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Tag: Martial Arts


Posted on September 1, 2014  in MMA Related Videos

Fight Quest follows 2 friends, Jimmy Smith and Doug Anderson, as they travel the world discovering various fighting styles and training for several days before taking on a veteran of the sport in a fight. Jimmy is a professional mixed martial artist and former math teacher, and Doug is an Iraq War veteran and former army body guard.

I came across this series on Youtube (which seems as though it was aired on Discovery International previously) and really enjoyed it. Although each episode only focuses on one particular martial art, watching the entire series really gave me a much greater appreciation for the fighting arts, and all the various styles within it (though it only covers 13 of the many many forms).

There are episodes focussed on styles that are very common in most sanctioned MMA competitions (Muay Thai, BJJ, Boxing) some more uncommon styles (Kyokushin, Savate, Hapkido) as well as ones which for various reasons would not be utilized in a sanctioned MMA match (weapon based styles, Krav Maga, Kajukenpo). However, seeing as how this subreddit is dedicated to mixed martial arts, and not just competitions, I thought it would be worth posting this.

Each episode is linked below, with a brief description pulled from Wikipedia for those who are unfamiliar with the style.

If you have the time I highly recommend watching. Hope you guys enjoy watching it as much as I did.

EDIT It seems as though the BJJ and Wing Chun episodes don’t work, so if I find a new link to those I’ll post it.

Episode 1: Kung Fu:kung fu or gung fu and wushu are a number of fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China. These fighting styles are often classified according to common traits, identified as “families”, “sects” or “schools” of martial arts. Examples of such traits include physical exercises involving animal mimicry, or training methods inspired by Chinese philosophies, religions and legends. Styles that focus on qi manipulation are called internal, while others that concentrate on improving muscle and cardiovascular fitness are called “external”.

Episode 2: Kali: Eskrima, Arnis, and Kali are umbrella terms for the traditional martial arts of the Philippines (“Filipino Martial Arts,” or FMA) that emphasize weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives and other bladed weapons, and various improvised weapons. It also includes hand-to-hand combat, joint locks, grappling and weapon disarming techniques. Although in general, emphasis is put on weapons for these arts, some systems put empty hands as the primary focus and some old school systems do not teach weapons at all.

Episode 3: Kyokushin Karate:Kyokushin is a style of stand-up, full contact karate, founded in 1964 by Korean-Japanese Masutatsu Oyama. Kyokushin is Japanese for “the ultimate truth.” Kyokushin is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training.

Episode 4: Hapkido: Hapkido is a dynamic and highly eclectic Korean martial art. It is a form of self-defense that employs joint locks, grappling and throwing techniques of other martial arts, as well as kicks, punches, and other striking attacks. There is also the use of traditional weapons, including knife, sword, rope, jool bong (nunchaku), cane, short stick (dan bong), and middle-length staff which vary in emphasis depending on the particular tradition examined. Hapkido contains both long- and close-range fighting techniques, utilizing jumping kicks and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges and pressure point strikes, joint locks, or throws at closer fighting distances.

Episode 5: Savate: Savate is a traditional French martial art which uses the hands and feet as weapons combining elements of western boxing with graceful kicking techniques. Only foot kicks are allowed unlike some systems such as muay thai, and silat which allow the use of the knees or shins. Savate is a French word for “old shoe”. Savate is perhaps the only style of kickboxing in which the fighters habitually wear shoes.

Episode 6: Pencak Silat: Pencak Silat is an umbrella term for the martial arts of Indonesia. The clear distinction between Indonesian and Peninsular silat is a relatively recent one based largely on post-independence patriotic sentiments. There are hundreds of different styles but they tend to focus either on strikes, joint manipulation, throws, bladed weaponry, or some combination thereof.

Episode 7: Boxing: Boxing is a combat sport in which two people engage in a contest of strength, speed, reflexes, endurance, and will, by throwing punches with gloved hands against each other. Boxing is supervised by a referee over a series of one- to three-minute intervals called rounds. The result is decided when an opponent is deemed incapable to continue by a referee, is disqualified for breaking a rule, resigns by throwing in a towel, or is pronounced the winner or loser based on the judges’ scorecards at the end of the contest.

Episode 8: BJJ: Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals. BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense.

Episode 9: Krav Maga: Krav Maga is a self-defense system developed for the military in Israel that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from boxing, savate, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Judo, Jujutsu, wrestling, and grappling, along with realistic fight training. Krav Maga is known for its focus on real-world situations and extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks. Krav Maga has a philosophy emphasizing threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers, and aggression.

Episode 10: Kajukenbo: Kajukenbo training incorporates a blend of striking, kicking, throwing, takedowns, joint locks and weapon disarmament. A driving principle behind Kajukenbo is transitioning smoothly from one specialty into the next to create an optimal response to any situation. This radical approach to training led to Kajukenbo being known as, “The First American Mixed Martial Art”. The name Kajukenbo comes from the original arts of which it was composed: KA for Karate, JU for Judo and Jujutsu, KEN for Kenpo and BO for both Western and Chinese Boxing (Chu’an Fa Kung Fu).

Episode 11: Muay Thai: Muay Thai is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.This physical and mental discipline which includes combat on shins is known as “the art of eight limbs” because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins , being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fighter very efficient. Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the twentieth century, when practitioners defeated notable practitioners of other martial arts.

Episode 12: Kalaripayattu: Kalaripayattu is an Indian martial art. One of the oldest fighting systems in existence, it is now practiced in Kerala, in contiguous parts of Tamil Nadu and among the Malayali community of Malaysia. Kalaripayattu includes strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and healing methods. Some of the flexibility training methods in northern Kalaripayattu are applied in Kerala dance forms and kathakali dancers who knew martial arts were believed to be markedly better than the other performers. Some traditional Indian dance schools still incorporate kalaripayattu as part of their exercise regimen.

Episode 13: Wing Chun: Wing Chun is a concept-based Chinese martial art and form of self-defense utilizing both striking and grappling while specializing close-range combat.

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Tag: Martial Arts

A brief history of “MMA” pre-UFC

Posted on August 3, 2014  in Writing

2nd Millennium (3015-4013 years before 2014)

  • Speculation of people practicing Pankration

648 BC (2662 years before 2014)

  • Pankration officially recorded at the 33rd Ancient Olympic games

393 AD (1621 years before 2014)

  • “Roman Emperor Theodosius I” likely abolishes Ancient Olympic games, including Pankration

1887 (1494 years after the abolishing of Pankration)

  • John L. Sullivan (Boxing Champion) fought William Muldoon (Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion).
  • Sullivan retired with a 39 wins (33 KOs) and only 1 loss. He was undefeated at the time of this ‘MMA’ fight with Muldoon.
  • Muldoon was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996 as a non-participant, Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1997 and Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004.
  • According to “Say Uncle!: Catch-As-Catch Can Wrestling and the Roots of Ultimate Fighting, Pro Wrestling & Modern Grappling” by Jake Shannon, the fight was over when Sullivan was “slammed to the mat and incapacitated.”

Late 1890’s

  • Bob Fitzsimmons (Boxing Champion) fought Ernest Roeber (Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion).
  • Fitzsimmons was the first ever 3-divisional boxing champion and was ranked #8 in Ring Magazine’s “100 Greatest Punchers” list.
  • Roeber held the European Greco-Roman Heavyweight Championship from 1894 to 1900.
  • According to “Say Uncle!: Catch-As-Catch Can Wrestling and the Roots of Ultimate Fighting, Pro Wrestling & Modern Grappling” by Jake Shannon, the fight was over when “Roeber took Fitzsimmons to the mat and applied an arm lock, making Fitzsimmons quit.”


  • William Barton-Wright creates Bartitsu.
  • “Ju-Jitsu and Ju-do”, Transactions and Proceedings of the Japanese Society, London, Volume 5 via Bloody Elbow: Under ‘Bar-titsu’ he comprised boxing, or the use of the fist as a hitting medium, the use of the feet both in an offensive and defensive sense, the use of the walking-stick as a means of self-defence in such a way as to make it practically impossible to be hit upon the fingers. Ju-do and Ju-jitsu, which were secret styles of Japanese wrestling, he would call close-play as applied to self-defence.


  • King Levinsky (Heavyweight boxer) fought Ray Steele (professional wrestler).
  • 35 seconds into the fight Steele pinned Levinsky down for 10 seconds declaring Steele the winner.
  • Levinsky retired with a boxing record of 75 wins, 36 losses and 7 draws.


  • Gene Lebell (Judo Champion) fought Milo Savage (Middleweight Boxer)
  • Savage was 39 at the time of the fight while Lebell was 31.
  • Lebell landed a powerful harai goshi (sweeping hip throw) and put Savage to sleep with a rear naked choke


  • World-known Muhammad Ali fought pro-wrestler, Karl Gotch trained, Antonio Inoki
  • Inoki PROHIBITIED from grappling and could only land kicks if one knee was on the canvas. Ali had no restrictions


May 18 1989 – June 24 1993 Shooto puts on 24 “MMA” events

1 9 9 3 – The year UFC and Pancrase began

September 21 – November 8 – Pancrase puts on 3 events

November 12 – UFC 1: The Beginning

November 25 – Shooto – Shooto (25)

December 8 – Pancrase – Yes, We Are Hybrid Wreslters 4 (aka Pancrase – Perfect 4)

I still think it’s remarkable we are barely 20 years past the first UFC.

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Tag: Martial Arts

Training Blog I guess.

Posted on October 29, 2013  in Uncategorized

I am sorry for not even writing a single blog while I have been here.  I hope to sort of play catch up from now on.  I have been here a month and basically training full time at Santai Muay Thai in Chiang Mai Thailand.  When I had first arrived here and started training, it was very frustrating, everything was different.  The stance, the way that you hold your hands, the way you kick, your foot positioning.  It was a lot to take in at once, so the first 2 weeks was a serious ego check.  Some days I did not feel like I was 1% better afterwards.  However sessions like today I do feel much more improved, even after a 2 hour training session.  I am understanding movement more, this is a big thing with Muay Thai, and keeping a defensive posture.  With boxing you typically keep your hand covering your chin while you throw a punch, but with Muay Thai you must have your glove much higher because unlike boxing, you can throw elbows, and believe me, they hurt. 

This is a boxing stance.

Shogun used a more traditional Muay Thai stance when he fought Machida for the first time.  Notice his hand placement and how high they are.

Everyday now I am finding I am tweaking, something, getting better at something, it’s remarkable. If you do morning classes like I just did, you get lots of 1 on 1 time with the trainers.  This is key for improvement.  If you haven’t trained, it would be hard to understand how valuable 1 on 1 time is.

But I guess I will just detail quickly what I did this morning.  I started off with a 5 km run, and what I thought was a slow pace, but I was told it was a decent pace, which is good.  The soundtrack was obviously some trap music, I’ve really been feeling that shit lately.  I was my soundtrack while I was in Bangkok. Then afterwards I wanted to spend some time closing the distance, and fighting close.  Mostly elbows.  I am not a very tall man, I am about 5 foot 9 inches, so in my opinion if I were to have success in a fight, it would be in close, instead of being on the outside.  So that is what I was going today and honestly I feel like I easily 1% better.  Setting up the elbow, and turning into is is basically what I went over for a good hour today.  Simple stuff like grabbing the hand and then going overtop with an elbow to his face, his forehead, stuff like that.  Sessions like this are exciting.  I’m going to get some rest, I’ll be going back for the afternoon session.

Hit me up on twitter.  @DJJohnDouglas

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