Friday, March 14, 2008

Duke Roufus DVDs

For those of you who don't know, Duke Rufus is an American Kickboxer/Muay Thai expert. I finally broke down and watched his videos. You definitely don't want to buy these as a beginner if you don't know much about this style of fighting. He presents far to much information and it is a little bit difficult to synthesize the techniques that he shows out of movement with an opponent versus the the same technique in the air. However, the strength of Duke's tapes is his insight on how to knock someone the fuck out.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Garage Martial Artists

It is interesting. In my hometown that some of the worst martial artists own the biggest schools and have the most "credentials." I had to put credentials in quotes because the credentials that they have are either fake or from a disreputable organization.

Then, on the other hand. I know these guys who are training in basements who would straight whip a mother fuckers ass. Not to say that these guys don't associate with martial arts big wigs, but they spend a lot of time training on their own and get with the big wigs when they can. Yet, if a person from the public were to judge, who has the credentials, they would look at the guy with the big school legit when he couldn't whip his way out of a Meijer bag (damn that is a flimsy bag).

Anyway, I decided to try to get a martial arts club going and setting myself up as 0ne of its instructors. I have to role my eyes every time I look at a my own martial arts certificates and licenses. Lets face it. A martial arts certificate isn't worth the paper it's written on, yet people want to see it. Granted I worked hard and got mine the old fashioned way, but how in the hell could I prove that?

I saw a Muay Thai class the other day, either the instructor didn't know much or he isn't bothering to teach anything. From watching him it looked to me like he had the traditional bad Muay Thai hands as well. Of course, he has the obligatory big certificate and a picture of himself holding up a championship belt. I am willing to wager that every person in who teaches Muay Thai has a big certificate and a championship from god knows where. What do you make of that?

Here is what I make of it. People are full of shit.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Children's Songs Redone

Saturday, March 01, 2008


Isn't this saying the truth? Armchair fight strategists kill me. People make all of these assessments about how fast, powerful, flexible, or skilled someone is without watching them fight. This doesn't even make sense to me. Nearly every time that I competed I was scared. I have typically always assumed that an opponent had what it took to beat me. Until they proved me wrong.

So I guess that many game plans are built upon arrogance which leads to having your face rearranged. I don't mean that as a euphemism either. I am talking about people getting straight fucked up.

My opinion is that a person can't really strategize until they have been punched in the face... a lot. I am not saying that you have to be a professional fighter, but you have to be willing to go and test some techniques to learn when and how to use them. No I am not saying to get into a street fight. A decent fighter could go out and whip street thugs until their wind gave out. I am saying grab a person from your dojo, qwoon, or training facility and get punched in the face before devising a plan. If you haven't been punched in the face and you have a plan that is the same as having no plan.