steve_spencerThe Utah Martial Arts site is built, and maintained by Steve Spencer (that’s me.)

I have always been involved in, and an avid follower of unarmed combat in one form or another.

Steve SpencerFor starters, I was one of six children, and was ADHD before there was a fancy name for it. That meant that nearly every moment of my young life was spent in intense rough-housing. Back in high school I did wrestling for several years, and then, in my early and mid twenties did several styles of karate, a bit of informal fight-clubbing with friends, and became something of an MMA junkie, watching Pride and the UFC from their early days.

In the fall of 2007 however, I found a real passion for Judo, and began the website Utah Judo to publish why I love Judo, and what I am learning from it. You can learn more about me, the Dojo that I train in, my experiences, and contact me though that site.

One of the things that I have really enjoyed from the Utah Judo site is the ability to interact with other people who share my passion and interest in Judo.

That was fine and good, but I find I always want to know more. How effective is Krav Maga outside of a cool episode of Human Weapon? How do Greco Roman wrestling throws compare to those of Judo? How does a good Judo ground game compare to a Jiu-jitsu one… has it become too focused on sport and the Ipon? What about the lack of Jiu-jitsu standup? The kicks of Karate, and the vicious strikes of Muay Thai?

Where could I learn about these, and share my interests with others in Utah? What gyms teach what skills?

I went looking on the web, and could not find what I was looking for. So I decided to do something about it.

This site is that effort. I hope that this can be a place for everyone to learn, and to share their experiences. I hope you will all enjoy it as much as I have. I look forward to getting to know you. I look forward to learning from you.

Thanks for stopping by, we’ll keep a light on. :)

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