Archive for March, 2010

25 Mar 2010

  • Posted by Utah Martial Arts Feeds
  • Spring Break 2010

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    Some of us are enjoying spring break by training more, some by working on their tans. Either way, a much need break from the usual.

    In that spirit, a cat wrestling a baby.

    Happy spring break.


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    23 Mar 2010

  • Posted by Paul Evans
  • kids MMA summer camps

    Krav Maga SLC will be holding Kids MMA Summer Camps Beginning On June 7th – through August 13th.

    Your kids will have a blast, make new friends, improve their fitness, learn how to deal with bullies, develop life skills, and run, jump, kick there way to great summer memories.. Students are introduced to the martial arts and instructed in self defense and personal safety, partiicipate in fitness training and work on various life changing “character bulding skills”. Our camps are a great mix of daily martial arts training, with non stop fun including: arts and crafts, outdoor group games, fitness skills training, Grappling classes, Mixed Martial Arts Classes, weapons training and two weekly field trips. all camps are theme based the camp dates are as follows;

    Samurai Warriors Camp – June 7th-June 18th
    Olympic Training Camp – June 21st – July 2nd.
    Karate Kid Camp – July 5th – July 16th
    MMA & Grappling Camp- July 19th – July 30th
    Secrets of the Ninja Camp – Aug 2nd – Aug 13th.

    This is a great way to keep your kids active throughout the summer. This is also a great benifit to workling parents. we offer full day or part time camps. Full days are from 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Part day are 11 – 4 p.m.

    For more information please contact Wendy Evans at 801-942-2693

    23 Mar 2010

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Sylvio Behring Jiu Jitsu Seminar: Inconvenient Behavior Management

    Sylvio_BehringLast weekend I was honored to be able to attend the first U.S. Jiu Jitsu Seminar of Master Sylvio Behring in over ten years.  For any of you who aren’t up to speed on Master Sylvio, let me fill you in:  Not only is he Anderson Sylva’s Jiu Jitsu instructor, but additionally Sylvio is a 7th Degree Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu, a Judo Black belt, son of Grand Master Flavio Behring (who studied under Heilio Gracie), student of Alvaro Barreto (another of Heilio’s students), Vice President of the Federation of Jiu Jitsu De Sportive in Rio De Janeiro,  President of the Franco Behring Jiu Jitsu alliance of Canada, and President of the World Black Belt Council.

    I know, you might be thinking that I am now going to start telling you about all of the sick Jits techniques I learned at the seminar.  Well, I did learn a lots of techniques, but that wasn’t what really amazed me about the seminar.  I was expecting to learn jiu jitsu.  It’s the other things I learned that I want to write on right now.

    I could tell right from the beginning that Sylvio was not what you might expect.  Although one of the greatest in his art in the world, I found him to be kind, humble, and approachable.  That humility extended beyond his feelings toward the students… At the beginning of each session we would stand at attention.  But before bowing in, we would take a few moments of quiet time to say an internal prayer for guidance, and to be receptive and able to learn.  Each session was similarly ended with a moment of quiet to give thanks.  I found this to be really touching.  It helped to remind us all that we needed to be open, and humble as we came onto the mat in order to learn, and to be thankful for what had been taught.

    As we began our first session, I found the subject matter really intriguing.  We began learning what Sylvio referred to as “Inconvenient Behavior Management” (Or IBM as I will call it in the post.)  The concept of IBM is that if all we learn is self defense, then we are learning how to fend off an attack, or we are learning to counter attack, strike, or even cripple an attacker.  If that is all we learn, then we found ourselves trying to break the wrist of everyone who lays a hand on us.

    That may sound acceptable when thinking of assailants, but far too often an altercation starts with a push from the drunk brother-in-law at a wedding.  Do you really want to maim him?  Probably not.  So before we think of how to defend ourselves, it is important that we first work on how to manage this inconvenient behavior… how to diffuse the situation.  How to use subtle physical control without getting violent.

    As we went through the IBM discussion, it really made me think of children and pocket knives.  It is fairly easy to teach a child how to use a pocket knife.  Teach them only to cut away from the hand, etc.  But I have found with my own children, that the difficulty in knowing when they are ready to have a pocket knife has less to do with rather they know how to use it than rather they know when NOT to use it.  I have had children carve dressers, stab pillows, you name it.  That is the real danger of the knife… using it when you shouldn’t.

    The same can be true of the martial arts.  Great, I know how to break your arm… But should I?  Do I need to?  Were there other ways to handle this situation?  to keep you from being able to attack, and making you feel less dominant merely with stances, or gentle hand pressures?

    Master Sylvio Behring did an excellent job of laying out a strategy and techniques for this.  But even more impressed than the techniques, I was impressed that he felt this to be so important that it was where we really needed to begin with our seminar.  It speaks to the man he is.

    22 Mar 2010

  • Posted by Utah Martial Arts Feeds
  • Upcoming Tournament on Saturday March 27

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    Just a reminder -  it is that time again. The Utah Championship Submission Challenge XIV is being held on Satuday at the Utah Valley University Activity Center.

    Check  http://utahchampion.com/site/view/60082_Tournaments.pml for more details.  Also, if you haven’t already registered, do so before Wednesday to save yourself 10 bucks.


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    11 Mar 2010

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  • My Coaching Philosophy

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    The martial arts are challenging and rewarding. More than just a sport, martial arts is a form of self defense, fitness, opportunity for competition, an outlet of philosophy and artistic expression. As a coach, I respect the reasons a student may have for choosing to study martial arts and try to provide a framework where they can pursue their specific desires.

    However, I have rules, regulations, and teaching ideals that remain constant throughout the different martial arts I teach, regardless or gender, age, or experience level of the students. My hope is that these rules and ideas assist all of us live, grow and love the martial arts. The study of martial arts has been one of the most positive forces in my life, and could be a defining element of joy in a student’s life as well.

    Teaching Ideals

    • Safety is priority number one. No goal, however worthy, will be worked on unless it can exist in harmony with this prerogative.

    • My martial art classes are not a place for rehabilitation, mental or physical. True, martial arts strengthen the body and mind; but there is a base-line of personal well-being that must be maintained in order to maintain safety of the instructor and students. Serious emotional or physical injury need to be taken care of by a competent professional.

    • We strive to respect others and ourselves. We cannot truly have one without the other.

    • Our class is an environment of learning.

    • We leaving our ego at the door. This is not a trite saying– we train in a space of safety and respect, so there is no need to prove anything to anybody. We know ourselves and accept ourselves with our combination of flaws and strengths. We do not compare ourselves to others for the purpose of creating a pecking order.

    • All those in our classes are teammates and not competitors. We share knowledge, experience, and respect liberally with each other. The stronger our teammates become, the better off we are for it. We accelerate our growth collectively.

    • When we train hard with each other, it is still in alignment with our views of safety, respect, and ego. When we compete, we do not deviate from our philosophies.

    • As an teacher, I try to perpetually focus on fundamentals and strive for principle based instruction. As a shining example, I quote martial art instructor Matt Thornton, “The entire curriculum … revolves around the fundamentals of the delivery system. And because of this, each individual athlete is given the freedom needed to develop his/her own style; one that is optimum for their own body, mind and temperament. In a Gym that focuses on fundamentals, as opposed to a technique-by-technique template, each [student uses] very different types of games. And this not only produces better athletes/technicians quickly, it also helps impart and preserve the core Art (delivery system) itself.”

    • Martial arts is a way of life. Our training is not a compartment our being, it is a fiber that runs throughout. If we are jerks outside of class, we bring that to the mats. Likewise, if we keep our cool, show respect and determination on the mats we will take that everywhere we go and to everyone we meet.

    • Life is about joy and martial arts reflects that. We train hard, yes, but we laugh, play and relax in the joys of it. Our team is primarily a group of friends with a common interest in martial arts.

    Rules, Regulations, and Expectations

    • Arrive on time to class and notify the teacher if you must leave early.

    • Wear appropriate training clothing. Sport shorts, athletic pants, or martial arts uniform (gi) are acceptable. Shirts are required. No clothing with metal zippers, rivets or buttons are permitted.

    • No shoes of any kind are allowed on the mats.

    • Body piercings and jewelry (including watches, wedding rings, necklaces) of all kinds are to be removed before training begins. They are safety hazards.

    • Students “going too hard” in training will be reminded to relax first. Next they will be asked stop participating for a time if they cannot or will not control themselves. Repeat offenders will have private talks with the coach to determine if they can continue to train with team members.

    • Students are expected to communicate with each other about how comfortable they feel about training intensity. Honesty-with-self and lack of ego make this easy – it is never a problem to say to a teammate, “I need to take it light today.”

    • Cursing and vulgar language is not permitted.

    • Remarks or gestures of a sexual nature will not be tolerated. I take such offences very seriously– depending on the instance, there may not be opportunity for students to remain training with the team. Our ability to grow as a team is affected when individuals create such discomfort.

    • Students are expected to clean, take out, and put away the mats as necessary. This is a form of respect for self, team, and our environment.

    • If students are found instigating fights, inside our outside of class, they will not be allowed to train with the team. True warriors save it for the ring.

    • If students are sick, they are invited to watch but not participate.

    • If you have medical conditions that could get others sick – hepatitis, various rashes, warts, etc – the instructor and training partners need to be aware. See below.

    • Students are NEVER expected to share details of physical illness, disease, injury (emotionally or physically), but are expected to take responsibility for their own well being and sit out when necessary.

    • If students are uncomfortable for any reason, they are not required to participate in the activity and may sit out.

    • Students are expected to be clean physically for practice. Proper showering, usage of deodorant/antiperspirant, and oral hygiene are not just social conventions, but standards of safety and respect. Infractions will be brought up in a confidential manner.

    • Fingernails and toenails are to be trimmed neatly; if they remain sharp, a nail file is to be used to smooth them.

    • Training clothing is to be washed regularly, immediately after each use if possible. Just because you don’t sweat or they don’t smell does not give you permission to bend this rule. This is a matter of safety, not social convention.

    • Students are expected to learn and apply the team training philosophies on their own, in addition to the instruction they learn.

    • Students are expected to ask questions.

    • Students are expected to inform the instructor if something un-safe is occurring.

    • Students are expected to support teammates with positive reinforcement, never criticism. If you cannot offer a technical pointer without offense, don’t say it.

    • Students are expected to have fun.

    Assignment for U of U students:

    After reading, you are required to write one comment about 50 words long. Use your first name and last initial so I can give you credit.  As for the content of your comment, it’s up to you, provided it moves the conversation along. Question, disagree, ask for clarification, add your own thoughts. I’m sure I’ve missed something – illuminate me!

    As we’ve talked about before, the “Cool post bro” response is inadequate.

    Also, consider other teammate’s comments when you write your own. Feel free to address them and exchange ideas.


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    11 Mar 2010

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Two Utah Throwdown fights make season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter

    As we head into season 11 of The Ultimate Fight (Hole crap!  Has it really been running that long?!) there is some excitement for the Utah crowd in particular.  Two of the fighters chosen for this season come out of the Throwdown ETC gym out of Orem Utah.

    I’ve been down to watch some of the shows put on by Throwdown, and have been really impressed not only with the quality of shows they’re running, but with the caliber of the fighters.  There is really some top notch talent down there (I can’t wait to see Siler make it into a season of TUF… I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.)

    The fighters from Throwdown to make it on this season are:

    Court McGee


    Age: 24
    Record: 9-1

    Court is one hell of a fighter, that has made his way through a challenging life, and become a champion over difficulties inside and outside of the ring.  Court’s only loss is to to Jeremy Horn (a legendary UFC fighter himself.) In facing some of his challenges in life, this former plumber was once pronounced dead following a heroin overdose.

    Having overcome that challenge, and now on the right track, Court is coming off two straight wins, the most recent being when he defeated World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Isidro Gonzalez in 2008. McGee also holds a 2007 submission victory over “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 9 runner-up DaMarques Johnson.

    Jordan Smith


    Age: 24
    Record: 10-0

    A hell of a slugger, the seventh-grade science teacher, Jordan Smith comes into the season with a stellar 10 and 0 record.  I sat cage side not long ago, and watched Jordan and “Braveheart” slug each other into near senselessness.  Jordan has huge power, and a great chin.  Additionally it appears hat Jordan has improved his ground game as well, with a first-round submission over International Fight League veteran Bristol Marundeby by triangle choke in November.

    8 Mar 2010

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Miguel Torres WEC 47: What a cut

    Miguel Torres, who only a short year ago was being discussed by many as a possible inclusion in the “Pound for Pond best fighter” lists, has fallen on some harder times recently.  In WEC 47 Torres suffered a back to back loss for the first time in his career.  What’s more, he has been forced to conclude that his likelihood for inclusion in “Next Top Model” is severely impacted by a nasty cut (pictures below):

    1 Mar 2010

  • Posted by Utah Martial Arts Feeds
  • Great Jiujitsu Seminar at Hidden Valley

    This Article comes from Utah Judo
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    Weekend before last, my son, Ty (15, tell and skinny) competed in his first Jiu Jitsu tournament.

    He really, really got into it.  Particularly the no-gi portion.

    As a follow up to that, we had a really great seminar this weekend with several other schools.  We do Judo and Jiu Jitsu at our school.  We had another Jiu Jitsu school join us (thanks Robert Scoca!), as well as some Hapkido guys (great to see you Ty!)  We even had a guy who teaches catch wrestling (sorry, I forgot the name… but I definitely want to learn more about it.)  It was a great experience to train with other people, of other styles, and from other schools.  I can’t wait for more combined seminars in the future.

    One of the things that really stood out to me were some of the differences.  I have often noticed that in any class, if you have more than one instructor, you will start to see some stylistic differences.  You might even have one correcting what another just showed you to to.  It’s just the nature of martial arts I think.

    Whenever you work with new people there will be certain things you nod your head and think, “ya… just like I do it now,”  some things that you may find yourself internally disagreeing with, and some things that make you say, “Holy crap!  That’s cool!”  Just go into it expecting that, and don’t get too hung up on any discrepancies.  Realize that every one’s style is a little different, and respect all of the people who are working to share their knowledge and experience.

    Thanks to all who contributed to make this seminar possible.  It was really great.


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    1 Mar 2010

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Reno MMA, Karate, and Martial Arts at the Lions Den

    I spent all of last week in Reno, Nevada on business.  One of the things I was really looking forward to on this trip was a chance to meet, and train with a living legend: Ken Shamrock.

    I spent 3 hours at the Lion’s Den in Reno Tuesday night.  The first things that I noticed wit the gym were that it’s very clean, well lit, and comfortable.  There are adults and kids there, and it’s an open, welcoming atmosphere.  I know that a lot of MMA training centers, and even just fitness facilities in general, can create an atmosphere where you feel a little out of place when you walk in.  Almost like you’re intruding on some one’s private club.  Not so here.  The workers were very friendly, and made sure I felt welcome and knew what classes were being taught.

    That leads me to my next impression.  The breadth of opportunities of things to learn was really impressive compared to most places.  Not only did I get the chance to train some grappling with one of the best on the planet (more on that in a minute), but there were classes on Kenpo Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, MMA, and even Judo.

    My first class of the night was “Leg Locks and Grappling” taught by Ken Shamrock.  Okay, so I think it’s important here to cut through the hype, and tell you what I was afraid of, and what I really found:  I have never met Ken before this experience.  I ahve seen him on The Ultimate Fighter.  I have watched him fight in the cage for years.  But what would he really be like?  Let’s don’t kid ourselves, the UFC generally does a pretty good job of using The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) to paint one person as the “good guy”, and the other as the “bad guy”.  Sometimes it is almost like reading a comic book.  In the season with Ken, they painted him pretty poorly.

    So what would I find?  Would he be difficult to deal with?  Would he be too intense for non-professionals, screaming at me to not be such a “girly man?”  I wasn’t sure.  But I was curious to find out.

    What I found was really neat.  I have never done leg locks before, so my technique was really terrible.  But Ken came around, and was very kind, very patient.  He had me move aside for a moment, and showed me how to do the move.  Not only did Ken show a level of skill that anyone who needs to improve their game could benefit from, but a level of patience and caring that would make me open to sending my kids to his classes.  I was very impressed, and pleasantly surprised.

    After my Grappling class, I watched the boxing class for a bit before starting my Kenpo.

    Some of the guys were preparing for some upcoming fights, so they were working in the cage on a combination of boxing and takedowns.  Ken was watching from outside the cage, calling in advice and encouragement.

    Watching Ken was another opportunity to really see what made this guy tick.  He was so patient, and eager to help.  As the fighters would move in the cage, Ken would subconsciously move as well; he feet moving, his body twisting slightly in empathy for what the fighters should be doing.  It reminded me of the scene in The Incredibles, when Hellen is feeding the baby, and moving her mouth as well.  It showed how intently Ken was thinking about, and wanting to help this guys.

    I finished of the night with a bit of Kenpo, and some no-Gi Judo.  By that point I was pretty much ready to crash.

    Can’t wait for my next trip out to Reno, and the Lion’s Den though.  Thanks Ken, and crew (especially you Heather!) for lettign me come train with you!