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
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
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
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
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
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
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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
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
Thursday, March 8, 2012
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
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
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 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
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
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.