Oni are demons recounted in Japanese folklore. Can we fight them, or must we hide in fear?
After training alone in my home dojo this week, I recognized that without consistent practice in kata, I would probably go crazy. It is a wonderful gift passed down from generation and generation: intricate movements worth mastering that provide self-defense and self-expression. The focus and discipline honed by performing kata and the catharsis enabled by hard physical and mental training has made me who I am today. It seems that not many athletes or fighters from other disciplines understand this.
I wrote this poem in honor of my teachers who have given me the skills to protect not only my body, but also my mind and spirit. I hope to pass along the invaluable lessons I have learned.
Remember that even though we sometimes practice fighting invisible opponents, it doesn’t mean they’re imaginary . . . Continue reading
The simple answer is: Right now? No, you shouldn’t.
More after the jump.
If you ask me, this card is flying wayyy under the radar. Amidst the Winter Olympics and the high points of both college and professional basketball, the UFC is putting one of their supposed top draws on display. No doubt Ronda Rousey is a certifiable star in the eyes of Hollywood execs, but I don’t know if she has the perceived Pay Per View drawing power that Zuffa believes in. Throw in the fact that she is fighting the Tim Duncan of female fighters in Sara McMann and there is little to no buzz about this weekends title tilt. Most of the blogosphere has been consumed with the fact that due to Rashad Evans’ weak knee ligament, Daniel Cormier is fighting a barista with a few weeks of sprawl training. Either way, there are still a ton of meaningful fights on this card, I’m just not sure it is the typical pay per view showcase that comes with one of the company’s top draws. There is no way around it: Ronda Rousey’s true potential as a bona fide MMA star will be tested this weekend. Will you be tuning in? I’ll try to make the choice for you in the coming preview!
A UFC Fight Night 36 Preview
After a decision heavy UFC 169 card a few weeks ago, the Zuffa brass are hoping that this event going down in Brazil will have plenty of excitement for the viewing public. A slugfest here or there would be nice, but what the UFC needs most out of Saturday night is a legitimate and viable Middleweight contender. Both of the evening’s final two tilts feature highly ranked 185ers that could lay claim to #1 contendership with an impressive outing. The issue is that aside from Jacare Souza, the other three fighters involved in the collective fisticuffs are noted for their ability to act as a proverbial glasses of warm milk before bed… Who knows what could happen when you toss two martial artists in a cage for five rounds though! On to the preview!
I live in New England.
Temperatures have been below freezing almost all winter.
It’s snowing, again.
Do I need any other reason to post some of the best videos of intrepid karateka training in the snow? I like to work on stepping and stances on days like this, personally–kind of like training on the beach but with boots on. Here are how other, hardier folks approach winter workouts! (Notice none of the videos are very long?)
I admire this guy for standing in just one spot. Brrr!
This father and son combo shows good defense–and discipline!
Gotta love when your camera man throws snowballs at you . . .
Mas Oyama, founder of Kyokushin, was all about outdoor training. The winter fun starts about five minutes in.
Are you inspired to get outside and train today? Or are you more in the mood to stay warm and watch more videos? Either way, let us know if you have some cold-weather training routines you like, or if you have videos to share. Thanks!
If you have any sort of connection to American pop culture, you know that the biggest annual event on the entertainment calendar is going down this weekend. UFC 169: Barao v. Faber! Just kidding, I’m talking about the Super Bowl. While I will be rooting on the Broncos on Sunday, as any red-blooded American would, I will also be tuned into the fights on Saturday. The UFC has a ton of media competition and I’ll admit, it is quite ballsy for them to throw an event just yards away from where America’s biggest game will be played just 24 hours later. For the average MMA fan, this Pay Per View card is loaded. We get two title fights, a loser goes home tilt between two legendary Heavyweights, and two top contender bookings that could be easy candidates for Fight of the Night on paper.
With that said, the UFC will get their usual crew to tune into this card, but will they be able to swing any of the national media their way with a card that doesn’t feature the sports biggest stars? Urijah Faber is the most recognizable athlete in either of the title fights and let’s face it, he isn’t exactly a cultural icon outside of our odd little world. There is no Jon Jones on this card (which would have made perfect sense since he has TWO brothers in the NFL, the cross promotion could have been MASSIVE, but Bones needed some time off…) and megastars Anderson Silva and GSP have gone on to greener pastures for the time being. Therefore we are left with two title fights at 145 lbs. and below on one of the traditionally larger cards of the year. Will America watch? Who knows, but our crew will be tuned in! On to the preview!
Hey, we can’t complain about free Saturday night fights now, can we?
Your boy ALar may be able to find a way…
Let’s be real, this is probably the weakest UFC on FOX card to date (Seriously, take a gander at FOX 7 compared to this one…). I am having trouble catching the fire for Saturday’s event and it could be a victim of the dreaded DVR treatment in my house. I can usually gather my ‘casual fan’ friends to watch these FOX cards, but I have very little to sell them on here. We all know my relative distaste for Benson Henderson’s fighting style, though he claims to be ready for a ‘war’, whatever that means…. He could throw together a fun scrap with Josh Thomson, but I highly doubt it. These cards that look boring on paper often end up providing some form of unexpected excitement and let’s hope that is the case on Saturday. The card lacks the typical FOX name power, but could make up for it with a few barn burners and vicious KOs. Let’s hope for the best! On to the preview…
I generally don’t disclose my lifelong interest in martial arts to my English classes. The inevitable conversation ensues:
You do karate? Why are you a teacher? You should fight in the UFC!
After all, if Kevin James can do it, so can I, right?
If it were only that easy. (Funny that I’ve actually struck that same pose in front of my classes a few times . . .)
But even if I wanted to leave teaching high school, even if I had the genetic talent to fight professionally, even if I wasn’t crippled by introversion and a fear of failure (Would I get punched in the face in front of a live audience? I don’t think so!), I would never fight in a ring or cage.
There are many reasons I will never “trane UFC”. Continue reading
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(Author’s Note: First things first, yours truly will only be previewing MMA/UFC events that air on American television from here on out. I personally won’t be rolling out of bed at 6 AM and tuning into events like the recent Singapore card, and I doubt you will either. When most of the fighters on the card don’t have their pictures up on UFC.com it is safe to say that a large part of the North American MMA community has absolutely no clue who these valiant warriors are. Therefore, if you are looking for in depth coverage of the foreign cards, leave a comment and I can refer you elsewhere.)
On a better note, the UFC is treating us to a mildly decent Fight Night event this Wednesday to ease the deep freeze of the mid-winter doldrums. This card marks the return of Luke Rockhold who has been out of competition since May when ViToR BelforT nearly took his head off with some sort of Street Fighter move. His opponent, Costas Philippou will be looking to right the ship after a decision loss to Francis Carmont in a snoozer back in September. These two have promised fireworks and I expect them to deliver on that claim. On to the preview!
Meh. Kids’ stuff!
There’s a neat review of some popular, efficient, and effective workouts posted on our sister site, Jacked Dad you might enjoy. These workouts are great for martial artists looking to improve performance, to supplement their conditioning, and who don’t have a lot of time.
Check out the reviews of popular workouts for martial artists here.
Also, here are three videos I made awhile back that show how you can combine martial arts training with strength and conditioning exercises. I’m not a great athlete, but I have a good imagination. These videos are a few years old, so be sure to check back for new content soon!
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