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


Balancing weights and BJJ

If you’ve ever wondered how best to strength training to enhance your martial arts training (not just BJJ) then this is an excellent, rigorous introduction to the subject : Mike Israetel is a professor of Exercise Science at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and was previously a professor at the University of Central Missouri, where he taught Exercise Physiology, Personal Training, and Advanced Programming for sports and fitness. Mike’s PhD is in Sport Physiology, and he has been a consultant on sports nutrition to the U.S. Olympic Training Site in Johnson City, TN. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Mike is a competitive powerlifter, bodybuilder, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grappler. He used to hold a bunch of state, national, and world records in raw powerlifting.]

Mike Patterson, 58, training montage

Who doesn’t love a training montage, particularly when it’s a lifelong internal martial artist putting himself through his paces at the age of 58? Mike Patterson shows what decades of Xingyi and Bagua training can do (he started age 13 in Taiwan and was the All Taiwan Full Contact Martial Arts Champion 1975-1976)

Kettlebell aficionados may also know Mike as Steve Cotter’s Xingyi teacher (yes, that’s Steve getting beaten up)


Which is where Steve got his Fuhugong movements…Systema practitioners may also recognise some of these…