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March 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm #139736JaxKeymaster
I’m watching a making of special from itunes right now about a really interesting looking movie called The Sensei. I think a lot of people here would want to know about it. Check it out:
I’ll find a copy and post my impressions of the movie later.March 23, 2010 at 12:15 am #154351inariParticipant
Hmm, yes that DOES look interesting, though I’m wondering exactly what martial art it is. Aikido? Jiu-jitsu?
Edited: Ah ha! It’s hapkido. The short sticks were throwing me but that’s what it is. It’s Korean.March 23, 2010 at 12:22 am #154352JaxKeymaster
I think both. lol Not sure, going to look the movie up now that I’m home.March 23, 2010 at 3:53 am #154353jdmcowanParticipant
Aikido and hapkido share common jujutsu ancestry and when written with Chinese characters, they use the same characters (i.e. they really have the same name, but they each pronounce the first syllable a little differently). Aikido (which I study) has mostly maintained its traditions very carefully and focuses much on learning to control yourself and your opponent. My understanding of hapkido (which I have not studied) is that it has taken a much more practical approach to martial arts and so has expanded past its traditions and focused more on techniques that are immediately effective in hand-to-hand combat. However, for the most part, I think hapkido is still generally more like aikido than like tae kwan do. So if they are doing hapkido in the movie I’m not at all surprised to hear that it looked like aikido or jujutsu.
What I find interesting is the choice to use the word “sensei”. If they really are using a Korean art, I would have expected them to use Korean terms. But then again, “sensei” has practically entered the English language and very few would have any clue what “The Sa Bum Nim” would mean.March 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm #154355JaxKeymaster
They are in America, there’s no reason for them to use a different word than sensei as it’s the only word I’ve ever heard used here. I ordered the movie last night since it would be faster than renting it and it’s only $10 on amazon right now with free shipping when I added the new star wars fate of the jedi book which came out this month.March 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm #154357inariParticipant
And the part of ‘Sa Bum Nim’, namely ‘Bum’ would probably cause misunderstandings tooJuly 2, 2010 at 4:01 pm #155385Anonymous
Movie looks great, I think I actually saw one njinjutsu move.
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