Thursday, March 30, 2017
The best way to improve you punching ability is by studying the "Sweet Science". Boxers have the best punching skills. Because punching is their specialty, they master the ability to deliver power blows and have the best methods of defending those blows. Footwork, body and head movement are vital skills a boxer must have. In the clip below, I will show some fight footage and give examples of offense and defense.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
The spinning back kick is one of the most powerful kicks in martial arts. With the right set up and timing, it is a very effective technique. In this video clip I share a few examples of when to use this technique. The most important thing to remember is that you want to throw it when your opponent squares up. Even if blocked, the opponent has to absorb the impact.
Friday, March 17, 2017
In combat sports we like to see punishment given. But, in order to give it one must be able to receive it. In fights, fighters don't just fall down and die because you hit them. Through training and conditioning one develops the ability to take a lot of punishment. Some can take more than others. This has to do with not just physical strength, genetics, mental strength, desire and heart. Sometimes you just want to win more than your opponent. You have to shun negative thoughts from your mind and never give up. In this this video clip, you will me on the receiving end of some punches, kicks, throws, etc. Throw the fires of blood and pain, champions will rise.
Take The Punishment
Take The Punishment
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
In this video clip, we will look at the unique rules of Shidokan Karate. This is from the 2002 World Open, where I am taking on the tough and aggressive Ryo Sakai of Japan. This is the 3rd bout of the evening (won first match by KO and second by submission). During the bout 2, I tore my right ACL (or shall I say had it torn), so I had to reach down deep and keep it moving to make it through the finals.
This is part one of the Triathlon, the Bare Knuckle Karate portion (two and three are Kickboxing and Grappling). During this phase all leg attacks to upper and lower torso are allowed. Hand techniques are allowed to the neck and bellow. Grabbing, clinching and throwing are allowed. During this clip you will see elements of Karate, Taekwondo, Judo, and Muay Thai mixed in the Karate rounds. You will see me hobble around some times trying to stabilize and unstable right leg. As I fought, I found that round kicks were still doable. Anything that straightened the leg (i.e. front kick) would make the knee buckle. You will see my opponent pick on the problem and attack it with kicks and he will utilize Hiza Guruma (the knee wheel where he props his foot against the knee). So, I make adjustments, use movement, attitude and tricks to keep it going. Next time we will look at part two, the Kickboxing portion.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Here's some examples of a Judo throw called Ura Nage (Rear Throw). Here I apply this technique in the 2004 Shidokan World Open. With no Gi and the sweat factor, I like to use the body lock to control my opponent's hips. This allows me to get under his center of gravity and attack with throws. Today let's look at the rear throw.