Nov 172011

(Totally SFW) Below is a Ford commercial in Brazil featuring Anderson Silva…I ….well…just watch it.

Funny yet disturbing at the same time. I think Anderson Silva trying to kiss me ranks high on my lists things I am scared of (even if I didn’t realize it was a threat until now). It ranks much higher then Anderson Silva trying to beat me up.


Nov 162011

None of us understand why New York has banned MMA when the rest of the country is fine with it. Of all the useless trash on TV, and time wasted playing video games, why single out MMA to pick on. When MMA was new to this country there were plenty of questions that a normal sane person (none of which actually compete in MMA BTW) might ask before signing off on it. For example, is someone going to die? Well there have been enough MMA matches to show that the risk of death isn’t that much greater than any other contact sport. And when you realize that Boxing is just fine, grappling is legal, kickboxing has been done for years, its just doing all of those at the same time that is a problem, it gives even those people who hate MMA (and they are a nasty bunch) a moment’s pause.

Well if the other side can be unreasonable, so can we Danna White. The UFC is suing the state of New York for unconstitutionally denying them of their first amendment rights. For those of you who don’t know what those are….shame on you. I might not be able to spell, but I paid attention during social studies (or whatever its called today.

Anyway the first amendment goes like this

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

And you and I both know what our founding fathers meant by this is that every man should be allowed to beat the daylights out of his neighbor for money, fame, and women…I’m sorry, I don’t mean to paint all MMA fighters with the same brush. Some fighters are women themselves, and they are most likely only fighting for money and fame. Wow, I derailed this one fast, anyway, Danna says that mixed martial arts are indeed art, and therefore is an expression of one’s self, and (see if you can continue to follow this line of logic) is therefore protected under freedom of speech! It certainly isn’t our right to peaceably assemble. I think he would have had a better case going with Martial arts being a religion, or at the very least kind of a cult. Well good luck Danna, let us know how this works out for you!


Nov 152011

Really didn’t mean to ignore UFC 138 which marked the UFC’s first broadcast on regular tv. It did recieved more views then any UFC ever. Its amazing, if you go from charging $50 a view to free, more people will watch it. I’d say more on the subject, but I spent the day doing martial arts instead of watching martial arts, and totally forgot about it. So I’ve done what all of you have no doubt done, went to someone else’s blog and read what happened, so kind of pointless for me to plagiarize right now (not that I don’t admire plagiarizing).

Instead I want to talk about UFC 139. This of course features Dan Henderson vs Shogan Rua. Dispite the fact that this isn’t a title match, I am more excited about this fight then the last several hyped matches. Of course Henderson vs Shogan, but I’m even more pumped about Cung Le vs Wanderlei Silva and even moderately excited about the Urijah Faber vs Brian Bowles fight. More after the break


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Nov 142011

Well, I guess it still counts as updating even if its so late in the day. I should say something about the UFC on Fox, but I’m not prepared to make a statement on that just yet, so instead I give you something that I do care about. Robots fighting.

 Watch the whole thing, its short and gets better towards the end. I really liked the one that could climb back to its feet. I’ll do better tomorrow, just lazy today.

Nov 112011

I felt a little guilty. I found my last post to be interesting, but as far as posts go, I felt like I was being the dude who sticks his head into a discussion just to tell you that the liver is the largest internal organ. Its totally true, and as far as organs go, its a pretty cool organ, but no one cares. Its like math jokes: If you get them, you don’t have friends. So to get rid of my personal sense of guilt (and to display my impressive knowledge of human anatomy), I offer you this clip.

 Bas brings up a good point in dealing with a very real problem in “street fights”. You don’t want to go to the ground, but unless your kung fu is soo good that you can be 100% sure of not going there, you really should know how to win from the bottem. With Chael Sonnon picking on Jiu Jitsu this week, I thought it would be nice to have something positive to say.

Nov 112011

The South East Asian Games is kind of like the Olympics for that part of the world. The announcement has been made that Tarung Derajat a martial art of Indonesian origin will be an exhibition event in this year’s games in the hopes of being included as an official even in 2013. A space opened because Cricket (that English weird game) was scrapped due to lack of funds. This of course begs the question of what is Tarung Derajat. Watch the video below.

 Apparently its like a full contact Tae Kwon Do match. Wikipedia says it includes grappling, but apparently not in competition. I guess the same way that Judo claims to have striking techniques. Honestly I am kind of pumped about it. Their style of fighting is what I always wanted Karate to look like. Good hard contact, but still using cool kicks. As I was going over the videos I did notice that no one ever seems to throw a straight punch, but hey, a boxer I am not, so I have no room to criticize. So lets all hope that they get into the the SEA Games, if they do, we might see some Tarung Derajat opening up over here.

Nov 102011

Exclusive to From the Guard. In the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet Style have created quite a stir. If you aren’t connected to BJJ, it might be mildly interesting to you anyway, heh. Anyway, Eddie’s main claim to fame (wow, I’m on a roll here), was defeating Royler Gracie at the Abu Dabi World Championship. After this win, Eddie went on create his modified BJJ system. He is also known for his favorable stance on marijuana, he feels that it is performance enhansing in Jiu Jitsu.

All that to get to the question, what do the Gracies, the founders of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu feel about these…tweeks to their system. Since I happened to find myself eating a late dinner with Royce Gracie I figured I would ask. More after the break. Continue reading »

Nov 092011

(Completely safe to watch) I thought, hey its Wednesday, you guys need something to make you laugh, and I can’t come up with an intelligent post. So here is a compromise.

 I’m not really sure how he didn’t notice his pants coming off. And if you do manage to lose your pants while doing a kata, you would think pulling them back up would be easier then taking them off and finishing without them. I guess there is the possibility that losing the his pants was part of his plan, but if so he still fails for not being able to really disengage. Now I’m not trying to be a jerk, we have all lost our pants during a martial arts competition at one point or another…oh…or is that just me? I’ve said too much!


Nov 082011

Funny, I remember being told by a karate instructor the exact same thing about Mixed Martial Artists. Chael Sonnon, noted first for his almost stand up comedian level trash talking, and second for being the only fighter in remembered history to almost beat UFC Champion Anderson Silva, has ramped up his rhetoric to include the whole fighting style of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Sonnon: I’d say that I have better things to do than beat the guy across the cage from me with an inefficient and unsophisticated modern fad that help effeminate men feel tough. Jiu-Jitsu, Tae Bo, no difference. I prefer the ancient sports, like wrestling. If it wouldn’t show up in a Ridley Scott movie, I won’t do it.

Well Chael, you didn’t have to tap out… I mean you have been submitted 8 times so far… maybe they know something you don’t…

Sonnon: (When asked about his tendency to talk trash) I would call it divine inspiration. I am moved to rage poetry by the idiocy, hipocracy, and flat-out laughable people and situations that I see in MMA these days. I can’t NOT call them for what they are: idiots doing idiot things because they’re idiots.

Rage poety…heh… its like when I have to dance out my anger. I really wish I had a video to illistrate, but you are going to just have to picture it for me.

And my personal favorite

Sonnon: I would ban the triangle choke, the refuge of cowards everywhere.

I think that Sonnon must be cross training with Charley Sheen these days, because there is a simular…I don’t know, breed of crazy to their metaphor.
I’ve hit the highlights, but if you want to read the whole interview you can find it here. Thanks once again to Brandon for the tip!

Nov 082011

Any traditional martial arts school will tell you that their martial art was developed durring some time of unrest for use in real war or combat and isn’t intended or useful as a “sport”. The term martial means military or war like. As Americans practicing martial arts, it is ineresting to see what our Army thinks might be useful for a soldier in war. They learn what is called Modern Army Combatives. Adapted in 2001 as the brain child of Matt Larsen. Watch below.

 Now I am sure that striking schools will be angry interested to know that they don’t expect to see student’s fighting ability to increase even after several months of training, heh. But I like the idea of focusing on teaching soldiers to fight instead of trying to have them memorize certain situational techniques. I also like how they build off a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu base and start adding kickboxing, Judo and weapons, but all in a fashion that allows for constant full contact training. If this sounds too MMA/Combat Sportish for you, it really echos Jigoro Kano reasons for creating Judo and much of Bruce Lee’s thoughts on training. I just wish there was a better/cheaper way for civilians to train in this blend of martial arts.