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MMA Fighter Dies After Fight

Thursday, July 1st, 2010
I have to admit I love all sports. Everything from MMA to bowling. I haven’t always felt this way but as I age and become slower, I seem to appreciate any athletic ability, even if it is throwing a ball down a lane.

 

However, when it comes to Mixed Martial Arts there is a large attraction for me. Even though it is a bloody aggressive sport, and people get hurt. There seems to be enough drama with the creation of the Ultimate Fighter and the dedication it takes to step in the octagon.

I also know it is not for everyone! I read somewhere that the attraction is waining a little bit even with the explosion of the UFC. I don’t see the sport leaving prime time any time soon, but I don’t see it lasting any longer than the poker craze did. But who knows it might just replace WWE?

However recently the sport suffered a blow when a tragic death occurred. Michael Kirkham is the second fighter to die from injuries sustained in mixed martial arts competition in North America.

I want to start by sending my sympathy to the family and have zero desire to make light of what happened. There is nothing that can replace someones life and it is a tragedy when it is cut short by a sport.

What I do want to explore is if this death is going to effect MMA in anyway. I wonder what the backlash will be for those who hate the sport or even for those who love the sport. Will this mans death effect it in either way.

I understand that this sport carries an enormous risk! But I also understand that these guys train like crazy and know what they are doing. They have strong camps that teach these guys how to fight and avoid injury as much as you can in a fighting sport.

The sport has improved in its safety and officiating, just compare matches from five years ago to those you see today, you will immediately notice all the changes.

However, that does not help this situation. The sport is fought in a cage and filled with cheers from every hit that lands on someones face and we love to watch the knock outs.

So I wonder, with perhaps the first death in MMA fighting in North America, will the sport suffer and take a hit, or will it continue on without any recourse? What do you think?

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Brock Lesnar vs Shane Carwin UFC 116

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Hype Video for Brock Lesnar’s next fight against Shane Carwin on July 3rd at UFC 116!

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Dana White UFC 116 Video Blog – 6/29

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
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Dana White video blog leading up to UFC 116 on Saturday, July 3rd on Pay-Per-View. Go to 116.UFC.com for full event detail.

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After nearly 15 years, MMA veteran Frank Shamrock announced his retirement to Strikeforce fans. From Pancrase, to UFC, to Strikeforce, Frank Shamrock looks back on his career and forward to the future of the sport.

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Boxing Training, Essential Training for the Sweet Science

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Let’s talk about boxing training. There are two types of boxing, fighting professionally and amateur boxing. One is done for money and the other just for sport and recreation. You should keep these two separate in your mind. I’m targeting the boy who wants to learn how to get into shape and defend himself while having fun at the same time.

I’ve covered just some of the basics of boxing in this article to give you a little bit of a taste of what this sport is all about. People from all ages and walks of life can enjoy this sport. The coaches like to get a hold of the kid who is younger because the younger people are not so set in their ways. So don’t be afraid to start out in this sport if you are young.

I have been working in amateur boxing for many years now. I was a coach in college and in the service. People that I’ve trained with come from all walks of life, rich and poor. The weight ranged from 90 pounds all the way up to 250. Some people that I’ve worked with were very shy and others very bold. Many have come from the big cities or from smaller towns. There is something in this sport for everybody.

Youngsters are always causing fights and when you know boxing to protect yourself there is a level of confidence that this brings to you. It helps keep you in great shape as well. You can find amateur boxing in most colleges and schools.

You want to start off with the right gear. The gear that you want to have are the mouthpiece, well padded headgear, hand wraps, gloves, high topped shoes and loose fitted clothing. Other sports with the equipment can cost you a lot of money, but not boxing. The gym will make available things like the boxing ring and the punching bag.

It is essential that you obey the rules of the sport. All coaches should make the wearing of this gear which is the headgear, mouth pieces and protective cups an obligation. If you are boxing and some of the gear is out of whack, then you should stop and replace it. No boxer should be permissible to break the rules, because doing so can cause damage to your body which no recovery can be made.

A physician should always be in the gym while others are practicing the sport. Boxing can be very hazardous, if you have people that don’t pursue the rules, inhabitants can get wounded or die. Following the rules protects people from getting hurt.

Your body can stay in grand form when you box. Road work is running 3 to 5 miles about 3 times a week. Sprints should be run as well. When you work out in the boxing ring, you can have 2 minute rounds between two people. These are just some of my boxing training tips.

The Benefits Of Plyometrics in MMA

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Plyometrics is a system of training intended to produce fast, powerful leg movements and is utilized by a number of athletes to build muscle strength, performance, agility and stamina making them experts in their field.

Favored by sports athletes in all forms of sports including football, running, high jump, long jump, basketball, hockey, martial arts and many others, plyometrics, if exercised properly, improves the function of the nervous system which, in turn will improve sports ability and performance.

Plyometrics works by loading and contracting the muscles, in a fast sequence allowing the athlete to use the elasticity, power and innervations of the muscles to improve their performance. Leg muscles are strengthened and toned enabling the athlete to be a lot more agile and quicker in their sport.

Coupled with a healthy diet, avoiding fatty foods and eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, many athletes see huge improvement in their abilities within weeks of using the training system.

Long jumpers are able to lengthen their jumps, high jumpers jump considerably higher and many basketball players use this system to enhance their leg muscles to improve their skill and strength.  In mixed martial arts plyometrics can increase quickness, agility and stamina improving a fighters ability to avoid being taken down when on the feet, and last through long fights.

As with any kind of workout, exercise helps you to burn calories, however with Plyometrics your metabolisms increased even further, and so more calories are burned.

Most, if not all, athletes can benefit from using plyometrics, however, it is essential you consult your fitness instructor first, as incorrect use of plyometrics exercises can harm the joints, so it is important to have your strength levels monitored to reveal the level of plyometrics to be applied. As you gain in strength and stamina then the amount of plyometrics used will also increase.

A training system implemented into your usual exercise regime, plyometric exercises is a fantastic way to improve both your performance and agility in your MMA and you will soon be excelling your workout partners within several weeks of training.

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Principles of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Gracie Jiujitsu was trademarked and stands separate from Brazilian jiu jitsu, though naturally there are many similarities. Aside from certain martial art techniques that have been developed by the Gracies over the years, the main thing that separates Gracie jiujitsu from all the other Brazilian jiu jitsu disciplines out there, is the philosophy that goes hand in hand with the training. This philosophy is the foundation of Jiu-Jitsu according to the Gracies and accepting it is the first step if you want to train in their schools.

The first principle of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is about control. In a fight, this involves being the one who will dictate what happens during the fight. Part of this is in physically controlling your opponent and restricting his movements to what you want him to do; the other part is the self-control that you need to impose upon yourself so that you can make the best choices to win the fight. This is personal training at its best, and it is part of a healthy lifestyle. It is expected that you are able to exercise enough control to eat properly and take care of your health.

The next principle of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu involves patience. This is particularly important for a fighter, since so much that occurs in a fight can depend on timing and whether enough patience has been used. Patience is often rewarded, as opportunities are more likely to appear. For those who rush, bad decisions are more likely to occur. This philosophy is instilled from the beginning and it is expected that if you can be patient on the mat, then you will display the same quality in your life outside of the dojo.

The final of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu principles is efficiency. This is particularly important for a fight, since the foundation of this discipline is built on the assumption that you will be fighting someone stronger and bigger than yourself. Jiu-Jitsu schools will often promote the idea that you drain your opponent of his or her energy while conserving your own strength in order to finish the fight. This applies to daily living as well, with the idea that you are able to maximize your results through an efficient application of effort, whether it is in business or social situations.

As you can see, Gracie Jiujitsu goes well beyond the mat, and really the only people who will succeed in this discipline are the ones who are able to live their lives according to the ideals that the discipline is based upon. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies are everywhere nowadays, and you can probably find one that won’t require a commitment on your part to lead your life outside of the dojo according to the Gracie Principles. But whether that will result in you being a better fighter is unlikely, since how you are on the mat is not so different from how you are when off it.

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What to Expect in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Monday, May 24th, 2010
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What to Expect in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Most people want to learn a martial art not so that they can kick *** but to protect them or participate in competition. One of the best styles to learn these days is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because you are able to use your opponent’s size, weight and strength to your advantage. If you want to learn it, here are a few things you should expect about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu consists of a system of blocks, strikes, sweeps and throws. When you visit a gym, this will be explained to you by the teacher and he or she will be able to answer any other questions you might have about this martial art.

Just like other martial arts, you have to wear proper attire every time you come to class. The uniform is known as a Gi. For your first class, you don’t have to get one yet but you will have to when you decide to continue training.

If you come to class wearing shorts and pants, make sure that it does not have belt loops, baggy fabric or extra pockets because this could be dangerous fingers and toes could accidentally get caught in them and result in injury.

Should you feel like it, you can wear ear guards, knee braces, mouth guards, cup and athletic tape during class.

There are a lot of health benefits you can expect from learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. These include improvements in your physical strength, endurance, flexibility and speed.

But for this to happen, you have to anticipate that you will be experiencing a certain amount of pain. You will get thrown, taken down or held in a position that is very uncomfortable.

No pain, no gain is the best way to describe it but you will learn how to hold, escape and make counter moves so you can fight back even against an attacker that is holding a knife or gun.

If you enjoy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu so much, you can stay and move to another belt class. There are certain requirements that you have to meet to receive the next color. If you fail to pass them, learn where you went wrong and then take the test again.

You should also be expected to follow certain rules in the gym. You have to learn how to properly address the instructor as well as students who are more senior than you.

This won’t be a problem of course if you have had previous martial arts training in another discipline and just want to add this to your belt. Will you have to start over as a white belt? It depends and the instructor will make that decision after reviewing your skills.

For instance, if you are knowledgeable in Aikido or Judo then you will not have to start as a white belt. If you are knowledgeable in Karate or Tae Kwon Do, then you have to start from the bottom.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a lot of fun and you will feel refreshed once you come out of each class. Aside from knowing how to defend yourself, you will also gain self-confidence, self-discipline, self-control and respect for others.  So what are you waiting for? Visit your local gym and see if they are offering a class to beginners like yourself.

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