April 22, 2011

Random Friday

Shaking the hazy hangover from everyones favorite holiday, I am rallying the motivation to hit the weights today and roll tonight.  I have no time for rest as the next 6 weeks are going to be grueling in regards to training.   I am all over the place this morning so I have a hodge-podge of random shit to share this Friday.

Michael Langhi is quickly becoming one of my favorite grapplers to watch, and with this attitude how can you not like the kid.  On his loss at the World Pro Trials (first in 3 years mind you):

 "I hadn’t lost in practically three years and was pretty bummed. But it comes with the sport, it’s something everyone is subject to. Two go in, and one leaves the loser. Unfortunately, I was the loser this time.

The truth is that my opponent (Leandro Lo) was better than me and had an excellent championship. One needs to have the posture of a champion off the mat. There are those who only have it in victory, but in defeat they don’t know how to deal and assume attitudes that aren’t those of a true champion. The lesson I derived from all this is that sooner or later the house comes down, and it comes down for everybody. Like I said, if you are someone who besides being good at Jiu-Jitsu has a good attitude, you receive praise even in defeat. But if you let things go to your head, when the house comes down it’s an even greater shock. I don’t hide, and I compete everywhere I can. I’d rather lose than not fight. The sting of defeat is something I can live with, but the shame of not fighting and being afraid."  

In my humble opinion he is describing the warrior spirit.  Many speak of this in the martial arts, but few embody it!   Rickson is always talking about being a reincarnated samurai.  This is what I strive for as I cannot agree more I would rather lose than not fight!  It is the thrill of the fight that I cannot get enough of.  Putting it all on the line at that very moment!  Reminds me of the quote from Mr. Roosevelt:

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

And who better to represent the samurai spirit than one of my favorite fighters of all time Genki Sudo!  You have seen his awesome videos for his band World Order, now check him out at Chris Brennan's Westside Grappling Tournie back ten years ago.

Some random observations:

  • Genki is stupid smooth and flows so eloquently
  • He is humble and respectful throughout (much cannot be aid about his opponents)
  • Genki does not use any strength.  If someone resists, or something is failing he simply moves onto another technique effortlessly 
  • This is a literal buffet of submissions
  • WTF is up with the wimpy trophy Genki wins!?!?!?  Seriously?!?!?  

Duran with Randy Couture
Thanks to Ross Training for the following article on "Stitch" Duran.  Most of us have no clue who Stitch is other than the guy who comes in and closes the cuts of our favorite MMA fighters at the end of each round.  

"The fight is over, but the bleeding hasn't stopped.
The fighter has dropped to his knees with three holes in his head: His hairline hides one of the cuts, smallish but oozing; his right cheek has been split open on the bone, maybe an inch under his eye; and his right ear—his cauliflower ear, red and rubbed raw—has burst like a bubble.
A cut man kneels beside the fighter. "  ........Click here to read the full story!  

Great read and perspective of the fight game few of us think about!  


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