Cyborg, C-Sleazy, Tennessee, Boo, Pappy, C-Lefty, awesome fights, thanks for pushing me so much. Dog Randall thanks for being my team mate in the two on two fight! Yet another fun weekend with my brothers and I'll look forward to next time.
My fighters have been competing nonstop over the past year and this past weekend I had two of my Muay Thai fighters fight Full Muay Thai (no pads, elbows, knees, etc. all legal). To say the least, I'm very proud of them . . .
More character development via being beaten with sticks by much taller men (which is pretty much everyone for me).
More post-fight interviews with horse sh&% in your teeth.
Basically, I wouldn't miss it for the world.
I've made the executive decision and decided that we are not going to fight this time. Why you ask? You've turned out to be one of the nicest people I've ever met and instead of fighting I just want to give you big uncomfortably long hugs through out the weekend. Be ready because they're coming out of left field and I won't let go until I feel I've received the love. I hope you're okay with this!
I just woke up from almost 14 straight hours of sleep. What ever I have I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Likely just the flu I was on the brink of tears from a migraine that was coming on. Luckily I was able to catch it in time and the pain has subsided. Working with the public has it's benifits but catching all of the gross viruses out there is definitely one of the immense downfalls.
I think one issue as well is regardless of where the material is presented if it's available it could get into the wrong hands. Regardless of if someone is selling DVD's or posting on youtube, if it's public, it's public.
The other thing I thought of is the concept that I remember Guro Inosanto stating which was when we were doing knife defense at a seminar. He said:
"What am I teaching you right now?"
Someone replied "how to defend against a knife."
He said "Wrong, I'm teaching you how to use a knife offensively."
This stuck with me, and many other instructors have said the same thing. Correct me if I'm wrong but how I took it was:
If you are learning defense you are also thinking about how to beat the defensive techniques and in a sense, be offensive. Whether or not this is actually the case I have yet to make up my mind but I did think it was an interesting point. So with that said, if this is true even defensive knife techniques could be used by the "bad guys."
I've heard things as crazy as "they can pull their testicles up into their body right before impact."
My opinion; they either don't have any balls or can deal with the pain. There have been plenty of sick clips online of S&M where a guy is getting off on women kicking them in the nuts, stepping on their balls with heels, etc. I think we should be asking them what's up as I believe they would give us a clearer view of what is actually going on than the Combat Ki guys.
With all this talk of AA working on his boxing with Freddie, I wonder how much he's been working his takedown defense which is what he should be the most worried about. I can Fedor taking him down and dominating on the ground. I can see AA right now on his back, Fedor in side control.
It would be cool to set a date soon as well regardless of location so we can start making travel arrangements? Worst case scenario couldn't we just use the park again like the first day of the gathering last April?
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.