Archive for September, 2009

30 Sep 2009

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  • 10 Inspiring Thoughts for Tough Times

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    Difficult financial times often inspire people to become more extraordinary. Challenge and adversity can push people toward their own greatness. It can launch you on a deeper personal journey toward happiness, fulfillment, and a life of meaning. As you explore ways to gather strength and improve self-esteem, remember, it is not so much about what you have but who you are. May these tips inspire you. May you go from strength to strength and be a source of strength to others.
    Broke Is Not Broken
    Being broke is not the same as being broken, losing money is not the same as being lost, and finding your balance is not something you can do on a balance sheet.
    Having Less Doesn’t Mean You Are Less
    Don’t confuse having less with being less, having more with being more, or what you have with who you are.
    Savor Life and Slow Down
    When you’re in a hurry, go slowly. The faster you go in life the sooner it is a blur.
    Prayer Creates a New Path
    Prayer creates a path where there is none and turns your stumbling blocks into building blocks.
    Courage Is Not Absence of Fear
    Put your faith, and not your fears, in charge. Courage isn’t the absence of fears but how you wrestle with them.
    Embrace the Future
    If you’re busy hugging the past, you can’t embrace the future. Don’t let the past kidnap your future.
    Change Is the Only Constant
    This too shall pass. Change is the only constant. In order to take a breath, you must release your breath.
    Make a Difference
    Do what you can, but never forget that letting go is very different from giving up. Of all the things you can make in life, remember you make all the difference in your life.
    Embrace Happiness
    Tough times don’t require you to be tough on yourself. Find the courage to embrace happiness.
    You Are Great
    Things don’t have to be good for you to be great.
    By Noah BenShea

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    30 Sep 2009

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  • UFC 102 Motivational Posters

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    UFC 102 – solid. All the fights on the card were entertaining.  I especially loved the Nog/Couture fight and wished it could have gone 5 rounds.  I was surprised how tough Randy was against Nogueira’s chokes. That guy is a stud.

    Anyway, the pleasure of viewing 102 was so awesome, I created a few “motivational posters” to commemorate it.

    More after the jump.

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    29 Sep 2009

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Quinton “Rampage” Jackson retires from MMA and Fighting

    I think many of us have watched as Rampage has struggled with internal demons.  He’s been a  bit off the hook at times with antics such as his OJ-style police chase, but that is only one aspect that many of us have seen.  Rampage may put on a good act about being tough, and crazy, but when you look a little, he tends to wear his feelings on his sleeve.

    He doesn’t seem to be the only one either.  In this video featuring Forest Griffin, you can see how effected he continues to be with the politics surrounding an increasingly highly visible sport with a fickle, sometimes heartless and impatient, and okay… sometimes dumb-ass fan base.

    There have been many other fighters than have show a propensity to be rattled by the fickle crowds.  Tito Ortiz is another fighter that I have always felt could beat nearly anyone if he got his head in the right place, but if the crowd, politics, or another fighter could get him rattled he would start to crack.

    Well, the latest news on this front comes directly from Rampage’s blog where Quinton spells the whole thing out pretty clearly (It’s pretty lengthy, but I wanted to include it all to give you all the full perspective):

    “The UFC has done a lot for me but I think I have done more for them. The UFC bought WFA to get my contract & they saved my life, so I felt loyal to them. They pushed me into a fight with Chuck Liddel even when I clearly stated I wasn’t ready to fight for the belt because the American fans didn’t know me but I took the fight and didn’t complain & after I won the American fans booed me for the first time which changed the way I saw them & it hurt me deeply.”“Then before I can even get out of the cage they announced that I was fighting Dan Henderson without even asking me. After I beat Dan Henderson, I made history in becoming the first undisputed champion in MMA but was never even given the pride belt in the cage & I was never promoted as the undisputed champ. Later Anderson Silva was.”“Then they had me coach TUF season 7 and fight Forrest and the fight was very controversial & normally when a fight is that close & controversial there is normally an instant replay. I can name a couple of instances. Instead they offered me the Vanderlei Silva fight which I gladly accepted even though I know it was a very risky fight for me to take because of all the drama that was happening to me at the time. I fought that fight with a jaw injury and then a couple weeks later Dana called me and asked me to fight Rashad. For the first time I said no, I didn’t want to fight because it was such short notice & I wouldn’t have had a long break between camp. Dana talked me into fighting Rashad anyway but Rashad refused the fight and so I had to fight Jardine as a favor to the UFC instead of getting my belt back (which wasn’t even worth it to me financially).”

    “Then I reinjured my jaw in the fight with Vanderlei & Jardine. Frank Mir gets hurt so they wanted to switch my fight from UFC 100 to the fight Frank couldn’t make it to but I couldn’t fight cause I needed jaw surgury. So they give Machida the fight against Rashad & they told me they want me to coach TUF season 10 against Rashad. That’s why I wanted Rashad to win so bad but when Rashad got knocked out I told them I wanted to fight Machida for the belt but Dana told me if I coach TUF against Rashad that I could fight Machida afterwards cause this was a different type of ultimate fighter show they were doing. After I signed the contract Dana then changes his mind & says I have to fight Rashad & even told me what to say in the press & so my fans think I was scared to fight Machida. After all that I still never complained & I did it all.”

    “Then this movie role came about that I have been trying to get for over a year & as soon as I found out I was close to getting it, I called Dana right away & asked to push the Memphis fight back just a month or so. I told him what this movie role meant to me. I told him that I used to bond with my father watching the tv show as a kid when my parents where still married & it represents the memories I had with my father when we lived together. My dad became an alcohalic & addicted to drugs & we grew apart. But after my dad got his life back together, I was so proud of my dad & I told him I would always take care of him in the future & make him proud of me. My dad & I are still very big fans of the show & I am basically doing this for the childhood memories I had spending time in front of the tv with my dad. Dana went on the internet & mocked me because of that & I still did nothing. Dana & I finally talked & we made up & then after that he went back on the internet & said some bullshit & he was talking bad about the movie when information is not even supposed to be released & talking about payments which is not even true could really hurt my future acting career, which could very well last longer than my fighting career. I’m not like Randy Couture. My body has been getting so many different injuries that I wont be able to fight until my forties & neither do I want to fight that long. So I feel like my second career could be in jeopardy.. so I’m done fighting. I’ve been getting negative reviews from the dumb ass fans that don’t pay my bills or put my kids though college. So I’m hanging it up. I’m gonna miss all my loyal fans but hopefully they’ll follow me to my new career & I will gain more loyal fans along the way. & all you hater fans out there can kiss my big black hairy ass! & anybody that don’t like what I just said can come try to kick my ass!”

    “I still feel the UFC is a great organization and I felt like I was very loyal to them but they didn’t respect my loyalty but I wish the UFC the best. I did a lot of things for them. I wish no bad blood between us but I have kids & a family back in Memphis to provide for & thats all that matters to me!”

    quinton himself

    I wish him well.  I’m not sure how many acting roles he’s going to find out there.  There are only so many roles today requiring Mr. T.  Not to mention, hopefully he is able to perform better than the horrible acting done by Randy Couture in the Scorpion King series (gack!)

    Well, in the meantime at least we’ll get to see Roger Huerta in the Tekken movie soon :)  I can almost feel the suckage of that one already.

    28 Sep 2009

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Get into my gaurd!

    I had to laugh when I stumbled across this video. It’s frightening the number of people out there who have watched the show, played the game, bought the shirt, punched their gimpy cousin in the back yard, and now are self proclaimed MMA fighters.

    I hope you enjoy the video as much as I did. As funny as this is, it’s a bit frightening how many people truly do use the “get into my guard” style of takedowns :)

    27 Sep 2009

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  • Hapkido TV Joe Perry Spotlight

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    This week’s show highlights Joe Perry and the “Secret Technique” of self defense.

    “Better Together”

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    25 Sep 2009

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  • Hapkido TV Ankle Lock From Take Down

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    Here is a cool little ankle lock from a takedown.

    Allen Hughes

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    23 Sep 2009

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  • Hapkido TV Lee Barnard Spotlight

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    Meet Kickboxing, Retired Police Officer Lee Barnard as he explains the “River” philosophy.

    Join Us!
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    23 Sep 2009

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  • Local MMA Fighter: Interview with John McKean

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    John McKean (left) and I chilling after some training at FusionBJJ

    Salt Lake City is a fascinating place. For our population, we have an incredible amount of MMA goodness: fighters, trainers, gyms, venues … we’re pretty stacked. I have been fortunate to meet a number of them and I wanted you to be able to get to know them too. Namely, I had a chance to catch up with local fighter John McKean, and ask him a few questions.

    SLCMMA: Tell me a little bit about your background in martial arts.

    John:  I started training BJJ in 1998 in New Orleans, La. I was living in Mississippi at the time, so me and a  friend made the journey a few times a week to train. A few years later we opened up a “school”. I use that term loosely because we trained everything from batting cages to Karate. At the time, we used books and VHS tapes to learn and no one in Mississippi even knew what BJJ or MMA was. My friend attended a seminar with Professor Pedro Sauer and shortly after we became affiliates of his. This was pure luck – or whatever you want to call it – because his JJ is some of the best  out there. In 2004 we managed to get one of his top black belts, Allen Hopkins, to move to Mississippi and take over our school.  Later in 2005, I lived in Brazil for 6 months training with Royler Gracie. After coming home from Brazil I decided to move to SLC to train with Professor Sauer and start fighting MMA. Since then, I have  been traing Muay Thai, MMA, and wrestling.

    SLCMMA:  With all of your influences in jujitsu, what can you say about your fighting style? Do you focus on winning fights on the ground?

    John: I want to finish the fight by whatever means necessary. The ground is were I am most comfortable but I love the whole stand up game, and really, I enjoy every aspect of it. My goal is to be the most well rounded fighter I can be.

    SLCMMA: So what was it that initially made you want to compete in MMA?

    John: As soon as I saw UFC fights in the 90’s I wanted to do MMA. I did  sport JJ for many years and MMA felt like a natural progression. Although sport JJ and MMA are very different, I think competing sport JJ helped me a lot in the cage.  I also wanted to test myself to see if I could apply what I had learned.

    SLCMMA: How did you first get into your MMA fight?

    John: SLC has a  weekly fight show called the UCE. All I did was contact them and they put me on a card. (Check here at Ucombat’s website to find out more)

    SLCMMA: What advice could you give guys who are looking to get into MMA, either as a hobby or as potential professional? Also, how might their approach and training differ?

    John: First off, find a gym that fits your personality. We are very fortunate to have many MMA gyms to choose from so finding one that fits you is important. Don’t be in such a rush to get in the cage either.

    Take the time and learn the arts, roll with guys that just do JJ, box with guys that just box, and then put it all together. Fighting should be the reward form training hard. So many people wanna skip all the work and just jump in the cage, and those people are the ones who get hurt or are only around for a short time.

    The main difference in a person doing it for a hobby or someone who wants to compete is time and hard work. A fighter is gonna eat sleep and breathe fighting – there is always something you can be working on. I train 5-6 days a week because I don’t want to lose. If you’re doing it for a hobby and want progress, at least 2-3 days will get you there. The thing with martial arts is  the more you put into it the more you get out. You can’t say that for a lot of things in life.

    Don’t forget to have fun either.

    SLCMMA: I’ve rolled with you a number of times and something I’ve noticed is that you have a very clean open guard and just a difficult guard to pass in general. What are some of the things that you’re doing to keep control, guard-wise?

    John: I try and  move my hips a lot. Your goal is to control my hips so I have to make it hard to do that by moving them. Its hard to control something that’s moving compared to something that is still. I also use my hooks a lot … but most importantly I got my ass kicked by a lot of good guard-passers.

    SLCMMA: What are a couple of your favorite moves in the ring?

    John: Anything that works. For submissions, I like  chokes. I also like arm locks but they are hard to get if the guy is slippery from sweat.

    SLCMMA: When you hit the gym to prepare for a fight, what kind of stuff do you do technique-wise?

    John: Once I start training for a fight learning new stuff is put to the side. I try and focus on sharping my overall game and working hard on my weaknesses. Every fight is different so I might concentrate on one specific aspect, depending on the opponent. I also up the cardio and reduce the heavy weight lifting.

    SLCMMA: Now in terms of that physical aspect of the game, I know you train down with the guys at Gym Jones. They train a number of fighters and are pretty hardcore dudes. (Gym Jones trained the cast of the Spartan 300 ) Could you sound off a little about the training philosophy there and what kind of workouts are they putting you through?

    John: Mark and Lisa Twight have helped me so much, both with training and life in general. One of Mark’s things is mental toughness. He has a way of making work outs both mentally and physically hard. This is very important for a fighter, being able to continue to work hard when things get tough. We do a lot of Olympic lifts, circuits, kettlebells, rowing, and the king of all cardio machines the Airdyne bike. Mark has a gift for putting all this together in a scientific way to help us as fighters.

    SLCMMA: What about nutrition?

    John: This topic is just as important as learning grappling or boxing, its something you need to keep in mind 24/7. I fight at 155 but walk at between 170 and 180. So this means as fight time comes I have watch what I eat. I try not to eat past 7 and eat lots of fresh fruit and raw veggies. I am also not a big supplement person, and try to be as natural as possible.

    SLCMMA: What are some of your long term goals when it comes to MMA?

    John: I am 35 so I have no real plans to be the next UFC champ. I just want to fight and have fun doing it. The sport and the lifestyle are very rewarding, so the goal is to stay healthy and compete as long as possible.

    SLCMMA: When is your next fight, and what can we do to support you?

    John: I am looking for a fight right now, so I don’t have an exact date. Before then, come and check out some of the gyms I train at. I do my main training at the Bernales institute of martial with WIll Beranles. He has a strong Muay Thai background and BJJ black belt – he really helps my overall MMA game. I teach BJJ there on Thursday nights. I also roll with the killers at Unified Jujitsu in Sandy – Johnny Carlquist and James Gardner. The BJJ black belts in that group are some of the best in the US.  I occasionally train with Eddie Edmunds and the guys at Fusion BJJ, and they are always great to train with. My friends at Mushin, Brian Yamasaki and Brandon Kiser have helped me tons. You cannot go wrong with any of these gyms, go check them all out.

    SLCMMA: Thanks so much for your time John.

    John:  You’re welcome.

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    16 Sep 2009

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  • The Bas Rutten Liver Shot

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    It almost seems that Bas Rutten has the patent on the liver shot – it’s something he does really well. The video above is short and sweet – and easy watch.  I really like how Bas delineates between the hook and the liver shot – the latter being more uppercut than hook. And the visual of shanking someone with a knife blade between your knuckles, Wolverine style,  …  priceless Bas Rutten.

    Anyway, the local boys over at Mushin Self Defense have an longer, more in depth video (below) talking about the finer details of the liver and striking it. The first five or so minutes is Sensei Brian taking with a medical doctor about the location and structure of the liver.  The music in the background cracks me up.

    One other thing – this punch is sometimes called a shovel hook, or a shovel punch, because of how it mimics the way you shovel snow in the winter time, something we all can relate to.  To make the punch really hit hard, you need to get your hips behind it and drive through with your feet -  without changing much of your vertical height. The video below is pretty decent and you can see the hip shift and the pushing through on the balls of the feet. Since they are coming from a kickboxing point of view, there is one notable  correction for us MMA guys – their starting stance is a little wide (foot to foot) and a tad too “slim” (angle to the opponent).

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    10 Sep 2009

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  • Family Personal Protection

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    Family Personal Protection
    At Home, In the Car and in Public
    By Sensei Arango


    - Americans are twice as likely to be assaulted, robbed at gun point or abducted as they are to be seriously injured in a car accident.

    - 52% of all burglaries occur during daylight hours, 67% involve forcible entry and 2 out of 3 are residential.

    - Urban America now reports a property crime every 2 minutes and a violent crime every 18 minutes (murder, forcible rape, aggravated robbery or assault). By this time tomorrow 1,500 Americans will face a criminal with a gun, 400 will die.

    - The fear generated by an assault, car jacking or home invasion will raise your heart rate immediately to a rate that exceeds 150 bpm. At this heart rate you will loose fine and complex motor skills, your vision will dramatically narrow, you will likely loose bladder control and you will experience auditory exclusion and intrusive thoughts – you will freeze up. Your body and mind will revert to its lowest level of specific response training. With response training, you can maintain decisive and appropriate response to a heart rate above 190 bpm.

    - Our training in advance and our value and belief systems will be critical to our survival in an assault. Scenario training with your family, particularly for women and children, will likely mean the difference between survival and disaster.

    - Police are experts, however, there are 2.4 police officers for every 1,000 citizens in urban America. At times police are now responding to less than 1 in 3 reported crimes.


    Consider home invasion from the criminal’s perspective – easy approach and access, limited or no security, privacy from view and traffic, multiple entrances and escape routes, untrained defenders in most cases and, valuables are typically in plain sight.

    Home invasions are accomplished as an ambush, typically with two or more assailants.
    Your response time in a home invasion is typically less than five seconds.

    - Consider the entrance, approach and access to your home from the criminal’s perspective. What is your daily routine? Can a criminal plan around it? Can you be observed approaching or entering your home at the same time most days? Plan in advance scenarios that would cause you to not enter your home. Stick to your rules.

    - Never answer the door to someone you have not called to your home. Never allow children to answer the door without you present. Consider lures that would cause you to open your door – uniformed police, delivery uniform, sounds of a baby crying. Don’t be lured into opening your door under any circumstance.

    - Develop a prearranged plan with your family for response to a break-in. Consider contingency plans for different break-in scenarios (night, day, people in different areas of the home, multiple intruders). Under no circumstances should you conduct a search for an intruder. Even for a trained professional, searching for a potentially armed intruder entails great risk. Charge your cell phone in your safe room each night, keep spare keys and a police style flashlight or firearm/ammo in your safe room.

    Teach This To Every Person In Your Family

    911 Call Info – full name, address or cross streets where you are, why you need help, leave phone connected.


    Raise your awareness and sense for danger when driving or approaching your car, particularly at night. Most car jackings begin with a panhandling approach, lure for directions or help or, a bump from behind – allowing the criminal to get close and assess your vulnerability.
    Keep windows up and do not engage street vendors or beggars at night.

    - Remember, criminals need opportunity and position to launch an assault on your car. Distance and awareness are always your most important self defense skills. Do not exit the car for distractions once inside. Approach your car decisively; practice a defensive strategy in advance with your children and others. Consider a deterrent (pepper spray, stun gun or firearm) and, consider a window tint for security.

    - Act decisively when driving at night, make up your mind and make your move, particularly at intersections. Always consider a drive out option when stopped. Avoid the center lane in a three lane street at stop lights. Consider a rolling stop if the situation looks suspicious. Pre-dial 911 and have your pepper spray in hand if you must engage a stranger. Stay in car while waiting for police to arrive.

    - Home invasions are frequently launched as a homeowner drives into the garage or drive. Check both directions as you approach for idling cars parked near your home, do not delay in drive or garage. Heighten awareness through every doorway.

    - If someone gets in your car and threatens you with a weapon, give up your car immediately after collecting your children. DO NOT FIGHT OR ARGUE. Do not drive away with an assailant, drive into a building, light pole or wall.


    “SAFE PEOPLE, SAFE PLACES” is a primary self escape strategy when we find ourselves in a dangerous or potentially dangerous situation. In almost any situation, we have some option to self-escape to the safety of others or the security of cover or concealment. Teach children to identify a safe place in any situation and how to self escape if you must act to defend them.

    - Teach children and adults to walk with purpose and communicate confidence. Learn to raise awareness when passing through doorways. Teach children they always have the option to say NO and adults do not need to ask them for help.

    - Always keep an eye on cars when in or near the street. If tires screech, stop, step away and assess the danger. Know the difference between concealment and cover. The closest and safest cover in the streets is usually a car engine or concrete wall.

    - Panic stricken crowds. People in crowds can become aggressive, especially if spooked or scared. If this happens, find a close stable object (pillar, railing, bench or light pole and wrap your arms around it. Teach children to use “STICKY HANDS and hug the object and YELL “HELP, HELP – CHILD HERE!”

    - Practice a “Safety Drill” in four primary assault scenarios with children and loved ones – approaching the car, in an aggressive panhandling scenario, if lost or separated from you and on the playground or at a friends home.

    - Learn a “Safety Stance” and how to present a “Personal Fence.” Others nearby can readily see there is a problem, video cameras will likely catch the event in your defense. Prepare in advance for an “Escalating Response” to the four primary assault scenarios you may face. Give yourself permission to respond aggressively!

    - Teach every child basic gun safety for school, in a neighbors home or out in public –

    Information sources – FBI Uniform Crime Reports, U.S. Department of Justice, National Center For Lost and Exploited Children, John Hopkins University, NRA Eddie Eagle Program, Warrior Personal Safety Training Systems and the U.S. Department of Health.
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