Child MMA
I know as a kid, teen and adult parent that there are some things that are off limits to their little developing brains. There are MMA cages, combative sports training, and any type of realistic combative training. In all of my years of teaching... this is a line I don't cross or want crossed- not even for the all mighty dollar. It is sad to see these things online and kids being taught to emulate the MMA sports life style. I often tell people that if MMA was around when I was coming up as a kid that I would have probably be dead. This is why my wife and I have created Point MMA as a wholesome, family friendly sport that focuses on gathering all AAU type martial arts and sport karate arts. Arts such as taekwondo, karate, chinese martial arts, judo, boxing, wrestling, kung-fu, hip-hop, tricking, extreme and sport karate. All developed from the foundation of traditional freestyle sparring where the ultimate goal is personal expression in a positive empowering way based on martial arts character development principles, which is a lost element in the martial arts today.

To build tournament leaders, this approach is needed with the success and popularity of MMA and combat sports. Even with bullying issues, this sport helps kids, teens, and parents learn to take issues like this and learn preventative actions through this turn key program. Point MMA focuses on safe, light to medium type techniques along with not allowing any type of subversive skill sets, our program provides a safe platform focused around the younger generation to evolve into a new breed of MMA athletes, as well as gear things up for the Olympics. And with the AAU as part of Point MMA founders, this shows its true values.

That a director of my city's opera company would call me seemed a little odd. There are probably some monkeys who know more about opera than I do. But the director was inviting me to lunch, so of course I went.

It turned out the company was producing a performance of Madame Butterfly, the Puccini opera that tells the story of a doomed love between a French military officer and a geisha in early 19th-century Japan. The opera has come under fire for its stereotyped, utterly fanciful depictions of Japanese culture. The local company was trying to anticipate such criticism, and the director asked me, since I serve on the board of some organizations related to Japanese culture, what I thought.
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Apologies in advance for the title if it gives impressions that this is going to be all that poetic. It's not this presentation that is all that literary, but something else. Haikus and pentameter aside, MMA has moments that are nothing less than poetic on a pretty astral level. Not long ago, irony at the nauseating level (unless you are a psychopath) happened when former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman broke his leg on Uriah Hall's leg in an eerily similar way as the other former champ Anderson Silva did on Chris's in their title rematch. If you know anything at all about MMA and did not know this story, you have to have been living under a rock. Save your energy and do not go look at pictures of either event as it is nightmare material.
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Dr. Craig's Martial Arts Movie Lounge

Have you ever watched a film that was just so amazing that when the sequel came out, your mind started developing great expectations and that it would be a pip, which has nothing to do with a Charles Dicken's novel, yet a movie that could be a real humdinger?

In 2017, one of the most engaging and exciting elements of the Sammo Hung and Vincent Zhao starring God of War is that it was a remake of Jimmy Wang Yu's classic kung fu flick Beach of the War Gods (BWG; 1973). This gave me the perfect opportunity to see how a film on the same subject was handled by two Chinese filmmaking eras 44 years apart and how the fight choreography was used to tell the hero's story.

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