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9 Dec 2013

  • Posted by Scott Vincent
  • Should You Give Up On “Just Technique”?

    Here’s the paradox – Jiu jitsu is made to benefit the smaller man in a fight.  Bigger man learns jiu jitsu then fights smaller man, now we are back to square 1 – all else being even, big man beats smaller man.

    What it boils down to is the question, “If a big guy knows everything that you know, how is technique going to help you?”.  That’s a pretty good question.

    I don’t think of it as giving the little guy an advantage so much as leveling the playing field and making it even.  Let’s face it, smaller guys call pull stuff that bigger guys can’t and vice versa.  BUT, if it levels the field, shouldn’t the question come in about using strength?

    Jiu jitsu evolves every day.  Don’t believe me?  Then show me a video of Helio using a berimbolo sweep.


    That being said, why is it that using strength is so looked down upon?  Shouldn’t there be times to use strength in matches?  Hasn’t it evolved to the point that the “pure technique” theory is losing some footing?

    Some will agree, some won’t.  I for one, agree that focusing on technique gives you great muscle memory and reaction and strength is to be used as a last-ditch effort, but it certainly shouldn’t be chastised.

    I was at the gym just last week and saw someone get caught in a triangle and the victim (uke) came over, sat down and said something to the effect of, “yea, but he had to muscle it on.”  That got me thinking….it got me thinking something along the lines of, “So?”…and now here I am – he got triangled and tapped…strength or not.  If he got “muscled” into it, would his technique have gotten him out or could he have muscled through it?  Who knows…but it brought the thought to me…why was this guy so offended about getting muscled into a submission?

    So in lies my goal over the next few weeks – use zero strength…if I have to muscle out of something, I’m not going to do it.  It’s the only way to figure this out, and it stands to be quite the few weeks.


    4 Aug 2013

  • Posted by Scott Vincent
  • Jiu Jitsu, Mud And Horizons

    Professor Mike Hermosillo once told me that jiu jitsu is weird. It’s weird in the fact that in some ways, it feels like you’re stuck in mud for months or even years. Then, one day, you jump out of the mud and up a level…unfortunately, it’s just a higher level of mud…possibly even more dense.

    What I’m referring to, is the many, MANY plateaus of jitz. I love them. I love training for years and then in one week seemingly shoot up an entire level. I love it because everything works, everything comes together and my confidence skyrockets – all at the same moment. I hate it at the same time because I also feel like my goal is to unleash a roaring river and I just chipped a small stone from the Hoover Dam.

    In case you missed the analogy, here’s another – have you ever been on a road trip that drags on and on? You’re about 20 miles out of town and you yearn to see anything but desert…as you pass over the horizon that you’ve been watching for the last hour or so, you don’t see a city, you see another 50 miles until the next horizon ends. Your trip just got longer and you sink in your seat and just stare and drive…the 20 miles you just recently passed aren’t even on your mind…it’s that next 50 that drains you. That’s what I’m talking about.

    I recently got my feet out of the mud and crossed a horizon. Unfortunately (or fortunately), Professor Hermosillo rolled with me for about 45 minutes the other day and showed me what deep down I already knew – there wasn’t a city as I came around the bend – just another 50 miles.

    I’m writing this as my mat-burns are healing, my neck is cracking and my pinky finger is in a constant state of “bent” – all from my road to the city. It’s my time to stop at the station, refill the tank, and take a little break and deep breath while I stretch my legs.

    Tuesday I get back in my car and start driving. It’s a long road until I see what’s over the next horizon, and again, deep down I know that there isn’t a city, there isn’t a destination – I just keep driving, but I do it for the curiosity of what’s around the next bend.

    Enjoy your trip.


    22 Aug 2012

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
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    14 Apr 2011

  • Posted by Paul Evans
  • Krav Maga SLC 3rd Party Protection and Knive Defense Seminar

    Krav Maga SLC will be hosting a 3rd party protection and knive defense seminar on July 30th 2011. Seminar will cover hostage situations in different types of places such as bank, bus, airplane, mall, etc., Seminar will be taught John Whitman. John is one of the most sought out instructors in the world. He is the Co- Author of “Complete Krav Maga” and “Black Belt Krav Maga”. John is one of the highest ranking instructors in the U.S. teaches military and law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

    For more infomation please visit our website at You can also download a flyer with all of the info on the website.

    This seminar is open for all no matter what your style or background is.

    26 Jan 2011

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • And The Next Article Is By… You?

    If you’re reading this site, then odds are that you practice, or are all least interested in MMA or one or more of the Martial Arts (or you’re my mom… Thanks Mom!)

    Yup… We knew it.

    This site receives thousands of readers each month just like you, who read these articles.

    In addition to knowing that you are interested in this stuff, guess what else we know?  Opinions are like butt holes… We know you have one.  and we want to hear it.

    Do you practice things a bit different than how others do?  Do you think something you read here is full of crap, and need to voice your own perspective?  You you get frustrated that Hapo-Kiji-Minudo-Ji-Do just doesn’t get the respect it deserves?  Well, let us help you get that message in front of thousands of people.  Let them know who you are.  Be heard!

    So, here’s how it works: Contact me through this simple form.  I’ll email you back.  You reply to my email and tell me what you want to say.

    That’s it.  It doesn’t have to look perfect, and you don’t have to be a professional writer.  If you need any help word smithing it, we’ll help you out.

    Sha-blam!  Look at you FINALLY getting yourself and the art you practice (or your opinion on the last fights, and what people should be doing different) the respect and exposure that you have deserved ever since Sally cheated at that damned spelling bee!

    25 Nov 2010

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Black Friday Martial Arts Deals

    All right folks, let’s share our info here!

    I know of a website: Title MMA who is offering 20% off your entire order for black Friday.

    There is a deal over at MMA Mania on Tokyo Five gear for 25% off.

    Also, there’s a hell of a thread going on over at Sherdog with a bunch of black Friday deals (some as low as 50% off!)

    Know of any others??  Please comment here if you do.

    29 Sep 2010

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • East West MMA Closed

    I have had several people contact me recently to ask if I know why East West MMA is closed.

    If anyone who attended needs a recommendation for a new school, please feel free to contact me.  Depending on where you live and what classes you were taking I am sure I can recommend a few spots for you.

    10 Sep 2010

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Certified Dignitary Protection Operator course

    It has come to my attention (and so I wanted to pass it along to our readers), that the Counter Terrorism Institute of America is holding their 3 day Certified Dignitary Protection Operator course in Salt Lake.

    Details can be found on their web site  at

    In looking at their site, it looks like the course is October 29-31, 2010  9am – 9pm.

    The description posted is:

    “Three days long, 36 hours total. This is a comprehensive entry level course to introduce persons interested to the field of Dignitary Protection. The course includes LONG training days of at least 12 hours. Topics include: handgun skills, movement drills, cover and evacuation drills, motorcade operations, weapons retention/disarming, unarmed defense. A written exam, shooting test, advance survey and practical field exercise must be successfully completed in order to become certified. It is a gross myth that professional operators must be male or very large and powerful. FALSE! Anyone of average size can learn these skills.”

    14 Jan 2010

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • The death of an Icon: Bob Shamrock passes away at 68

    I spent this week in Reno on business.  Since I was going to be here anyway, I wanted to take the opportunity to visit the Lion’s Den, the training center that UFC and MMA legend Ken Shamrock has established here.  Earlier this evening I headed over to the 5:30 grappling class, to be taught by Ken.

    When I arrived I learned some truly sad news: Bob Shamrock, adopted father of both Ken and Frank Shamrock, passed away earlier this afternoon here in Reno.

    I had heard a lot about Bob, and the significant factor that he had been in the boys lives, and in the early shaping of the UFC  and MMA.  But not until this evening, when I sat down to do some reading on Bob Shamrock, did I really understand the caliber of man that the world has lost today.

    In a heart touching article published by the Knuckle Pit, we begin to see the picture of Bob Shamrock, who helped people from very early on in his life.  After school each day Bob would go down and volunteer his time at a mission in Los Angeles, where he would serve meals to the homeless, and entertain them by playing the piano.

    By the time Ken, a foster Child of 15 years old, showed up at bob and Dee Dee’s doorstep in 1979, the Shamrocks had already been taking in foster children for 9 years.  First one, then four, and then as many as 18 at a time would be welcomed into the Shamrock home.  Here they had access to a full gym, basketball courts, a swimming pool, and tennis courts.

    The Shamrocks learned early on, that sports was a great way to really get kids interested in something.  But if sports didn’t fit, they would send them to art classes at the community college, buy them guitar lessons, piano, or whatever it took.  They were always giving.  Always working to find outlets for these children.

    Our hearts go out to the Shamrocks, and to the many people who must be grieving today… The many children, now adults, whose lives Bob touched.  I know he is receiving one of the fatherly hugs tonight, than I’m sure he gave so many times.

    26 Aug 2009

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Videos from Horn’s Fight Night 10 pulled

    Jeremy Horn’s Elite Fight Night has (understandably) had me pull down the videos that were up from the Fight Night 10 event.  I want to make sure everyone knows however, how cool Jenn Howe over there was, and as been throughout my interactions with them.

    Also, for those of you who got to see the videos, I hope you like them.  but regardless of rather you saw them or not, I have really got to tell you:  No video can possibly do justice to how amazing these events are!! The level of fighting, and just the sheer energy in the building is incredible.  I have been to UFC events (sat ring-side and watched Liddell beat the crap out of Tito… that was an uncomfortable after-party at the club with Tito :)  ) and I watch an MMA I can on TV and PPV… But these events are on par with, or better than anything I have ever seen put on.

    I haven’t seen a date announced for the next Fight Night yet, but seriously… don’t miss it.  They are as good as it gets.

    In the meantime, since you can’t get you video fix here, you can go register for free videos on Horn’s Elite web page.

    Thanks Jeremy, and Jenn for the amazing shows you put on!!