Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hideyuki Ashihara Karate

Here's a clip of the legendary Karate Master Hideyuki Ashihara. He developed the Sabaki (circle) method of Karate. He was a member of Kyokushin and started his own system. Based on practical fighting, Kata and Sabaki his style spread throughout the world. He is the instructor of Enshin Karate Master Joko Ninomiya (promoter of the Sabaki Challenge).

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Shidokan Bare Knuckle Fight

Here's a good fight featuring Shidokan fighters competing in an international event. Bare Knuckle Karate (hand techniques to the face no permitted) with throws and submissions allowed. Even though the grappling is brief, it shows how quickly one must act and these guys move fast. Enjoy the match.

Monday, May 26, 2014

RIP Mark Selbee

I just heard recently that World Kickboxing Champ, Mark Selbee passed away in a tragic drowning accident. Mark will be remembered as an ambassador of the sport. Both a gentleman inside and outside of the ring, he was always pleasant and kind to everyone. He fought hard and always put on a good show. Our prayers go out to your family.

Friday, May 23, 2014

WKF Karate Kata

Here's a clip displaying Kata (form) of some of the top Kata competitors in World. Their technique is awesome. Watch this performance.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Michael Venom Page

I saw Michael Venom Page's fight last weekend on Bellator. For some people, he may showboat a bit, but regardless of what they may think, he is talented. He does things that very few would attempt. He puts on a show. Check this out.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sabaki Challenge Highlight

Here's a highlight video of the 2010 Sabaki Challenge. This tournanemtn is one of the longest running full contact karate tournaments in the U.S. It has it's own unique rule set that combines striking and take downs. Check it out.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Shidokan Photo Highlights

A while back I shared some Shidokan photos from World Opens 2003 to 2005. These were taken by professional photographer, Steve Mateo in Chicago. Had to share these again, because they are great photos and they are put together with appropriate music. Enjoy.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Be Calm Under Pressure

When pushed, pressed, and attacked, one tends to tighten up, breath heavy and get emotional. In fighting you must be able to relax and stay calm. You must be able to see what is going on around you. To be able to breath slowly when your heart is racing is difficult to do. To not fight with emotion when anger is exhibited towards you is difficult. But, you must learn to be calms under pressure.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Learn Muay Thai's Clinch

The clinch is almost inevitable in combat. Grabbing is a natural instinct when one is in danger, especially when being hit. If you don't understand the clinch, you will use up a lot of energy and you will be drained. Muay Thai is a great art to study for the the standing grapple, as it utilizes the clinch to knee, elbow and off balance opponents. Watch 2 experts train in the video below.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Judo Newaza Compilation

Wanted to share this cool video of submissions in Judo. Because of limited time in newaza (groundwork), athletes have to be quick and efficient in their attempts to submit an opponent. Check this out.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Don't Make 'Em Like They Use To

Injuries and pain are part of training. You are going to have them. Should you still train when you have them? Yes. You should work around them. If you are is injured, you still have the other one. If you leg hurts, work your upperbody. There is always something you can work on. In today's time, guys use hurt fingers and toes as an excuse to no train. So, ignore the pain and work around your injuries. There is no excuse to not train.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Tae Kwon Do Highlight

Tae Kwon Do is known for it's kicking skills. A lot of people will watch Olympic style TKD and criticize and laugh. But let me tell you this, it is hard as hell to kick spar for 3 rounds focusing on kicking. If you ever get the chance go and try it with a National level player and you will be in for a rude awakening. The cardio alone will kill you and the ability for a skilled practioneer to move in and out and kick you will suprise you.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Fancy Kicks Can Be Effective

In martial arts, people are always saying keep it simple and basic. Using the sport of kickboxing as an example, the main techniques for the hands are boxing. The spinning backfist is seen as a technique that comes from traditional martial arts. As far as kicks are concerned, the basics are front and round kicks (leg, body, and head). Axe kicks, spin kicks, and jump kicks are considered by many to be less efficient. But then there are those who seek to put on a show and devastate their opponents with these fancy kicks. Raymond Daniels is one of them. Check out this kick KO from Glory.