Archive for June, 2009

30 Jun 2009

  • Posted by Utah Martial Arts Feeds
  • DaMarques Johnson stays in the UFC

    This Article comes from Salt Lake Tribune MMA Blog (Note: Trib does not send full articles. Be sure to click through to read the entire article.)
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    According to DaMarques Johnson, he’s got a multi-fight contract with the UFC. DaMarques said he’s not entirely sure on the details, which are being handled by his manager, Monte Cox, but it’s either a three- or four-fight deal.Right now, DaMarques said he is relaxing in Salt Lake, taking a mental break after the run-up to the finale of "The Ultimate Fighter: Team U.S. vs. Team U.K." He was

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    30 Jun 2009

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • New addition on Products Page: Awesome custom T’s for under $10

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    I am always looking to add more local products to our Products page.  Here’s the latest:

    I recently found a place that have I have been having some shirts made: CrewColors.

    Unlike many places I spoke to, Ken is open to doing small orders, even onesy-twosey orders. Ken’s product is also amazing. IMG_0233Here is a picture of a black t-shirt he did for me, in high quality Hanes. Also, a really nice moisture-wicking gray shirt.

    Ken can do Hoodies, T-Shirts, Wicking or tight fitting workout shirts (similar to Under Armor.)

    What really impressed me is this however: Look at the picture to the right. The Logo is not ON the fabric. The Logo is IN the fabric. No more having the picture or letters on your favorite shirt crack after 6 months.

    Ken also has a copy of an MMA Logo I have done just like the Judo Logo. I can also ship him any martial art name you want as a Logo witin a few minutes (Muay Thai, etc.)

    But if you call Ken at Color Crew, and tell him that Utah Martial Arts sent you, he’ll do shirts with whatever logo or words you want, even your own. Heck, they can even help you make a logo or pattern. High quality shirts under $10. Plus, he has Large and Tall sizes (for a few bucks more.)

    Crew Colors: (801) 446-3582

    27 Jun 2009

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Diary of an Idiot

    I’m writing this post from Layton. I am here for Jeremy Horn’s fight night 9. I have great seats… VIP, right by where the fighters walk out. I have been looking forward to these fights for weeks.

    My wife and son are with me. We are all SO excited.

    The problem: we got the date wrong. The fights were yesterday.

    I feel so empty.

    26 Jun 2009

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  • Thank Goodness It’s Friday

    This Article comes from SLC MMA
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    Just in case you needed some motivation to party down or train hard, here’s a little something to help you kick start your weekend.

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    25 Jun 2009

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  • Combat skills lacking? Hire a Ninja

    This Article is comes from Utah Judo
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    NinjasI just had to pass this along.  Apparently a local “ninja” is willing to hire himself for (among other things (spelling errors are from the original article)):

    • security work.
    • house or apartment cleaning.
    • moving help.
    • birthdays.
    • suprise parties.
    • basic repair jobs.
    • some self defense and other training.
    • House and apartment sitting.
    • demonstrations.
    • corperate parties.
    • trapping strayes.

    A joke, you might think?  Oh no my misguided, ninja unbelieving friend.  The advertiser goes on to inform us:

    “I do dress in a full black suit resembling a ninja if this alarms you please don’t worry i only wear the clothing, i carry some weapons, depending on the job, on my person.

    I do take this very seriously and do not like people calling to make fun of it, please call only if you are serious about retaining my services for any work.”

    So… Are your combat skills lacking?  Do you need serious, stealthy help with that corporate party or moving job?  If so, a ninja just might be your solution.  You can read the full article, and even hire your own ninja here.

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    24 Jun 2009

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Utah Martial Arts Launches a Reviews Section

    I am often asked by people to recommend a martial arts class in their area for them or their child.  Unfortunately, any one of us only has a limited experience with this.  In order to help out with that, I have launched a new portion of this website to allow people to review, and read the reviews of others for local Dojo’s and Martial Arts studios.

    Please go check it out.  If your school isn’t there, let me know, and write a review for it.

    You can get to it by clicking here, or by clicking “Classes” from our top navigation.

    24 Jun 2009

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  • Nogueira Teaching MMA Jujutisu Techniques

    This Article is comes from SLC MMA
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    I was surfing the net and found a video of Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira that I hadn’t seen before. It’s 30 minutes long, and shows Nog teaching 11 MMA specific techniques.  The video was shot back in his Pride fighting days, for a Japanese audience. It’s pretty cool – Antonio speaks in broken English and it’s translated into Japanese.

    30 minutes is quite a long time (for web surfers anyway), so I’ve listed the techniques in the video below. The video has nice technique recaps, so it’s easy to navigate to any distinct part of the video.

    1. Omoplata to foot lock.
    2. Omoplata attempt, transition to back control, and finish via armbar from the back.
    3. Armbar finish when opponent is resisting. This is a really slick move; he switches the arm he attacks.
    4. Standard Kimura arm lock.
    5. Sweep from blocked kimura.  Look how he bases strongly and really pushes off that back leg.
    6. Kimura attempt to back control, finishing with a rear naked choke.
    7. Open guard ground and pound defense, up-kicking into a triangle.
    8. Closed guard ground and pound defense, transition to a belly down armbar.
    9. Half guard G&P defense, sweep into side control, finish via headlock.
    10. Attacking within the G&P, then defending the calf crusher.
    11. Sprawl counter to a low single-leg take down, finish via a gator roll/anaconda choke.

    I’ve seen Big Nog use almost all of these moves in MMA fights.  Watch one of his highlight vids and you probably can check off more than half of the above list.  (There is even an amusing compelation named after the anaconda choke he uses).

    If enjoyed that kind of material, I hear that Big Nog’s book, “Mastering Mixed Marital Arts: The Guard” is excellent.  After reading the amazon reviews, I’m saving my extra pennies to buy it.

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    24 Jun 2009

  • Posted by Utah Martial Arts Feeds
  • Nogueira Teaching MMA Jujutisu Techniques

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

    I was surfing the net and found a video of Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira that I hadn’t seen before. It’s 30 minutes long, and shows Nog teaching 11 MMA specific techniques.  The video was shot back in his Pride fighting days, for a Japanese audience. It’s pretty cool – Antonio speaks in broken English and it’s translated into Japanese.

    30 minutes is quite a long time (for web surfers anyway), so I’ve listed the techniques in the video below. The video has nice technique recaps, so it’s easy to navigate to any distinct part of the video.

    1. Omoplata to foot lock.
    2. Omoplata attempt, transition to back control, and finish via armbar from the back.
    3. Armbar finish when opponent is resisting. This is a really slick move; he switches the arm he attacks.
    4. Standard Kimura arm lock.
    5. Sweep from blocked kimura.  Look how he bases strongly and really pushes off that back leg.
    6. Kimura attempt to back control, finishing with a rear naked choke.
    7. Open guard ground and pound defense, up-kicking into a triangle.
    8. Closed guard ground and pound defense, transition to a belly down armbar.
    9. Half guard G&P defense, sweep into side control, finish via headlock.
    10. Attacking within the G&P, then defending the calf crusher.
    11. Sprawl counter to a low single-leg take down, finish via a gator roll/anaconda choke.

    I’ve seen Big Nog use almost all of these moves in MMA fights.  Watch one of his highlight vids and you probably can check off more than half of the above list.  (There is even an amusing compelation named after the anaconda choke he uses).

    If enjoyed that kind of material, I hear that Big Nog’s book, “Mastering Mixed Marital Arts: The Guard” is excellent.  After reading the amazon reviews, I’m saving my extra pennies to buy it.

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    24 Jun 2009

  • Posted by Utah Martial Arts Feeds
  • Learning from bad positions

    This Article is comes from Utah Judo
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    Hell_SignMy Sensei in Judo got talking to me about a week ago about one of the best ways to learn when you’re doing Randori (that’s Judo-speak for “sparring”.)  Often times we try to win.  Even if we’re not going 100%, and are taking in gentle, we still tend to keep from putting ourselves into bad situations, and we tend to go for the moves we’re most comfortable with.

    The problem with practicing that way is that when someone really does put you in a bad position, or completely nullifies what you normally like to do, you run the risk of not knowing how to handle it.

    Since our talk, I have been working a lot with Don.  Don and I have specifically been working to learn, rather than to win.  If I grab an Americana, or he grabs a rear naked choke, we grab it long enough to know that we could have followed through, but then we let go and keep going.  Or we even grab it lightly enough to help teach the other person how to get beter at escaping.

    Similarly, since no one is out to win, we are willing to try some, “I wonder what would happen if,” moves.  Rather than trying to front roll out of the omoplata, what if I try to quicky spin out andface the guy.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  But you ge to learn new things, and why they do or don’t work.

    This article is titled, “Learning from bad positions.”  But it could just as easily be called, “Check your ego at the door.”  Because that’s what it really takes to stop worrying about performing well in sparring, and be willing to take that turnoff to hell sometimes so you can really learn.

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    23 Jun 2009

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • More Utah MMA: Horn’s Elite Fight Night 9 (Ticket Purchase is Working)

    Utah MMA Jeremy Horn Fight Night

    For some of you who have been as excited about this event as I have, you might have run into some problems purchasing your tickets online.  Well, that’s fixed now.  So

    Go Buy Your Tickets Now!

    The last event that Jeremy put on was my first time out to one of his events.  And  I have to tell you, I am hooked.  The level of fighting is amazing.  We’re not talking some crappy “tough man” competition here… There are real, top notch MMA fighters from all over Utah, Idaho, and even a guy in from Kalamazoo (for real!)

    I also plan to give live updates of the event while it happens, so if for some reason you can’t make it (and I truly pity you if that is the case), you can follow my updates on twitter at:

    http://twitter.com/utahmartialarts

    But trust me folks, there is no reason not to be there.  VIP tickets are as low as $50, and general admission is only $25.  Plus there’s an at-the-door discount for students or military.

    I buy all of the Pay Per Views, I go to all of the local events, and I have to say: You really can’t beat this level of entertainment for the money.

    I hope to see you there!  I’ll tweet out our table number once I reach the event.  Be sure to come by and say, “hi.”