If yesterday’s photo shoot represented the “Ken” in me (and that’s Street Fighter’s Ken…not Barbie’s), then today’s is definitely more Ryu. These were also taken the other day at Stoney Point Park, CA and as with past outdoor martial arts training events…there’s just nothing quite like it.
Classic Shotokan Karate back stance with knife hand block. (Large)
Demonstrating a front snap kick to an opponent taller than yourself.
With 2012 being important for making it my 25th year as a martial artist, it also represents Capcom’s Street Fighter series turning 25. It’s really a parallel story for the franchise and me. From the early days of getting off Tae Kwon Do practice in ’91 and going next door to play Street Fighter II at 7-11 to 2010’s world martial arts tournament in Las Vegas, watching Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie the night before and prepping myself with SF music…yes, the series is definitely a big motivator for me.
Here’s to celebrating more of Capcom’s finest franchise and more martial arts training from me to come!