Of COURSE It's From Japan ...

Discussion in 'Articles' started by SifuPhil, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. SifuPhil

    SifuPhil Lucky Cat Is Lucky

    If you've ever read any of my articles here on BlackBeltForums you'll know that I'm a martial arts enthusiast.

    Slightly lesser well-known is the fact that I am a Japanophile, especially when it comes to some of that country's wackier pursuits, of which there are many.

    Mix the two together – Japanese martial arts – and you've got me showing a deep, devout interest. But throw “schoolgirls” into the mix and you've got me body, mind and soul.

    So perhaps it's no surprise that this article concerns Japanese schoolgirls doing martial arts.

    A recent trend that first appeared on Tumblr and Twitter is the taking of posed digital photographs of (originally) Japanese schoolgirls delivering what is supposed to be blasts of energy (ki) at their school-chums, resulting in said chums flying backward from the force of the attack.

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    This trend has taken off like wildfire, resulting in similarly-posed photographs coming in from around the world. While we now have European, Russian, Canadian, Spanish and American versions, among others, they still seem to lack the charm of the original Japanese product. You just expect something like this from Japan, but it's a bit harder to accept from, say, Canada.

    The same, I suppose, could be said for Aikido, cell phones and fugu.

    How did this trend get started? Where did they get their inspiration from?

    The most popular of all the photographs were 波動拳 or hadoken (sometimes spelled hadouken) made famous in the Street Fighter series of fighting games.

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    I have to admit to being basically dumb and blind to that game, but it's my understanding (from being forced to watch it by my then-young son) that Dragonball-Z was the original source of the Kamehameha, which was invented by Master Roshi by practicing for fifty years spanning pre-Dragon Ball. By drawing his latent ki into the palms of his hands, Roshi was able to expel an explosive beam of ki energy. Goku learns it after witnessing Master Roshi unleashing the blast to extinguish the flames at Ox-King's home on Fire Mountain. To Roshi's surprise, Goku successfully performs the technique on his first attempt, although it is only strong enough to destroy the car that Yamcha gives to Bulma earlier.

    The Kamehameha is formed when cupped hands are drawn to the user's side and the ki is concentrated into a single point between the cupped hands (the hands must be very close or touching).

    Author's Note: In Chinese martial arts and medicine this point on the hand – the very center of the palm – is known as the Laogong point and is commonly believed to be one of the major emitting points for qi. At least they got THAT much right ...

    The hands are then thrust forward to shoot out a streaming, powerful beam of energy. The blast can also be used, generally under extenuating circumstances, with just one arm or even the feet. In most variants, the user utters the word "Ka-me-ha-me-HA!!!" as he/she charges and releases the attack. Master Roshi's Kamehameha is called the “Original Kamehameha” in the Budokai Tenkaichi video game series, and requires some time to charge.

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    The pictures may be depicting either the Street Fighter or Dragonball-Z variants of energy work – I'm not up enough on my manga culture to know for sure – but they share the commonality of kids flying backwards in sometimes hilarious fashion.

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    And here are a few more internationally-flavored entries …

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    You might well ask yourself why now, all of a sudden, a game from the 1980s is causing this interest among young trend-setting Japanese ladies. There hasn’t been a Dragon Ball movie in theaters for 17 years. However, a new entry in the series, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, was recently released and this, it seems, has piqued the interest of the youth of a nation (and has nothing at all to do with very canny marketing, he added ever so slightly cynically).

    Like most of the Japanese-originated fads this one will probably quickly run its course, leaving the participants to shamefully cover-up and destroy these pictures in the very near future when the next trend comes along. I hope this little gallery will serve as an archive of insanity.


    Thanks go out to:

    Nick Stuckey - Flickr Photostream, Purple Tasche Website, Facebook Page
    Flickr User Lucyl96
    Flickr User Luan Jardine
    Flickr User faraz.damji
    Flickr User SarahvMook
    Flickr User Hannah McKinney
    Flickr User Sweet Alize
    Flickr User Kaira.Sairafi
    Dragonball.wikia.com
     
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  3. Vldz

    Vldz Warrior Monk

    Hahaha. Sifu Phil. I watch and play those games as a kid and even take up Karate inspired by Ryu.
     
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  4. Dave76

    Dave76 Deheuol Gwyn Dragon

    This must be like the 'planking' fad of 2 or 3 years ago:confused:
     
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  5. Void_Karateka

    Void_Karateka Pauper Karateka

    I was never into planking, I liked Assassin's Creed too much so I went for Owling instead (see picture to the left!).

    Admittedly I'm a massive Dragonball Z fan, ever since the Cartoon Network: Toonami days of my early pubescent youth. I've never seen much of this photo fad though.

    Now I'm waiting for a Tatsumaki Senpu Kyaku photo fad......
     
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  6. Battodoka07

    Battodoka07 Warrior Monk

    Hey Phil I'll avidly photograph whatever new fads I come across when I'm in Japan later this year. Nothing really surprises me anymore with what they come up with. Or maybe thats the cynical Korean in me speaking, lol.

    Of course if anything there has to do with melons I must immediately partake in it. That's when the Japanese in me takes over, lol.
     
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  7. Gone

    Gone Guest

    Planking..

    I hated that soo bad.
     
  8. Vldz

    Vldz Warrior Monk


    Have you seen the seafood/critters porn? I will be surprised if you are not surprised about that one.
     
  9. DeeD

    DeeD Nak Muay

    haha those are pretty cool, not a fan of either but cool photos none the less
     
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  10. SifuPhil

    SifuPhil Lucky Cat Is Lucky

    Yeah, I actually had to sit for a few minutes and figure out how they did it. My first thought, of course, was that Japan had radically increased the number of ki masters in their country ...
     
  11. DeeD

    DeeD Nak Muay

    I see how thats the logical explanation :ROFLMAO:
     
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  12. SifuPhil

    SifuPhil Lucky Cat Is Lucky

    Well, it HAD to occur to me - it IS the Internet, so it SHOULD be true!
     
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  13. Battodoka07

    Battodoka07 Warrior Monk


    Ok, imagine being 12 years old in Japan and seeing tentacle porn for the very first time. Talk about being scared for life. I suppose that's why I'm so off kilter as an adult now, lol. I've also not only masterd Ki Blast but also Ki bombs. It looks a little like this:

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  14. SifuPhil

    SifuPhil Lucky Cat Is Lucky

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  15. Gone

    Gone Guest

    The fact that you blokes know about this kind of stuff, and think about this kind of stuff.. Creeps me the fuck out.
     
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  16. SifuPhil

    SifuPhil Lucky Cat Is Lucky

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  17. Vldz

    Vldz Warrior Monk


    It's actually pretty normal. Especially among asians .. such as myself.
     
  18. cqcacademy

    cqcacademy Initiate

    Awesome thread I too find these pics highly amusing. I must confess I had done my own version of this. I'll have to find it and post is tomorrow.
     
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  19. SifuPhil

    SifuPhil Lucky Cat Is Lucky

    Still waiting ... :D
     
  20. cqcacademy

    cqcacademy Initiate

    oh yes I completely forgot
     
  21. whistlekick

    whistlekick Simply the world's best sparring gear

    Awesome!
     

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