I just came across this video showing the super slick defensive skills used by Floyd Mayweather throughout his boxing career.
Now some of the techniques would be dangerous to do in mixed martial arts but many of them would work very well in MMA.
Notice the head movement he used after he punches. He doesn’t wait for an opponent’s counter attack he anticipates it ahead of time and makes sure his head is not there to be hit. It’s that type of defense that frustrates, tires and saps the confidence of an opponent.
Just came across this great video discussing the origin of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
I think it’s pretty amazing what the Gracies did with the art after learning it from one man. BJJ definitely changed the way the world looks at real combat. Also we wouldn’t have the UFC if the Gracie family didn’t bring it to North America back in the early 90’s.
BJJ is an awesome martial art. I’ve been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for close to 20 years and still have a ton of fun every time I hit the mats.
First off, I must say Capoeira is a fantastic looking martial art to watch in action. The flips, spins, speedy kicks and physical feats of strength and endurance that it includes instantly made the art very interesting to me ever since I first saw it practiced.
Unfortunately I’ve never had the opportunity to learn or train in the art. I think every martial art has aspects, techniques and strategies that can be very effectively applied in no-holds barred setting so I’m sure I could have found a few slick capoeira techniques that I could of let fly inside the octagon.
A while back, on video, I saw a really cool knockout kick scored by a capoeira fighter in an MMA fight. I didn’t remember his name at the time but when another video of him scoring a KO head kick appeared this week I did a little more research. His name is Marcus Aurelio and it looks like he lives in Vancouver, BC.
I think it`s very exciting and refreshing to see him pull of some of his art`s attacks in MMA competition and I must say that it can be very awkward fighting someone like him who fights so different than the training partners most people spar with. I think he`ll need to make sure he`s got solid wrestling and ground skills –and maybe some boxing as well– as backup if he wants to climb higher in the MMA game but I definitely hope to see him jump and spin kicking more people in the future.
Here`s a video of his team, Axe Capoeira in action (he may even been in there but I`m not sure)
and here`s the first video I saw a while back of some slick spinning heel kicks…
and the newest video of him doing his thing inside the cage…
This past weekend, another BJJ team belt testing took place and as always it was great to see everyone on the mats doing their thing.
Thanks to everyone from Kitchener/Waterloo and my good friend Dragan Konjevic for their hospitality.
The turnout was fantastic with 70 people on the mats rolling, sharing techniques and supporting their friends as they tested for their next belts in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Those testing were required to demonstrate a large set of techniques and then went on to roll (spar) for a very,very long time with fresh training partners rotating in continuously.
The tough 3 hour session concluded with many well deserved belt promotions.
Congrats to all who graded:
New Blue Belts –> Matt, Mike, Dylan, Jimmy, John, David, Toni, Andrej and Steve Y
New Purple Belts –> Mike Kocmarek, Mike Samson, and Jeff Duarte
and to Drew Ruttle who earned his well deserved brown belt after many years of training.