Friday, December 28, 2012

Cain Velasquez Takedowns

Here's a clip of UFC Heavyweight, Cain Velasques doing his takedowns.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Judoka Kifayat Gasimova

I came across this clip of Kifayat Gasimova of Azerbaijan. Watch her win these matches with beautiful judo.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Tyrone Spong

Tyrone Spong is a dutch kickboxer and mma fighter. Here's a cool clip of the champ in action.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Martial Arts Tricking

For those of you who aren't familiar with "Tricking", look out for it. First there was creative forms (kata), Xtreme Kata, now Martial Arts Tricking. It is now a sport based on martial arts techniques and acrobatics. You will see it if you haven't.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Judo Newaza

In judo, submission comes off of transitions. Also, they happen fast! Unlike other grappling arts, judo requires one to get it done quickly. So, what happens is explosive and precise attacks. Check this highlight of choking attacks (shime waza).

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Shidokan Atlanta

Shidokan Atlanta was established in 2001. Since that time I have had 4 black belts promoted by Shidokan founder, Yoshiji Soeno. I have promoted one student to black belt. Several have made it to brown belt and a lot of folks come and go. The great thing is that the core members have always been here. We have students who have fought in every combat sport out there. Over the past few years we have been developing a few youth competitors. Our first wave of fighters are able to give the up and coming fighters a plethora of skills. We are able to streamline the most effective techniques to them quickly. So, I look forward to the future.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Me and Boxing

I enjoy all combat sports. I have sought out what I believe to be the most practical combat methods to train in. Kickboxing, full contact Karate, Judo and JuJitsu, etc. My first martial art was Tang Soo Do. I trained for almost 10 years before doing and type of competition. After seeing professional kickboxing on TV, I imagined myself becoming a kickboxer. During the 80s I watched Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, etc. box on TV. In high school I was sparring with some friends and got hit with a body shot so hard, that I asked the guy "where did you learn to punch like that?". It was obvious to me that there was something really different about this body shot. He said that he also boxed. Years later, I went to a martial arts demonstration by former World Welterweight Kickboxing Champion, Jeff Gripper. In addition to being a kicboxer, Grip held a couple of blackbelts and was also a boxer. He referred me to Asa's Gym run by an old boxer named James Asa Gordon. At this time all the top kickboxers would come to this gym to train. Some of the top pro boxers in town would frequent Asa's too. Evander Holyfield even came by the gym. I ended up training with boxers and kickboxers. Kickboxing fights became hard to come by, so I started competing as a boxer to get fights. One of my trainers, Bernard Styles, asked me to try it for atleast a couple of years before I actually did. I would say, "I'm a Karate Guy, not a boxer". He said, "Well, you're in here everyday boxing, so why not?". He had a good point. From my boxing experiences, I learned about hard training, mental and physical toughness. I now realize that my 13 years in boxing gyms help make me that martial artist I am today.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

My First Favorite Sport

Before the martial arts became my favorite thing to do in life, there was Soccer. From age 8 until highschool, soccer was my one of favorite 3 things to do (the other two being drumming, and you already know the other one). My first sports hero was Pele, the Brazilian soccer legend. He is the greatest to ever play the game. For you youngsters who don't know about him, check this out.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Learning from A Loss

I competed in the IV World Grand Masters Judo Tournament on November 10th, last month. It was my first international Judo competiton. Locally, I still compete with the young guys. On the national level higher, compete as a Masters athlete. I compete in the M4 category (age 45-49). I won this years U.S. Nationals. The International Judo Federation had the WorldCchampionships in Miami, so I took advantge of the the opportunity to compete with the best in age group. I was challenged and I had two very educational matches. I've been waiting to get footage of my fights. I looked on youtube yesterday and found one of my matches posted so I wanted to share it with you. I lose in this match and wanted to share my lessons. The good things my opponent did: 1. He attacked right off the grip, 2. He kept me moving, and 3. He countered attackes immediately. The good things I did:1) I was able to turn out of throws to stay in the match (remember landing cleanly on your back is a full Ippon, match over), 2. I started to grip better as the match went on. Here's what I didn't do well: 1). Not stay aware of the boundries (sometimes opponent would position near the out of bounds line, attack and once action stopped the ref would stop and moves us back to center), 3. I didn't counter his counters, and 4) I did not effectively attack in combinations. Here it is.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Action Speaks Louder Than Words

It was a pretty good weekend for Shidokan Atlanta. I took a couple of guys to a local Sanshou tournament. Sanshou is Chinese kickboxing. It allows kicks, punches and throws. My 2 fighters, Chuck and Josh fought in their first tournament of this kind. When we got their, they were treated like neophytes and given the outsiders have trouble with this and we'll be easy on you. In the fighter's meeting, the promoter spent most of the time name dropping who he trained. Anyway, they were suprised as my guys showed them that we can kickbox and throw. Our gym pro, Jaral went to NC on a weeks notice. His opponent trash talks him the day before at the weigh ins and then pulls out of the fight the next day. These are a couple of examples of talking too much. Nobody cares about what you say. It's about what you do. Put up or shut up!

Friday, December 7, 2012

How Long Should You Train?

Yesterday, I talked about the best way to train for your sport. I said that the most sport specific method of preparation is to do that particular sport. Now, how long should you train? Should your workout be 5 hours or 6? A lot of fighters say they train 3x day for 2 hours at a time. If you train with intensity and purpose, your workout shouldn't take more than 90 minutes or 2 hours max. If you go through the motions, you can workout all day long. If you are getting ready for a 10 round bout, you should practice training 10 rounds as hard as you can. This would be better than you half training for 20 rounds (because you would slow the pace to accomodate that time frame). You will pace your self for what you are going to do. It's like trying to improve your mile run by training for 3 miles. You have get on that track and hump 1 mile and time it and work on increasing your speed by practicing running 1 mile.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Best Way To Train

What is the best way to prepare for your sport? Should you run more, lift more weights, or do more plyometrics? Nope to all of those. Of course you should have a fitness base. You have to stretch, work your cardio, strength, etc. But, the most important way to train for your sport is do do your sport. A boxer can hit all the bags, pads, and shadow box in the mirror all he wants, but only in the ring sparring will he sharpen his tools. You can bench press all you like and it won't necessarily make you better punching. I've seen guys who could run marathons gas out from a 3 minute round of boxing. This does not mean that they are not in shape. It just means that you have to train your body in a sport specific manner to handle the work load of that sport. So, don't listen to all the stuff you hear and see. Remember that your sport comes first and everything else is supplemental.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Importance Of The Heavy Bag

Out of all of the training equipment out there, which is the most important? I say the heavy bag. Many people feel that pad work is the most important. The big bag helps you develop power, speed, and endurance. The constant resistance of hitting the bag makes you strong and explosive. You have to incorporate movement, defense, etc. in your bag work and not just go through the motions. Here I am on the bag.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Piotrowski Documentary

You won't be able to understand most of this documentary about former World Kickboxing Champion, Marek Piotrowski, but fast forward and watch the fight clips and interviews with top fighters he faced (Rick Roufus, Don Wilson, etc.). Marek now suffers physically from the many wars he fought.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Roufus Vs. Hoost I

This is a classic kickboxing bout with Rick Roufus and Ernesto Hoost. This old school full contact "American Kickboxing" where all kicks must be above the waist. This is their first contest (Hoost would win in the rematch). A great fight between two of the best kickboxers in history.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Mirko Crocop Kick Of Death

In the early to mid 2000s, Mirko Crocop was known for his incredible left leg round kick. I cam across this really cool video of him in action. Check it out.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hector Camacho Brain Dead

In my previous post, I stated that doctors originally thought that the Machoman had a chance of recovery. Unfortunately, that is not the case. He is brain dead and his family convened yesterday to say their good byes before taking him off life support. I will post another clip (memorial) of the champ. He was one of the best. Peace Macho Camacho.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hector Camacho

Hector "Macho" Camacho was recently shot in Puerto Rico while sitting in a car outside the capital. Fortunately he will surive. As with a lot of high profile athletes he has had his share of ups and downs but he was always a colorful entertainer and is truly one of the most talented fighters to step in the ring. A little trivia for you karateka. Hector also had a blackbelt in karate.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Shidokan Strong Rules Karate

Strong Rules Shidokan Karate is a format that has been used by Shidokan World Karate Association for 32 years. It is unlike traditional bare knuckle karate rules in that competitors are allowed a brief time to grab, clinch, throw and even submit. Staying with the bare knuckle concept of "Knockdown", fighters are encouraged to finish an oppoenent quickly should the match go to the ground. 3 seconds clinch are allowed and 5 seconds on the ground. It is not a lot of time, but it encourages one to be expediant in what he does, making it faced paced and practical.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Keiji Ozaki Tae Kwon Do Kickboxer

Being a Tae Kwon Do guy too, I had to share this one. Here's a kickboxer with great kicks (and hands). This is a great highlight clip. Practice your kicks guys!

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Drunken Master (Of Boxing)

OK, you got to see this one. We all seen fighters be flashy and dance in boxing. Never has there been one like this guy. Emanuel Augustus was a journeyman boxer who fought the best of the best (Mickey Ward, Floyd Mayweather, etc.). His record was not the best on paper, but don't be fooled by fight records, because this guy could fight. Check this out.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Judo Highlight

Just came across this great hightling video of the 2012 Abu Dhaubi Judo Championships. Check it out as it shows some of the best judoka doing their thing.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Shidokan Fall Brawl In Oakwood GA

Kelly Leo and his staff at Full Throttle Fitness put on a great event earlier this month in Oakwood GA at their facility. The day included Karate (kata, point sparring, semi knockdown, knockdown) and kickboxing. Members from Shidokan Atlanta (Full Throttle Fitness, Trammell Fitness and Martial Arts, and KBX Gym), Megladon Muay Thai, Yoshukai Karate, Hardcore MMA, and a few others supported this event. I'd like to say thanks to Senseis Kelly and Trisha Leo for hosting this event. Both of these individuals are champions in the ring and in life as they work hard to share their experiences with others. Here a a couple of clips from their show. Knockdown Karate Kickboxing

Sunday, November 11, 2012

My Judo World Master's Experience

I just got back from Miami where the 2012 IJF Judo Grand Masters World Championships were held. Athletes over the age of 30 are grouped by 5 year increments. I compete in M-4 (45-49). There were over 40 countries and over 800 competitors making this an awesome tournament. Earlier this year I won the USA Judo Nationals and this was my first international judo tournament. Even though I did not win,I learned a lot from the 2 bouts I had against some veteran judoka. I faced off with Cardoso Lopez of Mexico and Bustos Fiero of Argentina. Fiero would go on to win Bronze. Other members from my team (Wakamusha Judo, coached by 2x Olympian Leo White) fought hard and one came back with a Bronze Medal. Even though I had less competitive judo experience than my competition I did not feel outclassed and I felt that I performed for my first time at this level. I train with some good guys and I get a lot of help from by buddy and coach, Josh White (currently ranked 5th in the country). The cool thing for me is that I am able to learn and get better. I started seriously competing in combat sports when I was 18 and now I'm 46. I have almost 30 years as a combat athlete in several sports (sport karate, tae kwon do, kickboxing, boxing, muay thai, shidokan triathlon and now judo). I can continue to grow as a martial artist. I will share some video footage with you soon.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Here's A Reason To Have No Excuses

Check this out. If you are making excuses, you will have none after seeing this.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

I am on my last day in Japan. I came here for the 32 Japan Shidokan Open. Not only did I see great fights during the tournament, it was also the 50th Anniversary of Kancho Yoshiji Soeno's 50 year in martial arts. I visited Mas Oyama old dojo, Matsui's Kyokushin dojo, and Tatsuichi Soeno's Dojo. I will share some pictures and video soon. Here's a couple of clips someone already put up on Youtube.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

MMA Transition

Yesterday I talked about singular disciplines. In looking at Mixed Martial Arts, we know that it is about several disciplines. They key is to be adequate at several ranges of combat. But the thing that makes this sport unique is being able to transition from striking to grappling back to striking, etc. To blend the disciplines together is what makes it difficult for many newcomers. So, practice strikes to takedowns/throws, to positions of control to submissions and mix it up.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Singular Disciplines

Just because you kickbox does not mean you can box like a boxer. Just because you do karate does not mean you can kick like a tae kwon do guy. Every martial art has a specialty. And specialist are good at what they do. If you were to get on the ground and roll with Marcelo Garcia you would have a hard time. If you were to box a couple of rounds with Andre Ward, you would have a hard time. If you were to do some kicks only with Stephen Lopez, you would have a hard time. An MMA approach would be to learn a few things from each range of combat. I prefer that you spend time in each range and develop indidual skills and then put them together. As a commentator, Frank Trigg once said what made Fedor the most dangerous man on the planet in his prime was that he may not be black belt level in each range of combat, but he is at least brown belt in each.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Stronger Punchers (Boxing Or Karate)

I always hear Karate guys saying gloved fighting is so different than without in that Boxers will injure their hands easier than the Karate guy. First of all, Boxing is a speciality art that specializes in "Punching". The object is to use the hands to do damage. The hands hit things 95% of the time (except in shadow boxing). The hands are wrapped for support and different types of gloves are used for training (bag, sparring, etc.). Daily bag work and sparring means you throw a lot of punches. And these punches are thrown with power. So, the hands are actually developed and are strong. Boxers usually have big knuckles. The Karateka will condition his/her hands by knuckle push ups (Boxers do them too) and hitting makiwara boards. But let me tell you this, they can still injure their hands like any boxer. It is a misconception that their hands are better prepared for bare knuckle fighting.

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Greek Throwing Machine Ilias

I came across this highlight video of Ilias Iliadis, Olympian and World Champ Judoka. I had to share so you could see unique style of judo. Very powerful. Check it out.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Kyokushin Highlight Video

Kyokushin Karate is known as the "Strongest Karate" as fighters compete under knockdown (no pads) rules. The style (created by Mas Oyama) grew out of traditional karate practice into a more modern practical approach. The emphasis is on Kumite (free fighting). I came across this cool highlight of the style. Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Savate Champion Amri Damani

Here's a couple highlight featuring something different. This is the "Art of French Foot Fighting". It is called Savate. Check out Amri Damani.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Why I do Judo?

The art of Judo is my grappling base. I have trained with martial artists from other grappling styles (wrestling, BJJ, etc.) and I incorporate techniques from these other styles into my overall grappling style. Being a kickboxer and tae kwon do guy for many years, I feel that judo goes well with what I do. When two guys are exchanging punches many times a clinch will take place. In the case of muay thai where you can grab and knee, clinch training is crucial. Judo gives me many options from this position. When I competed in Shidokan Triathlon tournaments (karate, kickboxing, grappling), during the karate phase, judo came into play. We had to wear a gi, kicks were allowed to the entire body, no punches to the head (because this was bare knuckle), and clinching and throwing are allowed. Judo also provides balance and by knowing what removes balance you can better defend take downs. Many people see judo as more of a throwing art and they don't think much of judo's ground game. I've been fortunate to train with judo coaches and players who approach the art and sport with a balance. The great thing about judo is that you develop skills in both areas so that if you face someone better in one area, you have a back up. Since I know longer compete in full contact hitting sports, I am still able to get out on the mats and compete in judo. I am humble because the dominance I had as a kickboxer is not the same for this sport. Everytime I train with my judo friends I learn something new. In my 40s, I still have an competitve outlet that allows me to gain new experiences.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

My Kickoxing Style

Having a 20 year career in the sport of kickboxing and having fought under different rules, I get asked sometimes about my particular style of kickboxing. I come from a Korean martial arts background (Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do). I started training in American Kickboxing (aka Full Contact Karate, above the waist rules) in 1985. In order to do well in this sport you had to learn how to box. After spending several years in boxing gyms and training with top notch boxers, I started boxing competitively. Also during this time, I met other kickboxing stylist (low kick and muay thai) and through training learned new techniques and other methods of training. In the 90s I started to learn pure muay thai. I spend 3 years training 6 days a week just like one would in a Thai Camp (running, bag and pads, neck wrestling, sparring, etc.). By the time 2000 came, I was able to effectively blend all of my experiences into a unique approach to stand up fighting. Having been a high level Tae Kwon Do competitor (I finished 2nd in the nation at one time), having been an amateur and professional boxer (above average as a boxer but able to box better than 90% of my fellow kickboxers), having won a U.S. Kickboxing title (ISKA Full Contact Lightmiddleweight title) and having fought in an 8 man Muay Thai tournmanet (Shikon Thai Boxing Grand Prix in Europe). So, with all that said, I've been able to blend the experiences of individual sports in one system. I have been able to change the dance with opponents. By that, I mean I can catch their rhythm but give something different that they have trouble picking up on. If they do, I give them something else. Because these speciality areas have different ranges, strategies and training methods, I've been able to apply all of them whenever I needed to for an advantage over the competition.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Anderson Silva Is The Best MMA Fighter

In my opinion, Anderson Silva is the top dog in MMA. What he did this past weekend to Stephan Bonnar was awesome. Silva makes good fighters look bad. He is the 1st fighter to stop Bonnar. Many want to see him fight GSP and Bone Jones. Hopefully these matches will happen sooner than later (as Silva is in his late 30s now). As far as today is concerned, I think he's the best.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Anthony "Showtime" Pettis

Here is a great highlight featuring Anthony "Showtime" Pettis. Anthony combines his Tae Kwon Do background into his MMA game, to create a unique and entertaining fighting style.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Why I Train Jiu Jitsu Highlight Video

I came across this really cool video, "Why I train Jiu Jitus", and I wanted to you to see it. You will see some very good BJJ. You will see some great submissions here. Check it out.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Daniel Chita

Daniel "The Samurai" Ghita is a super star in K-1 kickboxing. Powerful punches and hellish kicks come from this heavyweight fighters. Check him out.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Best Hand Techniques: BOXING

I say this all of the time. The art of boxing has the best hand techniques. I watch fights of all kinds and the most damage done to an opponent usually comes from better boxing skills. No matter whether it's MMA, Kickboxing, or Muay Thai, all else being close to equal the better punches usually wins. From my experiences as a competitor, I feel that one of my advantages was that I had a boxing background. From the stand up point of view in combat, a fighter can use hands and feet. It is rare that you will find fighters skilled enough to make their feet stand on their own. The better boxer in this case usually has the upper hand (literally). So, go to a boxing gym (not a martial arts guy doing boxing) and learn the sweet science.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Korean influence on American martial arts

In looking at the evolution of martial arts in the last few decades, you see big changes. A lot of people may think that the spinnng back kick, axe kick, spinning back fist, etc. are part of some ancient martial art. When former military men came back from overseas duty, they brought martial arts systems from where they were stationed. Those stationed in Okinawa brought back Karate and those stationed in Korea brought back Tang Soo Do/Tae Kwon Do. The early American Karate tournaments consisted of Japanese based competitors. When the Korean influence came about, people had never seen the jumping and spinning kicks. A friend of mine who started out as a Shotokan guy back in the day said that his first time seeing a spin kick was during a fight. His opponent stands in front of him and is hopping up and down (like a Tae Kwon Do guy). The guy jumps and spins. My friend wakes up later in amazement realizing that he just got knocked out with a spin kick.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Okinawan Karate Demo

Here's a nice demo of Karate. Some old school training here and everbody is in sync. Wintess the focus and the power.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Akira Masuda 100 man Kumite

This will take to time to watch, but if you are not familiar with the 100 Man Kumite, check it out. Akira Masuda is one of Kyokushin's greatest fighters. Check it out.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Boxing Shoes Vs. Barefoot

I was doing a few rounds of boxing sparring with a young fellow yesteday. I usually spar barefoot even when just working hands only. For the first time in a long time (years), I put on my boxing boots to train in. Wow! I forgot who different the footing was and how the advantages to wearing shows. As stated, you get better footing. You have more leverage and by being able to grip the floor with the shoes, you can punch harder. For those of you who've never boxed, try a few rounds with a real boxer and feel the difference.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Best Kata Ever

This video clip will make think about complaining next time you do anything. This young man is truly inspirational.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Traditional Martial Arts Are Here To Stay

In todays times MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is very popular. On TV you can find MMA and Boxing fights all the time. You don't see Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Judo, BJJ, etc. In the U.S., the main combat sports shown on Pay-Per-View and cable are Boxing and MMA. Every once in a while you can find some kickboxing bouts. Now every time I drive around town though, I see Tae Kwon Do and Karate schools every couple of miles. There are abundance of them. In looking for MMA, Boxing, Kickboxing schools, you will have to look harder. Most MMA gyms will have Grappling, Boxing, and Kickboxing on their schedule. MMA appeals to young athletic guys (and a few gals). Even at MMA gyms, most of the members come for fitness classes. A lot young guys will do the grappling and striking classes, but few will become fighters. For the TMA (Traditional Martial Arts) schools, most of the members will be kids and they will also get adults (parents of the kids they teach). TMA will have more people because everybody can participate. MMA is primarily for fighting. Don't get me wrong. There are fitness and stress release benefits, but it is about fighting.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Low Kick

The low kick is a very powerful and painful technique that works in most situations. The shin is thrown with the body weight dropping into the kick. This cause bruising in the opponents leg and that affects mobility. When it hits a nerve, one blow can sit a man down for the count. Here's a clip of the deadly low kick.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Why I do Shidokan Karate

I have been a martial artist since age 8. I've studied Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Boxing, Judo, Muay Thai and Kendo. I've worked out with almost every type of combat athlete from the arts mentioned and from boxing, BJJ, wrestling, and many others. In looking at the changes or evolution of martial arts in America, one will see the traditional era, the full contact era, and the MMA era. The reason I choose to embrace the art of Shidokan Karate is because of the Triahlon Concept (Karate, Kickboxing, and Grappling). These concepts make one keep an open mind to everything that is practical. I enjoy elements of the traditional martial arts and I enjoy the practical application of martial arts that can be seen through combat sports. Shidokan embraces both of these and that's why I've dedicated my career to it. It allows be to be a student of all martial arts.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Lumpinee Documentary Promo

This clip is for a documentary (not available worldwide yet). I wanted to share this because of the intensity shown with the young Thai boxers. Look what kids are doing at a young age. The training and intensity is unreal. You will see why they dominate Lumpinee Stadium.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Liver Shot

My favorite place to punch a guy is in the liver. A liver shot sends a shock through the body like no other. The crazy thing about it is that it can have a delayed effect. You can get hit there and try and take it and it will drop you to your knees. Here's two of boxing's greats, Bernard Hopkins hiting Oscar DeLohoya with the liver shot.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Muay Thai In A Cage

Austrailia's Muay Thai Legend, John Wayne Parr is spear heading Muay Thai fights in a cage with MMA gloves. The fighters still fight 3x5 minute rounds of stand up fighting (punches, kicks, knees and elbows). It's a little different but still exciting. Check out JWP in his latest fight in the cage.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

In Memory Mike Bernardo

For those of you familiar with K-1, you will remember a hard hitting brawler from South Africa, Mike Bernardo. Even though he never won the grand prix, he defeated all of the top guys at some point and time, showing that he was as capable. Here is a couple videos in memory of Mike.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Judo Slams

Here's some cool slams and throws from Judo. Known as the gentle art, this ain't so gentle.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Training Tips

In getting ready for a tournament or match, there are no shortcuts. You have to train. You have to get your cardio (run, bike, rope, bag, etc.). You have to do your conditioning exercises (resistance, stretching, etc.). You have to eat and sleep well. On top of all of this, you have to study what you do and do it consistently. You have to focus your mind on success. So many fighters look to training methods outside of what they are actually doing. It's OK to experiment with different approaches, but remember that the training you do must be focused on what you are going to do. When I was training for a fight, I got in the gym, did my floor work (bags, rope, shadow boxing, conditioning exercises, cardio, etc.) I did my sparring and pad work. After these things, I added whatever supplement work I had time for. The key thing was keeping the training specific to what I was going to do. I've coached myself to winning 3 world titles. I'm not saying that I didn't have instructors and training partners. But I will tell you that I used self motivation and my own strategy to accomplish things. I remember years ago while in Chicago for a Shidokan tournament, someone asked me if I train with some top martial artists in my home town of Atlanta. I said no, I just workout with my students at the gym. I'm a strong believer you can accomplish a lot without a lot of resources. Sure, you may have to travel somewhere to expose yourself to things. But the key to winning is to stay focused and disciplined and believe in yourself.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Kickboxing In U.S.

Kickboxing was the biggest combat sport for martial arts back in the 80s and 90s. Full Contact Karate became American Kickboxing, add in International Rules (low kicks), Oriental Rules, K-1, San Shou, and Muay Thai. Kickboxing's popularity has declined as it used to be televised on ESPN (and it did appear on Showtime), but the sport still lives. All MMA fighters train in kickboxing and you will see a lot of matches in the sport decided by hands and feet, especially when you have to good grapplers. As far as pure kickboxing goes, I don't see that the skill level has greatly improved. The reason I say that is there are a lot of coaches with little to no real experience teaching. Now this goes for martial arts in general, not just kickboxing. Look at most guys who box or wrestle. They usually have coaches with experience. As I've mentioned in previous threads, today you got all of these stand up coaches who happen to be a little older than their fighters, if not the same age. It's like white belts teaching white belts. The good thing about my ancient years in kickboxing is that you had to go to a boxing gym to learn the hands and most of us got very experience trainers to coach us. Because of those experiences I was able to transfer that background to kickboxing, muay thai, shidokan, etc. and I felt that my kickboxing skills could compete with any other form of kickboxing (I started out as an American above the waist kickboxer). K-1 is starting up again and I'm waiting to see some American kickboxing stars develop. We haven't had any in long time. So, you young guys get to work and represent.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Russian President Putin and Judo

Besides being the President of Russia, Vladamir Putin as also a life long martial artists. For those of you who watched Judo in the London Games, you saw Putin there cheering on and gradulating the Russian Judoka. Here's a clip of him training.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Real Hand To Hand Combat Experience

Here's a clip of a WWII veteran talking about hand to hand combat in war. Even as an older man, you can see how strong this image of his youth has stayed with him. Imagine his story.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Winner Takes All

I posting this clip because it is a Muay Thai match where the winner takes all! Can you dig it. This is a fight where fighters come out for the sake of fighting, not money. They fight because they enjoy their sport. This is a great lesson for a lot of guys out there who call themselves fighters. Schilling Vs Marcus

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mike Tyson Training

If you think you are training hard, you need to look at old footage of Mike Tyson (in his prime). Watch this clip and go to work.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Workout Anytime Anywhere

How do you stay in shape? Let me tell you. Exercise consistenly at least 5 days a week. This doesn't mean you have to kill yourself working out hard each session. Vary the intensity and do different things. It can be bodyweight exercises, weights, a run, etc. If you don't have a lot of time or your tired one of your training days, do a 20-30 minunte routine. You give yourself a certain number of reps to reach on a series of exercises (i.e. 50 reps of push ups, squats, sit ups). You need to make sure you do routines that involve you moving compound muscle groups (more than one) and make sure to work in your stretching. Make each workout different and keep in fun.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Shidokan Bare Knuckle Rules

Knockdown Karate is popular in many countries. The version most used is that of Kyokushin. All leg and knee strikes to legs, torso and head and no hand strikes to head. Grabbing/holding is not allowed. Scorring is based on effective strikes that either knockdown or visibly hurt the opponent. Shidokan's version of Knockdown allows grabbing and throwing and in some causes submisson. Adding the clinch and throws to ruleset changes things and is a great way to prepare students for practical combat.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Jon Jones Declines Chael Sonnen

As many of you know, Dan Henderson had to pull out of then next UFC fight against Jon Jones due to an injury. In looking for a replacement fight, a couple of the top contenders turned down the fight, so they ask Sonnen. He accepts, but now the Champ Jones says, no he won't fight him on 8 days notice. In my mind, to be Champion you must be willing to take on all comers at the drop of a hat. In an earlier post, I said that world champions should be determined by tournaments. Get to baddest dudes in one event and on that day, see who walks away with the title. There's no planning for one guy. You deal with each opponent one at a time. When I was an active fighter I fought a former pro world champion in my fourth pro fight. When I started to fight for titles and defend them, I didn't care who my opponent was. I truly feel that if you are a world champion, then you should be willing to fight anybody at anytime. These guys I'm talking about are professional athletes who do this for a living.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

(Un)Caged Fighter Blog.

Here's a cool blog site called Uncaged Fighter. Check it out and visit it often. OSU

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Full Contact and Karate

In looking at the effectives on Karate, how do you determine what is and isn't effective. If students practice their bunkai (kata applications) or memorize their 1, 2 and 3 step self defense combinations will they be able to defend themselves? Let me answer for you, NO! Look at the evolution of combat sports in martial arts. Judo developed as a sport where combatants could practice full force against a noncompliant partner. Full contact karate is the same for karate folks. The problem with the karate commmunity is that most of them don't want to fight. Everybody who gets in submission wrestling or boxing will end up sparring whether they compete or not. These sports are practiced as they would be used against an opponent. It is real, not so cerebral that you end up with a lot of theories. It is what it is. Full contact gives karate meaning. I wanted to share an article with you that I read some time ago. Enjoy!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Shidokan Atlanta's 1st Shidokan Cup Judo and Karate

This past Saturday marked Shidokan Atlanta's 1st Shidokan Cup tournament. This event took place after our Ultimate Judo tournament. I tagged the karate tournament onto a judo tournament as it was the only way to make it worthwhile. The karate dojos are so fragmented and in the past everytime I did an event featuring karate, I got small support from karate folks. This day went well, though. Shidokan Atlanta had support from it's brother dojos (Full Throttle and KBX) and World Yoshukai (Oxford AL). I thank you all for your support. I thank all the judo officials, coaches and players for coming out. We had competitors from SC, NC, GA, TN, and FL. There was a lot of action during the judo competiton. One choke submission ended with one competitor going to sleep. A couple of guys got injured during the judo action (one dislocated shoulder and another dislocated elbow). We had a few of our karate students trying judo for the first time and they all placed in the novice divisions. We included a kata division, where kids competed in team competition. Two Tang Soo Do stylist (brothers) placed first and put on a great performance. We had semi knockdown for kids and adults and they all put on a great performance. The highlight of the Karate tournament was a featured bare knuckle match between Eric Heegaard (NC) and Josh Skinner (from SC). Both guys put on a awesome 2 rounds of knockdown karate. Even though this was Josh's first time competing under this format, he should excellent technique and spirit of a warrior. Great job guys and thanks.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Don Wilson vs. Dennis Alexio

More full contact fight history for you. Here's an old clip from the a classic kickboxing fight between 2 world champs, Don "The Dragon" Wilson and Dennis "The Terminator" Alexio. Both of these men won multiple world titles and became actors.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Madness of Excellence

Here's an interesting blog by Joe Rogan on the Madness of Excellence. You will see some footage of Ali, Jordan, and Tyson and here opinions of why they were great. It's a great piece. Enjoy.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cung Le Kick Highlight

I came across a pretty cool highlight video of Cung Le. Along with being an actor, Cung is a most known for his success in Sanshou (Chinese Kickboxing) and MMA. He is also a former Shidokan Team USA Champion. He is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and uses those skills in impressive fashion along with Greco Roman/Judo throws. Check out this kick highlight of him.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Full Contact History

Here's a little knowledge for you. Here's a clip of the 1974 Full Contact Karate Championships. The first full contact martial arts event on American TV. Bill Wallace, Howard Jackson, Joe Lewis, etc. faced international competition. Tournament Karate champions sought a new full contact format of fighting. Out of this event, American Kickboxing grew.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Does Size Really Matter?

I see and read a lot about fighters cutting weight to fight at lighter divisions. The philosophy is to be at the top of a weight class and have a strength advantage. I don't agree with this. I belief that an athlete should train hard and eat right and whatever he/she weighs, he/she fights. When not competing, the athlete should be within 10 pounds of their fight weight. Having to lost 20 plus pounds (especially in a short period of time) is not good. I belief that one should work on skill development instead of trying to get a size/strength advantage. For most of my competitive career, I fought between 155 and 160 lbs. I even fought guys at 168-170 lbs. I feel that my foundation is solid and I don't rely on strength as the determining factor in my performance. I use timing, distancing, and accuracy more than speed and strength anyway. My goal is to work smarter and let opponents work harder. I've come across lighter fighters who were very strong and I've come across larger opponents that I didn't think were that strong. Train hard and develop your skills, eat well, and belief in your abilities. The belief will make you strong than your opponents.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Judo Player And Weed

Many of you have probably seen the report of Nick Delpapalo being sent home from the Olympics for having Cannabis in his system. Nick claims to inadvertently have eaten some food laced with marijuana. This is on list of banned substances by the IOC and after his last match, he failed the test. Wow, it's amazing that weed will get an athlete in so much trouble. It sure won't enhance your abilities. I guess it makes your calmer than your opponent's giving you an advantge of being more relaxed.

Monday, August 6, 2012

America's 1st Olympic Gold In Judo (Kayla Harrison)

Congrats to Kayla Harrison for being the 1st American to get a Gold Medal in the sport of Judo. Kayla has overcome much in her life to get where she is. She was molested by her 1st judo coach as a junior to competitor. She has triumphed over this and become a World and Olympic Champion. Here's an interview with the champ.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Coaches Protecting Fighters

As an instructor or coach you have to let your fighters get out their and mix up with good fighters. Many coaches protect their students by keeping them in what they think is an advantageous situation. As a fighter, I feel that I have to challenge myself and take on the best opposition. I want to know where I stand. If I win, I belong there. If I lose, I quickly learn what I need to fix. Again, QUICKLY learn. That means that I progress faster and I don't develop a false sense of security. I want my athletes to be fearless in knowing that they can handle themselves against quality opposition. So, challenge yourselves and don't be afraid to fight the best.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Great Tae Kwon Do Match

I came across a good match, displaying the incredible kicking skills of Tae Kwon Do. This style of competition require 3x2 rounds. TKD is often criticized by other martial artists because the athletes drop their hands and bounce around. The relaxed movement of the athlete is used to create kicking opportunities. It is not as easy as it looks and requires great endurance. Anyway, check out this match between Aaron Cook and Sebastien Crismanich at the Dutch Open. Look for the head kick in round 3. Great fight.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Neil Adams

Neil Adams is one of the most well rounded Judo players ever. His abilities in standing and ground work are truly incredible. He was known for his juji gatame (arm bar) and had an awesome tai otoshi (body drop throw). Check him out.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Gene Lebell

Judo Gene Lebell is has been a National Judo Champion, a Pro Wrestler, Stuntman, and Actor. He is probably the first martial artist to really impact hollywood as he has been in movies with all the top stars of his day. He is known as the "Toughest Man Alive". Here is Gene in a 1960's MMA bout against boxer, Milo Salvage. Gene wins by choking him out.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Military and Cops Martial Arts

Hand to Hand training for military and law enforcement is extremely important. In the U.S. it has not as intense as it is in other countries. In Korea and Japan, police have to train in martial arts. In many countries, soldiers and cops have to have attain blackbelt status in some martial art. Here's how military and police forces of other countries get down in hand to hand combat training.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mr. Perfect (2 of 'em)

Ernesto Hoost was K-1 Kickboxing's "Mr. Perfect". Hoost was 4x K-1 Grand Prix Champion and was known for his devastating left hook and crushing low kicks. I must say that in my opinion MMA's Mr. Perfect is Anderson Silva. He is the longest running UFC Champion. And now his stats exceed previous UFC Champions. Hoost Silva

Monday, July 16, 2012

Awesome Throwing Video

Here's an incredible highlight video of throws (judo and wrestling). Check this out. Truly amazing stuff.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Trammell Highlight

Sorry it's been a little over a week since my last post. I was out of town with the family. But, I'm back to feed your more of whatever comes out of my mind, or things I see, or thoughts that enter my mind. A few days ago, a good friend of mine made a highlight video of me. I am very appreciative of it and wanted to share it with you all.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Georgia Games 2012 Judo

Here's a clip of me and our guys at the Georgia Games Judo tournament.

Monday, July 2, 2012

2002 My Best Year

I see 2002 as my best year in competitive martial arts. I fought in my second Shikoon Thai Boxing Grand Prix (in Switzerland) I won my 3rd Shidokan Team USA Championship and my first Shidokan World Open. Shidokan hosted two 12 man tournaments featuring some of the best fighters at 155lbs. 6x Shidokan Champion and 8x World Kickboxing Champion Jerry Morris, Lumpinee and World Muay Thai Champion Matee Jedeepitak, Midwest MMA star Rolondo Higueros, World Sports JuJitsu Champion Craig Oxley, MMA fighter Cruz Gomez, World Kickboxing Champ Peter Kaljevic, Polish Kickboxing Champ Tomaz Korcyl, MMA Veteran Steve Kennision, French Muay Thai Champion Remmy Bonnel, and many other tough warriors. A lot of great fights and experience as I got to compete with some really good fighters. Thank you guys for the experience.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Less Is Better

How many techniques should you learn how to execute for your style? If you do a grappling art, do you need to know 100s of take downs and submissions? If you compete in a stand up art, do you need to know a lot of different punches and kicks or memorize a bunch of combinations? The answer to both of these is no. If you look at the top athletes in combat sports, you see that they develop 3 to 5 things and to those things exceptionally well. It's fine to learn and be exposed to all that you can, but don't overwhelm yourself with learning and utilizing everything you see. Combat, doesn't work that way. In the time of stress, you will pull off the moves that you've given the most repetitions.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Judo With Champ Jimmy Pedro

Here's a clip of Judo Champ Jimmy Pedro demonstration some throwing techniques to be applied with our without a Gi. Some good stuff here.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Throwing Highlight

Here's a nice clip of throwing techniques in combat sports (judo, wrestling, etc). The control of another opponent's balance is an art in of itself. A buddy of mine makes awesome highlight videos on Youtube. Be sure to subscribe to his channel (Girth Monkey).

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Knife Defense

There are a lot of arts out there claiming to be effective knife fighting systems. There are special training programs where participants train with chalked or electric knives, etc. The reality of knife fighting is that if you and your opponent both have blades, expect to get cut. Everyone I know who's been in a knife fight got cut or did the cutting. Those cut usually don't see the knife until they've been cut (that's how experience cutters work). The fight sequences in the movies where two guys move around and block knife to knife is not real. It would be like two boxers fighting and no one got hit. Those of you who've boxed know that you will get hit. Being that a knife is an extension of the hand, most likely you will be hit. I'm not saying don't practice your self defense techniques against the blade. Just keep in mind that the experts don't always give practical advice for practical situations.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Kimura Arm Lock

The Kimura (named after the famous judoka) is called the Ude Garami (entangled arm lock) in Japanese. It is an effective lock where both hands attack the opponent's arm. When caught in this position, the opponent is on the defensive and this technique gives the attacker opportunities to improve position or defend from a bad position. Here's an example of this technique breaking an arm.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Old Dog Learning New Tricks

I had a great weekend. Not only was it Father's Day weekend, but me and some of the guys from the gym fought in the Georgia State Games Judo tournament. At 45 years of age, I still compete with the young guys on the local levels. I managed to win my division. It is truly a challenge and I still get a big adrenaline rush competing. It allows me to stay young, humble and to continue to learn. Very few instructors are done with competing by the time they get my age (a lot much earlier). There is nothing wrong with that, but I see a lot of instructors (the competed) let themselves get out of shape. Whether we compete or not, we must train and keep learning. Old dogs do learn new tricks.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Old School American Full Contact Karate

Here's a clip of Bill "Superfoot" Wallace against Jem Echollas from 1976. This is old school stuff here. "Full Contact" Karate (American version) that would eventually be called American Kickboxing. This is before the sport was done in a ring with boxing gloves (you will see the old style safety gloves being used in the clip).

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Shindokai Poland

Shindokai is an offshoot of Shidokan Karate. I came accross some good matches from Poland to share. Check this out. You will see grappling, bare-knuckle karate and kickboxing.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Pacquaio WON!!

Manny Pacquaio won the fight against Timothy Bradley! The judges were just horrible. Looking into Bradley's eyes after the fight, I can see that deep down he knows he lost too. I am proud at the way Manny handled this terrible decision. He smiled and congratulated Bradley. He didn't freak out and storm out of the ring in anger (like Hopkins did in his last fight). Manny you are a true champion. Great job!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Practical Experience Vs. Just Practice

Let's say you been training a martial art for 10 years. You go to class, do the workouts, drill and practice. You spar, hit the pads, etc. Now let's say, a guy comes in to the class and you spar with him and you see he has ability and can do things to you and you have a hard time pulling off your best moves on him (if at all). After the workout, you ask him how long he's been training and he tells you 3 years. You say to yourself, "Wow, I've been doing it for 10. How can he be so good?" You have no competitive experience and most of his time in the discipline he has competed. What I'm saying is that through competition you learn at a much faster rate than those who don't compete. Combat sport athletes have a shorter learning curve and the better their opposition, the better they become as martial artists. You can learn new techniques and drill them for an eternity, but if you never have to do them under pressure, you won't have the confidence of the guy who has. If you don't fight, you better learn from those who have. Go into a boxing gym or a wrestling gym and see how these guys train. Most of their training is doing what they are going to do when they fight. Football and soccer teams scrimmage to prepare. They simulate what is going to happen in a game. Make sure you do the same (if you can't really get out there and play).

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Effective Kicking

In looking at kicking techniques, there is a big debate on what is the most effective martial art for kicks. There's the powerfully swinging action of Muay Thai, the snapping speed of Tae Kwon Do and the thrusting power of Karate (i.e. Shotokan). For me it is a blend of all of the above. As a fighter I felt that the most challenging kickers were the Tae Kwon Do fighters. The main reason is that Tae Kwon Do is a kicking sport. The athletes wear chest protectors which minimizes scores with punches. The emphasis is on kicks, so these athletes devote more time in developing timing, speed and distancing for kicks than a lot of other martial arts. The Thai fighters emphasize conditioning and full body commitment to their kicks. The shin is the primary striking weapon for round kicks (the most commonly used kick in martial arts). The idea is to cause damage to whatever it hits. Karate styles use the thrust of the hips to generate power. My kicking styles draws from these 3 different schools of kicking. Speed and snap kicks require less energy, so they are hard to read for my opponents. I mainly use the Muay Thai low kick to kick through an opponents leg. And, I like the side thrust kick to get opponents away from me. Here's a clip of me utilizing these kick principles. Finals of Shidokan Team USA 2002

Monday, June 4, 2012

Best Hand Techniques in Martial Arts

I was talking to a friend recently about the differences in hand strikes in martial arts. She has studied different arts and different instructors have their own theories and philosophies as to which is the most effective. Well, they all are. Problems arise when martial artists try to compare the hand techniques of 1 art to another. The all have something to offer, but one needs to understand that most martial arts techniques were designed to work against untrained (non-martial arts) attacks. In this regard, they are all good. In my opinion, boxing has the best hand techniques. My reasons: 1) It is a full contact sport that can be practiced and provide immediate feedback, 2) All combat sports athletes train in boxing, 3) More statistics exist on boxing than any other martial art (Knock outs). Having spent over a decade training with some of the best in boxing, I will honestly say, I've never met and I've never seen a martial artist who could do the damage of a boxer. A lot of folks will say, that it is a sport with gloves and without gloves it's different. Yes and no. First of all you can hurt your hands (with and without gloves), But to receive a bare fisted punch from a decent boxer will end it. The reflexes, pain tolerance, conditioning, and reflexes of the boxer is better. From experience I will say, you can box with any glove (boxing or fingerless) or not (bare knuckle).

Friday, June 1, 2012

Korean Zombie Highlight

"The Korean Zombie" is one of the most exciting fighters to watch in MMA. He is good on his feet, good on the ground and can take it as well as dish it out. He is know for his stoic posture and constant attack (like a zombie).

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Road Work For Fighters

The best cardio training for fighters comes from running. When you run you want to mix it up by changing speed, throwing punches while you run, running forwards, sideways, backwards, etc. You want to mimic the movement and changing pace of competition. If you are getting ready for a fight, I recommend 4 to 5 times a week. Alternate longer runs with sprints and add some hills to the mix.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Heavy Weight Training Won't Help Your Boxing

I know the sports scientists and conditioning coaches won't agree. But, unless you've trained and competed in boxing, you can't know. Here's an interesting article I came across about weight training and boxing. I completely agree with this article. This is not to say you can't ever lift weights. If you want to lift heavy, I would recommend doing so during a seasonal situation (when you don't have a match coming up). Study this article.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Fighting Hurt

I fought in full contact striking competition (Tae Kwon Do, Boxing, Judo, Kickboxing, Muay Thai and Shidokan) for 20 years (1985-2004). I got back in Judo competition last year and I am staying active with this sport. During my competition career I've had injuries. I've stitches, fractured elbows, fingers, and 2 torn ACLs. Despite these injuries, I've been able to keep truckin'. Because of knee issues, I've hand to modify training and change up on the way I execute some of my techniques. You will be amazed what you can do while hurt. I've finished tournaments serious injuries. I fought 2 time World Kickboxing Champion, Robert Harris when I tore my left ACL (in round 2) and finished the fight. I tore my Right ACL in the 2002 Shidokan World Open against World Muay Thai Champion Matee Jedeepitak (2nd of 3 fights). In both situations I finished matches and tournament. So, I want you to know that you can push past this little thing called pain. There is no pain, fatigue, or fear to stand in the way of attaining your goals as a fighters. Never surrender, never give up.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mix Your Kicking Skills

In MMA and Kickboxing a lot of fighters use Muay Thai kicking skills. The emphasis is on full power and kicking through the target. I personally use a lot of snap kicks (Karate and Tae Kwon Do) and mix in the Thai style kick. Snap kicks are fast and require accuracy and placement so you don't have to use a lot of power. The require less energy. Fighting in Muay Thai and Shidokan fights, I was able to read the body language of hard kicks coming from the Thai style kickers. My opponents had a difficult time picking up my timing on my kicks because my delivery was more relaxed and they weren't used to my style of kicking.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Mitt Lenix RIP

A couple of days ago, a young martial artist was killed at a drive in theatre, trying to get help to get his car started. The gunman fleed but was eventually caught. My heart goes out to the family of Creative Breaking Champion Mitt Lenix. I looked up information about this young man after hearing about this incident on the news. His parents are life long martial artists and he grew in the Dojang (TKD). Prayers to the Lenix family. Here is Mitt in action:

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Is Sport Combat Good For Self Defense? YES

I recently listed to a video of a traditional martial arts guy, saying that sport fighting (i.e. MMA) isn't practical for self defense. As one who has devoted a life time to combat sports and martial arts study, I will tell you that combat sports are the best way to prepare for reality. The self defense experts tell you that the rules, weight classes, etc. aren't reality. They practice their reality defense through simulation. So of them will also say that they have competition experience too, but you you never hear of any of them having high level competitive experience. Having trained and competed against top level fighters, I will tell that these guys would tear a new one into somebody on the street. Some experts claim to have done research on fear and adrenaline. Champion fighters fight through pain, fear, adrenaline dump (and in tournaments they do it over and over again). Now the experts will say, well, there are officials to stop it if one gets hurt. Yeah, but I say most of them have never fought a death match either. Now as far as the techniques that they can do that are not allowed in sport fighting. Well, if you can't be me with rules, you'll have a harder time beating without them.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sparring Is Key

A lot of young fighters these days avoid getting in the "Nitty Gritty". What I mean by that is sparring. They want to hit the mitts, do all the plyo exercises, etc. But, a lot of guys shy away from sparring. The are many ways to spar (light, medium, and hard). The intensity must be conducive to a real match. You also have to spar with different body types (different weights, heights, and experience level). When training with a lighter partner, ease of on the power and work your speed. For heavier partners, work a little more power. For shorter partners work on keeping your distance and for taller fighters, work on getting inside. Whatever advantages you have over a sparring partner (size, speed, height, etc.), don't forget to change up and give you partner an opportunity to work. If he has less experience, don't take advantage. Make it a meaningful experience for both of you. Go train!! Richard Trammell Box Sparring with former world contender, Lamar Parks Richard Trammell Karate Sparring (knockdown style with Joe) Richard Trammell Sparring (Boxing, Kickboxing)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Game Planning Opponents?

It seems that a lot of fighters are hesitant to take a fight against an opponent that they can't find footage on. The search through google, youtube, etc. to fight some videos that they can study to come up with a plan. Well, I say "Baloney". You can look at a video from 2 years ago and expect to have a plan for your opponent when you fight him. First of all, whatever he did was applied to the opponent at hand. Secondly, you have to adapt to what's going on in your matches. Sure there are certain habits that one carries from match to match. But, you should be able to pick up on what he is doing good or bad within the first minute of a fight. You must learn to read what's going on and make adjustments during the fight. Do plan to do a specific thing based on a clip you watched from last year because you might end up looking for something that never comes.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Enshin Karate Demonstration by Kancho Ninomiya

I came across a great demonstration by Kancho Joko Ninomiya, head of Enshin Karate and promoter of the Sabaki Challenge. Enshin Karate is a full contact style (one of many branches of the Kyokushin tree) that uses the principle of Sabaki (circular motion) where the practitioner uses the energy of the attacker against him, utilizing the "blind spot". Here's a clip of the master in action.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Elena Vorobyeva, Kyokushin Fighter

Here's a couple of clips of Russian Kyokushin figher Elena Vorobyeva. Great Kata and Kumite.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Muay Thai Sweeps and Throws

Came across a cool clip of throws and sweeps used in the sport of Muay Thai. Check this out, as these are unique to this sport.

Monday, May 7, 2012

World Oyama Karate Tournament May 5, 2012

This past weekend me and some of my students drove to Birmingham Al for the Annual World Oyama Karate Championships. It was good to see some no nonsense full contact karate. The semi-knockdown fights were good and the kids and adults did a great job. The knockdown (no pads) had a smaller number of competitors than usual but the fighters didn't disappoint the spectators as there was some knockouts. If you've never seen this style of competition, you will be impressed. Great job and thanks for putting on another great tournament World Oyama Karate. OSU!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What happens during a joint lock?

Here a clip from Sports Science featuring Frank Mir about the force required to execute joint locks.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Fighting Is Never Personal

I see a lot of guys hesitant to fight fighters in their weight class. This is usually the case for heavy and lightweights. Middleweights aren't the problem usually because that's most of the general population. Matching fighters for promoters can be a headache when local guys turn down fights when the fighter pool is small. Years ago in Atlanta, there were a few boxing gyms. Fighters would go around from gym to gym to get sparring sessions with different fighters in their weight class. They would become friends with their new training partners. When fights came up and they were matched against each other they fought. This was never personal. They would fight and shake hands afterwards. In other martial arts competitions, guys are sometimes reluctant to do this. A year ago, I got back into judo competition and my first match was against one of my coaches. I attacked as hard as I could and was happy to last the 30 seconds I did (yeah, I lost). Remember that if you ever have to fight a friend, it's never personal. Believe it or not, you get to know each other much better and your respect for each other will be even greater. I have one friend from the age of 10 to present. We met through fighting and became pals.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Judo Throw On Concrete

This is a crazy video but it illustrates what happens when someone who knows zero about throws faces someone who does.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Winning Isn't Everything

In sports, everybody has to win and somebody has to lose. In full contact fighting, my ultimate goal was not just to win. My goal was to win by stoppage. As a Tae Kwon Do fighter, it was difficult to win by KO. I would enter tournaments and fight 3 to 4 opponents each tournament. I would win at least one by KO. In boxing and kickboxing, I always looked for the KO. In Shidokan Triathlon I looked for stoppage by KO or submission. In Judo, I look for win by Ippon (making an opponent land on his back, pin, or submission). In decisions, judgements are made by officials. Many times athletes are judged by poor judging. I hate when people with no combat experience evaluate fighters. When you stop an opponent, you decided the outcome and no one can ever say should of, could of, or would of. Close matches can go to either fighter, so for me, I would still sometimes be upset if I didn't win by stoppage.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hit the Heavy Bag

A lot of fighters prefer mitt and pad work to develop technique. These require a good pad man and you would only have a limited time for this method of training. Heavy bag work and shadow boxing are to key methods to developing good techniques. There are functional exercises that develop your skills and you can do these by yourself. The techniques of a boxer or kickboxer is developed through repetition and many solo hours.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

2012 USA Judo National Championships

I just a great experience in Dallas, TX this past weekend. I went to the 2012 USA Judo National Championships. I watched some of the best Judo players in the country compete. I saw a lot incredible throws, chokes and arm bars. There watched for the first time, visual impaired athletes compete. I was truly impressed. I competed in the Master's division (45-49 years old). First of all, I must say that all of the master's were impressive. Many of them are instructors like me and some where high level players from other countries who now live and teach in America. It was a great experience for me. I managed to win gold in my division. I look to continue as my competition career extends. I was truly inspired watching guys in their 70s fight. Always challenge yourself.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hidden Throws in Karate?

I was looking at some videos on Youtube showing hidden throws and takedowns hidden in karate katas. I have yet to see these application experts show me a practical technique out their so called practical interpretations. First of all, no one is going to punch at you like they demonstrate, things are not going to line up so you can move at the angles they tell you to. Yes, old school karate guys used sweeps and throws. These techniques came from other influences like judo. They didn't learn them through the break down of kata moves. Throws and takedowns don't work that we way.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Shidokan Triathlon

The Shidokan Triathlon was a great learning experience for me. It is truly the direction I think Karate stylists should follow. It encompasses old school with new school, mixing traditional with modern practices. As a competition, it brought different martial arts styles together. I had the opportunity to compete against champions in Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Jujitsu, MMA, etc. It was the only tournament where I competed with several world class fighters on one evening. We (U.S. Shidokan) have some things in the works. So, get ready for the "Triathlon of Martial Arts" to return.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Army Combatives

Mixed Martial Arts have made their way into the military. The Army has included this in hand to hand combat training. So, for those that don't see MMA as a valid reality based fighting system, think again (or better yet fight in a tournament). The military is doing it. Check this out.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Knock Out Highlight

Here's a cool clip featuring almost every kind of knock out you can see in combat sports. Punches, kicks, knees, slams, etc. are featured in this. Check it out.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Push Up Drills

Here's a clip of some push drills for you to try. Knuckle, finger, two finger, etc. are covered. You will condition your hand for combat while getting a great workout to make your upper body stronger. Also, I will show you a clip of me doing some finger push ups. Check them out.

Here I am doing 3, 2, and 1 finger push ups.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Competition is Necessary

Is competition necessary for martial artists? Yes! Most martial arts classes are based on theories. There is nothing wrong with theory, but practice has to be practical too. If a veteran boxer says he can knock you out, he says this based on experience. He has been in contact situations that have allowed him to learn how to throw debilitating blows. The wrestler is the same in that he has been taking opponents down since he was 6 years old. The martial arts student who goes to class, advances in rank, but has no fights of any kind is in for a rude awakening when put in a fight situation. Either you or your instructor has to have some type of experience. If you are trained by fighters, then they can streamline their knowledge and simulate what you need to be prepared.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Anderson Silva

Here's a clip of the pound for pound top MMA fighter, Anderson "The Spider" Silva. Check out the most well rounded athlete in the game.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mentally Win From The Beginning

As a fighter you need to prepare yourself mentally to compete against the toughest opponent imaginable. You have to see who the top guys are and put in your mind that you want to beat them. Even as a beginner, say to yourself "I will be the Champ". What this does is makes your mind desire the highest level. Even if you don't become a champion, you will get further than you would have if you'd adopted the lesser goal. Fight the best opponents to push yourself. Don't be afraid to lose because this makes you avoid what you perceive as difficult. Because it is only perception. It is not real if you tell yourself it isn't.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Modern Warriors Documentary

Here's a documentary with well known martial artists (Bob Wall, Peter Cunningham, Stephen Hayes, Benny Urquidez, etc.). It shows the development of martial arts in America. Check it out.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Christophe Pinna

Here's a highlight of Shotokan fighter Christophe Pinna. Awesome kicks and perfect timing.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Kenji Midori

Here's a clip of Shinkyokushin's Kenji Midori. Midori trained under the late Grand Master Mas Oyama. He was known as the "Giant Killer", being smaller than opponents and competing successfully in the All Japan.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Miss Pride Fight Championships

I really miss the production of the Pride Fighting Shows. I enjoy all MMA organizations, but I don't think any put on shows like pride. I liked the stomps and the soccer kicks, the yellow cards for stalling. They made fighters fight and if they didn't, money was deducted from their pay. Check out this highlight of Pride Fighting.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Benny Urquidez 2010 Demonstration

Here's a clip of Kickboxing Legend Benny Urquidez doing a demonstration at a seminar. Check out the master doing his thing.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Adlan Amagov

Came a across this highlight video of Adlan Amagov. He's a well rounded fighter with great kicks. Check him out.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Kyokushin Fights Old School (from the 70s)

Came across some cool footage for you to check out. Some great knockouts from Kyokushin Karate fighters.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Elbow Strikes

Last week, we looked at the the powerful knee strike. Today, let's look at the elbow. The elbow is an effective weapon of destruction. It can cause lacerations and knockouts. Check out the elbow in this muay thai clip of KOs.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Philosophize or Fight

When looking at the classical approach to martial arts training, I see a lot of folks putting a lot of time into philosophizing and theorizing sticking hands, pressure points, and ripping and tearing muscle. In theory, they all sound great. In reality, it doesn't work like that. Try to grab a boxer's jab. You'll be reaching after you eat it. Try using a pressure point on a grappler or grabbing between his muscles. You will find that the intense pain you expect is just a tickle to him. See if you can get a kickboxer to stand still long enough for you to accurately grab or hit a pressure point. It's not going to happen. A non-compliliant, resisting, in shape, trained, angry opponent, responds much differently to these theories. Impact training and sparring are you best tools to find out what works and doesn't. You will feel what works and see how you techniques affect your opponent's or sparring partners. Follow the path of the full contact fighters to help you find the practical in your theory.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Everybody Loves A Winner

Non competitors are sometimes cruel to competitors. In every sport, spectators get upset win an athlete makes a mistake or their favorite team loses (where they will blame somebody for the teams misfortune). I respect all athletes that get out their in front of 100s or 1000s of people, because they have the courage to risk losing. Until the sideline coaches and trainers get out there and put on the line, they need to shut up. Don't let what others block what you seek in your journey. Everybody loves a winner, but they should embrace the loser too.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Knee

One of the most effective techniques for fighting is the knee. It is a hard bone and hurts whatever it comes into contact with. Check out this video of awesome knee knockouts.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Lopez Vs Salido II Awesome Fight!!

If you are a fight fan, please make sure you watch the Juan Manuel Lopez Vs Orland Salido II rematch. It will be one of the best fights of the year. There were knockdowns by both fighters and the intensity was incredible. Make sure you see this one. Here's a highlight.

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Spartan Run

Me and some of my gym mates participated in the Sparan Run this past weekend. We did the 4 mile sprint through a trail in Conyers, GA. You run an obstacle course, running over and under wooden walls, crawling under bob wire, climbing ropes, monkey bars, tire flipping, scaling walls, walking sand bags up hills, and slipping and sliding through lots of mud. It was an awesome day and everyone who participated enjoyed it. If you ever get the chance do, you will have a blast. Here's a few from our team afterwards.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Judo Compilation Highlight

Came across a cool judo highlight to share with you.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Knockout Power And Technique

Do you have to be strong to knock an opponent out? No. Some fighters are naturally powerful and can graze you on top of the head and knock out out or hit you in the arm and break a rib. Fighters like George Foreman have the kind of power. Some fighters can cause severe damage with an accumulation of punches. The hit you over several rounds and all of sudden you feel drained and woozy. Ali is that type of fighter. Then there is the guy who places his shots and times opponents, so that they move into those shots (i.e. Mayweather). You can be one of these if you examine how you are made. All of these will depend on your body type. And it will depend on your technique. Always practice your basics because when you get tired, you will have to rely on your technique.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Don Wilson Vs Dennis Alexio

Here's an old school kickboxing bout between Don "The Dragon" Wilson and Dennis "The Terminator" Alexio. It is early in Dennis' career and he put up a great fight with the legendary Wilson. 2 of the top guys of that time period going at it.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Me & Some Friends Doing Judo

Wanted to share a clip of me and some of my judo buddies at the Annual Wakamusha Judo tournament last month. Josh White (one the top players in the US) is first. Old me is 2nd with the Uchimata and Dalorean pulls off a cool collar shin choke. I had 5 matches that day and learned a lot and saw a lot of good judo.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Ronda Rousey's Arm Bar

Ronda Rousey became the Women's 135lbs Strike Fore Champ this past weekend. Once again she defeated her opponent, Misha Tate, via arm bar. The technique she uses has been done 100s of times in world class judo competition, so when she puts it on, she puts it on. Notice how her knees are open and her ankles are crossed. This variation allows her to better control her opponent's body. Great job champ.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Hitting Pads Don't Equate To Fighting

I'm seeing a lot of fighters hitting pads and mitts with some pretty cool combinations. Folks see Floyd Mayweather hit pads with his Uncle Roger Mayweather and copy what they see. It's the "Mayweather" system of mitt training. Coaches call out 5, 8, 10 punches combinations with slips, rolls, bob and weave, etc. Instead of sparring, a lot of guys will hit pads instead. You have to spar! Boxing, kickboxing, etc. are combat sports that require sparring. Your coach calling punches out for you and giving you preset moves is not going to do it. Drilling stuff on pads is cool, but you have create your own combos and adapt what you do to different opponents. Keep in mind that you're not going to rip of a 10 punch combo on a quality opponent, unless he's hurt or tired. Use the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) methodology. Stay basic and use fundamentals.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Ioseb Koberidze

Here's a really cool guy, Ioseb Koberidze. He is the Branch Chief for Shidokan Ukraine and he is the founder of Shidokan Georgia. He has been a fighter, coach, promoter, and more. I had the opportunity of going to the Republic of Georgia with some American fighters on a show that he promoted. He is a true martial artist and gentleman.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Boxing Tribute

Here's an inspirational video of some of the best in boxing training. After you watch this, you'll probably go workout.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Christian Buffaloe III

Here's installment 3 of the young Karate fighter from NC, Christian Buffaloe. Christian is following in the footsteps of his instructor and father, Kenny Buffaloe. Here is Christian latest news interview.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Japan Military Karate

Shotokan Karate probably the most well known style of Karate out there. Wanted to share some hardcore training footage.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Old School to New School

I recently got some early 90s Shidokan full contact karate fights on VHS. If featured the top Karate fighters of that time(like Ralph Linares, Hidetso Otsu, Norm Rivard, and the late Tomaz Kucharezki). Fighters from World Oyama, Kyokushin, Seidokan, Shidokan, Kempo, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, and Kung Fu squared off and fought bare knuckle karate matches. It is cool to watch because this was a time where martial artists fought hard with no dreams of becoming the next great UFC champ or making a lot of money. They just fought. A lot of guys today have the illusion that they are going to become the next Jon Jones, Anderson Silva or GSP. Or the hold out on fighting waiting for that big pay day. The great thing about the fights I watched is they were before Youtube and Google in that, these guys entered and fought. Some of them had no clue which is what makes it raw and appealing. Watching a couple of years fight shows showed Shidokan's tournament evolution of the Triathlon (Karate, Kickboxing and Grappling). What started out as a Karate tournament added gloved fighting to draws and later grappling to make all 3 required in an event. The Karate fighters gave way to the Thai boxers like Marco London who would win 4 World Opens in a row. The Karate guys who once ventured out of their own organizations went back into their own world and the fighters who would later take over were the kickboxers and MMA fighters. Hope to see the Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu guys in the future. Being a promoter of Shidokan events and a match maker for them, I tell you it's hard to get karate guys to fight out of their element. We'll see what the future holds. But until then, I will keep looking at these fights from the past.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Clinch and Knee Techniques

I was watching some old school Shidokan Karate fights yesterday and I noticed that the clinch and knee was an key element in the winner's success. Grabbing the Gi and head and knees to the legs, body, and head are very effective in breaking an opponent down. He is a clip of me using the knees to get the job done.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Giorgio Petrosyan

The top middleweight kickboxer in the lighter category is Giorgio Petrosyan. Check out this highlight of the 2x K-1 Max champ.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Do Aikido and Hapkido Locks Work?

I see a lot of demos from aikido and hapkido experts where grown men grab their wrists and get thrown/taken down. Wrist locks do work a after you stun an opponent and they are better applied when you have someone down. Having learned hapkido locks before studying judo, I will tell you that they don't work like most instructors teach 'em. If you have ever been grabbed by a decent judo player, you will know that you won't be twisting his hand off into a lock. If you have somebody throw a half way decent punch at you (like a boxer), you won't be sidestepping and grabbing his wrist. Before doing any of the above it is best to stun the opponent with a strike or throw.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Boxing James Kirkland

There is a new star in boxing named James Kirkland. I want you to watch this highlight clip and notice the angles of his punches. See how he places his shots and watch how he watches his punches go to the target.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Shindokai Demonstration

Shindokai is an offshoot of Shidokan Karate, emphasizing the 3 concepts of Karate, Kickboxing, and Grappling. Here's a clip from a 2009 demo.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Always Remain Humble

This past weekend I competed in the Annual Wakamusha Judo Tournament in Atlanta. I finished 4th in the Senior Men's division. I lost my first match and would have to win all of my other matches to fight for 2nd place. I lost right before getting to that point. So, I won 3 and lost 2. At first I wanted to kick myself for losing because I HATE LOSING. Hey, I was a kickboxing and Shidokan World Champion. But, this is neither of the two. A lot of former champions in my age group and younger don't do any kind of competition now, let alone workout hard. I pat myself on the back for leaving my ego and champion pride outside and enter my judo competitions humbly. Prior to last year, I hadn't competed in a judo event since 2001. I'm 45 years old and I get out there with the young guys (now for the bigger tournaments I will do the masters). It's OK that I'm not as awesome a judo player as I was a kickboxer. But, I'm working on becoming the best that I can be. So, remember that you can always learn and challenge yourself. Don't rest on accolades of yesterday. Do something today and prepare for tomorrow.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Old School Shidokan Highlight

Came across this highlight video of Shidokan fights from the 90s. Really cool clips here.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Shidokan 2007 Slide Show

Here's some awesome pictures of Shidokan acton at the 2007 World Open feature some great fighters from around the World. The action of a Shidokan event is unlike any other. Stay tuned, because it is on it's way back! The photographers is Steve Matteo.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Willie Pep

This guy was truly amazing! One of the most skilled boxers of all time, Willie Pep shows his uniqueness in this clip.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Classic Bill Superfoot Wallace Retirement Fight

Before UFC, Strikeforce, etc. there was the early kickboxing stars of the PKA and WKA. Bill Wallace was a champion karate competitor and undefeated middleweight kickboxing champion. Here's is his retirement fight against Robert Biggs. I remember it like yesterday.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Become An Expert At Everything

In today's world of martial arts, MMA is really popular. There are a lot of traditionalist (singular disciplines) that feel you can't become good and several ranges of combat (striking, grappling, take downs, etc.). Being involved with Shidokan (Known as "The Triathlon of Martial Arts"), I go with the philosophy of learning it all together. In my dojo, I have kids learning and competing in knockdown tournaments, point and judo tournaments. The know classical techniques and kata, how to throw a jab, 360 round kicks, Judo and Wrestling takedowns, and more. I have devised a curriculum that develops students in multiple areas all at the same time. It is proven as I have students fighting in boxing, kickboxing, MMA, Judo, submission wrestling, and karate events with success. So, be open to all and learn it all. You have your whole life. Sure, you'll be better at some things than you are at others, but strive to master it all.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Spin Hook Knockout

Came across another great head kick KO (spinning hook kick). If one of these lands, forget about it. Check this out.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Kudo Match

Came accross this Kudo (Daido Juku Aka MMA Karate, etc.) from a fight in Russia. This style is expanding around the world. It encompasses all ranges of combat (punches, kicks, clinch, throws, knees, elbows, submissions, and head butts). A realistic yet safe way to fight full contact with all weapons.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Master Your Basics

Years ago, I was watching World Heavyweight Kickboxing Champ, Jerry Rhome hit the heavy bag. Each punch and kick was thrown with focus and precision. He was wailing away on the bag. I told him, "Jerry, I've seen you drop guys in fights and in the gym with ease. Do you feel like you've just got it?". He said, "No, I still feel like I can be a little sharper and I'm always improving my speed and timing". Years later, I understand that he meant that you need to keep your tools sharp. As my Tae Kwon Do instructor, Issac Thomas would say, "White belt, black belt is all the same, except that one has been doing it longer." So, folks, keep practicing your basics. They are your foundation to success.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Whatever Happened To Old Fashion Hard Work

Today I'm back on my soapbox hoping to inspire some folks to stop looking for short cuts and easy answers to pulling off those neat techniques that you see on TV or at competitions. The secret to the secret is that there are no secrets. There is only hard work. Trying to to find special advantages by taking expensive supplements, doing the latest workout routine (given by a sports conditioning specialist who never played your sport) is ok. But I've found that just good old hard training and practice at whatever it is you are trying to do as the best method of preparation. I not knocking supplemental training. I have notice thought that a lot of folks spend more time doing the supplemental stuff than the sports specific stuff. I will be putting out more of what I think you should do to get in shape and maintain shape over the next several days. So, stay tuned.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Shidokan Pakistan

Shidokan World Karate Association is all over the world. Here's a clip I came accross showing the Pakistan Honbu.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ramon Dekkers Documentary

Ramon Dekkers is one of the most successful western kickboxers. He had success all over the world and fought the best of the best Muay Thai fighters in Thailand. He is a legend in the sport of kickboxing. Check this out.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My First International Fight Experience

I wanted to share with you my first international fight experience as a kickboxer. From the late 80s to the late 90s I competed in American Kickboxing (also known as Full Contact Rules Kickboxing (above the waist kicks). In 1994 World Champion Steve Shepherd promoted USA vs. Russia in West Palm Beach. Two 5-man teams competed against each other with USA edging out Russia. I was the middleweight representative fighting against Russian Kickboxing champion Alexander Voronin. Here it is.

Part I

Part II

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Body Shots

You want to break an opponent down, work the body. Getting stopped with body shot is painful. It is a slow death, whereas with a head knockout, you're just out. My favorite punch is a left hook to the body. Body blows weakens an opponent. It pays big dividends to start working an the body early. It takes energy to repeatedly beat up the body, so work your cardio. Check out this boxing body blow highlight.

Monday, January 23, 2012


Uchimata is the most spectacular throw in the sport of Judo. It is difficult to master and those that do have an incredible weapon.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Mayweather Training Highlight

"Money" Floyd Mayweather talks a lot of trash. But, we have to be honest and admit he can back it up. A lot of people want to see him get beat, but it will be a while because he is still the most skilled boxer in his division. We are waiting and hoping that the match up with Pacman will take place.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

High Round Kick

Here's a clip of Round Kick Knockouts in full contact (bare knuckle karate). In martial arts, the round kick is the most used, versatile kick. It is a high percentage kick that doesn't leave the kicker out of position and works well with other foot and hand techniques.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Edson Barboza

Wow! is what I say on last weekend's spin hook kick knockout by Edson Barboza in UFC 142 in Brazil. Here's a highlight clip of this young man. He holds a black belt in Karate and purple in BJJ and has an outstanding kickboxing record. Dig this.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Shidokan Pakistan

Here some clips of Kancho Yoshiji Soeno teaching at the Shidokan Pakistan Headquarters. It is cool to see Shidokan in all parts of the world. Shidokan is not as popular in the States (except for hard core and old school contact fighters) as it is in Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Ali vs Inoki

Here's some of the famous Muhamed Ali vs Inoki match. This is one of the Boxing Vs. Pro Wrestling fights. People look at matches like these where an ungloved grappler fights a gloved fighter. They are pretty silly and tell you nothing. You want to fight a boxer, box. You want to fight a wrestler, then wrestle. (Mis) Matching the two proves nothing. In a bar fight, I rather have the hands of a skilled boxer. In an phone booth, the skill of a grappler.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Don't Cut Unnecessary Weight

I talked a while back about cutting weight for competition. I seeing articles written on cutting weight and hear fighters talking about it all the time. The belief is that if one drops weight to get to the top of a weight class, then he has an advantage. There have been many studies done on high school and college wrestlers cutting weight and there have been deaths from athletes doing this. I personally know a former top rated boxer who suffers now from cutting a lot of weight in preparation for fights.

Here's my take on cutting weight. If you have to lose more than 10 lbs (assuming you are already lean) fight at what you weigh. Now, for heavyweights it's a different because they carry more body fat. So, how much you can lose depends also on body fat percentage. Skinny guys dropping weight lose muscle and actually make themselves weaker. Most times, fighters drop a lot of weight fast (10 plus pounds in a day). The starve and dehydrate their bodies. This is bad on the organs and brain.

As a 160 lbs fighter, I could care less if my opponent's dropped 20-30lbs. I've never felt like, "Oh this guy who lost 15 lbs to fight me is so much stronger". I've worked out with smaller guys, who were actually stronger than me. Remember, there is going to always be somebody stronger, faster, etc. The philosophy is that all else being equal, the stronger athlete wins. But, in reality it never works out that way. Skill, will, mental toughness, and a lot of heart can determine that outcome of fight. So, believe in yourself and practice.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Master Of Leg Locks

Imanari Masakazu is an expert at leg lock submissions. These are risky moves to try, but pay high dividends. Check him out.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Lenox Lewis Highlight

Lenox Lewis dominated the heavyweight division for almost a decade. He is a perfect example of good boxing basics (use the jab to set up the right hand). Check out this highlight.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Martial Arts Mysticism

I'm amazed at what people will believe in the martial arts. People like magic and want to believe in the mysticism of martial arts. A popular one is the pressure point fighting systems. The over analytical view of hitting points of the body in a special order to create pain and knock outs. Here's a clip of George Dillman doing his magic (B.S).

Friday, January 6, 2012

Pro Fight Karate France

Check out this hight of Pro Fight Karate. It is an organization based in France, putting on full contact matches with a little twist, keeping it's focus at the heart of Karate.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Camilo and Maia

Yesterday I gave you guys a clip of Tiago and Demian working out. Here's a highlight of the two doing what they do best.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Judo and Jiu Jitsu

There's a a lot of talk about which is better, Judo or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Sambo or Catch Wrestling, etc. Grappling is grappling in my book. The different grappling arts have their unique sports and rules sets. But if you grapple, you will become better at grappling. Grappling without a Gi is submission wrestling, which is kind of free style in that you adopt techniques from the major grappling systems into one. Here's a clip of Demian Maia (BJJ world Champ) and world class Judoka, Tiago Camillo working out together.

Monday, January 2, 2012

World Champion Steve Shepherd

Steve Shepherd was a multiple World Champion in Kickboxing. He promoted the sport and is a pioneer in martial arts and martial arts equipment. He is the founder of Ringstar (protecting foot padding for karate). I had the pleasure of meeting Steve, because he gave me fight opportunities on some of his fight promotions. Check out this legend.