New Affiliate: GORUCK

One resolution for 2016 we’re making at the Meriden Martial Arts Club is to train more outdoors.  That means kata, kihon, and bunkai all done outside in addition to workouts to improve our fitness and general physical preparedness.  One thing we’re planning in particular is to ruck.  You’d have to be living under a rock to miss the biggest fitness trend of 2015!  Civilian rucking is taken from military training, and what it entails is to carry a heavy bag for long distances.  Mix in some other exercises like calisthenics and team-building activities, add some adverse environmental conditions, and you have the GORUCK Challenge.

You can click here or the image below to check out their site for more information about their events and products.  I LOVE GORUCK gear, so plan to see some reviews on this end very soon.  In the meanwhile, grab a bag, get outside, and get moving!


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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.  We post this every year because it’s kind of fun.  Thanks for another great year! – Bill and Alex

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,900 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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New Affiliate: Datsusara

We’re working on a site revamp and to kick start our content in the near future.  You deserve it!  In the meanwhile, we are pursing new affiliate opportunities. Here is the first in what we hope will be new relationships with vendors aligned with our ideals in martial arts, fitness, and nutrition.

Just in time for the holidays, we have a great product produced by an even greater company. Datsusara makes hemp gis, bags, and other functional MMA/BJJ that is well made from sustainable materials. If you want to pick up something for that special martial artist in your life (even if it’s yourself!), then take a look.

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UFC 194: The Granddaddy of Them All


Here we are only a 7 days away from the biggest UFC card of the year and I am FINALLY making my triumphant return to outlandish MMA prognostications! With every major media outlet ramping up their UFC coverage, I thought I would bless my loyal followers with some highfalutin combat sports knowledge. Hit the jump to read my words!

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The Cranky Kenny Learns Karate Children’s Book is Finally Here!

Woo hoo! The coolest karate children's book is finally here!

Woo hoo! The coolest karate children’s book is finally here!

It’s been nearly three years in the making, but the children’s book I wrote in collaboration with local artist and illustrator Marissa Dziedzic is finally here!  It is published on and is available in electronic and print versions.  Here’s the description:

Kenny is a very cranky boy! Will learning karate help him cheer up? In this children’s book, kids can learn more about martial arts, self-control, and discipline. It’s a story the whole family can enjoy!

In short, it’s a fun story that teaches kids the value of karate while also teaching some specific information about the Shohei-Ryu/Uechi-Ryu style.  Here are the product links; please contact me at if you have specific questions about ordering.  This is my first self-published children’s book, and I want to make sure it is perfect for you and your families and young karate students.  Thanks!

Cranky Kenny Learns Karate E-book

Crank Kenny Learns Karate Print Book

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New Mats at Meriden Martial Arts Club

We got some mew mats for training jiu-jitsu, judo, wrestling, and MMA at the Meriden Martial Arts Club.  E-mail to come train with us!

You can learn more about our club by clicking the link below.

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Conor McGregor Fights for UFC Gold Tonight…

The Notorious One is fighting for UFC gold tonight. In honor of this momentous occasion, I thought I would pass along this Buzzfeed inspired breakdown of my UFC Saturday.

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Catching Up: 10 Random Thoughts on the Wacky World of MMA



Things have gotten a little busy outside of the cage for the crew here at MMA and let’s just say our dedicated blogging time has been practically nonexistent. Still, we will not let our faithful readers down! I’m here to hit you with 10 random thoughts about the happenings in the world of MMA. Hit the jump to read my genius!

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The Life of a Part-Time Fighter

Hi, Everyone:  From time to time we’ll share a guest post, and here’s a unique look at the the life a part-time MMA fighter by our friend Craig Boyle.  He is an MMA fighter and journalist in the UK and represents Maxinutrition.

Please enjoy this insightful piece about what it’s like to train and struggle while trying to make a living.  Included are some helpful tips on how to pull it all together.  If you like this post, leave Craig some love in the comments and share it, too.  Thanks! – Bill


The Life of a Part-Time Fighter

It’s coming to the end of my shift and I’m itching to get away from the job. Each and every day makes the job seem like more of a chore as I head towards my fifth amateur fight. Each hour at work is an hour I could be training. Each night sat in traffic driving for 45 minutes to get to the gym is a slow torture as my nerves and excitement build. It’s nearly fight time.

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Down, But Not Out!

Don’t worry folks. We’ll be back! Projects, school, new jobs–Alar and I are both still in the fight, and we hope to get writing again this summer. In the meanwhile, look for some guest posts on this site and some information about Cranky Kenny Learns Karate coming soon.  Thanks!

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We’re only on “one”, folks!

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