“Judoka”: A great short about a Canadian judo player in Japan

The National Film Board of Canada’s Judoka (1965) is one of the reasons why I like Alistair Overeem’s documentary series, The Reem, so much. The Reem reminds me of Judoka’s story of a burly, friendly giant foreigner pursuing the martial way in Japan, and recalls the NHB short’s dramatic black and white cinematography. Killer soundtracks, too. If you’ve never seen Judoka, take …

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Lazy Link Dump: I Would Die for Manny Pacquiao edition

Lots of good reads this week, even if it it a little late for a “Sunday” link dump — we hope you had a good long weekend! UFC 129’s card is stacked high and low. One of Saturday’s sleeper bouts is Canadian John Makdessi vs. Kyle Watson, which hopefully features Makdessi’s impressive kicking abilities. This Judo Chop installment looks at …