Saturday, July 28, 2007

Kickboxing Training Drills To Improve Your Timing In Competitions

Kickboxing is a sport that is somewhat similar to boxing but allows the use of kicks. This simple change creates many more variables and changes the way a fighter must fight. Kicks can be very devastating, but also tend to be slower than punches. Many of the world's best kickboxers can deliver lightning fast kicks, and this is how they become the top fighters in their weight class. Your kickboxing drills should stress speed and timing along with raw power. Even if power must be sacrificed, you should always strive for well-timed kicks that actually land on target. A very strong kick that is blocked wastes your energy, inflicts little damage, and scores no points with the judges. Fast kicks that hit their target do a lot of damage even if there is not much power behind the kick. Also, the judges score based on the number of landed strikes, not how strong you are.


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Your kickboxing drills should have specific targets that you can kick at full speed. The use of a training partner and pads is the best way to improve your accuracy while boosting your speed. When in a match your opponent will have a certain timing to his movements. It is important to learn how to read the timing of an opponent and throw your kicks at the best moments. Using a punching bag does not help you learn to kick at the right moment, but using a human partner does. Your partner should move like he would in a real match and use arm or hand mounted pads to absorb your kicks. These pads serve as targets for you to hit, and your partner will essentially be a dynamic punching bag that actually reacts like a human would.

Your training partner can also feign strikes at you. This helps you learn to time your attacks along with your blocks and dodges. As your training partner throws a punch you can duck it and then respond with a kick or punch. The goal is to land the strike before his punching arm has time to get back to block. Your training partner should then either absorb your strike with his other arm's pad, or wear a full body pad to absorb strikes that come too quickly for him. This kickboxing drill helps you learn how to react to an opponent and his timing rather than just learning your blocking and striking separately. In a real match, striking and blocked are interwoven, not separate. Your eventual goal should be that your partner will have to wear full body pads because his hands cannot keep up with your strikes.
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An Interview With Ufc Fighter Mike Swick

Mike "Quick" Swick (born 19 June 1979) is an American professional mixed martial arts fighter.

He was a participant in the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, a reality television series produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is one of the reasons for his popularity. He was eliminated from the competition after a semi-final loss to Stephan Bonnar.

Since joining the ranks of the UFC, Mike has gone 5-0 and is considered on of the top Middleweight contenders in the UFC


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MMAToday: How did you get involved in martial arts and MMA?

MS: I started in Tae-Kwon-Do at the age of 8. I have just been progressing from there every since...

MMAToday: Once you got started did you ever think you make it all the way to the UFC?

MS: I hoped! Ha-ha

MMAToday: How much did your appearance on TUF affect your training and your career?

MS: It made my career what it is today. It was the exposure that I needed and it made me train harder than ever.

MMAToday: What is it like going from fighting in smaller shows to fighting in the UFC? Were you nervous or did you feel you were ready to be there?

MS: It's a big difference. The UFC is the Big Show. I felt ready.

MMAToday: Your first 4 fights in the UFC lasted a combined 6 minutes or so, what was the rush?

MS: I am just an aggressive fighter... ha-ha

MMAToday: How has your training been coming? And how is the hand?

MS: Training is going great! Hand is almost 100%. I am still sparring and doing mitt work, I am just still a little careful with it.

MMAToday: Can you give us a little insight into your training regimen?

MS: We train 2-3 times a day, 6 days a week.

MMAToday: Who are you currently training with?

MS: We have a great crew in now... As far as training, I have Lynn Schutz, Bob Cook, Dave Camarillo, and Javier Mendez. As far as teammates I got Fitch, Koscheck, Thomson, Prangley, Southworth, Fukada, plus a lot of great up and comers. Baroni should be back soon as well.

MMAToday: What motivated you to keep going and fighting?

MS: Wanting to be the best...

MMAToday: Your next opponent is Yushin Okami on March 3rd, anything special planned for that fight?

MS: This fight is not for sure. Nothing is signed. We are still working on it. I want this fight though.

MMAToday: Where do you see yourself in the Middleweight title picture if you are victorious there?

MS: I guess it depends on how I perform. I plan to perform at my best.

MMAToday: How well do you stack up against the current champ Anderson Silva?

MS: Wouldn't mind finding out... ha-ha

MMAToday: Is there any other Middleweight out there in the UFC you would like to fight? And why?

MS: All of them!

MMAToday: Would you still like a rematch with Chris Leben?

MS: That fight will happen eventually and yes I will be happy when it does. After his performance against MacDonald though, it wouldn't be a step up as far as my career goes. I want to fight top contenders right now.

MMAToday: What fights in your career are the most memorable to you?

MS: All my UFC fights have been very memorable.

MMAToday: How much longer do you have on your current contract?

MS: A little over a year...

MMAToday: Any possibilities of jumping ship to another promotion when it's up?

MS: Nope.

MMAToday: Is there any fighter outside the UFC you would like to mix it up with?

MS: Haven't thought about it really.

MMAToday: What fighters do you enjoy watching and why?

MS: GSP, Liddell, Couture, CroCop, Riggs, Loiseau, Silva, etc... All the exciting ones! I am a huge MMA fan myself.

MMAToday: What fighters do you look up to?

MS: Too many to list!

MMAToday: Who do think would be your toughest fight and why?

MS: Right now, I think Anderson Silva. It would be a good test for me.

MMAToday: What are your hobbies outside of MMA?

MS: Traveling. I love traveling! Whatever happens after you die happens, but this is the only earth we will ever have and I want to see it all. I like playing poker as well.

MMAToday: Who do you think the best over looked fighter in your weight class is?

MS: I am not sure. I don't follow the forums too much to know who is favored more and stuff...

MMAToday: What do you think of Randy coming back?

MS: I am excited, I like him a lot.

MMAToday: What do you think of the UFC bringing in fighters from pride etc?

MS: I think they are just getting the best fighters from all over the world from all organizations and I think it's great. I love competition.

MMAToday: If you could fight anyone who would it be? Why?

MS: Silva for the title. I want the belt! Ha-ha

MMAToday: Thank you very much for your time Mike, is there anything you would like to add here to your fans or anyone in general?

MS: Thanks for all your support guys! Please check out my webpage at MikeSwick.com and my Myspace at http://Myspace.com/mikeswick. I am also running a UNICEF campaign to raise money for underprivileged children worldwide. You can check out that page at http://unicefusa.org/ert/mikeswick. Thanks!
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Heavy Bag Training for Mixed Martial Arts, Self Defence and Fitness

Heavy Bag training for Mixed Martial Arts, Self Defence and Fitness.

by S.Ward c/o www.themmaforums.com

The Heavy Bag is most often used suspended from a ceiling but should also be used on the ground to practice ground striking as well. It can be punched, kicked, kneed and elbowed. Used correctly it can improve the power of your striking and gives a great cardio workout as well, but if used improperly can cause injuries.

The Self-Defence benefits of Heavy Bag training

Striking the heavy bag can develop great fight related qualities but is nothing like a real combat situation. The strikes used against the heavy bag are what's known as Gross Motor Skills meaning they are simple actions using large muscle groups and when used under an Adrenal Dump status (the bodies Fight or Flight response) will often result in a greater performance in terms of strength and endurance.


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Training your striking skills can lead to an increased confidence in your ability to strike an opponent which can be beneficial to those whom may be reluctant to fight back or suffer greatly under the bodies adrenal responses.

Good strike training, against the heavy bag, pads and sparring with partner(s) builds competence and confidence and develops 'muscle memory' so when confronted by an assailant gives the ability for the body to strike as it does in training without the person making a concious effort to strike with these developed skills.



AnAerobic Training

Anaerobic training is training at such an intensity that the body is unable to keep up with it's oxygen requirements and so can only be carried out for a short period of time. Carrying out this type of training on the heavy bag both leads to an increased time in being able to carry out a 'flurry' of strikes and also develops the important factor of a 'determination to win'. Driving yourself to carry on with every single ounce of determination, mental stamina and 'grit' you can muster.

Note: This type of training is intense and should not be carried out unless you have a good foundation of conditioning and striking mechanics. Sprained wrists are a common injury sustained in this type of training.



Heavy Bag training for fitness

A good heavy bag training program improves your cardiovascular system, improves muscle strength, bone density, connective tissue strength and also burns calories and fat. By incorporating punching, elbowing, knees and kicks into your traing regime you use all the major muscle groups within the body. Arms, shoulders, abdominals, hip flexors and the leg muscles become both conditioned and also develop coordination.

Stress Management Benefits of Heavy Bag Training

The evolution of mankind has created our brain and bodies to react in a pre-programmed response to danger and is most commonly termed 'Fight or Flight' and causes a host of responses in the body to allow us to either run at a higher speed (flight), or fight at a higher level of intensity (fight). When confronted with danger this is a good thing, but is often mistaken as 'fear'. Today's modern lifestyles often cause the triggering of this pre-programmed response when it isn't needed or wanted, being stuck in a traffic jams, arguments at home can all be triggers for the response.

Also the response causes the body to release toxins which if not used up, cause what is commonly known as 'stress'. Physical exercise is required to flush this 'fight or flight' residue from our bodies before it compromises our health and immune system. Vigorous exercise, such as heavy bag training gives the exertion needed to burn off this residue and return the mind and body to a healthier state.

Take this training, turn up the music and destroy your 'opponent'. Remove all this negative 'energy' from within you and turn it into anger to destroy your imaginary opponent and allow Endorphins to give you that 'feel good' post workout sensation.



Precautions to consider when Heavy Bag Training

Like any form of exercise if taken to extremes, heavy bag training can be counter productive and involve risks. It is designed to 'build you up', increase your strength, your fitness and your health.

Just as impatient weight trainers damage their joints and strain their muscles, or runners who increase their mileage too quickly can suffer shin splints, bag training is exactly the same. Make sure you execute your strikes with proper form to maximise your gains whilst reducing the risks, this will allow you to continue your training for a much longer period of time.

The two types of athletic injuries most common with physical training are 'chronic' and 'acute'. Chronic injuries develop and last over an extended period. Training improperly, too intensely, or too often causes them. When your body is stressed through exercise, it must be given time to recover and rebuild itself in order to become more efficient and be ready to be trained again.

When your training too hard or not resting for sufficient time between your training sessions, you will develop overtraining injuries. It's imperative that you realize that the bodies muscles adapt much faster than the connective tissues and that striking puts a great deal of stress on these connective tissues. Your advances in speed and power will quickly exceed the capacities of your bones, tendons, ligaments and joints. This can result in torn muscles, chronic joint pain and even result in permanent injuries.

Acute injuries like a sprained wrist or a broken bone occur suddenly. The risk of these injuries should be reduced with proper form and of course common sense. Technique comes before speed and power. There isn't a need to smash the heavy bag as hard as you can every time you train. Concentrate on good body mechanics and allow the speed and power to develop by itself. Begin slowly and allow your speed and power to gradually increase and as always allow your body to adapt and become able to handle these stresses.



Avoiding bad practice

Often when people train on the heavy bag their proper technique goes out the window. Feet come off the ground, the body is badly aligned, they wind up their strikes like a baseball pitcher .Don't exaggerate your movements and keep your techniques correct. Apart from the risk of injuries, your practising of these bad techniques will result in incorrect 'muscle memory' and so when you use your techniques against a real opponent, you will leave yourself open to counter attack.

Telegraphing of your techniques

Telegraphing means you make obvious preparations to throw a technique, cocking your fist back before throwing a punch is a good example. As the bag doesn't fight back people often forget the importance of being able to strike your opponent without signalling your intention to do so.



Failing to defend

Because the bag doesn't hit back people drop often their guard when practicing. Keep your hands up at all times and concentrate on not just the attacking part of a technique, that's the easy bit, concentrate of maintaining a good defence as well. Do this with every strike you throw and slowly but surely you will do this automatically over time. Keep moving in and out of range, visualise your opponent doing the same and keep your head moving, don't just move straight back, move side to side, up and down.

Pushing instead of hitting the bag

A common mistake when hitting the bag is to follow through too deeply and push, rather than hit the bag. A punch or kick increases in speed from start of it's movement through until it's fully extended. The further an arm or leg for example moves, the faster and more powerful it will be. Strike the bag at the point near full extension. Penetrate it no more than a few inches beyond the surface and generate a "popping" sound on impact. Never lock out the limbs else you will hyper extend the joint and cause problems in the joint and it's connective tissues.

Holding your breath

People often hold their breath which is a bad habit. First it reduces your endurance by starving your body of the oxygen it needs. Secondly you increase thoracic pressure which can result in you injuring yourself. Exhale as you strike. This prevents the holding of your breath and improves your techniques power by tensing the muscles of your torso which are responsible for a great deal of the power in your strikes.



Always warm up and cool down

Warming up improves your performance and reduces the risk of injuries and post-exercise muscle soreness. Before exercising intensely work up a light sweat and engage in some basic limbering exercises to increase blood flow, your range of motion and to lubricate your joints. Jumping rope, 'running on the spot' and shadow boxing for 10 or 15 minutes are good ways to begin your workout. (Note: don't do extensive stretching during the warm up. It can compromise joint stability and make you more susceptible to injury. Leave vigorous stretching until the end of your workout). steadily cooling down at the end of your workout returns your system (breathing and heart rate etc) to a resting state. Never finish an intense workout and then just stop. The cool down is a time to work on your flexibility with stretching exercises and should be thoroughly enjoyed as flexibility is important, especially in MMA when the ranges and techniques involved range a great deal.



Some ideas for creating a training regime

There are a variety of Martial Arts from which MMA fighters source their striking techniques. The most common one though is Muay Thai but MMA fighters must adapt their footwork as they need to defend from a takedown and wrestling techniques attempts made by their opponent.

Repetition based training: Learn the basic strikes, kicks, knees, elbows and punches and create combinations you want to practice. Perform sets and reps of each. For example, execute two sets of 20 lead punches, three sets of 20 roundhouse kicks, etc. Rest long enough between sets to catch your breath and move on to the next.

Time-based Training: Another excellent way to train is to work for a time limit or set number of rounds. For example, execute either random strikes or pre-determined combinations continuously for 2 to 3 minute rounds with 1-minute rest period in between.

Circuit Training: Circuit training is good if you are already in good shape, consider alternating your bag work with other exercises to form a circuit. However, don't alternate with weight lifting exercises because the muscle fatigue will make you more susceptible to injury. For example alternate 3-5 minutes of jumping rope with 3-5 minutes of bag work. Complete as many cycles as you need to get a good workout.

AnAerobic Training: AnAerobic training should be reserved for those who have established a high level of fitness and proper striking mechanics. This training involves intense barrages of strikes for a time limit (15 to 30 seconds+) or a rep goal (20 to 30 repetitions of a combination). This training is as mental as it is physical as mentioned earlier. There are significant benefits to this "stop/start" or interval-based training. You exert yourself for a brief, intense period, recover, and then exert yourself again. This training improves your ability to recover quickly, increases the efficiency of your muscular and anaerobic energy systems and elevates your metabolism (burning body fat) for several hours post workout.

Frequency and intensity

Heavy bag training, like other forms of exercises, stresses the body. Training too intensely can surpass the body's (joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, nervous system) ability to recover. I recommend that heavy bag training be limited to 2 or 3 times per week. The more intensely you train, the more time off you should take between workouts. It is a good idea to alternate intense workouts with easier ones.
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Friday, July 20, 2007

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Welcome to the July 20, 2007 edition of mixed martial arts mma.






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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Why Did Skinny Little Royce Gracie Launch Mixed Martial Arts

Could be luck - nope not luck. I first caught wind of this guy, Royce (pronounced like Hoyce - hey, don’t ask me, the guy is Brazilian!) Gracie at the first ever Ultimate Fighting Championship. I was pretty impressed, I must say.

First off, for a little history lesson. The Gracies go way back in the world of Jujitsu. When young Royce was just a kid, his grandfather Helio taught him everything he needed to know to kick butt. At age eight, little Royce started competing in tournaments. And he started winning all the time.

So, here I am at the first ever UFC tournament watching this guy I never heard of armbaring men so much larger than he was, they looked like they could eat him for breakfast. I remember thinking, is this hombre for real? He is 180 pounds, but a wirey 180, you know? He was skinny and did not look too strong. He certainly was not muscular or anything.


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You see, I always heard you get two guys, both of them skilled and the bigger hombre wins, 9 times out of 10. That is how it is supposed to work, right? Not with Royce. I saw him get hammered one time against a monster named Dan Severn. He must have outweighed Gracie close to fifty kilos! Severn picked Gracie up and slammed him back down to the mat a dozen times. He was on top of him the whole match. But right at the last second, old Danny boy taps out! I and the rest of us onlookers couldn’t believe what happened. Gracie got him in an arm bar and that was that. Victory for Gracie and Brazilian Jujitsu. Everyone was shocked.

Up until then, no one really understood the importance of submissions and ground attacks in martial arts. No one had done the types of things Gracie did. No one understood them. But after Gracie captured three UFC titles, people were paying attention then, believe you me! It changed the world of MMA. Technique was critical from that point on. Everybody was scrambling to figure the next best triangle choke to get their opponents to tap out like Royce was doing to everyone. The smaller man now had an advantage if he had a complete jujitsu game.

So MMA took notice of a fighting style that had been perfected by the Gracie family for seventy years. Watching him battle with guts and skill made me a big fan of the sport. The sport received publicity and legitimacy the day he hit the scene. When he won the tournament and starting setting records, it was like everyone else came on board and the sport blew up in popularity from there. The world of mixed martial arts would not be what it is today without Royce and his family doing what they did for the sport.

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The Importance Of Having The Right Training Gear When Competing In Mixed Martial Arts

In the field of mixed martial arts, there is a lot to know. You have new terminology, new exercises, and a lot of hard work. If you have the dedication to become successful, you can go far. However, without the proper mixed martial arts training gear, you might not get very far. Without it, you can get seriously injured. Let’s look at a few things that you might need along the way.

There are many different types of training gear that you could have. Some training gear is good for protecting your body directly. Other types of training gear strengthen your body, thereby protecting it in the long run. Both are essential to being the best fighter you can be.

Probably the most obvious piece of mixed martial arts training gear that is needed is the clothing that you wear. It definitely needs to be something that allows you to move. You don’t want your clothing to restrict you in any way. Something comfortable is very important.


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A mouthpiece is also a good idea, unless you want to end up looking like a hockey player. Your teeth are probably important to you, so protect them. You never know when a stray elbow from an inexperienced fighter might come your way.

Depending on what type of training you’re planning on doing, some sort of headgear is probably important as well. There is a good chance that you could take a significant blow to the head at any point. This is obviously not a good idea without some protective headgear. You’ll want to be able to tell how many fingers your friend is holding up after practice.

During a one-on-one sparring session, you’ll probably need some hand protection. This will help protect your hands as well as the other person. Even if you don’t mean to make full contact with someone, there’s still a chance that their head could be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s best to not give someone a direct blow to the head. Soften the blow a little with some gloves.

As far as improving your skills, there are a few things that are important as well. A small conditioning bag is great for developing hand-eye coordination. This is one of the most important attributes for any fighter. Consistent practice on this piece of equipment can pay big dividends.

Another piece of training gear that is a must is the iron palm bag. It is constructed of extra heavy canvas and can be filled with steel shots. It is great for developing the strength in your fingers and hands. If you want to improve your open hand techniques, do so with one of these.

Having the right training gear is obviously very important for practicing all forms of martial arts. If you want to be the best fighter you can be, it’s important that you combine the best training equipment with a attitude of persistence.

Yoshi E Kundagawa is a freelance journalist. He covers the mixed martial arts industry. For a free report on MMA training gear visit his blog.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Mixed martial arts 101 - Breaking down the different MMA organizations


Casual MMA fans would be surprised to know just how many promotions run MMA events worldwide. Here is a primer on the many mixed martial arts organizations that run fight cards.

UFC
The most well-known fighting entity in the United States, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is synonymous with mixed martial arts to many. Founded in 1993, the company was first built as a blood sport to settle which fighting discipline was the strongest. Over time, it evolved into more of a sport with stricter rules, weight classes and judges. The promotion was successful on pay-per-view in the mid '90s, but the way the events were promoted led to a backlash. UFC was banned in many states and lost most of its pay-per-view clearance.

In 2001, Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta purchased the company and used their connections to gain greater pay-per-view clearance. The company ran its biggest events in Las Vegas and gained greater mainstream popularity with The Ultimate Fighter television show on Spike TV. In 2006 its pay-per-view buy rates exploded. The company broke its all time pay-per-view record on five separate occasions last year. The promotion is now a global phenomenon and is expanding its operations to run events in many new markets. Many of the sport's biggest stars including Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture and Matt Hughes fight for UFC.

Pride FC
While UFC is the most well-known fighting organization among American fans, it is the Pride Fighting Championships promotion that has had the greatest long-term success. Founded in 1997, it was initially built around Japanese pro wrestler Nobuhiko Takada taking on Brazilian jiujitsu legend Rickson Gracie. Takada was never the fighter his pro wrestling fans thought he was, and the promotion had financial problems.

Those problems went away with the rise of a charismatic Japanese fighter who could back up his popularity in the ring. Kazushi Sakuraba became Pride's greatest star by carrying the mantle for Japanese pro wrestling against the Gracie family. Sakuraba scored wins over four members of the Gracie family, including a famous 90-minute win over the legendary Royce Gracie.

Pride's calling card became its Grand Prix tournaments, which featured star-studded lineups of elite fighters. The promotion regularly sold out the Saitama Super Arena and was a successful entity on Japanese television. Recently, however, the promotion was brought to its knees by scandal. Allegations that Pride's ownership group was affiliated with the yakuza -- Japanese mob -- cost Pride its highly valued television deal in Japan.

Unable to secure another outlet, Pride piled up losses and was forced to sell to the Fertittas (of UFC) earlier this year. The future of Pride remains in doubt with new ownership. Many of Pride's best fighters are being brought to the UFC.



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K1
K1 is a Japanese kickboxing powerhouse. The promotion has been very popular in Japan dating back to the '90s, and provided a start for MMA stars such as Bob Sapp, Mirko Cro Cop and Mark Hunt. The promotion now runs its own MMA organization, K1 Heroes, which has an opportunity to make headway in Japan with Pride in turmoil. The promotion also has plans to run in the United States, and ran a show earlier this year at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

K1 badly needs an influx of star power. Top draw Kid Yamamoto left the promotion to pursue his dream of wrestling in the Olympics. Yamamoto may return, which would be a major boon. Sapp, who became embroiled in a contract dispute with the company, reached an agreement to return, but has not yet signed a long term pact with the company. Kazushi Sakuraba was brought in from Pride, but he is on his last legs as a fighter. Yoshihiro Akiyama was going to be the next big star, but he disgraced himself by cheating in a fight with Sakuraba.

Elite XC

In EXC's first broadcast on Showtime, Frank Shamrock (above) was disqualified in his bout against Renzo Gracie.
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EXC is a new MMA outfit founded by boxing promoter Gary Shaw. The company is affiliated with the Showtime Network, and ran its first Showtime event in February. That event featured a controversial main event when Frank Shamrock was disqualified against Renzo Gracie. Since then, EXC has collaborated with the K1 and Strikeforce promotions.

EXC has signed a number of prominent fighters, including women's star Gina Carano, superheavyweight Antonio Silva, Chute Boxe star Murilo "Ninja" Rua and top welterweights Nick Diaz and Jake Shields.

WEC
WEC was a small MMA group that ran shows for a number of years in California. UFC ownership purchased the group in 2006, and now runs the organization as a showcase for lighter weight fighters. Many of the top lighter-weight fighters in the world fight for WEC, which runs shows on the Versus network.

The promotion's top star is featherweight Urijah Faber, who may be headed for a showdown with former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver. Rob McCullough, Carlos Condit and Brock Larson are among the promotion's other top stars. WEC also recently signed elite middleweight Paulo Filho.

Bodog Fight
The biggest wildcard in MMA's future is Calvin Ayre's Bodog Fight. Ayre built a financial empire around online gambling and has put some of his extensive resources into starting an MMA company. What makes Bodog Fight intriguing is its willingness to bid against UFC for top stars, which could open up opportunities for success.

Bodog's biggest signing thus far was Fedor Emelianenko, widely regarded as the best fighter in the world. He signed a one fight contract to fight at home in Russia. He defeated former Olympic silver medallist Matt Lindland in the main event of that show, which was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Bodog Fight is currently losing lots of money, but has the backing to be patient and hope for a breakthrough.


IFL
IFL is a publicly owned MMA company which features a unique team concept as its hook. The promotion features teams of five fighters which represent various cities. Each team has a coach and many are major names. Those teams compete for the IFL team championship, which will be decided at the end of the 2007 season. IFL runs shows Monday nights on My Network TV, featuring fighter profiles and past fights. The challenge, going forward, is selling the team concept in a sport that has always been sold on stars.

Strikeforce
Strikeforce is an MMA promotion based out of San Jose, which has put more of an emphasis than most MMA organizations on running in the black. It has primarily concentrated on shows for the San Jose market, building around local stars such as Frank Shamrock, Daniel Puder and Cung Le. Strikeforce recently ran its most ambitious show in conjunction with EXC on pay-per-view. Shamrock defeated Phil Baroni in an exciting main event.

Cage Rage
The top MMA promotion run out of the United Kingdom, Cage Rage brings in stars from around the world to its events. The promotion has most of its clearance in Europe and has run over 20 events. Cage Rage features a mix of British stars such as James Thompson, Mark Weir and Ian Freeman; and foreign stars including Vitor Belfort, Butterbean and Shaolin Ribeiro.

Icon Sport
Formerly known as Superbrawl, Icon runs shows out of Hawaii. Much like Cage Rage, the promotion mixes local stars such as Cabbage Correira and Renato Verissimo with UFC veterans like Robbie Lawler and Frank Trigg.

Shooto
Shooto is a small Japanese MMA organization that serves as a breeding ground for smaller Japanese fighters. The promotion runs frequently and provides experience for fighters on the rise. Most of Japan's top light-weight fighters have competed at one point for Shooto, including Tatsuya Kawajiri, Hayato Sakurai and Shinya Aoki.

Pancrase
Pancrase is one of the original mixed martial arts companies and was a starting point for major stars such as Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock and Bas Rutten. The promotion isn't a major factor now, but does feature many rising Japanese fighters.

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Martial arts: MMA more than karate a family business

James and Ron Hill have carved careers out of something their father taught them when they were children.

The Rev. Charles Hill learned martial arts when he served in the Air Force in Japan and Guam. He passed those skills on to his boys, who took to the sport and wound up teaching others what their father had taught them.



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James and Ron, along with their partners, Brian Thompson and Laura Edler-Hill, now run HCX Mixed Martial Arts, which has been open for seven years. Through the years, the business has moved to different sites, and another move has just been completed, this time to Shorewood.

The Hills moved the Joliet training center at 203 Airport Drive to a new location in Shorewood to try to boost the number of children in their program and to provide more space for members.

The new center at 852 Sharp Drive opened Monday. A grand opening celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

A second studio at 12644 Old Plank Drive will remain open and will not be affected by the Shorewood move.

The Hills opened their first school on April 29, 2000, and they've been in business ever since. The Hill brothers have expanded into other areas, including teaching self-defense to area teachers, children and police officers. And they manage boxers' careers and have boxing rings at both martial arts schools.

Boxing is a martial art and so is wrestling, they say. Most people think only of judo and karate when they're talking about martial arts. But there are many more aspects to it, the Hills said.

HCX instructors teach a wide variety of martial arts including boxing, jiu-jitsu, karate, Muay Thai and San-Da kickboxing and mixed martial arts, "which is everything," James said. Some of the school's students compete at national tournaments.

The nice thing about martial arts is students can determine how far they will go in the sport, and there is no coach who will bench them, Ron said.

"It's what you do," he said. "You put the time in and you'll compete. Win or lose, you'll compete."

Through the years, the Hills have learned important business lessons. For instance, they used to be open more hours of the day. But now they restrict hours to times when it is convenient for members to train.

Also, they used to offer classes recommended by other people. But sometimes what one or two people want will not be well received by others.

"We didn't have a business mentor," James said. "We had to learn the hard way and try to fix things."

"A lot of things were trial and error," agreed Ron, who has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Lewis University in Romeoville.

Now things are going well and the boys are thankful that their dad, who died in 2004, lived to see them building a business out of the skills he taught them.

"We were born to do it," Ron said.

Reporter Cindy Wojdyla Cain may be reached at (815) 729-6044 or at ccain@scn1.com

Saturday, July 7, 2007

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