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The eku bo—also known as the kai—is a martial arts weapons that was began as an oar used by Okinawan fishermen. Most of the techniques for using the eku bo are much like those of the bo staff, another Okinawan weapon. In this video, Fumio Demura sensei covers basic stances, proper grips, defense movements, blocks and counters. A basic "beginner's" kata is also covered in this volume. Fumio Demura studied under Japanese master Ryusho Sakagami and Okinawan master Kenshin Taira. Fumio Demura has won the All-Japan Karate Free-fighting Championships (1961), twice been voted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame and is recognized the world over as one of the premier martial artists of all time.


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ONE Championship kick-started their exciting month on Wednesday, April 7, with ONE on TNT I inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The long-awaited meeting between ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes and ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson took center stage and had a shocking conclusion.

Five other bouts helped fill out ONE's primetime debut in the United States.

Need a recap of what went down at ONE on TNT I? Here is what you missed from the latest edition of ONE Championship action.

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So which is it: We like when MMA fighters trash talk or we don't?

We like when there is apparent beef between opponents or we don't? It has to be asked because it seems when a fighter excels at throwing verbal jabs as well as real ones, they get celebrated and sometimes even fast-tracked to better spots in the fight game. But it also seems the loquaciousness of some obligates them to higher expectations for some reason.

There will always be discussion about who does it best or who best follows in the great Muhammad Ali's footsteps, but this is not about how good someone may be at it except insofar as it is part of the success equation. In other words, if being good at it propels. But, there really is an angle to explore in how the fan sees the value in the verbal sparring. And then subsequently what that fan or fans thinks when things go sideways for their favorite smacksmith.

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