We are looking to have a day of hard sparring late January / early February at my gym in State College, PA to help our fighters ready themselves for the April gathering. Right now we have around five people looking to fight in April from all different weight classes. Our plan is to get a number of schools from the east coast and mid-west to come and train for a day, spar, hang out, etc. We want to make the matches as close to Gatherings style as possible while still keep people safe and keeping it in the realm of "sparring" and not fighting. However, we also want to have everyone push themselves and wear minimal protective gear and use larger diameter sticks. We also have both a cage and ring to hold the matches in so we will be able to get twice as many matches in during the day if need be.
We would like to avoid WEKAF head gear and instead use fencing masks. We would also like to limit the hand protection to equal to or lighter than street hockey gloves. However, if wearing more protection is the only way you would be willing to spar we can deal with it. We simply want to avoid any non-realistic behavior due to protective gear.
Please post back if you are interested and as soon as we drum up some interest we will set a date that works for everyone. We have about three other schools interested in joining us so far. Please don't be shy, come and spar so we can all make ourselves better! Any questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dog Ryan Gruhn www.LionHeartFit.com Head Instructor / MA Program Director Lion Heart Fitness - State College, PA
I'm grateful to have the oppertunity to work with Youth in our Youth Martial Arts program at my gym. We graduated thirty students tonight to their next belt including one black belt and one assistant instructor! Nothing gives me more joy than to see the smiles on their faces when they put on their new belts!
It's interesting because the "style" is a well developed game plan which is spelled out in the DBMA Kali Tudo set. I'm a huge fan of this material as it has led many of my fighters to victories over very formidable opponents. Triggonomics (outside footwork) is the name of the game:
(from another forum) Sugar Ray eats this Cuban guy alive for the 1976 Gold Medal.
1.)Always stays outside the Cuban's lead. Works his jab and jab-hook combos. Parry's the jab and puts a cross down the middle.
2.) When he moves right, He never moves into the cross, always laterally with his right hand up.
3.) His footwork is amazing. He does a great little move that the Cuban never catches. He takes one step to his right and then rolls left, getting the Cuban to "bite" on the right step and throw the left cross. Classic. A blueprint for righties everywhere.
Some fighters are great IN SPITE of what they do, not because of it.
That's true, but this wasn't the case.
Note that Hatton who ridiculed Mayweather's training, swallowed his pride enough to hire Mayweather senior as his trainer. He won his recent fight by totally dominating his opponent. Better body positioning, better reactions inside. He even stated how some of his old habits were still exposing him to punches.
Mayweather senior hasn't coached or cornered Jr. for a decent number of years. From what I gather father and son have never been further apart.
Impressive fight from Sherk last night! It received fight of the night and rightly so. Bummer about Anderson & Cote. I hate seeing people get injured and unable to continue. On a more positive note I think I saw just about every variation in Silva's footwork last night, how cool! His footwork is so impressive and I'm glad that we are finally seeing fighters that can switch leads at will in a technical way. I also give props to Cote for being able to keep up with Anderson and have the eye to see what Silva was doing with his footwork. Mark D. had some great cornering advice as well. Amongst many other things he mentioned that when Anderson stops moving he is timing Cote and I believe this to be true.
This will be his second fight without the additional help. To change gears it was great to see Sled Dog in "Countdown to UFC" on Spike talking about Cote. I am always in BTT Canada's corner but I REALLY like Silva for this fight.
Griffin has a pretty impressive record with wins over Urijah Faber, Duane Ludwig, Clayton Guida and a number of others. His only loss is to Frank Edgar which went all three rounds and in my book, went down as one of the best and most technical fights at 155. He's no slouch but I'm fairly confident that Sherk is going to do very well against him.
Big weekend for UFC. I'll be excited to see Anderson put on another display. Sean Sherk is also fighting Tyson Griffin which I am looking forward to! We are having Sean in State College in December so we are all hyped about seeing him fight!
IMHO AA almost lost last night. His BJJ is non-existant. Barnett and Fedor would run through AA. Also, how about freaking Nelson and Arlovski getting stood back up when Nelson was in side control with a submission! WTF!!!
On the topic of Kimbo, I'm pretty sure that fight was supposed to be fixed. A fairly important person for this event was trying to get the ref to jump in and call Seth for hitting Kimbo in the back of the head:
He says "he's hitting him in the back of the head" then points to the back of his head. . . . interesting?!
Last night was a great night for sparring. We had some out of town guys come in and spar who had a lot of experience, almost all of the fighters that sparred my guys were pro, a few had fought in the UFC, Elite XC and a few other big name shows. In any event, the guy that my Thaiboxer went against was 18-2 as a pro I believe. My Thaiboxer has learned the KT matrix inside and out and does an excellent job of playing it while sparring. I've always been extremely against the flat footed "Tim Silvia" approach to stand up and seeing my guys successful brings a smile to my face. Ajarn Chai gave me the cruel idea to tape push pins "tacks" to the heels of the feet to make people stay on their toes. I have yet to try it but the concept states how important it is to Chai so I myself make sure my students stay "tall" on the balls of the feet. I think this lends very well to the footwork matrix that Crafty has shared with us. "What stands still, grows roots, gets chopped down."
I was first introduced to this matrix in late '03 / early '04 by Crafty and immediately saw the relevance in it. I went back to the gym to spar all the guys and kept it quiet for some time while I had immense success using it. It amazed me of how "top secret" this material actually was. Even many top fighters NOW are not using this structure. Those who are have great success. After a while I decided to start sharing the KT matrix with my guys and they have more than ran with the material. This was way before the DVD even came out so I had many people raising an eyebrow when I shared it with them. My one boxer who I used to "one up" now beats me at my own game! In any event, the Thaiboxer you watched Jon is going to be fighting on the 18th and we plan on using this structure. I'll make sure to post the video.