Thursday, December 27, 2007

Nerve Strikes - With Your Knee

You face your attacker. It's going to be a close-range fight. Your assailant grabs you, and drops to the ground in pain. You already know this nerve strike. The beauty of this application is you execute your nerve strikes with your knee.

Nerve Strikes From Childhood Antics
When you were a kid, did you ever receive (or give) a "Charlie Horse?"

It's that sickeningly painful feeling you get when someone raps his or her knuckles on the center of one of your muscles.

When we were kids, the older boys in the neighborhood would pound us a good one on the edge of the biceps or on the middle of the thigh. Boy, did those punches hurt -- a nerve strike, right on the muscle. Ouch.

Using the Thigh Nerve Strike
Early in my martial-arts studies with Steve Golden (original Bruce Lee and Ed Parker student), the more senior students reacquainted me with the nerve strike on the thigh muscle.

Except, they executed their thigh nerve strikes with their knees.

We would be in close, fighting. I would concentrate on the hands, and make the beginner's error of forgetting about the lower lines of attack.

Suddenly, when my opponent's leg was slightly to the outside of mine, he'd angle his leg back in and dig his knee into my upper leg -- right on the Charlie Horse spot.

The knee would strike my leg, and I would instantly feel like vomiting. The pain started as a sharp pain, but would quickly spread to the rest of the thigh. I had to limp to the side of the workout area.

Improving Your Nerve Strikes
Execute your nerve strikes when your opponent's attention is focused on your face or hands. In other words:

* Take advantage of unexpected distractions

* Create your own distractions

* Knee strike as a secondary move

* Don't look down before you strike -- no sense warning your opponent

And as you strike with your knee into the nerves on the thigh, already be on your way with your follow-up technique.

What and where will you strike while your opponent is reacting to the nerve strike on the thigh? Will you follow with another nerve strike to a different part of the body?

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Keith Pascal is a martial-arts writer and has taught martial arts for 25 years.

How to Avoid These MMA Workout Mistakes

If your Mixed Martial Arts workout could produce any results you desire, what would those be? Would you like to have more strength? Maybe you'd like to be more flexible. Or maybe you'd like to fight until that final bell rings without getting tired?

The answers you just came up with in your head probably depend on your current strengths and weaknesses. And I'm willing to bet that right now you have some area of physical weakness that you've thought "If I only had better (fill in the blank), my performance would improve ten fold. Recognizing this is a huge step forward because these weak areas are what really hold your performance back.

For example, take the fighter who is very physically strong. Whenever you have to train with this guy, you think to yourself "I hate fighting this guy. He over powers me every time."

But then you remind yourself that while he is very strong, his strength doesn't last for very long. You know that if you can force him to exert some energy, his strength quickly drains.

In the end, it's not his incredible strength that stands out, but his lack of endurance. Endurance is his Achilles heel, and pretty soon his strength doesn't even matter anymore.

The other example that I've seen a lot, is the fighter who has incredible flexibility, but very little strength.

Flexibility is such a great thing for a mixed martial artist to have because it gives you a very distinct advantage over your opponents. But again, it's usually your weak areas that show through the most.

There are some really great fighters out there that are incredibly flexible, but they lack strength, power, and conditioning - or even all three.

Don't let your weak areas overshadow your strengths. Don't let your opponent negate your strength because your endurance is weak. Don't let your opponent overcome your superior technique because your conditioning is faulty.

Strengthen your current physical short comings and your performance will improve ten fold.

Use an Ideal MMA Workout:

Just like a mixed martial artist cross trains in fighting styles - becoming great at wrestling, Jiu Jitsu, submissions, boxing, kickboxing, etc - he also needs to "cross train" in his physical conditioning.

Your ideal mixed martial arts workout should build up all of the physical tools you need.

It shouldn't focus just on flexibility, just on strength, or just on endurance. It should improve all of those things together - as much as is possible. This way you don't end up like the guy we talked about above who has a ton strength, but gets tired too fast. This way you won't be the guy who can run a two and a half hour marathon, but doesn't have any functional strength.

In a fight, you don't use flexibility, or strength or endurance separately. They are all combined at the same time. And you will be more successful if you have a good balance of all of them. So the best mixed martial arts workouts train these elements simultaneously.

Rickson Gracie explains this concept -

"[In a] fight you must have speed. You must be flexible. You must have strength. You must have endurance. Everything at once. And the exercises I do combine all of them."

So now I would like to give you a very simple, but powerful way, to put this into action so your workouts actually simulate a fight.

Pick five exercises or drills to perform. (There are way too many options to cover them all in this article) We will just pick a few simple ones that you probably already know how to do.

We'll use a variety of bodyweight exercises: pushups, sit-ups, squats, lunges, and leg lifts. These exercises are very basic, but you can substitute different exercises in the future.

We have chosen five exercises that hit various muscle groups throughout your entire body.

Now you want to perform the exercises in a continuous, circuit style fashion for five minutes straight without stopping. To make the workout even more specific to mixed martial arts, you can add 30 second bouts of shadow boxing to the circuit. Here's a quick run down of the end result:

Minute 1:
30 seconds - pushups
30 seconds - shadow boxing

Minute 2:
30 seconds - sit-ups
30 seconds - shadow boxing

Minute 3:
30 seconds - squats
30 seconds - shadow boxing

Minute 4:
30 seconds - leg lifts
30 seconds - shadow boxing

Minute 5:
30 seconds - lunges
30 seconds - shadow boxing

Now, you have a very simple, high intensity, five-minute workout that you can use any time, anywhere.

This circuit style MMA workout conditions your body to perform the same way you would in a fight, getting no rest for an entire five minutes and using a wide variety of full body exercises.

The workout seems simple, but you'll begin experiencing positive results very quickly if you use the process as I have outlined it above. And, as your conditioning improves, you can begin implementing more advanced exercises and more MMA-specific drills to increase the intensity and take your conditioning to an even higher level!

Powerhouse author, specializing in Mixed Martial Arts workouts, conditioning and training, Marcus Fisher, has a passion for helping fighters, grapplers and other combat athletes reach their peak performance.

He runs a training website filled with resources for mixed martial artists, grapplers and fighters including workout articles, conditioning books, training manuals and DVDs. Visit his MMA Training, Workout and Conditioning site and while you're there, you can also get his free daily health and conditioning tips.

Pressure Points

Martial artists are known for making use of pressure points in a fight. Whether applying a joint lock or pressing a spot on the body with a finger, martial practitioners can inflict pain, at will.

They press a spot on the arm, maybe another behind the ear, and their opponents howl in pain.

For the purpose of this discussion and this martial-arts article only, a pressure point will be any point on the body, other than a vulnerable target, that when pressed with a finger, causes pain. (This modified definition will suit our purpose.)

We could argue that an eyeball or groin is a pressure point. After all, press your finger into someone’s eyeball and you’ll get that yelp of agony.

Still, I am more interested in the almost secret pressure points. These pressure points are great for:

* Striking with a phoenix eye fist (one raised knuckle) at a particular spot, possibly to end the fight in one move.

* Pressing a particular point, to control your opponent more after snapping on a wrist lock. Use the pressure point to move your opponent.

* Either hitting or pressing a point, to cause a reaction. Your opponent retracts his (or her) arm in pain, and BAM! Exactly what you wanted.

Finding Martial Arts Pressure Points
If pressure points are such a secret how is a martial artist to find good pressure points to use in a real fight?

Don’t martial artists closely guard their pressure point secrets?

Here are my suggestions for developing good pressure points for self defense:

* Experiment with spots that you know from past experience hurt. For example the mastoid process is the soft spot behind the ear. Press that indentation lightly to feel the pain. Also, above the inside of the elbow has a good soft spot.

* Join a martial arts class that focuses on self defense. Good classes incorporate pressure points into their curriculum.

* Find Chinese health charts that show meridians and pressure points. Hint -- the pressure points shown near where muscles, ligaments, and tendons are attached often offer some painful pressure points.

* Watch videos of real fights -- or something that has a few aspects of realism, like UFC. If you see someone cause pain by hooking a thumb under the jaw, that should give you a beginning point for experimentation.

* Read more articles on the subject and take notes. For example, here’s a useful article that will take you beyond pressure points in causing pain, Martial Arts -- Beyond Pressure Points

Now, the question is ... will you be able to make use of your pressure points in a real street fight? If you worry about gripping fear in a fight, then read my ebook:

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Keith Pascal has been a full-time martial-arts writer for eight years and a martial-arts teacher for 25 years.

What if We Eliminated The Belt System in Martial Arts

A few years ago I delivered a major customer service training program to a large company in the Midwest.

When the going got rough, as it always seems to do when you're trying to introduce sweeping change to hundreds of workers, one of my contacts at the company, in exasperation, asked:

"Why can't you just give us a prize and go away?"

It seems the same service unit I was struggling to fix had the misfortune to have been handed a "Best in Service" award by an industry survey company, the previous year.

From that point forward, many of the workers were simply ineducable. They thought they knew everything, were already wonderful, and couldn't really advance. Moreover, they didn't want to get any better at what they did for a living.

At my own expense I flew to New England to interview the president of the company that issued the award to that flawed team. Along with a few of his key associates, we had lunch and at one very relaxed moment I asked him: "What would happen if your company stopped issuing customer service awards?"

He looked at me to check my sanity and then said, barely suppressing a laugh, "Why we'd go broke."

I had him, and I knew it.

Then, I asked: "So, you're really in the PRIZE business even more than the survey research business, right?""

Knowing he was cornered, he forced a smile and conceded, "I guess we are."

I offer this elaborate tale to put a question to you, especially if you own or belong to a martial arts dojo.

Are you in the martial arts training field or in the "belt business?" And what would happen if you decided to eliminate the various belt ranks, which range in most cases from white to black?

Would you go broke as well?

I happen to believe the belt system of promotion, while exceedingly popular in the United States and in many countries, is fundamentally flawed and it, too, leads people to aim at the prize instead of the underlying capabilities that the prizes, in this case the belts, signify.

This isn't sour grapes. After eight arduous and sacrificial years, I was awarded my black belt in kenpo karate.

But many aspects of the belt-chase were counterproductive, and if I had it to do over again, I doubt I'd join a dojo that uses this system of recognition and advancement. As I pointed out in a recent article:

"Belts make the trainee impatient and greedy for the next promotion, for acquiring the next color in the martial arts rainbow. Belts spawn competition among peers to become the first to test for the next higher level, causing a certain amount of strife, accusations of favoritism or toadyism, and occasionally injuries as contestants vie for increasingly distinguished and relatively unpopulated rungs on the status ladder.

"You might find it interesting to note, in the last paragraph I alluded to, arguably six of The Seven Deadly Sins, articulated in the Bible and by various theologians through time, including Pope St. Gregory and Buddha. These are vices that the sages have said mortals are wise to avoid indulging: Pride, Greed, Envy,Wrath/Anger. Lust, Gluttony, and Sloth. It makes you wonder if the Enlightened One would feel comfortable meditating under the bodhi tree with a martial arts sash tied around his waist!"

Perhaps getting rid of the belt system would leave only those students that genuinely want to learn and teachers that want to teach. Instead of focusing inordinately on symbols of achievement, perhaps we could dedicate ourselves to the real thing.

Dr. Gary S. Goodman is a top trainer, conference and convention speaker, sales, customer service, and negotiation consultant, and attorney. A frequent expert commentator on radio and TV, he is also the best-selling author of 12 books, more than 1,000 articles and several popular audio and video programs. His seminars are sponsored internationally and he teaches at more than 40 university extension programs, including UC Berkeley and UCLA. Gary's sales, management and consulting experience is combined with impressive academic credentials: A Ph.D. from USC, an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker School of Management, and a J.D. degree from Loyola Law School, his clients include several Fortune 1000 companies.

His web site is: and he can be reached at: - His blogs include: YOUR CUSTOMER SERVICE SUCKS! and ALWAYS COLD CALL! at:

Top 10 Mixed Martial Arts Dream Matches - No Rematches

Many MMA fans have their own personal fights that they would like to see, but might never happen. Hopefully the list I'm about write with come true and these fights will take place at some point in time. Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva is on for UFC 79, so that dream match has finally come true. Obviously there are many rematches that we would like to see, but I'll save that for another post.

10. Forrest Griffin vs Quinton Rampage Jackson- Dana White is dreaming of the day this fight takes place, both hardcore and reletively new fans would pay to see this fight. Griffin is coming off an amazing victory over Mauricio Rua, a fighter that Jackson lost too badly. Rampage has been on a roll and is getting more and more popular because of his charisma and personality.

9. BJ Penn vs Sean Sherk- This fight was planned and I was really excited about it, but unfortunately Sherk tested positive for steroids and now the lightweight belt is in limbo. Penn was recently quoted as telling Sherk to "grow some balls", this fight should happen down the road.

8. Wanderlei Silva vs Mauricio Shogun Rua- Wanderlei has stated many times that he will not fight his longtime friend and training partner, but what a fight it would be. They know each others styles in and out, it would be a true chess match. One stipulation, the fight has to be in a ring and soccer kicks and stomps are allowed.

7. Fedor Emelianenko vs Josh Barnett- This fight should've already happen but it never materialized. Barnett has long been considered the biggest threat to dethrone the Russian king, Emelianenko. For fans who have followed both of the fighter's careers this would be the ultimate test for Fedor.

6. Takanori Gomi vs Gilbert Melendez- This fight would be a war and both fighters have common opponents. Both fighters like to slug it out and it could be very similar to Gomi vs Nick Diaz which is one of the best fights Ive ever seen.

5. Anderson Silva vs Paulo Filho- Both of these fighters have tremendous Jiu-Jitsu skills, obviously Silva would have the advantage standing, but whatever the strategy would be this would be a dream matchup. Filho is undefeated and Silva looks like he could beat anyone on the planet right now. Dana White if your listening "Sign Paulo Filho!!!!".

4. Wanderlei Silva vs Fedor Emelianenko- Wanderlei has fought heavyweights like Crocop twice and Mark Hunt, why not the Fedor. This fight could've happened if Pride was still around, with their open-weight grand prix tournaments. Both fighters are warriors who give it everything they have in every fight. This fight is unfortunately probably never gonna happen.

3. Dan Henderson vs Anderson Silva- If Henderson were to drop back to middleweight, the hype for this fight would be enormous. Both fighters are so well-versed in every aspect of the game. Would Hendo's wrestling be too much for Silva? Could Hendo avoid the nasty clinch of Silva? Many more questions would be answered if this superfight were to take place.

2. Fedor Emelianenko vs Randy Couture- Whether you hate Fedor or you love him, all 3 fights with him in it that are on this list, you would pay to see. This fight was close to happening, if the UFC could've signed Fedor it would've probably been his first fight. Now that Fedor has signed with M-1 global and Couture has quit the UFC, its only a matter of months left on Couture's UFC contract that we could see this fight. Could Couture press the greco roman clinch and dirty box Fedor to death or would it be just another day at the office for the Russian experiment?

1. Kazushi Sakuraba vs Rickson Gracie- The "Gracie Hunter" against the legendary champion of the Gracie family, who claims to have won over 300 fights without a loss. This fight will probably never happen, but we can dream. This fight would be so huge in Japan you would probably have to kill 3 people just to get a nose bleed seat.

Richard Pauley is the writer of the 2 MMA blogs below.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Eric Florez vs Louisville MMA

Why you Should Watch Aikido Video Clips

Aikido was developed by as a martial art by Morihei Ueshiba who studied several martial arts since 1912. Known to many aikido practitioners as "O Sensei" or the "Great Teacher," Ueshiba was able to develop the martial art based on a purely physical level using techniques and movements such those of "Jujitsu" and "Kenjutsu" called "aikido."

It is believed that aikido was first introduced to the Western culture way back in 1951 by a martial arts practitioner Minoru Mochizuki when he visited France. Then, he introduced aikido and several aikido techniques to judo students in different areas of France. After this introduction, Tadashi Abe, who cane as the official Aikikai Honbu representative in 1952, remained in France for less than seven years and continued the pursuit.

The following year, Kenji Tomiki conducted a tour along with various martial arts delegates in 15 continental states in the US. And in that same year, Koichi Tohei of Aikikai Honbu was sent by for a year to Hawaii just to set up a number of dojos. After invading the US, Aikido gained patronage in the UK, Germany, and Australia. Today, thousands of dojos are set up for those who would want to learn the practice of the martial art.


If you are interested with aikido but do not have the time and money to go to a dojo and enroll for an aikido class, then you should find other means to do so. One of the easiest ways to introduce yourself into the exciting world of aikido is to browse the Internet and look for aikido video clips.

Being a limitless source of any information, browsing the Internet for various aikido video clips can give you better options and the specific details you would want to learn. Today, there are so many websites that offer aikido clip videos for free for those who would want to learn the basics and for those who would want to get an idea how the martial art works before enrolling to it.

Usually, aikido video clips contain loose form training or popularly known as "ki nagare." Here, the aikido practitioners are just playing around even and after the martial art presentation. The most viewed aikido video clips are those of famous aikido practitioners while conducting their classes or during their practice. But since these are just clips, it is not possible for you to learn everything about the techniques of the martial art.

Amateurs who document the practitioner's lessons and stunts during practice usually take these aikido video clips. Since these are taken in impromptu, you cannot expect high quality resolution and sound. The most common problem would be is that the aikido video clip has a noisy background due to the noises created by people from neighboring gym hall or from the enthusiastic audience inside the dojo.

After filming, they upload these files into the Internet so others can see it. Although these are just short clips, there is a possibility that you pick up aikido techniques that you can practice. Unlike in full-length aikido videos, the variety of aikido techniques is limited when you watch an aikido video clip.

Aikido video clips are available in various aikido sites or from yahoo, google, and u-tube. There are many more websites that offer free aikido video clips but expect that limited amount of information can be gathered.


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