Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Get Your Copy Of, "How To Be A Champion"

Have you gotten your book, "How To Be A Champion" by Richard Trammell yet? I will share some of my experiences, techniques and training methods that allowed me to attain my goals. Go to this Amazon site and get the ebook for $8.99:

Combat Sports Applicable To Self Defense

I laugh when traditional martial artists and self defense focused guys say that I'm combat sport oriented and they are reality oriented. How can they be more reality oriented especially when they have no combat experience. They haven't spent years in boxing and kickboxing gyms getting hammered by champion fighters, guys who practiced seperating men from conciousness under the guise of sport. They have not been thrown and submitted my world class grapplers. They have not competed in tournaments where fighters fight multiple fights in a day through pain, fatigue, and injury. They have not faced logged in miles of road work, countless rounds of sparring, and conditioning to prepare for fights. The have not faced trained athletes from different arts. And the list goes on. I ask them to try any of these things and then let me know if they think these things will help them in the make believe fights for their lives.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Birth Of Global Kickboxing

Here's a cool documentary with Benny Urquidez and his beginnings in Japan. He would go on to become a superstar in the sport of kickboxing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCQrW7ZwgPA

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS)

In fighting as in most things, simplicity is the best strategy. Sometimes people get caught up in fancy intricate moves, instead of basics. The fancy stuff is cool, but if you study fights, you will see that it's the basics the get the job done. So, use the KISS method and you will find more success.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Understanding Is In The Doing

When learning something new, we sometimes over analyze what we're learning. If you look at how children learn, it's pretty much visual. The see it and copy it. In martial arts, I try to tell people that they must perform a movement over and over and let go of the mind. Conceptually we understand, but our bodies don't and sometimes it's the other way around. Remember the old saying, "1000 times a beginner, 10,000 times a master".

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

No Such Thing As A Wrong Technique

If you swing a punch, is it ineffective? Actually no. It might not be the most efficient way of delivering a blow, but it can hurt. Many times martial artists get caught up some much in technical delivery that they forget that almost any blow can be effective. If you can put bodyweight behind it, it can hurt. Using boxing as an example, punches come in straight or curved. If you spar or fight, you will learn that almost any punch can hurt. So, keep in mind that fighting is not rocket science. Keep it simple.

Monday, July 14, 2014

My Style Better Than Yours?

So many times martial artists look at other styles and make negative comments? They judge what is effective based on their biased opinions of their style. This is pointless. All styles are valid to those who practice them. If it served no purpose it would not be here and no one would be doing it. Just because you do what you do, doesn't mean that it is superior. To each their own

Friday, July 11, 2014

It's What You Do, Not What They Do

In competition and in life, what's most important is what you do, no your opponent. Many times we are told by trainers and instructors don't do this or that. But, what works and doesn't work for you comes through self-exploration. You can do simulations, drill, etc., and that's fine. But, what you must know how to improvise and adapt. Patterns are predictable, so, you have to be able to change up and expect changes from opponents.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rafael Agayev Promo

Rafael Agayev is one of the best in Sport Karate. Incredible skills in punching, kicking and throwing. He also puts on a show to entertatin spectators. A multi-European and World Champion, expect to see more of this guy in the future. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_Zsgh1TgOI

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Left Hook With Bernard Hopkins

The Hook is one of the most powerful punches in fighting. Here's a video of Boxing Legend Bernard Hopkins showing several ways to execute the left hook. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfLlvulIkdk

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Rousey Dominates Again

It should not be a suprise that Ronda Rousey Dominated her opponent this past weekend in UFC 175. For that matter, it shouldn't be a suprise that she has and will continue to do so. Looking at her opponent, Alexis Davis in an interview, she said that she started training at age 15. By age 15, Rousey was competing against world class athletes in international Judo. Outside of the U.S., judo is a BIG sport. Rhonda has medaled in the Olympics, World Championships, and Pan American Games. She did this all by the age of 19. So, this gives you a different kind of athlete. Most of the ladies in MMA, start out as hobbyists (many have boyfriends into it). Highlight of her in the Olympics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6N-CmD0OR50 Check out Rhonda KO victory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngGtK5ThcD8

Monday, July 7, 2014

Weapons Training In The Martial Arts

When you look at weapons training in the martial arts, there are 2 kinds. There is the traditional weapons (kobudo) and then theirs the modern weapons training (knife, gun, etc.). In looking at the traditional weapons (nunchaku, sai, staff, etc.) most of what you see is a lot of twirling and fancy moves that won't work. In the modern weapon self defense techniques, you see similated attack/reponse moves that are hard to pull off (i.e. like catching the hand of a crazed slasher). Just like in empty hand training, there has to be an unrehersed element to the the training (sparring). For sword training, some fence. For knife training, some use chalk, paint, shocks, etc. Some use foam for stick fighting and others pad up a little and go at full contact with sticks. Whatever training you do, add some practical work to it. Dog Brothers Full Contact Stick Fighting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9jS80DwUKA

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Muay Thai KO Highlights

Here's a great clip of knockouts from Muay Thai. See devasting punches, kicks, knees and elbows used to cause some serious damage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPz9izZ14fk

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Day In Lumpinee With Saenchai

Here's a cool clip of Muay Thai featuring Saenchai. See what he goes through to make weight and see his prep right before a fight. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGBsFUYCNcU