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.