Archive for November, 2009

30
Nov

I know, the question is a bit bogus, as one should be comparing arts such as Karate and Aikido merely so as to make them compliment each other. Thus, with that statement made, let us discuss how the fist should wiggle into the glove. No pow and bam, just an honest, up front viewpoint for your edification and enlightenment. Karate is supposed to be straight line, and Aikido is supposed to be the circle. Yet, if on looks at Karate, let alone the martial arts, one will see that perfection of geometric figure is loose, at best. If Karate could actually adhere to the perfect line, if one examines how the bones, joints, muscles and so on function, the body would probably explode, or, at least collapse upon itself. On the other hand, if Aikido tried to adhere to the perfect circle and only the perfect circle, except in the most theoretical of philosophies, the art would not work. And, to be honest, Aikido is not the usual choice for down and dirty combat. While Aikido is pure and wonderful, and can evolve the practitioner in very spiritual senses, one should use a martial art like Karate to enter the fight, then look to aikido to control the fight. Think about it this way, a fight is the collapse of distance. The length of the arm, and the circle being made, the lever of the extend arm is too long. However, if you want magic, use karate to kick, punch, find yourself on the inside as the distance collapses, and then use a shorter lever. Instead of stepping in and trying to make a three foot arm circle into a wrist lock, try a middle block, slide in and begin turning. As you turn, bring the arms up to catch the elbow, shove your shoulder in and go with the flow. Go ahead, try this technical adaptation, even gaze at a little youtube to get the idea of the geometries involved, and you are going to find an instant blend of karate, even the hardest of karate, like Kyukoshinkai, with even the purest forms of Aikido, even the soft form espoused by Morihei Uyeshiba. Now, the above technique being examined, the glaring weakness of Karate is that it is limited, in most modern classes, to the fact of destruction. It has been altered to win the tournament, beat the other guy for a trophy, and gloves are used for more violence, and fighting is done for fighting sake. But, I have been guilty of shouting this from the mountain tops, while there is an art to destruction, the true art is in control. Thus, a study of the pure art of Aikido, with the things I have told you here, will enable you to confront the fiercest violence, and alter that violence into the most magical and simplest of workable techniques. You kick, you punch, then you simply embrace the arms and learn how to go with the flow. A last word about all this, don’t mistake the throws of judo or jujitsu for Aikido techniques. While techniques of the ju variety are wonderful, we want to move from hard to soft complete, and a certain amount of hard is still involved in ju techniques. That all said, I wish you the best with your new art, and a new art it is…karido…aikate…your choice.


Al Case has delved into Karate and Aikido, and other arts, for 40 years. A writer for the magazines, with his own column, since 1981, Al is the originator of Matrixing. You can learn more about combining arts, and Matrixing, by getting his free ebook at Monster Martial Arts.

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29
Nov

I will tell you one thing about this fight, Cheick Kongo  sucks at grappling. Yes he can strike but his grappling is so bad it is not even funny. About 6 months ago Kongo made a visit to Vancouver Canada and he stopped and rolled with some of my teammates at Dynamic MMA and some Marcus Soares BJJ fighters. Adam Ryan runs Dynamic MMA and he was putting on a show on Kongo. Yes Ryan has MMA experience and is a black belt in jujitsu under 7th degree BJJ black belt Marcus Soares but he was playing with Kongo on the ground and many guys ranging from blues, purple, brown belts in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu were also dominating Kongo on the ground. Cheick Kongo was basically being pimped on the ground. Kongo was only able to survive just on the fact that he was bigger and had freak strength.

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If Kongo was getting dominated by some guys that don’t ever fight no gi, than what chance does he have with Frank Mir? Frank Mir is a legitimate black belt that will come into this fight heavier at 245 pounds than Kongo (230) and one inch shorter. There is no way that Kongo will be able to keep this fight standing and no way will he be able to defend Mir’s submission attempts.

Mir received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after only 5 years of training from Ricardo Pires who is a forth degree black belt under Professor Marcus Soares, from Carlson Gracie. Mir is a legitimate black belt with real skills while Kongo is barely a blue belt at best. Mir has the size and power to attack and submit Kongo in this fight.

It is not a matter if but when this fight hits the ground in this heavyweight fight. Just look at Kongo’s last MMA fight. He fought Cain Velasquez and in all 15 minutes of that fight he was on the ground for 12 of them. Velasquez was able to take him to the ground and basically control him and beat him down for 12 minutes. I would have personally scored each of those round 10 to 8 in favor of Velasquez. It was embarrassing how apparent his lack of skills were on the ground.

Now detractors of this article will say that Velasquez was a NCAA division 1 fighter and that it was his wrestling skills that were able to hold him down on the ground. Well first Mir has considerable wrestling skills where he went to Bonanza High School in Las Vegas where he had a record of 44–1. He started wrestling during his junior year and lost his first nine matches but won the state championship as a senior in 1998.

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Yes Kongo has the advantage in the striking department but Mir has enough skills to bide his time before he will be able to take him down. Yes Kongo was the former Muay Thai World champion and can knock out Mir but Mir has fought top level strikers in the past. Mir fought Antoni Hardonk (who has a similar fighting style to Kongo) at UFC 74 and won via kimura in 1:17 of the first round. I predict a similar fate in the fight. Mir will take Kongo down and either attack the legs or the win this fight by kimura.

Bottom Line: If you think Kongo will win this fight you really don’t know mixed martial arts. The sports book odds makers opened the UFC betting lines with Mir as a -185 betting favorite. I would have opened up at -250 so this UFC sports bet is a steal on the money line. I would lay a lot of money on Mir to submit Kongo.

Kongo is no where near a top level fighter. He is the best example of a one dimensional fighter. He has great striking but no grappling whatsoever. He has used his size and strength in the past but Mir is a bigger fighter and will impose his skill on an unskilled fighter. This is the best UFC bet of the night. I would lay a huge amount of money on the money line and if there is a UFC prop bet I would bet on a submission victory in this fight.

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29
Nov

Shotokan Karate is a Karate style that was developed by Gichin Funakoshi and his son Gigo Funakoshi. The shotokan training can be divided into three broad parts: Kihon meaning basic. Kata which means patterns of moves or forms. Kumite meaning punches and kicks.

The moves in Kihon and Kata are deep long postures that make the movements powerful and make legs stronger. Because of its approach and training style Shotokan is considered ‘tough’ and ‘exterior’ martial arts. The beginners are trained in power, strength development and fast moves.

Kumite part of the Shotokan training is similar to Kihon and Kata training in the beginning but later adopts a more flexible approach compared to the kata and Kihon training.

Shotokan karate benefits its practitioners in numerous ways: Shotokan Karate enhances the hand eye coordination and body reflexes. This can help you improve your driving. For kids it is very effective in improving their sporting skills. It enhances the ability to concentrate. It helps the kids and adults alike in improving various aspects of life. Shotokan Karate is an excellent form of exercise not only to reduce weight but also to increase power and endurance. Shotokan Karate teaches you one of the most powerful martial arts style. This can help you defend yourself or your near and dear ones in hour of need. Shotokan Karate enthuses positive energy into the body, this improves the over mental and physical performance of Shotokan Karate practitioners in all areas of life.

Shotokan karate is very specialized karate style that can be taught well only by good Shotokan karate clubs. If you are looking for Shotokan karate clubs in Dudley make sure to choose the best. Here are some questions to ask before joining any Shotokan Karate club at Dudley:

Is the Shotokan Karate club enlisted with the local chamber of commerce or better business bureau?

What is frequency of the classes and cost per lesson? Prefer paying per lesson fee or month by month over a lump sum fee in the beginning. Does the Shotokan karate club have any affiliations? Affiliations play a vital part in ensuring the consistency in the method of teaching and advancement procedure.

What is the primary emphasis of the Shotokan karate club? Is it competitive karate training or simple exercise? Are your shotokan karate goals in line with the focus of the Shotokan Karate club? It would not work out well if you want to do Shotokan karate for exercise while the main focus of the club is on competitive Shotokan Karate.

How are Instructors? How is your experience after interacting with the instructors and other students? Are they friendly, social and open?

How was your experience while watching the martial art training session?

Answers to the above questions will lead you the right Shotokan karate club that meets your expectation the best.

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28
Nov

Okay, I’ve been doing the martial arts for over forty years. I’ve lived through the arts of the decades, judo in the fifties, karate in the sixties, kung fu in the seventies, and so on, and I’ve analyzed durn near every art there is. I’ve made up a list of things which I wish people would have told me, or I somehow could have found out, when I first started. The point here is that martial arts classes were where one perspired, and not where one engaged in lengthy conversations. However, the reason a lot of people didn’t tell people things like what I am telling you here was because they didn’t know anything. So are you ready to learn a few of the things necessary before you jump into karate or kung fu or Aikido? I wish people would have told me how painful pain was, and if I had known the truth about why things hurt then they wouldn’t have hurt so darn much. The pain of a block, for instance, can go either go into the block or into the strike, depending upon which person has more strength of will. It’s not a matter of how tough somebody is, it is a matter of which way you want the energy to go. and being the stronger in intention. I wish somebody would have sat down and told me what all the body parts are for. Why it matters how you turn the bones, and why it matters which side of the bone the muscle is on. It would have been great if somebody had just told me I had a head and I could think with it! This matter of how a body works could have made the martial arts ten times easier if somebody had explained that all the parts had to work together. This concept is called harmony, and when the body parts all work together then intention can flow through the body and make it ten times faster and stronger. How much does each part weigh, how far does each body part have to move to stay with the whole body, what is the ratio of muscle to body part, how much effort is required for each body part. Speaking of using the body as one unit, if somebody had explained that it was not just harmony within your body, but how harmony extended into your life, then I would have had a ten times easier life. Heck, life is so much easier when you get along with your fellow man! If somebody had just told me to love my enemy that would have made me a real martial artist! Probably the most important thing somebody could have told me would have been to get the lead out and stop being lazy. Heck, if I had done a little more sweating I would have gotten to the end of the martial arts faster, maybe even gotten further, maybe even learned something! The point here is that I could have learned all the things that I eventually figured out faster, and then I wouldn’t be complaining about how stupid I was. Ah, the things I didn’t know, they sure worked against me, but, at last I know them. Even more important, now that I have told you about them, you aren’t going to be held up in your martial progress! Unless, of course, you want to be so smart you ignore me.


Al Case has analyzed the martial arts 4O++ years. He began writing for the magazines in 1981 and has written hundreds of articles, and had a column in Inside Karate. He is the originator of Matrixing Technology and Neutronics. He is giving away a free ebook which explains all about Matrixing at Monster Martial Arts.

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27
Nov

As we near the end of 2009 we take a look at some of the biggest moneyline upsets bets in MMA of that year. Everyone knows about Kimbo Slice losing to Seth Petruzelli. This fight shocked the world but it was not the biggest betting upset of the year at +358.

No other sports betting upset was as big as when former top pound for pound fighter Takanori Gomi lost at Sengoku 6 to Sergey Golyaev. Golyaev already had 5 loses and he was not expected to come close to beating  the highly ranked Gomi but he ended up winning a split decision. That fight was probably the biggest upset in MMA history next to Georges St Pierre`s lose to Matt Serra at UFC 69 – Shootout. The other two biggest betting line upset of the year was Yoon Dong Sik losing to Andrews Nakahara at Dream 6 at +525 and Fabricio Werdum getting brutally KOèd by Junior Dos Santos at UFC90: Silva vs. Cote Rounding out the top five on the  most surprising MMA betting upset was the once unbeatable Urijah Faber losing to Mike Brown at WEC 36 at -563 and Roan Carneiro.

Sports betting is a tricky thing. Thankfully betting on the UFC and mixed martial arts in general is much better to win and profit on than in most sports. Because sports’ betting on MMA has been relatively new many of the top sportsbook oddsmakers have no idea how to set the on online betting lines. Most lines makers have no idea about fighters, their training schedule who they have fought in the past and their fighting style.

MMA betting is all about matchups and who they are fighting that day. If a fighter has lost 2 in a row n but he has fought top level guys that the oddsmakers will look at those stats and set soft lines for that fighter since they see he has lost recently. But what if that fighter is a striker and fought two high level grapplers and now he is fighting another striker. For example, a UFC 104 Machida vs. Rua,  Chael Sonnen was  pretty big underdog versus Yushin “Thunder”Okami at +185. He was only a betting underdog because he lost his last fight versus Demain Maia quickly. However, Maia is a top level grappler and Okami is not but the sports book oddsmakers have no idea how to set the lines.

Marketing also plays a big example. Just look at the fight between Anderson Silva versus Chris Leben. Not many oddsmakers knew who Anderson Silva was but because he was on the Ultimate Fighter reality show he was a betting favourite versus Silva. This still occurs to this day as many fighters on the reality show get soft lines just because they have been seen by many people. If you study MMA, you can really make a good profit from betting on mixed martial arts.

Also unlike many other sports MMA is strictly moneyline bets. You don`t have to worry about point spread anymore. In sports like the NFL, NBA or MLB you might win the bet as you pick the right team but you lose your money since you did not beat the spread.

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