Archive for January, 2009

30 Jan 2009

  • Posted by Utah Martial Arts Feeds
  • BJ Penn and GSP Secret Meeting Before UFC 94

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    Many of you already know this, but aside from having super-powers, I also am pretty well connected. It was supposed to be kept under wraps, but it was recently leaked to me that BJ Penn and George St-Pierre met at an undisclosed location in Las Vegas, presumably totalk about the upcoming fight. Here’s a transcript of the conversation they had.

    BJ: Yo, Pierre – you know that’s a bottled water or something right? – I’m totally going to murder you in the ring.

    GSP: Whatever dude. I’ve been working out like mad hardcore every day. See my abs? It’s like I have 8 alien babies spawning under my skin ready to explode out and eat your mom.

    BJ: That’s pretty messed up.

    GSP: Yeah, I’ve been running everywhere I go. Staying ripped. Not you though, you’re always kinda chubby. Especially at 170.

    BJ: Whatever bro. Doesn’t matter. I’m still going to give you Hawaiian punch to your Canadian face.

    GSP: Hawaiian punch eh? That’s kind of catchy.

    BJ: I know. Had I not been so freaking awesome at jujitsu, that would have been my fight name. But of course, my BJJ skills are pretty much the most advanced thing on the planet right now, with the possible exception of those Hostess cupcakes I ate yesterday. Bomb diggity, those were.

    GSP: I wouldn’t know. In my native land of Canada, we just eat moose fat. But as far jujitsu, mine is pretty mindblowing right now. I was is Rio during the summer and learned wicked awesome positions from the Brazilians.

    BJ: … From the hot Brazilian ladies! High five. (Slap)

    Penn: But anyway, back to the jits … see my pants. They f-ing have a black belt right on them. That’s because I’m so awesome. Plus, I’ve got flexibility that’s unreal.

    GSP: I’ve got flexibility too. Check it.

    GSP: I’m good at everything your good at, plus I’m super bad ass at stuff you can’t do. Un-orthodox striking angles? Wrestling? 2nd round cardio? It’s like that song, “Anything you can do, I can do better.”

    BJ: Like getting your face smashed in, yet somehow pulling off a victory. Way better at that.

    GSP: That’s cold, cabron.

    BJ: I’m sorry, did that hurt? That’s what’s wrong with you G. You’re no killer. I’m a killer. That’s why I’ve got this belt.

    GSP: I’ve got a belt too. But mines bigger, you dirty pile of excre-

    Dana White (interrupting): Hey guys, enough. Save it for the fight.

    BJ: Okay, okay … (backing off)

    BJ, (shouting quickly over his shoulder): GSP is gay.

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    30 Jan 2009

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  • BJ Penn and GSP Secret Meeting Before UFC 94

    This Article is comes from SLC MMA
    To see the full original article click here

    Many of you already know this, but aside from having super-powers, I also am pretty well connected. It was supposed to be kept under wraps, but it was recently leaked to me that BJ Penn and George St-Pierre met at an undisclosed location in Las Vegas, presumably totalk about the upcoming fight. Here’s a transcript of the conversation they had.

    BJ: Yo, Pierre – you know that’s a bottled water or something right? – I’m totally going to murder you in the ring.

    GSP: Whatever dude. I’ve been working out like mad hardcore every day. See my abs? It’s like I have 8 alien babies spawning under my skin ready to explode out and eat your mom.

    BJ: That’s pretty messed up.

    GSP: Yeah, I’ve been running everywhere I go. Staying ripped. Not you though, you’re always kinda chubby. Especially at 170.

    BJ: Whatever bro. Doesn’t matter. I’m still going to give you Hawaiian punch to your Canadian face.

    GSP: Hawaiian punch eh? That’s kind of catchy.

    BJ: I know. Had I not been so freaking awesome at jujitsu, that would have been my fight name. But of course, my BJJ skills are pretty much the most advanced thing on the planet right now, with the possible exception of those Hostess cupcakes I ate yesterday. Bomb diggity, those were.

    GSP: I wouldn’t know. In my native land of Canada, we just eat moose fat. But as far jujitsu, mine is pretty mindblowing right now. I was is Rio during the summer and learned wicked awesome positions from the Brazilians.

    BJ: … From the hot Brazilian ladies! High five. (Slap)

    Penn: But anyway, back to the jits … see my pants. They f-ing have a black belt right on them. That’s because I’m so awesome. Plus, I’ve got flexibility that’s unreal.

    GSP: I’ve got flexibility too. Check it.

    GSP: I’m good at everything your good at, plus I’m super bad ass at stuff you can’t do. Un-orthodox striking angles? Wrestling? 2nd round cardio? It’s like that song, “Anything you can do, I can do better.”

    BJ: Like getting your face smashed in, yet somehow pulling off a victory. Way better at that.

    GSP: That’s cold, cabron.

    BJ: I’m sorry, did that hurt? That’s what’s wrong with you G. You’re no killer. I’m a killer. That’s why I’ve got this belt.

    GSP: I’ve got a belt too. But mines bigger, you dirty pile of excre-

    Dana White (interrupting): Hey guys, enough. Save it for the fight.

    BJ: Okay, okay … (backing off)

    BJ, (shouting quickly over his shoulder): GSP is gay.

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    29 Jan 2009

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  • Tips On The Brabo Choke

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    People ask me all the time, “What are some good no gi chokes?”. The Brabo is a submission that comes to mind – opportunities pop up for it quite a bit if you watch for it. The video below will give you a quick introduction to the Brabo choke technique.

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    29 Jan 2009

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • More martial arts in Utah

    I want to offer my sincere thanks to the folks who have already become a part of the Utah Martial Arts site.  Not only for being part of this effort, but for the ongoing, high quality information they are obviously turning out.

    But we want more!

    Help us provide you with the ultimate one-stop-shop for all of the martial arts in Utah.  Do you know of any good Jiu Jitsu Blogs?  Isshin Ryu?  Mui Thai?  Please contact me and let m know.  I would love to include them here.

    Thanks all, and I hope you continue to enjoy the content.

    28 Jan 2009

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  • Flow like water… the art of relaxed attacking

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    river-and-rocksI have been having a lot more success in Judo lately.  I feel more confident, and I feel more relaxed.  I think this picture is a really good representation of what I have changed in my technique, and why it has helped.

    In the picture you see rocks.  A lot of rocks piled together in a seeming impenetrable mass.  But then we see that impenetrable mass being penetrated.  The slow moving stream flows through the rocks effortlessly.  Imagine if you will, that instead of trickling water, that this was some solid object trying to move the stones.  The force needed would be immense.  But because the water looks for openings and gentle fills the empty spaces, it cannot be stopped.

    This is a lesson not only in the fact that we should be like water, and relax enough to identify openings and take them, but it is perhaps even more so a lesson in not being a stone.  When we try to use sheer strength, and our force to resist or push against something, that very rigidity makes us susceptible.  When I have someone on the ground in a pin, I often have to remind myself not to rely on strength too much.  If I lock and and squeeze I force myself to be rigid, and tie by body to theirs.  This make me much easier to bridge and roll over.  If I am somewhat pliable, and aways reacting to their moves, then I find I have much more success.

    This seems to be true mentally and tactically as well.  When I step into Randori, and know exactly what move I intend to hit, and push hard to hit it, I often get countered.  When I relax and move, looking for openings I tend to do much better.

    It seems to be a weird, self fulfilling cycle… Confidence helps you relax.  Relaxing helps you perform.  Performing helps build your confidence.  I think the real skill is to be able to relax even when you’re not confident… even when things go wrong or you get frustrated.

    Anyway, my two cents on why  think I’m doing better :)

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    27 Jan 2009

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  • Push Ups For Fighters

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    Of course in this case, when I say push ups, I’m not talking about a brassier or those most excellent rainbow ice-cream popsicles. I’m talking about the exercise that separates the men from the boys, the women from the little girls, and the hardcore from the sub-species of sissies known as wusstards.

    Now that I’ve done some name calling, you probably want to know why push ups are great exercises, especially for fighters. If so, you can forever leave the wusstard category, and join us over here at hardcore.

    Relevance and Versatility

    Push ups and variations are a staple of MMA training because they positively affect many of the things you do in the ring. Take down defense, punching speed, jujitsu escapes … push ups can even help with clinching power. Not only do they directly help specific MMA moves, but there are hundreds of push up variations. Variation is important to keep steady progress (or break through plateaus) and keep over-use type injuries at bay.

    Strength Endurance

    In MMA, you want to be able to generate high levels of body force for extended periods of time. The push up is one of the primary measurements – and builders of – strength endurance. Squeezing, pushing, etc. Even when you’re looking to develop speed, you need a strong core foundation of strength to reach higher echelons of performance. Without a proper base, you’ll be held back in many areas – regular endurance, max power, and top speed.

    Plus, strength endurance goes hand in hand with grit and will power.

    Hand Speed

    Speaking of hand speed, you can develop sensitivity and hand speed with push ups. You just have to do them right. The right type of push ups can develop wrist/forearm strength and help prevent hand injuries.

    Chest and Shoulder Development

    Unless you put on a few pounds to make the next weight class, fighters shouldn’t be interested much in body building. When I say development, I mean increasing the muscles capacity to do work, and not increasing its size.

    It’s nice to have big pec’s to impress the ladies, but they won’t make you fight any better. Certainly, if you need more strength, but just can’t get your nervous system squeeze any harder (fairly unlikely) putting more muscle on the bones will mean that you can lift heavier and generate more force. Like I said, “IF”.

    With that aside, push ups are meat and potatoes chest, triceps, and shoulder developers. They will even assist you in punching harder by helping you keep shoulders relaxed, arms up. Relaxed shoulders = faster punches = more punching power. Depends on the type of push up your doing, but for most of them, that’s the general idea.

    The Rules

    Lets outline a few rules here.

    Tempo matters.

    Many people think they can crank off 20 or 100 push ups – but they are really just flopping up and down, head bobbing up and down super quickly.

    Slow on the way down – don’t just fall down with gravity. *Lower* your self to the ground. Faster on the way up – forcefully push. It is optional to pause for a count at the bottom. No bouncing your chest off the ground like a trampoline.

    The exception the this rule is when you do plyometric (explosive) push ups.

    Quality over quantity.

    It’s better to do 5 super strict push ups than 50 crappy push ups.

    Hand position.

    Appropriate hand positions include pushing up on your palms, fists (weight resting on your two knuckles closest to the thumb) or fingertips. When doing plyometric pushes, limit yourself to the palm on the ground style.

    Fighters should prefer push ups on the knuckles because it strengths their wrists and teaching proper alignment when punching.

    As for the position of each hand on the floor – like wide/narrow push ups – it depends on the specific variation. In general, keep your hands directly under your shoulders, the bottom of your palm about an inch closer to your feet.

    Ears pulled away from your shoulders, neck long.

    Your head should be in the same position relative to your body when at the top of the push up as the bottom.

    Lats pulling your shoulders into their sockets.

    Imagine for a moment that you are bench pressing. As you lower the bar, try to bend the into a horseshoe shape. When you do the push up, screw your shoulders into their sockets by “gripping” the ground and twisting two imaginary lids on a pickle jar. The lids need to be twisted towards each hands respective pinky finger.

    When you’re doing this, you aren’t actually rotating the hands. You are just engaging the lat muscles with some mental imagery.

    Stiff like a board.

    Unless the variation requires it, your hips and torso should be solid and straight as a plank of wood.

    Elbows in.

    Don’t let them flare out. Keep your chicken wings down – ie: elbows tucked in to your ribcage.

    The Exercises

    The basic push up.

    Down and up. Nothing too crazy, just keep all the above rules in mind while you grind them out. Below is a video with Chris Comfort showing a few variations of the push up on push handles. Notice his slow tempo, hand position, and straight body line.

    Uppercut Push ups

    Your palms are facing your head, the fists are tight and positioned mid chest, close to your ribcage. Pretend you are doing bicep curls. This one hit the triceps, much like a reverse grip bench press.

    One armed push ups

    One armed push ups are pretty hardcore. Try them out after you’ve done a few weeks of regular push ups. They are an instruction on whole body tension. If you want some more specific training for the one armed push up, check out Pavel Tsatsoline’s book, The Naked Warrior. Here’s a video with a couple of variations. Note: In the vid there is about ten seconds of the dude doing kenpo karate, then he goes into the push ups, so don’t wig out.

    Plyometric Push Ups: Clappers

    Alright, that’s a little advanced, but you get the idea. To start off, lower yourself down and then explode up, pushing yourself off the ground. While in the air, make one clap, and bring your hands back underneath the shoulders to catch yourself on the way down. You absorb the drop of your body into the muscles, not your joints, so don’t have stiff arms and locked arms.

    There are several variations of this type of push up. One of my favorites is getting one of those yoga blocks (see below) and putting it under one hand so it is elevated higher than the other. Hands are shoulder width apart. You explode up, flying up slightly to one side. As you come down, the opposite hand falls on top of the block. Like the picture below, but with a push up.

    You can do this push up without the ballistic tempo and get a good stretch and range of motion in one side of your chest – similar to when you use push up handles.

    Swiss Ball/Medicine Ball Push Ups

    I was first introduced to these type of push ups by basketball players (they did them on the basketball, of course). The idea is that you’ll work quite your core and stabilizer muscles. You can put your feet on the ball or put the ball under your chest.

    Hand Shuffle Push Ups

    Here’s a few examples of shuffling your hands while doing push ups that can help increase hand speed.

    Gear

    The push up handles that Chris in the video uses.

    The yoga blocks that you can use to elevate one of your hands.

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    24 Jan 2009

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  • Dojo’s like gas-stations

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    gas_stationHas anyone else noticed large numbers of Martial Arts studios popping up around the valley?  You know the kind I mean… For just 0 per month a twenty-something year old black belt will instruct you in Kung fu, Karate, Jiu Jitsui, Kick Boxing, and three other styles?

    I have noticed a thread from folks who attend some of those classes.  I have heard a few people say the phrase, “I’ve only been training for a few months, but I am pretty confident that I could beat the crap out of my instructor if it really came down to it.”

    Okay, so I know I am treading on this ice here.. I know this may raise the eyebrows or the ire of some who (rightfully so) point out that there is a lot more to the martial arts than that.  There is a spiritual aspect.  There is a control aspect.  There is technique that you can learn from an experienced instructor, even if you could leverage your size, strength, speed, or aggression to overpower him/her.  This is especially true with some of the most talented (and oldest) instructors.  Additionally, I know that the teacher can often learn more than the student, so we should be respectful to remember that we learn from people, even if they are what we consider “less skilled” than ourselves.

    I get all that, and do not discount it.

    But if you are paying a lot of money to a cookie cutting dojo, you might be getting taken for a ride.

    I’m pleased to be able to say, without question, that my Sensei could fairly easily beat the hell out of me.  :)

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    24 Jan 2009

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  • Utah Martial Arts website launched

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    Karate, MMA, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, and Kenpo in Utah

    Karate, MMA, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, and Kenpo in Utah

    I have really enjoyed using the Utah Judo website to provide updates over the last year and a half on what my son and I have been learning and experiencing in Judo.

    But I have a bit of a dilemma.  As we move to our new gym this week (some group, new spot), we will also be learning Jiu Jitsu.  I thought a bit about that, and the fact that my blog focuses primarily on Judo.  As I thought about it, it got me thinking how neat it would be to have a single spot to go to if you want to read about, and learn about all of the martial arts in Utah.

    To that end, I have opened the website Utah Martial Arts (unfortunately the domain name is “martialart” rather than “martialarts”.  Someone is squatting that domain :(  ).  This new site will automatically pull in updates from the Utah Judo website, but also from some of the best martial arts resources in the state.  Currently we have great content coming in from an MMA site, as well as from a Kenpo sit, and I expect to be adding mroe styles over time.

    I will still be doing all of my updates here on Utah Judo, so if you want to follow our class, this will be the place to read them.  But if you want to, it will also all show up over at Utah Martial Arts as well.

    I’m really excited about what this can do for marial arts, and the martial arts follows and practitioners in the state.

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    23 Jan 2009

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  • MMA Event Alert: Just In Case You Didn’t Know

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    If you’ve been living under a rock for a while, you need to leave your hermit habitat Two EXTREMELY awesome MMA events are coming up soon. Normally I let events come and go without comment, but these are, for lack of a better word, penultimate-grand-epic-sauce. Sprinkled with dollar bills and Jessica Alba. No exaggeration. They are:

    Affliction 3 “Day of Reckoning” has a wicked fight card. Andrei Arlvoski vs Fedor Emilianenko, Vitor Belfort vs Matt Lindland … *drool*. It airs tomorrow, Saturday January 24. It’ll be nice to finally see Fedor fight some seriously tough competition.

    UFC 94, on Saturday January 31, headlines with BJ Penn vs George St. Pierre. If that fight isn’t enough to make me pee my pants in excitement, 94 will feature 4 of my top 10 favorite fighters. (GSP, Penn, Lyoto Machida and Karo Parisyan).

    Watch and Enjoy.

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    23 Jan 2009

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  • Fedor Emelianenko Training Video

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    The Slovak Sambo Federation, with Fedor and M-1 Global’s permission, recently put together a DVD that shows footage from a seminar in Slovakia in 2007. In it, Fedor is showing off his stuff, how to do take downs, escapes, counter punching, etc. It really goes into the details of the kimura, americana and armbar. All around, pretty cool and good instruction. It isn’t in English, but it does have English subtitles – just so you know what you’re getting into.

    One thing I’ve always liked about Fedor and his training camp, is their old school Russian philosophy of low-tech, high performance. Hard work, meat and potatoes, fist to face. Nothing fancy, just what works and works well.

    Personally, I think it makes a good companion to Fedor’s MMA book. For example, counter punching is covered pretty well in the book, but video brings it to light in a way that words and a few pictures just can’t. Watching the timing and the angles on video will help you really “get it”.

    Anyway, here are a few clips to show you what’s inside the DVD. I particulary like how Fedor seamlessly integrates striking with his submission attempts.

    Fedor Shows Mount Escape

    Fedor’s Gives Tips On The Armbar Submission

    Kimura, Russian Style

    Again, if you want his book, you can pick up a copy at Amazon.

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