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.