Saturday, November 18, 2006

MMA in Walla Walla Washington

Walla Walla, Washington is having it's first sanctioned Mixed Martial Arts event tonight at 6 at the Armery. A few local fighters are competing including Ty Crane who was a student of Steve Smith for a short time and now trains with his Dad, Rene Erm. It looks like there will be about 12 matches and the 500 seat arena is sold out.

For Mixed Martial Arts training in Walla Walla there are a few good choices both for competition and fitness. Premier Martial Arts, Calhoons Black Belt Academy, The Little Dojo, Blue Mountain Tae Kwan Do being the best choices.

In choosing a place to train it is imperative to seek out a school that has a depth of experience in competing and in the methods nessesary to develop great conditioning and technical skill, and to find a coach that you resonate with.

Steve Smith at Premier Martial Arts has trained in every thing from Karate to Closed door systems and has trained fighters who have won various mma and other events. Ryan Calhoon teaches MMA at Calhoun's Black Belt Academy.

Check it out MMA for competion and conditioning just makes sense.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Cutting Edge Mixed Martial Arts Forum With Feron Smith

Faren Smith has launched the blog for his mixed martial arts program Cutting Edge Mixed Martial Arts. This blog looks like it will be interesting to read informative and well Cutting Edge. Cutting Edge MMA combines the best of Brazilian Jujitsu, Catch Wrestling, Chinese Fast Wrestling, the Stand Up work Faren says is colored by Thai Boxing, Jesse Glover's Non Classical Gung Fu, Boxing and Wing Chun. I have seen his curriculum it looks great. I am particularly interested in the European and Western Catch Wrestling.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Fook Yueng Chuan Seminar in Coquitlam BC

Master Kelly Yuen is hosting a Fook Yueng Session Friday night and Saturday October 13 and 14.

Fook Yueng was a friend and mentor to Bruce Lee from 1959 through 1964, Steve Smith is an Inheritor of the Fook Yueng Chuan (method).

Friday evening will be covering first two forms and applications.

Saturday will be Fightig from the Ground, Counter Grappling, Counter Weapons, and No Touch Throws.

Contact Kelly Yuen: 604-939-0978

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Attack Proof: Real Solutions to Violent Attacks or Guided Caos

This method of Ki Chuan Do or Guided Chaos by John Perkins is one of the best methods of fighting / personal safety. His methods are proven and practical no nonsense and direct. Most of what is taught today is garbage, based on the ring sports and touted as practical.

This method is excellent for everyday people big strong or small and petite. Everyone should be learning methods of personal saftey and methods they can use to combat violence around them. Thank you Mr. Perkins for the excellent work.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Principal Killed by Shot Struggling with Student for Shotgun?

"CHICAGO, Sept. 29 — The principal of a rural Wisconsin school was shot to death on Friday, on the eve of what was to have been a weekend of homecoming festivities, by a 15-year-old who was disciplined on Thursday for having tobacco in school, the authorities said."

This artical in The New York Times should finally wake up school administrations around the country to the real need for school administrations get instruction for their teachers and staff on how to deal with 1. School Bullying and to take students complaints of it seriously 2. Attacks on campus. When I here of these kinds of events happening over and over again, I wonder why do school systems ignore the need for training. Training should consist of verbal technique, physical technique, not just the do the best you can variety but real violence deescalation technique. And techniques so principals aren't just struggling for a gun but taking it away and ending the problem.

So many people are out there and available in most communities that could be brought in and consulted Law enforcement, Maritial Arts experts etc.

Steve Smith, James Keating, Vladimir Vasiliev and others could give teachers and staff real effective and relitivly easy to learn methods to help end the violence or at least stem it.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

If you are a Karate Junkie

If you are a Karate Junkie then here is a site is for you http://www.karatejunkie.com. They even have made a source for Karate Junkies to get their fix of great clothing, Junkie T-Shirts, Mugs etc, Fun Stuff, the Karate Junkie Store.

The Karate Junkie offers a unique source of interesting obscure Karate News that is not limited to Karate but includes, Kung Fu, Chi Kung, Comedy releaf, Comtech, Gung Fu and Mixed Martial Arts. It is a fun somtimes irritating look at martial arts, it is worth a look.

The t-shirts are of a nice design and quality, light hearted way to show your interest in Martial Arts.

Steve Irwin Croc Grappler Brought Down By Sting Ray

Steve Irwin Rest in Peace you brough joy and intrigue into many lives and education and entertainment into our hearts. You helped us love the unlovely and were a warrior. RIP.

My Boys and I thank you for the memories.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Jesse Glover and Steve Smith to perform at the Martial Arts Expo in Switzerland October 28 and 28

Pierre Hartmann, The Chinese Boxing Association and the 12th annual Martial Arts Expo in Geneva are Sponsoring Martial Arts Demonstrations by Jesse Glover and Steve Smith. The Martial Arts Expo has hosted many martial arts and martial arts masters over the years. Sonny Umpad was a regular presentor as was Jesse R. Glover, Steve Smith and Tommy Carruthers.

Pierre Hartmann and The Chinese Boxing Association is sponsoring Seminars with Jesse Glover and Steve Smith on October 31 through November 3rd. For information email Pierre at info@nckf.ch or give him a call +4179 200 9174.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

James A Keating Disarming Clinic

James A. Keating of Comtech is conducting a seminar on Weapon Disarming this is emmertsion training at its best. Karate Critic recomends this seminar as a dont miss event of the year.

Contact James A Keating

Saturday, August 26, 2006

The Martial Arts World Has Lost One of it's Masters Sonny Umpad

The Martial Arts World is grieving the loss of one of its finest Masters Maha Guru Sonny Umpad. Sonny Umpad according to Jesse Glover, Bruce Lee's first student and Assistant Instructor was Bruce Lee with Sticks and Knives, I would add with staffs and swords.

Sonny Umpad was one of the finest FMA Masters in the world today.

Good Bye Sonny have Peace.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Fight Science on the National Geographic Channel

I am excited to see the show on August 20th on the National Geographic Channel. They have posted a web page advertising the event HERE. It is http://www.ngcfightscience.com.

It will be interesting to see some of the top martial arts experts including Danny Insosanto and Rickson Gracie and others submiting their skills in scientificly controled experments measuring g force, speed etc. In a nut shell nice to see Martial Arts being recognized in the main stream more and more. The last show featuring martial arts put on by the National Geographic Channel called Extreme Martial Arts was very interesting and hightend public interest and awareness of Martial Arts. It will be great if many martial artists not only tune in and watch the event but tell friends about it, let's encorrage main stream media to give inteligent and possitive coverage to Martial Arts and Maritial Artists.

Tommorow night at 9 PM on the National Geographic Channel

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

New DVD From Steve Smith and Jesse Glover

There is a new DVD that is available from The Little Dojo featuring Jesse R. Glover and Steve Smith. The DVD is shot at the Mountain Retreat of June 2006. There is approximatly 2.75 hours of information edited including Jesse Glover teaching and demonstrating sticking hands, and power punching, and Steve Smith teaching knife defense, counter pistol, and Aiki Techniques. The tape is well edited and easy to follow kind of like the next best thing to being there. The DVD can be previewed at You Tube.

Also available from The Little Dojo is a DVD International Fook Yueng Chuan Association DVD 1, I have not reviewed it but have heard favorable comments on it.

There is another Mountain Retreat scheduled for September the 15th through the 17th. Jesse Glover and Steve Smith will be the instuctors for the event. Check out Premier Martial Arts for information and or The Little Dojo.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Kelly Worden's new Blog

Kelly Worden has launched his new blog, it looks great!

He is raw, contriversial, and thought provoking. Check it out.

Kelly Worden is one of the finest proponents of real world combatives today. Teaching Rangers, Forward Air Controlers and more Worden is the real deal

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Tito Ortiz the Ultimate Big Mouth meets Ken Shamrock the UFC Ledgend

Tito Ortiz the Hunnington Beach Bad Boy faces off against Ken Shamrock UFC ledgend. Tito Ortiz seams to have Franks number in the make a comment blow the top area, Tito can play poor Frank like a true virtuoso. Ken in the ring hopfuly can set the pace and not be so played it is sad to see someone who together with Royce Gracie built the UFC end up looking like the butt of a joke.

Ken is one of the best fighters of his Generation it would be nice to see him do well tonight. Tito adds action and flair not since Mohamed Ali has there been a fighter that can set up their apponants with reteric as well out side of the ring as they do with a Jab in the ring. Here's to a great fight tonight.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Big Three


Camp this year is $650.00 and that covers everything, training, 3 meals
a day, and lodging, the only thing you need to bring is toiletries, a
sleeping bag, and a pillow, Beer and junk food is you're option!
Reserve you're spot with a $99.00 deposit and you pay the balance at
the camp if you choose. If you pay the complete camp up front you
receive a camp shirt, pair of sticks, and a Worden/Ontario design
Special Forces Machete for long blade training all that is easily over a
$100.00 value."

In one place three of the top real world martial arts trainiers gather to give attendees the martial arts training experience never to be forgoten. The Big Three: James A. Keating, Datu Kelly S. Worden, and Sigung Bob Anderson. All three men have emense experience and fantastic teaching skills.

The Karatecritic recomends this event. A full 5 stars.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Knife Forums

I just found a great discussion board for those of us that are interested in discusing knives and knife work.

It is caledl Knife Forums.

There are some interesting well thought out reveiws on blades and methods.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Jesse Glover (Bruce Lee's First Student) Seminar In Switzerland

Jesse R. Glover, Bruce Lee's first student then assistant instructor will be conducting a two day seminar in Switzerland. The seminar will be held August 5th and 6th in the Village of Hermance.
Contact: Mr. Pierre Hartmann
+4179 200 9174

Jesse Glover is a living legend of the martial arts and is a highly regarded and sought out teach in the United States and Europe.

Friday, May 26, 2006

James Keating Presents Cane Seminar

James Keating world famous for his Hells Canyon Retreat the Riddle of Steel, is holding a seminar on the use of the cane for self defense and combat. James skill in teaching is straight forward and you learn. His methods are effective they work. The seminar is cheap $60 bucks. The event his held in central Wasthington State (Ellensburge) just a nice morning drive from Seattle.

June 10 from 9 to 1:30
Call 509-962-2891 for details and driving directions

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Chuck Norris, Why I like Him

Chuck Norris while maybe not the best fighter of all time (was one of the top Karate Champs) does have a begginers mind when it comes to martial arts. For example while being one of the most well known Martial Artists of his generation he saw a place to improve on ( his ground game) and sought out Rigan Mashado for training. Chuck Norris walks his talk, he has a philosophy of life and lives it. He talks about fitness and he is fit look at him he works out.

Chuck Norris can laugh at himself. Check out this clip over at www.youtube.com

Chuck Norris Clip

Oh and by the way thanks Chuck for all you do for Kids!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Combat Sport Challenge

For people living in the Pacific Northwest the Combat Sport Challenge will be held in Spokane, Washington on September 23, 2006.

The events will be:

Continuous Point Sparring
Grappling (Control or Submission)
Stick Fighting

This event is for those who have wanted to take their training to the next level but were not willing to go the the Full Contact environments? The Goal is to create an extremely safe environment to allow for a higher intensity competition. For some this will be a launching pad to go into a full contact environment. Test your knowledge and skill at this unique Competition.

There are no forms, this will be all Combat.

Michigan Jujitsu Seminar

SMAA Jujutsu Summit
The SMAA presents the 2006 Jujutsu Summit, a once in a generation
opportunity to
train in three forms of Japanese jujutsu in the same weekend: ancient,
classical, and modern. Featuring three of the most renowned North
martial arts writers/instructors, this event will offer Hontai
Saigo Ryu Aiki-Jujutsu, and Sato-Ryu Nihon Jujutsu, as well as classes
Japanese Yoga (Shin Shin Toitsu-Do).
For further information, see

Monday, May 15, 2006

Spyderco Introduces New Chinook 3

Spyderco has introduced the New version of a great knife. The Spyderco Chinook is already a real functional knife, strong fast and with all the benifits of a bowie style tip. The new improvments include flat grind for better cutting and reduced weight.

The Chinook
is designed by Master of Arms James Keating who is one of the most respected western blade proponents in the world. He designed it for his personal carry and it therefore had to be "right".

The Chinook 1 and 2 for my taste were just a bit bulky in the handle for my smaller hands the Chinook 3 has remedied that for me. My knives have to be easy to sharpen and have a flat grind for easy cutting. I recomend this knive.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Premier Martial Arts Presenting a Team Fighter at UFC 50

PMA Opens Mixed Martial Arts Training Center In Long Beach California - PMA Forms Mixed Martial Arts Pro Team

Premier Martial Arts is excited to welcome Alan Predolin to the PMA family. Mr. Predolin will own and operate a Premier Training Center in Long Beach California that will specialize in training professional MMA / Kickboxing / and Jiu-Jitsu fighters. This PMA center will also be the home of the new PMA Mixed Martial Arts Pro Team.

  1. We are also excited to announce that Alan Predolin and Premier Martial Arts has signed Alessio Sakara as our first member of the PMA/MMA Pro Team.


Here is a great idea; Foundation. Pierre Hartman is offering a realistic way to get your "feet wet" in the rare and hard to pin down method of Bruce Lee's Non Classical Gung Fu. Pierre Hartmann is a direct first generation student of both Jesse R. Glover and Ed Hart (Bruce Lee's second student and author of Gung Fu to Grappling and Boxing for Street Self Defense).

The training is 50 hours of intensive, very, and is held in the Geneve Switzerland area, each program is limited to 4 highly motivated people who are ready to take their training to the next level and are interested in high level health, fighting capability and or a career teaching the Chinese Boxing Association's Non Classical Kung Fu. Foundation has three levels: Foundation, Foundation Professional, Foundation Instructor.

I personaly watched a group of 4 people who just completed this course work out and they are the real deal. One just won a MMA championship in Zurich and the others you can see are really good movers.

Its a great Idea and it is producing real results, way to go Pierre!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006


In the mid 1990's there were some very valuable videos available from a company called CSI Productions featuring James A Keating, showing very clearly methods of trapping, knife work etc. CSI Productions closed and I thought the Comtech tapes were gone too. Great news I found James A Keating web page this morning and the tapes are still available there are more titles. His tapes are an excellent source of information for begginers and intermediate level "train at home players", and he now has a series of eight seminars coming up in 2006 if one is interested in taking it to the next level. I will get his Knife Boxing DVD and review it here soon.

UFC 59

Way to go Tito Ortiz, you brought it on in a great way in the begining of the fight with Forrest, you almost had it handed to you in the last two rounds maybe look into more conditioning his super conditioning made speed almost a decisive factor. It would be a shame to throw away a victory on that. Both fighters had a lot of heart and that match made the UFC worth watching again.

Karate Junkie

Being always on the look out for crazy karate material to critique took me this morning to a virtual torrent of Karate stories, news clips, and etc.. It looks to be a rich source of material to tear apart for any gem of worth. www.karatejunkie.com

There are alot of from the side stuff. For example one guy is teaching Tai Chi Aerobics. Well there you go. First there was Tae Bo and Cardio Karate why not Tai Chi Aerobics. He has done his research and points out the Tai Chi is easier on your joints and body than some of the harder appoaches.

ADHD advantage

This is a little off topic but I just found a great resourse for other parents of kids with ADHD. These folks in Hillsboro Oregon start it off from a positve direction http://www.adhdadvantage.com.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Overview of Martial Arts

The problem with many martial arts systems is that the techniques are so complicated that in an emergency (read attack) are never put to use. Premier Martial Arts is a modern blend of Sport Karate, Compitition Weapons Forms, Kali, Grappling, and Personal Protection. The Goal of its creators Greg Silva and Barry Van Over is to give people a full and effective martial arts program. The Personal Protection is functional and will be there if the student needs it. It is not so much that the techniques are better it really is just in the way the method is trained. Students are really put in pressure situations that teach them to respond proactively in an emergency.

It is so common as to be a cliche that "trained Karate Men" have their butts handed to them because they train techniques and not, mind set an freeze under the pressure of a real fight. It really dosent matter what system you train in if you are training to do technique and not to implement what you do under pressure.

It does a student well to seek out a school with methods and a training stategy that will help a student move instinctively when scared paralized and when not having an on day. Attackers are proffesional they case you when you are down they attack.

Choose a school with instructors who will help you with training to move well when the crap is clogging the fan.

Premier Martial Arts does this well and will teach you to perform well and look good in competition.