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
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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
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
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
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
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
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
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
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
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
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Thursday, August 4, 2011
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
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
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
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.