Archive for March, 2009

26 Mar 2009

  • Posted by Utah Martial Arts Feeds
  • Takedown Defense Videos

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    So the burning question is this – is it “takedowns” or “take downs”? I’m not a grammar snob, and I’m into evolving language so I naturally think “takedown” is the winner, despite my spell checker’s evil red underlines. Anyway, I just heard that Quinton Rampage Jackson hurt his knee, so for UFC 98 it will be Lyoto Machida vs Rashad Evans.

    I think it’ll be a great fight; Machida is a defensive mastermind and smooth operator, while Rashad is a young, explosive buck with strong wrestling. Both guys have focused, accurate striking.

    I expect that Rashad’s camp will be trying to concoct a specific strategy for Machida – tie him up, push him to the cage, rough him up a bit – or maybe try to just it to the ground. Whatever the case, I suspect that a deciding factor in the fight will be who can pull off takedowns or sweeps, and who can’t.

    Above there are two video’s, one of Shogun defending the double underhooks and subsequent throws, the other of Yves Edward showing how to defend the single leg takedown.

    Below is a link to John Hackleman teaching about takedown defense via lateral movement, striking etc. Remember that John is one of Chuck Liddell ’s trainers, and the Iceman has great takedown defense.

    CrossPit_TDdefense1Distance.wmv

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    25 Mar 2009

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  • Takedown Defense Video

    This Article is comes from SLC MMA
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    So the burning question is this – is it “takedowns” or “take downs”? I’m not a grammar snob, and I’m into evolving language so I naturally think “takedown” is the winner, despite my spell checker’s evil red underlines. Anyway, I just heard that Quinton Rampage Jackson hurt his knee, so for UFC 98 it will be Lyoto Machida vs Rashad Evans.

    I think it’ll be a great fight; Machida is a defensive mastermind and smooth operator, while Rashad is a young, explosive buck with strong wrestling. I expect that Rashad’s camp will be trying to concoct a specific strategy for Machida, but still will try take it to the ground.

    Hence the the takedown video highlight.

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    23 Mar 2009

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  • West Valley City Council to meet, discourage MMA fights

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    I just heard about this while listening to X96 this morning – West Valley City seeks to negatively regulate MMA with a new ordinance. The full article can be found here.

    A few snippets of choice are:

    “Watching cage fighting can lead to a visceral, emotional reaction in the crowd, city police said during a recent study meeting. The charged, volatile environment can lead to folding chairs being used as projectiles, and mini-riots can erupt into situations that are impossible for law enforcers to control, they said.”

    “As written, the ordinance would make the E Center at 3200 Decker Lake Drive the only suitable venue for fights.”

    I agree with Mike Stidham’s summary when in the article he said that this ordinance will only stunt the the growth of MMA in WVC.

    If you’d like to give your two cents, there is an open public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 3600 Constitution Blvd. I don’t know what happens in these kinds of meetings and if yelling/heckling is encouraged/allowed, but at least you can show up and use your disappointed face to let the city officials know how you feel.

    Plus, if there is an emotional reaction in the crowd, no doubt there will be folding chairs flying around, creating an uncontrollable mini-riot. Sounds like fun.

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    20 Mar 2009

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Throwdown starts a reality TV show… Wanna thump your neighbor?

    call-outThrowdown training center (right here outa Utah) is starting it’s own reality TV show called “Love your Neighbor.”  But it’s anything but.

    Wanna learn some Mixed Martial Arts?  Wanna smack your neighbor around on TV?  Then this is for you my friend!

    Pick a neighbor you have a grudge with, call them out.  The show will train you both, record the whole process, and record the fight.

    Oh ya, Widow Benswick is going down!!!  Give me the stink eye now old lady!  Hoo-ya!

    Check it out. at Throwdown Reality.

    20 Mar 2009

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  • Favorite Judo moves for big folks?

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    img_2924I’m not a small guy.  I’m about 6′1″, 250 pounds.

    I’m not super fast.

    I find that in Judo however, that there are moves that work really nicely with my realative “girth”.  Without question, my favorite throw is the Makikomi (you can see some details on how I do and don’t like to throw it here.)  Oddly enough, I find that I also have a pretty good hit-rate with the Ouchi Gari.  I’m not exactly sure why that one work so well for me (perhaps because once I step in, by bell hides our feet so the opponent doesn’t see it coming? :)   )

    A couple of other moves I really like as a big guy (but not throws) are the Gator roll, and the Anaconda choke.

    But I would be curious as to your experiences, or suggestions.  What moves do you find that work for you as a bigger person?  Or perhaps, what moves have you found that large opponents like to use (effectively) against you?

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    19 Mar 2009

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Getting hurt in the martial arts

    Okay, so I am sitting here, writing a blog post while my class is practicing.  Why?  Well… I tend to average an injury about once every six months.  The latest one is a pretty bad pain inside my hip joint.  It’s weird… doesn’t hurt when I walk or stand, but sitting or trying to move my leg while I’m sitting are intensely painful.

    The injury 6 months ago (really more like 8 months ago) was a foot broken in three spots.  Before that it was a broken rib.

    I’d be curious to hear how in-line this is with other people’s experiences.  Is it just because I’m a big guy… more weight moving around and whatnot?  I know I could save some injuries by toning it down, but I also hate do just “coast” through and get no workout.

    Thoughts?

    18 Mar 2009

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  • There is always someone better

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    Especially true for amateurs, there is always someone better. Some times it’s a harsh thing for your ego – but a good thing for your character (the best ego defense is not to have one).

    BJ Penn has cleared out his division and was handed a crushing defeat by GSP.  I remember when Wallid Ismail beat Royce Gracie with a clock choke back in 1998 – it was the first time I heard of a Gracie being defeated. Now of course, there are tons of people better than me, but I recently got owned by John McCain (not the Presidential candidate, but a Utah local MMA’er ) while rolling. John was kind enough to show me a couple pointers on how he uses side control, and I was grateful for his help.

    Does this stuff diminish from how good the Gracie’s really are? Or does this mean that BJ isn’t top notch in his weight division? Of course not.  For a moment, sure, there’s a depression with the loss but ultimately, if you let it, defeat can be an awesome tutor.

    Defeat is an opportunity – so is criticism and failure. So you’re the biggest fish in your grappling pond? Finder a bigger pond and work your way up the food chain. If you’re at the top, it just takes one bad day, another set of rules, or a new weight class and boom – #2 spot for you.

    I think it’s kind of liberating, actually. Instead of having to defend and justify – you can just accept, evolve and move on.

    In short, there is always someone better. Unless you are this guy.

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    16 Mar 2009

  • Posted by Utah Martial Arts Feeds
  • Throwdown III: MMA in Utah is alive and well

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    Throwdown puts on another great showing for MMA here in Utah with almost 7,000 attendees.

    Last month, Throwdown put on their third, and largest MMA event at the Energy Solutions Center on Feb 20th. There were a ton of fights – almost six hours of MMA – longer than their last promotion.

    My friend Shawn scored some awesome tickets – 3rd row from the cage, and was closer to the action than Big John McCarthy and some Utah Jazz Players. He gave me the details of the fights to post up here.

    The main fight on the card was Shonie Carter vs George Lockhart, which was a little lackluster. Shawn, not very familiar with Shonie, went back home and watched some his older fights – remarking that Shonie’s getting a little old and is probably “losing it”. Despite this, Shonie still pulled off the win by decision after 5 rounds.

    Jordan Smith defeated Sean O’Connell with a rear-naked-choke midway into round 1 – apparently much like his Throwdown II victory over Ben Fuiamaono.  Aggressive exchange of strikes, O’Connell goes to the ground where Smith capitalizes and eventually takes the back and RNC.

    I’ve been a Smith fan ever since I met him after his Throwdown II fight. He’s a strong left handed man and super nice guy. He teaches 7th or 8th grade here in Utah (geography I think), FYI.

    Steve “Razor” Sharp  beat Dayne Aristizabal by way of knock out in the first round. I’m glad Razor finished with a clean KO after his loss to Rad Martinez in the last Throwdown.  Sharp is an fun fighter to watch – a few months ago he said in a post fight chat that he really tries to make exciting fights, giving it all he’s got. He didn’t disappoint.

    Again, super nice guy who can explosively beat the crap out of you.  When I met him, I walked right up to him and said hello, got an autograph and he really made the effort to be personable – even though I’m just some random fan.

    I always love to hear of Jujitsu blackbelts kicking butt in MMA, but had to morn Fabio Serrao’s loss by unanimous decision to Eddie Pelczynsk. Eddie just put the beat down on Fabio who was largely unsuccessful in taking the fight to the ground.

    In the other fights, reported by Throwdown
    -Steve Siler def. Nick Mamalis by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:25, R1
    -Tyler Lee def. David Anderton by TKO at 2:58, R1
    -Travis Marx def. Jesse Brock by Unanimous Decision, R3
    -Kyacey Uscola def. Hank Weiss by Unanimous Decision, R3
    -Jake Paul def. Cole Rose by Unanimous Decision, R3
    -Parris Swain def. Jeff Willingham by Split Decision, R3
    -Camrann Pacheco def. Oliver Bradstreet by Split Decision, R3
    -Daniel Gardner def. Jeremy Razonable by Submission (Shoulder Lock) at 3:20, R1
    -Jamie Anton def. Brad McRae by Submission (Armbar) at 0:27, R1
    -Jake Truman def. Brandon Rordame by TKO at 4:43, R1

    Anyway, I’m glad to hear that fun was had, in UTAH no less, due to Mixed Martial Arts.

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    16 Mar 2009

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  • 4-Hour Workout: University of Utah Jujitsu Clinic

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    (Photo from San Diego Shooter)

    3/16/09 Update:

    This clinic is geared toward University students and beginners, but any can come.

    I’m very excited to announce “Essentials of Jujitsu Clinic”, to be held at the University of Utah on Saturday March 28 from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM. It will be held in HPR W room 105, the big gym room many already know as your classroom. All are invited to attend, regardless of experience. The registration fee is only $40. The clinic will be taught be Bart Beattie (me).

    Register at the U of U website – https://secure.uuhsc.utah.edu/peak/registration/ by clicking on “Essentials of Jujitsu clinic” , then “add to cart” in the lower right hand corner and follow directions from there.

    From the university website:

    Description

    This clinic is to help “install” some essential jujitsu moves into a student’s mind and body. A limited number of techniques will be presented, explained thoroughly, and practiced repeatedly with partners. This clinic will be hands on, and work oriented. Students should arrive prepared for a workout. Gym clothes or gi required – no jeans. By restricting the scope of information, students can expect to physically understand the saying, “I’d rather have 10 moves I can fight with than 10,000 moves that fight me.”

    Instruction will be no-gi oriented, meaning that all the moves taught are applicable to both gi and no-gi (armbars, triangle chokes, etc).

    Prerequisite

    No martial arts experience is required – only a willingness to take instruction and ability to stay focused. Print and sign the ‘Waiver’ form. Send it to PEAK by campus mail, or bring it with you to the first day of class. This form is included in the online registration process.

    If you have any questions, feel free to comment or email me. I look forward to training with you!

    Again, you can sign up now at https://secure.uuhsc.utah.edu/peak/registration/

    Odds and Ends

    Make sure you come hydrated, and you’ll probably want to bring a water bottle and a little snack when we take a small “lunch” break. There will be opportunity to roll/spar for students who want to do so.

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    16 Mar 2009

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Thoughts on Martial Arts training styles

    So, I was doing a little thinking over the weekend about martial arts training styles.  Especially as it related to MMA.

    There are lots of different ways and mindsets about training, but I want to address a couple of key ones:  Specialization or all at once.  Specialization, in my mind, means that you pick a specific skill subset of MMA, and train in the best possible way for that subset.

    An example of this mindset would be the training program of George St. Pierre.  When he train his wrestling, he trains with the best wrestlers in the world.  Same with his kickboxing, etc.  George does not do “MMA training” so much as he does specialized training in the various disciplines (at least to my understanding.)

    An example of all at once would be MMA gyms.  Couture and runs one of the world’s best MMA training centers.  But you are training with MMA guys.  Will you ever get as good at your throws as if you would if you trained with the world’s best no-Gi Judo?  Or learn takedowns as well as with the world’s best freestyle wrestler?

    But there’s a trade off.  Each dscipline has inherent weaknesses as well.  If you train specialized, do you learn from someone who does not know to be careful of an upper cut when throwing a Judo throw?  Do you learn pieces that fit poorly together?

    I’d love o hear others insights on this.  Is it best to do “all at once” to a level, and then specialize to improve certain areas?