Friday, September 25, 2015

Performing Under Pressure

You can practice something over and over again and still freeze up when you have to perform for real. It is like studying for a test and then when you take it, your mind goes blank. Nervousness, Anxiety, etc. set in and you wonder where your knowledge went. To perform under stress can only be done through experience. You have to do test yourself by getting out there and doing it. In theory, you know what to do, but you have to get out their and do it to know if you can do it under stress. To remain calm in a storm takes practice. So, leave the umbrella and get wet.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Title of Master, Grandmaster, etc.

Get to a certain level or attain a certain rank and you will earn the right to be called a Master or Grandmaster. In Taekwondo, once you hit 4th degree you can be called Master. In the hard styles of Karate (Shidokan, Kyokushin, etc.) your are called a Shihan-Dai (low level Master) and at 5th degree you are a Shihan. These titles are used for accomplishment, respect, etc. I personally will never used the title of Master. I am like an enlisted guy in the military who says, "Don't call me Sir, I work for a living". I still grind it out with beginners and advanced students alike. I sweat right beside them. What's around your belt doesn't say anything, but your actions do.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Undefeated Records Don't Make You Great

In the last post I talked about the Mayweather Vs Berto Fight. There is this big deal about undefeated fighters, like there supposed to be the best ever and what not. Mayweather is going for Marciano's 49-0 record. So what if he has tied, beat, etc. It doesn't matter what your record is. You see, in boxing, you take a talented fighter and pad his or her record with fighters who pose them no real threat and they get a lot of wins with a lot of knockouts. You give them 5 easy fights and then every 5th fight, test them to keep them honest and then when the get 20 plus fights you market them as these bad asses to get bigger money fights. I'm not saying that these fighters aren't talented. What I'm saying is that the business side of the fight game says protect your investment by making the fighter seem unstoppable, invincible and all that. If you look up the fighters that these guys have knocked out, you will see most of the KOs early in their careers with opponents who have little experience or horrible records (like 5 wins and 6 losses or 20 wins and 22 losses). Once they start getting better opponents the wins come late in the fight or they start winning by decision. So, don't be fooled by the world UNDEFEATED. It doesn't mean anything.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Floyd Mayweather Boring Fights

I watched the Mayweather vs. Berto fight. It was BORING! Not enough punching and too much hugging. I know there are those who say that Floyd is a defensive fighter and blah blah, but, that is not boxing and is not combative. Sure, a fighter needs to protect himself, hit and not get hit and all that. But, fighters should be penalized for not trying to fight. Now, this fight had some decent exchanges here and there, but too little and too late to make it exciting. It is amazing that Floyd has made so much money in the sport of boxing, but he is not the greatest. The 49-0 means nothing when you can pick your opponents. It would be better if a fighter didn't know who they were going to fight and they showed up and found out who they have to fight when they step in the ring. For those who saw the fights last night, the Salido was the show and Salido should have gotten the nod (fight was called a draw). The fight should have been the main event.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Why Singular Combat Sports Are Harder

Is MMA harder than Kickboxing? Is Kickboxing harder than Boxing? All combat sports are difficult, but I will say that singular combat sports are more difficult. It is harder to excel in boxing that it is in Kickboxing or MMA (at a high level). Reason being, is that the more you can do in a fight, the more opportunities you have to win. Now for kickboxing, you have to learn the kicking and the boxing. In MMA, you have to learn the grappling, kicking, and boxing. Is winning an NCAA wrestling championship harder than winning an MMA fight. Yes, because you'd have to defeat the best guys in the country. GSP proved that his wrestling in MMA was superior that top collegiate wrestlers in the UFC. Now, if it were collegiate wrestling, he would most likely lose. Anderson Silva out boxed and kickboxed former champions in the cage. But, if he were to ever box Roy Jones (like he wanted to) he would have a hard time (even with Roy at this age). Rhonda Rousey dominates the cage with ease, but was not as dominate in international judo. So, even the sports that combine multiple disciplines are very difficult, it is still harder when you take away and easier when you add other options.