Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Mixed Martial Arts Training

It hardly takes much convincing to conclude that having blinding speed of punches or bone-cracking power in kicks are the most desirable assets for Martial Artists to possess.

Remember Miyamoto Musashi stated in his famous text "A Book of Five Rings" that one ultimate goal of the warrior is to learn to end the fight with a single blow! That's exactly where speed and power come in!

The idea is to make them as specific as possible so as to achieve the most applicable results. In this article we will attempt to explore some of the best methods available to get those results.

Economy Of Motion.


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Basically the more you practice your particular techniques, the more your nervous system becomes familiar and you naturally get faster. It's a really good idea to use mirrors because you can self-coach, so to say, and strip away wasted movements as well as learn to utilize power centers (like the hips and legs). Click below to continue reading.

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Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge Review

Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge Review


Every once in awhile something new comes along that changes the way we think and the way we learn. It may be something newly designed or something that brings many useful articles together into one. BJ Penn’s Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge does both of these in an incredible fashion.

The book itself does not focus on one specific style of fighting, nor does it contain them all in a segregated fashion. Instead it takes a truly revolutionary approach in MMA fighting instruction; it fuses all styles of martial arts into one elaborate system. It will be difficult to find one “technique” that doesn’t represent this innovation. The book truly does take instructional books to the next level, in my opinion.

I will first give my initial impressions of the book, and then follow it up with an analysis of each of the major fighting categories (striking, wrestling, ground fighting). I will finish with my overall thoughts on the book, its layout, and so forth. So, let’s begin shall we?



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First Impressions

This is a simple technique given at www.victorybelt.com . For size issues, I made it smaller. I have to say that I had some unrealistically high expectations for this book. And I also must say, honestly, it was even better then I hoped! The only way to possibly describe my feelings would be the phrase “blown away”. I saw the table of contents for it awhile ago, and while I knew it was going to be pretty big, I had no idea just how all out BJ Penn and the guys at Victory Belt went! They held nothing back, and I mean that in the most literal way possible. I expected it to be about the same size as Eddie Bravo’s newest book, but this is tremendously more expansive and I daresay even more comprehensive and potent (especially for mixed martial artists). The content looked phenomenal and there were thousands of color pictures to feast your eyes upon. Each move was broken down into more steps then I have ever seen in an instructional, allowing every key point of a move to be analyzed from multiple angles by the reader. Now, enough of my babbling about my impressions, I’m sure I’m boring you. Let’s move on to the categories it covers.


Striking

When one reads this book, he or she must realize that you won’t find a traditional kickboxing (or even BJJ or Wrestling) instructional. It is hard for me, an enthusiastic martial arts book reviewer, to comment on things like striking in this specific volume. The reason this is hard is because when first looking at the “striking” section in this book, you will not be extremely blown away. The reason for this is, simply, that BJ includes only the fundamental punches, stance information, and defensive tactics (yes, there are no kicks; BJ doesn’t feel that they are practical for every single person so he didn’t include them, but he does acknowledge their usefulness). If you just assume this is the only striking in the whole book (as I somewhat did, initially), you will soon be in for a huge wakeup call. Just because the section is relatively small compared to other, striking-specific books out there does not mean BJ failed to cover striking adequately. What does this mean? Simply, he teaches you how to strike from EVERY position imaginable. On top of that, he teaches you how to set up almost every move you will ever use with some form of striking (knees, elbows, and punches). This includes places like clinches, on the ground, against the cage, setting up the takedown, and so on. The striking is very, very versatile in this book. However, if you are looking for a specific kickboxing ONLY book that teaches just the art of kickboxing and nothing about the other aspects of fighting, I would suggest Muay Thai Unleashed, one of the best and affordable kickboxing books on the market.


Wrestling



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In this day and age it is somewhat difficult to draw precise lines as to what is wrestling and what is BJJ, so I will try my best to draw the line somewhere. The techniques utilizing wrestling in this book are actually very good. The bread and butter techniques used are the double and single leg takedowns, which are shown with tremendous variations. In fact, there is an entire two sections dedicated to those two. On top of that, there are many body lock takedowns, takedowns from counters, some Greco-Roman (upper body) takedowns, some really good duck-unders to the back, and a bunch of really cool other little “tricks” that help you to dominate your opponent with grappling on the feet. He shows you how to use strikes with these as well to make them even more effective in MMA (the strikes don’t need to be applied for the techniques to work, meaning you can still use these moves in grappling matches if you wish). Other then the takedowns, BJ shows many wrestling principles on the ground especially with regards to weight distribution and holding the opponent down. Some wrestling transitions and even some pins (from which strikes can be unleashed) are shown as well. To sum things up, I was not expecting the wrestling in this book to be extraordinarily proficient. However, all my doubts were silenced when I saw, to my surprise, actual incredible wrestling techniques that can be applied in MMA.


Ground Fighting

Now, finally, I get to review the absolute greatest (in my opinion) aspect of this book! It is also, not shockingly, BJ Penn’s best trait in MMA: the Jiu-Jitsu game. And boy, does it deliver. This book covers everything you need to know about the BJJ game in MMA. It covers everything from the basic escapes and positions to super cool advanced things, such as utilizing the knee on belly position to attack from multiple angles effectively and causing heavy damage. All the submissions are both practical (the thing to look for in MMA) and easy to learn and execute. Every position is covered, offensively and defensively (something not recognized in most books which tell you all these cool offensive techniques but don’t give you even a hint on how to defend it). Ground fighting is often tricky, but things are broken down very clearly and almost every move can be learned quickly without have to do much interpretation due to the easy-to-follow set-up of the book. The most important aspect of the ground fighting in this book, in my opinion, is the fact that it is actually geared to MMA. Almost every grappling book out there is geared towards use of the gi, but this book is specifically designed to offer techniques that work in MMA without having to use the “handles” utilized in Gi-Jiu-Jitsu. I can remember some books offering about 30 of their 100 techniques being JUST collar chokes; this would not have helped anyone one bit in either No-Gi or MMA, two sports where the gi is not used. However, this book is absolutely superb with ALL aspects of ground fighting, period. If you want BJJ that will work especially well in MMA and No-Gi BJJ (to an extent), this is undoubtedly the best book to get on the market, and that’s a promise.


Overall Opinion on Book/Structure/Layout

Alright, I’ve pretty much summed up all the technical information about styles and such, so let’s go into a little detail about the book itself. It is pretty lengthy, over 300 pages in total. It doesn’t have an overly drawn out introduction that takes up ¼ of the content like some other books out there. It is actually quite interesting which gives the reader some great inside looks at BJ himself. It turns out the rumors of his dislocated rib in the second Matt Hughes fight were actually true, which is extremely unfortunate. It then goes into detail about some good training regimens which appear to be made by a personal trainer since each circuit offers a complete muscular system workout. Many people will talk trash about BJ’s cardio, but other then the Georges St. Pierre fight, the man has never gassed (extensively) once in his career. Moving on, the book is structured in a very, very good way. Random moves aren’t just thrown together in a jumbled mess as in most instructional books. Things are broken down into two big sections, stand-up game (striking, wrestling, clinching) and ground game (wrestling, ground and pound, and BJJ). In each of those, each position is given a section (an example would be the Double Leg Takedown Section in the Stand-Up Game section). Inside of these smaller sections are even more specific sections, which cover things in even more detail (A failed-double leg section inside the double leg takedown section). Every section is color coded in two colors to help the reader find exactly what he is looking for just by glancing at corners of the page. This structured system and layout makes reading the book a joy and will make it quite the reference book for all MMA fans and practitioners out there.

To conclude, this book is without a doubt the best MMA book on the market, especially since it is the first to be made on the subject that does it right and instructs with high quality and many desirable characteristics (such as ease of use and effectiveness of all moves). I highly recommend this book to any MMA fan who wants an idea of what MMA truly is or any practitioner who longs to improve his or her own game by leaps and bounds. I typically love playing devil’s advocate and looking for faults within a product. However, with BJ Penn’s Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge, it is just physically impossible to find any true fault within this astounding book. It is the best book in the world for MMA at the moment, and should be for years to come. 5 Stars out of 5 Stars.
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Slice beats Mercer in MMA match

Ray Mercer tried his hand at mixed martial arts this weekend. The result? He's sticking with boxing.

The former WBO world heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist lost to noted street fighter Kimbo Slice in Atlantic City, N.J., this weekend in a fight that lasted just 1:12. Mercer submitted to Slice's guillotine choke hold.

"I walked right into his trap," Mercer said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. "It was like I put my head in his armpit and said, 'Go ahead, choke me.' From now on, I'm sticking to boxing. I can't get choked out in boxing."

Mercer, 46, hasn't fought in the boxing ring since losing in seven rounds to Shannon Briggs in August 2005 in Hollywood, Fla.



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Tito's Dirty Little Secret To Kick Butt

If you're a fan of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), then chances are you've been following the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Tito Ortiz, who recently demolished Ken Shamrock, has come back on the fighting scene with a hard as a rock style of conditioning never seen before in the Octagon!

While many so called "champions" walk into the Octagon tough, they later blame their conditioning. In the fight against Matt Hughes it was evident that BJ Penn was not in shape. This one factor has cost many good fighters their titles recently.

Tito recently revealed his secret on the Ultimate Fighting show on Spike T.V.

Did you catch it?

What is Tito's secret weapon?

High Altitude Training

Boxers stumbled on to the secret years ago. So it should come as no surprise that Tito trains at Oscar DeLa Hoya's Camp.

If you live and train at high altitude for a minimum of 1 to 2 months you're body begins to adapt to the shortage of oxygen. The most important adaptation for the MMA athlete is an increase in the number of red blood cells, which are produced in response to greater release of the hormone erythropoietin (EPO) by the kidneys.

Red cells carry oxygen from your lungs to your muscles. More red cells means your blood can carry more oxygen, which partly makes up for the shortage of oxygen in the air. So to compete in an MMA event, you should live and train at altitude for several weeks before the event.
But what about when you come back to sea level?

Will the extra blood cells supercharge your muscles with oxygen and push you along with greater endurance than ever?

That's exactly what happens.

Many athletes and coaches have generally accepted the idea that traditional altitude training--living and training high--benefits sea-level endurance performance.

In a recent discussion between four experts on altitude training for athletics, the average best altitude and best duration at altitude were 2200 m for 4 weeks.

These coaches also thought that the effects of altitude training were optimal 2 to 3 weeks after return from altitude. But, what produces the optimal endurance benefit? Live in high altitude and train in high altitude or live high and train in low altitude?

The results of some recent tests have revealed the best strategy and in part 2 I will answer that question for you.



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Monday, June 25, 2007

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Getting a good Jujitsu Foundation

Judo was the first martial art I ever learned. I was a scrawny kid, with braces. Not quite a book worm, but rapidly on my way to being a teenaged couch potato. My Dad would tell me to run out and play, and I'd stay inside playing on my video game console.

One day I came home from school, and found that my Dad had replaced the video game console with a box, saying "Take a shower, and meet me in the garage at 4." The box had a martial arts suit (I later learned it was called a "gi") and my Dad took me to a martial arts class that afternoon, where we both went through the basics of learning judo. It was amazingly cool to do something like that with my Dad. I can still remember the first time I threw him on the mat - he still outweighed me by a good 40 pounds then! He looked so surprised to be laying on his back, then just grinned at me.

Fast forward more years than I like to admit, and I'm thankful that my Dad dragged my sorry butt off the couch. I went from judo to jujitsu, to a bunch of kung fu styles, and now work as a freelance journalist covering martial arts, as well as teaching those classes at the local dojo. Dad still does martial arts, but has moved on to softer styles like Wing Chun, because his joints aren't as limber as they used to be, and he doesn't think it's as fun to be thrown on the mat now that I outweigh him by 40 pounds!

And, well, as all the philosophy stuff says, things come full circle. I'm now teaching the introductory jujitsu classes at the school. In some ways, it's kind of challenging, I have to filter out the things I've learned from other styles, and focus on the basics. Jujitsu grew out of Japan, as opposed to the Chinese Kung Fu styles I learned later, and focuses on a stable stance, grapples, and throws. It doesn't focus so much on punches, because it was meant to be practiced by a man wearing armor, and punches against another person wearing armor are pretty futile, while putting him on his back makes him considerably more vulnerable.

It should be noted that I teach jujitsu, rather than its sporting form, 'judo', because I want to teach the full on martial art, and give someone a basis for learning more martial arts in the future, rather than a "recipe book" of throws, grapples, and such designed to win points in a tournament. I think jujitsu has a lot of practical use as a self defense martial art, mostly because it focuses on joint locks rather than throws. A joint lock is a very practical method of disarming someone; in its most basic sense, it's a means of applying force to a joint in the way that, mechanically, it's not meant to know. Anyone who's had their thumb turned 'round in a Hawaiian handcuff has had a joint lock done on them. The nice thing about joint locks is that they even out strength differentials quite well - originally, they were used to make an armed and armored foe drop a weapon, making him more vulnerable on a battle field, but they're quite useful for dealing with muggers, or bullies in a school yard.

Anyway, it's kind of neat, going back to my foundations, my first "real" martial art. I'm wondering if I'll see any father/son pairings at the school I teach at.

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Martial arts are a sport that combines a variety of different methods of combat. In some cases, martial arts are used only for use, in other cases; martial arts are used in head-to-head combat, in generally controlled situations, such as matches or shows. Because martial arts includes a variety of different styles, it is normal when a person thinks of martial arts, that they think of one specific types, for example, karate.

However, there is more to martial arts than just karaoke. For instance, Karate is a stand up style of the art, in which Kung Fu, San Shou, Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Kray Maga, Kickboxing, and Boxing also belong. When focusing on styles such as these, also known as stand u styles, blocking, kicking, and punching are the foremost focus when it comes to these forms of martial arts.

Another style of the martial arts is called grappling or ground fighting. These are forms of wrestling, that includes the martial art practices of Greco-Roman wrestling, Sambo, Shoot fighting, Shooto, and Brazilian Jujitsu.

Yet another style is what is called throwing styles, in which an opponent attempts to unbalance the other by using means of locks, trips, or throws. Within this style, arts such as Hapkido, Shuai Jiao, Aikido, and Judo reside.

For weapons based martial arts, these are arts performed using weapons, and for the most part are only used during cultural and traditional displays, though Kali is still used as an effort of self-defense and combat. Arts within this category include Kendo, Lado, and Kali.

Not all martial art styles are used for combative purposes today, even if they were originally designed for that purpose. Now, many are instead used for exercise, relief of stress, internal energy, and breathing. Some of these meditative or low impact styles include the arts of Chi Gong, Ba Gua, and Tai Chi.

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Martial arts, used by many people today for the health benefits, another way of getting fit or as a form of self defense. But in fact, martial arts are and can be much more and there are some killer martial arts moves that are choreographed to do what their name implies, Kill. These moves were used in both defensive and attacking maneuvers over the centuries and are still taught today.

These moves take years to perfect to reach killing stage and indeed need a much skill to apply correctly. Some of the most deadly moves in martial arts can be modified and used in competition, mostly a mixed competition. Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a combat sport using different styles of martial arts where speed and power are used in different manners. This form of competition took hold around 1993 and was called the Ultimate Fighting Championships. It consisted of martial artists using different styles and being pitted against one another with very limited rules. In the interests of safety and so that the sport could gain wider public acceptance, there were some extra rules implemented in early 2000's by MMA competitions. The MMA has grown considerably since then and although more regulated, MMA still maintains a no holds barred approach. Although seen as brutal by many, serious injuries are rare and other than a death caused by a pre-existing medical condition there has not been a fatality in the MMA competitions.

Many of the killer martial arts moves are still in modified use in these competitions although some have been barred completely. Techniques, if you want to called them that, such as biting, eye-gouging, fish-hooking and small joint manipulation have been made illegal as well as strikes to the groin. There are a number of moves that can vary in legality depending on the rules for the particular competition.

In these competitions, there are a number of ways one can be judged the winner. Either by judge's decision at the end of the allotted time, by the fight doctor who may decide that the injuries will prevent the competitor from continuing and is no longer capable of defending himself, by knockout or by submission. There are both men's and women's competitions held at various levels and styles.

The killer martial arts moves that are taught today as a modified form to most students and when taught in their original form, they are taught under the watchful eyes of the instructors and are only taught when the particular student is of a standard both physically and mentally to handle these potentially fatal moves. It is generally the modified form which is used in MMA competitions by martial artists with the right mental attitude and strength of character to apply these deadly moves correctly in a manner that will attain victory for them without causing a fatal blow to their opponent.

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What happens when you combine techniques from the different forms of martial arts? You get what is called Mixed Martial Arts, which is also commonly known as MMA. Mixed Martial Arts is a combination of a variety of styles of the art, in which opponents attempt to overpower the other using a variety of techniques.

While it is a combination of a variety of techniques, the most popular techniques are those in stand up styles, clinch styles, and ground styles. Most fighters focus on a particular skill, but must have training in all skills to be successful. It is more common for fighters to have a variety of coaches that train for the various phases of combat, it is not common place nowadays for a fighter to specialize in one specific area of combat.

Because mixed martial arts is a recognized sport, with two specific organizations, the PRIDE Fighting Championships and the Ultimate Fighting Championship, there are rules and regulations.

For example, weight classes are a requirement in these rules, they pair like weights with other like weights to make fights more fair. In these rules there are a variety of fouls and penalties as well. These rules were designed to eliminate the picture of barbaric fighting, in which two people fight to the death, as many people once believe mixed martial arts to be. These fouls were designed to protect the fighters. Penalties are awarded to the fighter for fish hooking, biting, pulling hair, gouging eyes, and head butting.

Attacks to the groin is illegal in mixed martial arts, as well as strikes to the kidneys, spinal area, and the back of an opponents head. The trachea is off limits as well, a fighter may not grab or strike the trachea of the opponent. Joint manipulation, such as toes and fingers, is allowed. There are many rules, this area has only touched the surface, but you can basically get the idea that mixed martial arts is a controlled and very regulated sport, designed for the physical fitness and enjoyment of the sport, with the health of the fighter in mind.

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Randy "The Natural" Couture is returning to the Octagon on March 3, 2007 to face heavyweight champion Tim "The Mainiac" Silvia in a battle for the UFC heavyweight belt. There are two questions on everybody's mind about this match up. First, does Randy have a chance? More importantly, is Randy risking his health?

I personally thought that Randy Couture got out of the MMA fight game just in time. He left with class after a second consecutive loss to Chuck Liddell in the UFC light heavyweight division. People respect Randy Couture, even more people like Randy Couture. Why on earth would he consider returning now?

Randy says he's returning because he misses the fight game, because he believes that he is a better fighter than when he last stepped into the Octagon on February 4th, 2006. I think that the real reason that Randy is returning is that he is likely disgusted by the lackluster performance of the UFC heavyweight division. I read that Randy is negotiating a multi fight contract with the UFC, this is a big mistake in my opinion. I believe that Randy might have the tools needed to defeat Tim Silvia, but there is no way I want to see Randy fight Mirko Cro Cop.

Randy, if you have any sense at all, get in there, finish Tim Silvia and retire again. You are an absolute phenom as an athlete and an inspiration to those of us in our forties, but everyone has their time and MMA isn't boxing. I've never seen you come into a fight in less than stellar condition and I've never seen you in a fight that wasn't worth watching, that is the Randy Couture I want to remember. I don't want to remember Randy Couture being knocked cold by a Mirko Cro Cop left high kick, then being taken out on a stretcher.

Enough of the pleas to have Randy cut this return short, let's take a look at how this fight breaks down.

Starting with the stand up abilities of both fighters. It is tempting to look at this and say that Tim Silvia's reach advantage and raw power will give him the edge in the stand up. True enough, but lets not forget that Randy has been in there with the likes of Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz and Vitor Belfor, all good to great stand up fighters in their own right. I put the stand up between Randy and Tim at dead even.

Moving on, lets talk about take downs. There is no way that Tim Silvia is going to take Randy Couture down, the only way Randy will end up on his back with Tim Silvia is if Tim knocks him down with a punch, then jumps on him. On the other hand, Randy's strong wrestling background will certainly give him the advantage in take downs.

What about submission wrestling, grappling, or overall ground game? I have to give Randy the advantage in this area as well, even though Tim Silvia did look good on the ground against Jeff Monson, but Randy Couture is not Jeff Monson.

In the area of conditioning, there isn't a better conditioned athlete on the planet than Randy Couture, one look at Tim Silvia's physique tells us that he doesn't spend the time in the gym that Randy does. Oh, I'm sure he's at the gym, eating chicken wings and watching other guys spar. Okay, the last line was just a joke, Tim certainly trains hard and he didn't gas against Jeff Monson. He also didn't finish Monson either when he should have been able to. I give Randy the edge in conditioning.

So there you have it, Tim Silvia is stronger, Randy is better. We'll see who comes out on top on March 3rd. My prediction, Randy Couture by decision.

Author John Murray

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There's no better way to stick your neck out that coming up with a top 10 "anything" list. It just gets worse when you talk about combat sports like boxing, kickboxing or mixed martial arts. However, here it is, my top 10 list of heavyweight MMA fighters on the planet.

I need to tell you that when I decided to write down my top 10 list, I didn't think it would take too long. I believed that I could easily pick 10 fighters that were heads and shoulders above the pack. It wasn't that easy. I'm sure that there will be a lot of people who disagree with my picks, but isn't that the point, to start a discussion of who's the best and who is just there for a paycheck?

The 10th best heavyweight MMA fighter in the world.
This was the toughest position to choose, really there could be 4 or 5 guys tied for this position, but I needed to choose one and it was Mark "The Hammer" Coleman. Mark Coleman was one of MMA's pioneers, he established ground and pound as a valid MMA skill. In fact, Mark is still one of the most intense fighters in the game. Unfortunately his submission skills (both offensive and defensive) have not improved enough to be competitive with the top fighters in the world.

The 9th best heavyweight MMA fighter in the world
Rashad Evans is my pick for fighter number 9. Rashad is still relatively new to the fight game and his natural athletic ability is as good as it gets. With time Rashad will move much closer to the head of the pack, but for now, congratulations Rashad on your success and making it to the list!

The 8th best heavyweight MMA fighter in the world
Brandon "The Truth" Vera is certainly one of the most exciting heavyweight fighters in the UFC right now and I was tempted to put him in the top 5. However, he needs to beat a more substantial fighter than Frank Mir. While I have the utmost respect for Frank Mir, it's apparent to me that he's not the same fighter that he was before his accident. I believe that Brandon will be top 5 on next years list. He's one quality win away from that (in my eyes).

The 7th best heavyweight MMA fighter in the world
Tim Silvia is the UFC's heavyweight champion. Why is he only ranked #7, the only explanation I have is that I've never personally met anyone who likes to watch Tim Silvia fight. He keeps on winning, but I'm never impressed with his performances. Sorry Tim, that's the way it is, you sit at number seven and if you don't start winning fights in a more crowd pleasing manner, I'm afraid you'll drop off the top 10 entirely.

The 6th best heavyweight MMA fighter in the world
It might surprise you that I put former K-1 fighter Mark Hunt in the top 10. It should surprise you that I put him above Tim Silvia, but I have my reasons. Last year Mark Hunt beat Mirko Cro Cop (by a very close decision) and he also held strong with Fedor Emelianenko, even on the ground, in the most recent Pride event.

The 5th best heavyweight MMA fighter in the world
Josh Barnett is my pick for the 5th best MMA heavyweight fighter in the world. Josh says his style is "pro wrestling", but don't mistake his performances as fake. Barnett combines general toughness and strength with much improved stand up and a stellar ground game. His fights are always exciting and often bloody. Josh is a former UFC heavyweight champion with victories over the likes of Randy Couture.

The 4th best heavyweight MMA fighter in the world
A year ago I would have put Andrei Arlovski in the top 3, maybe even top 2, but his losses to Tim Silvia have me wondering. I don't question Andrei's skills, he's an excellent stand up fighter with a strong ground game, I do question whether he is afraid of getting hit after loosing to Tim Silvia's by knockout. By the way, that is a fight he should have won, in my opinion Silvia got lucky (but he seems to do that a lot). I'm looking forward to seeing what 2007 has in store for Andrei.

The 3rd best heavyweight MMA fighter in the world
Who in their right mind would argue that Mirko Cro Cop belongs in the top 3 heavyweight fighters in the world? Now that Mirko has joined the UFC it's clear that Tim Silvia's days as champion are numbered. Mirko will hold the UFC heavyweight title in 2007, I'd put money on that one. Mirko's strength is most certainly his striking, including the best high kicks in the business. Victim's of Cro Cop's left high kick is a list of MMA royalty...I wonder if he can get that kick 6 foot 7 (Tim Silvia's height).

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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a combination of karate, grappling, wrestling, Tang Soo Do, boxing, jujitsu, Tae Kwon Do and more all combined in one. Mixed martial arts, in its modern form, emerged in 1993 through the Ultimate Fighting Championships and was based on pitting different fighting styles against each other with minimal rules to determine which system would be better in a real, unregulated combat situation.

During the late 1990s, the governing bodies imposed extra rules for the safety of the athletes and to try to promote the sport and gain wider acceptance, but still maintaining the no holds barred idea. MMA has grown rapidly in the last few years with many people both young and old realizing the many benefits of mixed martial arts both physical and mental and this has seen enrollments in classes increasing worldwide.

MMA is classed as a combat sport, but it's a sport that stresses the ideals of fair play and respect for your opponent still. However, MMA are still quite often wrongly known as vicious and brutal.

Regardless of MMA's reputation, the competition is relatively safe. Due to the rules and regulations imposed and strictly enforced and the tough mental and physical conditioning of the opponents there has never been a death or indeed a critical injury report by the MMA as directly linked to any tournament.

Martial arts are great for the body. Regular training strengthens and tones the muscles and adds flexibility. Training in martial arts gives you a full cardio work out. You can expect to greatly increase your strength and stamina and improve your hand eye coordination. Martial arts is a good weight loss program as well because it becomes a complete system in which a healthy diet is part and when combined with the extreme physical activity proper weight loss is assured.

Classes are run at schools, dojos, youth groups organizations, church groups, and other, less formal settings. MMA is also being incorporated into many gyms as mixed martial arts become more popular.

A typical class will have you start with a warm up consisting of various stretching exercises, trunk rotations, jumps, squats and abs tightening exercises. Then there will be a series of movements taught and explained in full. Sparring is controlled and protective gear is worn, such as helmets, gloves and guards.

At other times a bag will be used for practicing kicks, jabs and punches. Although you may feel awkward and unfit at first, it will not take long before your fitness and skill level improves, along with your frame of mind.

People who practice MMA feel and look healthier, but there are far more benefits than the physical side. While many think of martial arts as violent, in the mainstream it is used as self defense. It does not encourage violence but teaches the student how to control anger and how to use self control and restraint.

Students are taught self discipline and the rigors of training builds character and self-confidence, which ultimately reduces temper induced rages that can often be the cause of many street fights. This confidence carries over into everyday life and as a result mixed martial arts students tend to be become better people than they were.

Mixed martial arts training teaches you that you must control the powers that you have had the privilege of learning and never use it recklessly or without thought. Students are also taught that before any success is achieved they will fail many times and that practiced and perseverance is the key. This is a valuable lesson to learn and will often carry over into other endeavors the student undertakes.

Furthermore, the training teaches you that every person is responsible for his own actions and must understand and abide by the given rules. This kind of training improves one's actions in life as well as in martial arts training and tournaments. Many of these arts build a spiritual life into the training, with courtesy, self-control, perseverance and integrity emphasized in the classes. So much so that many Christian Church groups are running mixed martial arts classes for their youth organizations due to the character building characteristics in martial arts training that are also much a part of Christian beliefs.

Given all this, it is no wonder that so many parents are enrolling their children in mixed martial arts classes today. They see their children's health and fitness improve, something their child's peers often lack. And they also witness their children's mindset, attitudes to life and self-improvement, respect and courage all improve as well.

Anyone who trains in karate, jujitsu, Tae Kwon Do or any of the arts will gain these benefits. If you have any desire to improve your body and mind at the same time with only one activity, then martial arts is something you ought to seriously consider. You don't just get in shape physically, but also mentally and spiritually. No gym workout can compare. All across the world, adults are joining dojos and thoroughly enjoying the many benefits of mixed martial arts.

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Mixed Martial Arts

While browsing ESPN, you spot what seems like a boxing match, until suddenly opponents start to kick one another. The next thing you know, the two fighters are on the ground, striking one another. Welcome to the exciting and increasingly popular arena of mixed martial arts (also known as MMA). You may think this is the next wave in martial arts entertainment, but this combat sport has actually been around since the Olympic games in 648 BC.

What to Expect During a Match

Mixed martial arts uses three different phases of fighting - stand-up, clinch and ground. Stand-up fighting incorporates boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai. Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, Sambo (from Russia), as well as Judo are used in the clinch phase of fighting. The ground phase of fighting is characterized by Brazilian Jui-Jitsu (focuses on positioning), shoot wrestling, catch wrestling, Judo, as well as Sambo.

Fighting techniques that you may encounter during a MMA competition includes kicks, punches, knees, pinning holds, sweeps, takedowns, throws, some elbowing, as well as hand-to-hand combat. A win is typically awarded through the decision of a judge. Matches are timed, therefore, the decision comes after the allotted time has passed. Other circumstances that end a fight include referee stoppage, fight doctor decision, submission, cornerman throwing in the towel and of course, a knockout.

The Mixed Martial Arts of Today

The kind of fighting techniques associated with the mixed martial arts of today deals with a combination of different professional fighting styles. Most commonly, a fighter started training in one specific arena of fighting and later decided to branch off into other styles of combat. The main styles of fighting include sprawl-and-brawl, clinch-and-pound and ground-and-pound.

Sprawl-and-brawl is a stand-up fighting approach that utilizes striking and purposefully avoids fighting on the ground. This type of fighter usually has a strong background in boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai or karate. To fight in this style, MMA fighters have undergone training in wrestling. Well-known mixed martial artists connected to this approach include Chuck Liddell, Maurice Smith and Phil Barconi.

Clinch-and pound uses clinch fighting tactics characterized by a clinch hold. While a fighter holds an opponent so that they cannot move, they will often strike the body using their knees, or other dirty boxing moves. Most of these fighters started wrestling before incorporating boxing techniques. Don Frye, Dan Henderson and Randy Couture are familiar with this style of fighting.

Ground-and-pound involves the taking down or throwing of an opponent. The next step is to get into the dominant position, attacking with strikes. Wrestlers usually turn to this type of fighting, which has been used by the likes of Mark Coleman, Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz.

Since there are so many different styles of MMA combat associated with mixed martial art, you may think that there is nothing a fighter can do to their opponent. In actuality, there are several fouls connected to this sport. A fighter are not allowed to head-butt, eye gouge, pull the hair, bite, attack the groin or strike the back of the head or kidneys of an opponent.

MMA Organizations

Bringing the exciting world of mixed martial arts fighting to the public are several different organizations that all have their own specific rules and regulations. One of the most well known, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) - http://www.martialartspride.com - tests their fighters for steroids and other illegal substances before allowing entrance to one of their championship bouts. In this organization, elbow strikes are allowed with the exception of ones that come from the north-south direction. PRIDE Fighting Championships mainly offer two different MMA weight classes (heavyweight and middleweight) and forbids fighters from intentionally hanging an arm or leg on the ropes.

With the ZST, which is an organization based in Japan, there are two five-minute rounds. At the end of a match, a fight is deemed a draw if there was no knockout (KO), technical knockout (TKO) or Submission. MMA judges are not used in this form of fighting. Shooto is another form of combat fighting that presents separate rules and regulations for three different class levels (A, B, and C). Level C is set aside for the amateurs. Three 4-minute rounds are attached to the International Fight League, which uses a different pair of gloves, offering less padding.

Regardless of where or within which mma organization, mixed martial arts madness is sweeping the globe and is coming to a "cage" near you!

 

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