November 25, 2014

Collegiate Wrestling on Big Ten Network

The Big Ten network just announced its most extensive wrestling coverage ever with some sure fire barn burners that will be televised!  Big Ten network is available as an add on in the Seattle market (if you patronize the evil conglomerate Comcast).  This is super exciting for wrestling fans the nation over but also for anyone interested in seeing one of the oldest, toughest, purest sports on earth that is shared in damned near every culture the world over.  This is your opportunity to watch THE Ohio State Buckeyes capture a national title!! 


2014-15 Big Ten Wrestling on BTN and BTN Plus (all times ET)

Sunday, November 30 Lehigh at Northwestern 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Saturday, December 6 Cal Poly at Northwestern 12:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Saturday, December 6 Drexel at Northwestern 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Saturday, December 6 Davidson at Northwestern 4:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Saturday, December 6 Princeton at Northwestern 6:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Thursday, December 11 Penn State at Maryland 6:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Thursday, December 11 Indiana at Wisconsin 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Saturday, December 13 SIUE at Indiana 10:00 AM (Live on BTN Plus)
Saturday, December 13 Manchester at Indiana 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Thursday, December 18 Northwestern at Minnesota 8:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Friday, December 19 Virginia Tech at Penn State 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Monday, December 29 Midlands Championship at Northwestern All Day (Live on BTN Plus)
Tuesday, December 30 Midlands Championship 8:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Friday, January 2 Iowa at Rutgers 8:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Sunday, January 4 Iowa at Ohio State 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 9 Wisconsin at Northwestern 8:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 9 Michigan at Minnesota 9:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Sunday, January 11 Penn State at Ohio State 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, January 11 Minnesota at Rutgers TBA (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 16 Ohio State at Michigan State 7:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Friday, January 16 Northwestern at Purdue 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 16 Penn State at Rutgers 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 16 Illinois at Iowa TBA (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, January 18 Ohio State at Michigan 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, January 18 Northwestern at Indiana 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, January 18 Illinois at Minnesota 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 23 Wisconsin at Michigan 7:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Friday, January 23 Nebraska at Illinois 8:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 23 Northwestern at Iowa 8:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, January 25 Rutgers at Nebraska 1:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Sunday, January 25 Michigan at Indiana 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, January 25 Illinois at Northwestern 3:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 30 Penn State at Michigan 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 30 Iowa at Minnesota 7:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Friday, January 30 Purdue at Ohio State 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 30 Nebraska at Northwestern 8:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 30 Maryland at Illinois TBA (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, February 1 Illinois at Purdue 2:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Friday, February 6 Minnesota at Ohio State 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, February 6 Iowa at Maryland 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, February 6 Nebraska at Michigan 8:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, February 6 Rutgers at Wisconsin 8:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, February 8 Iowa at Penn State 1:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Sunday, February 8 Minnesota at Maryland 1:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, February 8 Wisconsin at Illinois 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, February 8 Nebraska at Michigan State 3:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, February 8 Rutgers at Northwestern 6:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, February 13 Michigan State at Indiana 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, February 13 Michigan at Iowa 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, February 13 Stanford at Nebraska 8:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, February 13 Maryland at Northwestern 8:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, February 15 Michigan State at Purdue 1:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, February 20 Duke at Michigan State 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Saturday, February 21 Cliff Keen National Duals - Semifinals at Iowa 4:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Saturday, February 21 Duke at Michigan 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Saturday, February 21 Central Michigan at Michigan State 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, February 22 Cliff Keen National Duals - Finals at Iowa 12:30 PM (Live on BTN)
Sunday, February 22 Rider at Penn State 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Saturday, March 7 B1G Championships TBA (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, March 8 B1G Championships 3:00 PM (Live on BTN)


All dates/times of scheduled events are subject to change. Please check www.BTN.com for most updated listings.

Attn: Three Harmonies Students

There will be no class on Thursday November 27th in observance of Dead Turkey Day.  Enjoy the time with loved ones, be safe, and reflect on what to truly be grateful for. 

November 24, 2014

Evidence of Pre Colonial Filipino Martial Arts & Blade Design In Relation to Techniques

Here are a couple of excellent articles by Manila Times Fight Times Editor Perry Gil S. Mallari that offer some serious food for thought before settling in to carve up that turkey.  I would like to see a more detailed writing on this research as it has some solid points, but does not expand much at all. 

"While there is scant mention of the specific names of the martial arts that pre-colonial Filipinos practiced, I believe that various prototypes of Filipino martial arts (FMA) were already in existence long before the arrival of Spain. To me, three things serve as indicators of the existence of indigenous FMA: organized method of warfare, metallurgical technology and sophisticated blade culture. All three aforementioned were chronicled by the Spaniards when they arrived in the Philippines."  Click here to read the entire article.

Again Mallari teases the reader with a taste of his theory of blade design and how it is used but does not offer much depth.  I hope he comes out with some follow up articles offering more research and opinion. 

"Some escrimadors have the habit of bouncing their sticks on the opposite arm (or other bodily parts) either to reposition for another strike or to arrest the momentum of the weapon after a forceful swing. This practice may still work safely with a single-edged sword but if the practitioner carried this habit while using a double-bladed sword, he will definitely cut himself. The safer way of regaining control at the end of a fast cutting motion is to use the palm of the non-weapon hand to catch the wrist of the hand holding the sword. The catching hand not only prevents the other edge from cutting the wielder but it can also aid the weapon-hand in generating more force in cutting or hacking."  To read the entire article click here.

 

November 22, 2014

Traditional Tajik Wrestling

With all the bullshit in traditional Judo and their strides to keep it "pure," coupled with the seeming lack of integrity with "role models" such as Braulio Estima who can't even own a fuck up when they get caught red handed... I have decided to start training strictly in Tajik Jacket Wrestling!! 

Thanks to BJJEE for this rare glimpse into the traditional folk grappling of central Asia.  This is a Gushtingiri tournament somewhere in the balmy coasts of Tajikistan.  In tough times I welcome the reminder of the wonder that are the martial arts.  Every culture in the furthest corners of the world have developed some sort of native martial art, most being grappling based.  Fascinating stuff...



November 19, 2014

Fut Sao Wing Chun by James Cama - Book Review

Tambuli Media's latest offering by James Cama offers a glimpse into the little seen world of the Leung Family Buddha Hand System of martial arts with "Fut Sao Wing Chun."  A 115 page overview of a little known branch of the Southern Chinese Martial art known as Wing Chun, a system renown for its pragmatic approach to self defense and health.

The author, James Cama, offers a brief historic overview of the art before leading the reader through the various aspects of Wing Chun. Subjects such as weapons, empty hand forms, internal healing (nei gung), and two person form are touched upon.  Cama also shows a taste of the self defense aspects that Wing Chun has to offer.   Unfortunately these are mere appetizers to the uninitiated!  Though written decently it almost seems rushed as I was left wanting more details on every aspect; lineage, pedagogy, mindset of a Wing Chun fighter; how to deal with specialists in other methods of combat etc.etc.  A smattering of self defense scenarios are presented but little explanation is offered.  For instance on page 106 the author talks about the importance of controlling the opponents energy in a self defense situation.  But ultimately this is merely a maxim as their is no further details offered nor explanation.

Edited well the photo's are well lit and clear, offering a single angle on the subject in most instances.  The  form stills are solid and clear though again only offering one angle, not multiples. The reader is left yearning for more info and depth unless of course you already practice the Buddha Hand system of the Leung Family.  To those practitioners this book is of the most value since Cama offers the basic forms broken down into over 200 photos as well as the two person set.  A wonderful source of the movements to any student of the art.


The Hei Gong (nei gung) form is also presented (and to the best of my knowledge this is the first time it appears openly in print).  A strong, powerful healing set that combines breath work with dynamic movements and mental acuity training. 

One is left feeling as if there must be a follow up volume diving into more details of such a rare art, but that desire is overshadowed by the sad fact that James Cama unexpectedly passed on the day this title was in fact published. A legacy cut short for sure but none the less one cemented in the foundation of time with this text as a treatise to his past for the students of the future. 

Fut Sao can be purchased by clicking here

November 18, 2014

Training With Guru Jeff Davidson

Once again I have had the distinct pleasure to train with Guru Jeff Davidson of the Detroit Maphilindo Pitbulls.  I believe all things happen for a reason and though I had followed his blog and online offerings for years, it wasn't until earlier this year I decided to reach out and ask to train with Jeff.  He accepted and as they say the rest is history. 

I must admit that his tutelage comes at a very pivotal time for me as quality people in general but specifically quality martial artists have become a rare commodity in my life.  Guru Jeff sees something in me that others choose to look past, most likely because they are too preoccupied with trying to get something from me.  Regardless I cannot express in words how grateful I am to have such a talented and giving teacher both in the martial realm and spiritual. 

As if the gift of having a solid teacher was not enough imagine my surprise when Guru Jeff offered to accept both my student Lara and myself as closed door disciples!  We could not be more honored and grateful for such a wonderful opportunity and thankfully we were both accepted.  Many more great things coming in the future! 


Mabuhay! 

November 15, 2014

Ohio State Wrestling

The seasons first snowflakes whisked through the crisp air as we shuffled into the historic St. John's Arena on the campus of THE Ohio State University.  The Buckeyes were to face Kent St. at the home opener for the 2014-15 wrestling season, one filled with murmurings of the possibility of Ohio States first national championship. This would be my first live Ohio State wrestling match.

St. John's Arena is a beautiful building that my father and grandfather used to take me to as a kid to watch OSU basketball, and is actually perfect for wrestling.  Not a bad seat in the house and the home team had a solid showing though Kent St. is not necessarily a powerhouse.  The evening started  with the presentation of Logan Stieber's national championship banner (3 years running, looking for his fourth this season).  The championship banners lined the north and south upper bowl and included some familiar names to fans of MMA; Mark Coleman & Kevin Randleman, as well as champions going back to 1940.  Just a wonderful atmosphere to watch NCAA Collegiate wrestling. 

Watching Logan Stieber dominate his opponent was certainly a highlight, but the premier of true freshman Kyle Snyder was what most of us were eager to see.  I mean check out these stats, they literally seem unreal:
  • 179-0 in three years of HS wrestling
  • Was taken down once in that span.  (No, that is not a typo!!  Has only been taken down one time in 179 matches!!!)
  • Youngest Junior World Champion in 2013
  • Returned in 2014 to bronze
  • Undefeated in what is considered the top three toughest HS wrestling tournaments in the US.
Wrestling champs before they "bulked  up"   





Between the Stieber brothers, Kyle Snyder, and stand outs such as Josh Demas their are high hopes for a solid shot at the NCAA championships for OSU.  If you are in the area you really should pick up the fam and take them.  It is affordable, fun, and you are supporting one of the most important sports in the world.