Saturday, June 20, 2015

A Tribute to Todd Woodland: The World's Best Uke

The martial arts world simply can't get enough of Master Ken.

Master Ken has brought to us the Hurticane, the Kill Face, the Thrust of Freedom kata, and of course, 100 Ways to Attack the Groin.

But I submit that as great as Master Ken is, he wouldn't have the following he does without his ever-faithful uke, Todd Woodland.


I think Todd's contributions to Master Ken's work is not appreciated as much as it should be.  After all, most of us understand the value of a good uke.  I submit that Todd is, in fact, the world's best uke.

Todd takes more punishment in a single video than most of us do in a month, and he just keeps showing up for more.  Even though he is still a mere blue belt after all these years, he takes punishment after punishment and keeps coming back for more.

It's Todd that makes Master Ken look even better than he really is.

Take this:



And this:



And this:



Todd takes more punishment than Steven Seagal's bathroom scale.

So here's to you, Todd Woodland - the unsung hero of Ameri-do-te.



UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 2016:

TODD HAS BEEN PROMOTED! 

Congratulations to new GREEN BELT Todd!