Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fighting A Giant

How would you fight an opponent who is 100 plus pounds heavier than you? Do you go toe to toe? Well here is an MMA fight of Shidokan Atlanta's Vinny Balsamello fighting a man that weighs over 340 lbs. This fight took place June 10, 2017 in Metzingen Germany on the Shooto IV MMA fight show which aired on fite.TV. Vinny weighed in under 230 lbs for this bout. He gives up several inches in height too. You will see how to use low kicks, movement and the clinch to keep his larger opponent from being on top of him should the fight go to the ground. Watch and learn.

Vinny Balsamello MMA Fight

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Gloved Karate

Gloved Karate is a style of kickboxing that features your standard kickboxing techniques (punches, kicks, knees, clinch, and throws). This is a clip with up and coming Karate and Kickboxing fighter Adrian Weathersby. You will a blend of several martial martial arts displayed in this video.

Shidokan Gloved Karate

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Shidokan Is The Strongest Karate

I personally feel that Shidokan Karate is the strongest style of Karate. Now, I enjoy and appreciate all styles of martial arts. Shidokan adopts the concept of being a well rounded fighter. Outside of fighting it provides a traditional, cultural experience. It encompasses all of the elements to help one become a complete fighter and a better person. My student and good friend, Jaral Bowman demonstrates in this clip what I call, Karate Complete. I say complete in the sense that punches, kicks, knees, grabbling, clothing (Gi), etc. are involved. The concept of Karate is one blow kill. So imagine developing the ability to take an opponent out quickly and efficiently. This can be done by concussive force or submission. These fighters have the ability to do both. This style of karate answers questions that theorists cannot because you can see it.
Shidokan's Jaral Bowman

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

U.S. Shidokan Fighters 1st Class

Here's a clip that features some of the 1st generation Shidokan fighters. These guys come of the U.S. Shidokan Hombu Dojo. I've met all of these guys and they are talented life long martial artists who have contributed greatly to Shidokan and martial arts in general. This clip will show them competing in the Sabaki Challenge and the Shidokan Open. They paved the way for the sport that would become the "Triathlon of Martial Artists". There are a few other key individuals that I did not have clips for, but will get show them in the future. I will be in Germany this weekend for the European Shidokan Open. Team USA consist of 5 fighters from the Atlanta Dojo. I call them the 3rd Class. Look for the write up next week. OSU!

Shidokan Fighters 1st Class