Self-defense, Martial Arts, and other dangerous words by Eric Taimanglo

Is Self-Defense a punch or a gunshot? What does "Self-Defense" really entail?

MMA: The Clinch - Fundamentals and Drills by Joe Silvia

Ausgepicht discusses the fundamentals of the Clinch as well as shares some drills to work the Clinch.

David Black Mastro - George Silver and The London Masters of Defence

TrueFightScholar discusses George Silver and Native 16th-17th century English Fighting Arts.

Southnarc (aka Craig Douglas) - Managing Unknown Contacts

SouthNarc discusses his plan when an Unknown Contact approaches you and how/what you should do.

Default Positions, Pre-Emptive Striking, and Mass Confusion By Lee Aldridge

Lee discusses what a Default Position is and why you need to ingrain one.

How To Make Your Own Rattan Sticks by Army Maguire

Army takes you step by step from start to finish in making your very own rattan sticks!

The Physical Body DVD Review by Stickgrappler

My review of a DVD on Kushti (Indian Wrestling) and its training methods.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Renzo Gracie at UFC 111 Animated GIFs (Mar 27, 2010)

I'm slow to embrace Twitter. Call me a dinosaur. Call me ancient. I am what I am.

I love making GIFs and I recall seeing the awesome Renzo Gracie in the audience of an UFC but didn't recall which one. He was having loads of fun when he realized he was on camera. I wanted to make some GIFs of him, but didn't have time when that specific UFC aired. I usually make GIFs of a TV/Movies action scene or make GIFs of MMA/Boxing fight highlights or to isolate for a technique for analysis. Rarely do I get a chance to make Fun GIFs.

A few months ago, I had a lightbulb moment at seeing how active Renzo was on Twitter. I tweeted him the question of which UFC he was at. I wasn't even sure that he would even remember given it was a few years ago. In full disclosure, I've also tweeted a famous boxer and a famous MMAist with no replies in the past, so not knowing what to expect since he was "famous". I'm nobody and he didn't know me from a hole in the wall, so I thought it was worth a shot. I was pleasantly surprised when he tweeted back fairly rapidly that he thought it was UFC 111.

Fast forward to March 11, Renzo's 47th birthday ... I posted the following entry reluctantly, (yep! you guessed it, I didn't have time to make the GIFs in time) to celebrate his birthday:

Thinking I would wait for next year to post the GIFs on his birthday, I scheduled the post for Mar 11, 2015.

Fast forward to last week Tuesday, July 15, 2013, Renzo Gracie tweeted an amazing and heartwarming story which I've reposted as:

So fairly close on the tail of that post, I humbly present to you my 7 animated GIF's of the great Renzo Gracie in the audience of UFC 111. The camera caught him during the break between Rounds 2 and 3 of the Georges St. Pierre X Dan Hardy fight.


So glad Renzo wasn't picking his nose ;-)

This one is a combo of GIF's of the above 2:

Hamming it up! Knowing not to take himself too seriously!!

All Champions have this Innate Happiness and it shows in their Smiles! Look at Renzo's Smile!!

Here's the full GIF:

Obrigado Mestre!

For other Renzo Gracie posts:

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Monday, July 21, 2014

"Fearless" - a poem by Renzo Gracie

Photo Source: Renzo Gracie's Twitter

by Renzo Gracie

In life we have what we can handle,
Never let them see you flinch or falter,
When you have a chance show them who you are,
Stand proud and hit hard.

In case you missed these other entries on Renzo Gracie, please check out:

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"For I Have Strayed From the Path..." - a poem by Stickgrappler

i am no writer ... i am no poet ... a poem I wrote a few months ago about my inconsistent training and getting back onto The Path.

here goes:

For I Have Strayed From the Path

For I have strayed from the Path...
Marriage, Fatherhood, Career,
Weak mind, Weak body, Weak spirit!
Excuses ... all!
Forge myself I must!

For I have strayed from the Path...
Wise friends counsel:
"Do not chastise yourself!"; "Do not regret!";
"Do what you can, when you can!"
Forge myself I must!!

For I have strayed from the Path...
Sojourn of Septillion Steps
begins with but a Single Step.
Excuses, Regrets - Begone!
Forge myself I must!!!

April 7, 2014

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Happy 76th Birthday Dame Diana Rigg!!

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Today marks the 76th birthday of Dame Diana Rigg!! Many fans will remember her for her role of Emma Peel in The 1960's British TV series, The Avengers. She along with Honor Blackman (Cathy Gale also of The Avengers and of coourse as Pu$$y Galore in Goldfinger) were prime figures in the Feminist Movement of the 1960's. Some fans will remember her perhaps for her role as Countess Teresa di Vicenzo in the James Bond film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Chatting with my friend Brandon B. a few weeks ago, he mentioned that On Her Majesty's Secret Service was his favorite Bond film. Like me, we both LOVE Diana Rigg! In her honor, I will be rewatching On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

I'm working on making some animated GIFs of Emma Peel in action! LOL at me! Check back soon for the GIFs!

Happy 76th Birthday Dame Diana Rigg!!

The Avengers Series 5 Opening Titles and Closing Credits

Diana Rigg - Falling for Emma

Emma Peel had a habit of dispensing her enemies with karate chops and kicks and whips making them crumple to the ground,flip or fall,and even dive,They all ended up FALLING FOR EMMA in defeat.Some highlights from the first 8 color episodes of The Avengers from Season 5 (1967) showing Emma Peel in top judo chopping form as she catsuits her way through a slew of bad people bent on wrecking havoc on the English people, and the world.The Avengers was the classic spy spoof and no one did it better than British TV.The verbal jousting and interplay between Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) and John Steed (Patrick MacNee) was second to none and still stands the test of time.


Diana Rigg 2011 interview on THE AVENGERS, Fame, Fans and Feminists

Diana Rigg 2011 interview on ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, Garlic and George Lazenby

Emma Peel - Man Appeal

When Honor Blackman wasn't available to continue with her co starring role,because she was working on the 3rd James Bond flick,Goldfinger, the producers of the British cult TV show The Avengers were casting around for a new lady to partner John Steed.They purposely sought someone with Man Appeal which they shortened to M appeal and they got it in spades when they hired Diana Rigg.The M Appeal became her name and thus was born Emma Peel.


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Happy 27th Birthday Jon "Bones" Jones!!

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Today is the birthday of the youngest UFC Champion ever! Happy 27th Birthday Jon Jones!!

Posting some videos in his honor! 

Happy Birthday Champ!!

Jon "Bones" Jones joins Crowd Goes Wild to talk about Ronda Rousey, cutting weight, his NFL-playing brothers and more.

Wall Street Journal - Jon Jones on Teixeira, His Career & NFL Brothers

UFC 165: Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson
Post-Fight Octagon Interview

UFC 172: Jon Jones vs Glover Teixeira
Post-Fight Octagon Interview

In case you missed my previous entries on Jon Jones, please check out:

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

THE WISDOM OF ... Renzo Gracie

"Yesssss leaving now...."
Photo Source:  Renzo Gracie's Twitter

"My heart fills with the noble feeling that if I die tomorrow the world is in great hands. In a much better hands than mine."
~Renzo Gracie

Renzo Gracie, BJJ/MMA legend, is very active on Twitter. He tweeted a beautiful and awesome story of his experience while waiting for a delayed flight at an airport! Truly heartwarming!! But there are lessons in his story ... not just one of Unconditional Love, not just giving of oneself and Listen to others, but also of the Warrior being in the Moment, of being Aware, able to Observe his environment. When most people would just be upset at the flight delay, the Gentleman and Warrior that Master Renzo Gracie is, turns the Negative experience to one that is Positive!

Enjoy this great story as well as the Wisdom/Lessons in it!

Obrigado Mestre Renzo Gracie!!

Renzo_Gracie_BJJ @RenzoGracieBJJ

I seat to grab a beer... Newark Airport, two beautiful ladies seat next to me. They just got married in Jersey, their happiness can be seen from 100 miles away. My plane is late, we talk for hours. They are from Sonoma, the wine capital of the USA, near San Francisco, the first place I came to in the US. They show me their wedding pictures, tell me their life history, 23 years in the making. I ask about their family, what they think, how they see it. Every answer is positive, and great, they accept.
Time for my plane to leave. I got to go. I give them a copy of The Gracies and the Birth of Vale Tudo. And tell them what I do. 

They give me a tight hug. In a way that they would only hug those who back them up. Tears fill my eyes. I wish them an amazing life. And an unforgettable love story, one forged with amazing memories - the most valuable asset a human can have on his life time.

As I walk to my gate my eyes glance to another amazing scene... A woman talking to her friend through an iPhone's FaceTime. She is talking through a sign language. With her hands. She is deaf. My heart fills with the noble feeling that if I die tomorrow the world is in great hands. In a much better hands than mine.

Stipe Miocic @smiocic

I sit here making stupid jokes and then read through @RenzoGracieBJJ time line and realize I need to do better.


What a wonderful story! :)

Renzo_Gracie_BJJ @RenzoGracieBJJ

normally, those are always around us.. We choose not to see it ;-) I see it all

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NOTE: Posted 7/18/2014 but backdated to 7/15/2014 mirroring the day Renzo Gracie tweeted.


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