance and get away.

Some people say that something like this has no stopping power therefore is useless. This argument is actually silly because there is not a single Boxer in the world that doesn't practice the jab. The jab is a weaker quick strike which can be used to keep the distance and wear down (discourage) your opponent.

Nuko Tools can also be used as a flail where you fling the keys into the attacker's eyes. You can also hold onto your keys and fling the Nuko Tool into the attacker's eyes as well.

The original reason I contacted Norman was because I was making videos on a poor man's Karambit. This is where you get an ordinary knife and put a keyring into the lanyard hole at the bottom of the handle. Now you can flip the knife around as if it were a Karambit. The problem is that unlike a real Karambit the keyring can't be used for striking.

When I saw the Nuko Tools Punch Ring, I thought maybe this would work! I contacted Norman, he was nice enough to send me the black G10 Punch Ring, and just as I suspected, it worked! You can use it to convert your plain knife into an improvised Karambit. Just like a real Karambit you will be able to strike with the ring, and the ring will actually be situated correctly for more realistic flipping.

I have a Kubotan but I really like how Nuko Tools provide an alternative style of self-defense keychain. So, be sure to practice those jabs with your Nuko Tool! You can also slash and if you cut them in the face, it will only make it easier for the cops to identify the bad guy.

Click here to read my older NUKO TOOLS reviews

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

HOW TO USE THE SNAGGLETOOTH KNIFE


How to use the Mantis Knives Snaggletooth knife by Wmpyr

I feel like this knife isn't well understood by your average tactical gear enthusiast. So I hope to shed some light on the usage of this knife by sharing my 2 cents.



The average tactical knife enthusiast is familiar with the Emerson wave. And the moment they see the big ramp on the Snaggletooth knife they probably think, now that would be good for "waving". And then they take a closer look to see the pocket clip on the wrong end, and they are going to be disappointed that it's NOT a tip up carry, therefore it WON'T wave.

The ramp on the Snaggletooth knife is a Bram Frank trademark. The ramp is NOT for waving. The ramp is actually multi-purpose. First and foremost knives with the ramp are meant to be used closed.

The first reaction to that would probably be, why would I NOT use my blade in a self-defense situation? Not using the blade beats the purpose of carrying a knife in the first place!

With the Snaggletooth you are actually getting two tools in one. An impact palm stick and a knife. Well technically your getting four tools in one. Impact palm stick, knife, impact Karambit, and Karambit knife.

Legally you may have a better chance to state your case in the court of law if you used a non lethal tool to protect yourself, rather than using something considered lethal in the eyes of the jury. However I feel that there is more than just legal benefits.

Most people probably think that the knife is a superior weapon to a palm stick. So people don't understand why one would downgrade to a palm stick, when you can have a knife that deploys the blade lightning fast like an Emerson knife.

If your only thinking offense then without a doubt the knife is a superior weapon to a palm stick. However in a self-defense situation you should consider more than just offense. This maybe hard to imagine but for a self-defense situation, the palm stick can be BETTER than a knife.

In a self-defense situation you are being attacked. The attacker is in control, so you are at a disadvantage. No matter how fast your knife can deploy, this is not the right time to be trying to take out your knife.

Even if you do get your knife out quickly, think about it. Your still in a bad situation, your not in control, chances are, your off balance, can't see clearly what's going on, and don't have the proper distance. It’s like your on a small boat in a stormy ocean. Would you want a knife in your hand at this time? Falling and cutting yourself, or dropping the knife to have it taken away and used against you suddenly becomes a reality.

Instead you should be defending and heading towards a better position where you can have control. The Snaggletooth knife in the closed position will NOT be dangerous to you because the blade is NOT out, and it will actually HELP you get out of this tough situation, because it acts as a technique ENHANCER.

It doesn't matter what martial arts style you practice, Kenpo, Boxing, Wrestling, Hapkido, Systema, Wing Chun, or even just brawling, the Snaggletooth adds more leverage and pain to your techniques.

After the popularity of the Emerson wave, I think people rely too much on speed and falsely think that it's ALWAYS a good idea to deploy the blade as fast as you can. This kind of over reliance can result in going for your knife at the wrong time.

Don't get me wrong, I like the wave, I use it, but as a martial artist I want to use strategy and skill, not make it into a fast draw scenario. I'm not interested in seeing who is faster my opponent or me. I would rather play safe and defend the immediate threat barehanded, than to TRY and take out my knife as fast as possible from a BAD POSITION.

One of the core principals in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is “Position before submission”. Having a good position makes it easier for you to pull off your techniques. In a bad position, you have to defend against the immediate threat first, and then neutralize your opponent before you can escape and get to a better position.

So if you have a knife that waves, all I'm saying is, try not to be over reliant on speed, and think about the right and wrong time to deploy the blade. If you have a folding knife consider learning how to use it closed. Thank you for reading through this, and I hope it helps in some way shape or form!

Friday, October 30, 2015

MANTIS KNIVES SNAGGLETOOTH KNIFE REVIEW




*Blade Length: 2.75"

*Blade steel: MvX Stainless Steel
*Handle Material: G10
*Combo Edge
*Push Button activated Karambit Ring

Mantis Knives Snaggletooth knife review by Wmpyr

I've had my eye on this knife since the beginning of last year. What can I say, I like tactical knives designed by martial artists and I like Karambits. Plus how can you not like a knife that has a blade shape based from the tooth of a prehistoric shark the awesome Megalodon!

This knife is engineered by Mantis Knives, designed by Morgan Thomas, with input from Filipino martial arts Professor Bram Frank! Morgan Thomas is the owner of Sharkee training knives and teaches mixed martial arts.

What do I think? 

I'm very impressed with the knife, I think it's a well thought out design, the construction quality has been solid, plus I got it for a good price so I am quite satisfied.

Do I recommend this knife? 

If your just looking for the average tactical knife then I say no, since the average buyer will NOT understand the concept behind this knife. They will probably be happier with the Kershaw Emerson. However if your willing to learn the concept behind this knife, then this knife is amazing! 




The concept behind this knife is actually simple, USE THE KNIFE CLOSED, if things get worse then use the blade. It's simple, but the concept is deep.

Legally it makes sense, use a non-lethal impact tool rather than going straight to lethal. 


Using the knife in the closed position can actually enhance your martial arts techniques no matter what style you studied, Boxing, Kung Fu, Hapkido, Wrestling, or even just brawling. Using the closed knife like a Yawara stick creates more leverage in your techniques and dishes out more pain.

The over sized ramp is also used to deploy the blade by hooking and pulling on just about anything! This method of deployment is called a Kinetic Opening. I really like how your not limited to just your pants pocket.

The Snaggletooth also features a flipper which acts as a secondary ramp, like it's big brother it can be used for deployment, striking, pain compliance techniques, and as a hand guard.


The Snaggletooth has an automatic ring that can be deployed by a push of the button to instantly change it to a type of Karambit.

How good is the ring? 

The automatic ring is a nice if not unique feature. Morgan Thomas says that the ring is for retention, however I haven't had any problem flipping with it. And I also haven't had any problem doing quick short strikes with the ring either. 




I like to think of this knife as a martial arts multi-tool. Your basically getting four tools in one. Yawara stick, impact Karambit, knife, and Karambit type knife. 


The blade edge is extra short designed to be EDC friendly, and less than lethal. Buyers may feel like they are getting cheated with a short blade, but I view it as getting an extra large deluxe handle. People may misinterpret a short blade as limiting in combat, but I see it as the opposite of holding one back.

This is a hefty heavy knife. Which makes total sense for using it as a non-lethal impact tool. 


So at the end of the day I feel that the Snaggletooth is very bold in design, which I applaud. The Snaggletooth is purpose driven, and driven hard. I've been training with this knife at home, so it's been money well spent for me. If you have read all of this, a big thank you for your time and I hope that it was an interesting read for you.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Adesh notes

City of Adesh by Wmpyr Copyright DeMont teams up with the monsters Monsters VS Warbots VS Alien Invaders Nosferamicon the most sought after out of print book in Adesh. Loaded with simple powerful spells, but only for a vampire. 3 headed monster hates Werewolf King because the Werewolf King is more popular. Once a monster you cannot be turned into another. DeMont is rare because most people bitten by the Wyrm die. The venom now rejects any monster virus, plus his blood is now toxic to humans and especially monsters. People who have a knack for being a Wyrm get awoken to make the transformation. CHOSEN ONE: One who is immune to all monster virus because their body becomes a vessel to create a super monster. Vampire, Lycan, and Zombie monster, by the VLZ Super Virus. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Christine is the president of Adesh - Road Force One. Wyrm is leader of a violent gang. CHAPTER 1: HALLOWEEN DeMont has a near death experience. He works as a Bruce Lee impersonator. He hates his job. A crazy guy comes in and tries to kill him with a knife and nearly succeeds. DeMont is rushed to the hospital. Afterwards DeMont goes and buys a knife, begins to train in knife fighting. Ever since then life hasn't been the same. He goes to one help group meeting. One day one of the regulars is not there. He lives not too far from DeMont. DeMont goes over to see if he is alright, the door is open and he finds him missing. He finds a journal and it talks about a city called Adesh. It's Halloween. He meets a strange girl named Christine who takes him to a subway near by he didn't know existed. She says that only on Halloween the city of Adesh opens up, and only those who have had near death experiences can go. They have fun eating in Adesh. The skull car crashes into the Wyrm's sports car. DeMont kills the Wyrm in self-defense. DeMont gets sick from the Wyrm's hemotoxin. Christine looks for help and finds Blazer at the woods. Nobody can leave Adesh unless they get an exit pass. DeMont is denied an exit pass at the Exit Pass Dispenser Unit. He must go see the AI computer known as Sargon to get an exit pass. DeMont meets Tomcat chan who will take him to downtown Adesh where Sargon is. They use shield for paddles. They arrive to downtown Adesh. DeMont and Tomcat chan get shot by hallucinogenic blow darts from cult people in robes. They have weird visions, but DeMont breaks free because of his Wyrm venom. They encounter the 3-headed warbot Zultan. Sargon tells DeMont to steal Lorna's crystal ball. Sargon gives DeMont the Amber Lion a sword made of St. Technology. At Castle Blacktree DeMont and Tomcat chan outsmart the tree monster. DeMont makes it to Castle Blacktree. DeMont and Lorna fight. Lorna heals DeMont. Lorna explains to DeMont that the city of Adesh is ruled by 4 senators. 1. The Wyrm 2. Lorna the vampire 3. Werewolf - turns into a grey wolf with a white skull pattern on the snout. 4. Zombie - he can talk, he wears a spiked helmet to protect his brain. He uses zombies as his limbs to become large. Sargon is in control of all trafficking in Adesh. Sargon has been at war with the senators because it wants to take complete control over Adesh. Lorna Clocker gives DeMont the vampire mask after he has joined forces with her. The vampire mask gives vampire like traits to the wearer. DeMont and his crew defeat assassins sent from Sargon. CHAPTER 2: X-MAS Sargon has been making an army of warbots. He has teamed up with the white horse of the apocalypse. According to prophecy, the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse will destroy the 4 senators. There are 4 horses 1. black - scythe wings 2. red - mantis wings 3. blue - snake tail 4. white - blade horns The black horse chooses DeMont and combines with him to become a demonic centaur. DeMont battles the blue centaur to a draw. CHAPTER 3: END GAME Adesh turns into a perma winter because of the host of the white horse. His name is Satana Claus. DeMont and Lorna hide from Satanta by leaving Adesh and coming to earth where their powers are greatly diminished. CHAPTER 4: THE OVERFIEND After the 4 horsemen defeat the 4 senators, a gigantic monster Vulture Rex, will be summoned to Adesh. DeMont and the gang must build a super robot that can defeat the monster.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Lessons from the UFC

First few events many martial artists entered to test themselves. And by UFC 5 we discovered that the tough guys were better fighters than the martial artists. By UFC 7 people understood the value of crosstraining, and so the athletes became dominant.
regular person < martial artist < tough guy < pro athlete
The lesson here is to train martial arts, then become tough, and finally become an athlete.


In the early UFC when a stand up striker was clinched by a grappler, they would try to strike as they were being taken down. Then we saw fighters evolve, a grappler learned striking, and a striker learned grappling (example Maurice Smith in UFC 14, and Rand Couture UFC 15). The next evolution was when we saw fighters being able to mix in striking and grappling so well that they were fighting striking or grappling enforcing their will rather than, just merely adapting. For example when Chuck Liddell ended up on the ground, not only could he survive there if he wanted to, but instead he would get back up on his feet and force it to a stand up fight which is what he wanted. And Wanderlei Silva in PRIDE FC would strike as he went into a take down so that he could be on top rather than have someone like Ricardo Arona get the takedown and end up on top of him, which show cased a high level of strategic mixing of striking and grappling.
So if I break it down we have:
1. Applying your methods to a different style (without learning other styles) 2. Crosstrain and learn other styles, use it when you can (reaction) 3. Mix in other styles into your strategy (actively use it)

Even though this is only 3 steps, it's a lot of work, it can take decades. Even if you can apply it to someone at your level, trying to do it to someone a few levels above you is a whole different story.



When someone closes the distance on you, most martial artists erroneously think that all you have to do is switch to close range techniques but they are wrong. You have to understand that if someone closes the distance on you, that means you screwed up, you are at least one step behind now. You have to protect yourself. Once you neutralize the threat then you can work towards attacking. An exceptional fighter has the ability to counter strike and readjust their body position simultaneously so that they are in the new range as if they were the ones that closed the distance.

STEPS IN A STREET ALTERCATION
1. When you spot potential danger, look at their hands. 2. If you have to get near them, then pump yourself up and be ready for a fight that may or may not happen. 3. Control the distance. 4. Try to verbally diffuse the situation, fighting is illegal. 5. Once the fight begins, don't look at their eyes they might be able to psyche you out, plus the eyes can be deceptive. Instead look at their collar bones. 6. If they close the distance on you, then you need to protect and survive at all costs until you get into a better position.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Wmpyr Journals

Wmpyr Journal Entries
by Wmpyr
Copyright 9-11-2015


5-16-2016 Eskrima Realistic Training
The 3 most important ingredients to making your Eskrima partner training more realistic is as follows: 1) Break free from patterns. 2) Add forward pressure. 3) Incrementally add power.

5-14-2016 Military Combatives
In the summer of 94, immediately after I graduated high school, I was in summer school for a big Texas University. When I had some time, I frequently went to the library, and I remember finding a golden needle in the haystack. It was a handbook for soldiers either for WWI or WWII. I remember it having a lot of bayonet fighting moves in it. It also had two hand to hand combat techniques that I was really impressed by. The Chin Jab and the Shin Stomp. The Chin Jab was an uppercut to the chin immediately followed by eye gouging to take them down. The Shin Stomp was a side kick to the knee and then immediately into a shin scrape with the side of your boot into a stomp to their foot. I still think these moves are great and they have been in my arsenal ever since I first read about them!

5-13-2016 Ancient Weapons
Back in the day most of my martial arts weapons training has consisted with the Escrima sticks, and knife. I also dabbled in the Jo, Bo, sword, and Nunchaku. After more than a decade I've been able to add more weapons such as the machete, Tomahawk, Balisong, Karambit, and Yawara stick. There is still so much more out there that I can go learn, and even more that I will never be able to play with, because there is just too much out there! If you've never done any ancient weapons training, I strongly recommend it, it's fascinating and so much fun, plus it's a little bit of exercise!

5-4-2016 Real World Everyday Training part 2
RWEDT is totally different from Tony Blauer's SPEAR System. The SPEAR System is based on flinch response to an ambush attack. I think the SPEAR System is very beneficial. I also do feel that just about any martial arts style has it's own method of flinch response, even if they don't teach it that way. In my own experience I noticed that sometimes my flinch response was successful and other times it was not. To solve this problem I created the RWEDT which is not a flinch response but an active cognitive method, where you are ready to do what your thinking about. I found this to be a 100% success rate.

5-3-2016 Real World Everyday Training part 1
RWEDT is based off the idea that nobody starts off good in martial arts. In order to get good, you have to put in the time. And if the only time you put in is at the dojo or gym, it's not enough. RWEDT makes it a part of your life style. And we all know from weight loss programs that those who are successful are the ones that made it a part of their life style

5-1-2016 Trapping
I've seen one of the best in the world with Trapping techniques spar and not able to do traps in real time. Even if they are dominating and have managed to grab a hold of the opponent's wrists, they still couldn't do it. Your arm and their arm needs to be pressed up against each other with enough opposing energy that things become slower, then you can trap, to trap without any kind of pressure to slow things down is too hard, even for one of the best in the world.

4-25-2016 Heelys
It's been a few years since I took out my adult sized Heelys and went for a quick skate on the streets. I just moved to a new apartment and I've been wanting to try out their parking lot. I was worried that I was going to have to relearn everything, but it was like riding a bike, I remembered how to Heely! It's so cool because once you begin to Heely, you start to view the ground differently, you look for all the smooth high grounds, and areas you can roll down and curve.

4-22-2016 Bas Rutten O2 Trainer
Another workout done and bagged! And once again no sign of asthma since I've been using the O2 Trainer on a regular basis! I wish doctors all over the world recommend this to asthma patients. I'm one of the worst when it comes to asthma and if it works on me, then anyone can do it! Thank you to MMA Legend Bas Rutten!

2-14-2016 Nunchaku iPhone Case
You never know what your going to find on Youtube, and yep, I found a Nunchaku iPhone case. Maybe it's more like a butterfly knife/balisong. It looks like a ton of fun, and it's not that expensive on ebay. For someone like me though, maybe I would just prefer practicing with a real Balisong or Nunchaku.

2-15-2016 Footwork
The most basic footwork I teach is the circular footwork which is from Boxing and Kickboxing. I also teach two types of traditional footwork one from Eskrima and the other from Karate. Those three types of footwork is my main core where I spend most of my time, but I sprinkle it with some tricks from various other systems such as JKD, fencing, and Capoeira.

2-10-2016 MOTU 200X Mutant Slime Pit
I wanted a play set to go with my Realm of the Underworld figures, so I looked at everything, and I found this to be the most affordable He-man compatible play set that you can get brand new. It's actually fairly large so it makes a good back drop piece. Figures can be posed on it and besides it. You can put a tub of slime at the bottom of the volcano, or you can pour the slime down the Snake's mouth. Either way the slime pouring/dipping doesn't work all that great, and neither does the trap door gimmick, but it's not so bad that it ruins it, plus it's still cool that it's a slime toy! The bonus skeleton monster has a lot of detail, and thankfully has a lock so he doesn't explode from a simple tap. I think many action figures would be compatible to this play set. Overall I do feel that it's an improvement over the original vintage MOTU Slime Pit which was basically just a crotch grabbing shower stall, this is a throne/slime volcano!

2-2-2016 American Horror Story Season 4
I tried to watch season 1, and it didn't hold my interest, decided to give it another shot, but this time began from season 4, because I heard good things about it. I found it to be very creepy and disturbing, but I couldn't take my eyes off it. I felt like I was being invited every week to the sideshow performer's family and in a weird way you get attached. This show doesn't have replay value for me, but I think it was extremely well done in every aspect.

12-22-2015 Akebono VS Don Frye
Just saw this MMA fight, and I not only enjoyed it, but more importantly I learned from it. I'm sure there were plenty of people who said bad things about it, and it disgusts me, these people have no idea what they are talking about, and are way over stepping their boundaries saying negative stuff. Anyways it made me think that in a street fight, Akebono would push Don Frye to the wall, and if that wall was made of concrete, Akebono could repeatedly smash Don Frye's head and body against it and I would think win the fight in half the time it took for Frye to defeat Akebono. I was really impressed with how Don Frye stood his ground and threw punches at Akebono especially in the first round at the start of the fight. I think most people would be totally intimidated and simply could not stand their ground.

12-20-2015 Terminator 4
The critics and the public seemed to hate this film, but I thought it was good, it definitely had some flaws, but overall I enjoyed it. I think the trailer for this film was really bad and probably swayed many people from viewing it. The main problem with this film for me was the casting. I felt that there was a lot of mis-casting going on.

12-19-2015 The Riddle of Steel
I have stated that there is something very primal about swinging a stick with bad intentions. I got to tell you that's it's quite satisfying to pick up some heavy sticks and practice the forms while watching the original Conan The Barbarian film. There are so many great parts in this film, one of them is when his dad is telling him, you can't trust, not men, women, or beast, but this (pointing to his sword), this you can trust.

12-16-2015 Realm of the Underworld
Back in the 80s when He-man and the Masters of the Universe toy line was unbelievably popular, we soon saw many knock offs hit the shelves. I remember one such line called Pirates of the Galaxseas which I bought 2 figures at K-mart. Anyways Realm of the Underworld plays homage to the KOs more so than He-man. And refreshingly it is NOT a modern re-imagination of these toys from the 80s, but actually it's like a brand new line straight from the 80s! It fits right in. I feel like I have a time machine in my hands! If this wasn't good enough, there are some improvements such as quality and the ability to interchange the head, arms, and legs.

12-14-2015 MOTU
I imagined He-man and the Masters of the Universe world to be very different from the cartoons. At this age I was already familiar with Conan the Barbarian from the film and the comics. To me He-man was Conan, and that world was violent and serious as can be. There was no Orco, Prince Adam, or King Randor, in my world. Battle Cat without the armor was still Battle Cat, not cowardly Cringer. And most importantly Skeletor's minions were not buffoons, each one was formidable and gave He-man a run for his money, if they ganged up on He-man, the only way he could survive was to have his pals help him out.

12-13-2015 Nullifier
Golobulus, Nemesis Enforcer, and Goro aside, out of the regular vintage 3" 3/4 GI Joe figures one of my all time favorites is surprisingly Nullifier! Nulli-who? He is the pilot for the Anti Gravity Pod. I recall the jet craft being very unimpressive mainly because the plastic seemed real cheap. I got it because it wasn't that expensive at the time. The pilot was a gem though, no weapons, no backpack, just a removable visor shield, but he looked out of this world, literally!

11-30-2015 Golobulus
One of my favorite GI Joe action figure of all time is Golobulus. I really like how Golobulus had something over his other eye, his one green arm with these large veins, and of course his serpentine lower body. The action figure comes with a semi organic looking gun that reminded me of the gun from the film Existenz. Golobulus came in a 3 pack with 2 other figures, the Royal Guard and Nemesis Enforcer who for some reason had 2 back packs. We all knew that Nemesis Enforcer wore the wing back pack, but was the tentacle back pack for a victim, or was it for Nemesis Enforcer for an alternate version, or was it for Golobulus?

11-14-2015 Survival Tin Can
A couple of years back I won a Youtube contest and got myself a survival tin can from Sir Joben, his eBay store is Lazy Lizard Gear. The tin can is the size of your typical Altoids tin can. Since then I have been making my own. One for my bug-out-bag, another for the car, another for home emergencies. I like how it's super compact, it's better than nothing, and it gives a little peace of mind.

11-12-2015 BK Universal Studio Monsters set
In 1997 Burger King had an amazing kid's toy. Universal Studio Monsters set. The set had Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, Wolfman, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Each action figure came with a glow in the dark sticker, and instructions. Some of them came with a tiny play set. Most of them have 5 points of articulation and are compatible to the 3 3/4" figure size.

11-10-2015 Fallout New Vegas
Fallout 4 ships out today, but I've been playing Fallout New Vegas on my PS3, and absolutely enjoying it like crazy. Not too long ago I finished the Honest Hearts add on, and just now finished Big Mountain which was excellent! The story of being transported to a strange scientists zone and having my brain, heart, and spine removed was such a weird and fun story!

11-9-2015 True Fight
I've been trying to get my health back after a very nasty stomach virus. At one point I thought I was going to die. I've been taking it meal by meal, day by day, slowly trying to get back the weight I lost, and trying to heal. When it's life and death, all the things we stress out about disappears, and when you get to come back, you appreciate the smaller things. I like appreciating the smaller things.

11-8-2015 Human Centipede 3
Many people consider Sharknado as THE "so bad it's good film", but I can't seem to agree with the public. I tried to watch it, and like it but just couldn't. I enjoy the Human Centipede series, the first one was surprisingly well done, good acting, good filming, despite the title, quite serious. The second one took a turn into a David Lynch wet dream times 100. It's vile and it's suppose to be. The 3rd felt more campy, and while the centipede was longer, everything else felt more watered down. And if you like the main actor then it would be a low budget treat, but the acting style he did in this one which was scream and yell ALL THE TIME, got annoying for me.

11-4-2015 Troma films
I've made it no secret that I'm a fan of Full Moon films, but I'm also a fan of Troma films. I really like Toxic Avenger 4: Citizen Toxie, Poultrygeist, Tromeo & Juliet, and the Class of Nukem High series. I enjoy their non mainstream Hollywood approach to film.

10-29-2015 Snaggletooth
I purchased the Mantis Knives Snaggletooth for a tad more than $23 free shipping new! It use to run for about $140. What a great buy on a super knife! This knife was designed based on a concept, so if you don't know and agree with the concept, I don't recommend it. If your a fan of Bram Frank style knives then this is the best deal in the market that I know of.

10-27-2015 EDC
Most of the time I walk around with my wallet, iPhone, keys, and knife. I'm a minimalist so I don't like that, I feel like it's too much. The wallet and iPhone should be combined. I want to combine the keys and knife too, but I haven't been able to find a good set up. Currently my keys have a plastic survival tool on there.

10-26-2015 Wizards
For the 1st time I finally got to see the Ralph Bakshi film Wizards. Been wanting to see this for a long time. I did enjoy it, not sure if I would consider this my favorite of his films but it certainly has it's charms.

10-25-2015 Reality Based Blade
The Jim Wagner RBB by Boker is a very popular tactical folding knife that also seems to be heavily criticized. It has a ton of features, with a unique blade. However, at the end of the day it's a solid lock back knife with a great handle.

10-24-2015 P001 Bodyguard Knife
The P001 Bodyguard Knife was designed by martial arts expert and professional bodyguard Jeff Thenier. This is an extremely interesting knife because it has three locking positions, closed, pistol, and standard. The idea is that a pistol shaped knife would be more familiar for those who have a firearm as their primary weapon.

10-23-2015 LLC Knife
The Lapu Lapu Corto Knife was designed by Arnis expert Bram Frank, and made by a German company called Cherusker Messer. It's an amazing knife that I feel goes extremely well with the Filipino martial arts. The idea of a folding knife specifically designed to be used in the closed position to me is brilliant and goes well with my style of combat.

10-22-2015 Lost in Space Youtube
Thank goodness for Youtube! I've been watching Lost in Space episodes and really having a blast. I was worried that the kid was going to be super annoying, but actually he is not, he's very responsible and intelligent, I really like his sister but she's more of just a tag along, and the robot is surprisingly very human and not dry or boring. Dr. Smith steals the show what can I say!

10-21-2015 OMFG October Toys
Recently got my Outlandish Mini Figure Guys series 4 & 3. I like how they are an homage to M.U.S.C.L.E. Kinkeshi. The details are amazing and each series consists of many diverse characters that your going to find at least one that will really impress you. For series 4 I like Tree Witched and Fossil Freak, for series 3, gotta go with Barbarianaut, Dr. Decay is cool, but I really like Fruit Punch for some reason.

10-20-2015 Dinosaur Island
Late night I began watching this while playing with Lego. I didn't think I was going to like it, but I have to admit that I actually enjoyed it. It reminded me a tiny bit of The People That Time Forgot, which is a film I really like. I've been watching some strange hollow earth videos on Youtube and maybe that's what got me in the mood.

10-19-2015 Star Wars Kenner
With the new film coming out this year, the new SW toys are out. I like the old vintage figures just because that is what I had as a kid, but I also really like Power of the Force, Power of the Jedi, and Shadows of the Empire lines, they get a lot of heat, because some fans say that some of the figures look too muscular.

10-18-2015 Ree Yees
I remember finding Ree Yees in a sandbox in Japan. I couldn't believe it, the vintage Star Wars Kenner figure. It was not a figure that I would ever have bought, I don't even remember which Star Wars film he was in. However this figure has grown on me, now one of my favorite SW action figures. To me he's the coolest looking alien of them all, Bossk and Hammerhead are my next choices.

10-17-2015 Halloween Dracula
One October day I remember walking into K-mart and they had the Remco Dracula figure right by the entrance. I immediately wanted it, but instead I got the larger size Dracula action figure probably because it reminded me of the Mego action figures that I had back in the day. As much as I liked this Dracula, like the character he was all alone. If I got the Remco Dracula he could have fit in with my Star Wars and GI Joe figures, for some reason I thought that the Dracula character could not fit in with my other toys.

10-16-2015 GI Joe Figures
My mom bought me two GI Joe figures Spirit the tracker, and Dee Jay. My Dad bought me Zartan which was my favorite figure for a long time. I remember asking my parents for Stormshadow, but they couldn't find him and instead got me Firefly. I was a brat and super upset, to this day I don't care for Firefly. My Grandma got me Shipwreck and Snake Eyes that came with his wolf named Timber.

10-15-2015 Atmosfear
Atmosfear is one of my all time favorite board game. The game mechanic isn't all that great, but it does have many features making it quite interesting. A video is used like a game master and to set the mood, you move around a board that can be configured differently each time you play, and you collect keystones that make your monster character more powerful so that you can have advantages over the other players.

10-14-2015 Lost in Space
Lost in Space was a TV show I enjoyed watching as a kid. It was like Little House on the Prairie but more exciting because of the science fiction. I liked that it reminded me of the Robinson Crusoe story even though it was more Swiss Family Robinson. This must be why I am interested in survival tools and bug out bags today.

10-13-2015 Magic Slate
I saw a monster wallet set online (Dracula, Franky, Mummy, Wolfman, Creature, and Phantom). It said magic slate included, so I looked it up and nostalgia instantly hit me. It's basically a kid's doodle pad with a clear sheet on top. Use the stylus and when your done, just pull the clear sheet up and it becomes blank so you can repeat over and over, how neat!

10-12-2015 Full Moon Entertainment
Halloween is slowly creeping up, that can only mean one thing, that it's time for me to bring out my Full Moon DVD collection. Last year for some reason my grocery store carried many Full Moon DVDs, so I was able to acquire a mini collection. Combine that with multi-pack DVDs and I ended up with around 40 Full Moon films!

10-11-2015 The Munsters
When I was a kid I watched The Munsters. It was one of my favorite TV shows. The Addams Family just didn't have the same kind of appeal for me. I'm still waiting for The Munsters to come out with a film that is on par with the Addams Family films which I thought were well made and enjoyable.

10-10-2015 Danguard Ace
My favorite super robot is Planetary Robot Danguard Ace. I don't care for the anime's story, but the robot has an excellent design. To me Danguard looks like a gladiator! I like the way he transforms into the Satelizer spaceship, and I also really like how his shin guards are put together to make a bladed pugil stick type weapon.

10-9-2015 Dracula
My favorite monster has always been Dracula. I grew up watching the 1979 Frank Langella Dracula over and over. The 1992 Gary Oldman Dracula was superb! Lately I've been a little tired of the suave debonair vampire, and I've come to appreciate the Nosferatu look. I'm surprised nobody has combined Dracula and Nosferatu in a single film since the story is the same.

10-8-2015 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
It's been a while since I've seen this again. I think I might have to put this in my top 20 favorite films list! So many memorable scenes, the black knight, the witch trial, the holy hand grenade, the black beast, the Trojan rabbit, it just goes on and on, like a bunch of Monty skits put together forming a movie!

10-7-2015 Monster from the Sewer
When I went for my night run, as I was passing by a sewer drain on the ground, I heard a loud strange noise from it. I instantly jumped back into a fighting stance, and made ample distance as I felt the surge of adrenaline flow through my body. I thought of the famous scene from the Stephen King novel "It". For the heck of it, I began to shadowbox keeping my eye towards the drain and then continued to run.

10-6-2015 Fasting
I've been fasting every morning for quite sometime now. It sounds extreme, but I drink plenty of fluids such as wheatgrass and vegetable juices. I also do the "drink your vegetables and eat your fruits" routine. Vegetable juices in the morning helps me go number 2. I feel that there are plenty of other benefits to fasting too.

10-5-2015 Yellowbeard
This was one of the films I use to watch over and over on video tape. Quite underrated since it's not heard about often, but the production is incredible because it has the Monty Python crew, the Mel Brooks crew, and Cheech & Chong! Even though it's a comedy I put it up there in my top favorite pirate films list.

10-4-2015 Death's Head II
My favorite Marvel Comics superhero is Death's Head II AKA Minion. In a nutshell he's like Predator meets Terminator! Minion is a cyborg with a skull face, red dreadlocks, and a Terminator liquid metal type right arm. He assimilates people's personalities so he can tap into different minds.

10-3-2015 Ralph Snart
During high school, I went to Amherst college for SAT prep. I went to the local comic book store with my friend, a competitive wrestler who looked like the Night Slasher in the film Cobra. Anyways he surprisingly bought a Milk & Cheese comic book. I got Ralph Snart Adventures Vol. 5 which I never heard of before and for some reason I got it and it was great! The drawing style reminds me of Rat Fink which is really neat.

10-2-2015 Heelys
I use to live right next door to an office building that had a 3 level parking garage. One day I bought me some Heelys and began to practice there. My friend from college had warned me that even though the kids make it look easy, it takes practice. So I went to a spot that had guardrails for me to hold onto and practiced. I miss skating around in my Heelys!

10-1-2015 Bug Out Bag
While it's cool to have a fire starter, compass, water filter, insect repellent, and such in a bug out bag, I really think a pair of gloves is highly underrated and often times absent. Another one tool that's underrated are binoculars. They can save you a whole lot of walking.

9-30-2015 Bas Rutten
I saw a Bas Rutten interview video today. He is an exciting fighter to watch, but what impressed me was when he said back in the day when he was struggling and working his butt off, he couldn't fill up the car with gas all the way because he didn't have the money. Today he can afford that, so he tells himself everyday that his life is good, to appreciate little things like that.

9-29-2015 Gashapon
In Japan capsule toys from the vending machines are called gashapon. They are made by Bandai so the quality is quite good. The first I ever saw was the Ultraman keshi line, then Kinnikuman keshi, but the one I got into back in the day was the SD Gundam keshi. Recently I bought a toy capsule vending machine to display my capsule toys.

9-28-2015 Kinnikuman Tag Team Match
When I was a kid in the 80s I wanted a Famicom just like any kid in Japan. I was late to the bandwagon as I usually am with this kind of thing. The game I wanted the most was Kinnikuman Tag Team Match because I was a fan of the manga and anime. I pretty much bought the Famicom for that game. In high school I got the Super NES pretty much for Street Fighter II Turbo.

9-27-2015 Captain Crunch
When I was a kid my favorite cereal was the peanut butter flavor Captain Crunch. I actually liked the taste, but also it was really all about the bonus toy inside. The most memorable cereal premium I got from a Captain Crunch cereal was a flat put together glow in the dark pirate skeleton. I thought it was so cool. Today I see a never assembled one on eBay for 20 bucks plus 2.49 shipping.

9-26-2015 Manga
The first manga I ever read was Astro Boy, either someone left it in my room or it was a gift, and I thought wow this is great! I was like age 5. When I went to visit my grandparents in Japan, I bought my first manga as my mom watched over me. It was Meitantei Kageman. We then moved to Japan and I remember going to the book store with my dad. There was so many to choose from, I didn't know what to get, I went with Kinnikuman #20. Soon enough I had a massive collection.

9-25-2015 Return to Oz
My grandma took my sister to go see Return to Oz when she was a kid and she hated it saying it was terrifying. I was always curious, and just last year I finally got to see it. Really enjoyed it. I saw it recently and still think it's great! I have to rewatch The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz again to see which one I like the best of the three.

9-24-2015 Alien 3
Many people seem to dislike Alien 3 but it's actually my favorite film from the Alien series. I realize it lacks the quality of the first two films. I appreciate it as an underdog, and the making of featurette I saw on HBO won me over. I enjoyed 4, but I still like 3 better.

9-23-2015 WCW
In the early 90s After school I'd come home and looked forward to watching WCW immediately after my sister watched Saved by the Bell. I always enjoyed watching The Great Muta Vs Sting, Samoan SWAT Team Vs The Midnight Express, Steiner Brothers Vs Doom, and countless other matches. I also watched WWF but I preferred WCW because the wrestling was more technical, and the show seemed less kiddie.

9-22-2015 Sherlock Holmes
I remember watching Sherlock Holmes TV shows late at night with my dad. I was in grade school at the time, the stories were too complicated for me. However I really enjoyed the mood and acting. My mom told me to read something other than manga, so I picked up 2 books which I treasure to this day. Lupin Vs Holmes, and Go West. Both are an excellent read! As a small basic way to practice deduction, I play a Sudoku app about once a week.

9-21-2015 Push Ups
Just recently my friend rejoined the army reserves. According to his age group he needs to do a minimum of 49 push ups within 2 minutes. At 40, I'm 4 years older than him, but I figured that I should be able to do that even though I don't do regular push ups. I barely pulled 50 in 2 minutes. It was pretty difficult and I'm not happy with my performance so I will try to improve in this area.

9-20-2015 Cyclonus
I really wanted to get the Combiner Wars Cyclonus today but I decided not to. I never cared for Cyclonus, but this version is special because it also becomes Galvatronus. Galvatronus is a character that was made up for this line. He is a gestalt Transformer that can mind control Decepticon or Autobots to make them into his limbs. What a neat idea, even if it's really just a lazy way to not make specific limb parts for him.

9-19-2015 Mad Max
This summer I got to see the new Mad Max film Fury Road in the theater. Right before watching that one, I made sure to re-watch all the previous films. I use to think that "The Road Warrior" was by far my favorite, but to my surprise my opinion has changed. I actually like "Beyond Thunderdome" the best. A big part of the reason has to do with Thunderdome being not so intense as the other films. There was a time when I liked really intense films, but now at 40 years of age, hardcore and shocking, is just not appealing to me anymore.

9-18-2015 Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage
I expected this film to be very bad, but it won me over. The filming was quite poor, due to camera quality. However the special effects took me back to the days when I use repeatedly watch the 1981 film "Clash of the Titans" and "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger". I put this in the category of the poorly made Sci-fi channel movies, but this is among the best of those. I got the feeling that the director is a genuine fan of those kind of films.

9-17-2015 Puzzle And Dragons
Puzzle and Dragons is the game I play the most on my iPhone. I really wanted to like Puzzle Quest, but P&D is much easier to play, I don't have to play a super hard dungeon if I don't want to. Collecting and evolving monsters is also very addicting. I really like the Holy Night Santa Claus, Hera, but my favorite monster is the 5 Mechdragon Combo, Demon Hadar.

9-16-2015 Classic Americana
When we moved to Japan in the 80s, I remember one night The Wizard of Oz was on TV. My parents, my sister, and I sat down to watch it in front of a tiny TV inside a tiny apartment in Tokyo. We were in the living room, I brought out my blankets and pillow, and it was such an amazing movie. This was exactly the kind of thing that I missed about America. Even though Dorothy said she was from Kansas, she might as well said she was from Texas, because that is where I grew up in the USA.

9-15-2015 PS1
I've had several consoles throughout the years but one of my favorites was the PS1, because it was more like a VCR than a computer. I had many cool games, but I really enjoyed getting the PS Magazine demo discs. I frequently enjoyed a Mario Kart type racing game, Hot Shots golf, Spiderman, Tony Hawk, and Twisted Metal 2. The demo disc had games that were among the best at the time. Even though you could only play a very limited version of the game, it was still pretty awesome, especially for someone like me who rarely beat games anyway.

9-14-2015 Life Form From Outer Space Snacks
I was probably around 13 years old when I was visiting my grandparents in Hokkaido. I have many fond memories of getting a candy in Japan that came with a super cool toy. Anyway this one time I got a chocolate snack that came with a "life form" from outer space. It was just a small piece of slightly rubbery plastic that had an image enclosed inside of something that looked like your typical alien organism. I thought it was so cool, I went back and got another one that was a different shape. I thought maybe it would change color if I put it in the freezer but it didn't.

9-13-2015 Generations Armada Megatron
It's been a few months since I got Combiner Wars Armada Megatron. I have it displayed on my desk. Easily the best Transformer I've ever owned. Reminds me of the MP line, but with only a 15 step transformation. While okay in tank mode it's the color scheme, light piping eyes, minicon pegs, nice articulation, make this figure great. To me the bot mode looks better than the original! Very likable because it's not another Megatron, but one in combat armor if you will.

9-12-2015 Monster Squad
I haven't seen this film since the 90s so I was very excited to see it tonight on Netflix. It was really cool to see Dracula, Wolfman, Mummy, Creature, and Frankenstein's monster in one film in a Goonies type story. I really like the scene when the kid is up on the roof of his house watching a drive-in movie with some binoculars. After they blew up the Wolfman I like how he regenerated, showing his extra invulnerability. They pretty much showcase the monsters as what the general public perceived them to be at the time. I can't say it's a great film, but it has a nostalgic feel. I just might prefer this film over The Goonies!

9-11-2015 Henshin Cyborg
Recently on ebay I found a Henshin Cyborg Walder action figure. I really like the vintage look on this figure who is the evil invader from space. Most of his body is a transparent blue color, like a micro organism from science class. Got to like that demonic face on his torso, done like the historical depictions of Satan. His yellow eyes really stand out on his unique head sculpt which is a large exposed brained creature with large pointy bat ears. Remove his head to reveal a tiny Ultraman like head that actually doesn't look so evil. I didn't buy it, even though this amazing figure fires up my imagination.

9-10-2015 Microman Amazon
One day I got a gift from Japan, one of my dad's coworkers sent me Microman Amazon. The figure came with a translucent spear and head which I thought was some kind of candy at first. He also came with a creature companion, and a backpack shaped like a flower that were his blades. The blades had psychedelic designs and I think you were suppose to spin it behind him to see the designs through his translucent head for a weird effect.

9-9-2015 Microman Pharoid
When I was a kid, my dad wasn't around much because he had to fly around the world for work. He would bring me gifts and one of them was Microman Pharoid in blue. The toy and packaging looked so out there that I wasn't sure if it was a toy for kids. It came with an Egyptian looking sarcophagus, this was like Stargate a decade before the film came out. Even though I liked it, I didn't understand or relate to Microman because it was so rare and different here in the USA.

9-8-2015 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
I happily own the 2005 film, and I enjoyed the BBC mini series that combined the three books. I really like the quirky sense of humor mixed in with the science fiction. I remember reading the book in junior high and it was crazy! I think the author Douglas Adams is brilliant! Another British author I like is Terry Pratchett who writes humorous stories with a Lord of the Rings type flavor.

9-7-2015 Martial Running
I run for martial arts exercise. I run in a zigzag motion, I punch while running, and try to be creative. The main thing is the sprint which I hate because they are so hard, so I do that the most. When I turn up my speed I focus on pushing off the ground with my feet. At the 2nd spot I focus on using my thighs to keep up the speed. For the final spot I focus on arms and move them rapidly. As I sprint I practice strong mind, I'm in a battlefield slaying enemies in epic fashion!

9-6-2015 Running
I always preferred swimming over running mainly because of my asthma. In college I ran up and down bleachers for a conditioning class. I enjoyed it much better than running. About 7 years ago I lived by North Star Mall, and I would go running up and down the parking garage stairs and some short sprints going up the parking lot ramp. About 5 years ago I moved to an area with no good stairs so I began to run. I've become a runner ever since.



Monday, June 22, 2015

Japanese Word Find Game number 8


Japanese Word Find Game number 8
by Wmpyr


PUZZLE
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N  M  B  D  S  O  R  A  Z  N

M  O  R  I  Q  B  B  M  H  W

I  M  U  A  X  N  N  I  K  E

I  I  P  W  M  A  C  H  I  N

A  H  Q  A  Y  M  V  Z  B  U

B  M  B  K  O  T  N  X  O  F

M  D  A  I  K  U  O  K  I  H

E  Z  X  Y  U  C  H  I  M  V



WORD KEY
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1. Sky
2. Ocean
3. River
4. Plane
5. Boat
6. Station
7. Town
8. Forest
9. Mountain
10. Home (not ie)



ANSWERS
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1. Sora 
2. Umi
3. Kawa
4. Hikouki
5. Fune
6. Eki
7. Machi
8. Mori
9. Yama
10. Uchi





Japanese Word Find Game number 7


Japanese Word Find Game number 7
by Wmpyr


PUZZLE
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S  W  I  I  I  Q  M  M  A  E

V  I  G  N  A  G  A  I  V  I

Q  I  W  I  K  M  V  L  H  B

M  A  S  H  I  K  U  B  I  U

E  N  V  V  J  R  X  M  O  K

E  U  S  H  I  R  O  E  U  E

A  Z  I  H  M  J  O  X  D  T

H  I  D  A  R  I  J  I  H  M


WORD KEY
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1. Long
2. Short
3. Right
4. Left
5. Front
6. Back
7. Elbow
8. Knee
9. Ankle
10. Wrist


ANSWERS
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1. Nagai
2. Mijikai
3. Migi
4. Hidari
5. Mae
6. Ushiro
7. Hiji
8. Hiza
9. Ashikubi
10. Tekubi



Monday, June 15, 2015

Japanese Word Find Game number 6


Japanese Word Find Game number 6
by Wmpyr


PUZZLE
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C  A  I  R  O  T  A  W  I  N

A  N  A  T  A  T  A  C  H  I

Y  O  R  U  G  O  H  A  N  M

U  U  H  S  N  E  S  U  N  I

K  R  Y  G  K  R  I  A  T  N

A  O  Q  M  O  J  I  K  A  N

S  R  A  I  S  H  U  H  G  A

A  J  T  M  K  O  N  S  H  U


WORD KEY
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1. dinner
2. time
3. this week
4. last week
5. this coming week
6. rooster
7. umbrella
8. us
9. you all
10. everyone



ANSWERS
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1. yorugohan
2. jikan
3. konshu
4. senshu
5. raishu
6. niwatori
7. kasa
8. watashitachi
9. anatatachi
10. minna



Japanese Word Find Game number 5


Japanese Word Find Game number 5
by Wmpyr


PUZZLE
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C  H  I  K  A  T  E  T  S  U

U  D  A  I  D  O  K  O  R  O

D  A  I  G  A  K  U  U  S  I

N  D  A  I  G  A  K  U  T  H

J  L  A  N  I  U  O  Y  I  B

T  X  T  S  U  K  U  E  V  A

K  N  A  H  O  G  U  R  I  H

A  Q  O  R  O  K  O  D  E  N


WORD KEY
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1. chair
2. desk
3. school
4. bedroom
5. kitchen
6. college
7. hospital
8. subway
9. everymorning
10. lunch



ANSWERS
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1. isu
2. tsukue
3. gakkou
4. nedokoro
5. daidokoro
6. daigaku
7. biyouin
8. chikatetsu
9. maiasa
10. hirugohan



Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Japanese Word Find Game number 4


Japanese Word Find Game number 4
by Wmpyr



I  M  A  V  F  M  L  A  T  L

U  A  F  R  R  C  T  I  S  B

M  G  K  A  L  I  T  U  U  I

A  O  B  A  H  D  F  S  M  U

S  K  J  S  T  U  E  T  E  S

T  A  K  A  I  A  X  A  T  A

I  A  Y  A  H  Y  T  O  A  Y

A  O  S  O  I  N  T  A  I  W

hot (weather)
cold/freezing (weather)
warm (temp)
cold (temp)
cheap
expensive/high
up
down
fast
slow

ANSWERS
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atsui
samui
atatakai
tsumetai
yasui
takai
ue
shita
hayai
osoi


Wmpyr's want list


***MONSTER HIGH***
Just about anything Monster High and also Sanrio

***STAR WARS***
ANY comic book/graphic novel
ANY Star Wars Shadow of the Empire
ANY Star Wars Power of the Force
3"3/4 Darth Maul that splits in two
3"3/4 Darth Vader with removable mask
3"3/4 Carbonite removable Han Solo
3"3/4 Darth Sidious
3"3/4 Darth Bane 
3"3/4 Boba Fett
3"3/4 R2D2

***REACTION FIGURES***
Any Reaction Figures, prefer the Universal Horror line
Creature from the Black Lagoon Glow-in-the-dark (holy grail)

***GI JOE***
ANY GI Joe comic book/graphic novel
ANY 3"3/4 GI Joe figure/vehicle/play set
Golobulus
Destro
Zartan
Serpentor
ANY Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat especially M. Bison and Goro

***TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES***
Any comic book/graphic novel/action figure
Same with Usagi Yojimbo 

***BUILDING BLOCK TOYS***
ANY LEGO sets/pieces/figures
ANY KREO sets/pieces/figures
ANY Mega Bloks sets/pieces/figures
ANY Tenkai Knights sets/pieces/figures
ANY 3rd party Lego compatible accessories such as Brick Forge and Brick Warriors
ANY Chinese Lego mini figure KO (Marvel/Ninjago/Lord of the Rings etc.) 

***TRADING CARDS***
ANY Yugioh cards
ANY Super Hero cards (Marvel, DC, image, or from Wizard, etc)
UFC cards
Prowrestling cards 
Transformers cards
Star Wars, Terminator, Horror films cards
Mars Attacks and Dinosaurs Attacks cards
I do not like sports cards (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL) and I do not like cards that are not standard trading card size. 

***COMICS***
ANY Manga, comic books, graphic novels
Ralph Snart comic books
Heavy Metal magazine
Guardians of the Galaxy
Death's Head II 
The New Warriors
Transformers

***MOVIES***
ANY Dvd, Blue Ray, 
I especially like horror, sci-fi, and b-movies.
Any Shaw Brothers films

TRIO CLAYFACE
MIGHTY MAX FREAKO THE CLOWN

***Keshi***
OMFG!
Monster In my Pocket
M.U.S.C.L.E./Kinkeshi
Ultimate Muscle
SD GUNDAM
SD Gundam Musha Zeta Gundam that combines with horse (my holy grail)

***GAME BOOKS***
ANY Endless Quest books
ANY Fighting Fantasy books
MYSTERY OF THE ANCIENTS
DUEL OF THE MASTERS

***SKYLANDERS*** 
Magna Charge
Roller Brawl
Chill
Just about ANY Skylander I don't have. 

***PS1 GAMES***
Crash Bash
Dark Stalkers 1~3
Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
Mortal Kombat Trilogy
Mortal Kombat 3
Legacy of Kain
Machine Hunter
Loaded Weapon 1 and 2
Street Fighter Alpha
Street Fighter Alpha 2
Crash Bash
Hot Shots Golf 2

***Hot Wheels and other mini cars***
Batman Forever Batmobile
Command Tank 
Big Bertha (Tank)
Ghost Busters Ecto Mobile
Ice Cream Truck Crazed Clowns
Snoopy HW City 
ANY Monster 500 mini car
Corgi mini 007 Aston Martin (my Holy grail)


Monday, June 1, 2015

Japanese Word Find Game number 3


Japanese Word Find Game number 3
by Wmpyr


U  Y  U  F  A  T  I  H  S  A

I  K  M  U  R  A  H  G  U  U

U  H  S  I  A  R  X  H  Z  O

J  H  O  U  H  S  N  O  K  N

I  Y  S  J  S  G  A  O  B  I

K  E  L  N  I  M  T  Q  V  K

A  L  C  K  E  A  S  M  S  R

N  P  A  H  D  S  U  L  O  J


Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Time
This week
Last week
Next week
Today
Tomorrow
Yesterday


ANSWERS
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haru
natsu
aki
fuyu
jikan
konshu
senshu
raishu
kyo
ashita
kinou



JAPANESE WORD FIND GAMES BY WMPYR


Japanese Word Find Games
by Wmpyr


Japanese WORD FIND 1

Japanese WORD FIND 2

Japanese WORD FIND 3

Japanese WORD FIND 4

Japanese WORD FIND 5

Japanese WORD FIND 6

Japanese WORD FIND 7

Japanese WORD FIND 8



Japanese Word Find Number 2


Japanese Word Find Game number 2
by Wmpyr


Q  J  Z  R  M  C  E  R  A  K

J  O  N  A  S  I  I  J  O  I

E  D  A  I  G  A  K  U  M  O

K  D  O  J  I  S  A  N  O  K

I  N  A  S  A  B  O  Z  X  K

U  S  T  I  P  N  E  C  K  A

O  J  O  N  A  K  U  R  X  G

F  Y  K  O  B  A  A  S  A  N

he
she 
school
university
grandpa
grandma
uncle
aunt
station
pencil




ANSWERS
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kare
kanojo 
gakko
daigaku 
ojiisan
obaasan
ojisan
obasan
eki
enpitsu






Japanese Word Find Game part 1


Japanese Word Find Game part 1
by Wmpyr


I  B  U  K  T  M  A  V  W  P  F  B

N  F  O  A  G  I  E  T  I  C  I  C

J  G  B  Z  H  D  S  S  A  H  E  U

E  T  E  K  U  B  I  E  S  M  P  K

R  O  D  C  X  G  F  A  D  L  A  R

A  N  V  W  I  P  K  J  H  U  W  Y

G  A  M  U  H  O  I  R  N  A  Q  G

H  K  C  T  C  A  H  K  R  X  N  E

Y  A  I  B  U  K  A  S  J  B  T  A

U  M  D  J  K  M  S  E  N  A  K  A

B  O  W  S  I  J  N  M  A  Z  I  H

I  Y  A  W  X  H  E  R  F  I  J  J


Foot
Mouth
Head
Eye
Nose
Stomach
Elbow
Back
Knee
Hand
Hair
Wrist
Face
Arm
Neck
Finger


ANSWERS
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ashi - foot/leg
kuchi - mouth
atama - head
me - eye(s)
hana - nose/flower
onaka - stomach
hiji - elbow
senaka - back
hiza - knee
te - hand
kami - hair/god
tekubi - wrist
kao - face
ude - arm
kubi - neck
yubi - finger






Saturday, May 16, 2015

Horror Film Recommendations by Wmpyr


Horror Film Recommendations
by Wmpyr


BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA
THE BREED
C.H.U.D.
CITIZEN TOXIE
THE FLY II
FRANKENHOOKER
HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES
INNOCENT BLOOD
KILLJOY
GHOSTS OF MARS
JACK FROST 2
PUPPET MASTER
SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE
THEY LIVE


The Fly II
I don't even like the first one, but this one, I use to watch on cable all the time, so it has a soft spot for me. Geeky kid inherits a monstrous past at a laboratory and dishes out revenge at the end.

Innocent Blood
This one and The Breed are two underrated vampire films. I saw this is the movie theater, I was pleasantly surprised. Really liked how beautiful the vampire eyes are in this film. A unique vampire mafia story.

Ghosts of Mars
This is an underrated John Carpenter film and I actually prefer this one over The Thing, Escape from L.A. and John Carpenter's Vampires.

Generations Combiner Wars Armada Megatron review by Wmpyr

Generations Armada Megatron review
by Wmpyr

This Armada Megatron is the most expensive Transformer that I have bought to this day. I have to say that this is my favorite Transformer ever and I really like it. Why do I like it so much? First of all I like villains, they are more colorful in character. I like Megatron but the G1 Megatron has been done so many times. He's over exposed in my opinion, however the Armada Megatron is not, he's still Megatron, but it's a rare incarnation we don't see often. Other than the original and the McDonald's Happy Meal version, this is the only other Armada Megatron that I know of. To me Armada Megatron is like Megatron in full combat armor. The original Armada Megatron was not a bad figure, it looked pretty cool in both bot and alt modes, and it was loaded with gimmicks. This new Armada Megatron in my opinion is even better than the original because it's simplified yet the quality is better. Even though the gimmicks are gone they still kept the playfulness by giving him minicon pegs. This was a great move on their part and I applaud them for doing that. It's a bummer that the tank is no longer H shaped, but it still looks decent. The new one has a killer bot mode. It's very articulate and it looks much better than the original. The size and quality of this new one feels like it belongs in the master piece line, however they intelligently reduced the transformation to 15 steps. While not perfect, the overall result is a fine action figure and for me a must have Transformer. I rate it a 10/10.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Warrior Cultures


Warrior Culture

3-26-2015 Last night I watched a very long Youtube interview video where this MMA coach talks about warrior culture. He felt that the best warriors were from Europe. It was very interesting to hear all the historical information that he had accumulated, but sadly it was an ear sore to hear his extreme bias and prejudice. I then asked myself why does he have to say these things? Is it because so many people say that Samurai warriors are the best, and it became annoying for him? Which is understandable because anyone who speaks with their own bias as if it were the only view point that matters is extremely annoying. Sadly he was making the same mistake himself. If this was the reason why he had to retaliate and claim that the European warriors were the best, then really it's not about the Samurai warriors at all, it's about the annoying behaviors some people have. The mindless people who say this warrior is the best or that warrior is the best, are really just parroting some pompous jerk's words. Every culture has warrior culture, every one of those warriors were amazing in their own way. So to say one is better than the other is stupid. He seemed to have a hatred towards Asian culture, and he continued to bash the Mongols. He said that those guys were only successful because they were on horse back and were good at archery. He said that if they went into the woods of Europe they wood loose in close range combat. This is a silly argument because warfare includes everything, just like in MMA, some guys are good at stand up striking, others are good at dirty boxing, others sprawl and brawl, while others ground and pound you, and let's not forget the submission experts. One field isn't better than the other. His argument is like saying Boxing is the best because your suppose to fight like a man. He said that the ancient Japanese warriors are not that impressive because they only fought each other, meaning they did not test themselves in the world. He said that any warriors that didn't battle other warriors from other countries probably aren't that good. Once again this is a silly argument because Boxers only face boxers, and wrestlers compete against other wrestlers, and they can still be very formidable because they are very good at what they do. After watching his very long interview, at the end he basically stated that he himself had European warrior blood line running through his veins. So I think at the end of the day he was just basically promoting himself. The interviewer was a young martial artist who marveled at this guy's historical knowledge ignoring the extreme bias and said that this guy was one of the best martial artists he had ever trained with. All I have to say is be careful folks, don't put your instructor on a pedestal, and watch out for any extremely negative point of view that has a superiority complex. A superiority complex just leads to prejudice. Don't hate, make peace.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Solo and Partner Training

Solo Training On my Youtube channel I focus most if not all my efforts on solo training. However I don't want students to think that solo training is all that's necessary, there are many more areas that are just as important, such as partner training. I mainly focus on solo training on my Youtube channel because I understand that most people are probably watching my videos at home or in their office. They may not have a training partner, fancy equipment, or even that much space for the matter. I want to make instructional videos for those that can't afford to go to a martial arts school, or for those people that may be stuck in a hotel somewhere. From my own experiences I can tell you that there were more times where I have been at home and alone rather than training at a school with partners. For that simple reason alone, I think it is wise to learn how to become adept at solo training. If you become good at solo training, then you will always be able to train, no matter where you are. While there are many important things in solo training, if I had to say what is the most important, I have to say that it's to just shut up and train. Simply because when your solo training there is a tendency to over think things and get lost in your own head. People tend to become too critical of others, and worry too much about what other people are doing. Don't compare so much, study yourself, hone your skills, be honest to yourself, and you will find that martial arts done right is positive, nurturing, and a self correcting path. Partner Training If you look up FMA videos on Youtube, you will see that most of them are partner training videos. If it looks unrealistic to you, understand that what they are doing is for skill development, not for gaining realistic experiences. If you want to beat on something you should practice on a old junk couch, or hanging tire, not your training partner. Full contact sparring is a test of your skills, development of your combat skills is a completely different animal and it should be done differently. In Grappling magazine which was released a long time ago, I read a quote from Rickson Gracie where he says to develop skill you have to spar without using your strength, speed, flexibility, or any kind of attributes. When you add all the other stuff it becomes more realistic but then it takes away from the skill development. Bruce Lee is often misunderstood for the quote where he said something along the lines of if you want to become good at sprinting, you have to run. Martial arts wise I think people misunderstand that as if you want to be good at fighting you have to train by fighting. I think he meant one needed to incorporate realistic training methods. I do not think that he meant for you to make all of your training into full contact sparring. I also do not think that he meant for you to make full contact sparring the most important part of your training either. For partner training I have to say that most important thing is to become a good training partner. To get the most out of your training sessions you also have to help others become a good training partner too. If your able to make an environment where everyone is a good training partner then you cut out the drama and results. I have had CEO types come in to my school as clients rather than students and they demand to learn a particular skill and all they care about is themselves. This kind of aggressive get what you want mentality only makes you miss out on things because at the end of the day it should be about team work. And so much more can be accomplished through a strong team compared to a strong individual.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

sparring


I was fortunate to have trained in a variety of martial art styles. I like to divide martial art styles into three major categories, Traditional, Tactical, and Sport. And I've been able to train in styles from all three of these categories. I did this because I feel that the styles found in each one of these categories could help me get a more complete picture. Regardless of what style I trained in, I always realized the value of sparring. I feel that if your serious about combat then you need to have enough sparring experience. I also felt that I had an advantage over some people because not only did I have sparring experience, but I also had experience sparring against practitioners from various styles. Typically a Judo person only trains and competes against another Judo person, same with Boxers going up against other Boxers, Karate Vs Karate, and Wrestling Vs Wrestling. I think most people will agree that sparring is necessary to become effective. However it's funny that the same people who say sparring is important will also say that combat sport is not realistic because it's a sport. To me sport competition is nothing more than sparring cranked up to the extreme. It's more intense, more competitive, more difficult, and more on the line than regular sparring. My logic is simple, since they are the same creature, if sparring is beneficial then so is sport competition. On the flip side I've had students tell me they want to spar full contact in my class. I ask them why and they say because it's how you get good. I tell them it's how you get hurt. While sparring is important, people tend to focus too much on the winning and on the success rather than on the learning. It can inflate your ego. It's also very easy to end up sparring against those that you know are weaker than you which will only further increase your illusions of grandeur. A few of my students wanted to spar so that they could test out their techniques and skills. And once again the testing becomes more important than the learning. Students want confirmation that they are getting better, but confidence should come from how much work they put in not from passing a test or some measurement of who they can beat. Often times in Tactical martial arts, practitioners will wear safety gear and go all out in the name of realism. Often times I think they don't put in enough time training their skills, but instead they focus on the testing. So even if they pass their test their technique is severely lacking. The instructor will often times give the wrong impression by saying that in real life technique is ugly. Real life is difficult and chaotic, it can easily reduce your skill, but you should still sharpen your technique as much as you can. Don't say that real life is ugly as an excuse to be sloppy. When you do hone your skills, you need to isolate the technique and train it in a fixed pattern. It becomes very unrealistic, but it doesn't matter, because your working on skill development. The things that make it realistic will hinder your skill development that is why we separate skill development from realistic training. You definitely need to practice both, but if you combine the two you might get confused and not get the most out of training. Plus, contrary to popular belief you cannot develop as much skill while sparring full contact. Bruce Lee said something like, if you want to run fast, you need to run. So if you want to be able to fight, then you need to spar full contact. What people forget is that Bruce Lee did sticky hands drills, he also did forms, he also engaged in technique practice, and striking bags. He was an animal for training according to Chuck Norris. What I'm trying to say is that Bruce Lee did both, he didn't just spar. Fight Application When using martial arts in a real fight, the first step is to have a plan, any plan, from any style, and you should be one step ahead of your opponent who at this point let's just say is a brawler, he just has to make up stuff on the fly, and that is a tall order in an intense extreme circumstance. Level 2 is to use the details from the plan against your opponent. Slip their right cross, and counter with a left hook to the body and right cross to the chin. Your setting them up because your know that their right cross is not crisp, that they over extend it and they are a little slow to bringing it back. Even if your opponent has a plan too, you can defeat them if they are not as thorough as precise, you can find holes in their game plan and exploit these weaknesses. Level 3 is to see the big picture and use it against them, so if your facing a guy who is using level 2 details against you, then even though you may not know the exact details of what they are looking at, you know that they are setting you up, and you can counter that with something they aren't going to be able to see because they are too focused on the small things. They get so lost in their own world that they can't possibly keep up with every detail, they forget to see the big picture. Level 4 is a guy who can change games plans in the middle of a fight. Fedor Emelianenko was one of the few fighters I've ever seen do this so well at such a high level. Being able to use multiple plans adapting to your opponent making them have to keep up with you is so rough on them. It's like living in a harsh environment where it changes from one extreme weather to the next. Extreme heat, ice cold blizzard, hurricane, tornado, etc. I don't know what Level 5 is, and it's interesting to think about it. But it's also interesting to apply this to domestic fights. People get into fights all the time with their girl friend or family members. When you do, can you apply the above tactics? Because ultimately your loved one is not the right person you should be fighting with, there has been some sort of miscommunication and fighting is a loss for both of you.

Monday, March 2, 2015

vampire journals from Full Moon

vampire journals
film review by Wmpyr

If you like the Subspecies series from Full Moon, then this one fits right along. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed, it's totally different from Full Moon's other vampire title Decadent Evil, and goes along the lines of telling a classy vampire story much like the Subspecies films that focus more on the mood and story telling rather than the gore and campyness.

PIT AND THE PENDULUM BY FULL MOON

pit and the pendulum
film review by Wmpyr

I remember seeing this film back in the early 90s on cable. It helped that I saw a making of feature in addition to the film itself. Back then I remember being fascinated but also sickened by it at the same time. This is basically a torture flick. There are some interesting scenes such as when they were searching for the devil's sign on the poor girl, the herbal witch who eats up gun powder, and an intense flogging sequence that will have you cringe. Overall it's just a little too disturbing for me. I prefer the comedy horror from Full Moon rather than their serious attempts like this one. I do like the historical setting, it was believable to me, it took me into that era. Lance Henriksen does a good job acting as the psychotic inquisitor. The story made enough sense to me, explaining how the inquisition conducted unfair practice.



GHOULIES IV film review by Wmpyr

Ghoulies 4 (1994)
film review by Wmpyr

I was really looking forward to Ghoulies 4, and I really wanted to like this one, since it starts off with a very campy feel to it, a demon worshiping ninja chick takes out some security guards and then spray paints a pentagram on the floor to summon her master. Sadly the story/screenplay is what ruins this, it's a big mess and I don't know what the heck is going on, and another negative probably has to do with the Ghoulies, we see two, and they really don't do a whole lot even though the film is titled Ghoulies, they seem pretty minor in the actual film. The best part of this film I have to say are the fight scenes, if it had anymore it would turn into a B-movie martial arts flick. It's not a terrible flick, because it's easy watching, but it definitely has some huge problems if you want to enjoy it, like I said, I really tried to like it.



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Housebound film review by Wmpyr

HOUSEBOUND (2014)
film review by Wmpyr

I was very surprised by this New Zealand flick. All the characters were written great and played well by the actors. The first part of the film convincingly gives you the impression that it's a supernatural flick, and then delightfully changes it to an action thriller. The concept of the Eugene character is great and when they finally meet up with him and he shows them the drawings, it was a really memorable scene. And that's the thing, this film is loaded with many good scenes. Highly recommended. When Kylie puts on the cheese grater on her arm like a gauntlet, I was on the edge of my seat rooting for her to kick some butt! Her parole officer Amos who suddenly reveals himself to be a paranormal investigator I lol so hard, it's such a fun well made flick 5/5 stars.



trancers III from Full Moon

Trancers 3 (1992)
film review by Wmpyr

I've been wanting to watch this Full Moon flick for a while now. I did enjoy the first 2 films, but I have to say that this one so far is my favorite. From the moment Shark the large android that Jack Deth likes to call Godzilla, makes an appearance I was all happy because even though I didn't remember this film, I remembered Shark all these years. I like the training facility run by Colonel Daddy Muthuh. I thought Dawn Anne Billings looked magnetic in this physical role that required her to have some fight scenes. I could tell that she has dance training, she along with many of the other actors did a good job bringing many of their qualities to the table. I thought the plot was going to be a jumbled mess, but it was actually quite straight forward and I was just able to enjoy the action, however I did miss the slow motion watch. Looking forward to seeing the Trancer films that come after this one.



Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dead Snow: Red VS. Dead film review by Wmpyr

dead snow: red vs. dead (2014)
film review by Wmpyr

I saw the first one and I was impressed by it. I was expecting an independent film, made by a horror film fan level, but it was much better than that, it is a solid zombie film that could go toe to toe with any major zombie flick. So I was excited to see this one. This one not only is it yet another solid zombie flick, it stays true to the original in many ways, it also surpasses the original and breaks boundaries with an original concept. A zombie arm that let's the main character create zombies. I would have to give this film a 5/5, the only part I was a little disappointed in was I wish they played nationalistic Russian music when they revived the Russian zombies. And maybe to show some graphic details of the zombie sex at the end. Another great comedy horror that is entertaining and well done. Budget looks big, and the director is a master that knows what he is doing.



Friday, February 27, 2015

TMA vs MMA video response

About a month ago, I saw a Youtube video from an instructor who taught European weapons fighting. He talked about his opinions on MMA. I agree with him one hundred percent that just because a practitioner of traditional martial arts like Wing Chun kung fu enters a cage fight and loses a match it doesn't mean that the style is bad. Some people have blamed the practitioner and said they were not at a high enough level of Wing Chun, but I disagree with this. Only a bad style would require the grand master to make it work. He said that in a real combat situation going to the ground would be a bad idea. My perspective is that if I'm ever in a street altercation, I probably do not want to go to the ground like he said, however, if I do end up on the ground then I would be glad that I put in the time to learn grappling. What he and many people misunderstand that in combat, the ground is not necessarily some place you choose to go, but it can be forced upon you. In days of old when weapons were the norm, the ground was a place where you finished your opponent. If there was no wall to pin your opponent to, you had to pin them to the ground or they will keep running away from you. It is the same in the animal kingdom, watch the lion sweep the legs, take the back, and then go for the neck. He said that whether a style works or not depends on the context that it's used. He said Wing Chun would not work in a cage fight because that is the wrong context for the style. He said that in a street fight Wing Chun would be better than the MMA style or a grappling style. Once again I completely disagree with him, if we traveled around the nation and found 100 Wing Chun practitioners put them in a street fight, and then found 100 MMA practitioners and put them in a street fight, my money would be on the MMA practitioners. It doesn't matter if it's MMA, Judo, BJJ, Wrestling, or Boxing, any combat sport. I put my money on the combat sports practitioners not because of context, but because I assume that these guys will be in better physical condition and because they will have much more full contact sparring experience. If you watch the history of the UFC. You will see that many skilled martial artists entered the Octagon, and they basically lost to tough guys. Tough guys then lost to athletic guys. If you take a look at today's champions like Rhonda Rousey she has all three qualities at a super level, she is super skilled, super tough, and super athletic. All this being said, you have to understand that BJJ came from Japanese Jiu-jitsu. The Gracie family took JJJ and put it through their meat grinder to evolve the style. So if we did the same thing with Wing Chun or any style for that matter, then I believe the result would be a style that can be effective in Vale Tudo matches or MMA matches. As for right now many traditional martial arts focus on one thing, keeping the tradition, keeping the knowledge at a certain level of quality and passing it down from one generation to the next. You can't ask a scribe or a librarian to prove that their knowledge works in a real life scenario. Also keep in mind that BJJ is not better than JJJ, BJJ would not exist without JJJ. The Gracie family evolved it a certain way, that doesn't mean that is the best way, there are other ways to evolve an art. BJJ is not for everyone, it has one of the highest drop out rates of any martial arts that I have ever studied simply because it's so hard. I have also met students that are just not comfortable with the idea of grappling. So there is definitely a place for JJJ even though it maybe the more archaic form.

Quest For Fire film review by Wmpyr

Quest For Fire (1981)
film review by Wmpyr

Ever since I saw the comedy movie Caveman starring Ringo Star, I have liked caveman films. I saw Caveman back in the 80s and I also saw Yor the Hunter from the Future and Quest for Fire back then, and I remember enjoying all of these films. Despite the majorly disappointing and unwatchable 10,000 BC, a few years ago I got to see another caveman comedy Homo Erectus which I actually enjoyed unlike everyone else. Recently I saw 2 films that featured cavemen. The Land that Time Forgot and The People that time Forgot, both of which I enjoyed tremendously. To top that off I got 2 caveman toys from Imaginext and a Mighty Max dinosaur play set that came with a caveman. So I'm all about cavemen right now!

The acting, location, and story, all three things come together beautifully and I am absolutely impressed by this film. It had to have taken balls to make this, it features a ton of violence, lesser evolved cavemen that look more like Big Foot, vicious wolves (remember this is pre The Grey), saber tooth tigers, a satisfying pre CGI Wooly Mammoth scene, cannibal cavemen, higher civilized mud people, quick sand, caveman sex, fire starting, the arrow throwing weapon the Atlatl, evil cavemen, angry mother bear, what more can you ask? This film has it all, they pulled it off, the actors must have went through hell filming those shots in nature. To me this is an epic type film where they had to take a huge risk making this where there wasn't even any real dialogue. This is one of my favorite films along with Life Stinks, and Shadow of the Vampire. 5/5 stars

FRIDAY THE 13TH 3D PART 3 film review by wmpyr

Friday the 13th 3D Part 3
film review by Wmpyr

I've been watching the Friday the 13th series recently. I saw part 1 for the very first time and it wasn't all that impressive to me. Part 4 didn't really keep my attention too well, maybe I need to give it another run, but Part 3 went pretty smooth. I enjoyed it. I do have to say though that I'm starting to get them a little confused because the location looks the same, the plots have a lot of similarities with teenage campers that get killed.

This film has a pretty long flash back into part 2, but it didn't bother me, in fact it was helpful since I didn't remember the 2nd film at all. I really liked how there were the biker gang trio that wanted to get revenge on the teenagers but instead get taken out by Jason. In some parts Jason isn't that good at hand to hand combat, and then at other times he seems monstrously strong and quite invincible. There is kind of a huge inconsistency there, he has the ability to just march in and kill everyone but for some reason he likes to hide and stalk. It almost comes across as if he is a special forces guy like Rambo taking out the enemy one by one. In the end though when there is only one girl left, he decided to show himself as the unstoppable juggernaut. In part 1 it was the mom doing the killing, in part 2 we had Jason wearing an Elephant man like sack mask, but here finally he puts on the trade mark hockey mask about more than half way in the film. To me this is the film that did it, this is the film that finally got to the point where we see the Jason and the Friday the 13th film that we are familiar with. So if your looking for the typical Friday the 13th film this shouldn't disappoint.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Zombie Dice and Cthulhu Dice custom game mod

Cthulhu Dice
by Wmpyr

Been a fan of Zombie Dice, have enjoyed it many times with different people because it's simple and easy to learn and not to mention fun. I also have the expansion pack Zombie Dice 2, which I also enjoy. I have also enjoyed Steve Jackson's Fighting Fantasy books, so I decided to give Cthulhu Dice a try even though it didn't look too fun when I saw a video of it on Youtube. I bought Cthulhu Dice and sadly I don't care for the way it plays, I like the subject matter and the dice looks cool, but it just wasn't has fun as Zombie Dice.

So here are some alternate rules for playing Zombie Dice with the addition of Cthulhu Dice. During your turn, after you roll your zombie dice like normal, you can decide to roll the Cthulhu Dice and your turn ends after you do that and take the necessary action(s). You can roll the Cthulhu dice after you roll the zombie dice once, twice, etc, but after you roll Cthulhu your turn ends.

CTHULHU DICE PLUS ZOMBIE DICE
1. YELLOW SIGN (The Question Mark?)
Roll all shot guns to see if you get any brains, and add them to your current number of brains that you rolled this round.

2. TENTACLE
Lose 1 brain if you have rolled any this round.

3. ELDER SIGN (looks like a star)
Re-roll all dice in front of you, and if you have more brains then other symbols then you get the number of dice you just rolled as brain points. If not you get 0 points.

4. CTHULHU
Loose all brains (lose all points for that round, you get 0 points for that round)

5. EYE
Roll all foot prints to get any brains.

WING CHUN

Wing Chun
by Wmpyr

Intro Back in the mid to late 90s I was fascinated and obsessed with Trapping simply because I did not understand it. I didn't know how to make it work in full contact sparring. So like a madman I studied Jeet Kune Do and Wing Chun. At the time I was also experiencing Boxing, and I saw that Boxers actually utilized single traps, but I never saw Boxers use compound trapping techniques. And I never saw Boxers slam another Boxers arms down pinned in a crossed position. Was it because Boxers are not allowed to grab, or because they wear gloves, or because they simply don't know the technique? This riddle bothered me for a long time. For a long time, after I studied and learned the very basics of Wing Chun, I could only find use by applying the concepts to another style. From Wing Chun I learned about sensitivity. I then applied that to my grappling. My body would listen and feel for movements and shifting of balance, and I would accordingly respond rather than force a technique that I had in mind. I also learned about protecting my own center line while attacking the enemy's center line. Once again I applied this to my grappling. If I expose my center many times I get pinned on the ground and lose mobility such as shrimping. If I'm able to attack my opponent's center line, I would disrupt their strength, I could cause them to lose their balance and base which makes it very difficult for them to attack me during this moment. Trapping Range When I was studying Jeet Kune Do, I learned that there was Kicking range, Punching range, Trapping range (the deadliest range), and then Grappling range. Things made more sense to me once I accepted that Trapping range is the same as the Clinch. MMA fighters would "shoot in" for a take down (double leg or single leg) and it can be a risky move, you can get counter punched (Dan Henderson Vs Renzo Gracie) or you can be counter kneed (Gomi Takanori Vs Ralph Gracie). Using trapping techniques to get into the clinch can be a safer alternative. Missing Force One of the main things that I noticed that is missing from conventional Trapping training is the application of force. And understandably so, when you apply force the technique becomes crappy, and the skill development decreases. This is the same with grappling. If you grapple spar light and easy it's called soft work and you can develop skill but it's not realistic, in real life you have to deal with weight, pressure, and struggling against strength. So you have to do both types of training. Trapping is the same, you want to isolate the drill and just practice the skill, but you also want to develop the realistic feel and apply force. There needs to be a constant forward moving pressure so that you head towards the clinch. Leaning Back The Wing Chun stance has the practitioner lean back, in a fight you lean back to dodge a punch the face, and also if you want to sweep or kick a person. So you can fight in a more natural stance but when you lean back, that is when your Wing Chun comes in. One of the major problems I had was the awkward looking stance in Wing Chun. I had heard that Wing Chun was essentially developed in the south where footing was not always secure, there could be rain and mud, so they had to develop a stance suited for that, but I always felt that there was more to it. The Wing Chun stance forces the user to lean back and lead with the leg, then comes the very specific way of punching. I believe now that there are two tactics involved here. The way a Wing Chun practitioner punches puts the body directly behind the punch so that you can push or grapple in a clinch if needed, making this good for close quarters confined space type environments. This type of punching is very different from a Boxing punches which are generally designed for you to hit as you pass by the opponent. In Boxing mobility is much more of a factor. Playfully testing the waters with jabs and fakes allows a Boxer to open up and destroy their opponent with the lesser punches. The other tactic in leaning back as you punch allows you to counter punch off of a flinch which is suitable for a street fight in particular when your opponent tries to sucker punch you.