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.

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 262011
 

I belive children are our future, unless we stop them now.

 

So impressive. I love the fact that the child looks so scary, but when he talks, you can tell he’s just a normal little boy. A normal little boy who moves with more grace while doing pad work then most fighters I know. I know this raises issues of how healthy it is for kids to be training like that, and we wonder if their father is pushing them too much, but there is also the chance they are loving it, and its good that a father spends that much time with his kids. I wonder if he’d adopt me?

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 102011
 

 

 Today I bring you some vintage 1989 footage of a…fight(?) aired in South Africa. In this video is self proclaimed Ninja Master Ashida Kim. Kim is the dude wearing a ninja outfit and boxing gloves. Now I have waited on posting this video for a while because I still can’t figure out what the referee is wearing. After much thought, I’m going to go with a jet pack. Surprisingly, the other opponent seems out of place, looking strangely…fighterish. I am getting tired of seeing Bruce Buffer in a tux, Joe Rogan in some Affliction type get up, I think its time that Dana White starts kicking it up to South African standards. I want Herb Dean in a jet pack, Joe Rogan dressed (and acting) like a robot, Bruce Buffer dressed as Hulk Hogan. Yeah! Well I can dream

 

Oct 052011
 

MMA will never be legal until we figure out what it is!

I’ve never personally understood why the Boxing Commissions get to regulate and over see MMA. In both sports you punch people…and thats about it. The rules and the rings are different, the injuries have a much greater scope. Great idea: Why don’t we have a MMA Commission! Well anyway, the NY Boxing commission is all upset investigating a show in upstate New York and claim they have a video of MMA fighting going on. The supposed MMA event happened August 20th at the Lake George Forum, but I guess no one realized until now.  If you didn’t know, New York is one of the remaining states that does not allow MMA events. What happened at the event (based on the blogs that covered the event before the NY Boxing commission even said anything) said there were 15 matches, Boxing, Kick boxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu respectively, all of which are legal in NY right now. The blogs even go as far as to break down each portion and talk about the results. Apparently the Boxing Commission thinks that its MMA any time you have people from different martial arts fighting, regardless of the rules of the match, I think they believe MMA is a question of proximity. I can’t find a link for the video(if someone finds it, shoot me a link) , but it appears to be another case of people not being sure exactly what an MMA match is, but they are completely against it (whatever IT might be). The best part about this is that the boxing commissions across the country claim authority over MMA events, but they don’t know what they look like…Really guys? Really?

Aug 212011
 

Recently a study was released by using FBI statistics of fights from 1996 to 2000. The findings were really surprising.
First off if you divide the fights by which martial art was present, I was pleased to see that in any given fight, a karate fighter (with no kick boxing experience) knocked their opponent out 19% of the time. This was trumped by boxers with an overall knock out rate of 20%. Of course its interesting to note that in any case where alcohol was present, the boxers had a 90% KO rate. And despite the fact boxers train with gloves and wraps, and in the study, all of these fighters were bare fisted, the boxers only suffered hand injuries 10% of the time.
However, the king of this study was kick boxers. They netted a whopping 36% knock out rate! On top of that, the dominate attack that was used to deliver the knock out was a kick!

Now let me go ahead and add a disclaimer, when crime reports are filled out, there is the great chance that tae kwon do is miss reported as karate, or an MMA fighter is reported as a kick boxer etc. That said what I really found mind blowing about this article was its departure from classic self defense wisdom. First, martial arts that focus on competition aren’t useful in real life situations and second, kicks to the head are unrealistic! All other martial arts in the study showed up so rarely that no worth while statistics could be gleaned from them.

The rest of the study was interesting, but kind of outside the scope of our blog. Things like what percent of people were stabbed with a bottle (7% by the way). So I guess the lesson here is keep an open mind in your training, and a good old fashion punch or kick to the head is still a great way to end a fight.