Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Raymond Daniels

Here's an exciting clip of point fighting champion Raymond Daniels. You will some some clips of him in the World Combat League too. Truly one of the best in tournament Karate. Watch the timing.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Frank Shamrock on Nutrition

Here's a great clip on nutrition by MMA legend Frank Shamrock. Listen well.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Top 10 moves of 2009

This is an incredible video of some crazy exercises. If you think you're in shape, try some of these. This is truly impressive.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Anderson Silva is MMA's Best

The Spider put on another display of skill this past weekend as he knocked out Okami with ease. His timing and accuracy is second to none and he landed punches, knees, and kicks at will.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Spin Back Kick

The Spinning back kick, in my opinion is the most powerful kick in combat sports. Sure a spin heel kick or a 360 round kick can be powerful. But the spin back kick has a higher success rate in combat sports. The kick is thrown in a straight line, so even if blocked, the kicker can recover to a safe position. The others mentioned are circular, so if you miss the risk is greater. Here a back kick used in the cage.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Aggressive Aikido

Aikido is an art where one uses an attackers energy against them. Many people will frown at Aikido and view the same as other combat martial arts. I have met some really good Aikidoists and their are versions of the art that are just as effective as some of the other popular combat arts. Here's a nice video clip I came by.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Senegalese Wrestling

There is a form of wrestling for every country throughout the world. This is Senegal's wrestling art, Laamb. It combines strikes and wrestling. It's a little different.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Muay Thai Worldwide

Muay Thai is really big the international scene. I think we are going to see K-1 style and Muay Thai promotions grow even more in the future. How can you not enjoy this.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Franco De Leonardis

Here a very good fighter and real cool guy, Franco De Leonardis.  I met franco several years ago in Chicago at the Shidokan World Open. He is an awesome grappler and a well rounded fighter. I came across this highlight video and wanted you guys to check him out. Enjoy.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thai Youth

It is easy to see why Thai fighters have the best Muay Thai fighters. Look at this video and watch these kids spar. The sport is part of their culture like basketball, soccer, etc. are part of western culture.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bare Knuckle Karate

I came across this belt on exam on Youtube from a black belt test in Japan. This is come hardcore stuff because the belt candidate is sparring back to back rounds bare knuckle with hard contact. There is shin to shin, bone on bone, knuckles to the body. This is hardcore karate.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Classic Full Contact Bout

Here's a classic fight between 2 of American Kickboxing's greatest Full Contact Fighters (above the waist kicks). Ricky "The Jet" Roufus and "The Iceman" Jean Yves Theriault. This match took a long time to happen. For over a decade Theriault dominated the middleweight division. This fight took place in 1994 at the tail of the Iceman's career at Light Heavyweight. Enjoy.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Herb Perez

Herb Perez is a pioneer in Olympic Style Tae Kwon Do. He was a 1992 Gold Medalist. Here is a highlight of some impressive Knockouts. Watch the spinning hook kick.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Incredible Story

An amazing story here about Keiko Fuduka. She is the first woman to be promoted to 10 dan by the Kodokan. Check out this story. It will inspire all.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Another Shidokan Fight From 1996 Team USA

Here's another fight from the '96 Shidokan Team USA. Here we have Shihan Bo Medenica in the semi finals. Look for some great kicks from.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

1996 Shidokan Fight I

Here's an exciting Shidokan Fight from Team USA 1996. Very intense action. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

American Point Karate Legends Interview

Here's an interesting interview with some of tournament karate's greatest fighters. During the late 70s through the 80s, they were the best tournament fight team. A lot of interesting comments about tournament karate of today. They see the skills of today's point fighters and kata competitors lacking and the commercialism of karate affecting their sport. It's a little long but it's good.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Christian Buffaloe II

Here's a recent interview of N.C. Christian Buffaloe, a truly Karate kid getting ready for the Championship in Japan later this year.

Friday, August 5, 2011

101 Ippons

You got to look at this promo for 101 Ippons (2010). It shows some incredible throws and submissions from some of the best judoka in the world.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Resistance Training

There's tons of information out there on resistance training. There many schools of thought preaching different philosophies. Weight training, bodyweight training, isolate (one muscle group), complex (multiple muscle groups, how many sets, reps, etc. Now a days there's a lot of stuff on explosive training and plyometrics. My take on this subject is find a mix of things that work for you. Understand that olympic lifts and plyometrics should be done with care. Most people are not going to tryout for the Falcons. People who compete do them in cycles. Professional athletes do them during certain planned out periods of training. Now fitness gyms have people doing them regularly as part of a fitness fad. On isolation training. There is always an imbalance in folks bodies. This comes from injuries or lack of use (i.e. if you are right handed, then your left is going to be weaker), so, we isolated to rehabilitate or develop weaknesses. Most of us need moderate resistance work. Athletes develop strength during their off season. And don't believe weights will make you a better fighter. Resistance work supports skills. Skill development is different and should be emphasized first. If I have spar 10 rounds with me, what and how you lifted ain't gonna matter. In the off season, experiment with different training methods and find what works for you. During event preparation, focus on skill development. For the general public, do believe all the crap you hear at the gym.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mark Huizinga

3X Olympian and Olympic Gold Medalist, Mark Huizinga is truly one of Judo's best. Came across this cool highlight and wanted to share. What his commitment to his throws and watch is roll over follow up to a defended triangle choke. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Train Like You're Going To Do It

When training for an event, you have to prepare by doing that event and exercises that directly translate to what you are going to do. For example if you are getting ready to fight a 3 round fight (of 3 minutes), it wouldn't help you to train by jogging 5 miles slow. You'd be better off running 2 to 3 miles at a fast past. If you are hitting the heavy bag and at the end of the work round you aren't winded, the next round you need to work harder. Don't just go through the motions. Move like you would in a match. Create the intensity of competition in your mind. Visualize the fight. If you are talking to your buddies and jiving around talking during the workout, time is wasted. Focus on the task at hand and rap to your buddies after you train. Fighting is not a game and those who get their hands raised at the end of the match are usually the ones training smarter.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Join The Bandwagon

As a fighter, you have to watch out for those who leech on to you. Everybody wants to be around the fighter (when you win primarily). Everybody who's been in the gym when you worked out is a training partner. Coaches who've never held pads for you, say they helped train you. When you lose, everybody has an opinion of why, how and what. When you win, they crowd around you and take credit for your victory. Remember your true friends are their when it's not convenient for them. The guy who sweats with you in the gym, wraps your hands, tends to your cuts, and sits with you when you've lost. The guy who isn't running around running his mouth when you win. For the rest of them, kick 'em off the wagon.