Do they have the whole system? Who cares.

It doesn’t matter if they have the whole system. They just need to make you better than you were When searching for a teacher of a specific art, prospective students have an image in their head, and a natural question is, “does this person have the whole system?” They are thinking tiger-emblazoned sleeveless gis, catching[…]

Bill McGrath on Power

Bill McGrath on power generation After this week’s video with Archie Luz on how to throw a harder body shot, I thought I’d release this interview clip of one of the hardest-hitting people I know, Tuhon Bill McGrath. While I admire Archie’s power and movement, he’s a beast of an athlete and trains like an[…]

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Everything works. Nothing works

It’s not the art, it’s who’s better that day I was going to write a totally different post, but saw something on Facebook/YouTube that got me diverted. Imagine that?     Adam Chan, the creator of this video, states himself that it’s just one idea, one possibility, and that it’s not bullet proof. Enough said.[…]

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What to work on – sparring and hubad

Not sure what to work on? Find out in flow There’s so much to work on even with a ‘basic’ art such as Muay Thai that it can be hard to make sure our training is complete and optimized. While ‘work on everything’ is true, it’s glib and not particularly useful. First of all, goals[…]

Is it authentic? Who cares?

A rational look at authenticity People often search for and advertise, “authentic (martial art here).” There are many forms of authenticity, most of which don’t have tremendous value to your life. Let’s look at some: With technique of a past era. So either tactics, tools, requirements, or rules have changed. Maybe the art has become[…]

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What I learned from Saenchai’s Instagram feed

Even when you’re awesome, keeping it fun keeps me watching I have no idea if this is the official, personal whatever, but Saenchai’s Instagram feed is the one I love. Why? Because he’s having fun and doesn’t post stupid motivational memes. A more detailed look I suppose: It’s a mix of action, personal, and casual[…]

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Martial arts is not self defense

While it may help in a bar fight, knowing BJJ, MMA, even kali/krav maga doesn’t make you a combat or self defense expert So Tim Ferris is stretching his boundaries, putting out some footage about ‘fighting’ and self defense, and I’m going to have to go ahead and call bullshit. I’m not going to go[…]

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Trade situational awareness for social awareness

Know where the exits are, but forgot to bring a present to the birthday party? That’s 90% of your problem. Lots of people come to martial arts because they’re afraid. Whether that’s fear of being weak, defenseless, undisciplined, unfit…it doesn’t matter. Martial arts is sometimes the answer. But a door that can open is to[…]

UFC 200 Nunes

UFC 200 — stacked and sucked

If I weren’t hanging out with people I liked, UFC 200 would have been a miserable time. UFC 200…lots of surprisingly positive write ups. I’m going to dissent. A card that looked good on poster but severely under delivered, with a splash of sideshow for good measure. First thing, great headlining fight. Glad to see:[…]

UFC sold or not… would be just in time before UFC 200

Getting a sale ahead of UFC 200 is probably a good idea There’s been a good sense that UFC 200 is not going to be the historic event UFC 100 was, but the early flux left casual fans not really even caring though the card now looks decent. The fact that it felt that Conor[…]