Friday, May 31, 2013

UFC 160 - Cain Velasquez vs Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva

This past Saturday, May 25, 2013, UFC 160 was in Las Vegas, Nevada. MMA/UFC fans got to watch Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez defend his title against challenger Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva.

Here are 4 animated GIF's I made from that fight:

TKO in Realtime

3 different angles in Slowmo

Champion Cain Velasquez with pinpoint accuracy on his punches executing the old 1-2-3 with the "2"/Right Cross dropping Bigfoot. Cain pounced on the downed Bigfoot and in the span of 4 seconds, by my count, he threw 11 punches before referee Mario Yamazaki stopped the fight.

Note 2 points on the "3"/Left Hook:

  • Cain was on autopilot which is good and bad. He was committed to throwing the 1-2-3, the 2 floored Bigfoot and the 3 on autopilot came in missing. He didn't "read" the situation. However, I've seen quite a few one or 2 punches thrown and the fighter standing there either admiring his handiwork or waiting for the results of the strikes thrown which gives time for the opponent to react.
  • When it comes to the Left Hook, there is the eternal question of a proper form/technique. Should the fist be horizontal or vertical? Note Cain's vertical fist position on his hook.

Looking forward to the rematch of Junior Dos Santos and Velasquez!

In case you missed the JDS fight from UFC 160, here are animated GIF's I made:

Congratulations to Cain Velasquez!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

UFC 160 - Junior Dos Santos X Mark Hunt - Round 3 animated GIF's

Continuing from my previous post, here are some animated GIF's I made of selected highlights from Round 3 of the Junior Dos Santos vs Mark Hunt, in a Heavyweight matchup from UFC 160 that took place in Las Vegas last Saturday, May 25, 2013.

The beginning of the end for Mark Hunt

Here is the Knockout in realtime.

 2 different angles of the KO in slowmo.

With about a minute left in Round 3, the final round, this kick came as a surprise as JDS was probably going to win an Unamious Decision. He may have been making a statement, going for the finish instead of coasting to the final bell.

Mark Hunt tries to stand up after the KO... he has rubbery legs and is wobbly.

Props to both Mark Hunt and Junior Dos Santos - they are warriors! Congratulations to Junior Dos Santos. Looking forward to Cain Velasquez taking on JDS again.

Hope you enjoyed the animated GIF's as much as I enjoyed making them!

UFC 160 - Junior Dos Santos X Mark Hunt - Rounds 1-2 animated GIF's

This past Saturday, May 25, 2013, UFC 160 saw Junior Dos Santos facing Mark Hunt. Here are some animated GIF's I made of selected highlights.

Round 1 - Slowmo of Mark Hunt's Left Hook

Round 1 - Slowmo of Junior Dos Santos' Overhand Right

Round 1 - Another angle of the slowmo of Junior Dos Santos' Overhand Right 

Round 1 probably went to JDS.

Round 2 - Slowmo of Junior Dos Santos' Overhand Right followed up with Quick Stiff Jab

I applaud JDS's quick jab! Too many UFC fighters seem to throw a strike and then immediatedly go to Reset. I first noticed this regularly when I watched Matt Hughes fight. It annoyed me since then as I couldn't 'unsee' it.

As Mark Hunt was about to Reset, JDS shows his speed and sticks a "1". It's a fight, never give your opponent time. I believe the great Joe Lewis called this something to the effect of attacking your opponent's Set Point. As your opponent is about to get set, attack!

Round 2 - Mark Hunt's offensive

Round 2 - Junior Dos Santos' Single Leg Takedown which probably sealed this round for him

Selected highlights from Round 3 in my next post.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

NEWS: UFC fan uses guillotine choke to hold off attempted carjacker after watching UFC 160

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Stockton, Calif., is the home of UFC fighters Nick and Nate Diaz, but another Stocktonian made the news for his MMA moves over the weekend. Abel Simmons was returning home from watching UFC 160 with his family when he used a guillotine to hold off a man who was attacking his family. Simmons' two children were in the backseat of his SUV when the family car pulled into their driveway. A man walked up to the car and started banging on the windows, and then tried to open the door. Simmons, who was in the passenger seat, got out and scuffled with the man until he had him in a guillotine.
"I had him in a guillotine choke. And he wasn't getting out of that. I had that lock really tight," said Simmons. "I just held him in place and said, 'Well, guess you are going to jail tonight buddy.'"
Simmons' wife called 911. When the police arrived, the man tried fighting them, as well. He was arrested for attempted carjacking, battery and resisting arrest.

Watching UFC fights is not meant to be educational, but at least Simmons did learn something from tuning into Saturday's bouts. Now, if you've watched a few fights and haven't had any kind of training, you probably shouldn't go patrolling the streets looking to stop injustice with a choke hold. But it's nice to know that watching fights helped one family stay safe. The same can't be said for people who tuned into the basketball playoffs this weekend.

Here's a link to News10's video:

Not sure of all the details and possibilities as the situation unfolded, I wasn't there so I'm just armchair quaterbacking but here are some of my thoughts:

  • Ecstatic Abel Simmons and his family are safe and their car wasn't stolen!
  • It may have been tactically safer to drive off as the Carjacker approached the car
  • The Simmons family was coming home after the UFC was over, perhaps it was late (what's the time difference between Las Vegas and California?), but honking the horn to attract attention may have made the Carjacker bolt. The neighbors should understand given the situation
  • Simmons went for an armbar, a rear naked choke and finally finished with a guillotine - lucky the Carjacker didn't pull a knife while Simmons was looking to grapple with him as the Carjacker slipped out of the armbar, squirmed out of the RNC, and shank Simmons as the Guillotine was applied
  • Simmons was a Warrior who stepped up when needed, but there may have been tactically safer options of Self-Defense in that situation!
  • Congratulations Abel Simmons!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My 600th post! Some recent Mirrored Posts from my Old Archives

600 posts already? It seemed like yesterday that it was my 500th post (which included the Top 25 Most Popular Posts), well OK, about 2.5 months ago LOL.

The Reality is that while I slowly mirror my old archives and copy posts over to this site, this 600th post will not be #600 and instead some earlier post will be 600th.

Some recent entries I copied from my old archives and backdated to this site for mirroring purposes:

Here are some older posts I mirrored that you may have missed:

Both Frank Benn and Rastus know their Boxing and wrote extensively on it. My deepest gratitude for their sharing of the wealth of knowledge they possess.

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Very truly yours in the Martial Arts & Self-Defense,


Monday, May 27, 2013

HOLIDAY: Happy Memorial Day 2013!

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To many Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of Summer. It may also be the National BBQ Day for them too. Let us remember the real meaning of Memorial Day!

My deepest gratitude and remembrance to the men and women who made the highest sacrifice any can make while serving in this country's Armed Forces.

My friend, David Black Mastro, posted this to his Facebook which is apt:

"Go, tell the Spartans, thou who passeth by:
Carrying out their orders, here we lie."

~Simonides, epitaph for the Spartan dead at the Battle of Thermopylae, quoted in Herodotus, "Histories".

Memorial Day used to be called Decoration Day. Check out this poem by an esteemed poet:


Sleep, comrades, sleep and rest
On this Field of the Grounded Arms,
Where foes no more molest,
Nor sentry's shot alarms!

Ye have slept on the ground before,
And started to your feet
At the cannon's sudden roar,
Or the drum's redoubling beat.

But in this camp of Death
No sound your slumber breaks;
Here is no fevered breath,
No wound that bleeds and aches.

All is repose and peace,
Untrampled lies the sod;
The shouts of battle cease,
It is the Truce of God!

Rest, comrades, rest and sleep!
The thoughts of men shall be
As sentinels to keep
Your rest from danger free.

Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.

-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

TRAINING: Benjamin "Lonely Dog" Rittiner Workouts #012 - Forearm Training

the previous workout (# 011) meant to be a grip strength workout, but it turned out to be more a shoulder endurance workout... therefore we focus on this one to work more the forearms.

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

TRAINING: Benjamin "Lonely Dog" Rittiner Workouts #011 - Grip Strength (for Stick-Grappling)

this workout has the topic: grip strength for stick-grappling

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Friday, May 24, 2013

TRAINING: Benjamin "Lonely Dog" Rittiner Workouts #010 - Shrimping

this workout is all about to be mobile while being on your back.

as for the boxer it is crucial to have good head movement, so it is crucial to have good hip movement when fighting from the bottom.

lateral hip movements as shrimping are essential when fighting from your back. those moves are important to escape from dominant positions, and to create space for effective counter attacks.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

TRAINING: Benjamin "Lonely Dog" Rittiner Workouts #009 - Sprints & Takeoff

This workout is all about short distance sprints, aka the "take off".

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Krabi Krabong's Mae Sawks

Yesterday, I got a pair of Thai Mae Sawks from Overpressure Combat Stick Fighting

I bought a pair of Mae Sawks and received them in the mail yesterday. They are used in the Thai weapons style Krabi Krabong. It was handcrafted by a master craftsman, Arlan Sanford. In the martial arts circles, he is better known as "Salty Dog", one of the founding members of the Dog Brothers.

The story goes that during the early days of the Dog Brothers and their Real Contact Stick Fighting (minimal armor/protection) bouts, some of the fighters resorted to Brazilian Jiujitsu. Having no BJJ instruction at the time of where Arjarn Sanford lived (New Mexico), he explored Krabi Krabong, the Thai weapons art, looking to counter the BJJ that his opponents were using against him. Over the years of traveling to Thailand to the Buddhai Sawan school, he received instruction in KK and was certified to teach it.

I have no real knowledge/experience in Krabi Krabong, let alone Muay Thai, but after receiving my Mae Sawks, I will be training the basics. Here are 2 video clips with Arjarn Sanford learning/teaching the Mae Sawks:

Buddhaisawan Mae Sawks Instruction

Arlan Sanford at the Buddhai Sawan in Thailand learning the usage of Mae Sawks.

Mae Sawks Overview and Combat

After a brief overview by Arjarn Sanford, a fight between Michael Johnson with a pair of Mae Sawks going up against Eric "Top Dog" Knaus using a single knife.

You can contact Arjan Arlan Sanford via To order a pair of Mae Sawks for yourself, check out, specifically here for the Mae Sawks. Also on that page is a DVD with Arjarn Jason Webster teaching Krabi Krabong. I also bought the DVD and my review is forthcoming.

If you are interested in Krabi Krabong or the Buddhai Sawan, please check out my friend's, Hugo, review of Krabi Krabong: The Buddhai Sawan Path Deluxe 2 DVD set.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Lameco Eskrima - Some Blade training concepts

Here are some Blade training concepts from the Lameco Eskrima System. With a partner use only eye protection and rounded tipped metal blades. This is extreme contact training only for advanced practitioners. You will use medium/hard contact to the body! This type of reality training develops the attitude that you can't get use to being slashed or stabbed at all! Your partner is slashing and you are counter thrusting and digging it in. There is no real injury but alot of will see alot of natural movement to get out of the way and not get hit..cause it hurts.


  1. Slash/slash/slash
  2. Slash/slash/thrust
  3. Slash/thrust/thrust
  4. Slash/thrust/slash
  5. Thrust/thrust/thrust
  6. Thrust/thrust/slash
  7. Thrust/slash/thrust
  8. Thrust/slash/thrust

Five ways of the blade

  1. Disarm
  2. Keep
  3. Return to sender
  4. Throw

SG's NOTE: This section was titled Five ways of the blade, but only four were listed.

Blade training
  1. Slash
  2. Thrust
  3. Butt
  4. Tear (rip)

Escala exercises

  1. Slash/thrust 
  2. Thrust/slash 
  3. Slash/ slash 
  4. Thrust/thrust 
  5. Slash/butt 
  6. Butt/slash 
  7. Butt/butt 
  8. Thrust/butt 
  9. Butt/thrust 
  10. Slash/tear 
  11. Tear/slash 
  12. Tear/tear 
  13. Tear/butt 
  14. Butt/tear 
  15. Tear/thrust 
  16. Thrust/tear

Daga basics

  1. Rt vs Rt.
  2. Rt vs Lt.
  3. Lt. vs Rt.
  4. Lt vs Lt 
  5. S vs Rt. 
  6. S vs Lt 
  7. Rt. vs S 
  8. Lt. vs S 
  9. H vs H 
  10. H vs E 
  11. E vs H 
  12. E vs E 
  13. DE vs H 
  14. DE vs E 
  15. E vs DE 

H= Heaven E= Earth DE=Double end S=single end

Deepest gratitude to Guro Ben Fajardo for the share.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Steven Seagal - "Kenjutsu is very, very difficult to learn. It's the hardest thing that I've ever tried to learn."

Excerpted from Black Belt 1990-04, Vol. 28, #4, Interview by Jim Coleman

BB: How long had you been training in aikido in Japan before you were introduced to kenjutsu?
SEAGAL: Maybe ten years.

BB: Do you consider ten years an appropriate length of time in aikido before someone should be introduced to kenjutsu?
SEAGAL: I don't really know. I just know that kenjutsu is very, very, very difficult to learn. When I was in Tokyo, there was a particular master who was a Zen priest that I wanted to learn from, but he wasn't accepting any students. I went to this guy for a couple of years, frequently asking him to teach me, and he always said "No." But at one point, he started to teach me. And that was my first experience with kenjutsu. Most of the kenjutsu masters I know are very quiet. They're very secretive in nature. They don't accept students from the outside. They don't talk to anybody.


BB: Why did this Zen priest finally relent and teach you kenjutsu? Was it your persistence?
SEAGAL: Yeah, I think it was probably my showing up on his doorstep five days a week for a long, long time. This particular teacher that I started out with was very careful with me. I've studied with a lot of different teachers where when you stand in front of them with a sword, you're afraid you're going to die; it's a matter of life and death. But this guy was very careful with me. He started me out similar to the way I started out in karate: working on a post doing kata (forms) for years before I ever got to spar. And this guy was similar. He started me out just learning the basic cuts and angles for a long time - real simple stuff. If you really know aikido well, in the advanced stages, you understand all the basics of kenjutsu. There's a lot of cutting with the hands in advanced aikido, and we started out with a basic cut to the front of the face or the top of the head. Now as basic as that sounds, it's a very frightening cut. It takes years to learn, and when you really know it, you can't see it coming. There's never a block and counter in kenjutsu - ever. It's always one move; it's always one cut. In fact, one of the mottos I learned was "one cut, one life." It's not a counterstrike. It's a strike, but a counter within the strike.

BB: Were you able to ask the instructor questions when you were confused with something?
SEAGAL: You don't ask. You don't say "But, why?" In six months or a year, you can ask that question and you might be able to understand it. But at first, you can't even understand it, so you just do what they tell you for the first couple of years.

BB: Is there any kind of advice you would offer a beginning aikido or kenjutsu practitioner?
SEAGAL: Yeah. There's an old saying that basically says rather than spending ten years of arduous training with one teacher, spend ten years to find the right teacher. When you learn something wrong for a long time, it's real hard to unlearn it. You have to find a teacher who knows his basics. And if you look at his students, you'll be able to see that. If you look at (shotokan karate) master (Tsutomu) Ohshima, you might not even know that he knows his basics, because they're gone; you can't see them anymore because he's too advanced. But if you look at his students, you'll see them.

BB: Does this concept apply to aikido as well?
SEAGAL: Yeah, people who are really good in aiki, you won't see anything that they're doing. We wear the hakama (divided skirt) to hide the feet too, so you can't see the feet.

You can find the full interview if you are interested at Google Books.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

TV: Bruce Lee in Longstreet S01E06 - Spell Legacy (full episode)

Enjoy this episode of Longstreet in which Bruce Lee appeared in!

TV: Bruce Lee in Longstreet S01E01 - The Way of the Intercepting Fist (full episode)

Enjoy this episode of Longstreet in which Bruce Lee appeared in! Loads of philosophical bits in this one!!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

BIRTHDAY: Happy 58th Birthday Chow Yun-fat!

Happy 58th Birthday Chow Yun-fat! Many many more to come!! I wish you Health, Happiness, and Prosperity!

Here are 3 great shootout scenes:

The Teahouse Shootout from Hardboiled

The Church Shootout from The Killer 

Great shotgun trick from Tiger on a Beat!

Here is one of Chow Yun-fat's classics:

God of Gamblers (full movie)


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BOXING: Sugar Ray Leonard vs Marvin Hagler

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Remembering the Super Fight with Hagler

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I never felt so confident in overcoming the odds than I did against Marvin Hagler, because this was personal. I told the world that I would win because they didn’t think I could. I convinced Hagler throughout the press tour that he was a better boxer than given credit for. By the end of the tour, he stated that he’d surprise the world by outboxing me.  I said to myself, I got him, he believes it. That is why I won the early rounds.

This fight, “The Super Fight,” which was five years in the making, had been named appropriately. I had dethroned the mighty Marvin Hagler.

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Here's the fight. Enjoy!

Sugar Ray Leonard vs Marvin Hagler

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Friday, May 17, 2013

BIRTHDAY: Happy 57th Birthday Sugar Ray Leonard!

Happy 57th Birthday Champ! Many many more to come!! There's not much I can say that is not known already. One of the greatest boxers ever!

Here's an animated GIF I made some time ago that I neglected to post earlier. It's from Sugar Ray's 2nd fight with Roberto Duran.

Here are some fights of the Champ.

Sugar Ray Leonard vs Wilfred Benitez

Sugar Ray Leonard vs Roberto Duran I

Sugar Ray Leonard vs Roberto Duran II

Sugar Ray Leonard vs Thomas Hearns I

Sugar Ray Leonard vs Thomas Hearns II

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Ron Saturno - The firstest with the mostest is the bestest.

I like simple. I like perfected basics. I like to be the one who walks away, if I can. I like to walk away from a fight and if I do have to fight: I like to be the one who walks away. Obviously, I've used a lot of "I's" and I like to walk away one way or another. When I decided that "I" was important to me and that I'd like to be the one who walks away from fights: I started looking for someone who could teach me how to do this. Angel Cabales ended up teaching me how to get home safely. He had used his martial skills to save himself in many a very bad situation. You don't go to a man to learn how to lay bricks if he has never layed one. I went to a fight survivor when I wanted to learn how to survive. I am a first generation student of the late great Angel Cabales. Much of what I share today will be directly from his lips. Some will be my interpretation of his training and methods. Some information will be from me alone. Listen to me or not, it is your a$$ not mine. We have to learn to be able to closely scrutinize any and all information which comes our way. We are all survivors and survivors must always be aware of everything which comes our way. What to keep and what to throw away is the game. It's what keeps us breathing. I've hit a lot of sh!t in my life. After a while you figure out that your power, your maximum power, is really only maximally transferable into something within a very short range. It doesn't matter if it's a foot, a fist or a weapon. If you really want to transfer energy into something: You have to put the target in its proper range and you have to do your part to accomplish this. This is the basis of hitting hard. Knowing what you're doing and why is a big part of accomplishing this. The art part is accomplishing this when the b@stards keep moving around and thwarting your goal.

There are rules to most things that we do. If we want to hit something first than we should get out rule one. Hit it right away. The firstest with the mostest is the bestest. Get to 'crackin. Usually the first real telling blow is the beginning of the end of the fight. This holds true for hands, feet and weapons. Rule two. If you are unsure of rule one, look at rule one again.

Can it really be that easy? More than half of surviving a fight is the will to fight. A man who has decided to fight, should simply step up and get busy. Some men want to belittle you before a fight. Some men want to look good before his friends. They like to run their mouths. What this also means is that they are pumping up. They are getting their adrenaline dumping into their bodies. They will be harder to deal with, after the adrenaline dump. Whatever the reason, putting your fist in his mouth is not only satisfying, but has a lot of survivor value. A loud man who has approached you with clenched fists etc., gives you a reasonable belief that he is offering you imminent danger. Hit him until he drops and if someone is around stop. I am trying to get to the nuts and bolts of things, but I was told to keep it short by the boss. I'll get back to writing this after dinner. God Bless.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ron Saturno - "Every hit 'must' have the potential of ending the fight, period."

He was young and hispanic. He had one of the new aluminum tonfas. The ones with ball bearings. He was usually found watching a church on Main St., in Stockton, but I saw him around. He was a security guard and was pretty damn good with his aluminum baton. Woe is me for going to a Catholic church because the women were particularly pretty. He would stand around when things were slow and spin the damn thing frightening fast. I had spoke to him a few times about his weapon, but he blew me off for asking him stupid questions. I really thought that it might have superpowers. He really did make the thing look invinceable. I couldn't figure out a way to beat its speed. I bowed to his weapon mentally and decided to keep out of his reach.

Catholic churches usually have bazaars at least once a year. The girls attending will doll up and oversexed young men (like me), would come out to feed, drink, play bingo, flirt and hopefully get at least a number, or hopefully a pair of panties to add to his collection. Yes, going to church for all the wrong reasons is blasphemy, but light stuff compared to why some priests go. In the middle of a group of familiars, someone threw a bottle at us. No real reason, probably other than we were getting more attention from the ladies present than themselves. I got a slight whack of the ricocheting bottle and quickly went postal. Everyone in our group felt the same. The fun was about to begun. I was tipsy, but gave a fair account of myself in the ensuing maelstrom of fists and feet. Took a few to the face, got my shirt torn, but quickly took my shirt off when I heard the sirens. Then I walked quickly into the crowd of lookie-loo's. When the cops rolled up: I wanted to be a spectator and not a participant in the physical activities. Stockton P.D. has a bad habit of hitting everything that moves in a brawl until everyone stops moving. Out of the corner of my eye I espied the young hispanic guard walking directly toward someone twirling his ball bearinged baton and he then stepped into his target and let loose. The target put his arm up, took the hit from the magical baton, stepped in and knocked the guard flat on his ass. The guard just lay down with a stupid look on his face. Either the punch, the failure of his magic baton, or both, had put him in a stupified state. My face must have had the same look, because I was just as shocked. What in the hell could have gone wrong? Something that could move as fast as his baton, just should have knocked his target into a prone position. I learned that day: That with weapons and most everything else, theory is not necessarily fact. Before you put your ass on the line: You'd better do your homework. I watch a lot of stuff on Youtube and most of the stuff is great, but some of the theoretical techniques in my estimation are just too complex to bet my ass on. A regular police night stick would have quickly dropped the guards target on his ass. Some of the 13 step responses to a simple punch will get you on your ass as well.

From that day forward I realised that my knowledge of weaponry was weak. My assumptions regarding the fancy tonfa were clearly unfounded. I would have bet hard cash that anyone hit with the fancy baton would surely and quickly know that they had taken a telling blow. I went back to basics and have stayed there ever since. Most of the martial arts techniques that we can truly depend upon are based upon good physics. It amazes me that monks on top of hills, thousands of years ago, without knowledge of math and applied physics could develop MIT level martial techniques. We buff the ancient techniques, polish them, give them new names, etc., but we haven't really developed anything new. We delude ourselves to assuage our egos. Name any new martial system and there were low level monks, etc., who could kick most of our asses today. These men lived a closed, monastic lifestyle. Praying and others praying that one of the monks wouldn't hit them were their lives. They didn't practise techniques until they got them right: They practised techniques until they couldn't do them wrong.

When men develop techniques during harsh times: They develop them with a clear mind. No bullsh!t need apply. Bread and butter techniques that are simple and effective under most conditions are the order of the day. Weaponry follows the same paths as their owners minds. Men who mean business do not stand around and twirl their weapons. Weapons are to hit things with. Can you imagine a shoot-out where everyone is standing around twirling their guns and not shooting in order to stay alive? The true Master makes "every" hit count. Every hit "must" have the potential of ending the fight, period. With everything mentioned: I will start writing about the nuts and bolts of what I believe is important when training and apply.

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MUSIC: Thom Stockton - This is War

My thanks to Luke Beston for the share via Facebook!


**** I’m from Stockton, so what, it don’t need to be talked about
how about you breakdown my tech, when I knock him
how about my takedowns and sets of punches landed on him
make crowds of my enemies new fans, they crown the California king
not the kid, not that I mean disrespect,
but this is grown man ****, you don’t like it then get upset
I am here to keep it real, and y’all should thank me for that
Cuz while these other fighters talk the ****, I’m cockin it back BLOWW!
You talk in the background, like you’re gonna smack me around,
But when I come around, and I’m in your face you ain’t that loud
I’m tupac in the cage, and you too soft to get paid,
And we could take it back too Stockton, you dudes drop to the pavement
It’s war man, no canvas, no stage, no cameras,
no games, You think you stand a chance against me, no way
it’s west coast, no waves, all streets, no games, man ****
just you and me, one on one, let’s handle it homie


Don’t be scared homie, unless you’re on the other side of the card
I’m not a street fightin thug, meaning mug dudes in the bar
Its stupid to think that I am, because of where I’m from
I’m a martial artist, are you guys **** dumb?
I’ve been doin this a long time, earned this success
Despite the fact that it makes you upset, so much so that
You paint me the bad guy, I guess maybe that’s why
I come off angry, y’all don’t know me, but you hate me?
How stupid is that, I’m a student of my craft
I am focused and disciplined, that’s why I am where I’m at
I have fought the fights and promoted myself to this spot
Now it’s time to get what I have I deserve, a title shot
Ready as a car wreck it’s gonna get ugly
No decision, **** that, knock him out with punches
I’m in my prime, now is the time, fighting for pride still
But I’m not gonna lie, that’s a nice belt, mine now!



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Stickgrappler's Sojourn of Septillion Steps