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CHOP TALK: Karate | Martial Arts | Okinawa | Japan

CHOP TALK: Karate | Martial Arts | Okinawa | Japan

Nate England

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Karate, martial arts, tournaments, travel, Japanese & Okinawan culture, and good ol' blood & guts stories! We talk about everything martial arts related.

Latest Episodes

CT085 Yonjuro: Review of Kurosawa & Mifune's Classic Film Yojimbo

This week, Ezra and Nate review the Akira Kurasawa classic film, Yojimbo, starring Toshiro Mifune. At the top of the show, Ezra and Nate discuss what they have been up to over the last few months, how they have been handling quarantine, both individually and at the dojo. If hearing more about the Covid sends you into a depression spiral, skip ahead to the first break about 30 minutes in! In the review, the guys talk about Kurosawa & Mifune's influence on Japanese cinema, and how this film marked a major change from earlier Chanbarra films. WWII strongly affected both the actor & directors of this movie, and they get into some of the details, many of which are shown in the documentary Mifune: The Last Samurai. Ezra and Nate also get into Yojimbo's influence on American and International films, including of course, the Dollars trilogy starring Clint Eastwood and the Magnificent Seven starring Charles Bronson. They compare this film to other martial arts and action movies, and try to f...

94 minJUN 5
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CT085 Yonjuro: Review of Kurosawa & Mifune's Classic Film Yojimbo

CT040 The Art of Japanese Architecture with Professor StanRussell

This week's guest is Professor Stan Russell, expert on Japanese architecture and carpentry. Stan is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He is also the founder of One Corner Architects, a full service Architetural design studio in Ybor City, Tampa Florida. One Corner Architects specialize in creative contemporary design solutions for residential, commercial, and institutional projects. Stan is very experienced in international architecture, having worked in the offices of Balkrishna Doshi in Ahmedabad, India, Team Zoo in Kobe Japan and he also apprenticed with a Japanese master carpenter in Hyogo, Japan. Russell has presented and published papers in international, national, and regional conferences and journals. His work has been featured in the Japanese periodicals Jutaku Tokushu, Kenchiku Bunka, The Japan Architect, Kazi, Shonan Style and Kenchiku Chisiki. His work in the US has been featured on the Architectural Record and Archdaily website...

29 minMAY 19
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CT040 The Art of Japanese Architecture with Professor StanRussell

CT084 The Kendo Podcast with Hiro Imafuji

This week, Masahiro Imafuji joins the show. Imafuji Sensei is the host of the Kendo Podcast, which you can find at www.kendo-podcast.com. He is also the author of the Kendo Guide website www.kendo-guide.com, where you can find a TON of great information on kendo including books, videos, and web courses, this is for kendo practitiors of every level from complete beginners, intermediate, and all the way to advanced students. You should also check out the Kendo Guidechannel on YouTube, which has great videos, including interesting discussions on its Kendo Talk Show, and some recent videos giving tips on training at home during the Covid Qurantines. Hiro Imafuji he started kendo at 7 years old, under Juichi Tsurumaru, Keisuke Maruyama, and Masayoshi Miyazaki at the Shubukan Dojo in Itami City, Japan. This dojo is over 250 years old. In today's show, we talk about Imafuji's early training at this dojo, the differences in promotions between Kendo & Karate, his experiences teaching in New ...

71 minMAY 18
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CT084 The Kendo Podcast with Hiro Imafuji

CT083 Life Undercover with Don Sonney

This week, Don Sonney returns to to discuss his career in law enforcement and how it was influenced by his martial arts training.Don Sonney's martial arts training led him to join the Ohio Highway Patrol, which he discusses today. during his time as a trooper he was selected for their newly founded Ranger program (which was the predecessor of the SWAT Team) He also become an Instructor at the Highway Patrol's Academy. Mr. Sonney's undercover career started during his time with the Highway Patrol, and amazingly his first undercover assignment was exactly 50 years ago at the Kent State Riots, also known by some as the Kent State Massacre, which he discusses in today's show. His career continued as an Agent for the Ohio Attorney General, where he worked undercover on numerous Investigations, focusing on Organized Crime of Various Mafia Figures and their Assistants. He also assisted the FBI on a number of cases. Some of his investigations included people, that were depicted in the 2011 ...

60 minMAY 11
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CT083 Life Undercover with Don Sonney

CT082 Worth Every Minute with Don Sonney

This week, long time karate practitioner Don Sonney joins the show.. Mr. Sonney started his karate career in 1964, training in Shotokan Karate in Gary, Pennsylvania under Artis Simmons, who was one of the top karate competitors of the era. He then went on to train in Shuri Ryu with, James McLain in his Cleveland dojo. Don Sonney competed against, worked out with some of the top karate men the time, including Dr. Mel Wise, Phil Koeppel, Robert Trias, and was a close friend of the head of Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu, Takayoshi Nagamine. Now, everyone thinks of Nagamine as an OKINAWAN martial artist, of course, but he actually lived and had dojo's right here in Ohio. Mr. Sonney also discusses what made the United States Karate Association such a unique and successful organization, and shares his thoughts on the changes that karate has gone through during his career. Don Sonney's martial arts training led to join the Ohio Highway Patrol, him becoming the self defense instructor for their Ac...

79 minMAY 5
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CT082 Worth Every Minute with Don Sonney

CT081 Kakuriki: Okinawan Sumo with Andrew Clark

This week, Andrew Clark joins us to discuss his experience living in Japan and training in Okinawan and Japanese Sumo. Andy moved to Japan 2004, to teach English on the tiny island of Kitadaito Jima, a few hundered miles East of Okinawa.While there, Andy had the unique opportunity to train both Kakuriki, or Okinawan Sumo (also known as Tegumi & Muto). and Japanese Edo Sumo, which is the Japanese sumo that most of you are familiar with. Okinawan Sumo and it has been a popular grappling art for hundreds of years. Some people, including Shoshin Nagamine, thought that Okinawan Sumo was the original martial art of Okinawa, which later developed in the striking art of Te and ultimately Karate. At the start of the show, Andy tells us how he arrived in Japan, and his first impressions of his new home. He then talks about how he got involved with the Kitadaito Sumo team, and explains the differences between Okinawan Sumo and Edo Sumo. At the end of the show, he gets into some of the challeng...

57 minAPR 14
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CT081 Kakuriki: Okinawan Sumo with Andrew Clark

CT080 Covid, Corona, & Karate with Dr. Andy Wells

This week, Dr. Andy Wells, joins us to talk about COVID-19 and the Corona Virus. Dr. Wells is an Internal Medicine physician, and will be starting a Cardiology fellowship this summer, at a major academic medical center. The Doctor breaks down what this virus IS, what makes it different that the flu, the best way to prevent yourself from getting it, what to do if you have symptoms, and the current situation with protective equipment at the hospitals. For those listeners that are still having group training, Dr.Wells tells us the best way to stay safe and prevent infections at your dojo. At the end of the show, we discuss horrific martial arts injuries and how to way to treat them. If there is anyone out there, such as Dentists or Veterinarians, that has mask, or gloves, or other medical equipment, please consider donating it to your local hospital. To find the latest info on the Corona Virus and Covid-19, visit the CDC's website at www.CDC.gov. Support Our Sponsors! Kosho Martial Art...

68 minAPR 6
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CT080 Covid, Corona, & Karate with Dr. Andy Wells

CT079 Pros & Cons of Open Styles

Nate and Ezra follow up last week's catch-up episode with a focused discussion on the pros and cons of "Open Styles" of Karate. Support Our Sponsors! Kosho Martial Arts Equipment Medical Resort A-Tac Tarvin Plumbing

53 minMAR 31
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CT079 Pros & Cons of Open Styles

CT078 I've Been EV-ER-Y-WHERE!

Chop Talk is BACK after its hiatus. But, just because we haven't been PODCASTING about martial arts, doesn't mean we haven't been DOING martial arts! Ezra Scott joins the show to catch up on all the travel, training, seminars, and everything else that has happened in the last few months.

57 minMAR 16
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CT078 I've Been EV-ER-Y-WHERE!

CT077 Harvey King: The Way It Is

This week's guest is one of the top Jodo practitioners in the United States (and an instructor at our upcoming seminar in Cincinnnati!), Harvey King. He started training in karate in the 60s/early 70's, before branching out to iaido, aikido, and his primary focus Jodo. He has traveled, trained, and taught all over the world.In today' show we go through some of this history and he shares several training stories from his many visits to Japan. We also discuss how he became one of the early Jodo pioneers in the US, and has helped its growth in the country. For more information on Harvey King visit https://www.facebook.com/New-York-Kobujodokai-1809300232630028/or find his Jodo group at the Aikido of Park Slope at 630 Sackett St. in Brooklyn New York.

68 min2019 JUL 24
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CT077 Harvey King: The Way It Is

Latest Episodes

CT085 Yonjuro: Review of Kurosawa & Mifune's Classic Film Yojimbo

This week, Ezra and Nate review the Akira Kurasawa classic film, Yojimbo, starring Toshiro Mifune. At the top of the show, Ezra and Nate discuss what they have been up to over the last few months, how they have been handling quarantine, both individually and at the dojo. If hearing more about the Covid sends you into a depression spiral, skip ahead to the first break about 30 minutes in! In the review, the guys talk about Kurosawa & Mifune's influence on Japanese cinema, and how this film marked a major change from earlier Chanbarra films. WWII strongly affected both the actor & directors of this movie, and they get into some of the details, many of which are shown in the documentary Mifune: The Last Samurai. Ezra and Nate also get into Yojimbo's influence on American and International films, including of course, the Dollars trilogy starring Clint Eastwood and the Magnificent Seven starring Charles Bronson. They compare this film to other martial arts and action movies, and try to f...

94 minJUN 5
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CT085 Yonjuro: Review of Kurosawa & Mifune's Classic Film Yojimbo

CT040 The Art of Japanese Architecture with Professor StanRussell

This week's guest is Professor Stan Russell, expert on Japanese architecture and carpentry. Stan is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He is also the founder of One Corner Architects, a full service Architetural design studio in Ybor City, Tampa Florida. One Corner Architects specialize in creative contemporary design solutions for residential, commercial, and institutional projects. Stan is very experienced in international architecture, having worked in the offices of Balkrishna Doshi in Ahmedabad, India, Team Zoo in Kobe Japan and he also apprenticed with a Japanese master carpenter in Hyogo, Japan. Russell has presented and published papers in international, national, and regional conferences and journals. His work has been featured in the Japanese periodicals Jutaku Tokushu, Kenchiku Bunka, The Japan Architect, Kazi, Shonan Style and Kenchiku Chisiki. His work in the US has been featured on the Architectural Record and Archdaily website...

29 minMAY 19
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CT040 The Art of Japanese Architecture with Professor StanRussell

CT084 The Kendo Podcast with Hiro Imafuji

This week, Masahiro Imafuji joins the show. Imafuji Sensei is the host of the Kendo Podcast, which you can find at www.kendo-podcast.com. He is also the author of the Kendo Guide website www.kendo-guide.com, where you can find a TON of great information on kendo including books, videos, and web courses, this is for kendo practitiors of every level from complete beginners, intermediate, and all the way to advanced students. You should also check out the Kendo Guidechannel on YouTube, which has great videos, including interesting discussions on its Kendo Talk Show, and some recent videos giving tips on training at home during the Covid Qurantines. Hiro Imafuji he started kendo at 7 years old, under Juichi Tsurumaru, Keisuke Maruyama, and Masayoshi Miyazaki at the Shubukan Dojo in Itami City, Japan. This dojo is over 250 years old. In today's show, we talk about Imafuji's early training at this dojo, the differences in promotions between Kendo & Karate, his experiences teaching in New ...

71 minMAY 18
Comments
CT084 The Kendo Podcast with Hiro Imafuji

CT083 Life Undercover with Don Sonney

This week, Don Sonney returns to to discuss his career in law enforcement and how it was influenced by his martial arts training.Don Sonney's martial arts training led him to join the Ohio Highway Patrol, which he discusses today. during his time as a trooper he was selected for their newly founded Ranger program (which was the predecessor of the SWAT Team) He also become an Instructor at the Highway Patrol's Academy. Mr. Sonney's undercover career started during his time with the Highway Patrol, and amazingly his first undercover assignment was exactly 50 years ago at the Kent State Riots, also known by some as the Kent State Massacre, which he discusses in today's show. His career continued as an Agent for the Ohio Attorney General, where he worked undercover on numerous Investigations, focusing on Organized Crime of Various Mafia Figures and their Assistants. He also assisted the FBI on a number of cases. Some of his investigations included people, that were depicted in the 2011 ...

60 minMAY 11
Comments
CT083 Life Undercover with Don Sonney

CT082 Worth Every Minute with Don Sonney

This week, long time karate practitioner Don Sonney joins the show.. Mr. Sonney started his karate career in 1964, training in Shotokan Karate in Gary, Pennsylvania under Artis Simmons, who was one of the top karate competitors of the era. He then went on to train in Shuri Ryu with, James McLain in his Cleveland dojo. Don Sonney competed against, worked out with some of the top karate men the time, including Dr. Mel Wise, Phil Koeppel, Robert Trias, and was a close friend of the head of Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu, Takayoshi Nagamine. Now, everyone thinks of Nagamine as an OKINAWAN martial artist, of course, but he actually lived and had dojo's right here in Ohio. Mr. Sonney also discusses what made the United States Karate Association such a unique and successful organization, and shares his thoughts on the changes that karate has gone through during his career. Don Sonney's martial arts training led to join the Ohio Highway Patrol, him becoming the self defense instructor for their Ac...

79 minMAY 5
Comments
CT082 Worth Every Minute with Don Sonney

CT081 Kakuriki: Okinawan Sumo with Andrew Clark

This week, Andrew Clark joins us to discuss his experience living in Japan and training in Okinawan and Japanese Sumo. Andy moved to Japan 2004, to teach English on the tiny island of Kitadaito Jima, a few hundered miles East of Okinawa.While there, Andy had the unique opportunity to train both Kakuriki, or Okinawan Sumo (also known as Tegumi & Muto). and Japanese Edo Sumo, which is the Japanese sumo that most of you are familiar with. Okinawan Sumo and it has been a popular grappling art for hundreds of years. Some people, including Shoshin Nagamine, thought that Okinawan Sumo was the original martial art of Okinawa, which later developed in the striking art of Te and ultimately Karate. At the start of the show, Andy tells us how he arrived in Japan, and his first impressions of his new home. He then talks about how he got involved with the Kitadaito Sumo team, and explains the differences between Okinawan Sumo and Edo Sumo. At the end of the show, he gets into some of the challeng...

57 minAPR 14
Comments
CT081 Kakuriki: Okinawan Sumo with Andrew Clark

CT080 Covid, Corona, & Karate with Dr. Andy Wells

This week, Dr. Andy Wells, joins us to talk about COVID-19 and the Corona Virus. Dr. Wells is an Internal Medicine physician, and will be starting a Cardiology fellowship this summer, at a major academic medical center. The Doctor breaks down what this virus IS, what makes it different that the flu, the best way to prevent yourself from getting it, what to do if you have symptoms, and the current situation with protective equipment at the hospitals. For those listeners that are still having group training, Dr.Wells tells us the best way to stay safe and prevent infections at your dojo. At the end of the show, we discuss horrific martial arts injuries and how to way to treat them. If there is anyone out there, such as Dentists or Veterinarians, that has mask, or gloves, or other medical equipment, please consider donating it to your local hospital. To find the latest info on the Corona Virus and Covid-19, visit the CDC's website at www.CDC.gov. Support Our Sponsors! Kosho Martial Art...

68 minAPR 6
Comments
CT080 Covid, Corona, & Karate with Dr. Andy Wells

CT079 Pros & Cons of Open Styles

Nate and Ezra follow up last week's catch-up episode with a focused discussion on the pros and cons of "Open Styles" of Karate. Support Our Sponsors! Kosho Martial Arts Equipment Medical Resort A-Tac Tarvin Plumbing

53 minMAR 31
Comments
CT079 Pros & Cons of Open Styles

CT078 I've Been EV-ER-Y-WHERE!

Chop Talk is BACK after its hiatus. But, just because we haven't been PODCASTING about martial arts, doesn't mean we haven't been DOING martial arts! Ezra Scott joins the show to catch up on all the travel, training, seminars, and everything else that has happened in the last few months.

57 minMAR 16
Comments
CT078 I've Been EV-ER-Y-WHERE!

CT077 Harvey King: The Way It Is

This week's guest is one of the top Jodo practitioners in the United States (and an instructor at our upcoming seminar in Cincinnnati!), Harvey King. He started training in karate in the 60s/early 70's, before branching out to iaido, aikido, and his primary focus Jodo. He has traveled, trained, and taught all over the world.In today' show we go through some of this history and he shares several training stories from his many visits to Japan. We also discuss how he became one of the early Jodo pioneers in the US, and has helped its growth in the country. For more information on Harvey King visit https://www.facebook.com/New-York-Kobujodokai-1809300232630028/or find his Jodo group at the Aikido of Park Slope at 630 Sackett St. in Brooklyn New York.

68 min2019 JUL 24
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CT077 Harvey King: The Way It Is
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