Jul 252012
 

Wow, just wow. With the Olympics going on, Martial arts like Judo are enjoying more of the spotlight then they normally get since for a change you can actually watch it on tv. The rest of the time martial arts like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and boxing are more easily viewed, if only through MMA matches. Because of this, Black Belt Magazine did an interview with the current head of the United States Judo Association, Gary Goltz. You can watch it below.

During one of the questions about BJJ, Sensei Goltz laughingly says that Judoka say BJJ stands for “Basically Just Judo”.  And with a blog named “From the Guard” I think you can decide for yourself what my personal reaction to this statement is. Of course if you are paying attention, you will notice that he says that BJJ is more like what Judo was before the 1960s…. which makes you wonder who gets to claim who…

Mar 192012
 

As a martial arts instructor, I have found the growing popularity of the UFC and MMA on a whole to be really helpful in marketing and heck, just talking about my martial arts. People know what Kick boxing is, or what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu means. When I say Judo, I don’t receive nearly the amount of blank stares I used to get.

I read an article in Black belt magazine where Bill “Superfoot” Wallace said that MMA was a fad that would burn out soon. Of all the old martial arts greats, I tend to agree with Superfoot the most. However on this issue, it sounds like traditional martial artist denial. During the 1980s when the ninja craze hit, everyone was jumping on the ninja band wagon. Ninja turtle rip off logos were seen in dojos, everyone was teaching swords, nunchaku, and sai, even if their martial art didn’t include them. But MMA is different. It didn’t try to simply market itself to kids and nerds. It tried to get the respectability of boxing, with the mystic of martial arts. It wasn’t enough to get Tiger Claw and Century to sponsor things it worked to get sponsors outside of the martial arts world. It even recruited fighters from outside the martial arts world! It created an environment that made adults want to watch and kids dream of participating. More after the jump

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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!

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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

 

Feb 132012
 

Long before Fedor Emelianenko was famous as an MMA fighter, he was a Sambo and Judo champion in Russia. Russians take their martial arts more serously as a culture then we do here in America. When was the last time you watched Judo or Karate? Maybe as a bit part in the Olympics. Anyway the final fight for the Natianal Sambo Title was between Fedor and his little brother, Aleksandr. Skip to about 3:10 if you want to skip to the “fight”

As you might have seen…you did watch it didn’t you. I can wait….

Anyway you can see, it wasn’t much of a fight. It kind of looked like they hugged for a second, then Fedor decided to be a jerk and throw his little brother then armbar him. But then I started thinking with my mind brain and (yeah, my mind brain, don’t interrupt my mental process!) decided that apparently the brothers don’t fight each other. I’m sure its just being an American raised during the Cold war, but when ever Russians reach a championship, I expect either fight fixing or down right cheating anyway, so I can’t say I was surprised. Ever since Rock 4 I’ve been struggling with trust issues between myself and mother Russia, so bare with me there.

 

Jan 092012
 

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, the worlds scariest woman tested positive for stanozolol metabolites following a Dec. 17 title defense at “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal.” Naturally I was shocked…that no one had caught her before this. I mean really, she looks like a man. Or at the very least a woman on a high diet of testosterone. She’s so tough that when she married, she might have taken her husband’s last name, but she made him take her fight name (Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos) ! I’m not sure if the officials tested her medically or if they just looked at her after her last fight and exclaimed, “Enough is enough!”

Anyway, they’ve suspended her from fighting for one year and fined her $2500.  Most pro fighters at this level only fight twice a year anyway, so she really just got a “lose a turn” card, and she made $66,000 off this last fight, so the fine is less then the taxes she owes on the match. Not that much of a slap on the wrist. A better punishment is not to suspend her, or fine her, just make her have to take a weekly drug test for a year, see what that does to her fight career.

I am kind of sad that she didn’t get to fight Ronda Rousey (currently ranked #2 in the world). She’s an Olympic medalist in and fourth degree black belt in Judo and trains with Team Hayastan. I’m really excited to see the two of them fight. Not sure how four total pro matches can net you the #2 slot, but at least Ronda doesn’t look like some female steroid monster. She just wins with awesome judo.

Nov 032011
 

For some odd reason UFC 138 will happen one week after UFC 137, which seems like bad scheduling to me, but whatever, I’m game and it looks like it will be free and on Spike. I like free cause I’m poor thrifty. This one will be in England, which might explain things.
On the card we have:

Middleweight bout:  Chris Leben vs. Mark Muñoz
Bantamweight bout:  Brad Pickett vs.  Renan Barão
Welterweight bout:  Thiago Alves vs.  Papy Abedi
Lightweight bout:  Terry Etim vs.  Edward Faaloloto
Lightweight bout:  Paul Taylor vs.  Anthony Njokuani

This UFC will feature non title matches with five rounds for the first time ever. Of course this is just for the main events. I kind like the idea. Part of being a good fighter is conditioning, and if you add two more rounds, it give fighters with great cardo a chance to gain the advantage. The main event is between Mark Munoz, known for his wrestling skills, and Chris Leban, known for his drinking skills or lack there of.

Also mildy interesting is Thiago Alves is fighting some dude named Papy Adedi, and according to Wikipedia, he is a Swedish-Congolese fighter, (and I didn’t realize Comgolese was a term), who is a Judo Black belt and a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple belt. I’m kind of looking forward to this because I love seeing the Judo fighters in MMA matches. If ever there was a martial art that should be ruling MMA and hasn’t yet, its Judo.

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 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 132011
 

 

 Grand Master Ashida Kim has had profound impact on my life. When I was young, I had a bunch of his books on the Ninja. I still have them, I just find them funnier now. This video reminds you more of something Napoleon Dynamite would be practicing then something a “Ninja Master” would do while fighting you. If you pay attention, he will show a move he claims is from Judo, which sounds like “katsumi” which he says is the “Haze” technique. Doesn’t look like any Judo move I’ve seen. If any Judo expert would like to weigh in on this, that would be great. To be honest, I don’t think he knows Judo anymore then he knows Ninjitsu.