Archive for June, 2011
JON “BONES” JONES is the current UFC light heavyweight champion. As of May 2011, ESPN Sports ranks Jones as the #1 light heavyweight fighter in the world and the #3 pound-for-pound fighter. Sherdog.com ranks Jones as the #1 light heavyweight and the #6 pound-for-pound fighter. He is noted for having the longest reach in UFC history at 84.5″ and at 23 years old, being the youngest UFC title holder in the company’s history.
Unless you’re already taking self defense training lessons at a local school, it can be tough to find someone who’s willing to take survival as seriously as you, right?
So are you doomed to watching self defense videos all by yourself and shadow-boxing?
In 2007, James Gandolfini of “The Sopranos” fame produced an excellent HBO documentary entitled ALIVE DAY: HOME FROM IRAQ. The film focused on injured Iraq veterans and their devotion to America, while surveying the physical and emotional costs of war. Ten surviving soldiers were interviewed by Gandolfini, who revealed their thoughts on the challenges which they face integrating back into society and family life. They also reflected on the memories of the day when they narrowly escaped death, and what life may have been like in other circumstances.
In 2010, Gandolfini produced another documentary with HBO, entitled WARTORN 1861–2010, which analyzed the effects of POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER or PTSD throughout American history from 1861 to 2010. It featured interviews with American Military Officials on their views of PTSD and how they are trying to help soldiers affected by it. Blending archival research with first-person accounts, this sobering film traces the history of posttraumatic stress, from the first documented Civil War cases to more recent occurrences in the Middle East. Letters from soldiers of the American Civil War and World War I who were affected by PTSD are examined along with interviews with soldiers affected by PTSD and their families.
It’s Marine Week in St. Louis!
Members of the All-Marine boxing team put on gloves and gave the St. Louis police and firefighters a good fight for charity during Marine Week St. Louis. Check out the video below for some of the highlights. These Marines can really throw down.
By Mark Geletko
Mark Geletko is as tough as steel, fitting since he’s a Pittsburgh native and a former steel worker. He’s also a recently retired Marine Corps sergeant major and the coach/manager of Fight Club 29, the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms’ premier fight team.
Fight Club 29 is a group of 12 Marines and three Sailors who, on their own time, train and compete in submission grappling, Brazilian Ju Jitsu, boxing, pankration and combat grappling tournaments throughout the West Coast.
He preaches the “fight mentality” for a reason: He believes it’s part of the Marine Corps’ warrior ethos, and training for the physical hardships a man will face in martial arts competitions will make him stronger and more prepared for what his career in the Corps may throw at him. Before leading Marines and Sailors into competition, he developed a warrior ethos on his own.
Chuck “the ice man” Liddell, mixed martial arts legend, poses for a photo opportunity May 20 with, 11th Security Forces Squadron members, Senior Airman Gregory Twigg, left, Staff Sgt. Cerrato Oswaldo, center, and Airman 1st Class Pierre Andiffred during the 2011 Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, Md. JSOH affords the public an opportunity to meet the men and women of the Armed Forces and to see military equipment from the Navy, Marines, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard. JSOH is planned and conducted through the efforts of active duty, guard and reserve service members, as well as civilian employees, retirees and family members. (Photo by Bobby Jones)
The other day I was driving on Florida’s Turnpike when I saw some very ominous looking thick pitch black low hanging clouds looming in front of me. I knew that can mean only one thing-I was heading into a huge rain storm. Florida is notorious for having flash flood like tropical storms and I was about to drive right into one. Sure enough, just as I got under the giant black cloud the torrential down pour began. I immediately slowed down, turned on my lights and got into the slow moving lane. It was raining so hard that I could barely see the cars in front or to the side of me. Just then the two cars in front of me turned their hazard lights on. I first I thought that they were experiencing some type of mechanical problem and that they were about to pull of off the road but they kept on driving. I then recognized the wisdom in what they were doing. I could barely see the marker lights of any of the cars in front of me but the two cars with their hazard lights on were very easy to make out in the storm. BRILLIANT! I immediately turned my hazard lights on to protect myself as well, as soon as I did that the car directly behind me slowed down and increased his distance from me to about two car lengths. IT WORKED! About a half hour later the storm ended and I made it home safe.
With the surge in mixed martial arts as a fighting sport, close-in grappling moves have become a necessary part of training. However, this self defense platform is mainly sports-based so there has been some confusion about the difference between self defense techniques, which are often used to save lives and the techniques used in mixed martial arts that are bound by rules.
One of the more common misconceptions is the Muay Thai knee strike mistake that is often made in the area of self defense. What I mean is that many people try to throw the mixed martial arts Muay Thai knee strike while they’re locked up and still clinched with their attacker. Many people see this move on television when watching mixed martial arts and think it makes perfect sense. However, there is a problem…
The BOKER PLUS POCKET STICK is an excellent new entry in the world of Eta Koppo Bo, Yawara and Kubotans. It’s made by the German knife maker Boker. The Pocket Stick comes in two models, one made of stainless steel with a black finish and one made of titanium with a very shiny satin metallic finish. For real life self defense applications I would definitely choose the one with the non-reflective black finish. From a tactical perspective it makes more sense to use protection tools that are hard to spot. The Pocket Stick itself has quite a lot of heft to it, much more so than any other type of small impact tool that I have ever handled. Holding a solid piece of steel or titanium in your hand most definitely inspires more confidence in you than if you were holding a piece of plastic.
The Japanese Kanji character for “BU” means war or martial. The character for “JUTSU” means technique, craft or science. The character for “DO” means path or way.
When we begin our training in any martial art or self defense system, it’s usually as a Bujutsu, irregardless if it’s a Japanese Martial Art (JMA) or not. By that I mean that in the beginning of our martial training we give attention to the physical part of fighting, we focus on how best to defeat an EXTERNAL enemy. We’re practicing SELF PRESERVATION. As years turn into decades and decades turn into a lifetime we have to evolve our training methods to include skillful means in how to defeat the greatest enemy of all, the INTERNAL one. This is where your Bujutsu training is transformed into Budo training. Your self preservation training evolves into SELF TRANSFORMATION training.