BJ Penn Vs Nick Diaz

I watched the BJ Penn vs Nick Diaz fight this weekend and just wanted to point something out:

BJ Penn vs Nick Diaz

BJ Penn vs Nick Diaz, BJ right after the fight.

Take another look at the One Step Sparring Drill, Frankenstein post I just did. One of the goals in the drill is to put the defender under a lot of pressure, all the time. The format here uses traditional techniques but you’re not limited to that. You can do the exact same drill wearing gloves and shinguards with the MMA or muay Thai rules as parameters. Then you get to practice the things I mentioned in that post but in the context of competitive combat sports.

The drill prepares you for just what BJ Penn encountered against Nick Diaz: an opponent who kept on coming forward, who never eased up on him and regardless of how hard BJ tried; he couldn’t stop him. KJust like the Frankenstein monster in the movies…

I’ll see if I can make a video of what this looks like in my class so you get an idea of what it looks like. But I just wanted to point that out in the mean time.


BTW, props to BJ for sticking with it. He had a real tough fight on his hands and didn’t quit when he took a beating. All his skill aside, you gotta give the man credit for having heart like that.


Sanshou class highlights

Here’s a video with some highlights of my Sanshou class. I’m only showing the fun parts here (fun for me, that is), meaning: when I land techniques on my students. They land shots on me too obviously but those don’t make for such great footage in my humble opinion… :-)

The whole idea is to give you a sample of the way we train, particularly the sparring. One caveat about that: the contact level is pretty low. I vastly outweigh most of my students so I have to pull my punches to avoid injuring them. I mostly work on my timing and other things but rarely cut loose with power. After all, they’re my students first and only my sparring partners second.

I also very often limit the sparring to 50% power, 50% speed. That way students are more fre to experiment without the fear of getting knocked out. Full-on sparring is usually limited to those students who compete or those who’ve been training for a few years. anyway, I hope you enjoy the video.


 UPDATE: Something seems to have gone wrong during the upload. There’s loads of artifacts and noise on the video. I’ll upload a better quality version later today.

UPDATE 2: I just uploaded a 720P version of the video and the quality seems to be better now. There are still artifacts but it’s a bit better now. I don’t know what the issue is because I’m uploading in the same format as my previous videos. Weird…

Training versus applying, Part two

In part one of Training versus applying, I mentioned the lead hook as an example of how training for techniques and applying them in real life isn’t always the same. Let’s take a look at another example, this time one from muay Thai and MMA: the leg kick. Take a look at 1min40 when Rob Mccullough explains where to place the right arm.

He specifies that the right arm has to be straightened out forward, towards your opponent, when you throw the rear leg kick.  OK… Take a look at this video now and watch what happens when Rob Kaman (who was called “Hammerkick” for a reason…) throws his rear leg kick.

How many times did you see him straighten out his arm towards his opponent when he does a rear leg kick? Not once…

Here’s Ernesto Hoost, another fighter who you can hardly call an amateur… [Read more…]

Training versus applying

I just started training an 18 year-old girl in boxing and this one came up: training versus applying.

In training, you sometimes do things that you don’t (or hardly ever) use when you apply the technique in real life. It doesn’t matter if you train for sports or self defense, this applies across the board. I’ll give you some examples first and then tell you how I see it. First up, boxing’s lead hook.

Check out this instructional video:

I want you to notice two things:

  • The weight shifts form the lead to the back leg.
  • The lead heel is all the way up.

In this video, Freddie Roach teaches the lead hook: [Read more…]