The latest episode of the Heretics podcast is out!
In part 4 we examine the time period between 1960 and 1980 in Japan, and discuss topics such as martial arts marketing and the different ways in which the Japanese created and promoted a wide range of new martial arts.
Here are a few links to videos of the things we talk about this time:
Gracie vs. Kimura – October 23, 1951 (Maracanã Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
Gracies vs bullies on beach:
Rikidozan vs Masahiko Kimura (1954 – Part 2/2)
PRIDE 25: Kazushi Sakuraba vs Antonio “Elvis” Schembri
Muhammed Ali vs Antonio Inoki Boxer vs MMA Fighter 1976
Mas Oyama vs “bull”:
TV show about Iwama and Aikido, Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県, Ibaraki-ken) Japan featuring the late Morihiro Saito Sensei.
And part 3 of our History of Jiujitsu and Kempo is out! This time we have Bartitsu, the truth about Ninjas, the British connection, the controversial origins of the BJJ belt system and the birth of pro wrestling in Japan.
I know. I had you at “the truth about Ninjas”.
Listen to “#3 The Origins of Jiu Jitsu and Kempo (part 3)” on Spreaker.
Episode 2 of the history of Kempo and Jiujitsu is out!
Starts in 1850. Extensive discussion of Kano Jigoro, the evolution of Judo and beyond. Plus a lot on the political-cultural situation of Japan at the time. Plenty of martial arts Heresy as always 😉
If you found the first episode too history-heavy this one, while still having a bucket-load of history in it, is more conversational and has some lighter-weight elements, talking about BJJ, Chuck Lidell and other things. We take a slightly controversial listener question at the end.
Just wanted to give my readers a quick heads-up. I’m starting a new podcast!
Since I appeared on Ken Gullette’s Internal Fighting Arts podcast a couple of weeks ago I’ve been contacted by various people about different things and one of them was my old XingYi teacher Damon Smith who runs the Woven Energy podcast. He wanted to see if I’d like to help him out with his new Heretics Podcast.
The Woven Energy podcast is about Shamanism and contains frequent calls to action, so they give ideas you might like to try out and techniques. In contrast, the Heretics podcast is going to be a place where subjects that don’t fall under the banner of Shamanism can be discussed, like, say, martial arts. There will also be no call to action.
The name is in reference to the origins of the concept of heresy, back in Gnostic Christianity, and the fact that we will probably be talking about things that are against society’s commonly held beliefs. Starting with martial arts.
In the first episode, I make the mistake of asking Damon, ‘what is the history of Jiujitsu?’
Covers: Kempo, Jiujitsu, Japan-China trade, Yakuza, Samurai, Shoguns and much more….
Anyway, expect the first episode…. soon…