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Life Patterns and Flexibility

Life Patterns and FlexibilityEvery day we are faced with challenges of routine, whether it is creating a routine, maintaining a routine, or changing a routine. More often than not, these happen without intervention, and the results present themselves whether you designed them or not.

The Morning Routine

The day breaks either at whatever time your body clock is set, or the time of your alarm clock. The latter is not ideal because it is an unnatural rising and you’re off into a forced routine. The trouble with this is that you will undoubtedly feel stiff, and your day starts with a ‘forced’ movement, and muscles can stiffen accordingly.

I was on this path for a long, long time, and never considered myself a ‘morning person’ – and always battled with normal, every-day flexibility when starting my day.

The solution: I decided to buy a “Lumie” alarm clock. This was designed to wake you up without noise, without sudden rising, and mimics ‘real light’ to gradually wake you up. The result? By naturally waking up, your body automatically adjusts over 20-30 minutes without you having to do anything at all; the result being you reduce and even remove the standard stiffness you can feel in the morning. Check the light out here:
Lumie Bodyclock ACTIVE 250 Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Extra Audio Options

Once you’re up, you must, must, have a quick morning stretching routine, to get the muscles moving, blood flowing, and generally loosen up. If you don’t do this on a daily basis, or even miss a few days, you perpetuate a stiffness that will lock up your joints, muscles, and hamper any of your sporting and martial arts. My morning routine consists of me pressing myself against the skirting board (!) to push my legs wider and gain myself that bit of leverage. It doesn’t take long before I’m pressed fully against the wall and have full flexibility once more.

All Sit Down?

We’ve all seen the evolutionary picture of ending up crouched over a computer desk, typing away with a hunched back. This is, unfortunately, extremely common and very true. The truth of the matter is, we are more certainly not designed to sit in a chair. Chairs are destructive to our mobility, flexibility, and our overall posture. If you are sitting in a chair, set yourself a simple timer for 15 minutes every day to ensure you get up out of your chair, move about, loosen up, and stop those joints from stiffening up. If you ca, get a standing desk – they will increase your productivity, improve your muscle tone, even burn more calories, but most important they will stop your spine from becoming compressed and causing disc and sciatic injuries.

If you are already in the unfortunate position of having back pain, please check out these videos for relieving sciatic nerve pain.

Beware the Slow Tense

Regardless whether you are in a chair, standing, leaning, kneeling etc. Be very conscious of your body and its positions. Again perhaps use a timer such as a “ring timer” (see below) to force you to check every 5-10 minutes until you make it a habit. What you’re checking for is any constant tension in the shoulders, arms, elbows, buttocks and particularly lower back. Modern day work demands hours and hours of constant work and tension, which too often results in over-tightness of particular areas, which in turn leads to over-compromised positions, disrupting your natural posture. These are very difficult to break unless you pay particular attention to it.

Check out a round-timer to force yourself to check every few minutes for it:
Boxing training round interval timer. Perfect for Boxing MMA Interval Tabata Training Kettlebells by Athlete Technologies

Stretching Before Sleep

Just as you should stretch when you wake up, it is equally important that you stretch yourself out before going to sleep. This will ensure that any tensions you have picked up throughout the day will not stiffen further overnight, and cause the typical and all-too-familiar trapped nerve sensations and full-body stiffness syndrome of the morning.


These routines are not exercise, they are not training, they should be part of every day of your life, and are indeed mandatory in many Japanese companies, where they have the best employee health and fitness ratios in the world.

You need to concentrate on them and do them mindfully, otherwise naturally bad patterns will creep into your life and compromise your body, flexibility and fitness.

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Compression between Judo ranks and karate ranks

When you read through any of the articles on the famous big-name judo guys, almost all of them contain pretty extensive detail about when they received each of their ranks. for instance,

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Help send Judo player Geronimo Goldschmied to JUDO World Cadet Championship

Geronimo Saucedo Goldscmied is one of those martial artists who has the passion, love and skill in Judo and brings everything he has to not just his competitions, but to class whether is be training or teaching.

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UFC Needs To Sign Megumi Fujii To Women's Strawweight Division

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The results of the final fight in the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 20 aka TUF: A Champion Will Be Crowned was upsetting, but it should not have been surprising to those that have enough understanding of mixed martial arts (MMA). Part of me was cheering for Rose Namajunas because of her extensive martial arts background and the fact that she was exciting to watch.
I doubt Namajunas would not have gotten that far let alone to the finale because of her lack of fight experience. You can debate the reasons Namajunas made it that far, which is an impressive feat. At the end, Namajunas fell to Carla Esparza, a seasoned veteran and the former Invicta FC Strawweight Champion, before she vacated the belt to join TUF 20.
Why did Namajunas lose?
The first logical reason was the gap inMMA experience, which is wide between Namajunas and Esparza. There was that sliver of hope that Namajunas could have won because of the outcome of the quarterfinal match between Esparza and Tecia Torres, with the latter having the same amount of pro-MMA experience as Namajunas.
That gap was apparent when Esparza defeated Angela Hill in the first match ofTUF 20.
The second logical reason is that Namajunas faced a true wrestler, Esparza, who has a scholastic and collegiate background. Wrestling wins fight, but does usually finish them. A fighter, whose background is Wrestling, can keep scoring takedowns and securing certain positions until the end of the match.
Like it or not, many matches go to a judges’ decision, which usually ends up in the favor of whoever gains ground superiority. Wrestlers, who are masters of ground superiority, usually win those decisions.
For that reason, Esparza won over Torres by judges’ decision. It doesn’t matter how much you hurt your opponent with your strikes in the match if you don’t get either a KO or TKO victory.
It’s important to understand that all college wrestlers are good or they wouldn’t get a Wrestling scholarship in the first place.
All national level wrestlers are good or they wouldn’t get a spot on the national team.
All Olympic wrestlers are good or they wouldn’t make it far into the trials let alone make it onto the Olympic team.
There’s a sizable gap between Scholastic Wrestling, which Namajunas took up in high school, and Collegiate Wrestling, which Esparza competed in during college.
I was disappointed that Namajunas lost, but wasn’t surprised. Bleacher Report said it best, a good wrestleris a major obstacle for fighters. If you are unable to effectively deal with wrestlers, you will not get far in MMA. Namajunas fought against and lost to a true wrestler.
Wrestling, since the UFC came to be in 1993, was the dominant style used by the fighters. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu came second because more fighters wanted to improve their ground game, which this style more than offered. It’s not uncommon for Wrestling-based fighters to train in BJJ during or after college.
For that reason, I wrote an article onMoosin making a case for MMA fighters to take Yudo (Korean Judo) to compensate for a lack of Wrestling training.
The third logical reason, which is an extension of the second reason, is because Esparza’s a former champion. Namajunas faced a true wrestler and a former champion.
Now the UFC is faced with the task of building its new women’s strawweight division and fighting viable opponents for Esparza. Don’t even assume for a second that should ever validate and legitimize UFC’s recent action in signing Phil Brooks, who was known in the WWE as CM Punk.
There’s a fine line between an actual wrestler and a TV wrestler.
Former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Jessica Penne, though proven an effective fighter, might not be an option because of her strong friendship with Esparza. There is also the factor of Penne’s age, which many consider old in MMA.
If Penne starts losing, there may be a call for her to retire.
There are two viable opponents for Esparza.
The first opponent is Jessica Aguilar, the current World Series of Fighting Women’s Strawweight Champion. The two fought with Aguilar winning by split decision. Aguilar wouldbe a good addition to the UFC, but is currently signed with WSOF.
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The second opponent is Megumi Fujii, who recently retired. Fujii pleaded to the UFC last year to create a women’s strawweight division. As she is retired, Fujii is not signed with any promotion, which means the UFC could ask her to temporarily come out of retirement.
The UFC should convince Fujii to come out of retirement. If she refuses, offer her enough money for the fight to do so.
Fujii holds a 26-3 record in MMA. When you look at a fighter’s losses, you have to examine the reasons behind the loss. You could lose by a judges’ decision even if you thought or everybody else thought you should have won the fight.
All three losses on Fujii’s record wereby decision.
Her first loss, which was against Zoila Gurgel, was a split decision. Her second loss, which was against Jessica Aguilar, was by unanimous decision, which was deemed controversial. Her third loss, against Aguilar again, was originally declared no contest by accidental eye poke, but was overturned and became a majority decision.
No fighter has beaten Fujii by any ruling other than judges’ decision. She was neither KO’ed nor submitted. There’s a huge gap between Fujii’s ground skills and Esparza’s ground skills.
At Bellator 24, Fujii submitted Esparza almost one minute into the second round. She’s the only person to defeat Esparza with a submission. Nobody has yet to knockout Esparza. Aguilar defeated Esparza at Bellator 46 by split decision.
Fujji has defeated Lisa Ellis, who Penne has defeated twice, and Seohee Ham, who lost to Joanne Calderwood at the TUF 20 Finale.
At ADCC 2005, Fujii won the bronze medal after she was defeated in the semifinals to Kyra Gracie,who went on to win gold.
Having a background in martial arts before MMA training proves to be useful. Fujii developed a strong background in Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Russian Sambo. Fujii is technically a triple black belt though Sambo uses competitive ranking instead of formal ranking. It is an understatement to say Fujii has her ground game covered.
Fujii holds the title “Queen of Jiu-Jitsu” and “Princess of Sambo,” with most of her wins being by submission.
This is exactly the opponent that Esparza needs to face to prove she is deserving of the UFC Women’s Strawweight Title. There is a sizable gap between her skills and most of the strawweights. It is doubtful that the likes of Lisa Ellis, Heather Clark, Felice Herrig, Angela Hill, Randa Markos, Alex Chambers, Bec Rawlings, Paige VanZant, or Seohee Ham will ever defeat Esparza and take the title from her.
Like Esparza or not, you have to accept the reality that she’s going to be champion for a long time.
Unless the fighters, with the exception of Penne, can effectively deal with wrestlers, they won’t win against Esparza.
Torres was close to beating Esparza, but there’s a time gap between the final episode and the finale, which is a lot of time for Esparza to train and improve. The next time they meet in the cage, hypothetically, the outcome may be different, but still be in Esparza’s favor.
The UFC needs to sign fighters who can pose a threat to Esparza. Fujii is one of those few critical threats. If the UFC wants a good fight, Dana White and the Fertita brothers need to convince Fujii to step out of retirement for a few years.
Originally written for and posted on The News Hub.
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Applying Law of Gravity to Judo

In judo it is important to throw your opponent by making use of his loss of balance, the law at work here is the law of gravity. We know that Sir Isaac Newton discovered the law of gravitation by seeing an apple fall from a tree. All bodies in the universe attract one another. For instance, the earth attracts the bodies near and around it. In turn they also pull the earth.

Since the power of attraction, according to Newton, is proportional to the mass of the body that attracts, the larger the mass of the body, the larger its attraction. All bodies near the earth fall to the earth because it has an immense mass. An airplane or a bird starts to fall to the ground as soon as its power of flight is exhausted. The force of attraction between the earth and a two-pound weight is twice that between the earth and a one-pound weight.

The attraction between the earth and a body is called gravity. When gravity is represented by weight units, it is called weight.Now let us consider the application of the law of gravity to judo. The heavier the opponent, the more difficult it is for you to move him horizontally. It is even more difficult for you to move him vertically. On the other hand, a larger gravity acts on him to make him fall.

In judo gravity may be represented as a force pulling the opponent downward. If you want to make him fall, you make him lose his balance;that is, you cause his center of gravity to go outside the base. Then the gravity that acts on him works for you to make him lean or fall. Let us study the action of the law of gravity by illustrations.

Lets assume that you and your opponent are standing face to face. When your opponent advances towards you to take hold of you by the left lapel. At the same time you withdraw as much as your opponent advances. If your opponent is mentally or physically unable to let his advanced foot advance again, he will lean forward, lose his balance, and fall.

Also, it is obvious that the same thing will happen when the stability of the legs supporting the trunk is taken away. When your opponent takes a larger step forward than usual, you merely sweep his advanced foot away in the direction of his advance,(de-ashi-harai, or advanced foot sweep). By doing this, you will drop him with the gravity acting on him directly.

Finally let us consider a case in which the opponent is downed by the nullification of his resistance to gravity. It may be difficult for you, because of the weight advantage of your opponent, to lift him with your arms. But it is easy to support him at the center of gravity with your loins as he leans forward. Look at the seesaw in the above figure.

A long board is supported at the center of gravity, so that the gravity on one side is equal to that on the other. Thus a slight force can rotate the board around the fulcrum. After making your opponent lean forward, support him at the center of gravity with your loins. No matter how much weight he may have, a slight pull can rotate him around your loins. To support your opponent completely at the center of gravity with your loins is the key point of such hip throws as o-goshi, o-tsuri-goshi, ko-tsuri-goshi, hane-goshi, etc.


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MMA Fighters Should Consider Yudo Training

Training Without Prior Experience

If you want to compete in mixed martial arts (MMA) matches and you never took a class before, the gym(s) you associate with will teach you. No legit fight gym will allow you to compete unless they feel you are adequately ready to compete in your first match. Legitimate promotions, amateur and professional, won’t allow you to compete unless you’re affiliated with a reputable fight gym for the same reasons.

MMA is one of the safest sports today, but it’s very dangerous if you have no idea what you’re doing.

Respectable fighters will call for the referee to stop the fight if they think you’re in no condition to continue the match.

Training to be an MMA is not a cakewalk. If you have no base, previous martial arts training, MMA training is difficult because you’re overwhelmed with basic knowledge from different martial art styles. If you’re not an athlete, MMA training is difficult because of the body conditioning exercises.

SEE ALSO: Becoming An MMA Fighter, An Unforgiving Crucible

Many traditional martial artists don’t that MMA fighters learn at least two to three styles at least. It’s difficult because you’re learning to use your body in different ways.

What is the standard curriculum of an MMA school?

Training is divided into two parts: striking and grappling.


Striking curriculum consists of Boxing, Kickboxing/Muay Thai, and MMA striking.


You have to learn how to punch. Boxing has proven to be effective in MMA. Boxing punches, compared to Karate and Tae Kwon Do punches, travel faster. The fluid direction of a Boxing punch is a great set up to side kicks, roundhouse kicks, back kicks, spinning hook kicks, spinning back elbows, and spinning back fists.

There’s nothing wrong with Karate and Tae Kwon Do punches, but you have to be fast and be able to hit the target. You also need to get into the proper stance. There is the risk of losing balance because you’re taking hits from leg kicks by the average kickboxer.

If you want to improve your Boxing skills, you can cross train at the local Boxing gym. MMA fighters may have a local club membership. You have to understand that Boxing for conventional Boxing and Boxing for MMA are two different things. In Boxing, you have to worry about punches. In MMA, you have more to worry than just being punched by your opponent.

Kickboxing/Muay Thai

Kicking effectively is essential to MMA.

A fight gym may have classes that say “Kickboxing” or “Muay Thai.” In the early days of the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), when the sport was called “no holds barred” (NHB), the main focus was being able to fight on the ground. That is still the most important part of MMA training today because fights will still end up on the ground.

It doesn’t mean you should neglect developing your striking skills. Maurice “Mo” Smith made striking relevant in his victory against Olympic Wrestler Mark Coleman.

You will learn the fundamentals of Kickboxing/Muay Thai: roundhouse kick, leg roundhouse kick, knee strike, clinch, elbow strikes, elbow slashes, jumping knee strike, Superman punch, and front snap kick.

Not all programs will teach the side kick, back kick, or spinning hook kicks. These kicks are effective, but leave you open. Unless you’re really fast with your feet, a fighter will side a side kick coming. Back and spinning hook kicks leave you open for rear chokes and suplexes.

If you want to improve your kicking skills, you can also join a gym that specializes in the sport.

MMA Striking

This is just a combination of Boxing and Kickboxing.

Grappling in MMA training

Grappling curriculum consists of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and No-Gi Grappling.


Even the best striker is susceptible to being taken to the ground. If a fighter takes you to the ground, take is a compliment. That’s because the fighter respects your standup game. Grappling curriculum consists of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and No-Gi Grappling.

Some schools will offer a Wrestling program. If your school does, take advantage. If not, check to see if there’s a nearby Wrestling school or program. Learning Collegiate Wrestling goes a long way in MMA training. Many fighters with a Wrestling background competed in college.

If you can, learn Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling. MMA fighters with Olympic Wrestling backgrounds are rare, but they win fights.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

The sole reason the UFC was created was to promote Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Dana White and the Fertita Brothers, Frank & Lorenzo, did not create the promotion. Zuffa Inc, which the Fertita Brothers are majority owners, bought the promotion in the early 2000s.

Rorion Gracie, one of the sons of BJJ founder Helio Gracie, created the promotion to show BJJ to the rest of the world. Royce Gracie, Rorion’s brother, represented the style and emerged victorious as the winner of the first UFC. He would win other UFC tournaments before focusing on Japan’s Pride FC tournaments.

Gracie’s victory showed the importance of effectively fighting on the ground. It has become an important part of the general MMA curriculum since then.

No-Gi Grappling

This is usually a combination of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, and Submission Wrestling. You learn how to grapple without the use of a gi. Formal Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training, with a formal ranking system, usually requires students to practice with a gi. In MMA, nobody’s wearing a gi.

A handful of schools offer 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, a no-gi derivative of BJJ, created by Eddie Bravo.


It’s very important to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but Wrestling is the predominant style.

What’s the logic behind that?

You have to acknowledge Wrestling as a martial art. Do not think of traditional martial arts simply in the context of Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Kung-Fu. Traditional martial arts do not necessarily have to have formalized training.

Wrestling is one of the most popular scholastic and collegiate sports today. Cleveland Berto, the brother to my friend and Bellator MMA fighter Edson Berto, said that all college wrestlers are good or they wouldn’t get a scholarship.

Most MMA fights end up going to a judges’ decision. If you maintain the top position when grappling, judges score higher for that. A good wrestler can keep you pinned for the whole fight and win by decision if you can’t effectively free yourself.

In the United States, most fighters have a background in Collegiate Wrestling. Fighters like Chael Sonnen, Ben Askren, Randy Couture, Mark Coleman, Dan Henderson, Daniel Cormier, Rulon Gardner, and Sara McMann have a background in Olympic Greco-Roman.

Wrestling can be boring to watch, but it gets exciting when you see the body slams and suplexes.

Wrestling takedowns are no joke in the cage. Judges score high for effective takedowns.


There are fight gyms that teach additional styles like Russian Sambo, San Shou, and Japanese Shootfighting, which combines striking and grappling.

Jackson-Winklejohn Martial Arts, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, teaches Gaidojutsu, a specific style exclusive to that gym. If you want to learn Gaidojutsu, you have to move to Albuquerque. Other schools that claim to teach the style are fraudulent, unless they are affiliated with Jackson-Winklejohn Martial Arts.

Taking Up Yudo

Yudo is a martial art style that MMA fighters, amateur and professional, need to consider looking into and training in. Finding a Yudo class can be difficult, though.

What is Yudo?

Yudo is actually Judo, with the Korean influence. Judo and Yudo are the same thing. The latter is the Korean method, which is derived from the Japanese method. Since the late-19th century to the end of World War II, Korea was annexed by the Imperial Empire of Japan.

Many indigenous Korean arts were exterminated because of Japan’s influence. It was illegal to train in the native styles, but a handful practiced in secret. Korean martial artists trained in either the Japanese or Chinese martial arts. Japan’s biggest martial art influences on Korea were Shotokan Karate and Judo.

Shotokan served as a base to Tang Soo Do and the Nine Kwans, with the latter merging to become Tae Kwon Do. The influence of Shotokan Karate was slowly purged over the decades. There are schools of Korean martial arts that retain the influence of the Japanese martial arts.

SEE ALSO: A Brief History Of  Ch’ang Hon (ITF) Taekwon-Do

Tae Kwon Do is the national sport of South Korea, but Judo is also a popular style and sport in the country. UFC fighters Chan-Sung Jung and Dong-Hyun Kim hold black belts in Judo, under the Korean method.

My Judo sensei, Terry, said that Judo and Yudo are the same. He first trained in the Korean method before training in the Japanese method. South Korea ranks third in Olympic gold medals and second in silver medals.

Japanese Method vs. Korean Method

To the untrained eye, it’s impossible to tell the difference between the two methods. Before I learned Judo under Terry, I learned about the Korean method by looking at a website to one of the MMA schools associated with Team Lloyd Irvin. On the website, it said you could learn the secret behind South Korea willing medals at Judo championships. Since I don’t live near North Virginia, yet, I’d be in the dark. What are the contrasts?

One – Footwork

After I started training in Judo, I returned to Tae Kwon Do training, which was my first time training under a program associated with Jean’s Tae Kwon Do. Turned out that my Judo and Tae Kwon Do teachers go back a long way, as they trained at the same school in the past.

Later in my training, Terry asked if the Judo training helped with my Tae Kwon Do. It did and I told Terry. Terry told me that the Korean method of Judo uses the fast footwork of Tae Kwon Do. Tae Kwon Do, a martial art style that emphasizes kicks, utilizes lower body speed. Without effective lower body speed, cultivated with footwork and leg conditioning drills, Tae Kwon Do’s kicks become ineffective.

Master Jean Sr, told us in TKD class that the curriculum is supposed to add Hapkido and Judo. Many schools in the US, especially tournament-focused, purged both styles from the TKD curriculum.

Two – Speed

Once you get the footwork down, the speed comes next. Korean method emphasizes speed very early, versus the Japanese method.

The Japanese method breaks moves into sequences before application. There’s nothing wrong with breaking moves down into sequences first. It’s actually very important to show the steps to give students an understanding, but not all people learn that way.

You have one group of students that learn by watching and doing moves in full-motion, a second group that learn when moves are broken down into sequences, and a third group that can do both. Yudo, Korean Judo, is fast right off the bat from the start.

The Japanese method, unless you get enough years of tournament experience, can be risky in MMA application from the start. Unless you are at the point where you can speed up the application of your moves, your brain’s going to be focused on getting the sequences down first. Your training partner will not waste time in taking you down and subduing you.

It’s ultimately up to you to keep that from happening.

If you’re training to become an MMA fighter, speed is of the essence. For that reason, you should consider Yudo. It wouldn’t hurt to learn both Judo and Yudo. You can never learn too much in the martial arts. Learning as much as possible and constantly learning are crucial to becoming a high-level fighter.

Speed’s very important, MMA isn’t an exception. It’s the one thing that affects if you’re successful with a strike, a takedown, and a submission.

Three – Aggression

Aggression is not necessary a bad thing. When fighting in the cage, you need to be able to switch between assertiveness, passiveness, and aggressiveness. Passiveness enables you to counter with a submission hold after being taken down. Assertiveness enables you to counter with a sprawl and take control.

Aggression enables you to take the offensive. There are points in a fight where offense is imperative.

With footwork and speed comes aggression. Boxing, Kickboxing, and Wrestling have proven effective in MMA because they are aggressive combat sports. Wrestlers and BJJ practitioners cross-train to supplement their skills. BJJ users can learn to be explosive and aggressive with Wrestling. Wrestlers can work on their ground game with BJJ.

Yudo is fast and aggressive from the start, but keeping to Judo’s philosophy. Fighters specializing in Wrestling and BJJ benefit a lot from Yudo. It serves as a catalyst between Wrestling and BJJ. Taking up BJJ with a Wrestling background is a rough start because you’re learning to transition from force to flow.

BJJ has the same philosophy as Judo: maximum efficiency, minimal effort. Both emphasize that proper technique can overcome size and strength. Judo emphasizes proper technique and leverage, BJJ emphasizes proper technique and positioning.

Judo & BJJ’s Relationship

Without BJJ, the UFC wouldn’t exist. Without the UFC, MMA wouldn’t exist. Without Judo, BJJ wouldn’t exist.

BJJ was born from Judo’s groundwork. It is always important to study the history of whatever style(s) you trained in. It’s equally important to study the history of the countries those styles came from. Look at the relations between South Korea and Japan in developing the modern martial arts for the latter.

Judo was created by Jigoro Kano, who wanted to teach the full power of Jiu-Jitsu without severely hurting students and sparring partners. This is why Judo is usually called “watered down Jiu-Jitsu,” as my Judo sensei said. Even if it’s “watered down,” you can hurt someone with Judo.

This is why you learn how to do ukemi, falling drills, when you start. You will be on the receiving end of throws in Judo. In MMA, you will be on the receiving end of takedowns. That’s why you need to be able to fall properly.

In Jiu-Jitsu, not counting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you would do the joint break before the throw. That’s effective, but you don’t want to bust up your training partners. You don’t want your training partners to do the same to you.

Remember, you have to work and/or go to school the next day. Take that under advisement.

Kano taught many students. Mitsuyo Maeda, a student of Kano, is the progenitor of BJJ. Maeda was assigned to learn under Tsunejiro Tomita to show that size didn’t matter in Judo. Tomita, compared to other students, learned the most from Kano.

Maeda settled in Brazil, where he lived until death, after traveling the world. After he befriended Gustao Gracie, Maeda took Carlos Gracie and Luiz Franca as his students. Helio wasn’t not allowed to participate for medical reasons, but he was a very good observer. Even if you don’t physically learn a style, being a good observer goes a long way.

Carlos was supposed to teach a private class for Mario Brandt, but he ran late. Helio, who was there at the time, took it upon himself to teach Brandt. From there, using Maeda’s brand of Judo, utilized Judo’s groundwork and developed BJJ. For that reason, BJJ and Judo share the same philosophy.

BJJ and Judo share many of the same holds, but the former popularized certain holds. Examples are the armbar, triangle choke, guillotine, and omoplata. In Judo, the armbar is called jujigatame, the triangle choke is called sankaku-jime, the guillotine is called hedaka-jime, and the omoplata is called ude-garami.

If you’re curious on why BJJ is not called “Brazilian Judo,” it’s because Judo is synonymous with “Kano Jiu-Jitsu.”

Why Train Yudo?

Judo/Yudo will help your standup and ground game a lot. Fighters with a base in BJJ and/or Wrestling have a lot to gain training in this style.

You will likely learn Wrestling in an MMA gym, but the style has drawbacks if you weren’t previously trained in it.

SEE ALSO: The Path Towards Your First MMA Fight

Assume that you are training with other students that have scholastic to collegiate-level Wrestling, might even be some people with an Olympic Wrestling background, your Wrestling pales in comparison to theirs. When you fight, which is usually the reason you joined the gym in the first place, your opponents will have at least some Wrestling training.

If you try to get into a Wrestling match with them, you’re going to tank out faster than your opponent. Once you tank out, your at the mercy of whoever you’re fighting.

You need to compensate for your lack of Wrestling ability or expect to lose by judges’ decision.

Unless the school has a dedicated Wrestling program or a few experienced Collegiate Wrestlers, you’ll going to learn the basics. The rest of your grappling training will consist of BJJ. You’ll need to supplement your Wrestling training, which Judo/Yudo becomes handy.

Wrestling technique utilizes leverage and upper-body strength.

Judo technique requires leverage, waist motion, and body weight.

The difference between upper-body strength and body weight is key. If you’re not physically strong, compensate with your body weight. If your opponent is bigger and heavier than you are, try a Yudo throw instead of a Wrestling takedown.

Advanced Judo throws, like the rice-bag reversal and tomoe nage, are effective counters to the single-leg takedown.

Judo throws give you more options to get your opponent on the ground. If a takedown doesn’t work, go for a throw or a sweep.


It will take time and patience to learn Yudo. Don’t expect you’ll be able to use it against a trained Wrestler from the start. You need to take the time to learn the technique behind each move and you need to be able to use Yudo effectively against Wrestlers. Yudo is handy, but it won’t be handy overnight.

Don’t discard your Wrestling training, through. Cross-train in Wrestling and Yudo.

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Martial Arts Against Horrors Of The Night

It’s The Time Of Year Where Things Go Bump In The Night

We are in the month of October where horrors and everything else supernatural related come from every dark place, nook, and cranny. It’s very important that you keep yourself and all your loved ones safe at all times. Evenings are no exception, especially during the month of Halloween which was originally a special holiday strictly for witches. As martial artists, this especially rings true.

Remember, the primary purpose for martial arts is being able to effectively and intelligently defend yourself in life-threatening situations where other parties plan to inflict bodily harm on you and other people.

Rhetorically speaking, why should Halloween and Dia de Muertos (translated into “Day of the Dead”) be an exception?

With the month of Halloween being the time where you can wear whatever you want, as long as it’s legal, expect a lot of festivities and other events to take place. If you like to enjoy the fun, it’s very important to keep your guard up as all sorts of unknown threats will come your way.

For example, some masked person could try to mug you or hold you up for all your belongings. Halloween’s a common holiday for criminals to take advantage. Another example would be all sorts of degenerates coming out from the shadows to do harm. You have to think about rapists (including pedophiles), robbers, anarchists that want to hurt you for the sake of it, etc.

At house parties, crowded bars, and vibrant night clubs, you have to worry about the date rapist slipping a roofie or two in your drink.

Those are just the “normal human threats.

Clearing the air on those threats, Halloween’s the time where you have to deal with the “not so normal” threats. What I mean, you have all sorts of supernatural threats lurking around. You have to deal with vampires, banshees, werewolves or other different lycanthropes, mummies, zombies, revenants, ghouls, cannibalistic killers, mutants, spirits, demons, wendigos, succubi (plural for succubus; if male, it’s incubus), wacko cultists, evil fairies, different monsters, evil children, killer toys, possessed puppets, etc.

You cannot deal with these threats with normal means. Even if you are a martial artist, you are not dealing with your typical human attackers. Trained fighters and experienced soldiers need to understand this too. Dealing with these threats have to be handled differently; there is no “catch all” or “one size fits all” plan on dealing with these threats.

Unless it’s the only last resort, you do not want to engage those threats hand-to-hand. If you can, use weapons. If you are able to, run and hide. There is no shame in doing so. You are dealing with supernatural threats that will kill you or do something far worse if you’re not careful.  Martial arts defense can work on these monsters as long as you’re intelligent about it.

Monsters Of The Night And How To Deal With Them

Monsters come in all shapes and sizes. It’s very important to be able to effectively identify each different monster, then you can learn how to effectively deal with them. Only go hand-to-hand with them only as a last resort. If you think you’re at the end of the road, give those monsters something to remember you by. Make sure you’re at least armed with a weapon, including a firearm (legally of course or you find one lying around). There’s no shame in using a firearm to defend yourself. Many martial artists, in the United States of course, are registered firearm owners. I know a few martial arts experts and masters that have concealed carry licenses. One of them I know took a concealed weapons course from one of my martial arts instructors.

A gun is a tool just like a sword, a staff, a set of nunchukus, kali sticks, sais, etc. Technique is required to make the proper shots. Like in the martial arts, proper stance is important when aiming and firing a weapon. The size and weight of whatever projectile weapon you are holding is also important.

It’s important to understand that not all monsters are bad. If you can, make friends and enlist those monsters to your aid. That goes a long way.


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Vampires are the undead lords of the night. They look like normal humans, but they usually have pale skin due to staying indoors during the day and emerging at night. In most cases, sunlight is fatal to vampires. Even if the sun’s not out, anything that emits UV light will do the job. A stake to the heart is also effective, though, you don’t want to engage a vampire head on unless you are prepared and well-protected.

If you get close to a vampire, you risk getting bitten. If you get bitten, you have to kill that vampire. The other vampire lore is to take out the head of the vampire’s next. Make sure that the vampire hasn’t fed. If you can, have at least a partner or two to help you deal with the vampires. These attacks should prove effective in dealing with vampires. However, no human’s killed a vampire using empty-handed attacks.

  • Jabs and crosses. These are the most basic hand attacks found in Boxing and Kickboxing (including Muay Thai). However, normal jabs and crosses aren’t going to faze the vampire you are going up against. Make sure you are wearing anything made out of blessed silver. Indeed, make sure you are wearing bracelets with wooden stakes attached. If you are taller than the vampire, you will need to squat down to strike the heart.
  • Uppercuts. Make sure you have a wooden stake or a blessed silver spike attached to the outer wrists. When you make impact, drive the fist into the chest. Do not stop the uppercut as soon as your fist makes impact with that area. Keep driving it and the stake will penetrate the heart.
  • Vertical fists. These are close-range hand strikes that you see in many Chinese martial arts flicks. Donnie Yen and Bruce Lee are notable martial arts stars that used the vertical fist in their attacks. Vertical fist strikes, however, are effective when fired off in rapid succession. Make sure you have wooden stakes or blessed silver spikes attached to your wrists. If it helps, yell at the defending vampire Bruce Lee-style.
  • Commando grip strikes. Martial artists should already know what a commando grip is. Do not confuse this with the ice pick grip like you would see in Scream or Psycho. Make sure your back fists are fast enough. If you fail the first time, you need to be fast enough to attack multiple times before the vampire grabs your arm and bites it.
  • Hammer fist strikes. Hammer fist strikes, normally, strike downward like Norman Bates would repeatedly stab someone. But, there are horizontal moving hammer fists. You have the spinning hammer fist that resemble either a spinning hook punch or a spinning back fist. Also, they resemble your hand blocks learned in Karate and Tae Kwon Do. Put a wooden stake or blessed silver spike in your hand and these hammer fist strikes are dangerous to any vampire that dare crosses your path.
  • Elbow Jabs. Have wooden stakes or blessed silver spikes attached to your elbows.
  • Clinch & Knee Combo. Make sure you have stakes or spikes attached to your knee pads. If you are lucky enough to get a vampire in a clinch, knee the chest repeatedly. Feeling risky? Do a jumping knee or jumping double knee strike and use your body weight to help the stake punch through the vampire’s heart.
  • Throws and takedowns. Before attempting to take the vampire to the ground, throw seeds onto the ground. Vampires are compelled to either eat or count them one at a time. If you make the vampire lose count, s/he has to start over again. While the vampire is counting, use that chance to take that person to the ground. The vampire can’t count if you won’t let him/her. Then, you can place the vampire in a submission. Only use chokes to subdue the vampire. They don’t need to breathe air to survive. Be fast though, the vampire will power out. Before that happens, your partner will need to impale the vampire. If you have a third partner that person can decapitate the vampire.
  • Fencing thrust. If you have done European Fencing, you know what the thrust is. If not, this is similar to the lunging spear hand strike done from a front stance.


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Jiangshi are undead in Chinese folklore. In the case of vampiric Jiangshi, normal vampire-killing methods won’t work. Make sure you have access to anything made out of peach tree wood. A stake made out of peach tree would is an example. Other weapons made out of peach tree wood also do the trick.


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It’s suicidal to take a werewolf unarmed. They possess superhuman physical and sensory attributes which adds to the danger level posed. If you are scratched or bitten, you will turn into a werewolf. To cure yourself, you have to kill the werewolf that originally bit or scratched you. The only thing that harms and kills the werewolf is with silver. If you can, make sure you have pure silver.

Vampires have to be killed with a strike to the heart. Werewolves can be killed with a strike to the head or the heart. Ideally, destroy the brain and the heart to make sure the werewolf stays dead. Silver bullets aren’t normally purchased at your local gun store or range. You need to make the ammo. Of course it’s a waste of silver, but the safe way to deal with werewolves is at a distance with a bow or firearm.

If you don’t, make sure you have silver blades. To be on the safe side, make sure it’s an alloy between mercury and pure silver.

Most of the methods I have already mentioned when dealing with vampires. Make sure you are armed with silver blades. For the vertical fist strikes, use silver push-daggers as you hold the blade handle between your fingers.

Avoid going for Wrestling-style takedowns. There is a level of upper body strength that is needed to successfully do a takedown. Go that method and expect to be overpowered by the werewolf. Under no circumstance allow the fight to go to the ground. If that happens, get up as soon as possible. If you need to get the werewolf to the ground, use a Tomoe Nage and time it. That way, you catapult the charging werewolf to the other side. Hopefully you can catapult the werewolf into a wall and stun it enough that you can kill it.

Martial arts training of any kind using bladed weapons proves effective like Pentcak Silat, Kobujutsu, Kenjutsu, Iaijutsu, Kali, Krabi Krabong, etc.

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Mummies move around like zombies do. They have been mummified in their tombs for a long time. When they move around, they are usually slow. Also, they hold out their arms like zombies do. The surefire way to kill a mummy is with fire. If you have to deal with a mummy without anything to defend yourself with, take advantage of the fact that mummies are bandaged up.

Grappling works best against a mummy. Imagine a mummy as an opponent that is wearing a gi. Using the mummies own bandages against it opens up all sorts of new possibilities. Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Hapkido, or Russian Sambo would prove effective. You can restrain the mummy before you torch it. If you go for the takedown, use the mummy’s bandages and bind the legs together.

Like other undead, mummies’ bodies have gone through rigor. This is why they are slow and stiff. If and when fighting, keep moving around and attack at angles. Kicks to the legs and ankle prove effective as they slow down movements. You can go for the kill after.


There are superhuman cannibalistic beasts, in Native American lore that hide out in the forests. They usually reside in the Great Lakes. You need silver weapons to kill them. If you don’t have silver bullets, silver blades and pointed weapons work fine. Make sure you pierce the heart and dismember the body.

Lore says that the ax must be plated with silver.

Don’t attempt to deal with a wendigo alone. Make sure you have partners with torches on hand to keep the wendigo from attacking you.

Use any sort of weapon moves you learned in these martial arts: Fencing, Iaijutsu, Kenjutsu, Battojutsu, Naginatajutsu, Sojutsu, Kyudo, Kali, Pentcak Silat, Krav Maga, US Marine Corps MAP, British SAS, etc. Make sure there is enough distance between you and the wendigo even though that’s easier said than done.

Succubi and Incubi

They look like normal human beings, but look very sexy and attractive. That is the whole point as they seduce people in order to feed on them. In one lore, they feed off of sexual energy until their victims are dried out (dead). Furthermore, some lore states that they can only feed off the sexual energy when engaging in the act of sex.

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Another lore, in the case of Jennifer’s Body, succubi feed on human flesh instead of sexual energy.

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The best time to attack is when they need to feed. If they haven’t fed, they become weak and can die of hunger.

If and when being seduced by one, think back about the code, tenets, and values you learned in the martial arts. Let’s take the Tae Kwon Do tenets for example. You can focus on the tenets of perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit. If you study Shotokan Karate, look to Gichin Funakoshi’s “20 Guiding Principles of Karate.”

In the lore that requires you to destroy the heart, use any number of techniques that require the use of a blade or other sharp weapon. The last thing you want to do when fighting a succubus or incubus is take the fight to the ground. They feed on sexual energy according to most lore. If and when on the ground, they have the upper hand as they can initiate sexual contact to get you arouse. Once that happens, they win.

Assume they have superhuman physical and mental attributes.


Cannibals are usually normal humans that eat human flesh. However, there’s a line that separates cannibalism and human flesh consumption. You have to remember that cannibal is a term for “meat eater.” In science class, you learn about the three classes: carnivore, herbivore, and omnivore. Herbivores eat plans and omnivores eat both. There are omnivores that eat plants and human flesh.

To be cannibalized is to be eaten alive. Being dismembered while you’re still alive is pretty close.

You have your cannibals that act normal and your cannibals that act insane. Keep in mind, there’s nothing normal about cannibalism.

Since they’re usually normal living breathing humans, any martial art move will prove to be effective, but don’t let them surround you. It doesn’t hurt to be armed as well. If they are like any typical human, their fighting skills are as refined as yours. Don’t pull your punches if and when defending yourself against them.

If any of them are armed with a chainsaw, run. However, you can make use of your environment and manage to take control of the chainsaw. In that case, Kenjutsu training works nicely. If they are the lightweight chainsaws that you can hold with one hand, Kali, Silat, or Krabi Krabong moves work nicely.

Masked Killers

These are normal killers that wear masks. Still, be on your guard.

If you are going up against someone like Michael Myers from the Halloween franchise, use something like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, or Sambo. Myers is tall killer; going force on force isn’t going to work. Going for a Wrestling-style takedown is too risky. Pay close attention to the knife he has in his hand.

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Then, take him to the ground. Keep moving around maintaining the superior position. Do moves like triangle chokes, omoplatas, gogoplatas, ankle locks, kneebars, armbars, etc. Myers is human just like you and me, hopefully. However, that’s up to debate all thanks his creators John Carpenter and Debra Hill.

Striking is out of the question because he doesn’t feel pain. If Myers is human, use these techniques: index knuckle strike, open toe groin kick, and the carotid strike. Make sure you strike certain parts of the human body like the pressure and vital points. Myers won’t feel most of them, certain points will knock him out when struck.

In the case of a killer like Ghostface from Scream, any martial arts move will do. You don’t have to kill him. Just hurt Ghostface enough that s/he can’t move and call the cops. You can claim self-defense.

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In the case of a masked killer like Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, get the chainsaw out of his hands first before you do anything else to fight him! After that, get Leatherface on the ground and away from the chainsaw.

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If you need to, soften Leatherface up with Muay Thai roundhouse kicks to the legs. If you are a Tae Kwon Do or Jeet Kune Do user, side kicks to the outside of the knee caps work. Kick as hard as you can and dislocate Leatherface’s knee caps.

Even though we’re discouraged from taking a life, Leatherface is an exception. If you don’t kill him, he will kill you.

Depending on what martial arts you train in, there are many solutions to kill Leatherface. If you manage to get Leatherface on his knees, a well-placed front snap kick or side kick to the head would work. A Muay Thai roundhouse kick to the side of the head works just as fine. Make sure you kick Leatherface in the head a couple of times.

In the case of Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th, run! If you have no choice but to fight, get the machete out of his hands. This is a masked killer that is no longer a human. Normal attacks won’t work on Jason. No matter how badly you hurt Jason, he will heal and regenerate from damage. There’s no killing Jason Voorhees.

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Best way of dealing with Jason, don’t deal with him at all. STF away from Crystal Lake if you know what’s good for you.

In the case of dealing with Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, you need a partner or two. If not, Freddy’s going to win. Freddy exists in your dreams; if you are in Elm Street, his dominion over your dreams are strong. You need to first go into the dream world and lure him out. Dealing with Freddy has to be carefully timed and planned. Your partners need to wake you up after a certain amount of time or when there’s a signal. Make sure you have a hold of Freddy when they wake up you.

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Once you wake up, you drag Freddy with you to the real world, where he’s mortal and powerless. He does have his clawed glove though, be careful of that. Other than that, Freddy can be dispatched by a number of martial arts moves like a butterfly kick, spinning hook kick, meia lua de compasso, axial kick, tornado roundhouse kick, double leg takedown, suplex, hurricanrana, Kani Basami, DDT, uppercut, double elbow slash, Muay Thai roundhouse kick, etc.


No need to explain. Watch The Walking Dead on AMC.

You don’t want to deal with zombies hand-to-hand. You want to at least have weapons when dealing with zombies. Firearms can effectively deal with zombies, but the sound of the shots attract them to your location. Many resort to melee weapons instead of firearms with the latter being used as a last resort.

It’s very dangerous to engage a zombie in empty-handed combat. That increases the risks of you getting infected. Once you’re infected, you will turn. In the case of Resident Evil, there’s a vaccine for the infection. Most other cases, you turn. If you have no choice but to fight hand-to-hand, make sure you have protective clothing. You don’t want to get bitten or scratched as that’s how one gets infected.

They feel neither pain nor emotion, only the eternal need to feed. Dealing with a few zombies is all right, but dealing with a large crowd is far from it. Since they don’t feel pain, trying to hurt them is futile. Strikes to the head are what counts. Also, rigor kicks in making them very durable.

In order to put a zombie down, you have to destroy the brain. Decapitation won’t kill the zombie as the brain is still functioning. Make sure you slice the zombie as if you were going to give it a lobotomy.

There are moves to use, though they won’t kill zombies, that can be used to make things easier to you.

Kicks to the joints work perfectly as they will slow down zombies. If rigor is very bad, then more power to you. Then, you can get a zombie to its knees and go for the head shot. If a zombie grabs you, then Judo works fine. Throw the zombies to the ground and destroy the brain. If the situation goes to the ground, use bone breaking submissions to break their joints. Be familiar with your guards and sweeps. If your Wrestling is good, suplexes and DDTs are very effective as you have a good chance of destroying the brain.

If you’re a Tae Kwon Do expert and you’re feeling confident, fast and relentless kicking combinations to the head works wonders. Make sure your legs are protected first.

If your Hapkido is very good, you can tear the arms off a slow very decomposed zombie.

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Don’t let the zombies bite or scratch you. Refer to Stephen Kesting’s YouTube video called “Jiu-Jitsu for the Zombie Apocalypse.

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Don’t bother dealing with freshly turned zombies. Rigor hasn’t kicked in, yet. Those zombies, without the need to breathe, will run after you relentlessly.


That all depends on the lore and mythology. If they are normal humans, get close enough to them to attack. If magic is all they know how to do, then they suck at hand-to-hand combat. Be careful though, witches usually have minions to do their bidding.

Evil Psychic Children

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Evil psychic children, like the ones from Village of the Damned, are a legal gray area. Hurting children is frowned upon. You are in this predicament: hurt the children and survive only to go to jail if caught or let the psychic children mind control you into committing. In most cases, it is a no-win situation. If need be, you may have to make an example out of them.

Be careful though, they can mind control other adults into killing you. If that happens, either have to incapacitate or kill those adults. Preferably, we want to incapacitate. The most dire circumstance requires you to kill.

If there are no other adults around, the evil psychic children are ineffective against the strong-willed.

Refer to the tenets or code of your martial arts training. Use that to construct a mental barrier. That won’t be enough, make sure you have anything you can use that would block their telepathic abilities like a metal helmet similar to the one Marvel Comics’ Magneto wears. Without their psychic powers they are normal children.

Diplomacy could work, but they have all the leverage. Ideally, avoid the evil psychic children and let someone else deal with them. If you do kill the children, you have the legal stuff to deal with. You’ll be thrown in prison and you can imagine what happens next.


They’re mostly intangible. You cannot hurt what you cannot touch.


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If you’re a fan of Clive Barker, you’ll know what they are. You can’t fight these things hand-to-hand, it’s suicidal. All you have to show for it is getting killed and turning into one of them. Should you come across something that remotely looks like the Lemant Configuration, leave it alone. If you find yourself dealing with the cenobites, the Lemant Configuration is the only thing that’s going to save your skin.

Should the cenobite you’re dealing with happens to be Pinhead, their leader, don’t bother trying to fight him hand-to-hand. You need the Lemant Configuration to deal with Pinhead. If you need to, you can offer sacrifices to Pinhead. There’s no shame in doing so, there are many bad people in this world that deserve Pinhead’s wrath and torture.


That depends on lore, mythology, and theology.

There’s no universal way to take on demons. In hand-to-hand combat, superior technique is key. Look at how the demons fight in CW’s Supernatural with the overhead punches which can easily be blocked and countered. Don’t engage in a hand-to-hand fight with demons unless the situation absolutely calls for it.

Using Weapons

Be smart about defending yourself against the denizens of the night. Engage in hand-to-hand only if that’s the last resort. Other than that, use weapons when dealing with them. Remember, weapons are simply extensions of your body. Anything can be used as a weapon. You have your typical martial arts weapons and your improvised weapons.

Wooden Stake

In order to kill a vampire, being armed with wooden stakes are a must. It doesn’t hurt to carve religious symbols onto your stakes to give them that boost. To be on the safe side, let those stakes soak in holy water. Make sure the vampire you’re dealing with isn’t an atheist.

Silver Weapons

In horror lore, pure silver is said to be able to vanquish evil. When dealing with most monsters, going silver is the way to go. Silver can be forged into different weapons.

  • Silver Stake. If you are an expect in knife-fighting, the silver stake makes you a threat in the eyes of most monsters.
  • Silver Karambit. This is a blade that’s short and compact. If you have the proper training, the silver karambit is effective against monsters. Should you get grabbed by a vampire, use the silver karambit to slash the arms and work at the joints.
  • Silver Blades. Any sort of martial arts training with blades make you lethal to any monster. Blessed pure silver blades in your hands will make most monsters hesitant to mess with you.
  • Silver Punch Dagger. Effective in the hands of any martial arts expert.
  • Silver Claws. Effective in the hands of any Kung-Fu expert. There are Karate and Tae Kwon Do moves, in kata, that involve scratching the face and eyes.

Peach Tree Wood

Peach tree wood is one of those certain things that will dispatch a jiangshi. You can carve weapons from the wood such as kali sticks, jo staffs, nunchukus, three-way staffs, bokkens, etc.

Zombie Killing Weapons

Any martial arts weapon capable of destroying the head is useful. Make sure the blades or points are constantly sharpened. Time is of the essence when killing zombies. You don’t want the blade or point of your weapons to be stuck in the zombie’s skull. What if you don’t have access to martial arts weapons?

There are useful tools that can be made into weapons.

  • Pickaxes. Think of a pickaxe as a double-edged sword which you can swing back and forth. It’s an ideal zombie killing weapon because of how it’s shaped. Applying proper martial technique allows you to inflict more damage while conserve energy. Remember, head shots are the only things that matter.
  • Axes. Axes of any sort are effective as long the blades are sharp. Apply proper martial technique when wielding an ax.
  • Spiked baseball bats. Good for penetrating the brain multiple times with one strike. Exercise proper martial technique.
  • Shovels. Sharpen the sides for better efficiency.

Makeshift Weapons. Put a bunch of items together for one effective makeshift weapon. Look at Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 3 for example. If you’re good with your hands, you can make weapons that increase the damage of your hand strikes like a pair of brass knuckles with spikes attacked or a set of “bar ‘n nails.

Be Smart, Be Prepared, Be Safe

Only engage monsters only if you have to. Ideally, keep your distance. Make sure to keep a gun or two around with plenty of ammunition. In case of dealing with werewolves, keep a stockpile of silver bullets. Certain lore says that silver bullets also work on vampires. There are so much lore about monsters that there is no exact absolute solution in dealing with them. Not all denizens of the night are out to make you their next meal. There are plenty of good monsters, make sure you tell the difference between them and the baddies.

Go out and have a happy Halloween, but be safe and responsible.


Don’t take this seriously, this is just getting in the spirit of Halloween.

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Why do we bow in Judo

Why do we have to bow? This is a very common question among new judokas. The bow has no religious meaning. It is simply a means of demonstrating respect and humility.

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TOP 5 IPPONS in European Judo Championships in Montpellier 2014

The 25th Judo European Championship was taking place in the city Montpellier (France) for 3 days (24-27th April, 2014). There were 14 countries participated to compete in 16 different weight division for men and women.  League championship ended with the entire group on the home side of France with 7 gold medals and 4 silver medals 4 bronze medals.

The short clip below is the summary of the top 5 ippon (knock-out) with absolute point:

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Soto Makikomi

In the first scenario, all the female France athlete defeated rival Germany with Makikomi Soto. This technique is a very powerful throw often used in competition as a counter to O Soto Gari, or in another variation, as a follow-up to Hane Goshi or Harai Goshi. For a right side throw, grab with the left hand on the opponent’s right sleeve at the elbow. Pull strongly forward while entering close and raising your right arm up and over the opponent’s right arm. Turning your back to the opponent pull him/her close so that your shoulder is very tight to your opponent’s shoulder. Without letting go of the left hand, place your right arm towards the ground in front of you and roll him/her over your right hip as you twist to the left and roll onto the ground.

Soto Makikomi

Soto Makikomi

Uki Goshi

Scenario No. 2, Georgia athlete who has used blow in basic Judo – Uki Goshi for Ippon to defeat rival Russia. Uki Goshi is a blow hip, using momentum to knock the opponent. This is one of the basic strikes of Judo.

Uki Goshi

Uki Goshi

Soie nage

The next situation, the French athlete attacks in an attempt to use Osoto Gari to defeat a Dutch rival, however he was counterattacking by using blow Soie nage Ippon. Soie nage Ippon is used at a time of onset of shoulder and hip. Attacks are usually lightweight boxers in medium suitable for use as small children can form. This is one of the basic moves of Judo.

Ippon soie nage

Ippon soie nage


Uki Goshi

Situation 4 is also a good counterattacking move. Female Dutch athlete uses Uki Goshi to counter the attacking efforts of German opponents when he was using Uchimata.



Finally is the Uchimate situations, blow to get directly Ippon score of Georgia athlete to  French rivals in the finals under 81kg weight division. By using the power of hip pop, pull the hand, Uchimata is one of the most powerful weapon in Judo and is commonly used in Judo fighter in the world.



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Jujitsu – The Art Of Self-Protection

One of the most ancient of the martial arts in the world is Jujitsu. Jujutsu is a Japanese martial art developed on the battlefields of feudal Japan by the legendary Samurai warriors.

See Also: Judo Legend Neil Adams Discusses Judo and BJJ

The meaning of jutsu is “art, practice,” and do means “principle” or “way,” the Way being the concept of life itself. Jujutsu may be translated as “the gentle art”

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Jiu Jitsu is an excellent form of self defence and is based on a wide and versatile range of techniques including locks, strikes and throws. In the past, Jujitsu techniques had been designed for action against men in armor and were greatly restricted. The older Jujitsu techniques were not designed to be used against a person in street clothes. The concept of off balancing one’s opponent and using one’s body in an efficient manner was also a new concept to martial arts.

  • Basic methods of attack include striking or hitting, punching or thrusting, kicking, throwing, pinning or immobilizing, strangling, and joint-locking.
  • Basic methods of defense, including blocking strikes or parrying, kicks and thrusts, receiving throws or joint-locking techniques releasing oneself from an enemy’s grasp, and changing or shifting one’s position to evade or neutralize an attack.

There are twenty-five physical principles and concepts of anatomical physics that you need to learn and understand to make your techniques work at maximum efficiency.

Starting with isolated skill development techniques, you will progress to a full set of tactics and fight plans and become familiar with the concept of combat phases. You will learn how to attack from any phase as well as how to react to your opponent.

Also, there are nine basic types of dodging techniques to master in Ju-Jitsu. These nine movement techniques include: Step Dodge (Kaishin); Side Dodge (Yoko Furimi); Backward Dodge (Sorimi); Pull-In Dodge (Hikimi); Circular Dodge (Ryusui); Jumping Retreat (Tobi Sagari); Sliding Retreat (Hiraki Sagari); Full-Turn Dodge (Zen Tenkan) & Half-Turn Dodge (Hon Tenkan).

As a sport that has evolved from a fighting art, it develops complete body control, fine balance, and fast reflexive action. Above all, it develops a sharp reacting mind well-coordinated with the same kind of body. Jujitsu is more than an art of attack and defense, is a mental and physical education based on a combat discipline that helps you to discover and strengthen your own capacity to take them to your daily life.

To truly understand Jiu-Jitsu and how to develop it to improve your health and martial arts performance takes an in-depth study and knowledge base. Your studies must be accompanied by meditation and exercise. Once you have discovered Jiu-Jitsu and developed it you will understand not only the martial applications but also the healing applications. There cannot be one without the other.

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