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 312011
 

I know, a double post on a Monday? Calm yourselves, the world isn’t ending. Sometimes change can be a good thing.
I guess I should preface this. The best unarmed zombie fighting martial arts. I know you are thinking, “Who in their right minds fights zombies unarmed.” I counter with, “Zombies aren’t real! So logic plays a very loose role here. Idiot!” …Sorry about that last remark, I get emotional when I talk about zombies.

Here are the basic ground rules.

1. If you get bitten, you die and become a zombie

2. To kill a zombie you have to some how destroy its brain, although severing its spine will stop its body.

3. These are running zombies, not the really slow shuffling zombies.

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Oct 252011
 

I’m really behind in MMA News. My excuse is that I’ve been getting myself and my team ready for the NC Grappling Open, so I’ve been out of touch. I have to give a quick plug to the people who put that tournament on, The Good Fight. They run the tightest tournament I’ve fought at. When it comes to grappling, I don’t care if its Judo Jiu Jitsu or what, I almost always have a six to eight hour weight to fight. This event had us trucking along and finished in the time it normally takes to fight my second match (they also have awesome medals). So Good fight, I salute you.

Things you most likely already knew, but I just found out.

GSP is hurt and won’t be fighting at the next UFC. His opponent Carlos Condit, will also be sitting out until GSP’s knee is recovered.

Kenny Florian is going to be returning to the light weight division of the UFC (back from bantamweight)

BJ Penn and Nick Diaz will be the new headliner at UFC 137, and dispite alot of talk, it will still be three rounds not five.

Roy “big country” Nelson is looking smaller! Or Forrest Griffin is getting bigger. I don’t know. I am really hoping its the latter. Thanks to Will for the find.

Oct 042011
 

The more you sweat in the gym, the less you bleed in the ring. Sounds like common sense. When you see fighters like George St Pierre or Randy Couture, it seems like they are proving the point. Many fighters look like the action figures I owned growing up. Roy “Big Country” Nelson looks more like a dude I would be running from at a rest stop then someone we’d be watching in the UFC (no offense Mr Nelson). Continue reading »

Oct 012011
 

A sure sign of insanity

Most of the time, you could walk right by one and never know it. They live in your town, attend your schools, and eat at your mall’s food court. I am talking about grapplers! This strange breed of martial artist can normally only be spotted by their one defining feature, their ears! I am of course speaking of Cauliflower ear. When you walk by one, you see it, sticking off the side of the grappler’s head like a truck’s rear view mirror. Most of the time it looks more like a potato was glued to their head. It prompts questions like, “Is that contagious?” And from mothers the world over, “So why do you grapple if it does that to you.” Well there was alot of study on the subject  the 1800’s in which they all decided that Cauliflower ear was a sign of insanity. Yep, your brain would freak out and your ears would swell. Now you might argue that it really comes from having your ears hit, rubbed, and ground beneigth an opponent until the skin and the cartilage separate and the resulting cavity fills with blood…but I think my mother would call anyone who would be involved in that on purpose IS insane. Continue reading »

Sep 292011
 

As a young man raised in the martial arts, I was fed stories of awesome master martial artists that could use their energy to make themselves stronger, root themselves to the ground so that couldn’t be moved, armor themselves against injury, and even read other people’s minds. Naturally,  it was too dangerous couldn’t perform these feats on me. Once an instructor brought in a tape of the UFC, and we watched it and were asked to point out the fighter’s lack of education, and show where the fighters could have been easily knocked out if they had only known the correct pressure points. I asked why a correctly trained fighter had never gone to fight so the world could see their mistake. Because, real martial artists don’t sully themselves with vulgar sport martial arts.

Now its easy to say this is was just a weird teacher. However, its kind a trend in many martial arts schools. I am sure alot of you were raised the same way. I only give this introduction so you know that as I mock this, I feel like I have the background to do so.

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Sep 222011
 
Gracie pink belt

Watch it fella' I've got a pink belt in ridiculous!

Think that’s a joke? Oh you wish it was. This is yet another awful idea from the Gracie Academy (not to be confused with the Gracie family at large, its just run by some of the many family members). They now run an online qualification course to net you the rare (and not at all demeaning to women) Pink belt!

Yes yes my friends, for low price of $84.99 you can train at home and earn your very own Gracie Academy Pink belt. After all, women don’t have a pretty little thought in their pretty little heads, if they do their lessons like good little girls, we’ll give them a pretty belt. It represents BJJ women empowerment.

Suggestion for your next product Gracie Academy, the polka dot belt of female dignity. It would look nice around your training apron. All the men will be so impressed.

Sep 222011
 

No matter what style you train, most of the students at your school, at the vast majority of the experienced students are male. In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or any full contact martial art, the percentages are less. Much of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was developed by Helio Gracie because he was smaller and weaker, and couldn’t make alot of Judo moves work for him against larger fighters. That sounds like a perfect martial art for women. So where are they? I think men keep women out of grappling!

Now, I love articles like this one, where I, a man, am going to tell you what women think. I am sure I will get a few women to reading this just so they can laugh at my attemps to figure them out. Basicly I think my question will deal with why in heck would women want to be able train grappling? More after the Jump

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Sep 202011
 

 Every martial art tends to venerate its founder. Those of us who grew up on a diet of martial arts movies and shows attribute almost supernatural powers to the old school masters. For example Chuck Norris can solve a rubix cube in one turn. Its true, I read it on the Internet. Bruce Lee can apparently defeat anybody at anything. His surviving students claim that if he had wanted to, he would have been one of the top three boxers in the world, and that he was really a great grappler, he just never taught it to anyone. No matter how you look at it, we had a time where there were some really great martial artist wondering the world. The question is always asked, how good a fighter were these men really. We hear about how awesome they were, how fast, how deadly, but who did they ever fight? So I’ve compiled a list of famous martial artists and their respective fighting records.

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Sep 192011
 

A really weird argument. One school of BJJ claims grappling in our Jiu jitsu gis is the best way to learn to grapple well. The other school of though says that training in the gi only makes you better at fighting in a gi, if you are going to be grappling without it, or fighting in real life/mma, you need to train without it.

So who is on who’s side. Plenty. Most of the Gracies feel the gi is uber important. Eddie Bravo, and who knows how many MMA Jiu Jitsu guys would argue the other way around. It really doesn’t prove anything to go down a list of fighters and tell you what they feel on the subject, there are nearly endless names on both sides. Let me instead lay out why the average grappler feels on way or another.

The Gi guy likes the gi, because it gives him a real advantage on wrestlers who wonder into class. Sure, double leg me, but with these handles we forced you to wear I can coke you out or at least control you. The No gi guy likes the fact that once he gets all sweaty and slick, holding on to him is really hard. There’s no controlling me. I’ll flail until one of us lands in a submission. People who are less flexible prefer gis, people who are less technical prefer no gi. Yeah, ticked both sides off with that one. I don’t mean everyone! 

Once you reach a higher skill level it starts to come down to this, people who have rank in BJJ like wearing a gi, because it goes with their belt so well, heh, makes them look like the boss. People who have bounced around from school to school might be highly skilled, but would never stay in one place long enough for an instructor to tie a belt around their waist, these people hate the gi because it reminds them that they don’t have the rank to wrap around it. Most of the time when you see a school that says “submission grappling” but doesn’t state a style, that’s him.

Personally? I like some of both. I like to roll in a gi against no gi opponents. I always tell them, “Please, use it against me as much as you can, its good for me.” You have to be willing to work outside your comfort zones, and if you have ever rolled for a few hours in an un air conditioned gym wearing a gi, you will be out of your comfort zone. So I guess I’ll go with the very safe answer of “Just train more.”