July 31, 2010
Monica hopes to spread awareness and work preventative measures to those children and young adults considered high risk for diabetes throughout New Mexico. I wish her all the luck in the world with all of her ventures, and I hope the next time you are sitting on your ass reading my blog making excuses why you can't do ___________________ (fill in the blank), that you think of Monica and all the little things we take for granted having our eyesight that she lives without day in and day out for the rest of her life. Funny how those excuses kind of become meaningless eh!?
Kudos to my amigo Phil as well for always sticking by Monica and constantly challenging her. Phil has never given anyone anything, you must earn it with him, be it respect, skills, lessons etc. Phil helped mold Monica and ensure she keeps disciplined and he will be the first to tell you that he has learned more from her then she has from him!
(As a side note; for anyone in Albuquerque, NM. looking for a solid Wing Chun instructor, there is no better than Phil Romero. Top disciple of Hawking Cheung, Phil knows his shit inside and out!)
I hope you find this story inspiring!
July 29, 2010
When Brian was in Vegas just a couple weeks ago he had the opportunity to train with George, as George paid a visit to his first BJJ coach (who rewarded George his black belt) John Will who was also in Vegas. Brian actually got some mat time with George and they exchanged ideas and techniques. I don't think Brian will mind me sharing some of our private conversation about the experience:
"Plain and simple, George is a grappling genius! He is so far ahead of anyone in MMA, and his mat sense is uncanny. I look forward to training with him more." - Brian Johnson on George Sotiropoulos
I am paraphrasing a bit, but Brian's overall impression was blown away by how smart George was. Brian is not impressed easily, and he kept mentioning how innovative George was. Now that George has bought a house in Southern Washington I am willing to bet we just may see him up here in Seattle visiting sometime soon;)
And that is one of the main reasons I train with Brian... he is still learning and training! Brian is constantly growing and developing from anyone that he can learn from; even his students. So many teachers forget their original role as student and become almost holier than thou as they turn their passion into a business.
Enjoy the video,
July 28, 2010
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Some great articles on the Worlds and some good techniques at the end.
|See how many famous faces you recognize in this pic. Carlos is the 3rd from left.|
I could listen to stories like his all day! Enjoy!
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Kombat Clinic Interview Click Here!
July 27, 2010
July 26, 2010
Hosted by Aaron Fields and Gregg Humphrie's (great to meet you Gregg and Serge.... no, no, the other Serge;) at Aaron's gym (quietly dubbed the sweat box!), Saturdays attendance was just short of 40 people, and Sunday had about 10 fewer! People from Iowa, Oregon, Cali, and of course locally converged to get the opportunity to train Sambo with one of the best ever! Greg even said that it was one of the largest turnouts he has ever seen for Igor, and that we trained harder then most out there! Quite a compliment coming from Miletich's grappling coach!
Igor spent the majority of Sat. showing throwing techniques mixed with a few ground techniques, and exactly the opposite on Sunday where we spent the day working ground techniques with a couple of stand up throws. This was a great mix for the people in attendance who were mostly Sambo stylists, but we had everything from BJJ cat's to western martial artists in the house! It is always interesting for me to see how someone approaches certain techniques and training, and Sambo has many varied grips and setups for throws and sweeps that are simply not seen in other systems. This is due in part to their uniform as well as the rule set for Sambo (freestyle / sport / combat). Remember the only differentiating factors when it comes to various "styles" or "systems" are: 1 - rule set & 2 - uniform.
|"The Death Star / Igor Kurinnoy / Chickenwing|
In regards to the ground work the majority of it focused on your opponent either turtled up, in bottom four quarter, or totally sprawled out (think spread eagle face down). For those of us in BJJ this was a little confusing, but keep in mind that Sambo has time limits on the ground; and some people will splay out in an effort to stall and get the match back to the feet. So the majority of techniques were addressing this exact issue. Igor even taught us his trademark rolling shoulder lock!
Overall the weekend was... hot and wet!! And not the way you would want it to be! I bet it was easily 100 degree's in Aaron's club, with humidity right up there alongside it. I easily lost 6 pounds water weight Saturday. Hopefully Aaron will be in a much more drafty location next seminar.
But seriously the seminar was good. Nice to see that kind of support for a relatively unknown art here in the US. Igor is the epitome of "speak softly and carry a bag full of ass whoopin' for any poor sap stupid enough to ask for it!" Very soft spoken. Extremely gentle, that is until he showed some throws on Aaron, Serge and a couple others. I honestly thought he killed Aaron with one take down. Igor can explode with such velocity that it is easy to see why he has won the world Sambo cup 3 times! Igor's English is much better then my Russian and he did quite well, but I cannot help but think how much more detail we could have retained if a translator was present. Igor is extremely technical, and has a PHD in Combat Sports Conditioning, so I am very sure their is more detail to the content he could have shared if language was not a barrier.
On that same note I was REALLY looking forward to being warmed up with some of his grappling specific techniques and what not, but those were not a factor. Perhaps next visit their will be more organization and direction as far as theme's go.
I want to thank Aaron, Gregg, and all the participants for making it such a great weekend. And lastly I want to thank Igor for opening my eyes to the great potential of Sambo and for unabashedly sharing his passion and love for the grappling community.
Have fun in Iowa boys!
For more on Igor click here!
Besides having the coolest subtitle: "The Most Sublime Savagery in Sports" Muay Thaimes has some very, very good photography. Unfortunately it seems the publication is centered around the shots and writing has taken a back seat (sign of the times!?!?). Published with the seasons, the summer 2010 issue is jammed pack full of fight results from professional MT events around the country and a few overseas. This is cool I am sure for those who fought, but really is of little interest to those of us not near any of those events, nor knowing any of the fighters in said events.
One of the better articles 'Fighting for Change' covers Kru Paul Barry's attempts to reach the impoverished and underprivileged of Newport, Delaware. Offering a safe haven for kids of all ages to come train and interact with others that share similar interests, or whom simply want to get off the streets.
The highlight article of "MT's" is what seems to be an ongoing series of Muay Thai in America and this issues focuses on Paulo Tocha. Paulo grew up in Africa and traveled the world training and teaching Muay Thai, as well as fighting any and every where he could. An interesting life story of someone we never hear about.
What little coverage Muay Thai gets in this country is piss poor to say the least, so I think any publication that is doing its best to spread the word of the traditional art of Thailand is worth a look. But to be brutally honest Muay Thaimes needs to get some better writers and more interesting content to be truly successful. Some articles on techniques would be great! Fighting philosophies, attitudes and approaches to coaching would be a bonus.
Check it out if you get the chance, and throw $5 towards the cause. I would caution against a subscription as I am not sure how many more volumes they will be able to fund.
July 22, 2010
So anytime you check out a link (you do not have to buy anything) it helps me out in a minuscule way. Hell, even $10 a month is $120 a year; and that right there is registration for most tournaments and/or seminars (with a few bucks left over for beers;). I want to be clear and let you know that I have no control over what they advertise and certainly do not endorse any or all of it. I review books and DVD's here so feel free to use the search option below to see if it is a title I have looked at, but otherwise it is by no means an endorsement by me. Simply advertising space for the evil conglomerates.
I really appreciate the support and feedback I get from my readers. I am constantly surprised at whom is checking me out. John Will even made a comment that he enjoys reading my blog every week! I am honored that someone of his caliber even glances at something I share online.
Of course I am not opposed to rich people sponsoring me on any level if any of you are looking to get a tax write off!
I know it is a bit gaudy, but I am hoping this will help me out in even in the smallest way and I promise to rip it down if it gets out of control.
Thanks for your time and support!
|Jadamba Narantungalag fighting for Asashoryu|
|Asashoryu at the height of his career|
Thanks to Head Kick Legend for the clip!
Keep your hands up,
Check it out here! http://www.championsway.net/data/14823/gallery/20100721165846608.pdf
The Machados from Robert Arevalo on Vimeo.
July 21, 2010
Some of my first memories of martial arts were training Modern Arnis every chance I got under Prof. Remy Presas (1936-2001). This was my first foray into a truly Filipino Cultural martial art, and it fascinated me to no end. My interest has led me to find an excellent teacher that I mesh with and I am excited to be training in Kali. So when "Eskrimadors" (Pointsource Films) came across my desk I was excited to see this groundbreaking documentary.
Here is an interview with one of Muay Thai's best fighters; Buakaw Por. Pramuk.
July 20, 2010
July 19, 2010
For those interested in the Filipino Martial Arts, or simply for anyone that would like to improve their stick and knife skills, I proudly present (for what I believe is the first time in Seattle) a seminar on Pekiti Tirsia Kali as taught by Guro Meynard Ancheta. Meynard is a friend of mine and long time fellow student under Tim Cartmell so I am very happy to host him in Seattle for a great weekend of training. Hope you can join us!
Three Harmonies Martial Arts Presents
A Weekend Workshop:
Pekiti Tirsia Kali
Traditional Filipino Martial Arts
W/ Meynard Ancheta
August 28 & 29th 2010
Sun. 11am – 3pm
(Location provided with registration)
1 day - $55
Weekend - $75
*Please bring your own sticks and a training knife. ABSOLUTELY NO LIVE BLADES! *
To register contact Jake Burroughs:
206-941-3232 / email@example.com
Your are invited to join us for a weekend of training in the beautifully effective art of Pekiti Tirsia Kali, one of the native weapon and empty hand arts of the Philippines. This is Guro Ancheta’s first visit to Seattle, WA. and he will guide students through the “Doce Methodos” or Twelve Methods. These are the foundational
methods and techniques for every aspect of Pekiti Tirsia Kali (empty hand / single weapon / double weapons). All levels of experience are welcome, all we ask is you leave your ego at the door!
Students can expect to learn:
· Single and double stick methods
· Effective & Realistic knife fighting skills
· Brutal techniques meant for real combat, not sport
· Improve your timing, footwork, and understanding of range & distance
· Have fun learning a cultural treasure of the Philippines
“I want to share the traditional family system of Pekiti Tirsia Kali (PTK), and demystify some of the false idea’s about this effective martial art.” – Guro Ancheta
Meynard Ancheta began his martial journey with Don Angier in Aiki Ryu Jujitsu & Kenjutsu. Shortly thereafter Meynard met Tim Cartmell and has been training with him in the arts of Bagua, Xing Yi, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the past 10 years earning a brown belt in the art of BJJ. In 2004 he then began his foray into the art of Pekiti Tirsia Kali training privately under Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje. Furthering his training in the traditional family system of PTK under Mataas na Guro Tim Waid, Meynard continues to visit the Philippines and train. Meynard is a Dog Brother (c-Strawdog), and was recently promoted to Guro (instructor) by Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje. For more information on PTK visit www.ptkgo.com
For more information or questions please contact Jake Burroughs at: 206-941-3232 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Love him or hate him, Shinya Aoki is always fun to watch. This past Sat morning he did not disappoint getting a vicious straight ankle lock on Tatsuya Kawajiri in Dream's 15th showing. I just so happened to get up at 3:30am to drain the main vein, so I got out to the living room, turning the volume on the TV down and was able to catch the final match with Aoki.
July 8, 2010
July 6, 2010
Here is an interesting article on how to attract women, and keep women, at your gym. I think it offers some great points in regards to general business ownership and professionalism across the gender divide. Thanks to Stephan Kesting over at Grapple Arts!