The UFC may have just celebrated their 20th anniversary but don’t be confused, “Judo” Gene Lebell competed in the very first MMA fight 50 years ago. Gene took on middleweight boxer Milo Savage in Salt Lake City, Utah at what was a historic moment in martial arts history. I’m very happy Roots Of Fight was able to sit down with Gene and talk about this fight, but I really hope someone is able to put together a feature length documentary on Gene soon.
Go pick up the LeBell V Savage shirt and support this awesome brand that keeps doing such great work to keep the memory of these legendary fighters alive. Remember kids, respect the one’s who did it before you. Respect “Judo” Gene LeBell!
I hope some of you know try to order this when you’re out and about this weekend, but I really hope they actually are able to make it and then you feel like a weirdo for drinking it. Rexley is a jerk and I’m glad Bloodbath did what he did.
I’m not a coffee drinker but that’s because I thought I would develop some sort of dependency to it, after reading some articles and studies i think I might start trying it here and there, I definitely don’t want it to become something I need to start my day. If I do pick up coffee I’m going to try a single sourced coffee like BulletProof coffee just cause I’m fancy.
Hey kiddies, The team over at the Walking Alone Podcast has partnered up with Vegan Proteins for a fun contest. The prize is a 1lb tub of Vegan Proteins+ and a shaker bottle. The contest starts today and ends on 12/20/13. Winners will be chosen at random, and all you have to do is follow the link below, like the Walking Alone Facebook page, and like the Vegan Proteins Facebook page. You can also follow me and Cornell Ward on twitter to double your chances to win. We are so happy to be able to offer this to our audience and something we hope we can continue to do for you guys!
As I delve more into my martial arts journey I find myself less and less preoccupied by the technical moves themselves, say a submission, take down or a punching combo but with deeper understanding of the learning process and the theory behind the technique itself. I’m not worried about doing the perfect arm-bar but understanding the “heart” of the movements, understanding why I should use the arm-bar.
Watching this short example of Tim Gallway’s"The Inner Game" coaching style I caught myself dumbfounded and humbled by how genius his principles on teaching and learning are. In this 1970’s news report, Tim has a handful of complete beginners to work with, what he is able to do with about ten minutes is absolutely amazing to me.
I understand this is old, shaky, footage of a tennis lesson in the middle of an MMA website, you might even skip over this thinking it does not apply to you, a strong and tough fighter. We all must learn, we all start at zero, if we can apply and take in different theories on learning that can expedite the process who care’s where that theory comes from? Strive to look beyond the norms of whatever your discipline may encourage you to stay in. As I say, a good martial artist can learn from all things.
Take a minute and watch the match between Frankie Edgar and Phillip Nover that took place yesterday at Madison Square Garden for the Grapple At The Garden event. I’m glad these two NYC/NJ native MMA fighters were able to compete in any function at the the most historic and famous arena in the country since MMA itself is still illegal here in NYC.
Frankie, a Clarion Univeristy stand out was able to pin Nover after 3 minutes of great back and forth action. It was quite impressive since Nover has no amateur wrestling experience. These two have trained together and this was just a fun match and experience for them, very cool stuff even though I don’t understand the rules.
Can someone loan me $17,000? These "Bionic Bopper Cars" would make a great Christmas gift for that someone special, especially if that someone is Richie Rich. For the grown man who is afraid to get hit in the face but has a lot of money to waste, these 850 pound Rock Em’ Sock Em’ Robots on steroids have enough fuel capacity for 5 hours of uninterrupted pugilism. If you buy these you are a jerk but I would love to come over.
I know a lot of you guys spend quite a bit of time on the computers whether it be for work or fun, we fall into a spiral of information and entertainment. It would be nice to be to get away from your work and sit on the beach or at a beautiful lake near the woods but unfortunately most of us are not lucky enough to live in such locations nor do we have the time to get in our car and drive for an hour just to get a much needed break.
Well today is a good day because I bring you Calm.com, a simple and relaxing website dedicated to one thing, give you a break from the stress from the screen in front of you. With gorgeous back drops of nature mixed with tranquil music to help you take a breather. Check it out now and try to do just the 2 minute option.
Yet again, Stuart Cooper has put together a great mini doc on a pillar of the martial arts community, this time turning his attention and camera on Rafael Lovato JR. The most successful American BJJ player, following in his fathers footsteps, himself a BJJ blackbelt. This is just an amazing look into the mind of a lifelong martial artist, his ideals, his beliefs and why he is constantly competing. I’m so happy they’re people like him in our sport with such respect and motivation to help spread BJJ to the world.
I’m a few weeks out from my next fight and I’m doing my best to eat as clean as possible, especially after training sessions. Today I put together this big ass simple salad. With chopped Lacinato kale, baby spinach, baby swiss chard and arugula as the base, I added cherry tomatos, orange peppers, chickpeas broccoli and a half an avocado with a simple olive oil, salt and lemon juice dressing.
I don’t understand the weird vibe that guys have about salad and that salads are just for ladies. It might be all those stupid Slim Jim or Hooters commercials telling us that men only eat meat and anything green is for sissy’s. Don’t be stupid, try to put together some veggies you like and enjoy the benefits of a meal full of vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Hoorayy, new Tommy Toe Hold Show is up, I still can’t tell is this is that funny or my sense of humor is that childish. Either way I can’t get enough of these video’s, it’s like "The Soup" for MMA fans. This episode TTTHS talks with Dana and Lorenzo about their World domination, Rory on his first career lose to Robbie and GSP’s controversial win of Johny Hendricks with an almost automatic cameo of Nick Diaz.
The very masculine guys over at T Nation put together this great article on the 7 best tips for transforming from an armature into a pro. This might be written with becoming a professional weight lifter in mind but it doesn’t matter, these are all tips on mental and lifestyle changes that can result into you getting to where you want to be.
Most of us hold our dreams and aspirations in the back of our minds like one day they will come to fruition but the “Pros” hold them directly in front of their face everyday. Making sure they are doing everything they can to move towards the goal. Do the same for yourself.
If there is a better facial personification of what grappling is than Travis Stevens I haven’t seen it yet. I recently got to train and play king of the hill with Travis and a couple of the other BJJ players at Renzo Manhattan and it was a lot of fun. Seeing how he incorporates his Judo into his BJJ was really cool. A few days after Travis received his black belt in BJJ from John Danaher, Congratulations to Travis and watch him talk about his first experience with cauliflower ear.
A few years ago I had a roommate who was a massage therapist, which was very similar to that Seinfeld episode when Jerry dates the masseuse but she wouldn’t give him a massage. One day after a particularly hard training session my roommate offered to give me a Thai massage, something I had never heard of.
I rolled out my home BJJ mat and she proceeded to pull and twist, lean and stand on my body in a way I could only describe as reverse jiu jitsu. She would wrap my leg under her’s in a way that would trigger my mind to start figuring out a way to escape but this felt way better than being in a leg lock.
After the 45 minute session I felt amazing, my body was loose and warm. I was now a believer. Check out this article on the benefits on Thai massage and go book an hour and see how much better you feel. Also since the video the article provides doesn’t work you can watch this quick example of what it looks.
After sitting down and talking with Kevin Ross and then watching Glory 12 here in NYC this weekend I was sure to check out this awesome mini doc on Joe Schilling and his fight to regain his WBC belt in Thailand. These kind of video’s I can not get enough of, seeing the training process, the weight cut, the mental tests these fighters go through is awe inspiring.
To get to the elite levels is not necessarily though special hybrid-super sophisticated training, most of the time it’s simple hard work, dedication and mental toughness. If you never quit, who knows how far you could go. Also I had no idea that’s how the famous Fairtex gym got it’s name, how funny is that!?