A seminar by master Jon Escudero, on the fighting concepts of Lightning Scientific Arnis. Bolo work, serrada, knife and hand to hand applications. 1. Seattle Seattle Seminar with Master Jon Escudero September 2010 Day: Classical application of LSAI Day 2: Street Application of LSAI 25,26 September 12-4pm 19935 19th Avenue NE Seattle, WA 98155 For more information contact Organizer Bob Park at (206) 465-1763 or e-mail at info@leskas.com. You can also visit www.leskas.com or on Facebook under LESKAS School of Stickfighting 2. LA October 2nd, Saturday, 3-5:30 PM 5:30-8 PM North Valley Aikikai 16901 San Fernando Mission Blvd. Granada Hills, CA 91344 To reserve your spot: Tel: 818 652.5025 http://www.northvalleyaikikai.com/ 3. Rochester October 7th, 7pm-11pm United Martial Arts Center 1780 Monroe Ave. Rochester, NY 14618 To register and reserve your spot: info@lsai.co.il

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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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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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