Nov 212011
 

Most of us love MMA, and after Saturday’s UFC (139) Shogun vs Henderson, I can really say that. However there are some among us who find such extreme violence to be disturbing and foolish. (Mom, I am talking to you), and for the sake of not fighting over Thanksgiving, I can see some of their points. However there is another group of people who feel that MMA isn’t extreme enough. With all the points for take downs, breaks between rounds, wearing gloves, and referee stoppages, perhaps we need something more “Extreme!” You might remember my post of the X-Arm competion? Well fighters of this ilk have done it again with the advent of Shock Fighting.

 Here’s what you do, you attach a taser to each glove, and alakazam, the people who support the ban of MMA in New York suddenly sound much more sane. In mere MMA we only had to worry about broken bones, chokes, joint breakage, and concussions. Now we get to worry about several thousand volts of electricity! Is he tapping or just twitching? Who knows. Thanks to George for the tip. Hope you enjoyed.

 

Nov 192011
 

I have a philosophy with fighting. If it works, then its ok. Now there might be a better way of doing something. Hitting a nail with the head of the hammer works a little better then pounding it in with the handle, but it can be done, and in the end, its about results. The below video is challenging my point.

 I don’t know what country this is, or how this guy got a knife into a court room, but cop decides that the best way to deal with the situation is a two footed drop kick. I had someone ask me just the other day, “So if you were attacked with a knife, what you do?” I smiled at such a question and explained that my go to move was always a flying drop kick. I didn’t realize there were others out there that train in my secret art.
But on the other hand, he did save the hostage and didn’t even get cut…and I thats better then most martial artists I know. So starting Tuesday, I am going to start teaching this new disarming attack. I want my training to be as much like real life as I can.

 

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
 

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 072011
 

 

 Brent Alvarez runs Twisted Web MMA in Eugene, Ore., and Billy Denney is his student. They were in LA for a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament and as they were walking through the hotel lobby the clerk yell for help. Alvarez and Denney jumped on the robber, and while Denney controlled his wrists, Alvarez sunk in a rear naked choke and a body triangle. Got to love how they seem a little sheepish that they didn’t knock him out. But hey, the way I score things, they get 2 for the take down, 3 for rear mount, and the opponent had a gun, so I’d still call it a win.

Nov 022011
 

Found this little gem, Self Proclaimed “True” Middle weight UFC Champion Chael Sonnen against former UFC Champion Forrest Griffin back in 2003, before either one had fought in the UFC.

 So Sonnen doesn’t consider being choked out by Silva a loss, I wonder if he counts this one. Chael Sonnen is a great fighter, but apparently he has a weakness for being choked out. Of his 11 losses, 5 of those were due to chokes while in his opponent’s guard. Three more were armbars. Its kind of the classic wrestler vs Jiu Jitsu. They take the BJJ fighter down, and the BJJ guy reminds them that we are still dangerous on our backs. I think if I could have any UFC fighter to be my coach, I think I would pick Forrest Griffin. In fact, I wish Chael Sonnen and Forrest Griffin were having controversy instead of Anderson Silva. I think it would be much funnier. Chael Sonnen’s humorously full of himself ness verses Forrest Griffin’s humorusly self deprecation would be great. Even better, I want to watch the UFC sitting on a couch between Sonnen and Griffin, and we sit there and make fun of the fights! And I wouldn’t invite you because you aren’t cool enough.

Brandon, thanks for the link… I’d invite you.

Oct 242011
 

We give major props to the Gracies for bringing us both BJJ and UFC. However, mixing the martial arts, and martial artist trying to make better competitions didn’t start in the US with the Gracies. I’d like to introduce two men who should be fairly well known to you, Joe Lewis and Bill “Superfoot” Wallace.

Joe Lewis is a karate fighter. He fought at 195lbs and had a pro kickboxing record of 18-3. Of those wins, 16 of those were by knockout. Mind you, this was during the 70’s, long before this sort of stuff became mainstream. He had a karate base in Shorin Ryu, he trained with Bruce Lee in Jeet kune do, and under Sugar Ray Robinson (legendary boxer). He was voted the greatest karate fighter of all time.

Bill Wallace is best known as a karate fighter. He fought at 165 and had a pro kickboxing record of 22-0 with 13 of his wins by knockout. Although known for his kicking, he  started out as a judo fighter and a wrestler. Due to an awful knee injury to his right leg, he had to take time off of judo training, and was introduced to karate. He also trained quite a bit of boxing. He was voted the second greatest karate fighter of all time (tying with Chuck Norris!). He also was a commentator for the first UFC! (Take that Joe Rogan)

So here we have full contact fighters from the early 70s who mix their martial arts, and even have a grappling back ground! Well both of these men became champions in their own weight divisions, but even after they retired, people wondered who was better. So they called them out of retirement and made them fight. Videos after the break.

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Oct 082011
 

 

 Wow. Should have let mom take Johny to the tournament, Dad’s having trouble with his roid rage again. I understand tempers run high in things, but you don’t chuck other people’s kids around. How did this father see this ending, “Well sir, after you threw a 10 year old across the mat, we reconsidered and decided to let your son win.” Parents, don’t fight with children, please, you always come out looking bad.

Oct 032011
 

 

 …wow, its…just wow. If you haven’t watched the video, I don’t know if words can describe what we just witnessed…ah…have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and said to yourself do you know what we need, something more violent then MMA? Something manly. Arm Wrestling is manly, but do you know what else is manly? Punching the snot out of the other guy while you arm wrestle him!

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Sep 082011
 

Classic, but still worth a watch. There are martial artists who claim to be able to control their body’s energy to a Jedi level. I’ve personally met some of these people, but never one that was so confident that they would extend a challenge like this. If you haven’t watched the video, this “master” offers $5000 to anyone who can beat him.

 

Although this ends really badly, you have to admire him putting his money where his mouth is. I think this man goes down as a nut, not a fraud, I really think he believed he would win.