Archive for June, 2010

29 Jun 2010

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  • Channel 2 News

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    Wasatch Martial Arts Academy had the privilege of showing the public the art of Soo Bahk Do on Channel 2 News on Wednesday June 23. Visit Connect 2 Utah to view a clip.

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    28 Jun 2010

  • Posted by Paul Evans
  • Krav Maga Gun, Stick and Knife Seminar

    Krav Maga SLC is hosting a weapons seminar held by German Krav Maga Federation owner and Chief Instructor – Sejoscha Agiri. Joshi, as we call him owns 13 schools in Germany and is one of the top instructors in Germany. His seminars are always packed and students leave feeling they have truly learned Krav Maga from one of the best!!! This seminar will cover Guns, Knives and sticks defenses as well as third party protection and hostage training. If the weather permits, the seminar will be held at Jordanelle State park. Friday night will be open for all and there families. Camp, eat, play games with the kids and get to know everyone. Sat. training begins. This is a great chance to train and see what Krav Maga is about. Everyone is welcome regardless of your Martial Arts Background.

    Seminar will be held on September 25th 2010 from noon to 6 p.m. there will also be some outdoor fitness training beginning at 10 a.m. for those hardcore people.

    For more information contact Paul Evans at – a flyer is available on the website. For more nfo on Joshi visit

    thasnks and hope to see you there!!!

    24 Jun 2010

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Ranking Jiu Jitsu Gi’s

    If you’re like me, you probably spend a fair amount of time in your Gi.  The feel, the fit, the performance, grip-ability, etc. of the Gi make it more than just a piece of clothing.  But I have always had a hard time finding a really good comparison of various Gi’s that I felt was really credible.  I stumbled across one today however, that I really wanted to share.

    This Jiu Jitsu Gi comparison does a spectacular job of taking input from a lot of different Gi owners, and then applying some really insightful logic to the findings.

    Their end finding?

    Well, while Shoyoroll comes out on top, from a price to value point they highly recommend Padilla and Sons or Sirius.

    But don’t just run with this summary.  I highly suggest you head over and take a look at the full study.

    17 Jun 2010

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  • Courage by Eoghan

    This Article comes from Wasatch Martial Arts Blog
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    The following essay was written by Eoghan Knibbe (10 years old) for his red belt test:

    Courage is something that everyone needs to grow and progress. Without courage, we cannot earn the rank of our age. A forty year old might have the progression of an infant if he has no courage. We need courage to break through the mental barriers leading to maturation. Some barriers may be thicker than others, but we can get through them all if we have enough courage to break them down. Soo Bahk Do is a great trainer of courage. It teaches you not to be afraid to surge forward in life.

    It teaches us how to build up strength to go uphill instead of downhill. A board may not be exactly the same as a mental barrier, but they definitely complement each other. It takes the same courage to do a class presentation, that it does to get up and break a board. This is how I add the courage aspect into my daily life.

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    15 Jun 2010

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  • Jiu-jitsu On The Farm

    This Article comes from Arcanum Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Blog
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    I haven’t written in a while because frankly training has been on the back burner for the last few weeks. Not by choice – circumstances have just prevented me from attending classes. When you’ve go the jiu-jitsu bug, having to sit it out for three weeks is like wearing socks made out of sandpaper.

    It looks like I’ll be able to resume next week. Here’s hoping.

    The only rolling I’ve done in the last few weeks was over Memorial Day, on the grandparent’s farm up in Idaho, with my in-your-face military brother-in-law. It actually turned out to be a lot of fun.

    My bro-in-law is a fan of all things combat, and although he doesn’t get a chance to train consistently in BJJ, he has no problem diving in for a spar. I even gifted him my old Gameness gi earlier this year with the hope that he’d find a chance to train…and knowing that when I visit he can throw it on and we can roll.

    The last time we really full-on sparred was probably a year ago. I’ve shown him a technique here and there since, but it’s been a while since we’ve gone all out. I could beat him after a few months of jiu-jitsu, but it was hard fought. That said, because he trains very little he is a good benchmark for me to measure my progress against and I was anxious to see if I could handle him with greater ease than last time. He’s a big boy, by the way – probably has 35 pounds on me, is my height and barrel-chested.

    We trained through a number of positions I wanted to work on, I helped him solidify some of his technique. I also experimented with a sweep I picked up from a series of videos from Small Axe Jiu-jitsu regarding balance (kuzushi) and BJJ sweeps. There is a small window during the hip switch to mount where the combatant on bottom can reverse the sweep, counter the mount and end in side control. This counter really works, and I think it’s a really great tool to keep in the arsenal. Here’s the video:

    We then had a free-for-all spar, right there at the farm. The results made me happy.

    It’s hard to measure progress when you’re constantly rolling with the same people and you’re moving forward together. But sparring with someone who doesn’t train consistently can really show you where you’ve improved. He was very gracious to let me know that in the last year he can tell I’ve made a huge leap in technique.

    I used very little muscle, tried to rely solely on technique, and had him start from any position. He was unable to stay on top of me or escape from under me, and I literally had him in a submission every 30 seconds. After a few minutes of that, I stopped submitting him and started setting up controls and submissions, but not actually applying them. After a few minutes of that, I eased up and started letting him work for submissions.

    That led to an interesting place – which was me helping him exploit holes in my game. (…)
    Finish reading Jiu-jitsu On The Farm.

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    15 Jun 2010

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  • UFC moves August 1st event out of Utah

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    Dana, why do you do this?

    Due to laggardly ticket sales,  the UFC has moved fights from the Energy Solutions Center to San Diego California.  Personally, I’m probably going to rent my clothes and mope around in sackcloth and ashes for the week.

    Possible reasons for the poor ticket sales:

    • Event date moved at late notice from August 7th to August 1st
    • August 1st is a Sunday
    • Many fans (me included) thought they could wait to buy the tickets
    • Some  fans hoped ticket prices would drop

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    15 Jun 2010

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • UFC on Versus 2 in Utah moved to San Diego

    Yup, you heard it right… The UFC is no longer headed toward Salt Lake.  Dana White said regarding the change”

    “Our television ratings in Salt Lake City have always been strong.  When we finally found the opportunity to bring a UFC event there with a great card, I was very surprised and disappointed in ticket sales.

    “As a result, for the first time in UFC history, I decided to pull the plug and move this August 1st event to the San Diego Sports Arena.”

    While I am sad to see the fights not headed here, especially with Jon Jones, one of my favorite fighters on the card, I have to say I’m not surprised.  The event was scheduled on a Sunday, which is going to be a challenge in Utah.  Dana had tried to make light of this challenge back in April, with statements like:

    “Some people are sending some emails going, ‘You guys are crazy going [to Salt Lake City] on a Sunday; it’s a holy day.  We’re going there on a Sunday. We’re going to Salt Lake City, Utah, and we’re going to put on an event.

    “I’ve had so many people from Utah saying, ‘Come on; when are you bringing an event to Utah?’ Now we’re coming, and we’ve got people on the Internet saying, ‘No, don’t come here on a Sunday. It’s a holy day.’ Talk to God and let him give you the day off to come watch.”

    But, unfortunately for the UFC, this issue appears to be bigger than Dana had anticipated.  Maybe another time.  Can I suggest a Saturday?

    15 Jun 2010

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • The Politics and Financials of Liddell

    Sorry folks, but I gotta rant a little bit after the Chuck Liddell, Rich Franklin fight from UFC 115 over the weekend.

    Kudos to Rich for winning that fight.  He really is a warrior.  He has talent, a chin, huge pain tolernce (as he has showed us time and time again), and definitely deserved it.

    But let’s take a look at Chuck.  Okay, so honestly, I expected Chuck to come out, and just be the same old Chuck, with the same old game, and hope it would work again.  But he wasn’t.  He was fit.  He was fast.  He was nailing takedowns, kicks, you name it.  It was the best Chuck Liddell I think we have ever seen.  Okay, maybe not in all respects… His fight game was top notch.  But there is no question that Chuck Liddell’s chin has become weaker with age.  I hate to seem him get knocked cold.  But let’s not let that completely overshadow the amazing game he came to the cage with!

    The moment Chuck went down they started writing him off as retired.  Then, they took it further… stating that it was time to go.  He was too old.  It was really time to hang it up, as they didn’t want to see him do this to himself.

    If this was all just heart-felt caring for a great man, I’d chime in as well, with a tear in my eye.

    But it’s bullshit.  It’s politics, and it’s financial.

    Chuck had a one fight deal.  That means he has no deal in contract with the UFC right now.  But he looked awesome!  So, why wouldn’t Strikeforce have Chuck come over for a fight?  I truly believe that it is the fear of Chuck going over to fight on another card that spawned all of the crap we heard Saturday night.  UFC needed to make it look like they were done with Chuck, and that they felt he was washed up.  That way if he fights somewhere else, they can say, “We were done with him anyway… and he really shouldn’t be fighting.”

    It just really was crap.  Chuck was awesome.

    13 Jun 2010

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  • Gup Shim Sa (Color Belt Test)

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    Gup Shim Sa June 2010

    Earlier this month, we had our end of the school year Gup Shim Sa or color belt grading.  For the first time in our young academy’s life, we had the full spectrum to show.  There were students testing for the very first time, others testing for orange, green, and red belt.  There were even the first group of dan candidates who will test next May for their dan (black belt equivalent).

    Soo Bahk Do only has 5 colors:  white, orange, green, red, and midnight blue and each color represents a season.  At each level, your skill level and learning should reflect the specific season.  White begins with winter, orange is a transition time between winter and spring with green belt representing the full season of spring.  Red symbolizes summer and midnight blue represents autumn, a fruitful result of training.  Below are a few fun videos that will give you an idea of the progression that takes place over the years as a student ripens and matures in the art.

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    11 Jun 2010

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Do you know a Brick Breaker?

    An advertising student from BYU just contacted me, and asked if I would pose a question to the Martial Artists (and enthusiasts) of Utah.  He is looking for someone who practices brick breaking.  The goal would be to shoot a commercial of a stack of bricks being broken.  This would then be entered in various National and International contests, and presented to some large companies.

    Do you do this?  Do you know someone who does?  Do you think you can get your idiot brother in law to try to smash some bricks with his head, just for kicks (I doubt they’d want this footage, but it might be fun anyway :)  )  If so, please contact me, and I’ll put you in touch.

    Thanks all, and please, send us links to the youtube of any of those brother-in-law videos you manage to pull off :)