Aug 222012
 

And in other news… Ronda Rousey beat Sarah Kaufman in Strike force. However, I have talked about that so much that I don’t feel like posting on that subject. Instead I offer you this short video.

See wasn’t that more fun?

Jul 222012
 

I don’t know how I missed it before now. I finally found the web comedy Enter the Dojo this afternoon. It chronicles the Ameri-do-te master Ken in his martial arts school. What is either so sad its funny or so funny that its sad, is that it reminds me of karate class when I was younger. The talk, the phrases, even the movements. You need to check this out.

Mar 122012
 

Tying your belt is one of the simplest things a martial artist learns to do. This skill will help you with nothing in real life. I can think of nothing other then your martial art’s belt that you will use the knot you learn, but ironically, any martial art touched by Japanese martial culture ties them pretty much the same.

For a few martial arts, the belt (obi) is used to fight with, but for the rest, its a cheap piece of cotton that mostly says “Dude, I am better then you.”
Of course sensei’s around the world will gasp and mentally round kick me in the head, but lets face it, if it wasn’t to rub the fact that you are higher ranking in someone else’s face, we would all receive a card to keep in our wallets, that way we could identify ourselves in the rare event that someone cared what rank we were and allow us to avoid the deadly sin of hubris (that’s pride for those of you who slept through school).

No matter what your rank, and no matter what your skill, nothing kills your martial arts credibility like tying your belt wrong. Its like writing a wonderfully well reasoned and eloquent paper, no matter how awesome your thought, your point will be dismissed out of hand because you misspelled a word. As a public service to you, I am presenting you with skills that will blow the socks off your martial comrades.

Three different ways to tie your belt!

After the jump

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Mar 092012
 

Found this clip from a German telivison show…I have no idea what is being said, or why anything happens as it does, but if you watch Jackie Chan will break some slabs of…I guess they are stone…. with an egg in his hand, without breaking it.

And you might ask me, what does that have to do with fighting? I have no idea, but its pretty awesome anyway.

My question is where does everyone get these breaking materials? If you by slabs of concrete from Lowes or Home Depot, they don’t break like that! Also, who knew that Jackie Chan spoke German?

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Mar 012012
 

I was lazy yesteday so I missed our Wednesday update. So as I was racking my brain for ideas to make up for it, I thought, “Hey, anti zombie martials”. And yeah I know I’ve done a post before (look here) But there is a big difference between talking about Zombie fighting and watching someone fight Zombies. I guess actually fighing zombies would be better, but Zombies aren’t real silly!

So indepth research has lead to this gem disappointment

And for you lazy bums who won’t actually watch something until a friend independenly varifies that its worth watching, I’ll break it down for you. Dude in a Tae Kwon Do uniform fights three dudes dressed as zombies, but does really bad kicks (he is a TKD guy after all) and so decent judo. The Zombies seem confused and alternate trying to bite him and trying to kick and punch him.

And the worst part is that this is the best video of anti-undead fighting I could find. America is woefully unprepaired for the 2012 zombie inva

 

Dec 242011
 

Sorry for all the videos lately, but with the Holidays, every spare moment has been filled. I am sure that the three fans I have forgive me, so I have this tid bit for them. Alot of Stick fighting school fall into the reality martial art side of the martial art continuum. I mean, if we want to be realistic, who wants to fight someone bare handed in the first place. Well in the video below, two crazy stick fighters beat the tar out of each other in the woods, in one of the more realistic sparring matches I think I have seen.

Ouch. I am not sure it was worth it. Kind of funny how it turned into a grappling match at the end. And they say BJJ is unrealistic.

Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone.

 

 

Dec 212011
 

As martial artists, it is normal and natural to compare styles. The stand up crowd thinks one way, the ground fighting crowd thinks another, and Chuck Norris just defeats us all. From this video I can tell the the Chuck Norris of our generation is already among us. In Art Marshall’s own words “The Gracies told me while I was training with them that 90% of all fights do end on the ground. My response to that was “90% of people have never fought Art Marshall.”



Its a little long, but totally worth the watch as every moment of this video is worth watching. I really loved how he promoted his student and gave him a double white belt. Thanks to Fitz for the tip.

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Dec 142011
 

Tell me that isn't kind of cool...in a fat kind of way.

Am I weird for wishing that more Sumo would come and fight MMA?

Don’t answer that.

I look at Sumo Wrestlers and I see martial artists with alot in common to today’s Combat Sport fighters. They live in their training camps, they focus solely on training and…heh…shaping their bodies to compete, and they are plagued by accusations of corruption and steroid usage. You may remember my article on them earlier this year

People like to point out that they haven’t done very well in MMA up until this point, but I want to point out that there have only been three Sumo to try so far. That really doesn’t give you a good picture of how the fighting style would do. I mean heck, pro wrestlers manage to do well, yes Brock, I am thinking of you, so why not Sumo? More after the break

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