Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
I watched some fights this past weekend and saw a couple of fighters out of shape. They had love handles and got winded during their bouts. And I talking about professional full time athletes. This makes no sense to me. If you are serious about what you do, you will prepare properly (especially if it's your job). Your conditioning is your number one weapon. If you get tired, nothing will work for you. You won't be able to throw your combinations and you won't be able to stop your opponent's. So, do the right things and keep yourself in shape. Remember, "Fatigue makes cowards of men".
Friday, January 25, 2013
Master's Judo is for athletes over 30. As you all know, I currently compete as in the Master's M4 category (ages 45-49). It provides me a competitve outlet and I am having fun improving as a judo player. I came across a highlight of master athletes in action and it's really cool. Enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ-V8jwfCR0
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Here's a section from a documentary featuring Goju Ryu expert, Morio Higoanna. In this part, he talks about the benefits of Sanchin and what proper breathing does for the student. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9wODMKiHAA&list=UUyxmNJp8tUblosjXWS9k_9Q&index=6
Friday, January 18, 2013
With Lance Armstrong coming out and admitting his use of PED in winning 7 Tour De France races, there is a lot of talk about drugs in sports. The use of performance enhancing drugs has been around for decades. Athletes are always trying to find an edge and team doctors and peers pull them into using them. It is sad that guys and girls can't just train hard and get out there and lay it on the line. In looking at combat sports, we have seen fighters get busted for steroids, HGH (human growth hormone), etc. In previous blogs, I have talked about extreme weight cutting where fighters lose 30 plus pounds to try to get an advantage in a lower weight class. In my mind, one can't be a winner if he or she cheats. Deep down inside, you know that you didn't earn it and now matter how much you lie to folks, you will torture your soul and be disappointed in yourself. Be a true competitor and believe in yourself, not drugs and all the other crap.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Came across this great judo match here and wanted to share with you. This between top judoka, Hiroaki Hiraoka vs Georgii Zantaraia. Watch the transitions in this match. Even though it ended in a short time, sparks flew and both athletes are truly world class. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kgGRERXvvE
Monday, January 14, 2013
Here is a highlight of Glaube Feitosa and the Brazilian Kick. This kick is basically a fake front kick rolled over into a round kick. It is decepetive as it folds over an opponent's guard. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cNUkGhV2q4
Friday, January 11, 2013
Monday, January 7, 2013
I view martial arts as the best workout you can get. Sparring in any combat sport works the entire body. If you grapple or strike, you're using every muscle in your body and you have the resistance of another human being, making this type of training the most functional and effective resistance work you can get. The drilling, stretching, bag work, etc. in addition to the sparring will give you well rounded workout. So, practice your art or sport to it's fullest. Learn to make it work for you.