Friday, October 31, 2008

No Crocido

Malaysia -- When he wanted to demonstrate his kung-fu "skills" in Kuching on Borneo, a man described as "mentally unstable" ended up in hospital, reports.

The shirtless man, in his 50s and wearing crocs on his feet (!), supposedly attempted to impress a group of young women Saturday evening at about 7 p.m.

Witnesses said his impromptu display of "martial arts skills" included "scissor kicks" and "karate chops" ... before he slipped during one of the kicks and fell backwards, headfirst to the floor.

Note to self: Scrap the crocido idea (another reason not to wear the ugliest footwear ever invented). Similarly bad idea: Trying to impress the ladies with dumb fu.

More Guilty Pleas

California -- In September, A 27-year-old karate instructor and co-owner of a martial arts school in Ramona, was arrested by the authorities.

The man has now pleaded guilty in court to possession of child pornography, according to

They say the man admitted to having more than 600 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit acts on his computer.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Confidence to Help

Pennsylvania -- An 18-year-old taekwondo teacher at a Lebanon martial arts school was driving home in Jackson Township one Monday in September when he suddenly noticed "something red" lying along the rural road.

The young man told how he caught a glimpse of an object and when he looked back he realized it was a person.

That "object" turned out to be a bound, gagged an unconscious Bethel Township teenager (16) who was reported missing from his home.

While waiting for emergency assistance, the good Samaritan attempted to flag down at least three cars. None of them stopped. The young man said he initially was concerned - wondering if the scene might actually be a setup - adding "I had the confidence to see if that person was alright."

Karate Teacher Accepts Plea Deal

Iowa -- An Indianola karate teacher was arrested in February 2008, accused of fraud against a number of Iowa residents.

The 51-year-old man has now reportedly agreed to plead guilty to the federal wire fraud and firearms charges, according to desmoinesregister

It is speculated if the man in reality is a convicted scam artist from the East Coast who is said to have conned people with false investment deals and spent spent time in prison for the crime.

Cuts Hair Chases Criminals

Refugio "Fugi" Escobedo from Atlanta, Georgia is 71 and is leading what seems to be an interesting kind of double life. What else would you be saying about of a combination of bounty hunter and ... are you ready for this ... hair stylist!

The man - who certainly is quite a character with long and flowing black hair - is described as a self-defense expert by As far as the quite risky bounty hunting business goes, he says he often works alone.

Escobedo, who earned a karate black belt in Puerto Rico, says he wanted to attend beauty school in Texas from the moment he looked into a beauty college in Houston and saw "200 or 300 women in this place."

Later, Escobedo expanded his martial arts training to aikido, as well as Muay Thai and other disciplines.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Back With a Vengeance

Minnesota -- You may recall the St. Paul guy called "Afro Ninja". If you do, you may also remember how he tried to do a back flip/nunchaku routine back in 2004 and ended up with a rather impressive - and painful, for sure - face plant. reported on August 5 how the man - who is actually a professional stuntman - is working on turning misfortune into a positive thing. How? Allegedly by making a movie about it. The clip has reportedly been the basis of a low-budget film that he has starred in as well as produced, called "Afro Ninja: Destiny".

All the credit to him, I say. Seriously, show me someone who haven't taken a nosedive and I'll show you a liar (or a person with severe lapses of memory).

The only thing that separates our mishaps to his, is that there were no camera to shoot us when we did our "seriously silly break-fall routine" :-)

Judo Bravery Award

UK -- Lizzie Lansley - eight year-old - was recently given a bravery award at a national ceremony in London.

Lizzie met Prince Harry and accepted her award from British judo champion (and her hero) Craig Fallon, according to

The young yellow belt has astounded medics to become a judo, dance and swimming fan even though her parents were told when she was a baby that her outlook was very poor.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ukraine, Attempted Assassination

Ukraine -- in Kiev (Kyiv), a martial arts sports club instructor has been named and arrested as a mediator in an attempted contract killing of a top executive in one of the commercial banks. This is according to

The contract murder was allegedly ordered by one of heads of the liquidation commission of a competing bank, and police officials believe that the motive is a personal conflict between the two bankers.

Birthday Suit Karate

A "serious martial artist" ... yeah; right :-)

Pennsylvania -- After exiting his Gettysburg home in his birthday suit and trying to pick a "karate fight" with neighbors, a 47-year-old man was arrested by police. reports that the mobile home resident left his home stark naked at about 9:40 p.m. on August 1 and was yelling at his male neighbors. According to reports, the drunken man said "he knew karate" and asked the men if they wished to fight.

Responding police were told by the aggressor he did it was because he had lost his son and was a "serious martial artist".

Ex-Fighter Road Rage Violence

Pennsylvania -- A 33-year-old man from South Philadelphia has reportedly been charged with attempted murder for shooting and critically injuring another driver in what appears to be a rod-rage incident.

The former US Marine and MMA fighter, who never had any previous trouble with the law, was arrested October 5.

It is believed that after going through a toll plaza, the 41-year-old shooting victim cut off another driver near a road exit, police said.

Police said there was an exchanged of words between the drivers, whereupon the victim opened the roof of his car and gestured to the other driver. The other driver then fired before suddenly taking off, according to

MMA Fighter Killed

Canada -- A 28-year-old fighter and MMA gym owner with past links to a criminal gang has been shot and killed in Abbotsford, according to The man was allegedly gunned down in the gym's stairwell.

An Abbotsford Police spokesperson said the gym was well known to police for some of the people frequenting it, and the victim also was well known to police.

The man was reportedly charged with weapons and drugs offences in April 2008.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Former Judo Right-Wing Extremist

Hungary -- After being found with equipment to produce bombs, a 33-year-old former Olympic competitor in judo - who confessed to be involved in right-wing extremists activities - was arrested by police.

Police said the former judo champion - who participated in the 2000 Olympics (in Sydney, Australia) - had home-made bombs and detonators in his car. The explosives was allegedly enough to kill a large number of people, according to

Another Alleged Judo Incident

Canada -- In Montreal, a 50-year-old judo instructor sternly denies he sexually assaulted two female juvenile students, according to

The judo instructor and chief coach at a judo club is charged in connection with two cases of sexual assault of his students attending courses at club.

At the time of the alleged incidents - in 2003 and 2004 - the two teenage girls were minors according to reports.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Another Violent Fighter

UK -- A 32-year-old man - a "submission grappler" and trained in mixed martial arts according to himself - attacked a TV presenter in a London hotel room on March 28, 2008. The man reportedly realised the relationship was breaking down at that point, according to

The obsessive, controlling and eventually violent man - who was taking steroids - contacted the woman through her Facebook profile after having watched her TV shows for a period of time.

On March 31, the man told her "he had a present to give her". He then instructed a 20-year-old man to throw sulphuric acid in the woman's face as she left the flat to go to a cafe on March 31.

Martial Arts and ADD Children

There's no doubt about it, regular exercise and activity in organized sports, such as martial arts, may potentially be a very good thing for children with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).

These activities tend to reduces stress and promote well being. Also, it is widely agree that emotional and social skills are developed and enhanced. had a great article about this issue in August 2008, and you can read more about it here. Great pieces of advice for parents and teachers/coaches!

An Old Punk And Tai Chi

James Newell Osterberg, Jr. is probably better known as Iggy Pop. The 61-year-old rock icon - known from the legendary band 'The Stooges'.

Anyone who has been to an Iggy concert can attest to how the guy really has an amazing physique for his age. And as we all know he's definitely been around the block a couple of times as far as drug abuse and injuring himself during shows goes. recently had a story about the veteran rocker. Iggy revealed that he was in great shape due to the fact that he did tai chi (which he practices regularly) ... as well as a "slamming girlfriend" :-)

Iggy Pop and tai chi ... I'll be darned.

Judo Accusations

First of all: Sorry for the long absence guys! It's been hectic for a while, but now I'm back on track!

Off to the post:
In June 2008, American judo Olympian Ronda Rousey wrote about the accusations against high ranking judo official Fletcher Thornton on her blog.

Thornton was accused of drugging and molesting teenage competitors he coached nearly 30 years ago.

In July, he resigned from the USA Judo board of directors on day before The New York Times took up on the story about the affidavit from 1981, accusing Thornton of the sexual assaults in the late 70s,