Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Holzken Vs. Daniels Glory Kickboxing

Here's a video of tournament Karate Champ, Raymond Daniels fighting multiple time Thai Boxing and Kickboxing Champ, Nieky Holzken. Daniels is an accomplished sport Karate fighter (point and continuous sparring). He fought for the World Combat League (Chuck Norris' organization the aired several years ago on TV where fighters fought on Kickboxing Teams). He has demonstrated an unorthodox style that has served him well. But when going up against the likes of Nieky, you will a foundation of strong basics. Watch this video and see how Nieky walks Daniels down taking away his space and not allowing him to build momentum on techniques that would serve him well on a mat  without ring ropes. You will see Daniels be worn down methodically by pressure, low kicks and body shots. Despite Daniels abilities and accomplishments, he simply doesn't posses the experience to take on a fighting like Holzken (with over 100 kickboxing fights).

Thursday, May 18, 2017


Sparring is the best way to find out if something works. You develop timing, reaction, learn to read your opponent, and learn what works best for you. In all my years of training in martial arts, I feel that my years training in boxing gyms influenced my outlook on martial arts in general. I took the method of learning in boxing and have applied it to the other combat sports I have trained in. Here is a video showing some training with pro boxers at Doraville Boxing Club in the 1990s.

Old School Sparring

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fighting Stances

How you stand when you fight depends on the situation. In this video clip I will show different fighting stances depending on the type of match I am competing in. Depending on the sport and ruleset you will see what stance best suits that particular situation. Some stances will be angled and some sideways. Hand positioning for defense will depend on the weapons of attack. Some stances are higher (i.e. Kickboxing) and some lower (i.e. Boxing). So, review this video and see what positions and postures I use that helps determine strategies for attack and defense.

Fighting Stance

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Continue The Challenge

Now that I am in my 50s (the new 30s), I still train and challenge myself. In transitioning from 49 to 50 years of age, I was able to have a blast competing in Kata, Kickboxing, and Judo. Here's a clip of that period. So, if I can get it going, so can you. Don't let injuries, age, etc. stop you from attaining your goal. I am still in the pursuit of perfection in what I enjoy doing and that never ends so I get training.

Continue The Challenge

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

IJF World Veterans

Here is video of some of my matches from the 2016 IJF World Veterans Championships. This was my 2nd tournament of this kind. I competed in the 2012 Worlds, which was an incredible event too. In my first Worlds I wasn't on the level of the competition there. The international Judoka are on a higher level (number wise). This time I was better prepared and almost made it to the medal rounds. Here are some edits of 3 of my matches. Unfortunately I don't have match one against Brazil, but he was one tough dude. He broke his pinky toe and continued to play (with his toe sticking sideways).

Shidokan Atlanta At IJF Veterans Championships

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

My Favorite Judo Technique

My favorite technique in Judo is the Uchimata throw. It is a great for an opponent who is hunched over with their legs wide. In this clip I will share footage of me in Judo competitions. The throw can be done using several grips. I like to to use a Power Grip (over the shoulder or deep back) to execute this throw.
Shidokan Atlanta Uchimata Judo Throw

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Shidokan Atlanta Throws For Karate

In this video clip, I am going to share some tips on throws and takedowns for full contact Karate (of course these can be used in any art or sport that allows grappling). I find techniques that allow to face your opponent work best and Ashi Waza (foot techniques) are best. Sweeps, trips, etc. allow you to attack and you don't find yourself in a bad position if you miss. You will see me throw with an Uchimata (inner loin reap) in the video. The grip I use is around the head (like a head lock throw). Because of this grip, the opponent can hold your waist and use the momentum of landing to roll you over. So be careful if you use this grip. I would recommend a whizzer or under hook as this will allow you better control.

Shidokan Atlanta Throws For Karate