- MMA fighter found dead in his home.
Eight year veteran MMA fighter Ross “The Grizzly” Clifton was found dead late last week in his home…
- For Mayweather, money talks!
But when there is money to be made, it’s funny how everyone can figure out a way to get along.
- Football player who was ousted for slugging another playing may have a new opportunity.
“I’d support the kid for six months in the amateurs, he knows how to throw a punch,” Arum said, tongue partially in cheek. “He’d need work, though.
- Is MMA better than boxing?
You like Brock Lesnar? You will get more Brock Lesnar. Shane Carwin has earned a title shot? Shane Carwin isn’t owned by a competing promoter. Shane Carwin will fight Brock Lesnar.
- The real Great One travels to Ireland.
Muhammad Ali made a sentimental journey Tuesday to discover his Irish roots, and met distant relatives during celebrations at the local town hall and a nearby castle.
- Hapkido is a solution for some. Other instructors also may benefit from the recent tragedies in Florida.
According to the Florida Department of Law enforcement, crime in Florida went up .8 percent, with aggravated assault rate up 4.2 percent from 2007 to 2008. Add that to the recent discovery of Jaycee Lee Dugard, the kidnapped California girl snatched from the street in front of her own home at age 11, more than 18 years ago, Galloway and other instructors just might see an increase in enrollment.
- It would seem that Grandmaster Gambordella has a high opinion of himself.
Grandmaster Gambordella has been fit for 61 years, and knowa how you can be fit for life too.
- French women and German men kick it at a taekwondo tournament.
The French women’s team and German men’s team kicked away the competition Sunday at the seventh annual 2009 Jerusalem Open Taekwondo Championship.
- Apparently in India cellphone muggings at knife point are a problem for women.
Many also feel that without knowing judo or karate, they can be easy victims to lecherous men.
- NYC Rabbis turn to handguns for self-defense.
Lessons include “how to take down a terrorist by the neck, how to use a table as cover from gunfire and how to execute a nifty running somersault while drawing a gun.”
- Monk Foreman is ready for his third professional fight.
George Foreman III (2-0, 2 KOs) returns to the location of his boxing debut to attempt to score another knockout victory while making progress in a career that is on the fast track.
- Well I’m sure it’s a good paycheck. Still, it makes my eye twitch.
Most of us have seen Chuck Liddell’s Dancing with the Stars promo picture by now, and what a treat that was.
- Reading body language may be part of self-defense training.
“The bad people out there go after people who look like victims,” Callahan said.
- Wow. Martial Arts Examiner hits a new…high. I’ll respectfully have to decline.
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- Now you just have to love the title for his book!
Year of the Chicken is my story of traveling to Japan and living there for two years with the intent of studying Karate in its native environment.
- Cook Ding has had an interesting run on Aikido videos.
Yoshinkan Aikido has been criticized as being stiff and rigid. I disagree. This is an artifact of the teaching method, not of the art itself. The same criticism has been leveled at those who practice the Wu Taijiquan square form. It’s a teaching method, not the art.
- Learn4Kicks makes Bob chuckle. She actually is applying thought to her taekwondo forms and her Internet experiences. Two things I greatly respect!
In our streams of information provided by the web, we definitely need to develop an instinctive feel for the ’shapes’ which are right and wrong for us, or we can ask any of our fellow raccoons.
- Total Karate has had two excellent posts on aikido that’s found in his karate. The cool thing is that qinna has variations of some of these same techniques. If I had more time I’d post in greater detail about the similarities and differences that I’m seeing. For now only one comment: The spinning back kick defense (aka reverse side kick in TKD) is good. However, just hope that the person who is spinning does not fake you with the kick and decides to throw a back fist or spinning elbow. Overall some really great posts!
Some aikido for you. But these techniques can easily be found within basic karate kata.
- Urban Samurai snagged an interview with Geoff Thompson! Mr. Thompson’s “The Art of Fighting Without Fighting” was the first “self-defense” book I read after leaving corrections. Based on my experiences with having wrestled with inmates I have to say that it’s a pretty sound book. What I did not realize is that Mr. Thompson appears to have been very busy since that book!
Anyone who visits this site on a regular basis will know that I often reference the ideas of Geoff Thompson in my articles on street self defense and mind training, which is why I am absolutely delighted to bring to you this most inspiring and informative interview that I did with Geoff recently.
I’m really glad I came across Urban Samurai’s post. I had forgotten how good Mr. Thompson’s advice is. This first video is all of 10 minutes but it’s worth watching every bit of it. In it you can get a sense of Thomposon’s philosophy.
“Always avoid, escape, talk down, loophole if you can…don’t be physical unless you really have to be physical because it really isn’t the answer, if you have to be physical be first…”
One of the core techniques to Thompson’s approach to self-defense is something he calls “the fence.” Here you can learn what that is.
I strongly encourage you to check out his books and his DVDs. Mr. Thompson has some practical ideas that translate well to most martial arts. You can also check out his website here. Those of you who are interested in practical self-defense would do well to check out his work!