Archive for February, 2009

27 Feb 2009

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  • February MMA Internet Roundup

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    If you’re going to be wasting time on the net, you might as well be wasting it in the right places.

    Here have been some of my current favorites.

    In my opinion, the biggest and baddest MMA forum on the net. There are some reasonably smart and well trained guys posting in there, so you’ll probably be able to find decent answers to what you’re looking for. Also, if you desire to start a huge war about which fighter is the coolest, look no further for hours of entertainment and smack talk.

    This is an oldie but goodie. It has a wealth of information, some MMA related, some traditional martial arts related. While combing the net for some solid advice on boxing, I found it here and have kept coming back. Pretty neat, like this brief, but accurate post on clinching without getting hit.

    I know, it’s a body building site. I hate bodybuilding in general BUT… many articles written there have a semblance of science backing them up. You’ll see a few authors put the “works cited” section at the bottom with references to real medical journals and such. All in all, if you’re trying to find something specific, you might browse around here for a while. Plus, they’ll have little gems pop up from time to time.( Like the “Hammer Down” MMA workout series – part one Strength and part two Endurance.)

    Ari Bolden and his jujitsu-loving team put together a nice website. Every video here is good quality, well presented, and technically sound. You want training on the Rubber Guard? Oh yeah, this is the place. The forums are pretty decent too. They have a good number of guys, and the useful-information-giver vs trolling-douche-bag ratio is very favorable. In a nutshell, it’s like the reverse of youtube.

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    23 Feb 2009

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  • Armbar Video Montage

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    Some times it just has to be done. Take a wicked submission, add heavy metal, and blend into a video montage (credit: commrade101). In particular, I like how the vid shows a wide variety of armbar submissions and positions.

    “Ten Best MMA Armbars”

    The ten best MMA armbars are as follows:

    (0) – First up to bat – Rickson Gracie shows off the step over armbar from side control, showing the scientific view of how the armbar works. He’s just showing the move, not executing it in a fight so it doesn’t count toward the top 10.

    (10) – Sakuraba vs Randleman. Notice how Sakuraba utilizes the kimura control – Randleman uses a wrestling suplex and attempts to take the back, but boom – Sakuraba weaves his arm into the kimura control and reverses the position with a roll/sweep, eventually getting the belly down armbar.

    (9) – Carlos newton vs Pele – Quick transition into a perpendicular armbar from guard.

    (8) – Frank Mir vs Tim Sylvia – Sylvia unsuccessfully stacks the guard and pops his elbow.

    (7) – Dong sik yoon vs Zelg Galesic – Dong starts in the mount, goes for the armbar and Zelg tries to immediately reverse it. Notice how Dong controls the leg as they roll and before he extends down to finish. Smooth.

    (6) – Enson Inoue vs Randy Couture. Sorry Randy.

    (5) – Fedor vs Coleman. Coleman gets pwned, part 1.

    (4) – Nogueira vs Coleman. Coleman gets pwned, part 2. Nog shows the triangle bar combo.

    (3) – Masakazu Imanari vs Robbie Olivier. Before the underpass, there is an armbar waiting for you.

    (2) – Dustin Hazeletvs Josh Burkman. My favorite armbar. Sneaky sneaky.

    (1) – Rumina Sato vs Charles Taylor. Flying armbar, first round.

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    19 Feb 2009

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  • MMA Gear

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    If case you haven’t noticed, I’ve added a Gear page to SLC MMA, on the top next to “HOME” and “ABOUT” tab. If you check the page out, I’ve detailed the 5 essential pieces of MMA gear. I’ve even posted a few product recommendations to get you started.

    If you own a particular shirt or gloves or whatever – drop me a line and tell me how you like them. I’d love to pass the info along to all the readers here. I know that a friendly recommendation can go a long way to buying good stuff. Plus, there are times when having good connections can get you a great deal if a friend knows a hook up.

    For example, getting a decent Judo or Jujitsu gi locally in Utah – if you go down to Kiai Martial Arts, down on state street, and tell them you’re a U of U student they’ll give you a 5% or 10% discount. Look under the U of U MMA Classes post for their address and phone number.

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    18 Feb 2009

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  • Utah Judo Class Feb 18th: Transitions, Transitions

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    Judo Class was great last night.  Really great.

    We worked on going from the throw, into a knee in the stomach position, an then into a choke, failing which, we transitioned into an arm bar.

    img_0346For the throw portion I worked mostly with an Ogoshi.  This is partly because we needed to work wit a throw that ended with us in a standing position, and partly because I was working with Andy, who is a solid, tough guy and I find that the Ogoshi makes it easier to throw people like that than some other throws.

    From there, keep control of te arm as they land, and transition into a knee in the stomach position.  Now I know, that knee in the stomach is not a commonly used Judo position so much as it is a Jiu Jitsu position… But as I have said previously in this blog, we overlap a bit in our class.  I also found that knee in the stomach can be a really cool position.  Not only is it great for transitioning into other attacks, but if you pull up on the knee (which really eliminates their bridge), and the arm, and spin some weight into the solar plexus, you can get a lot of folks to tap (especially for us girth-gifted folks :)   )

    From knee in the stomach we worked on leaning down and grabbing the choke.  I’ll be honest, I don’t know how excited I am about the choke from here… Partly because I am not that great at this choke, but partly because I think it really compromises your balance.

    Then, we would drop into the arm bar.  Normally I have kinda sucked at the arm bar, but Mike spent a lot of time helping me out.  I think my main problem is distance between my butt and the should of the person.  When you drop down for this move, you really need to drop “in” and under the shoulder a bit.

    After a god hour of that we had some really great Randori.  As I have said, Andy is one tough guy, and I don’t know if he is feeling it today or not, but I certainly am.

    Finally, Mike brought out the loves and taught my son Ty some of the finer points of boxing.  Ty has already had several years of Karate, so I think his kicks are not bad (as I can attest to… he caught me with a mean kick to the body last night.)  But Mike is really make some impressive changes in his punching.

    Unfortunately I will have to miss class this Thursday… which will be especially hard after such a great class.

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    17 Feb 2009

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  • Get A Better Clinch Game With Judo Combinations

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    Note: Dude in the blue is headed for a painful landing via the Uchi Mata throw.

    A lot of traditional martial artists have great footwork, and this certainly applies to the Judoka. Personally, I see an increasing need for mixed martial artists to understand the fundamentals of Judo. The ability to control how and when a fight goes to the ground is essential in MMA.

    Sensei Leo White, shows off an awesome judo combo that revolves around sly footwork. First, he goes in for an outside leg throw, Osoto Gari. In MMA, this could be a knee strike to your opponents inner thigh from the over/under clinch.

    If he can drive forward and upset his balance correctly, Leo (in the blue) can get his leg behind and chop backwards, throwing the opponent down in front of him. Depending on the guy, you may or may not be able to pull this one off.

    No matter! – this was a setup. Sensei White talks about how leg work is the judo equivelent of the boxers jab. In the below picture, the opponent dodges the knee strike/throw attempt.

    Sensei White transitions by getting his hips (quickly!) to his opponent and begins the Uchi Mata throw. Bam.

    Even though you don’t have a gi, you can pull off both of these throws with over/under control. (BTW, if you need help with over/under control start to develop your clinch control power)

    Remember, in MMA, you’re sneaking in knee strikes or “Hellbows” to help get these reactions. It’s important not to think of judo throws as a one hit KO punch – it needs to be a seamless technique in a stream of combinations, just like strikes and sumbissions.

    Anway, here’s the video:

    If this has tickled your MMA bone, and want to get some more Judo knowledge, I’d sugguest the Karo Parysian “Judo for MMA” book. Whether you like him or not, Karo Parisyan knows his Judo and has been a big influence in raising the awareness of how effective judo can be in MMA. Both his DVD’s and the book have detailed instruction on how to nail the Uchi Mata and Osoto Gari throw in No-Gi situations. Just so you know, I have his book and it’s awesome – money well spent.

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    16 Feb 2009

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  • Best damn Martial Art?

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    fightOkay, so I have been doing some thinking.  I really like Judo… But… As I watch Judo video form YouTube and various online resources, they seem to all be about the throws.  It’s all about the Ipon!

    But that’s not what Judo was meant to be.  No, don’t worry… I’m not going to go off on some tirade about people not being true to the style or anything like that… I will not attempt to reverse history.  But I did want to say that there is a lot of groundwork at the core of Judo.  It just seems like fewer places focus on it very much.

    That’s where Jiu Jitsu shines.  Wanna twist some one’s head off?  This is the style for you.  But the way that Jiu Jitsu is taught has its short comings as well.  How many Jiu Jitsu Dojo’s train by starting on their knees?  Too many.  That would be great if you could simply ask someone to kneel down at the beginning of a fight.

    When it comes to standup my opinion is that nothing out there can touch Muay Thai.  Wanna see a beatdown?  Watch Anderson Silva.  It puts forth maximum damage without a lot of the stylized silly crap that you can find in many Karate styles.

    Now, if you read this you might say, “Wow.  Steve feels throws are important, ground game critical, and strikes devastating… he thinks MMA is the way to train.”  Well… sorta.  I think that MMA has advanced a ton, and continues to get more refined each year.  If I had to choose only one style, MMA would probably be it.

    But lucky me… I don’ have to choose just one style.  And even luckier me, my Dojo teaches two of them.  The Dojo I currently attend teach Judo and Jiu Jitsu.  But not as separate things so much… We really focus a lot on the ground game of Judo.  I think a lot of that comes from the fact that Mike has a black belt in both styles.

    But wait… I’m missing out on my Muay Thai!  Okay, so I will admit to being a bit of a wimp here… I know myself well enough to know that if I put on gloves, it’s all out.  Someone might get hurt.  Worst, that someone might be me.  I’m not sure yet that I wanna go to work Monday after a beatdown and eating a knee on Saturday.  Now, I may be wrong (And I’d love to find a good Muay Thai Blog in the valley to learn more), but for now, Throwing people and submitting them works for me.

    This is also partly why I haven’t done the MMA training yet… maybe someday though.

    So the best damn martial art?  I think it depends on you.  But I would add that you should make a choice that is at least well rounded enough not to be a weakness.  I think a game that stars on the knees, or ends after a throw is silly.  If that’s what your gym teaches, ask yourself why you’re there.

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    16 Feb 2009

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Calling for content: Martial Arts in Utah

    I hope everyone is enjoying the great content that has been going up on the site as much as I have.  I think we have great Judo, MMA, and Kenp Karate blogs up here.  Not just the finest in the state, but really some good blogs in general. The content is great.

    But there is more to get, and more for us all to learn…

    I have been looking for some good content on Muay Thai.  Anyone know of a good Utah Muay Thai blog?  Let me know.  Anyone who runs a Muay Thai dojo and would like to write content here, just contact me and we can hook that up.

    It will bring great exposure to yourself and your art, while driving more traffic to your website (plus its free :)  I just want people to have a place to learn.)

    I’d love for us all to learn more about this exciting, growing, and unquestionably effective art.  Gimme a shout!

    11 Feb 2009

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  • Make Your Own Jujitsu Roadmap

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    Alice: Oh, no, no. I was just wondering if you could help me find my way.

    Cheshire Cat: Well that depends on where you want to get to.

    Alice: Oh, it really doesn’t matter, as long as…

    Cheshire Cat: Then it really doesn’t matter which way you go.

    Brazilian Jiujitsu is complex. There are dozens of distinct positions, hundreds of techniques, thousands of variations. The map above shows one small version of beginning BJJ.

    Despite the nebulous complexity, I know you want to get as good as possible, as quick as possible. AND … you want to have a fight plan that you can use to defeat your opponents.

    The solution to both goals is the same. You need a road map of where you want to go.

    Training Roadmap

    (You may want to refresh your mind by re-reading the basics of MMA workout goals. )

    When thinking about progressing in your training, you want to list the things you need to learn and improve on. You highlight four or five things and find techniques and tweaks to get good at them, rotating your practice evenly over a period of time to cover all the things throughly.

    You review your progress, make some tweaks, and go through the cycle again. If you don’t consciously control how you train and what you techniques you choose to train, you cannot make consistent progress.

    Making a game plan, especially if you’re a beginner, is fraught with pitfalls. Even if you’re fairly advanced, having a coach to help you progress is virtually a must. Which moves do you choose? Which positions and transitions?

    Steven Kesting, one of the most gifted grapplering instructors I’ve come across, has 35 page pdf called “A Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu”, a copy of which can be found here. It’s a solid overview of BJJ and which positions and submission you should learn first.

    In his own words, Steven says

    The goal of this book is NOT to teach you specific techniques – you can learn those from your instructor, your fellow students, and other resources such as books and DVDs. My goal here is to give you a basic framework to help you make sense of all the different techniques you are learning. In essence I am trying to give you a big picture which functions as a kind of filing system to help you learn more efficiently,and to access the correct technique quickly in the heat of battle.

    If you want to get good at BJJ – fast – check it out. If you want to tailor your own road map, try picking a half-dozen things from the chart at the top of the page, and then learn and drill techniques that associate with them.

    Fight Roadmap

    When you step into the ring, its time to play by your game plan and win. If you go into a match without a concrete plan, you will be at the mercy of the opponent, forever reacting, countering, and trying to squeeze in your moves. In the BJJ Road Map linked above, Kesting has a solid progression to use when grappling.

    You’re in the opponent’s Guard and break it -> Side Control -> Knee Mount -> Full Mount -> Rear Mount.

    The idea is that you should always know where you’re going. It shouldn’t be a time of meditation, “Okay, I’m in side control, what now? As you progress through the chain you should try one or two submissions at each place. Immediately go for one sub, then the other, then transition into the next position. Quickly, but smoothly – 1,2,3.

    Here’s a map I made for when you begin grappling from a standing position.

    When you start, you’ve only got two options – so not much thinking. Fake one to set up the other. You hit the next level down and still, only a few minimal choices.

    Wherever you are in a fight, you should have a pre-memorized, ready-to-fire-off technique. Limiting your options speeds up your reaction time. No hesitation.

    Bang, bang, bang. The opponent should always have to be defending your constant attacks. You flow don’t the chart, constantly trying to make it worse for your opponent by gaining progressively better positioning.

    Now then, memorize at least one good escape from all the disadvantageous positions, and if you find yourself there, escape back into somewhere you recognize and continue down the tech-tree.

    I know I haven’t covered all avenues, but I think you get the idea. Reading the BJJ Roadmap will help fill in the gaps, then start learning techniques to plug into your game plan. Happy scheming!

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    11 Feb 2009

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  • Seoi Otoshi

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    In class last night we worked on a move called Seoi Otoshi.  We learned this because it is pretty common with the Ipon Seonage to reach under the arm, and then not quite be able to pull off the throw.  By popping the leg out to the side, and dropping to the knee it is pretty easy to turn the Ipon into a Seoi Otoshi (or just jump directly into a Seoi Otoshi without having screwed up your Ipon.)

    The video below shows a Seoi Otoshi (If you don’t see the video click here to go to the original post)  Although, I personally prefer to bend the knee on the leg you’re pulling them over rather than leaving it straight.  If you leave the leg straight it is too easy to blow out some one’s knee.

    After working on this move a bit we worked on taking it clear to the ground and working submissions from there.  One of the things I really like about our Judo class is that Mike, who is also a Jiu Jitsu blackbelt, covers a lot more ground work than traditional Judo classes do.  It’s sort of a combo Judo/Jiu Jitsu class.

    Then into Randori… Holy cow… I haven’t pushed that hard in a long time.  I’m really feeling it today.  I worked with Andy, who is tough as hell, and Feel like I have been in a rodeo.

    Well, that’s it for now.  Seoi Othoshi.  Hope you enjoyed it… It’s not just for when you screw up your Ipon :)

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    9 Feb 2009

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  • REVIEW: Mike Fowler’s “No Gi Made Easy” DVDs

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    I recently purchased Mike Fowler’s No Gi Made Easy instructional DVDs to help bolster my no-gi jujitsu. I had been looking around for a decent DVD set for a few months, and I had narrowed it to down to three or four choices. I’d seen a few min-video’s of Mike teaching, and liked his style. Plus, Mike’s win over Saulo Ribeiro and Renzo Gracie at ADCC 07 (then only to be defeated by Marcelo Garcia) is pretty impressive.

    No doubt, he knows his stuff. I decided to take the plunge and buy the 5 DVD package. When I bought it, “for a limited  time” it was 7 – about 30 bucks a DVD. A little pricey, but I just went with it. It arrived in about 10 days, and I was ready to rock.


    The videos are just basically Mike and his training partner, Ryan, just showing the stuff he knows. Each DVD has 15 or so video segments, each devoted to a particular question or technique. Ryan will ask a particular thing, like “What’s a nice, no-fail guard passing technique?” and Mike will give his two cents and show a move. Mike will break down the move, emphasizing all the little technical details and potential pitfalls. He’s fairly thorough.

    I personally liked the instruction, and think Mike is a high quality teacher. Even though the tone is conversational, Mike stays focused on the task at hand and doesn’t include any fluff.

    As for the material covered, it’s basically 50 or so mini lessons on no-gi jujitsu. Half-guard, submissions, passes, positions – there is a little bit of everything in the DVDs. Each topic gets a 3-4 minutes of solid coverage. If you are subscribed to the Team Lloyd Irvin marketing emails (read:spam?) you’ve probably seen a list of all the things they’ll go over.

    As for the video quality, the cam work is decent enough to get the point of the move across. No real bells or whistles here. Although the cam is static, Mike will reposition a few times and repeat the moves so you can see all the details from different angles. It all flows pretty well.

    Now, about the moves themselves – Fowler has picked some of the best. He doesn’t hold back, keeping “secret” stuff to himself. These moves work. The insight and reasoning behind them is solid. A few of the escapes and tactics I’d never seen before. I think Mike’s move selection is the best part about the whole  DVD set. High percentage, workable, no-gi jujitsu techniques.


    When my package arrived, all it had was the DVDs in 5 individual soft plastic CD cases and a sales letter to buy whatever else Lloyd Irvin was selling. The DVDs themselves didn’t have any graphics, each strictly labeled “No Gi Made Easy: DVD 1″ (or 2,3,4,5).

    When I opened the CD cases, I noticed that the DVD’s were a little oily – maybe an effect of the packaging or something. It didn’t affect the way they played, but it was a tad unsettling.

    Additionally, the DVD’s didn’t have a real start up menu – only one option. You press play and it starts going over the techniques. I really would have like to have a full fleshed menu where I could see the chapters and what techniques each one was.  Since there is no table of contents for the DVD set and no DVD menu’s, it’s a guessing game where some specific technique might be. Very lame, very lame.

    One thing that bugs me a bit about Ryan Hall, the co-host of the program. He blinks constantly and has thick eyebrows. I know it’s a small thing, but it’s seriously like 50 blinks a minute. (If you own the set, just watch for it and you’ll never be able to let it go).  But, I forgive them for that because it pales in comparison with the real CON of the review.

    Also, when I purchased it, the limited time offer said I’d get some 90 day personal action plan to help me go through the material and even win a contest that Team Lloyd Irvin was having (progress the most and you’ll get some free lessons). I was looking forward to a game plan of sorts, because I didn’t just want another book for the library, I wanted an action plan to help me use the material and progress. In fact, this is what tipped me over the edge to buy Mike’s product instead of something else. I wanted a structured plan to get better at jujitsu.

    AND GUESS WHAT? I never got it. It wasn’t included in the package, so I reread my emails to see if I understood correctly. Yep, I sure should receive something called “a personal action plan”. So I emailed the shipping guy, who responded slowly (three + days later) with an unsatisfactory “Uhh…. I’ve never heard of that.  Could you forward me what you know so I can go find out?” So I did, and then waited. Until one day I checked my inbox to find …. nothing. Almost a month later and nothing. It’s not like they have a flood of sales and just can’t keep up with every customer concern. But even if they did, come on! Have some marketing integrity or some customer service.

    No disrespect to Mike, I’m sure he’s a classy dude. However, I feel like I’ve been a little screwed and ignored. I’m still open to having a positive buying experience, assuming Team Lloyd Irvin can take time away from sending me marketing spam.

    The Final Word

    5 DVD’s are packed with good information, taught simply and well. But it’s a bare bones presentation. No little things that it really make it more usable or give it some curb appeal.

    And crappy customer service.

    And/or dishonest advertising. (Depending on if they eventually send me what I paid for).

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