Friday, April 29, 2011

Jacare Vs. Marcello Garcia (2 of the Best)

Here's a clip of two of Jiu Jitsu's best warriors.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Shotokan Great, Mikio Yahara

Regardless of your style, you will dig this video clip of Mikio Yahara. Truly one of Shotokan Karate greatest.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Hard Consistent Work

If I offend the young bucks, my apologies. A lot of fighters today say they want to be champions, but a lot of guys don't want to put in the work. Guys want to name drop and impress you with where and who they train with, but a lot of times they half ass train. Many athletes look to some special supplement or some tool to get an edge. High paying pro athletes (i.e. baseball, football, track.) use enhancement drugs to get ahead of the competition. Even non athletes are looking for some faster, easier way to get results (diet pills, energy pills, expensive supplements, etc.). Well, here is the secret folks, HARD CONSISTENT WORK (there is no secret).  Those things along with a strong believe in your ability. If I lose to an opponent, I can always give an excuse. They may be faster, strong, smarter, etc. But if you beat me, you beat me that day. As a competitor, it did not matter to me whether you drank or eat something special. I didn't care what your training routine was. There was no advantage. You either beat me or you didn't. At the end of the day, it boils down to spirit. So, put your time in. Don't look for the easy way. Get up and train (and keep training).

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Peter "Yamato Damashii" Angerer

Today I'd like to share a highlight of Peter "Yamato Damashii" Angerer. Shihan Angerer is the head of German Top Team and he is the President of German Shidokan. He has done so much to promote the art of Shidokan and all combat sports (Muay Thai, MMA, Knock down Karate). Unlike a lot of instructors, he is a "fighting instructor". He has fought all over the world and has fought the best of the best (in Kickboxing, Karate, MMA, Muay Thai, and submission wrestling, and more). Win, lose, or draw, Peter walks the walk (whereas most master instructors talk the talk).

Monday, April 25, 2011

Think You Can Kick?

Some people look at the sport of Tae Kwon Do and wonder why these guys hop up and down and scream when the kick. To compete in this sport you have to have great flexibility, speed, timing, and distancing. Imagine the athleticism required to kick like these folks.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Some More Shidokan Bare Knuckle Fighting

Shidokan knockdown karate is unique in that it allows grabbing, sweeps, throws, and a little submission (has to be done fast). A strong emphasis on hard body punches, lots of knees, and hard low kicks are the stables of this style. You will see some high and spin kicks thrown here and there (these techniques are high risk for a high return).

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Great Full Contact Fight

Full Contact (above the waist kickboxing) is not that popular in the U.S. like it was in the 80s and early 90s, but it is still popular in Europe. Sebastian Pace and Karim Ghajji are top notch kickers and have fought a couple of times. Check out this action.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hajime Kazumi

Another Kyokushin great for you today, Hajime Kazumi. He kept in basic with hard body punches and crippling low kicks. Check out this world champ.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dennis Alexio

Another superstar kickboxing from back in the day was Dennis Alexio. Many of you who save Kickboxer will remember him has Jean Claude Van Dame's brother in the movie. Well, he was a multiple time world champ too.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Norm Rivard Highlight

Norm Rivard was a dominate Karate fighter in the 90s. He won most of the top bare knuckle karate tournaments (Sabaki, Shidokan, etc.). He combined hard karate and judo sweeps and throws.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Master Hee Il Cho

I've been a fan of Tae Kwon Do Master Hee Il Cho since I was a kid. He was ahead of his time in pushing weight training and boxing for martial artists. His breaking skills are the best. Many breakers use spacers to help break multiple bricks and boards, but Cho doesn't. Check this out!

Friday, April 15, 2011

No Pain, No Gain

Those who compete in full contact sports will have injuries from time to time. Some times these injuries can be serious. I've seen fighters bruise their shin from having a kick blocked and fall in pain and swear that it was broken. Then, I've seen fighters with compound fractures still trying to fight when everyone else is trying to stop them. Outside of skill, technique, endurance, etc. there is a special thing that it is hard to teach. It is "toughness". This is a mental attitude of never giving up and refusing to accept defeat. You have to ignore pain and fatigue. The path to becoming champion goes beyond skills and training because all of the athletes at a high level are well trained and highly skilled. Outside physical attributes comes will power. Here's a couple of clips with me competing in the 2002 Shidokan World Open. I am fighting with a torn ACL (right). I manage to win semi final and final bouts against two incredible fighters (Muay Thai World Champ Matee Jedeepitak and Japan Kickboxing Champion Ryo Sakai). I tore my left ACL years prior in a kickboxing bout against 2x World Champion Robert Harris, so I knew I could will myself to finishing these bouts. Refuse to lose and never give up.

clip 1 (kicked to the knee at 4:57)

clip 2 (get tossed several times during the karate rounds, because stability is gone. buying time to get the kickboxing rounds. knee gives out at 7:19 when I throw a left front kick, after that, no more left front kicks)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

MMA Queen

Satoka Shinashi is not only pretty, but dangerous. Check out this action pack video of her.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Judo Throws in MMA

Here's a clip I came accross today with some really good throws and takedowns. Enjoy.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Awesome Fight

If you didn't see Nick Diaz and Paul Daley fight, here you go. The body blows did it.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Lechi Kurbanov

One of Knockdown Karate's best, Lechi Kurbanov.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Valeri Dimitrov

Valeri Dimitrov is one of full contact Karate's best. Observe his technique as he makes inflicting pain look beautiful.