Archive for November, 2010

30
Nov

If you regularly train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu using your Jiu Jitsu Gi, it is very essential to wash it carefully and properly so that it altogether enhances the durability of the material with which it is made. There are several things that you must keep in mind before you wash your Jiu Jitsu Gi. You need to be very careful so that it does not damage the cloth. These are actually made with pure cotton as a result of which the chances of shrinkage are very rare. Irrespective of that, you must do your best to take absolute care of it.

 

You must always wash this only in cold water. This is one of the major prerequisite of washing without which it might get spoilt.
If you wash it in warm water, blood, stains and other forms of dyed materials might get settled in it. Therefore, you must avoid washing it in warm water to prevent this. After you wash, you must ensure that you hang it for drying.
You can also wash it with cold water and try drying it on a heat cycle which might be completely low. If you do this till it is completely dry, some shrinkage might occur and this would give a perfect fit.
You must try to avoid keeping it on the dirty floor. This might make the Bjj Gi dirtier. Immediately after training, you must try to wash it so that your sweat stains get easily removed.
Bleaching is a strict no for the Jiu Jitsu Gi. Ifyou go for bleach, you can be assured that the fibers of the cotton would get spoilt. Even if there is a hard stain, you can make use of any organic oxidizer to wash away the stains without the need of bleaching it.
Instead of bleach you can try using white vinegar. It would kill away the odors without even weakening the fabric of the cloth. This would not be in the case of bleach.
Immediately after washing, you must give it for drying. Otherwise, wet stains might form which is difficult to remove.
While you are cleaning, do not open the washer full. This would not clean your clothes.
When you purchase the Bjj Gi, there would be a recommendation from the manufacturer. You must try to follow the instruction so that you can take absolute care of your Bjj Kimonos. 

 

In the recent days there are many different types of Jiu Jitsu Gi available in the market. They are designed in such a manner so that they are quite easy to wash and therefore much more comfortable. Make sure that you wash it after every training session. Even if you are wearing your Gi two times a day, make sure that you either wash it or you wear a different Bjj Gi. Since the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi have to be used constantly, constant wash is definitely essential. These must undergo regular washing and dry cycles in the machine. 

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30
Nov

I want to tell you about the most polite man I ever met, and the art he studied, which is called Kwon Bup Karate. I’ll tell you a story about a confrontation he was in in a moment, but first let me tell you that he never, in the 7 years I knew him, raised his voice. What makes this really amazing is that he taught all manner of outlaw bikers, including the Hells Angels, in San Jose in the 60s.

His name was Robert J. Babich, and he learned Kyokushinkai Karate from Don Buck, who was probably the first westerner to teach that art in the US. He then learned Kang Duk Won Karate from Norman Rha, and this was probably the first time that art was taught in the US. He then formulated seven distinct kata on his own, and called them Kwon Bup.

One night he was in a bar with some of his more rowdy students. Don’t judge, things were what they were back then, and it wasn’t unusual for guys to go out and test their martial arts in the real world. At any rate, Bob was with a bunch of 1%ers, and they were downing drinks and laughing and causing an uproar.

Bob, half lit, got in an argument with a cowboy (yes, there were cowboys in San Jose in the sixties, real cowboys, and they were tough), and the fellow drew back his fist and…a Hell’s Angel (Walt) picked the cowboy up by the neck and belt and slammed his head into the bar. “You don’t know it, but I just saved your life, fellow,” and Walt placed the cowboy back on his feet. Everybody laughed.

A while later everybody decided to leave. Bob walked across the parking lot, and suddenly changed his mind. Inebriated, he slurred, “I got to go straighten it out with that guy,” and he walked back into the bar.

The cowboy in question was watching from the window, and he enlisted the aid of another cowhand, and they stood on either side of the doorway. Bob walked in, and the two gnarly fellows jumped him. Bob was short and slender, they were large, and what happened next was…not what anybody expected.

Bob twisted his hips, and shot out his palms, and both cowboys flew back through the air. Now, I knew that hip twist, we did it all the time at the beginning of class, I thought it was for…well, I don’t know what I thought it was for. Bob, however, had just used that hip twist, and he had thrown a couple of large guys across a bar, and hadn’t even hurt them!

He was the most polite man I have ever known, even when drunk, and he just wanted to get along with people. When push came to shove however, he handled the situation, and still managed not to hurt anybody. The real blessing is that he left his knowledge in the series of seven kata that called Kwon Bup Karate.

 

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29
Nov

If you’re a martial artist who wants to punch and kick faster, read this article.
In case you didn’t know, there is more than one type of speed involved in striking. We will discuss 1.) Physical speed, 2.) Perceptual speed, and 3.) Reaction speed. Once you understand these, you can take steps to improve the speed of your punches and kicks.

The first type of speed is Physical Speed. This refers to how fast your strike moves from point A to point B. Although the biggest factor determining physical speed is genetics, there are ways you can increase it.

The primary method to increase the speed of a punch or kick is through high repetitions. The more times you perform the strike, the more coordinated the action becomes. You become more “efficient, meaning there are less unnecessary nerves and muscles being fired to perform the action. Some of those muscles that stop firing are “antagonistic” muscles… in other words, the muscles that fight against the action you are trying to perform with speed. The less antagonistic muscles used, the faster you are.

A way to trick your body into using less antagonistic muscles is by practicing your punches and kicks alternately with no weights, then a small 1 or 2 pound weight, then back to no weights. Try this for yourself.

The 2nd type of speed, perceptual speed, refers to how quickly you can “perceive” the opportunity to strike. This is, to a large degree, a factor of “awareness.” Your speed will be greater, therefore, when you are more aware, such as when you are well rested, after drinking caffeine, when your vision is good, and when you use mental “anticipation.” Additionally, proper training so you know “what to look for” will increase your perceptual speed.

Conversely, it will decrease when you don’t get enough sleep, drink alcohol and are exposed to excessive stimulus that causes you to “block out” your surroundings.

I will refer to the 3rd type of speed here as “reaction speed”. By reaction speed, I mean the ability to initiate the punch or kick once you’ve “perceived” (consciously or subconsciously) that you need to throw it.

One of the main factors affecting reaction time is body positioning. For example, if your balance must be shifted before you can initiate the attack that increases the time it will take for your attack to land.
In a self-defense situation, if you stand with your hands in your pockets, or your legs are straight, you must reposition them before you can initiate a powerful punch or kick.

Any training tool that forces you to react in time to it, or “hits back”, will naturally cause you to improve your awareness and, therefore, your speed. One such tool is the Smart Bag Free Standing Punching Bag.

There are more factors involved in speed, but focusing on physical, perceptual and reaction speed will go a long way towards making you a much faster striker than you currently are.

B. Dorris founded the company S.M.A.R.T. Athletics, Inc. He had been constantly involved with martial arts for 36 years. He have operated martial arts schools, taught hundreds of students and logged many, many hours in training, studying and analyzing martial arts. Martial arts had been his life.He coined the name Combative Arts Concepts to describe his art, since it is a culmination of concepts, tactics and philosophies he had experienced over the years and really falls outside the scope of any one particular style.He developed the best Smart Heavy Bag. You can also check out free training videos here!!! 
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28
Nov

If you’re serious about your jiu jitsu training and want to consistently make gains in your training, you want to avoid these 3 common mistakes:

 

1. adding more techniques before you have the basics

2. thinking that more techniques means better skill

3. avoid training tactics that you don’t like

 

It may seem like a no-brainer that you need to have a solid foundation before you can add to your jiu jitsu repertoire, yet many martial artist make that mistake. If you are new to the sport make sure you spend the majority of your training working on your basic moves. If you don’t have enough time in class to focus on the basics, spend time with a training partner outside of class or get aFreestanding Heavy Bag orFreestanding Punching Bag so you can really rep out those basic moves. In fact, if you do nothing but the basics and do them really well, you will still be a strong fighter. It isn’t necessary to have fancy techniques and extraordinary moves, you just need to be well versed in what you do know.

 

This leads me to the next mistake that many fighters make in training and that is thinking that more techniques means better skill. In fact, a much better approach to your training would be to eliminate your weaknesses as opposed to adding more tactics. Think about what tactics are your weakest ones. Where do you always get caught by your opponent? That is the area where you should put your focus.

If you spend time developing your weaknesses then you are essentially eliminating areas for your opponent to compromise you. That’s much more efficient than just adding more jiu jitsu moves.

 

And finally, another common mistake is to avoid training moves that you dread. Let’s face it, this is true of most everything, we tend to procrastinate when we find something unpleasant. But with your training this is the worst thing you can do because you are basically giving your opponent an easy way to take you. Instead, make it a priority to hit your least favorite moves, first. Train them while you are fresh and have the most energy. Train them and get it out of the way, then move on to what you enjoy. Chances are you will get better at it before you know it.

 

There are many things you can do to improve your jiu jitsu training, but avoiding these mistakes is an easy approach to making the most of your jiu jitsu.

 

B. Dorris founded the company S.M.A.R.T. Athletics, Inc. He had been constantly involved with martial arts for 36 years. He have operated martial arts schools, taught hundreds of students and logged many, many hours in training, studying and analyzing martial arts. Martial arts had been his life.He coined the name Combative Arts Concepts to describe his art, since it is a culmination of concepts, tactics and philosophies he had experienced over the years and really falls outside the scope of any one particular style.He developed the best Ground and Pound Bag. You can also check out free training videos here!!! 
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27
Nov

George St.-Pierre did not walk into the park and got the title UFC welterweight champion in an instant. He had been in a rough journey in his career in order to get and defend that title. At present he is to defend his title against Josh Koscheck in the upcoming UFC 124 event that will be held in Canada this coming December 11th, 2010.

St-Pierre who is of Canadian descent and had been a mixed martial artist for most of his life since he started karate at the tender age of 7. He then started to learn wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and boxing after his karate teacher died. He began his professional mixed martial arts career in 2002.

First Fights and First Title Match

Before having a chance for a title match, St-Pierre have an impressive record of defeating Karo Parisyan on his debut fight during UFC 46. He then again beats Jay Hieron at UFC 48 by technical knockout in the first round.

His first title match was against his idol Matt Hughes in UFC 50 vying for the empty Welterweight Championship. St. Pierre was totally star struck because he is fighting against the fighter he looked up most. Hughes win that fight through an armbar wherein GSP had to tapped out seconds before the first round finishes. It was his very first loss.

Journey Back to the Title Fight

After his loss to Hughes, GSP win a series of matches that eventually lead him back to the title fight. He defeated Dave Strasser, Jason Miller, Frannk Trigg and Sean Sherk. He then became the number one contender in the UFC Welterweight Championship after defeating BJ Penn during UFC 58. He was then scheduled for a rematch against Matt Hughes for the UFC welterweight championship. But due to a groin injury he was forced to empty the fight slot.

Gaining the UFC Welterweight Title

George St. Pierre faces Matt Hughes for the second time on UFC 65 for the UFC Welterweight title. He won by TKO on the second round giving Matt Hughes a flurry of punches and kick after a kick to Hughes’ head. He gain the Welterweight title that night and a 6-fight contract for the UFC.

Losing Against Serra

Matt Serra the Ultimate Fighter Season 4 winner challenges St. Pierre for his title in UFC 69 and ultimately won by TKO on the first round of the match. GSP blamed personal problems and lack of focus during the match for his loss.

Gaining the Grounds for Another Title Shot

After his loss to Serra, GSP face Josh Koscheck for the number one contender title in UFC 74. He won by unanimous decision as an underdog due to Kosheck’s credentials. He then faces Matt Hughes for the third time for a rubber match wherein he won by submission. He became the Interim Welterweight Champ after that.

UFC 83: St. Pierre vs Serra was won of the title bouts awaited by UFC fans for the disputer Welterweight title. GSP won the fight by relentlessly attacking Serra’s midsection undefended.

Series of Match Defending his Title

George St. Pierre only loss two times on his UFC career to date. He successfully defended his title against fighters like John Fitch, BJ Penn, Thiago Alves, and recently from Dan Hardy during a tough title match on UFC 111.

This coming December another number one contender will try to wrestle away St. Pierre’s Welterweight title and it’s no other than Josh Koscheck, GSP opposing coach in Ultimate Fighter Season 12. UFC 124: St. Pierre vs Koscheck is scheduled to happen on December 11. You can watch UFC 124 live through pay-per-view. So let’s watch St. Pierre in action once again!

 

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