Saturday, September 26, 2009

brazilian jiu jitsu

at the end of the summer i enrolled at Alliance Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. today i finished my 6th class !!!! WOW, i'm sore!!! great thing about it is the class is sooooo tuff, i HAVE to work on my cardio and other aspects of my fitness in order to keep up. also in the hopes of increasing my # of classes per week. right now best i can do is 2 classes a week. in between i keep up my normal workouts for upper body ... but most of all i really need to improve my core lots of ab work, etc. i've thrown in some jogging (which i hate!!!!) but it's really helping my leg strength and cardio fitness.

this is the hardest atheletic thing i've ever attempted in my life. my knee hurts, my lower back is sore, oy i ache!!! but i'm hanging in there.

Friday, September 25, 2009

harvey KURTZMAN book signing

Thursday nite, i went to the Museum of Cartoon & Comic art (MOCCA) in downtown Manhattan to listen to Denis Kitchen speak about the recently published book The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics. Mostly Denis, and one of Harvey's children just spoke about the great creator and the people influenced by his art. His history and career ups and downs. etc.

The book is go out and buy it (published by Abrams ComicArts).

the following morning Denis came by for a cuppa joe. I wish we had more time. but there are some interesting plans in the mix (wink wink!).


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

you guys know i'm a fight fan...

and that i watch most of the mma events on tv. heck i'm even making an attempt to learn brazilian jiu jitsu (2 classes so far...and man am i SORE!!!!). i've been a big fight fan for years. took judo when i was a kid, took karate in college, and now bjj, and always a fan of watching the related sports from olympic wrestling to pro boxing to mma!
and i'm a kung fu movie fan (and know way too much about that genre) going back MANY years to the days of going to 42nd st to watch triple feature flix in the early 80's. way before the transformed times square of nowadays.

so fast forward to today. listening to howard stern (at work at the gallery), yeah i do that. and Rodney King (yes...of police brutality fame) is being interviewed about his upcoming fight (yes...he's spent all the settlement money) this sept. 11th, and the guy he's fighting Simon "the renegade" Aouad is there being interviewed too. ok, this is funny enuff, all the postering about who's gonna kick who's ass, how big each guy is, and lotsa huffin and puffin about breakin bones, yadda yadda yadda....and then the greatest nugget of hilarity is revealed...and that is if you want to know how bad ass simon is....just watch his workout video on youtube.
OMG this is the funniest thing i've seen since, tropic thunder. i mean BIG CHEERS to the guys who produced this and MORE power to simon for demonstrating how tuff he is.

everything is great about this video. EVERYTHING!
laff away friends....