Monday, August 27, 2007

An Insight Into Muay Thai Kick Boxing

The exact date muay Thai kick boxing was started is hard to narrow down, but it does date back all the way to medieval times. King Nareasen made it famous in 1560 AD when he was given a chance to fight for his freedom. King Nareasan was victorious, freed, and returned home where he declared the fighting style (then called Siamese style boxing) a national sport.

The art of muay thai kick boxing is known as both a hard martial art and as "the deadly art." Muay thai kick boxing is a self defence art developed in Thailand and it enjoys immense popularity in many south-Asian countries as well. There is a wide variety of forms and styles, just like other styles of martial arts.

Muay thai kick boxing is the national sport of only Thailand, though it has become popular in many other countries. The main point that separates muay thai kick boxing from western developed boxing is the fact you are allowed to use shins, knees, elbows and fists. The fighter is able to use 8 parts of his body to strike his opponent.

About 50 years ago, boxing gloves where introduced - before this it was more common to bond smashed shards of glass to a rope binding around the hands. This practice was ended when international muay thai kick boxing tournaments began. This ultimate full-contact martial art, builds stamina and mental toughness. In Thailand, every boy is mandated to learn muay thai and most girls will learn at least some basic moves.

Muay thai kick boxing is designed to be performed unarmed, as every move can be done with combinations of eight body parts. Unlike other forms of martial arts where grappling is done on the floor, the grappling done in muay thai kick boxing is done while standing. The most common techniques used while grappling are attempts to hit the opponent's stomach or head with the knees. Muay thai kick boxing appears as an extremely violent form of martial arts. Contrary to how it appears, it actually provides you with anger control and a constant strive for peace and unity.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

The Ultimate Fighting Secret

Last month, I sat down with a group of friends to watch the latest pay-per-view Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event.

The host of the party was a major fan, and he laid out a nice spread for us with plenty of food and cold beer. The fights started and all seemed to be going well until my host started acting as if he knew something about fighting.

Oh, he knew plenty about the UFC athletes, but not much about an actual street fight.

For him, the be-all-end-all was Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). He raved about how the Gracie family had invented the sport and how their fighting style dominated anything else out there.

I tried to keep quite, but you can only listen to someone spout the wrong information for so long.

I explained to him that the Gracie's did not invent anything, and that everything they taught they learned from Judo. Sure, they were tough and were a great bunch of athletes (and some of the nicest guys you'd ever meet) but they did not do anything new.

To fully understand BJJ you must first must look at the evolution of jujutsu into the pre-WWII Judo curriculum developed by Jigoro Kano in the late 19th century.

Though supporters of BJJ say Kano considered ground fighting unimportant, they couldn't be more wrong. Kano simply stressed standing techniques because it took ten-times longer to learn then ground work.

In fact, in Japan the saying is "One year to learn ground, ten years to learn standing."

One of Kano's students Mitsuyo Maeda, a veteran Judo instructor who had already taught in a number of countries, seemed like the perfect choice to go to Brazil after World War I.

Maeda showed what Judo could do when he defeated many wrestlers and boxers with pins, armbars, and throws. He even allowed one challenger to use a knife and still quickly defeated the man. These exhibitions made Maeda one of the first mix martial artists. He became very popular in Brazil and impressed Gastao Gracie, a wealthy businessman.

In exchange for financial help, Maeda agreed to train his sons. Maeda only had a few months with the boy so he started with the basics and stressed groundwork rather then the more complex standing techniques.

Helio Gracie loved Judo and continued his training and teaching. While it is unsure why he began calling it Jiu Jitsu, every takedowns, throw, and submission were all things he learned from Maeda.

Helio's only defeat (most matches were draws) was to Japanese Judoka Masahiko Kimura who broke Helio's arm and won the match. To Helio's credit, he didn't tap out, but Kimura completely dominated the match throwing his lesser skilled opponent to the ground at will.

The family continued to teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and even brought back "old-school" judo leg-locks and lower body submission. When they brought it to the United States through the UFC, its popularity grew greatly.

While the BJJ guys preyed on wrestlers, boxers, and other martial artists who had never even been choked before, the judo community continued to focus its efforts on the Olympics.

When retired judo Olympic champ Yoshida entered the "Pride Fighting Championships" (Japan's UFC), he handily bested any BJJ practitioner who stepped into the ring. - including UFC champ Royce Gracie.

I can't even imagine the damage he would have done in his prime to today's mediocre mixed martial arts fighters.

Listen, I have no problem admitting that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu works well in a ring, cage, or octagon. While an Olympic caliber judoka would destroy them in competition, BJJ still seems to be a useful skill for today's MMA fighter.

But don't you dare think that BJJ is the answer on the street.

When you hit the deck, there are way too many variables to consider. Including being stomped on, bitten, gouged, or slammed into concrete.

While judo is still technically a sport, at least its training is symbolic of real combat. Throw a man to the ground with force, gain dominant position, THEN finish him off if necessary...otherwise be on your feet and ready for your next opponent.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Chuck Liddell - The Iceman Of Mma, Part 1

e of the most well known names in the world of mixed martial arts is the Ultimate Fighting Championship, more simply referred to as the UFC. The UFC has been a place for many fighters to show their skills and gain fame as professional fighters. One of the more prominent names in the sport of UFC is Chuck Liddell.

Liddell started his martial arts training at age 12. Liddell fights out of San Luis Obispo, California. He is a California born and raised fighter. He went to college at California Polytechnic State University where he wrestled and graduated with a major in accounting. Despite his accounting degree, Liddell worked as a bouncer and bartender before he started his full-time fighting career.

Chuck made his first appearance in the UFC in 1998 fighting in UFC 17. He made his way up the ranks and by 2002, Liddell was the number one contender for the light heavyweight title, which was held by the controversial Tito Ortiz. Liddell and Ortiz had trained together at the Pitfight Club and had a falling out. Ortiz was unwilling to give Liddell a shot at the title, so Liddell was instead scheduled to fight Randy Couture, a veteran of the UFC and former heavyweight champion.

Liddell lost to Couture and Couture later beat Ortiz and became the light heavyweight champion. It was only after Ortiz lost the title that Liddell finally got to fight his bitter rival. In UFC 47, Liddell knocked Ortiz out with a series of brutal punches to claim victory for himself.

In UFC 52, Liddell once faced off against the veteran fighter and light heavyweight champion, Randy Couture. This time, Liddell knocked out Couture and claimed the light heavyweight title. Couture announced his retirement following his loss of the title. Liddell successfully defended the light heavyweight title four more times before he lost the belt to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in UFC 71. Liddell had held the light heavyweight champion belt for just over two years.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Top 3 Mixed Martial Arts Betting Strategies - Don't Bet Again Until You Read This!

Mixed martial arts is a fast growing sport, but the amount of information about betting on mixed martial arts is very scarce. As a professional sports bettor I've learned the ins and outs of mixed martial arts betting in the past 6 months, and I have come up with three betting strategies that are very successful, and will help you profit every year.

Underdog betting
Betting on underdogs has always been a great strategy in sports betting, and in mixed martial arts this strategy is even more successful. In high profile fights, such as large UFC bouts, the underdog is always undervalued and a great bet. Stay away from large favorites, and you'll be in a great spot to profit.

Bet against the public
The majority of sports bettors lose money, so betting against them is always a great idea in sports. In mixed martial arts betting, this also works very well because the sport is so new to the mainstream. Many new bettors are jumping at the chance to bet on fights, and they really have no idea what they're doing. If you want to make some good money with MMA, make sure you are not betting on the same fighters that the general public is as well.

System betting
Betting systems are a crucial part of most professional bettors strategies. Systems are based on certain situations and instances that happen over and over again. Developing a system is very easy in sports such as basketball, which have lots of games every season and you can spot trends pretty easily. In mixed martial arts this is not as easy to do, but systems can be developed. Some guys fight better against certain styles of fighting than others, and you should always pay attention to this when making a system.

Overall, these are my three favorite strategies for betting on mixed martial arts. Implement them into your own betting style and I think it will help you increase your profits in MMA betting.

If you liked this article, be sure to check out my website about how to bet on UFC fights, UFC sportsbooks, and our main MMA betting page

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

When Chops And Blocks Alone Will Not Protect You

By using MMA Training gear, you will find that your body is more protected and better toned to withstand those nasty chops and painful blocks. You need to look into the training devices and accessories that you can get from MMA Training. One piece of equipment is the wooden dummy; with the Dummy you can train without a live person, teach you to hold the proper positions for a better attack. It also helps you to be able to withstand an attack by pre-training your body to withstand the blows. You will also have a better position in your fighting stance.

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You will learn counter attacking, attacking, and to attack with more than just your hand but your hand and say foot. It also trains your footwork, your kicking, shows you how some reactions will get you opposite reactions. You will find your balance improved and your speed even greater.

Now, for those times when your toes go “I have had enough”. There are shoes designed to protect your foot and, specifically, your toes. These shoes are called grappling shoes or better known as sparring shoes. These shoes will keep you from ending up like that guy with the broken bones in his foot, or the other guy with mangled toes, and even a damaged Achilles tendon. The grappling shoes have extra padding around your ankles and on the upper foot.

The shoes have special soles that will not mark up the gym floors or mats, while the reinforced rubber instep will help provide the best traction possible.

Not to forget how cool these shoes look when you are dressed for your next sparring match.

Next I have the MMA Grappling Gloves, which are made to help your hands be the weapons you are training them to be. The hand has dozens of tiny bones in it, each breakable do to the wrong hit, or even the right hit. With the training gloves you protect your hands while still having the flexibility to finish your hits and blocks properly.

The gloves are made of leather and made to protect your hands while making your grip stronger causing the power per hit to be stronger. You will also find that the padding in them helps keep your fingers safe during those training and sparring sessions. The gloves are double stitched for better durability, and the Velcro Wristbands will make them fit you better and protect your wrist.

With just the right amount of equipment such as the ones I have listed above you will find your MMA Training Gear to be the top of the line, causing the best work out you have yet to experience.

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.

Yoshi Kundagawa is a freelance journalist covering the martial arts world. Too much time at his computer eating donuts reduced him to couch potato status. He's on a quest to recapture his youth and fitness. You can read his blog at

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The Importance Of Weight Room Training When Preparing For A Mixed Martial Arts Fight

Contrary to what many believe, the importance of weight room training when preparing for mixed martial arts fights cannot be understated. Over the years, many people mistakenly believe that weight training will cause loss of flexibility and a decrease in speed and this is not so when weight training is tailored to martial arts requirements.Weight room training is a very important part of Mixed martial arts training for a very a number of reasons.

A mixed martial artist needs not only the strength and power for use as attack but must also have the muscle power and stamina to absorb an attack from his opponent. Stretching is very important as it helps create flexibility by increasing your range of motion and the better your range of motion, the more muscle fiber will be stimulated, the more muscle will be produced. This not only increases your strength but also your balance, speed and agility. It also helps provide protection against injury of the tendons, ligaments and connective tissue.

When thinking about weight training, it is vital to remember that there are many forms of weight training and these forms are used to suit the individual and what they are trying to achieve. Sometimes, the word weight training conjures up the picture of a huge muscle bound weight lifter or a massive footballer. These people work at producing large muscles to lift heavy weights for a short time. With mixed martial arts training, the artist wants to increase muscle strength while producing greater speed and stamina.

It should be obvious that if one person has been training and doing squats and bench presses, he is going to be stronger than the guy who only does half the amount of weight training. Nobody is suggesting that you go to the gym and begin to bulk up, far from it. But with a program especially for the mixed martial artist, with your body weight and shape in mind, you will be able to notice a difference in no time. As an example, doing 3 sets of 15 reps of squats, the same with leg curls and leg extensions, add to this walking lunges, standing or seated calf raises, all while using dumbbells (not overly heavy) and including some bench presses should see you building strength fairly quickly.

At this stage, though, as with any new mixed martial arts training regimes, you may notice some soreness as you will be working muscles that have not been worked at this intensity before. Any soreness will decrease as your body adjusts to this new regimen and begins to strengthen. It is wise to consult a trainer at your gym with regards to the exact type of weight training that is right for you. Advise him that you do mixed martial arts and as a precaution, be sure to advise him of any injuries you have had in the past.

Yoshi Kundagawa is a freelance journalist covering
the martial arts world. Too much time at his computer
eating donuts reduced him to couch potato status.
He's on a quest to recapture his youth and fitness.
You can read his blog at

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


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