Thursday, April 30, 2015
Here my thoughts on this weekends big fight between Mayweather and Pacman. I am not excited about it. Sure it is the biggest money fight of all time and what not. Both of the boxers are great champions. I like Pacquaio as a fighter more so than Floyd because he is a true warrior. Despite Floyd's talent, he hand picks fighters that have declined in ability and avoids top opposition. He sits back and watches fighters and waits until he sees a kink in their armour before he fights them. A true champion should want to fight the best opponents available all the time. He doesn't just fight for the biggest payday, but he fights to see if he is truly the best. Out of the two, Manny always brings it with the intent of doing damage, whereas Floyd will play it safe to get the win. Nothing is wrong with that, Floyd needs to fight Khan, Thurman, Garcia, Mattyse, Patterson, etc. There are a lot of tough fights that I don't think he will take. Now anything can happen in the fight game and either one of the two can win. I won't be suprised if we see a rematch as they can possibly make more money.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
In martial arts and most areas of life, there are people who talk a lot but don't do anything. If you haven't done something yourself, you can't really give a credible opinion of it. We have to be honest about what we do without lying or exaggerating it. I see so many martial artists doing a lot of talking without truly walking. So walk the walk and don't talk the talk.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
In Shidokan Karate there are several fighting disciplines we use. We have the following: Bare Knuckle Karate, Grappling, Kickboxing, MMA, Shidokan Triathlon (karate, kickboxing, and grappling). Our foundation lies in Full Contact/Bare Knuckle Karate. Unlike other knockdown styles, we allow grabbing, clinching, throwing and some ground fighting. 3 Seconds of holding and an additonal 5 seconds on the ground. This doesn't sound like a lot of time for grappling, but it creates a nonstop fast methodolgy to finishing an opponent. Here's a clip featuring Shidokan Karate Strong Rules. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYZka-n_G_8
Monday, April 20, 2015
To be successful you have to have confidence. If you are unsure or afraid to try, you won't accomplish your goals. Most of us know how to ride a bicycle. We started out with training wheels and when they came off we were nervous. Many of us had an adult grab our bikes and push us down a hill. We would ride until we fell or hit the brakes to hard and soon and then crash. But, we kept doing it because we wanted to ride. Now if we can learn to ride a bike and better yet learn to drive a care (while drinking a soda, talking on the phone and jamming to our favorite tunes), then we can do all the things we truly want to do.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
How do you develop the endurance and conditioning for a fight? If you have to fight a 5 round kickboxing fight or a 3 round MMA fight, how do you train for them? If you are fighting 3 minute rounds, will training 4 rounds be better? Or, if you are fighting 5 minute rounds, should you train 6? The answer to both is, No. You should train for the duration of rounds that you will be fighting. If you are train for 3 minutes by doing 4, you will pace yourself for 4. If you run an 8 minute mile and want to get your time to 7 minutes, running 2 miles won't make you run the mile faster. You will pace yourself according to the length of time you are doing the activity. I'm not say the extra won't benefit you, but it won't make you more efficient at doing the competitive time frame that you are training for. When doing bagwork for example, you should be winded at the end of the round. If not, you aren't pushing yourself enough. It is your job to make sure that each round is a quality round of work and that you push yourself to expend energy. This will prepare you for the task at hand.
Friday, April 3, 2015
Yesterday I said that it is a common practice to pad fighters records. So, when you see a fighter who is undefeated, don't be overly impressed. I think the best way to find a champion is through tournaments. You take the top fighters and have them eliminate each other until one remains. This way the winner has to just fight and see what happens. He doesn't get to do a training camp for one particular opponent. He finds out fight day and has to make his way through several opponents. If you remember Pride Fighting Championships, you will remember Fedor, Minatoro, Crocop, etc. These fighters would fight the best of the best in one tournament to be crowned the champ.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Very often you will see undefeated fighters with a lot of victories and 90% of the wins by KO. Everybody likes to see that badass that nobody can beat. But if you look at the business side of fighting you will see a fighter who has a manager and promoter who matches them with opponents that will produce a stellar record. This is so they can get into bigger promotions and what not. Now, there are some guys who are that good. But, a lot of times things are exaggerated or blown out of proportion. So, when looking at a fighter's record, see who they beat and even if they lost, see who the lost from. A lot of times, fighters with not so good records are really good. They may have been mismatched early on or if they were fighting a promoter's prospect, they may have gotton the worst of the decision (and yes, judges do cheat).