My homie Marc Canonizado, representing Team Paul Mitchell, has done an amazing creative form! Honestly, I think this one is best yet. For one moment, I was skeptical on that one trick thrown in the middle of the form (kata) as if this is still the creative forms division. Marc has always been known for his clean basics, but he looked powered-up for this!
The 90s was a great decade when it came to the sport martial arts as whole. Take this martial artist/stuntsman/actor, Jon Valera, for instance. Jon Valera is one of the legends in the weapons and forms division. This Virginia native has won countless national and internation titles and was also guaranteed to place in the finals. Despite the fact most of the competitiors have an array of flashy tricks, there basics will not equate to the intensity of Jon Valera. The dynamic effect of his kicking makes it appear he’ll knock your head off! strong balances generates stronger strikes.
Here is one of my homies/idols from back in the day, Daniel Sterling. The NY native, member of John Paul Mitchell, is rocking the Team USA uniform in Portugal. This is an open extreme form (kata) which consist of basic strikes and advance martial arts tricks.
Old school martial artist, Cheech Luzzi, representing Team Paul Mitchell. The weapon he performing with is the Eku. The eku is basically an oar which is primarily used for strictly rowing boats. However, the okinawans effectively used it on the beaches against the samurais/intruders. The paddle’s length gave leverage to deliver sand or dirt into the opponent’s eyes.
Due to its long range, the eku is great weapon to evade. This is the OLD days, we are talking about . Needless to say, the closest thing to an Eku (oar) today is rowing crew or you getting your @$$ whooped (I’ m saying though).