Archive for October, 2010

31
Oct

Mixed Martial Arts represents a unique form of martial arts styles that have been drawn from around the world. There is a unique combination of speed and guile in all the bouts. This is the reason why it is popular among fight enthusiasts in the country. There is a large fan following for all the competitions that are held in different locations across the country. If you are a MMA fan, you would need to be updated on all the latest MMA news and the latest MMA videos from the Internet to increase your level of engagement with this exciting sport that is catching the country by storm.

Many MMA enthusiasts say that once they have seen a competition, they are hooked on to the Mixed Martial Arts format for life. They also make a lifelong association with the websites that give them all the MMA videos and MMA news that they need to get to know their fighters better.

How to identify the best website that gives out MMA news and other related information regarding this exciting and unique martial arts format? It is quite well known that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) are the two most sought after MMA promotions in the country. Any website that aims to give you more information and news on this contact sport must feature UFC Event Reviews and WEC Event Reviews. This will give you the required cage fighter information along with fact based articles on these two promotions that you can use to supplement your knowledge to a greater detail.

You could also judge the quality of a site specializing in this contact sport by finding out whether they have extensive profiles of MMA fighters online. As with any other combat sport, the fighters are the most sought after professionals in the MMA competitions. Information on all the available fighters could give you a better idea of their capabilities on the arena.

Some of the better websites that feature news and information on Mixed Martial Arts have a vibrant online community and blog. These two interactive tools let you have a high level of engagement with other fans while you are online. In fact, there is a lot of information that is shared by long time fans who like to impart their passion for the contact sport to newer fans that have just joined the community. This is a great way to increase your knowledge on the MMA fighters who have succeeded over the years. You could then watch out for competitions featuring these fighters when you watch the sport the next time.

Once you log on to these MMA sites, you can increase your level of involvement with this exciting contact sport by buying MMA clothing. You can wear these while watching fights with your friends or even while you are out for a night out in town. This is a great way to meet other like minded Mixed Martial Arts fans and discuss the contact sport that you all love the most.

Troy Williams is the author of this article on Cage Fighter. Find more information about MMA News here.
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30
Oct

David Haye does not deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as past champions such as Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe, Lennox Lewis or Larry Holmes. The common misconception touted about by the media is that David Haye represents a new dawn for the heavyweight division. I agree, he has talent and can punch, but he is little more than an opportunist looking to capitalise in a division devoid of quality and charismatic fighters. Up until now the paying public have been gullible enough to believe the hype, what is the alternative?

Adam Booth recently expressed a damning verdict on Audley Harrison and poured scorn on his chances of A-Force defeating the Hayemaker. “He’s never boxed anyone in the top 40 and never produced in the ring. Audley’s only hope would be that he finds his bollocks and David’s chin at the same time.”

So besides the money, why is Haye fighting Harrison when there was still an opportunity to sign a deal with one of the Klitschko’s had Haye put his enormous ego to one side or taken on a more worthy challenger in Thomas Adamek? David Haye vs Audley Harrison Live Stream Online

When he gate-crashed the world scene by capturing the WBA and WBC cruiserweight titles, after knocking out Frenchman Jean-Marc Mormeck in the seventh round and subsequently unifying the division by beating the highly overrated WBO Champion Enzo Maccarinelli, Haye proclaimed he was moving up to clean up the heavyweight division and that he did not want to be protected, claiming on his own website.

“I didn’t want to pick up some KFC title and call myself a world champion, knowing deep down I wasn’t. It’s better to take a risk and fail – finding something out about yourself along the way – than to never have taken the risk at all. This is something I’ll be looking to get across to all the boxers I work alongside at Hayemaker.”

Who has David Haye really fought that can be regarded as a good heavyweight and is the WBA belt that he won from an ex-basketball player Nicolai Valuev really any better than the KFC belt?

The writing was on the wall for Monte Barrett as he embarrassingly hit the deck before the opening bell whilst failing to emulate Chris Eubank and hurdle the top rope entering the ring. Having been knocked out on numerous occasions and not having a reputation as a big puncher, the New Yorker Barrett managed to knock Haye down before succumbing as he has so often to a KO loss.

Nicolai Valuev chased David Haye around the ring for twelve rounds, as “The Hayemaker” turned in a performance almost as memorable as Johnny Nelson’s abysmal Cruiserweight challenge against Carlos Deleon years before. The British fans and media lost all sense of reality in celebrating such a tepid performance.

John Ruiz was labelled as one of the worst heavyweight champions of all time by David Haye and having already fought an opponent in Valuev could have claimed that title outright, the Hayemaker decided to treat his British fans to another opponent who at 37 and following many hard battles simply had nothing left to offer in the ring. In all reality John Ruiz was never going to beat David Haye that night, but “The Hayemaker” although he was victorious came out of that fight more marked up than usual.

Next up, the quest to clean up the heavyweight division and live up to his own hype and take on all challengers, including the Klitschko brothers, and unify the titles. He did say take on all comers, so true to form when Audley Harrison came calling, Haye and his manager/trainer Adam Booth must have jumped for joy as they were given yet another excuse to avoid the Klitschko’s and get the British public to pay them handsomely for a far less risky fight.

Only recently, David Haye confirmed that he will retire from the sport by the end of October 2011 and based on his recent track record of inactivity it means he will only fight once or possibly twice before he quits and heads back to his tax haven in Northern Cyprus with bundles of cash. Was it another ploy to try to get the Klitschko’s around the negotiating table?

Contrary to his own opinion, that a fight against him equals the biggest and best purse that either brother could earn, there is a far bigger fight out there that exceeds anything David Haye could offer either fighter. If the two brothers fought each other and unified the World titles it would leave David Haye in the lurch with no defining fight to cement his legacy.

Other UK fighters such as Carl Froch and Ricky Hatton have talked the talk, but they have fulfilled their promises to the fans and delivered by taking on the best fighters in their division, win or lose. What has become more than apparent is that although David Haye belittles Audley Harrison for not living up to his own hype, he is fast becoming the laughing-stock on boxing forums around the World as he makes outlandish claims about what he is going to do, and how he is the saviour of boxing, but he has done little inside the ring to back up these claims. For all his faults, Audley Harrison maybe summed it up best when he claimed “The Hayemaker” was a “false prophet”

In 2001 Audley Harrison set up A-Force Promotions, this was before Golden Boy had started and it claimed independence for the boxer as he negotiated a historic deal with the BBC. Following 10 lackluster performances the BBC pulled the plug on Harrison and with it boxing on terrestrial television. Rightly or wrongly, Harrison was treated like a pariah by the media and UK boxing fraternity and with nowhere left to go Harrison headed to the States in search of fame and recognition, but yet again he was unsuccessful as he lost to Dominic Guinn. During the build up to that fight his old friend David Haye passed by with Adam Booth and the two fighters sparred together as Lennox Lewis looked on. Harrison gave his account of the now infamous sparring session stating;

“It was 2 weeks away from his fight and he was at the end of his camp. Round 1: David came out throwing combinations, 3 and 4 at a time; I was so slow, I couldn’t even keep up with him. Wave after wave of punches came my way; he wasn’t holding back. I kept my guard tight and looked for an opening but couldn’t get off. The onslaught continued for 3 rounds and I hardly landed a shot on him.

My team looked at me like what the f..k was that about? Was I embarrassed? HELL YES!”

Harrison then added

“I will say this, David has never hurt me all the many times we have boxed; I don’t think he can say the same.”

When Audley Harrison needed a friend following his loss to Irish cabbie Martin Rogan and at a time when he was struggling to cope with the death of his younger brother Vincent who died of a suspected brain haemorrhage, Harrison soon found out what “The Hayemaker” was all about. When Harrison was the media darling and hot property he had always looked out for the younger fighter. He got him ringside tickets to watch Mike Tyson fight Julius Francis, and offered him a spot on his undercard which was televised on national television, and also invited him to numerous celebrity parties including one for P. Diddy in which Haye claims he tried to chat up Jennifer Lopez.

Predictions: Ther has been alot of talk about this boxing fight that Harrsion can upset Haey but in my openion Haye is very strong and the fact that he will be playing infront of him own people in Manchester will make it even harder for Harriosn to go out there and win gainst Haye so Im going with a Realative easy win for the Champions

Im a full time blogger working on several sports blogs, I hold a Bussiness Administration degree in Finance and Want to go abroad for higher studies.
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29
Oct

 

Whatever their different styles or attitudes towards the art, the majority of teachers of tai chi chuan are united in their insistence on the importance of forms practice. In the case of the Yang style it is usually referred to as THE Form, despite the existence of the A and B San Shou fast forms.

It is often said of the solo form that it contains all the secrets of the art and is like an encyclopedic reference work crammed with the wisdom of the masters. Indeed, one of the unique things about tai chi chuan, irrespective of style, is the small number of forms in the system.

The Chen style consists of two major solo forms. The Yang style has one slow form and the two solo halves of the prearranged sparring form in its empty-handed training curriculum. The old Wu style, sometimes referred to as the Hao or He style, consists of one major slow empty-hand form which is practiced in a number of different ways according to the required training emphasis. The new Wu style comprises one slow and one fast hand form. Finally, the Sun style has one empty-hand form. All of these are long versions of the form and arc not the shortened derivatives.

It is no wonder, then, that the tai chi chuan practitioner stresses the importance of the slow, solo form, because in some cases this may make up fifty per cent of the training curriculum.

Lessons of the form

Firstly, in the Yang style, the slow form serves as a focus of study, teaching the applications both in terms of techniques and of the principles on which they are based. Secondly, it teaches the tactics to be used by a student. Thirdly, through studying the form, the student learns the body mechanics of the art and, most importantly, tai chi chuan’s unique form of relaxation. The fourth lesson is of the mental attitude required if tactics and techniques are to be applied successfully. Finally, the form serves as a key to unlock the secrets of the other aspects of the training curriculum, such as pushing hands, prearranged sparring and weapons training. These areas will now be considered in more detail.

Techniques and application

The traditional Yang style form consists of a series of between 108 and 120 movements, depending upon how they are counted, and takes approximately 30 minutes (it may take less or more time than this according to the personal preference of the practitioner) to complete from start to finish. Within this form are contained the techniques of the style: kicks, punches, locks, holds and throws or evasions – in short, all the practical elements of the art as a form of unarmed combat.

If we look, for example, at the area of kicks alone, we find toe kicks, heel kicks, crescent kicks, stamps and thrusts aimed at a wide range of targets, from the ankle to the groin, and from the shin to the kidney. Punches include back-fists, abdomen and groin punches, hammer-fists. Indeed, the form is put together in such a sophisticated manner that each movement may be examined in a number of different lights.

Relaxation is of fundamental importance to the application of these techniques. It enables the practitioner to achieve maximum speed and power through efficient use of body mechanics. If the form movements are merely regarded as slowed-down external techniques and are consequently applied in a stiff, power forwarded manner, their effectiveness is almost totally lost. ‘This is why the slow form is so greatly emphasized as a training method. Tai chi chuan works from Yin to Yang, from slow to fast, from soft to hard, but practitioners must always remember that the Yin contains the Yang, and vice-versa. As well as this emphasis on relaxation, the form also teaches the principle of forward movement. Tai chi chuan is a close-quarter art and the student learns that, generally speaking, the safest place to be in a fight is as close to your opponent as possible. This is reflected in the form, as the majority of movements involve going in a forward direction. The main exception is ‘Step back repulse monkey’, although the backward movement is accompanied by a strike to the front and is, in fact, necessary to apply the technique effectively.

Another basic principle taught by the form is the correct use of the eyes which, as the classics state, should be like ‘a hawk gazing at its prey’. The novice is taught that the eyes follow the front hand. This, however, is merely a transitional training method, because the front hand is normally pointing in the direction of the opponent. One of the reasons why the hand is emphasized is that it is usually slightly below eye-level. It teaches the student not to stare directly into the opponent’s eyes, but rather to fix on a point at about chest-level. This enables the practitioner to take in the whole of his opponent’s body without the danger of being transfixed by his stare. In addition, the backward-stepping movement mentioned earlier is performed in such a way that the practitioner must have both hands in sight at all times. This has the effect of providing natural training for the peripheral vision, which is of great importance to any fighter.

Strategy and tactics

As well as teaching applications and the principles behind them, the form contains the strategy and tactics of the art. Careful study results in a student understanding not only how to use the techniques but when to do so. As mentioned previously, forward movement is a primary principle taught through the form, and it may also be regarded as one of the primary tactics.

Close examination of the solo exercise reveals the precise proportion of times the open hand is used in contrast to the fist. The majority of hand techniques arc slaps or open-handed strikes. There is sound reasoning behind this, as open-handed strikes, particularly to the targets preferred in the form, arc less likely to damage the hitter’s hand. They are also more relaxed and therefore more natural.

The use of kicks is taught through the form, too. Leg techniques are directed at low-level targets to co-ordinate with hand techniques directed at mid- or upper level target areas. Thus the opponent finds himself attacked at different levels. The use of levels and directions in tai chi chuan is of prime tactical importance. The classics point out that if a practitioner wishes to go forwards, he must first go backwards, and vice versa. If he wishes to go left, he must first go right: if right, first left. If he wishes to attack high, then he must attack low, and if low, then he should first attack high. By this means the exponent seeks to dominate his opponent not only physically but mentally as well. By always hiding his intentions, he prevents his opponent from becoming mentally or physically ‘centered’. This may clearly be seen, albeit in an exaggerated fashion, in ‘snake creeps down/golden cock stands on one leg’ postures for which the practitioner starts from high, drops low to avoid a technique, then follows a low attack to the groin area with a high attack to the throat or face. In practical terms, going back to go forwards means leading your opponent into a disadvantageous position before countering.

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29
Oct

Martial Arts Ki is one of the great mysteries of all time. It’s not just that you see it in the movies, or that it has become some sort of an urban legend, it’s that there is truth in there somewhere. Chi does exist, but how the heck to you make it…let alone use it?

So we have a two part mystery here: how do you manufacture chi, and how do you use it? Interestingly, the second part is the solution to the first part. Unfortunately, this results in a catch 22…how do you use the stuff if you can’t create it, how do you create the stuff if you can’t use it?

To solve this conundrum let me give you an exercise and a martial arts drill, and see if you can solve the problem. The exercise is an old Pa Kua exercise called ‘Stroking the beard.’ The drill is a simple ‘Catch hands’ game we used to play as children.

To Stroke the beard simply move the hands in medium size circles, coming together at the top of the chest and moving downward as if stroking a beard. To do this effectively you must relax, sink the weight, regulate the breathing (low), and do it until you can do it with no distraction. Doing with no distraction means doing only one thing at a time, and this is very critical to your success.

Once you have stroked the beard for a couple of hours, find a friend and practice ‘Catch Hands.’ To do Catch Hands simply face your partner at handshake distance and let your hands relax at your sides. Your partner places his palms together and extends them in front of his body.

The object of this drill is to wait, create lots of silence, and then catch his hands. Don’t slap them, catch them, and do it gently. This simple move imitates either a block or a strike, and is well worth practicing.

As time passes, and you become more adept at the exercise, you will find yourself becoming calmer and less twitchy, and that is when the benefits of stroking the beard are going to appear. You will find that energy gathers at your center. It will be like a fountain flowing in reverse, and it will be as if energy is entering into your tan tien with every breath.

Eventually, you will be able to catch your partner’s hands easily and there will be nothing he can do about it. The important thing, though, is that you will feel the ‘universal energy’ that is chi. Keep practicing this exercise and you will experience some fascinating results, and it will be proof positive that you can create and use Martial Arts Ki.

Al Case has written a fascinating book on how to Create Chi. You can find it at Monster Martial Arts.
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28
Oct

Most in the private security industry have seen the video of the 1972 attack on Imelda Marcos, wife of Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

On December 7, Carlito Dimahilig tried to stab her to death, but not only failed – was said to have been killed in the aftermath. This post, however, is not about the popular belief that this was a staged attack, to get sympathy votes for the unpopular president – its also not about the blatant tell-tale signs of the assassin moments before the attack that should have been addressed by her security (which is another post in itself) but rather to demonstrate the importance of muscle memory as it applies to everyday security concepts.

Philippine history is rich in combat arts, especially with weapons systems such as Arnis, Eskrima and Kali. Much like other martial art-rich cultures,  especially in the 1960s and 1970s, some young Filipino children have been raised and groomed in their family’s chosen art. These blade wielders are more like ceremonious dancers making eloquent sweeps back and forth, up and down, side to side to create a constant flow of energy and movement with their body and weapon. In addition, for those that were not privy to the martial way – knives played an integral part in their everyday lives.

It would stand to reason – that someone who grows up wanting to be an assassin would have at least become familiar with his instrument of death in an intimate way. And someone whose culture is rich with bladed weapons, would obviously choose to learn to use a blade before attempting to assassinate the wife of his country’s president.

The video below shows that, either this was not the case – that the attempted killer had just grabbed the knife from his mothers kitchen cabinet the morning of the incident – OR, everything he had learned in training went out the window during the most important event of his life and his motor skills resorted to the most basic form of less-than-fluid movements.

Muscle memory is everything. Whether its performing movement (like walking or breathing), or reloading an empty magazine without thinking about it, or striking an intended target with an elbow, open hand or forearm. If you have to rely on conscientiously thinking about something – under stress when it really matters – you will fail.

Train like you fight. Fight like you train.

Michael Saad is an International Security Consultant providing bodyguard and security services to corporate VIP’s, dignitaries and celebrity clients. To learn more, please visit his bodyguard website, or his celebrity bodyguard blog.
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