Koryu Uchinadi

Excellent YouTube channel introducing fundamental principles of Koryu Uchinadi, one of the most interesting developments in the Karate world…at once deeply traditional, but which has also fully integrated the lessons of MMA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsRtbvukt_0&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3_Vb9RtAULjbyRX7K2U15qKye3uBI99W8ZEu5rN8PGmowtRBXnixPSJc4

Practical Tai Chi

Nice article. From what little exposure I’ve had to it, there’s a lot more to the Practical Tai Chi style than slow form practice and push hands http://5elementstaichi.co.uk/tai-chi-self-defence/

Powerlifting, strongman and jiu-jitsu

Interesting interview with a renowned powerlifter and strongman who made the transition to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu …some useful information about balancing training and conditioning https://fightcampconditioning.com/podcast/chad-wesley-smith-2/?fbclid=IwAR1lb-9Gqvfwrp20bMqYRwc81cC9X2a-PfYDH_udm3zucBfev0t-v8GarxE

Be water, my friend

I came across this book Fluid BJJ on Amazon 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fluid-BJJ-Scrawny-Ge…/…/ref=sr_1_1…. The author is a third degree black belt under Renzo Gracie and Jon Danaher, and trains with GSP and Firas Zahabi. In the intro he says: “I believe water drilling has been instrumental in my ability to train seven days a week while continuing to improve my skill set through: mental (imagery) rehearsal which allows me to build up muscle memory and perfect technique while having an ‘easy’ day; repetition/ drilling that does not severely tax my body; and water qualities which improve overall fitness and lower the gravity or training partner’s pressure on my joints”…OK some of it looks like water aerobics, but maybe it’s worth trying https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziAYV8ayk9M

Tyler Durden inspires growth of Chinese Fight Clubs

Apparently a significant minority of young Chinese have been sufficiently inspired by the 1999 David Fincher / Brad Pitt movie to set up more than 8000 Fight Clubs across the country. To me, this shows how East and West popular culture is a (Han-style) hall of mirrors in which westerners are beguiled into studying martial arts in isolated rural areas that may have existed as much in ritual, on stage and silver screen as the battlefield , while their Chinese counterparts are inspired by a gritty, hyperreal urban US satire (which lets not forget, ends with a Bruce Lee homage) to trade leather in dingy, graffiti daubed supermarket basements 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/08/world/asia/china-fight-club.html

 

 

Shuai Jiao blamed for Chinese resistance to MMA

Looking forward to reading Antonio Graceffo’s book on Shuai Jiao. This article highlights some of his main points: in particular the decline of Shuai Jiao in China relative to other less violent sports, and his theory that the lack of pinning in Shuai Jiao has contributed to the resistance of China to MMA

http://www.atimes.com/chinese-vs-western-wrestling-impulse-different-execution/

Smaller man beats larger…in MMA

To all those people who said the Wing Chun guy lost because the MMA guy was bigger…. I could show you many many bouts from MMA where a smaller guy fights a bigger one while retaining his skill levels. For example: Cain Velasquez (111kg) vs Brock Lesnar (130kg)

http://m.ufc.ca/media/ufc-160-free-fight-velasquez-lesnar

 

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…http://randykinglive.com/podcast/ep-49-maija-soderholm-author-of-the-liar-the-cheat-and-the-thief