Ginastica Natural for Fighters

Ginastica Natural® was developed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 25 years ago by world-fitness leader, Professor Alvaro Romano. Based on the ground movements of Jiu-Jitsu and adapting ancient techniques, modern and natural to the spirit of women and men in a completely and unique manner, Ginastica Natural® is considered a revolutionary training method. It is a complete body-weight training method that develops physical qualities like strength, power, endurance, mobility, durability, balance, flexibility, coordination – resulting in quality of life, muscle tone, weight-loss plus a better performance among others and through breathing techniques provides the practitioner with great progress in mental and motor control. Ginastica Natural for Fighters Ginastical Natural Promo Video Creating and Studying Movements Scene from the Documentary “Choke” Ginastica Natural Workout with UFC...

Kali Ilustrisimo

Master Antonio Ilustrisimo Antonio “Tatang” Ilustrisimo (1904 – 1997) was the Grand Master of Kali Ilustrisimo, a Filipino martial art bearing his family name. Born in Bagong, Bantayan, Cebu in 1904. As a boy he studied eskrima from his father. At the age of nine he decided to travel to the United States, and stowed away on a boat he thought was headed for America. In actuality, he arrived in Mindanao, in the Southern Philippine islands. Antonio Alulud Ilustrisimo was one of the most well respected eskrimadors of the Philippines; He is famed for winning countless duels and street encounters, as well as serving as a guerrilla against the invading Japanese forces during World War II. GM Ilustrisimo was never defeated in combat, and earned great respect as a result of his brave exploits against the Japanese. In 1976 Antonio ‘Tatang’ Ilustrisimo accepted his first students Antonio Diego and Epifanio ‘Yuli’ Romo. After Tatang’s passing in 1997, The primary students of Grandmaster Ilustrisimo are known as the 5 pillars as follows: Master Tony Diego, Master Epifanio ‘Yuli’ Romo, Master Christopher Ricketts, Master Rey Galang and Punong Guro Edgar Sulite. Grandmaster Tatang and Master Ricketts Sparring Tatang and Topher sparring GM Tatang Ilustrisimo Teaching Topher and Tony Tatang and Topher Feeding Tatang Ilustrisimo...

BJJ: Closed Guard Combinations...

38 Closed Guard BJJ Combinations Everyone Should Know in 4 Minutes – Jason Scully Just like any other position the closed guard is extremely effective if you know what to go for. By knowing core combinations you will be set up much better to attack your opponent at a faster pace and have a better chance of being steps ahead of your opponent. If you are steps ahead of them, then there is a good chance that you will win. It is with combinations and understanding transitions that you start elevating your game to the higher level. There are many set-ups to start a lot of these submission and that is just the beginning. Combinations are what get you much closer to the end....

BJJ: Animal Drills

30 Animal Grappling Solo Drills in Less Than 7 Min – Jason Scully  

Story: The War Prayer, By Mark Twain

It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion as they swung by; nightly the packed mass meetings listened, panting, to patriot oratory with stirred the deepest deeps of their hearts, and which they interrupted at briefest intervals with cyclones of applause, the tears running down their cheeks the while; in the churches the pastors preached devotion to flag and country, and invoked the God of Battles beseeching His aid in our good cause in outpourings of fervid eloquence which moved every listener. It was indeed a glad and gracious time, and the half dozen rash spirits that ventured to disapprove of the war and cast a doubt upon its righteousness straightway got such a stern and angry warning that for their personal safety’s sake they quickly shrank out of sight and offended no more in that way. Sunday morning came–next day the battalions would leave for the front; the church was filled; the volunteers were there, their young faces alight with martial dreams–visions of the stern advance, the gathering momentum, the rushing charge, the flashing sabers, the flight of the foe, the tumult, the enveloping smoke, the fierce pursuit, the surrender! Then home from the war, bronzed heroes, welcomed, adored, submerged in golden seas of glory! With the volunteers sat their dear ones, proud, happy, and envied by the neighbors and friends who had no sons and brothers to send forth to the field of honor, there to win for the flag, or, failing, die the noblest of noble deaths. The service proceeded; a war chapter from the Old Testament was read; the first prayer was said; it was followed by an organ burst that shook the building, and with one impulse the house rose, with glowing eyes and beating hearts, and poured out that tremendous invocation: God the all-terrible! Thou who ordainest Thunder thy clarion and lightning thy sword! Then came the “long” prayer. None could remember the like of it for passionate pleading and moving and beautiful language. The burden of its supplication was, that an ever-merciful and benignant Father of us all would watch over our noble young soldiers, and aid, comfort, and encourage them in their patriotic work; bless them, shield them in the day of battle and the hour of peril, bear them in His mighty hand, make them strong and confident, invincible in the bloody onset; help them crush the foe, grant to them and to their flag and country imperishable honor and glory– An aged stranger entered and moved with slow and noiseless step up the main aisle, his eyes fixed upon the minister, his long body clothed in a robe that reached to his feet, his head bare, his white hair descending in a frothy cataract to his shoulders, his seamy face unnaturally pale, pale even to ghastliness. With all eyes following him and wondering, he made his silent way; without pausing, he ascended to the preacher’s side and stood there waiting. With shut lids the preacher, unconscious of his presence, continued his moving prayer, and at last finished it with the words, uttered in fervent appeal, “Bless our arms, grant us the victory, O Lord and God, Father and Protector of our land and flag!” The stranger touched his arm, motioned him to step aside– which the startled minister did–and took his place. During some moments...

Story: Walking Zen

A long ago time ago in the hills of Quong Zu province, there once lived a revered old monk who was a master of Zen Buddhism. One day he decided that he would make a pilgrimage to a neighboring monastery, and not wishing to make the journey alone, he decided to take along one of his young disciples. They started their journey early the next morning and in the true spirit of Zen each walked along engrossed in his own thoughts, and so they journeyed for many hours without speaking. By midday they had come to a small stream, here they noticed a young girl dressed in fine silk obviously contemplating how best to cross the stream without getting her precious clothes wet. Immediately the old monk walked over to the young girl and in one smooth motion, he picked her up in his arms and walked out into the stream, then after carrying her safely to the other side, he gently put her down and walked on without having said a single word. His disciple having watched this whole incident was in a state of complete shock, for he knew it was strictly forbidden for a monk to come into physical contact with another person. Quickly, he too crossed the stream, and then ran to catch up with his master, together they once again walked on in silence. Finally at sunset they made camp and settled down for the night. The next morning after prayers and meditation the old monk and his disciple once again continued their journey in silence. After many miles and no longer able to contain his curiosity, the disciple called to his master and said, “Master may I ask you a question? ” “Of course you may” his master...

Secrets: The Viking Sword...

The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Yet only a select few carried the ultimate weapon of their era: the feared Ulfberht sword. Fashioned using a process that would remain unknown to the Vikings’ rivals for centuries, the Ulfberht was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. Considered one of the greatest swords ever made, it remains a fearsome weapon more than a millennium after it last saw battle. But how did Viking sword makers design and build the Ulfberht, and what was its role in history? Now, NOVA uses cutting edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the Ulfberht and finally unravel the “Secrets of the Viking Sword.”...

Silat Suffian Bela Diri

The more I see of this system, the more I appreciate the sectoring and efficiency of motion demonstrated. Maul is highly creative and always demonstrates excellent body mechanics. According to Guro Buzz Smith, this Bruneian system is related to Maharlika Kuntaw. I can certainly see the similarities.   Silat Suffian Bela Diri – Devastating Throws, Take-downs & Sweeps   Silat Suffian Bela Diri – Speed, Coordination, Precision   Silat Suffian Bela Diri – Multiple...

Bando Kukri – Dr. Gyi...

Athens Ohio Kukri Training with Dr. Maung Gyi, then Grandmaster of the American Bando Association. In attendance is actually King Abdullah Hussein of Jordan. Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part...

The Black Belt Test

Justin Angelos tests for his Brazilian/Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under 8th Degree Red/Black Belt Pedro Sauer at Ultimate Jiu-Jitsu in Boise, Idaho. Saturday, May 14th,...

Game: Grain Strain Nov26

Game: Grain Strain

Grain Strain Grains will drop from the top of the screen. The goal is to position the machinery in such a way as to collect all of the grains into the bucket before the timer runs out. As you progress, there is less time and more complex obstacles. Very challenging. Designer:...

BJJ: 29 Escapes

29 BJJ Submission Escapes and Defenses in Just 8 Min – Jason Scully In this video I talk about some high percentage submission escapes and defenses to common attacks that many people come across....

Complete History of Swords...

Complete History of Swords, Full Documentary produced by The History Channel.  

Tomahawk Combatives

Earlier this year I began to research an area of weaponry that has always interested me. In this research I came across a lot of examples of tactics for the use of a small axe as a weapon, however there were also a lot of videos and resources that demonstrated a lack of understanding of the nature of using this tool as a weapon. Allowing my background in the Filipino Martial Arts to guide me, I have selected a number of the resources I found online and will be sharing them over time. Below are some of the better tactical videos. The Tomahawk or hand axe has a special place in our country’s history, as it was often used in trade by early settlers. The native population did not have the metallurgy and blacksmith skills that European settlers had, and as such, the brass and iron tomahawk heads were greatly sought after. In addition, the majority of these were cast as pipe hawks, which had uses for peace as well as for war. Kali Research Academy – Double Weapon Fighting (Knife and Tomahawk) This is probably one of the better produced clips available on Youtube on the subject. This group has taken a similar approach to mine, in working with this weapon, they examined the routes and tactics already employed in the Stick and Dagger aspect of Kali. There are many similarities, but there are also things you cannot do, due to the tendency of the Tomahawk to hook limbs and weapons. This tendency is a mixed blessing. On one hand you can effectively trap your opponent’s limbs and weapons. On the other hand, your opponent can also disarm you when you get hooked, simply with a well timed pull. Another danger is the risk of cutting oneself in these motions. Care must be taken to avoid the puncturing one’s shoulder or chest with the spike end of their Tomahawk, or slicing their own hands or wrists in trapping with the cutting edge.   Lynn Thompson, the owner of Cold Steel’s Special Projects, has some valuable material. He worked with Ron Balicki in the development of this material, and it’s worth seeing. It’s easy to identify the Kali influence. This last one is hard to hear, but worth looking at the tactics. Lynn Thompson is never at a loss for exuberance about weapons.   An interesting look at the Tomahawk and Knife as a weapon format from the perspective of European fencing. Fighting Man vs the Gentleman: Tomahawk vs Small-sword demonstration by Steve Huff and Cecil Longino at Combat Con 2011 in Las Vegas, NV   Silat Suffian Bela Diri – Axes and Hatchets/Tomahawk I really like this system. It is similar to many systems in which I’ve trained, and all of the clips I’ve seen, the common core among the different areas in which they train is really smart body mechanics, creativity and efficiency of motion. Silat Suffian Bela Diri – Sabit (Sickle) The Sickle is another weapon very similar in many ways to the hand axe, particularly with regards to locking, disarming and trapping with the weapon.   Atienza Kali Tomahawk What I like about the Atienza Kali clip, is that while prone to overkill, they do take the time to discuss facing the Tomahawk, which is important for anyone preparing to carry a weapon – you should be versed in facing it, in the event that yours is taken from you. I also appreciate that the Atienza Kali group focuses a lot on thrown weapons. This would have been an interesting seminar to attend.   This last group of videos is also prone to overkill, and they indulge in one of my pet peeves, that being the unrealistic method of training to use a weapon against an unarmed person. You can see that the demonstrator is going through routes that are familiar to him, and probably...

The Brown Belt Test

Here’s a rough video of Coach Jim Bundy’s Brown Belt exam under Tony Rinaldi (Pedro Sauer Association).

Game: Ray Ray Nov25

Game: Ray Ray

RayRay This is a challenging problem-solving game. The goal is to get all of the characters to stand up at the same time. When you click on them they will change from standing to sitting or from sitting to standing. The trick is to identify the pattern that will get them all to stand at once. Designer:...

The Human Stun Gun Nov24

The Human Stun Gun

Ever wondered about the dubious claims made about Dim Mak or the ‘Death Touch’? Fox News investigates.

The Garage Lesson: Shooto...

Erik Paulson Shooto Garage A private lesson records Erik Paulson giving a clinic on the positions and techniques of Shooto. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part...

Story: The Tea Cup Lesson...

A learned man once went to a Zen teacher to inquire about Zen. As the Zen teacher explained, the learned man would frequently interrupt him with remarks like, “Oh, yes, we have that too….” and so on. Finally the Zen teacher stopped talking and began to serve tea to the learned man. He poured the cup full, and then kept pouring until the cup overflowed. “Enough!” the learned man once more interrupted. “No more can go into the cup!” “Indeed, I see,” answered the Zen teacher. “If you do not first empty the cup, how can you taste my cup of...

Story: The Stone Cutter...

Once upon a time there was a stone cutter. The stone cutter lived in a land where a life of privilege meant being powerful. Looking at his life he decided that he was unsatisfied with the way things were and so he set out to become the most powerful thing in the land. Looking around his land he wondered to himself what is it to be powerful. Looking up he saw the Sun shining down on all the land. “The Sun must be the most powerful thing that there is, for it shines down on all things, and all things grow from it’s touch.” So he became the Sun. Days later, as he shone his power down on the inhabitants of the land, there came a cloud which passed beneath him obstructing his brilliance. Frustrated he realized that the Sun was not the most powerful thing in the land, if a simple cloud could interrupt his greatness. So he became a cloud, in fact, he became the most powerful storm that the world had ever seen. And so he blew his rain and lightning, and resounded with thunder all over the land, demonstrating that he was the most powerful. Until one day he came across a boulder. Down and down he poured and his thunder roared, lightning flashed and filled the sky, striking the ground near the boulder. His winds blew and blew and blew, and yet, despite all his efforts, he could not budge the boulder. Frustrated again, he realized that the storm was not the most powerful thing in the land, rather it must be the boulder. So he became the boulder. For days he sat, unmovable, and impassive, demonstrating his power, until one day, a stone cutter came and chiseled him...