Justice: The Moral Side of Murder

  Justice: What’s The Right Thing To Do?Episode 1 – The Moral Side of Murder   Part One: The Moral Side of Murder If you had to choose between (1) killing one person to save the lives of five others and (2) doing nothing even though you knew that five people would die right before your eyes if you did nothing—what would you do? What would be the right thing to do? Thats the hypothetical scenario Professor Michael Sandel uses to launch his course on moral reasoning. After the majority of students votes for killing the one person in order to save the lives of five others, Sandel presents three similar moral conundrums—each one artfully designed to make the decision more difficult. As students stand up to defend their conflicting choices, it becomes clear that the assumptions behind our moral reasoning are often contradictory, and the question of what is right and what is wrong is not always black and white.   Part Two: The Case For Cannibalism Sandel introduces the principles of utilitarian philosopher, Jeremy Bentham, with a famous nineteenth century legal case involving a shipwrecked crew of four. After nineteen days lost at sea, the captain decides to kill the weakest amongst them, the young cabin boy, so that the rest can feed on his blood and body to survive. The case sets up a classroom debate about the moral validity of utilitarianism—and its doctrine that the right thing to do is whatever produces “the greatest good for the greatest number.”...

Doce Pares Amarras

Among the signature aspects of Doce Pares that we teach at Sage are the Amarras (sometimes spelled Amerras). Amarras are twirling patterns consisting of striking combinations which require proper body mechanics and illustrate fighting tactics that are particular to this system of Escrima. Doce Pares has many Amarras, and many of the movements in them are similar. Students learn these the hard way, through gross repetition, and in doing so, program their muscle memory to deliver useful combinations with proper body mechanics.   Basic Amarras The first 6 Amarras were taught to us by Grandmaster Sipin. The basic Amarras all connect, where one ends, the next one begins. The first four Amarras are required for Yellow Belt. Amarra #1 (Bend your knees on the Reverse Arko) Arko – Reverse Arko Up Twice Arko – Reverse Arko Bartikal Redoble (Lean Backward) 2 Flywheels (Hulog) Reverse Arko Amarra #2 (Deeper Stance) Upward Diagonal Slash – Downward Diagonal Slash (Bulan) Up Twice Upward Diagonal Slash – Reverse Arko (Bulan) Songkite – Reverse Arko Plansa – Reverse Arko Amarra #3 (Upright, shallow stance) Arko – Reverse Arko Plansa – Medya 2 Level Backhand Kurbado Strikes Reverse Arko (to floor) Straight Thrust to Solar Plexus (Thrust off the bounce) Amarra #4 (Deep stance to upright) Air Flip (They block the thrust, you trap their hand and roll the stick) Upward Figure 8 Strikes at the Knees Upward Figure 8 Strikes at the Hands 2 Abaniko Strikes to the Head (Open – Closed) Downward Punyo to Head Upward Punyo to Ribs/Elbow Flip Down Vertical Backhand Abaniko to Face Reverse Arko   Sparring Amarras Amarras #5 and 6 are shorter sparring combinations that illustrate tactics in the Corto Kurbado style. They have 5 strikes and 6 strikes respectively. These are required...

Cruel Efficiency: Silat Suffian Bela Diri

  Silat Suffian Bela Diri – Posture & Body Control in Bruneian Kuntau Keep your attacker in constant off balance physically and mentally. The best time to hit is when he is occupied trying to regain his balance and stability. It is at this specific moment he is fighting 2 opponents, you and gravity. This is just “one option” from the principles. Traditional Kuntau is only used in a self “self defense” situation. Depending on the understanding of the teacher, Kuntau is one of the arts that knowledge can only be transferred from teacher to student. “Hati ke Hati” meaning from one heart to another.     Silat Suffian Bela Diri – Attacking Footwork of Kuntau  ...

BJJ: 49 Kimura/Americana Attacks...

49 Kimura and Americana Attacks in Less Than 6 Min – Jason Scully In this video you will find 49 different Americana and Kimura style attacks from many different situations in less than 6 minutes....

San Miguel Sets

At Sage we teach the signature aspects of Doce Pares. Students are exposed first and foremost to the Amarras, San Miguel Sets, Sinawali and basic Abecedario at novice levels. From these students can begin to emulate the stylistic characteristics of movement integral to that system. At intermediate levels, the focus changes towards training the live hand, developing sensitivity and ingraining fluidity and economy of motion. At advanced levels, it has to do with flow and speed, and making previously learned skills intuitive. One of the most important aspects we train in are the San Miguel sets. Specifically, these are patterns of movement, striking, footwork and body mechanics that are used in the 12th form in the Doce Pares system referred to as ‘San Miguel.’ Even though the 12th form is not required until 3rd Degree Black Belt in this system, the reason I teach this first is because the memes that these sets represent will be seen over and over again throughout all the other forms and amarras. By being exposed to this first, students develop a familiarization with the core movements of this system, which in turn, helps them learn the other material more quickly. Each set uses the same basic footwork, specifically a back step which turns the hips, a hooking step to evade a strike at the leg or body, replacing that foot forward, then an advancing step which again turns the hips. In the San Miguel Sets each set begins with an opening strike or series of strikes, which are followed by a pattern of strikes and footwork. The end of each set is identical, the only thing that changes are the opening strikes. Beginning with the weapon in the rear hand, each set begins defensively, by stepping back: 1....

BJJ: 52 Triangle Choke Setups...

52 Triangle Choke Set Ups In Just 8 Minutes – Jason Scully In this video you’ll find 52 different set ups for the triangle choke which is one of the most effective submission in grappling. I hope it helps give you some ideas on how to expand your game and your attacks....

Story: A Wizard’s Advice...

Excerpted from “The Once and Future King” by T.H.White One day, towards the end of his childhood, the future King Arthur was having a terrible day. Following the advice of his seniors, he went to see his teacher, Merlyn. Asking his advice on the matter Arthur spoke, “Well, what about it?” “The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honor trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then – learn.” “Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the thing for you.” “Look at what a lot of things there are to learn – pure science, the only purity there is. You can learn astronomy in a lifetime, natural history in three, literature in six. And then, after you have exhausted a milliard lifetimes in biology and medicine and theocriticism and geography and history and economics – why you can start to make a cartwheel out of the appropriate wood, or spend fifty years learning to begin to learn to defeat your adversary at fencing. After that you can start again on mathematics, until it is time to learn to plough.” “Do you think you have learned anything?” Merlyn inquired. “I have learned, and been happy.” King Arthur said....

BJJ: 39 Armlocks

39 Armbars & Arm Locks in Less Than 4 Minutes – Jason Scully In this video you’ll see a demonstrations of 39 Armbars and Armlocks in less than 4 minutes....

The Short Staff

The short staff, in my opinion is one of the most universal weapons. Something like this can be found in almost every culture, and it is one of the traditional weapons that is absolutely appropriate for modern Martial Artists, as common items from broom or mop handles, dowels, pipes, to pool cues are of a similar length and can be adapted to use as a weapon.   Donn Draeger & Kaminoda Tsunemori – Muso Ryo Jojutsu   Silat Suffian Bela Diri – Short Staff Seminar (Buluh Runcing)   Irish Stick Fighting Methods     Kashi Porrazo: Meso-American Stick Fighting (Yaomatchia)   Long Staff Methods Juego del Garrote Canario-A Maestro Paquito Santana   Sanatan Shastarvidiya – Lathi (Long Staff Fighting)   Chinese Shaolin Method   Last but not least: The Kung Fu Bear Staff...

Dan Inosanto in Germany...

Dan Inosanto and what looks like Cass Magda demonstrating aspects of Kali, including single stick, stick and dagger, sibat (staff) and knife.

Garrote Venezolano

Juego de Garrote is a game played among several South American countries, Venezolano refers specifically to the styles of Garrote from Venezuela. Although the movements are hihgly stylized, sharing perhaps some similarity to France’s La Canne, and there are different levels of performance, much like Savate, where some are more for show than for fight, these systems share many of the same things that most stickfighting systems share: angulations, pivoting and zoning footwork, and a reluctance to meet force with force. The origins of this system are tied directly to the Spanish and Portuguese influence from Europe, and is related not only to Palo Canario from the Canary Islands, but also to Portugal’s Jugo Do Pau.   Juego de Garrote Venezolano   Las Siete Líneas del Garrote Tocuyano   Juego o pelea a Palos Venezolana, Presentación Explicativa   Juego de Garrote Venezolano – Estilo “Curarigüeño”. Hector Ramos playing in the “Curarigüeño” style, also called “the fight” with Wilke Abel Perez (6th Regional Festival Garrote, Humocaro Alto, Lara, Venezuela, 1998), Alejandro Perez Wilke (1st International Players Palo, Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela, 1998), with Yoel Morales, Wiston Hidalgo and Daniel Perales (Meeting Avejga, Patio “Clarencio Flowers” teacher Eduardo Sanoja, Agua Viva, Lara, Venezuela, August 2005). Hector Ramos started in the art of the game with the teacher Eduardo Garrote Sanoja, the September 21, 1989, “The Stubble Cabudare, Palavecino, Lara. Soon simultaneous training begins with the teacher Mercedes Pérez Amaro in village of “La Piedad” municipality Palavecino, Lara, Venezuela.   Documental: Mercedes Pérez, maestro de garrote. Short documentary produced by Roberto Sanchez (University of Los Andes, ULA-Merida, Venezuela, 1991). In the aspects of life as Venezuelan club player Mercedes Pérez Amaro Teacher, native of La Piedad, Lara State, Venezuela narrated.   Juego De Garrote Venezolano: Emilio Romero, Maestro...

Focus Mitt Training

Roger Mayweather demonstrating his unique brand of pad work. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part...

Greg Jackson on MMA Prep...

MMA Guru Greg Jackson has trained 10 world champions. Hear his insights on the training and nutrition that go into preparing for a fight.

Game: Rotation Nov27

Game: Rotation

Rotation The goal of this game is to rearrange the shapes in the larger circle to match the shapes in the smaller one within a certain number of moves. Pieces only move by rotation (hence the name). The puzzles get more challenging as you progress. Designer: Interactive Diode Space Contact:...

Satria Silat: Animal Systems

The Satria Silat system is the predecessor to Silat Buka Lingkaran, (which was started by Alvin Guinanao, a top student of Benitez in Satria). In this system, there are four animal styles, each with their own unique movements and conditioning methods. These include Kucin (Cat), Harimau (Tiger), Buaya (Crocodile), and Kura Kura (Turtle). Satria Silat – Kucin Conditioning Satria Silat – Kucin Application   Satria Silat – Harimau Conditioning Satria Silat – Harimau Application   Satria Silat Buaya Conditioning Satria Silat – Buaya Application   Satria Silat – Kura Kura Satria Silat – Kura Kura Conditioning Satria Silat – Kura Kura...

Palo Canario

Initially used as a way of gaining an advantage over machete wielding pirates and bandits from Cuba, the Martial Art of Palo Canario has undergone a resurgence in recent years, including the creation of sporting events. This system does some amazing things with the use of a staff, and is similar in many ways to the methods used in other cultures. Juego del Garrote Canario-A Maestro Paquito Santana Juego de la Mano y del Palo Canario Clase Iniciacion al Juego Del Palo Canario TV Spot on Palo Canario Juego del Palo Canario – Déniz – Telde 2008 Palo Canario Estilo Morales Juego de Palo Canario. Tipos, Modalidades Y Estilos Example of the wide variety of manifestations the “art of playing the bar” in the Canary Islands. From traditional games techniques, shown in traditional exhibition, to technical reconstruction started in the 80s, that in some cases they have adapted to competition with written policy and have assumed different names for reasons of sport and federal...

Maharlika Kuntaw

I’ve had the opportunity to train in Maharlika Kuntaw under Maha Guro Brian “Buzz” Smith several times over the years, and have hosted a seminar with him at my school several years ago. While I was only exposed to a portion of their art, there was a great deal of useful material shown in a small amount of time. Guro Smith is also extremely generous with his time and eager to share the art that he’s dedicated so much of his life to. I found the fact that many of the routes that they learn are nearly identical among different formats (empty-hand, stick, knife, sword, sword & shield, staff, etc.) to be a well considered decision in their curriculum. The similarity in routes will make new material seem familiar. The staff material Guro Smith shared with me factors greatly into the Sibat material I teach in Kali. Many of their core concepts, and some of the takedowns and Buno training methods find their way into my classes as well. – Guro Tony Maha Guro Brian ¨Buzz¨ Smith performing all the forms needed for rank testing in Maharlika Kuntaw through Green Belt. Lower Rank Forms (Anyo 1-6, Empty-hand, Stick) Anyo Explained Anyo 1 Applications Maharlika Kuntaw – FMA Brotherhood Midwest Gathering The Gathering – May 2007 Brian ¨Buzz¨ Smith (Maharlika Kuntaw) Sibat Sword & Shield...

Using the Foam Roller...

Loosen tense muscles, increase flexibility, and improve your workouts! Ashley Borden’s amazing Full-Body Rolling Out Routine is the perfect complement to any workout. Use this rolling out routine before or after your regular workout or on days off from the gym. Learn how to release uncomfortable sticking points and open up the entire body. For more advanced users, go with a denser foam roller or even a PVC pipe to target trouble spots. Rollout Moves: 1. Quads 2. IT Band 3. TFL 4. Inner Thigh 5. Piriformis 6. Hamstrings 7. Calves 8. Shins 9. Upper Back 10. Lats 11. Triceps...

History of Professional Wrestling...

The Unreal Story Of Professional Wrestling Not many people know that the circus that we know today as Professional Wrestling actually owes its beginning to submission grappling and prize fighting. This documentary discusses some of the early origins of this form of entertainment.   The Unreal Story Of Professional Wrestling by...

Thai Massage Slideshow...

The routine in this slideshow was one I shot during a demonstration by Stan Kononov of a basic Thai Massage sequence. Stan was kind enough to take us through this and allow us to share it with our...