Maija Soderholm: Sonny Umpad, set patterns and meta-methodologies

Fascinating interview with Maija Soderholm who is one of the very few inheritors of Sonny Umpad’s Visayan Escrima system….what makes this so interesting is that Sonny insisted Maija never teach set patterns. Rather his method as she now passes it on, is ‘alive’ from day one: once you’ve learned to not get hit, only then do you treat the fight like a series of problems to be solved, centring on the importance of reading your opponent and then getting your them to do what you what you want them to, either through feints, set ups or downright psychological trickery…What’s more, these lessons in ‘fight IQ’ constitute a meta-methodology that can be applied to any fighting system or range…

Going to the dogs

If Shuai Jiao had taken this leg locking stuff and integrated it into a live sparring format perhaps we’d have a Chinese Nurmagomedov holding a UFC belt by now….


Taiji wrestling

Running, a little bit of stance work, throws, throws and more throws, with press-ups to finish. Now that’s what I call a TaiJi lesson

Room for tradition in the mix

Comprehensive article from Luke Thomas looking at the ongoing evolution of MMA. The highlights are: high percentage sequences, the rise of the elbow, diversity of movement, the return of traditional arts, comfort in the pocket, the death of the closed guard, reliance on trash talk, takedown defence and anti-wrestling, karate stance and rear hand straight, striking fluidity, the use of the jab, combinations and feints, the all rounder conquers….



Jean Luc Lesueur Yiquan demo

I could watch this guy all day…pretty rare to find an accomplished Shuai Jiao
coach who has such a strong background in the more ‘esoteric’ Chinese arts…and a little Bagua / Xingyi to finish

When Iron Mike speaks…

His modesty and pragmatism are surely among the qualities that enabled him to become a great boxing champion

Mike Tyson On If He Could Have Beaten Royce Gracie In The 90’s

Another of his overlooked qualities is his knowledge. Tyson is a serious student of fighting, including of course boxing, as this article points out: “Listen to Tyson speak about boxing history for two minutes and you’ll realize he’s the Quentin Tarantino of the fight game – a participant thoroughly enthralled with the subject of his life’s work.”

Mike Tyson – Boxing Historian