Archive for October, 2009

26 Oct 2009

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • UFC 104: Shogun was Robbed

    Stick UpI was pretty excited to watch UFC 104 this weekend to see the throwdown between Shogun and Lyoto Machida.  I have to tell you up front: I really went into this hoping and expecting to see Machida lay the smack down on Shogun.

    Why?  Well, I would say the biggest reason is that I feel that Machida tends to be a dynamic fighter.  He brings what he needs to to a fight depending on who he fights.  His game plan normally seems very good at nullifying the strengths of an opponent.

    So what the crap happened Saturday?

    Let me tell you what happened: First, Shogun turn this into a long range kicking match.  Exactly what I didn’t expect him to do.  Second: He was better at it that Lyoto.  And third: Lyoto didn’t adapt.

    Now, Lyoto is one hell of a kicker, so when I say that I feel that Shogun was “better” at it, I should clarify.  Karate tends to train in kicking for the zones that “score”.  In competition that’s the head, chest, mid-section.  Muay Thai on the other hand has a lot of leg kicks.  This whole fight was like a seminar on what happens if one person really wants to kick the head/body and the other is happy to pick apart the legs.

    Now I know, many of you will point out that Shogun was landing brutal body kicks as well.  But that was mainly in the beginning of the fight.  It was less so later on.  Why?  Because at the beginning Lyoto was closing the distance to try for body kicks as well.  As Shogun gave as good as he took, and also did leg kicks, Lyoto was weakened, scared, and kept his distance.

    At the break in every round Lyoto’s corner told him he was doing great.  It wasn’t until the end of the third round that they mentioned that he should attack Shogun’s lead leg (which he never did very well or very much.)  Why didn’t they give him real advice?  Why not hammer on him to attack that leg?  Why not change up the strategy?

    Some might read this and reply that there is no need to change what clearly won the fight.  My response is: the decision was wrong.  Of course no one should let it get to a decision (just ask Nick Diaz.)

    So my take away was this:

    1- Never, never, never count on the judges.  They have their favorites, and I truly believe that they also work with Dana to determine the most “marketable” outcome of fights.

    2- Lyoto is human.  Not only that, he also isn’t the perfect planner when it comes to morphing his game plan. (and his corner sucks.)

    3- Makes me question the style of Karate in general.  We know that Muay Thai gives the elbows and knees.  We know that Muay Thai has the clinch.  But the leg kicks are an area of Muay Thai vs. Karate that have not been so closely discussed.

    22 Oct 2009

  • Posted by Paul Evans
  • Krav Maga Combat Concepts

    The following information is to help better understand conflict and the mindset of the attacker. I will be holding a free community workshop in Dec (date to be announced). this will be open to all. I encourage other school owners to come and lend your knowledge as well.

    1. Defense Versus counter attack
    a. defense merely delays the oncoming attack from overwhelming you.
    b. counter attack stops the attacker by attacking him not defending against him.

    2. Attackers Mentality (4 types of attackers)
    * Mugger – A mugger thinks of robbing you as a job and does it with no remorse for his actions. to succceed in doing his job he is always experienced.
    * Desperate Criminal – he is turning to crime because he is desperate for money or needs drugs. he is very dangerous because his desperation makes him capable of doing anything.
    *Dare Devil / Hard Guy. He is showing off for a friend or possibly trying to pass gang initiation. he is the least threatening of all the attackers but is dangerous because of his pride.
    * Predator. By Far the most dangerous types of attackers. he thinks of you as his prey. He wants to hurt you as his first primary goal, if he gets money from you it is just a bonus to him. All meetings with a predator are extrememly dangerous.

    All attackers look for three things. 1 – is it going to be easy. 2. what will I gain from it. – 3. will I get caught

    Victims Mentality – victims are people who believe that if they are good to everyone that nothing bad will happen to them. they are Idealist and they are always chosen when they have something of value because an attacker can see that it will be easy and that they won’t get caught. In a dangerous situation, a victim reacts to the fear inside of them and either Freezes or fail ineffectively, or runs wild with no direction and no awareness to their surroundings.

    Victimn are usally oblivious to their surroundings and when they do decide to fight back, which is rare they are the appidamy of a half-hearted attack and usally earn themselves more damage. Victims will say things like” what did I do to deserve this”, or “how could this happen to me?”

    Warriors Mentality – A warrior is a master of themselves. He’she responds with a fully committed effort to stop the attackers. He is a realist and is always aware of his surroundings. A warrior lives his life with purpose and with the purpose of being happy and he knows that no one has the right to theaten his happiness, so he instantly responds to his attacker with all of the intensity of a person defending the very essence of life.

    A warrior understand the choices in self defense. Diffuse – discourage with pain – incapacitate or Knock out – Physiological Discouragement – Injure to some degree – or lastly, destroy.

    learning to defend yourself is as much as a mindset as it is hardskills. which one are you? a victim or a warrior!!!!!

    22 Oct 2009

  • Posted by Utah Martial Arts Feeds
  • Rich “Ace” Franklin Seminar down at Jeremy Horn’s Elite Gym

    This Article comes from SLC MMA
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    Jeremy Horn has Rich Franklin doing a seminar down at his gym. It’s on Halloween afternoon 12-3, so before you trick or treat, train with the Ace. Cost: $75 .

    Go to Jeremy Horns website for a little more info, here.

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    21 Oct 2009

  • Posted by Utah Martial Arts Feeds
  • Acceptance: Taking the Opening

    This Article comes from Utah Judo
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    Open DoorsWhen speaking about Judo or Jujitsu you may have heard phrases like:

    “The Gentle Way”

    “The way of acceptance”

    Or similar.  But what the heck does that really mean?  Anyone who’s felt a good arm bar, choke or Ipon knows that it feels anything but “gentle”.

    We talked more about this in class at Hidden Valley last night, and I think I am starting to get it.

    Let me start by drawing a contrast:  I originally came from a  wrestling background.  Wrestling is explosive.  It is powerful.  When I stand-out I intend to just wrench myself from the grasp of my opponent.  When a good double leg gets shot in wrestling or in MMA (watch St. Pierre… he’s a master at this), it is all about power… you lift the “victim” of the ground.  Sure, there are setups.  You push some one’s head down to get them to pop it up.  But by and large its about strength, speed, balance, and explosiveness.

    Now, while many of those same traits are also powerful, and effective in Judo and Jujitsu, if you rely on them only, I think you miss the spirit of what these arts are.  What is the “gentle” or “accepting” art?  It means capitalizing on opportunities.  It means staying fluid, so you can react to a variety of things, and your fluidity and motion will also create needs for your opponent to attempt things.  Your goal is to train yourself to see the doorway in the brick wall… to see where you opponent is going, or even better: close your eyes.  Learn to FEEL where your opponent is going.  Feel the opening.  Feel the doorway and capitalize on the opening.

    Being “gentle” or “accepting” doesn’t mean being passive or mild.  It simply means not trying to plow through the wall, because you know that if you keep tapping and circling it a door will open for a brief moment.  It’s that moment that is the heart of of the art.

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    21 Oct 2009

  • Posted by Utah Martial Arts Feeds
  • Gi and No-Gi Tournament: Champion Submission Challenge XIII

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    Just wanted to give a heads up – the Throwdown guys are having the Champion Submission Challenge Nov 14.

    I believe it’ll be at the UVU Activity Center down in Orem. Turnout should be good.

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    19 Oct 2009

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Champion Grappling Challenge XIII

    2009 Western-Regional No-Time-Limit Grappling Championship

    Saturday, November 14, 2009
    Weigh-in 8:00am • Start at 10:00am

    Utah Valley University Activity Center
    800 West University Parkway, Orem, Utah

    No-Points & No-Time-Limit Rules apply to all divisions except Junior Divisions 1-5
    Gi and No-Gi Divisions
    Girls age 13-17 may compete in the Junior Division or in the Women’s Division.
    Though all divisions are single elimination, all competitors are guaranteed at least two matches per division except in the absolute division; consolation matches will have a 5-minute time limit.
    Divisions will be combined, canceled or changed as necessary to provide the best competition possible.
    Competitors must wear a shirt and shorts for weigh-in, NO STRIPPING DOWN. Weigh-in will determine what division you will actually compete in.

    $50 Adults, $40 Junior: Early Registration (ends Saturday, October 31, 2009)
    $60 Adults, $50 Junior: On-time Registration (ends Thursday, November 12, 2009)
    $70 Adults, $50 Junior: Late Registration (at the door)
    $20 Each Additional Division
    $10 for Spectators, kids 12 and under $5 (children 3 and under are free)

    For more info, or to register, go to the Champion Submission Challenge website.

    15 Oct 2009

  • Posted by Utah Martial Arts Feeds

    This Article comes from JSK Blog
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    Talk to your children directly about the kinds of dangers that do exist – bad guest dangers, friend of a friend dangers, dangers of adults asking for help. Remind children that accidental danger risks are higher for them than intentional harm dangers. Teach children, above all, to place their safety above manners and to trust their intuition, their “Spider Sense.”

    Talk to your children about the types of lures utilized by child predators – mail lure, lost pet lure, help me lure and directions lure. Teach children how to find a safe place in any situation and how to call and talk to 911.

    911 Call Info- name, location, why you need help, leave phone connected.


    - About 260,000 children are abducted each year. 75% of these are “family abductions,” made by another family member to deprive the caretaker of custodial rights. About 58,000 or 22% are “non-family” abductions usually occurring in connection with another crime.

    - Over 50% of non-family abductions occur in the street, from a car, or from a park or wooded area. 45% of the abductors are strangers, 55% are known as friends, neighbors, a baby sitter or person of authority.

    - Child predators go after children of all ages – 59% are children 15 to 17 years old, 22% are children 12 to 14 years old. The FBI reports there is a sexual predator for every square mile in the U.S.

    - The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children tells us that one in every four girls and one in every seven boys will be

    sexually molested before the age of 18.

    -Predators view the Internet as a tunnel into the bedroom of your child. One in five children will be sexually solicited while on-line this year.

    - Personal safety training with children should be a regular practice around holidays. Parties, families visiting, guests and the distraction of events is the perfect cover for abusive or exploitive situations

    with your children.

    Teach children above all else to trust their internal alarm.


    Children love to have fun and Halloween is an exciting time for children. Halloween is a great opportunity to remind children of three primary lifestyle pillars – fitness, healthy eating and personal safety.

    Remember, your children will likely be alone when their

    safety training skills will be tested.

    This holds particularly true at Halloween and other fall holidays.

    ~ Walk purposefully, communicate calm and confidence. This is a personal safety must and can be taught to children as soon as they begin to walk. Teach children to always be alert to what is going on around them.

    ~ Choose a Halloween costume that is fireproof and affords full visibility. If the costume includes props of any kind, be sure they are smooth and flexible and do not create a fall or poke hazard. Use reflective tape on wrists or ankles to add sparkle to any costume. Flash lights make a great prop.

    ~ Look for Halloween events that do not involve a house-to-house Trick or Treat. Times are not what they once were. Most communities, high schools recreation centers and activity programs host great Halloween events. Encourage older children to pass on a house-to-house Trick or Treat.

    ~ Never Trick or Treat alone. Always Trick or Treat in groups and use a one-to-one buddy system within the group, even for teens. Talk to children and teens before house to house activities about how to maintain their safety. Only Trick or Treat houses with front porch lights on. Always go to the door with your buddy. Never go into a house - even for a moment, be polite but do not allow any person to touch, hold or pick you up.

    ~ Be careful around pets and other animals. Pets are easily over excited and costumes often spook otherwise calm animals. Be very cautious around animals when in costume and never reach out for them when masked.

    ~ Cross the street at corners and look both ways before crossing. Remind children and teens to walk away from the edge of bushes and avoid dark spots on streets, at alleyways and anyplace someone could lay in wait. Teach children how to present a personal fence to draw attention and how to say “Stay Back!” or “Leave Me Alone!” Teach children how to “Go Crazy” if they are grabbed or pulled by a predator.

    Resources: FBI SMSA, FBI Uniform Crime Reports, U.S. Bureau of Justice

    The National Center For Missing And Exploited Children

    Warrior Personal Safety Training Programs

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    14 Oct 2009

  • Posted by Utah Martial Arts Feeds
  • Nutrition Tips for MMA Fighters

    This Article comes from SLC MMA
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    It’s time to pay respects to an unsung hero in mixed martial arts: MMA fighter’s diet and nutrition. We see the shredded bodies, the sweat and the full 3rd round gas tanks.  Let’s take a step back to the gas pump.

    What to eat

    • There is a difference between a professional athlete’s nutritional needs and goals vs a causal MMA’ers. There is a level of exactness and discipline that makes a difference when you train 3-4 hours a day 4-7 days a week.
    • Case in point: Matt Serra didn’t eat pasta or pizza for three months prior to his grudge match with Matt Hughes.
    • Second case in point: Joe Riggs calls his nutrition guru, Billy Rush, if he can have blue cheese crumbles on his salad. “Of course I said no,”  Rush quips. BTW, Billy is a Salt Lake City native and has worked with Rich Franklin, Jorge Jurgel, and Jeremy Horn.  If you want the big time, NO, you cannot haz cheeze burger. Nor croutons on your salad.
    • Consider sushi for protein – Anderson Silva does.
    • Know and eat the superfoods: the foods that are top of their division. Namely:
    • Blueberries.
    • Oats.
    • Wild salmon.
    • Broccoli.
    • Tomatoes.
    • Oranges.
    • Beans.
    • Spinach.
    • Walnuts.
    • Pumpkin.
    • Yogurt.
    • Leafy greens.
    • Don’t screw up good ideas. The superfoods quickly become kryptonite when you bathe them in sugar, butter, ice-cream, or deep-fry them.
    • Eat a salad and legumes at every meal. (Credit Anderson Silva)
    • Eat natural fruits and veggies. Lots. Try eating a majority of them raw, too. (Credit Tito Ortiz)
    • Don’t avoid meats/eggs/dairy just because your girlfriend is vegetarian.  She may be hot, but lean meat, in correct proportions, is a solid component of a well rounded diet.
    • Randy Couture is not vegetarian. But he does eat a ton of greens, to keep his body alkaline ph-wise.
    • Eat healthy all the time, keep low on the fats. (Credit Lyoto Machida)
    • Avoid soda, sweets, fried foods. (Credit Anderson Silva)
    • Get 80%-90% of your vitamins, minerals, and micro-nutrients from food. Many nutrients are better absorbed and utilized in your body when they come in specific, balanced cocktails – and often those balances are naturally found in vegetables/fruits or common dishes that contain them.  Cool, huh?
    • All protein is not good protein.  For men, whey is better than soy. A medium rare, lean flank steak is superior to that “100% Black Angus Burger” from wherever. Eggs are usually ranked as one of the best bio-protein sources. Make sure the protein your getting is “complete”.

    When to eat

    • The most important meal of your day is the meal after your workout. Think about this.
    • Wisely eat/Drink something before your workouts. If you don’t have available energy to burn in a workout, your workouts will be limp and less effective.  (See Critical Bench’s Pre Workout meals)
    • Before you go to bed, think protein. Specifically, think of the protein Casein (found in milk products). Essentially, casein is a slow digesting protein – eating it at night suppresses protein breakdown while you fast for 8 hours (sleeping).
    • I learned a tip from Bill Philips “Body For Life” challenge regarding night time muscle loss – one of the winners would wake up at about midnight and pound a protein shake and then go back to bed. He claimed to make and keeps serious gains via this trick.
    • Eat five-six times a day. Or every 3 hours. This is the basic mantra of athletes, and works very well.
    • You can try the Warrior Diet one meal a day thing, but your mileage may vary.
    • “Eliminate carbs within 3-4 hours of bedtime.” – Rich Franklin
    • Have healthy snacks between meals. Carrot sticks and peanut butter, not coffee and KitKats.

    Eating Wisdom

    • Food journal. Keep track of everything you eat and drink. This will help you reach your goals and make sure you’re getting the protein/carb ration you’ve always wanted.  Also, you’d be surprised what goes in your mouth. One last thing – don’t just keep the journal, share it with your trainer or friends. They can help you keep on track.  “Where performance is measured is measured, performance improves. Where performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates.” – Thomas S. Monson
    • Portion control is the key. Even the right foods, out of proportion, can be bad. Keeping your diet, and into your weight class is tough. “More than anything it’s portion control.” - Diego Sanchez at 155, eating 1100 calories a day prior to weigh ins.
    • Portion goes hand in hand with Proportion. Billy Rush gives a basic breakdown -  “There’s no one important thing. We try to eat from all food groups. We basically eat 60 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein and 10 percent fat. Plus, of those carbohydrates, approximately 50 percent are starches, 25 percent are fibers and 25 percent are fruit. We decrease and increase all those adjustments depending on how the fighter reacts to them.”
    • Keep a healthy immune system at all times. Eat fruits and veggies, sure, but also NEVER eat food from a communal office bowl or finger touched tray of stuff. Anyway you can do it, keep the immune system burning right. Heck, if this means drinking your own urine, like Lyoto Machida, then do that.
    • Understand the nature of the game. Just like there are three pillars of MMA (Striking, Grappling, and Conditioning), conditioning has three components as well: exercise, recovery, and nutrition. If these things are not integrated and well aligned, beware.
    • Use your brain. Avoid fad diets and the new hyped sports supplement.  The food pyramid is not a government conspiracy. Look at the back of the label.
    • The diet and sports nutrition industry are not your friends. They do not have your best interest in mind. They exist to separate you from your money. Think about this before you buy the next version of Bio-Carb Hydroxy Stack Protein isolate.
    • One of the more common things for athletes is to consume more lean protein because they need it to rebuild their constantly damaged muscles.
    • If you’re a casual player, then abide by the “moderation in all things” wisdom. You can have pizza, but in moderation. Avoid extremes, eat a decent, moderate amount of veggies.  Eat according to you real life, not your fantasy lifestyle. If you’re a pretty regular dude, don’t think you need to eat like the MMA stars.
    • Find a solid way of eating and stick to it.  Don’t bounce around between differing ideologies and strategies, constantly overhauling everything about what you eat.  It’s like switching from diesel to gas to coal and back to diesel.  Find something that works, in general, and then tweak it and expand your recipe library.
    • “When I am hungry I eat. When I eat, I eat consciously and enjoy each bite. When I think I’m am full, I stop.” Paul McKenna’s I Can Make You Thin.

    Supplements, Cutting Weight and the like

    • Wanna look ripped?  Make sure to manage your subcutaneous hydration:  “But just how does an athlete rid themselves of the unwanted water beneath the skin to maximize their appearance? We like lots of potassium, which hydrates the muscles, and we don’t want any sodium at all.” – Billy Rush
    • If you can’t get your bearing in the mess of information about sports supplements, don’t worry.  Many fighters abide by a holistic wisdom and a less is more strategy when it comes to the drugs. Billy Rush puts his guys on a multivitamin and little else.
    • If you only going to use one supplement, let it be creatine. It is one of the safest, most research, no brainer sports supplement  out there.
    • Take a daily multivitamin. Aside from just eating healthy, Fedor says the only other thing he does is take a Centrum multivitamin.
    • Tito Ortiz doesn’t use supplements, despite his active promotional activities (Xyeince, etc).
    • Also make sure your getting the following: vitamin D (my physician says the new standard is 1000 iu’s), vitamin E (fish oil), vitamin C, selenium.  Dudes, studies show that these are good. I’ll save the nerding, just believe.
    • Know the role of supplements. They are exactly that – supplements.  There aren’t to replace or supplant regular nutrition, they should be take to fill in your nutritional gaps.
    • Also, know the place your supplements are made.  During my last physical, my doc told me that 60-70% of nutraceuticals coming from overseas (he mentioned India, China, etc) are being found to contain lead and other heavy metals.
    • Cutting weight in not a healthy thing to do – it’s terrible on your liver.  If you’re a professional mixed martial artist, they pay you the big bucks to hurt yourself.  If you’re not pro, consider the slim slow version of cutting weight.  Healthy living, and burn more calories than you consume.
    • Okay, if you have to cut weight – try the “slim slower” version anyway.  The whole dropping 10-20 pounds in 48 hours is dangerous and difficult to reverse.  Within a week of the fight, you should be 10 pounds of the fight weight. “Each day, we’ll sweat off about six pounds of water [and] we’re very careful to only put four pounds back in. That way there is a two-pound deficit daily. That way, weight is never an issue the day of the weigh-ins.” – Billy Rush, with credit to Diego Sanchez at 155.
    • Cutting weight with the Wham Bam, thank Mam approach. “The simplest and most effective way to begin the weight cutting process is to decrease or stop fluid intake. Your body is constantly losing fluid by breathing, sweating and urination. Every minute and hour that this goes by without replacing the fluid, you will lose weight. This process takes no extra energy from a fighter to complete, and you can lose up to 5-6 pounds in 24 hours without drinking … we usually start the fluid restriction exactly 24 hours before the weigh in.”  – Martin Rooney via GrappleArts
    • Empty those bowls – in addition to pooping, you can use an all natural, easy on the system laxative.  Some people can loose 5 lbs. “By taking the …  laxative before you go to bed the night before the weigh in, you should wake and clear your bowels completely.” – Martin Rooney
    • On the rebound after cutting weight, “ Potassium and starches. It’s about what your body is going to absorb and what your body’s going to use. You need starches and potassium and, of course, electrolyte vitamins to keep everything in check. If you ever cut weight and you’re a little wobbly and stuff, electrolyte vitamins, starches and potassium will fix all that.” – Billy Rush
    • “After the weigh in, you should eat small meals at regular 30 minute intervals … Firing a ton of food down immediately after the weigh in is going to leave you feeling bloated and sick. Your body won’t be able to use all the food at once anyway, and it will just sit there. Smaller meals will clear the stomach and you will be able to eat again shortly. We actually have our athletes continue to eat all the way up to a few hours before the fight the next day. Eat meals that you are comfortable with. Don’t start to do anything different.” – Martin Rooney
    • Ditto for the fluid replenishment. “You should immediately take in fluids following the weigh in and continue to drink at regular intervals. The ultimate goal for my fighters is to see a clear urine stream before we know we are back. This can take 3-5 gallons of fluid over the next day to replace the 10 or more pounds that has been lost. Don’t rely on the thirst response because it will not be accurate.” – Martin Rooney.

    The Liquid Portion

    • Drink a gallon of water a day. “First, you need to drink at least a gallon of water every day. The only way to keep track is to measure it, otherwise you will just assume you have had enough- and possibly not reach your goal.” – Rich Franklin
    • Drink two glasses of water first thing after you wake up. When you get up in the morning, your body will be slightly dehydrated from the 8 hour fast.
    • Lay off the juice. At least the stuff you buy in the store: OJ in a can or bottle, apple juice, clear grape juice. This is really candy, and should be treated like such.
    • Lay off the alcohol.
    • Drink the good juice!  Fresh carrot, lime, apple, beet, etc.
    • There are two camps for the juicing: skin on and skin off.  Skin on – keeps a nice percentage of the fruit/veggie fiber and the skin possibly has some extra nutrients. Skin off – the juice is cleaner and better absorbed for post workout goodness. The Gracie family are in the skin off juice camp.
    • Lay off the alcohol.  Seriously.
    • If you drink coffee, keep it black. Sugar and milk are for ice-cream and losers.
    • Smoothies are not an excuse to cheat.  They should not be fun.  This is MMA, after all.
    • Good things to put in smoothies: oats, carrots, berries, spinach, bananas, yogurt, protein powder, milk, ice, honey (occasionally).
    • Things that should not be put in smoothies: white sugar, ice-cream … you know, crap.


    • You have to make a choice on how serious you are going to be about athletics and health. If you choose to be hardcore, then eat hardcore.  Balance that out.
    • Eating superbly is all about comparison and choosing.  Sweet Potato beat regular white potato. Brown rice beats white rice. Baked beats fried. Olive oil beats canola oil. Canadian bacon beats regular bacon.
    • “The good is the enemy of the great.”
    • Choose the lesser of two evils. If you’re going to eat a candy bar, eat a snickers in stead of a bag of skittles. It doesn’t produce as bad a spike in blood sugar, due to it’s nuts.
    • Choose spices instead of fat.  You can have flavor a variety of ways.
    • Go ahead, limit your choices. If you are setting hardcore goals, eat a limited number of preplanned meals. Tim Ferris, author of the wildly popular 4 Hour Workweek, did a blog post about losing weight via simplicity and science.  ” Rule #2 Eat the same few meals over and over again. The most successful dieters, regardless of whether their goal is muscle gain or fat loss, eat the same few meals over and over again.”

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    7 Oct 2009

  • Posted by Utah Martial Arts Feeds
  • Z Guard

    This Article comes from SLC MMA
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    Okay, I’d like to come clean from the get go. I don’t play Z Guard, I’m not good at Z Guard, heck, I don’t know how to break down the Z Guard. (I’ve recently been getting submitted by some z guard moves ) .

    Which is why I needed some help.

    I asked Eddie Edmunds of Team Fusion Academy to show me some passes and principles of Z guard.

    Another to keep in mind is that there are a bunch of “versions” of the z guard.  Steven Kesting defines the z guard as the knee-in half guard, with the knee either drawn across the belly (like a half guard scissor sweep) or the knee tilted up on the chest and shoulder ( the variation I use – akin to a half spider guard, shin on bicep sort of thing). I’ve also seen Gene Simco show the “zig zag” guard with the gi – it’s like s-mount but from the guard,  if that makes any sense.

    Anyway… the point is that the legs make a Z formation of some kind, and the knees and the hooks help create distance and control your opponent.

    The above videos come from a longer shoot Eddie and I did together – I’ll release more of them in a future post with an interview with Sensei Edmunds. Also, the full quality version of the videos will be available for direct download at that point as well.

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    5 Oct 2009

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  • SELF DEFENSE TV Back Mount

    This Article comes from Hapkido TV
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    Controlling an opponent from back mount position.

    “Get Real”
    Allen Hughes

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