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Jaquar Lives- Joe Lewis The Film Trailer shown in Movie Theatres
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Joe Lewis David Tanner

Joe Lewis Sparring David Tanner part 3

Dustin Etan clips part 2 and 3

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Joe Lewis Karate Champion


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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Count Dante. How it was back then.

Exposure to martial arts back in the '60's was through Wide World of Sport, Johnny Carson, Merv Griffen, or early Karate Magazines. All of us bought comic books and this ad appeared in all of them. The history of this ad, and Count Dante ( John Keehan) is a small, but, interesting part of American History. Years ago, over cups of java at Denny's after training sessions, I spoke with people who knew John Keehan. It was very interesting. Here are some websites about a film being made on this man.
The Search for Count Dante

John Keehan Blogspot




Richard De Bordes and Harimau Silat

Richard DeBordes is a practitioner of Harimau Silat along with many other Indonesian and African Arts. His specialty is "Bela Diri" or self defense applications of this art that he learned from the Hanafi family. He is traveling the globe training many in his methods of personal protection and military hand to hand combat. As seen below in the video, he is a rather intense dude. His web page is here LINK

Friday, November 03, 2006

Defendu and William Fairbairn

William Fairbairn is the father of combatives. He in some ways is responsible for the distillation of complex fighting arts and making them modular, simple, and easy to convey to our fighting forces. His material was good years ago, and it is good now. He studied both Jiu Jitsu and Chinese Martial Arts. He was a Royal Marine and a member of the Shanghai Police Force. He had over 600 encounters outside of training. He based his Defendu art on what worked and what did not work during these scuffles. He was recruited by British Secret Service and trained many, many, military teams in all facets of close quarter combat. You can hardly go wrong studying these methods. Here is a pdf of his book, Get Tough!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Herman Suwanda

I had the opportunity to attend a Herman Suwanda seminar some years ago with one of my silat instructors, Harold Koning. Pak Herman was an incredible practitioner who held deeply the responsibility of helping his own people, and spreading his art of Mande Muda (''new child, or new river''), to the Western world. He continued to train with many Guru's in Indonesian to continue the growth of his art. Mande Muda is a systemic fusion of between 18 and 24 silat styles. Rather than be a practitioner stuck in the past or clinging to tradition, Pak Herman would regularly grapple with Shooto and Brazilian Jiujitsu players to sharpen his game. He would allow an entire class at the Inosanto Academy to cinch him up in their favorite submission, only to wiggle out and ask for the next one in line. His father would have Herman engage in sparring and streetfighting against more mature practitioners to expose his son to the reality of combat. You can check out the family history HERE. And below is a short clip for Pak Herman showing some silat groundwork and possible lines of movement.



Friday, October 13, 2006

ReWire Your Body

Fitness or any activity generally has a positive effect on the mind and body. I say generally since activity can injure, or hamper movement. We need to understand that aging is closely related to a lack of movement. If our ancestors could not hunt or gather, they starved. If you cannot get out of bed, you cannot eat. Lack of movement means a reduction in lean body mass, and bones. It also changes HOW you move since walking, climbing, running, squatting, and lifting are skills and what you won't or can't do, will not be able to do.

The opposite end of the spectrum would be excessive or forceful movement. This can be part of daily life if you have an active occupation, or in the field of sports or athletic training. The body can repair damage to an incredible degree, but the ability to dig down deep in the well finds a shallower and shallower reserve as the years go on.
Smart training practices can be a panacea if they are started early enough. The foundation of proper skills, joint mobility, flexibility, strength through a full range of motion, restorative techniques, and the use of mental drills can minimize down time for the aggressive enthusiast. Remember, training should not cause injury, but prevent it. Training practices that border on stupid, are just that,..stupid. Competition is different since you are quite often pushing envelope of collagen and calcium durability. Injury is part of the game and you have to ask yourself if the glory of victory or records is worth limping around in middle age as your "brisk walk three times a week" friend passes you on the par course. It can be quite embarrassing to have that blonde bombshell bride as you marry in mid life only to be unable to carry her over the threshold. The same goes for a wrestling match with your teen age sons when daddy has to tap out since his trick knee is demonstrating 194 degrees of extension.

The body is an amazing tool, and the parameters of its expression are truly remarkable. What if there was one more tool to keep it sharp? The readers of this article are no doubt information junkies and try to keep up with all the latest strategies. This may include nutrition, rehabilitation, technical performance, and many more. One area is using the nervous system. This can be a general term that covers both technical skills like a tennis serve, or training your genetic boundaries of neurological efficiency to be working at their optimums. I am venturing into some interesting territory here by saying it is time to Re-Wire your body.

Most people generally understand that leaning a new skill a very important trick against aging. This can be taking courses, doing crosswords, painting, writing, learning languages, or just new physical art forms like dance or sport. In the strength focused activities it can mean attempting a new strength sport like Olympic Lifting, Strongman Competition, or Rock Climbing. It can even mean rotating a wide variety of assistance exercises and pushing them hard to allow a type of cyclical adaptation effect. The brain and nervous system has to adapt as well as the muscles. New 'rivers' are formed. Pathways of data are processed and your brain is reattached to the muscle machinery in ways that are entirely new. You are essentially doing crosswords for your lean body mass. But lets take it a step further. What do you do more in terms of volume, depress the gas pedal or squat? Walk or do bench presses? Eat with a fork, or do chin ups? It is quite often everyday activities that hurt us the most. That thick wallet that jacks your low back when you drive, or that bad chair at work that shortens your hamstrings. It can be positioning a carry on bag over one shoulder continuously for years that creates that permanent neck ache. It is the small stuff that counts and as they say, "It's always something".

Here is a list of tools and tips that is open ended. Please add to it. The idea is to break the daily patterns, change up the small things and begin to add new lines of information to your muscles to shuffle the neurological deck.

1. Climb stairs starting with your opposite foot.
2. Eat with opposite hand.
3. Cross your legs in reverse.
4. Shave with the other hand.
5. Run part of your course backwards.
6. Pick up small objects with your toes.
7. Put on pants starting with your other leg.
8. Balance on one foot while on the phone.
9. Use and dial your cell phone with the other ear and hand.
10. Read magazines starting with the last article.
11. Change shoes frequently.
12. Get down with children and crawl.
13. Use the computer mouse in the other hand.
14. Rearrange your furniture every week.
15. Take a different way to work.
16. Use different grocery stores, Starbucks, and malls.
17. Dial the phone and don't use the memory dial.
18. Squat to pick things up and don't bend.
19. Practice activities with your eyes closed.
20. Write occasionally with your non dominate hand.

This is only the beginning, but let it be the spark that lights the fire of innovation.

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This is an incredible bodyweight and gymnastics oriented web page. Lots of tutorials, and nicely set up. Make this one a book mark. click



Jack Dempsey, an Incredible Warrior

Jack Dempsey was one of the most incredible combatants to ever live. Long before he entered the professional ring he fought in hobo jungles, freight yards, and saloons. He recorded in meticulous notes, advice and techniques from all of his fights and advice from his trainers. He wrote a book on boxing, which can be downloaded as a .PDF or Text file, here

He also wrote a book on self defense, How to Fight Tough, which can be bought, here
His record only includes his professional fights. Not his bareknuckle career that may have been up to 100 fights.
Boxing record
Total fights 83
Wins 62
Wins by KO 50
Losses 6
Draws 9
No contests 6 [1]
Here is his dismantling of Giant Jess Willard. One of the most brutal bouts of all time.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Motivation To Lift Video

Thursday, October 05, 2006

French Cane, La Canne

Very nice stuff. Great video.

The Genius of Flexibility by Bob Cooley

There is nothing new under the sun. As Bruce Lee said however, there is NO "truth", but there are "truths". What works for one person may not work for another. This book and method by Bob Cooley may be the particular approach you need for joint mobility and flexibility. Here is his website for more information. Meridian Stretching

South Africa's Rodney King and the Right Cross

Rodney King of South Africa is one of, if not the, best stand up coaches in the fight game. I'd suggest you take a look at his blog. It is worth the effort if you are in martial arts. BLOG
One particular article is on the right cross and how to throw it. Learn from the best. Right Cross.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Some Historical Grip Feats

If you are into grip strength, This article is for you. Go Here

The Reg Park Prone Extension

Reg Park is a legendary figure in strength training and fitness. He is as well known for his strength, as he is for his considerable bodybuilding accomplishments. He owned the 5x5 routine, and the weights he handled were impressive even by today's standards. Reg has a unique take on training the hyperextension exercise for the lumbar region. You may like it.

Knife Blog That You May Like

This spot is worth a look. Functional and Exotic. Click

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Simple Tools, Powerful Medicine

Whenever you read articles about someone living to 100 or hear Willard Scott announce them on the Today Show,.. one thing seems to pop up. Consistency.
They usually have simple habits that they follow regarding diet, activity, learning, socializing, and even vices. They are not prone to excess, they are prone to being consistent. This is an observation that can blind many due to its outright simplicity. Everyone wants some panacea, like yogurt, or green tea, or tai chi, or coral calcium, or minerals from glaciers, and so forth. This kind of falls in the face of common sense. It is the collective experience, and many ingredients that lead to a positive outcome.

Years ago I read an article about Gayle Olinekova, a Canadian Middle Distance Runner turned Bodybuilder/Marathoner. She had a followed a colorful journey to South Florida and found her performance was lacking. Through various athletes she was lead to Dr. Jack Kahn, a Chiropractor located near the Hollywood, Florida beach.
My wife and i were interested in improved performance and decided to visit him. He is one of the most charismatic, knowledgeable men I have ever met. He starts your visit with a two hour physical, observation of movement, physical adjustment, blood/urine tests, and finally vitamin and warm up recommendations.
His warm up advice and slight alterations in an everyday habit can save many people from back pain or a lack of mobility.

The first mistake I made while leaving Dr. Kahn's office was tying my shoes. I folded one ankle over my knee bringing my foot closer to me to tie it. He scolded me and said to fold at the hips and keep both knees between the arms to maintain the proper range of motion. This simple trick can be used while kneeling or even folding at the waist while standing as you tie your shoes.

The second tool was the simple knee pull exercise. Every night before you go to bed, pull your knee to your chest in the following manner. With the left leg, grab your left knee with your right hand, and your left ankle with your left hand. Pull your toes back in a dorsi flexion. Rotate the femur or upper leg bone slightly to an externally rotated position. Hold for one second, then lower. Repeat this procedure with the other leg. Hold the right knee with left hand and right ankle with the left hand. Rotate externally ever so slightly with the foot dorsi flexed. Lower. Do one rep the first night, two reps the second night, and so on up to 15 reps per leg. This should take 15 days. This is as high as you need to go. Very powerful medicine.

These are two simple tools taught to me by the legendary Dr. Jack Kahn. A life long friend, and incredible man.

The good news is that coffee is good for you. There are numerous studies showing the healthy contribution that java makes. Here is one that is very interesting. Coffee contains huge amounts of anti oxidants. Take a look.

DAVID TANNER JOE LEWIS KICKBOXING SCHENECTADY Kali Karate Martial Arts Millerton New York Greg Alland