Thursday, February 26, 2015

More U.S. Karate History

Here's anothr great clip of Karate in the U.S. from the 60s with Amercian Karate legends Joe Lewis, Bill Wallace and Jay T. Will.

Monday, February 23, 2015

U.S. Karate 1968

Here's a cool American Martial Arts history clip from 1968 featuring some Karate Legends (Lewis, Wall, Moon, Mullins, Burleson, etc.). It was televised and put on by Jim Harrison. This is how martial arts competition started out in the U.S. It shows where the cool fighting sports of today originate out of.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sparring Is Key

In martial arts, students want to learn a lot of techniques. This can be good and bad. It's OK to learn new things. Just make sure you master what you've already learned beforehand. Of course you can always improve what you know. If you spar regulary, you will know what works for you and what doesn't and you will be able to look at new things and know if they are for you before investing time into learning them. In looking at combat, it's always less that works better than a lot. I can do anyting to you if you stand still and let me. It's when you move and fight back that the options lessen.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MMA Submissions Highlight

Here's a great clip of 10 submissions from UFC fights. You will see that chokes and armbars are the dominate submissions. You will see a leg lock too (calf slice) along with the rarely seen twister. Enjoy.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


I watch guys train and notice that work intricate combinations on the pads and do drills that involve a lot of thought. I find that the best combinations are simple. A good jab cross or a good 123 (jab, cross, hook) and a double jab will win a fight for you. All this slip, punch punch, bob and weave, punch, kick etc. is fun to work, but you don't see complex combinations in fights. There is victory in simplicity.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Do Combat Sports Prepare One For Self Defense?

I just read a blog post by a "Self Defense Expert" saying that competition does not prepare one for real fights. These experts usually get into this mindset philosophy and the chaos and unpredictibility of "reality". If you will look into the backgrounds of this experts, you will see that they never have any combat sports experience. Sure combat sports have rules and a Ref to prevent one from being seriously hurt. But, the intensity, the pain, the fatigue, the risk of injury are all there. A resisting, non-compliant opponent is there. Feedback of whether your technique works or not is there. No training drill, fight simulation, mental training can prepare you for real fights. So, the next best thing is combat sports.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

92 World Karate Cup

Here's some great fights featuring some of the top bare knuckle karate fighters in the early 90s. You will see the late Andy Hug fight. See why Knockdown Karate is one of the toughest combat sports to compete in.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Old School Kickboxing Troy Dorsey Vs. Felipe Garcia

Here's an American Kickboixng (Full Contact Karate) match featuring Troy Dorsey and Felipe Garcia. Enjoy.