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Guess Who Didn’t Get In The Hapkido Beginners’ Course

Here I am really psyched about learning more of the Korean martial art of Hapkido.

This is what I have found out about Hapkido:

The term Hapkido itself consists of three words which are

hap ‘coordinating’
ki ‘energy’
do ‘way’

Let’s just settle for ‘the way of coordinating energy’, shall we?

Hapkido is a form of self defense that uses joint locks and techniques of other martial arts.

It also incorporates traditional weapons, including the short stick, cane, rope, nunchucku, sword, and even the staff.

As a Hapkidoka (does that sound right?) you learn how to apply long and close range fighting techniques, using dynamic kicking and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges and pressure point strikes, jointlocks, or throws at closer fighting distances.

Hapkido is all about circular, non-resisting movements, and about controlling your opponent.

You learn the advantage through footwork and body positioning to get leverage, so you can avoid using strength against strength.

Hapkido was developed from Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu or a closely related jujutsu system taught by Choi Yong Sul who returned to Korea after WWII, having lived in Japan for 30 years.

This system was later combined with kicking and striking techniques of taekkyeon and tang soo do.

But back to me being all psyched about starting with Hapkido.

The latest publication of my local county’s Parks & Recreation Fall Activity Guide listed a beginners’ course with 8 lessons for a really reasonable fee which definitely got my interest.

So, I call the program coordinator who tells me that they needed just one more participant for the course to take place. Sounds like a plan to me!

I jump into my car and head on over to their offices to sign up.

There I am filling out all the forms as diligently as you would expect from any serious, law-abiding martial artist.

Then the program coordinator drops the bomb after I had completed all the filling out stuff:

“Sir, you are aware that this course is targeted to kids from 6 years and older?”

Well, now that he brought it to my attention, I was. Thank you very much!

While I processed this new and vital information, I asked him to tell me what the average age of the other course participants who had signed up so far.

Guess what his answer was!

“Six years old.”

Well, I don’t know about you guys, but that is not the kind of course yours truly wantedto get in.

I was looking for something more like what you see in the video below, just click on the YouTube link:


If you have tried Hapkido or have been a practitioner for a couple years now, let me know about your experience. I really want to know.


Why Is MMA Still Considered More Brutal Than Boxing?

So, why is MMA still considered more brutal than boxing?

Is it really more brutal to begin with?

Just recently I was getting my hair cut by my Filipino-American barber, who not surprisingly loves Manny Pacquiao. I haven’t met a Filipino yet who doesn’t worship him?

Well anyway, we start talking about Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather and somehow I couldn’t help myself by throwing in my 2 cents about MMA.

Oh, yeah, now I remember why.

Some time ago I heard that allegedly Floyd Mayweather was considering to compete in MMA.

And I thought well that might be interesting. Now he’s got the striking, moving, conditioning and all that. But what about kicking, grappling, groundfighting etc.?

Well, I guess the name Floyd Mayweather alone would draw some crowds, including PPV, right?

Then my barber said something that got me thinking.

He said that MMA is just simply brutal.

Looking at some of the stats leads me to believe that there might just be a couple of misconceptions through misinformation (intentionally and unintentionally).

There have been way more serious injuries, mainly brain injuries, and some cases even deaths involved in boxing.

And I’m not even going to comment on ear nibbling.

Looking at injuries occurring in MMA you can easily narrow these down to (and I don’t downplay the pain experienced) some like broken nose, pulled ligaments, broken bones (arm, leg) etc.

Yes, some fighters do draw blood during a match especially through cuts around the eyes.

However, what I have noticed is that MMA fights are stopped way faster than boxing matches, when it comes to a MMA fighter with no guard up and taking a beating and this isn’t even figuratively speaking.

This is all to prevent the notion that MMA is more brutal than let’s say boxing.

Yes, in the early days of MMA/Ultimate Fighting/Cage Fighting, whatever you prefer, the rules were ifferent, the level of fighters’ fitness was different, fights were catered to a way smaller group of fans, not necessarily to the broader masses of today.

Especially, UFC with ownership and management of the last couple of years have made major efforts to clean up their act in order to banish the reputation of “human cockfighting” and making it mainstream consumable and so less apparently brutal.

So, why is MMA still considered more brutal than boxing?

Women’s Judo: From Olympic Bronze To MMA World Champion And What’s Next For Olympic Gold Medal Winner?

I will be absolutely honest with you, again.
I have not been watching much Olympic Game coverage this time around, simply because my schedule has been posing other priorities lately.
But there is something on my mind that I have to post about and it is Olympic-related.

Four years ago at the Beijing Olympic Games an American judoka won the first Olympic medal ever for the U.S. judo team. It was the bronze medal and as we all know by now that definitely means a spot in the limelight.
This year at the London Games we experienced another first. An American judoka who took the top spot and won the first Olympic gold medal ever for American judo.

So, who are we talking about here?

4th degree judo black belt, Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey, and currently ranked the world’s #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter can look back on a stellar judo career which has lifted her to her current MMA ranking and celebrity-like status.
As a 17-year-old, Ronda was the youngest judoka at the 2004 Athens Olympics and that same year she became the World Junior Judo Champion in Budapest, Hungary.
In 2006, she won both Judo World Cop in Birmingham, England and the bronze medal at the World Junior Championships.
A year later, Ronda was able to attain the silver medal at the World Judo Championships and follow up with a bronze medla at the 2007 Pan Am Games.
Two years after winning Olympic bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games, Ronda officially entered the MMA arena and has been wreaking havoc on her opponents, usually ending their bouts by submission via Ronda’s trademark armbar.
It looks something like this in one take:

Ronda’s current professional Strikeforce MMA record is 5-0 and she is scheduled to fight Sarah Kaufman on August 18, 2012 who will be dealing with this kind of stuff. By the way, in case you’re not a friend of the background music,
simply turn down the volume, like I did.

But wait, there’s more!

Just last week, on August 2, 2012, fellow American Kayla Harrison won Olympic gold at this year’s Olympic Games in the -78 kg category. She had to overcome some major obstacles during the previous years to achieve her Olympic greatness.
Before she started training with 4-time judo Olympian, Jimmy Pedro in Wakefield, Massachusetts, who by the way trained Ronda Rousey, before she moved the West Coast, where she is now training under Gene “Judo’Lebell and
and Armenian grappling greats such as Gokor Chivichyan and Edmond Tarverdyan, Kayla Harrison Harrison took up judo at the age of six, having been introduced to the sport by her mother who was a black belt.
She began being trained by coach Daniel Doyle, and won two national championships by the age of 15. However, during that period Doyle was abusing Harrison, who reported it to another judoka, who in turn told Harrison’s mother.
She subsequentally reported this to the police. Doyle was convicted and sentenced to a ten-year prison term.[2] A month after the abuse was revealed, she moved away from her home. (Source: wikipedia).

In 2010, Kayla became World Judo Champion in Tokyo, Japan and the following year 2011 she won the bronze medal at the World Championships in Paris, France.
At the Panamerican Games in 2010 and 2011, Kayla won first bronze and later gold!
One could say that this development has cemented here standings in her current category of -78 kg and has helped her attained Olympic glory by winning the 2012 gold medal.

So, what’s next for Kayla Harrison? Will she follow Ronda Rousey and possibly enter the world of mixed martial arts?
Her grappling skills and her groundwork certainly give her an excellent starting position.

Take a look at what Kayla Harrison is capable of:

Who’s The World’s Most Famous Martial Artist Ever?

Who do you think is the world’s most famous martial artist ever?

Are we talking about a martial artist becoming a famous household name?

Or are we talking about a famous household name who happens to be
a martial artist?


Let’s see who comes to mind:

1. Bruce Lee was at first a martial artist and then became a household name.

2. Jackie Chan pretty much the same, right?

3. Chuck Norris, same way, I guess.

4. Steven Seagal, dto.

5. Oh, wait, how about “The King” aka Elvis Presley?
Everybody, young and old, martial artist or not, knows about the singer, entertainer,
songwriter Elvis Presley.

But most people don’t know that Elvis Presley was a dedicated martial artist in the style
of American Kenpo for many years until his untimely passing in 1977.

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So, again, who would you consider the world’s most famous martial artist ever?

Tell me who comes to your mind!

You Want This Former UFC Champ In Your Corner During A Bar Fight

You want this former UFC Champ in your corner during a bar fight.

And he even speaks Dutch just in case (oranje boven!).

Deep down, we all want to speak Dutch. Just admit it! I’m just kidding.

His name is ….. drumroll, please …. the amazing Bas “El Guapo” Rutten.

Years ago he started his martial arts career over in The Netherlands with Tae Kwon Do, Oyama Karate and Muay Thai.

He can kick like a mule, so stay out of his way.

Later on he got involved in Pancrase and Ultimate Fighting. I guess you could consider Bas Rutten one of the pioneers of UFC.

After an extremely successful UFC career, this illlustrious Mixed Martial Artist moved on to become an IFL coach and a highly sought-after fight commentator.

El Guapo is always up to some sort of crank and just loves to joke around.
Heck, he even cracked me up as a bouncer on the successful TV sitcom “The King of Queens” with Kevin James. His real life experience as a bouncer came in pretty handy.

Now, I am not entirely sure but I thought I just recently saw him in the movie “Mall Cop” again with Kevin James (who has been known to train with Randy “The Natural” Couture). I believe he plays the drill sergeant at the beginning of the movie.

It’s safe to say: You want this former UFC Champ in your corner during a bar fight.

Why? Just check out this clip (short version) and you’ll know why!

Viewer discretion is advised. This video is for informational purpose only.
Do not try any of this at home or your next bar visit!

Tell me what you think!