Wednesday, March 25, 2015
One of the key components to fighting is being able to take it as well as dish it out. In looking at martial arts, there is always a lot of theory and discussion about what works and what doesn't. All you need to do is spar and compete and you will find out. You can find footage of real fights (street and ring) and see techniques applied (legal and illegal in sport). If you fight you will feel pain and see who you respond to it. This is inevitable and necessary. I see guys talk about what they think will stop an opponent but they've never used their theoritical techniques in reality.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
In martial arts, there are so many different styles of Karate, Kung Fu, Jujitsu, etc. Somebody will take a style add their own flavor and come up with a new name. Then they will create organizations and break away from other organizations, etc. Most of these styles are are so similar, you can't tell the difference in them other than the names or the rules that they modify for their events. It's usually all the same. So, don't get caught in names and who trained under who and who your instructor is compared to somebody elses. Just train.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Here's a clip I came across of one of the first sanctioned amateur kickboxing matches in the U.S. This is Dr. Lewis Friedlander Vs. Rory Bussey. I met Lewis back in the 80s at the Asa's Gym. Asa's was the place to train for up and coming kickboxers back in the days of American Kickboxing. Here's some martial arts history. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUUB9L3wu5c
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Ronda Rousey does it again with another amazing arm bar submission win over Cat Zingano last Saturday night on UFC 184. Many wonder how she is able to do this repeatedley. He transition is the key. Because of her judo background, she is able to transition between standing and ground fighting quickly. In judo, slow or stalled ground work will get you stood up. So, if you can't make it happen fast, then it won't matter how well you can grapple. The place between standing and ground is key. She has a lifetime of perfecting it and her opposition is years behind her. Look at the clip and you will see that her instincts are on another level. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4UhqVgiRNU
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
How many times have you met a fighter and he told you that he was a World Champ or undefeated? Probably a lot. But, guess what? Most of the time they are exagerrating or lying. Nobody should ever try to impress you with what they have done. Unfortunately this is prevalent in martial arts. So, don't be fooled by people when you here these things. If you go to train with somebody, ask around or google them (there will be a video or some paper trail) to validate what they say. If you find that they are lying, let them know it.