Archive for April, 2009

29 Apr 2009

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  • Kaizen Judo Tournament this Saturday

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    This Saturday there will be a Judo tournament at the Ogden-Weber Applied College Gymnasium.

    Full details on the event can be found here.

    I plan on heading up there with my son, Ty (14 years old.)  If you see me, be sure to say, “hi.”  I will be sure to get some pictures and video up here early next week.

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    29 Apr 2009

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  • Mixing up MMA – Filipino Martial Arts in MMA?

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    Mixing up Mixed Martial Arts

    By Garland H.

    Editor’s Note:

    I think Garland has done a good job and has really thought outside of the box in his written assignment for the MMA class at the U of U. I have left almost all of Garland’s writing intact, that is to say, I have only edited it in a minor way in order to be posted here. To sum up his whole paper, I use his words at the end of the essay:” I think that if the reader opens his or her mind and looks at things with open eyes, they will see the utility of sport techniques in the self defense and combatives arena, and traditionally combative strategies and techniques within the context of a sport framework.” – Bart

    Kali Tudo 1


    Kali Tudo 2

    Introductory Note:

    I have written this editorial piece with the intention of opening people’s minds and helping shut down preconceived ideas about what belongs or does not belong in a mixed martial arts fight. I want the reader to keep in mind throughout this article that MMA is just a modern term for a certain type of pugilistic competition that incorporates striking and grappling, and does not necessarily preclude the supplementation of other arts to the thus far tried and true arts that comprise the personal styles of individuals fighting in mixed martial arts competitions today. In a more holistic perception of the wide-world of fighting, I also want to plant the seeds in the readers mind of where sportive techniques and techniques and tactics for combative or defensive application overlap in each other’s domain and pose to them a question; if something works, is it wrong? I have written what I believe to be true, I have trained in the Filipino Martial Arts for a few years but I do not consider myself an expert on these subjects.

    The Filipino Martial arts are notorious for their combative applications, especially in regard to the use of knives and edged weapons and impact weapons such as sticks, batons, baseball bats, and so forth. Indeed the art of Pekiti Tirsia Kali as taught by Grandmaster Leo T. Gaje, Jr. and his son, Rommel is trained extensively by the Phillipines military, and has expanded to include firearms training and anti-terrorism tactics. Martial arts movie fanatics can also probably recognize Guro Dan Inosanto opposite his instructor in JKD and friend Sigung Bruce Lee in “Game of Death” wielding and manipulating two sticks in a beautiful and intimating show of skill and dexterity.

    Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of the Filipino arts are their empty hand and grappling components that can be readily seen in panatukan (Filipino boxing), sikaran (a kicking art) and dumog (wrestling). These terms are, for the most part, general nomenclature for ranges rather than a particular subset of techniques, as Filipino systems are usually family based and tend to systematize and organize their arts differently. Also occasionally included under the broader umbrella topic of Filipino arts are the Indo-Malaysian arts of silat and kuntao, of which there are just as many family based arts, but are usually distinct from Filipino systems in their movements to a discerning eye.

    Perhaps the most prolific and cutting-edge force in the Filipino Martial Arts today is a group that has just recently been getting the coverage they have long deserved. The Dog Brothers, currently lead by Guro Marc “Crafty Dog” Denny, has in the past few years released material on incorporating the Filipino Arts into different aspects of combat. They entered the world of firearms training with an emphasis on training at the zero to five foot range where most “good guys” are killed by knife wielding attackers along with firearms expert Gabriel Suarez in “Die Less Often” and “Die Less Often II” (see Tueller’s drill and the 21 foot rule).

    They have also been covered by Discovery channel and MSNBC as well as other news programs for their rather unique method of practicing what they preach in their maxim “higher consciousness through harder contact.” – full contact stick fighting with the aid of only a fencing mask and hockey gloves for protection.

    At this point in my paper, you are probably wondering just what the hell this has to do with Mixed Martial Arts. Well, the Dog Brothers are coming out with their second feature on using the Filipino martial arts in mixed martial arts, which they have aptly dubbed and trademarked as “Kali Tudo.” The Dog Brother’s idea is to supplement what works in the Filipino Martial arts in the context of mixed martial arts competition or how to make it work in the cage along with more conventional mixed martial arts techniques and strategies. As evidenced by their approach of finding out exactly what works in a full contact stick fight, the material in the first Kali Tudo tape is solid, and as with all of their titles, the second title is sure to live up to the bill “if you see it taught, you see it fought.” It is also important to state that the current alpha dog of the Dog Brothers also worked closely with Jean-Jacques Machado on developing grappling strategies with the stick different from those seen in conventional Kali and is himself well versed in jiu-jitsu as one can see in this highlight reel of his fights. (See this link for Crafty Dog Highlights)

    What Works? (a rant)

    Take the average individual on the street and ask them the difference between karate and kung fu and they will look at you as if you asked them the square root of some random prime number. Better yet, ask them the difference between mixed martial arts, jiu-jitsu, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The average everyday person with little to absolutely no interest in the martial arts does not make such distinctions or ruminate on martial matters. On the other side of the coin, ask a tae kwon do practitioner and a kyokushin karate fighter and ask each one whose kicks are “better”.

    Although it may be amusing to watch the ensuing carnage, the real moral of this exercise is to bring to your attention the simple fact that talking about martial arts among martial artists from different backgrounds is like bashing Marx to a Communist, telling a Kantian philosopher that the Categorical Imperative is “slave morality”, screaming God is dead to a rabid fundamentalist, and talking trash about Manchester United to a bald and burly soccer hooligan in their own stadium all at the same time. You run the risk of trampling on something that another person holds sacred, and it is extremely important to note that opinions are just that unless backed by strong supporting evidence. Even then, it is necessary to note that “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” in the world of martial arts. When introducing an opinion or idea that challenges the status quo of whatever a particular cult of martial artists consider their dogma, respect is of the utmost importance.

    There is a long-standing controversy in the martial arts world about how to judge whether or not something is effective or practical by using a “street fight” as the benchmark. According to this school of thought, if something works “in the street” then it is the gold standard. The individuals that tend to support this ideology come from combatives or reality based self defense backgrounds and tend to tout the superiority of eye gouging, fish hooking, biting, hair pulling, spitting, using weapons improvised or otherwise, tail hooking (you really don’t want to know), and essentially anything else you can’t really practice with a partner over anything found to be effective in a sports arena. The other school of thought tends to be the combat athletes who fight competitively under strict sets of rules that stringently disallow these types of techniques and look poorly upon individuals that use them (remember the Holyfield-Tyson fight?), but actually practice their art on a non-compliant opponent who is intent on doing them harm as well.

    The main question I feel is important to ask is…what the hell is a “street fight”?

    The average everyday individual is highly unlikely to ever be involved in any sort of serious violence unless they live in Kingston, Sarajevo, Baghdad, or Kabul. The most common type of fight that most average Americans are prone to witness is a drunken brawl, which typically starts out with posturing and pushing, escalates to a haymaker punch, followed in short order by an attempted headlock and then the fight being broken up to the dismay of inebriated bystanders. Less common, but certainly feasible is when one of the drunks has some sort of weapon, or an entourage, which raises the stakes of the situation to a life-or-death struggle. Both of these situations could be easily avoided by being aware of your situation and then doing the smart thing by beating feet in the opposite direction, or employing well-honed communication strategies to disarm the situation verbally.

    Using violence even in a self-defense situation is tricky from a legal standpoint, and using “too much” force, as decided by a vindictive state prosecutor and ignorant arresting officers, could place you in prison regardless of the true “objective correctness” of your response. I would simply like the reader to consider this: Is it better to use potentially lethal force and maybe live up to the maxim “better to be tried by twelve than carried by six” or box it out, as it were, with an assailant using high percentage “sport” techniques? Or…is it indeed better to mix the two in order to have a toolbox with just the right instruments for just the right occasion? I think that if the reader opens his or her mind and looks at things with open eyes, they will see the utility of sport techniques in the self defense and combatives arena, and traditionally combative strategies and techniques within the context of a sport framework.


    Interesting comment on the The 21 foot rule -

    The 21 foot rule is not a law, or even really a rule: it is a study. The study tried to determine the distance at which an officer could fire two rounds at a subject that was charging at him with a knife.

    The problem is, bullets do not act as a magic wand to stop a subject. Often, due to a determined mental state or the presence of narcotics, numerous rounds are required to stop a subject. Also, unlike the study, in real situations officers often do not know a subject has an edged weapon until the subject is in motion, or even after they have been stabbed.

    What is Kali (from Kali Means to Scrape)

    Pekiti Tirsia Pitbulls (Recon Marines) and Rommel Tortal (from Kali Means to Scrape)

    Close Range Gun Combat Dog Brothers + Gabe Suarez

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    28 Apr 2009

  • Posted by Paul Evans
  • krav Maga SLC

    As some of you may know Krav Maga is a system based on performing under high stress. I want to give everyone in all systems a drill which can be tweaked to fit your system. the drill is as follows:

    3 person drill – 1st person is striking a pad using various combos (it can be punches, kicks, knees, etc.,) 2nd person is holding the pad. 3rd person puts a belt around the waist of the 1st person and pulls, pushes, messes with the 1st person for 30 seconds straight. this teaches students to focus on their goal (target), attack and never stop. a Variation of this would be to have the pad holder on the ground with the 1st person (one punching) full mounted while the 3rd person is pulling and messing with him. Also turning out the lights, using a strobe light and loud music all create a stressful atmosphere.

    Do this for several rounds. Enjoy and let me know what you all think.


    28 Apr 2009

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  • Throwdown’s Champion Submission Grappling Tournament X by Shaun M.

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    Some of us from the Fusion Academy went down and competed in the 10th Champion Submission Grappling competition and so we wanted to post some photos and videos about this great event.

    The competition was a ton of fun, especially because it was my first one since I started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. If you’ve never been inside the Throwdown Elite Training Center, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. It’s huge, clean, and well-equipped (even has a high elevation room). The walls have huge artistic photos of local and big-name fighters as well as beautiful yoga girls. The octagon-like cage and the large grappling mats can be seen well by spectators from the second floor.

    Also, quick shout out to all Fusion BJJ competitors. Out of 19 schools that competed, Fusion placed 3rd for overall top team. To see all the tournament results, see here.

    Below are the some photo’s and videos.

    Awards for the novice heavyweight division that I competed in. It was great that they started the novice division for those of us with less than six months training.

    Aaron from Fusion Academy on the right taking 1st place in the superheavy intermediate division.

    Video Downloads:

    Shaun M. wins via mounted triangle – 26 meg

    Shaun M. wins via armbar – 6 meg

    Super Heavyweight division, Aaron part 1 - 97 meg

    Super Heavyweigth division, Aaron part 2 – 128 meg

    Noah J wrestles Steve Razor Sharp – 14 meg

    Noah J vs Ben - 59 meg

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    27 Apr 2009

  • Posted by Paul Evans
  • Krav Maga (Israeli defense system)

    I just wanted to take a minute and introduce myself to this blog. my name is Paul Evans. I am a Krav Maga instructor who owns a studio in SLC. I am certified with Krav Maga World Wide as well as Krav Maga Alliance.

    Krav Maga is the official system of self defense employed by the Israeli Defense Forces, Israeli Anti-terrorist Units, and various branches of the Israeli Security Forces. It is also the preferred system for U.S. Military and Law Enforcement Personnel.

    Krav Maga emerged in an environment where extreme violence was common. It has ample opportunity to be tested and improved under real life conditions, proven itself to be an ideal and realistic means of defending oneself. No defense tactics program in the world is more battle tested than Krav Maga.

    Krav Maga is not a traditional martial art. No katas. No rituals. No nonsense. Based on simple principles and instinctive movements, this reality-based system is designed to teach real self defense in the shortest possible time. Learn to defend against common chokes, grabs, and bearhugs, as well as weapons such as guns, knives and sticks.

    I have trained in many martial arts since 1984 and have loved them all. I believe that all martial arts have value. Some are more sports oriented and some more self defense but they all have value. I encourage anyone wishing to train in martial arts to consider what are they looking for and find a system that best meets those needs. At Krav Maga SLC we focus only on self defense. Our classes are designed to deal with high stressed- street conflicts not fight in a ring. I f you are looking to be a fighter I know several great BJJ and Muay Thai schools and would be happy to refer anyone. One last thing to think about is that finding the right Instructor is everything. You can have a great system but a crappy instructor. Take your time and find the right school.

    Also Coming in August 2009


    Gracie Jiu Jitsu Comabtives ?
    In the late 1920’s, Grand Master Helio Gracie created Gracie or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after he realized that he was physically too frail to utilize the traditional Japanese techniques. Proven over the last 80 years to be the most reliable system for a smaller person to defeat a larger, more athletic opponent, the techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu are based on precise timing and effective use of leverage so that virtually anyone can do them, man or woman, regardless of size or athletic ability. Although Gracie Jiu-Jitsu consists of over 600 techniques, studies of the fights conducted by members of the Gracie Family have shown that 36 techniques have been used more often and with greater success than all the other techniques combined. Originally developed for the U.S. Army, Gracie Combatives is the only course that entirely dedicated to the mastery of these 36 essential techniques

    I look forward to posting about Krav Maga. If you wish to check us out please visit my website at

    Train Hard, be safe and walk in peace.

    Paul Evans

    24 Apr 2009

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  • Put down the controller, Put on the Gi.

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    img_0153I have been seeing more and more on the news, online, and hearing on the radio about how much time our kids are spending on video games.  I have to say, that my family is not immune (The little boy in this picture could go head to head with any adult I know at Team Fortress 2 or Halo 3.)

    But it wasn’t until I started hearing the word “addiction”, and looking at how hard it is sometimes to tear them away from those games that it really struck me.  It’s not just about a debate on rather games teach good problem solving skills, or rather kids are smarter or not if they play a lot of games.

    To me, it’s about getting them to interact well wit others in a real life conversation.  It’s about have kids that don’t sit out of a volleyball game at a picnic because their just not coordinated.  Most of all though, it’s about how my kids reacted when I would pull them away from the games.  It’s wasn’t just something they like to do.  It had gone beyond that… it was need.

    That’s one of the reasons I love the fact that I get my kids out to Judo class 3 times a week.  They get physical, they laugh, they play, and they socialize with other kids.  They learn to protect themselves, and they learn self esteem.

    At least that’s the hope :)

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    24 Apr 2009

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Utah Martial Arts calls for Submissions: Muay Thai and Krav Maga

    Many of you have already been enjoying the high quality updates provided about Judo, Kenpo, and MMA here on Utah Martial Arts.  I want to thank all of the contributors, as well as all of you who keep coming back for more.

    But I want to make sure that we are constantly filling out the picture more fuly, to help people understand the different martial arts, and see which ones might be of interest to them.  We will always be adding the top content for various styles here.

    So now, I want to put out a call for submissions.  You do not need to have a blog currently, or be a blogger currently.  You do not need to have a web site.  It’s super easy for us to show you how to post here.

    Specifically, I am looking for people who want to write about their Dojo, or their ongoing experiences in Muay Thai, and in Krav Maga.  Know someone?  Are you that person?  Contact me and I’ll give you details on how Utah Martial Arts can help drive more visibility to your arts, your Dojo, and yourself.  Plus, it’s free :)

    24 Apr 2009

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  • Prepping For the Weekend

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    I was doing the whole “screw around because it’s Friday” thing, and read this over at The Onion. It made me bust out laughing.

    Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Popularity

    As Ultimate Fighting continues its phenomenal rise, Onion Sports runs down the most commonly cited reasons for the sport’s popularity:

    America’s deep abiding interest in Brazilian jiu-jitsu

    Professional wrestling fans like to relax and watch it after long hard days of suspending their disbelief

    The fact that this shit is actually legal

    Accidentally TiVo’d by people hoping to watch the Ultimate Frisbee Championship

    Are heterosexual males; nothing more heterosexual than watching a well-muscled man force himself between another man’s legs, mount him, and pound away at him until he submits

    (see full article here)

    Thank goodness it’s Friday.

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    23 Apr 2009

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  • DaMarques Johnson blogs about Episode 4 of "TUF"

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    The fourth episode of "The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs U.K." may have been headlined by a great brawl between Nick Osipczak and Mark Miller, but much of the show revolved around Utah’s own DaMarques Johnson.A great battle between the U.K.’s Osipczak and the U.S.’s Miller went back and forth in the first round. At one point, Miller was caught in a deep choke and looked like he may have tapped out,

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    22 Apr 2009

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  • Working Strikes From The Wrestling/Thai Clinch

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    I was pondering something James Irvin said prior to his fight with Anderson “The Spider” Silva, talking about a wrestling clinch and a Muay Thai clinch:

    Against Franklin and Henderson, it’s not that his clinch was so good. The clinch definitely favors the taller, stronger guy with more leverage. But in the Thai clinch, aggressiveness goes a long way. He just seemed so much bigger against Dan and Rich. I’m not taking anything away from him. He really bullied those guys around and was able to just reach out and grab them …There’s a big difference between the wrestling clinch and the Muay Thai clinch, and it looked like Dan and Rich didn’t know how to Muay Thai clinch. I know we didn’t see the best of Rich.

    I’ve seen several flavors of clinching, and I usually just lump them into two camps – the Greco Wrestling style clinch and the south-east Asia “plum” clinch. (If someone can definitively say more than Irvin did, please enlighten me!). I’m not a clinch expert, but since I’ve posted a more Thai-Style clinch article (link above), I wanted to show a couple of videos from more wrestling based fighters showing off striking from the clinch.

    Here’s Chuck Liddell’s take on the Thai clinch and he shows off how one might sneak in a few elbows while pummeling for hooks.

    Tito Ortiz, another fighter with a strong wrestling background, striking from the double underhooks.

    One place where I know you can get GREAT training on striking from the Greco – style clinch is the train to fight and win, with Randy Couture. It’s a cheap download. Randy goes over a lot of stuff – one of my favorites is how he angles off and strikes with a single collar tie.

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