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Changes made in upcoming spring schedule

Posted on: April 26th, 2010 by admin No Comments

The May 16th scheduled Pakistan Warrior Challenge (PWC) has been canceled and has now been changed to a Shaheen Smoker. The next PWC is still to be announced and there is no scheduled tentative date as of yet.

The upcoming Shaheen Smoker may also include kick boxing and grappling matches if willing participants are founds.

In other news, Shaheen MMA Academy should officially open in time for the Shaheen Smoker.

To get a better idea of what is going on behind the scenes please read the blog entry by PAK-MMA President and Owner of Shaheen MMA Academy, Bashir Ahmad

Read it HERE

New Coloumn by “Humble Ninja”

Posted on: February 12th, 2010 by admin 8 Comments

Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan is very pleased to add another writer to it’s team! We will be having a recurring column “The Humble Ninja”, regarding not only Martial Arts techniques but Martial Philosophy. We here at Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan do not in any way want MMA to become a subculture of violence within Pakistan that one can arguably say it is becoming in some countries. We want MMA to not stray from the Martial Arts Philosophy that espouses a peaceful and non confrontational attitude in your daily life.

Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan also wants Martial Arts training to be able to be available to everyone. Not only those who can pay and so it is great that this new column takes that into consideration as well for the reader. Hope you enjoy!

Following article taken from

Our mission is to teach the people who can not afford Self Defense or have no schools to learn about Protecting Arts. Our mission is to make our students more successful in life through their practice of Martial arts. We do this by teaching martial arts as a complete discipline (mind, body and spirit) which in addition to developing physical defense encourages the formation of high personal standards and respect for fellow men and women. Through our practice and teaching , we strive to produce individuals who are positive, respected and contributing members of society. Martial arts training improves physical ability, health and willpower, it gives an individual an excellent method of exercise and a competitive sports. Martial arts is not just a sport its a complete way of life.

We will be teaching from very basic so you don’t have to worry about if you have a martial arts back ground or not!

What will you learn here?
Ans) We will be teaching you :

* Warm-up and conditioning exercises
* How to make a fist, stance, punching, blocking, kicks
* Punching and blocking combination
* Kicking, punching and blocking combination
* Elbow and knee strikes
* Self-defense (Male/Female)
* Traditional Weapons
* Anger management
* Non-violent conflict resolution

This is very important before you start training ! so i request all of you to read it completely and try to understand!

The first question that arise in one’s mind is:

Q)What are Martial Arts?
Ans) The term martial arts refers to all of the various systems of training for combat that have been arranged or systematized.

Q) Philosophy of Martial arts?
Ans) The martial arts are both art and science. The word “art” is defined as the activity of creating beautiful things and the word “science” is defined as a methodological activity, discipline, or study”. While these two definitions are correct, I prefer the contributions of an anonymous poet: “Art is a passions pursued with discipline science is a discipline pursued with passion”. At their most basic level, the martial arts are nothing more than ways to prevent someone from harming or killing you. At their highest aspiration, the martial arts are paths to self-knowledge and the expression of beauty.

The martial artist must be both scientist and artist. He must learn the traditions, theories, principles, laws and techniques upon which martial artistry is based. He must then practice them with passion and discipline so as to properly learn and understand what he is doing. Only then can he master himself and the martial arts.

Q) Aim of a martial artist?
Ans)There are three aspects of being, which the martial arts aim to develop: Body, Mind and Spirit. These three aspects must be developed in balance for a person to become properly balanced as a martial artist and therefore as a person.

We will discuss these three aspect in detail !

I request all of you to post your feed back and share this blog with other.

Humble Ninja!

Learn the Three Deadliest Submission Moves in Mixed Martial Arts

Posted on: November 24th, 2009 by admin 2 Comments

Some fight fans do not fully appreciate mixed martial arts (MMA), claiming that it’s boring and unexciting. This is completely understandable coming from fight fans that typically enjoy watching boxing or other contact sports. It’s highly likely that the reason they find MMA boring is because they love watching knockouts, which rarely happen in MMA competitions. However, if you’re a true student of the game, your preference may lean towards submission moves. Submission moves may not be as glamorous as knockouts, but they are more rewarding if you know how to do them because they involve a lot more skill and strategy. Just as devastating as a knockout, submission techniques require more discipline and patience in learning to find the perfect timing for these. There are many forms of submission techniques, but this article aims to discuss the four most effective MMA submission moves. If you master any of these, you can try it to the next guy who treats you like crap. He’ll regret what he did and apologize within seconds, guaranteed.

Rear naked choke
Despite its odd name, the rear naked choke has nothing to do with being naked, but everything with rear and choke, as it is a form of a chokehold that must be executed from behind an opponent. When your opponent is facing away from you, usually when his back is turned on you, you can wrap one arm around his neck with your forearm pushing against one side of his neck and your bicep against the other. Then use your other arm to push against the back of his head. You can apply more pressure by simply pushing the back of his head harder towards your wrapped arm.

Most chokeholds put pressure on a person’s windpipe. This can take a while before putting the person to sleep. The rear naked choke, on the other hand, pinches the carotid arteries, which supply blood and oxygen to the head. When done correctly, your opponent will tap out or lose consciousness within a few seconds. This is why this choking method is considered the quickest and deadliest technique in MMA.

This is one of the toughest moves to execute but will guarantee an instant victory when done correctly. The omoplata works like this; after putting your opponent in a Kimura hold, you should lift your leg over your opponent’s shoulder and push under his chin. Then you should sit up, shift your weight, and lean forward so you can hyper rotate your opponent’s arm. If you’re on the receiving end of this submission technique, it is possible you’ll scream in pain. Which is why if your opponent does not submit within a few seconds, it’s very likely that he’ll be suffering from severe shoulder injuries.

Triangle Choke
The term triangle choke was coined because the head is trapped between three limbs; the other person’s two legs and his own arm. From the guard position, you trap your opponent’s arm and pull it forward. Then put your leg opposite to the isolated arm behind your opponent’s head and make sure that you lock that leg into place with your other leg. This makes your opponent trapped, and you can easily apply more pressure until the poor chap quits or loses consciousness.

Mixed Martial Arts – Importance of Fitness and Nutrition

Posted on: November 23rd, 2009 by admin 5 Comments

Martial arts are more of a way of life and a life style that a sport. Even though awareness was lacking for a considerable amount of time regarding the role of fitness and nutrition in a martial athlete`s life, it has done wonders for those who were influenced by it. Today, sports nutrition has developed into a science and is responsible for the increasing number of athletes pushing their performance towards excellence. Athletes become faster, stronger and able to resist injuries owing to the influence of proper nutrition and fitness. Still, majority have not taken advantage of the nutrition that has done wonders for many others.

Mixed martial arts permit a variety of strikes and tactics which are not permitted in most sport events. Punching, grappling and kicking are part of these tactics. Here, techniques take a back seat and the stamina and strength of the body comes into play. That is why a school of thought puts high importance to nutrition in the life of mixed martial art athletes.

Another school of thought stresses that techniques comes first and giving undue importance to physical strength would mar the beauty and acceptability of these martial arts. They argue that these arts have been in place for many centuries and have developed into art forms. They further argue that physical strength never came into play earlier where smallish fighters could trip up heftier opponents by relying on techniques only.

But people participated in these martial arts for pride and not for monetary benefits. However, most of these mixed martial art forms have taken a commercial bend today and some are even recognized as Olympic sport events. This has fanned competition where the fighters look forward to latch on to any minute weakness of the opponent. Physical prowess started assuming more importance. Superior techniques still win you a spar, but being stronger, faster and having quick reflexes are seen as added advantages these days.

Carbohydrates, proteins, minerals, vitamins and anti oxidants play an important part in grooming the physique. Proper intake of these not only betters energy, they can sharpen minds too. Fibrous carbohydrate sources like vegetables, lentils and brown rice to name a few aids performance and reduces body weight.

Artificial nutrition supplements like Colostrum and Creatine, to name a few, are relied upon by many mixed martial arts performers to increase potency. However, these kinds of chemical supplements have their own drawbacks. Understanding one`s own body, its strengths, limitations and requirements is essential before he or she embarks upon the process of ingesting performance improving supplements.

Schedule for the next 2 months!

Posted on: November 13th, 2009 by admin 1 Comment

Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan is about to get very busy! We a lot of stuff planned over the next 8 weeks. Make sure to try and show up at any event you can and bring friends and family. If we don’t cover a city please let us know and we will try and include it on our tour. Please remember these are tentative dates. Nothing is finalized until we get feedback from fans on the ground. Remember Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan is YOU. You are going to make this happen. The fans and supporters of all Martial Arts are going to lead the way to a new stage in Pakistani sport. So, here are the tentative dates.

November 21st

Grappling session in Karachi – time and location to be announced

For those who want to get the most out of the seminars in Karachi it is highly recommended you attend these sessions!

December 1st

On Site Interview With Shah “No Pain” Hussain in London!

December 6th – 9th

Seminars in Lahore

Dec 9th – 12th

Seminars in Karachi

December 12th – Jan 3rd

Full time training in Lahore

Jan 3rd – 8th

Seminars in Islamabad

So that’s the basic idea of what will be going on for the next couple months

Controversy regarding Shah “No Pain” Hussains fight emerges

Posted on: October 29th, 2009 by admin No Comments

Recently it was posted that Pakistani fighter Shah “No Pain” Hussain lost a decision in his recent Oct. 24th bout in the UK. After getting a chance to discuss the details of the fight in turns out that on Oct.24th along with a controversial Machida-Rua decision Hussain also suffered a controversial loss although it was quite different in detail from the Machida-Rua situation.

Turns out that Hussain lost on a technicality. The fight was ended during round two when Hussain was poked in the eye requiring medics to make an examination whereupon they deemed him unfit to fight because he could not see anymore.

Oddly enough despite being not able to continue, the judges scored the bout based on only one round. Because his opponent was ahead on points during the one completed round the fight was awarded to Hussain’s opponent.

Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan got a chance to talk to Hussain and got a blow by blow summary of the fight.

Round 1- “I attacked first with some heavy and snappy inside low kicks, Hamdan was looking to attack by constantly making out he was going for the shoot, but I knew he was doing so, so I would drop the hands and he could catch me with strikes. both of us were sizing each other out, and Hamdan caught me with a good left hook which immediately made my nose bleed, ref stopped fight to get the cut on my nose checked out by the medics, medics cleaned it up and gave the ok to carry on. strikes are landed from both of us and Hamdan goes down to an inside low kick, he claims to have been caught in the groin area, but I know it wasn’t that far deep, he falls to the floor claiming I have caught him in the groin area and gets some breathing time. He looked like he was gassed at that stage.”

Round 2- “Both of us are again sizing each other up at the start and again I go in with a round house kick followed by a high kick to which Hamdan blocks, I go for the shoot and take Hamdan down, in side control I control him well and keep a good strong base and punish him with strikes and hammer fists from side control. He reverses me, and from top headbutts me twice, my corner goes crazy and I look for the ref to make a statement, but the ref hasn’t seen it. I reverse him back and again strike from above. We both manage to scramble back stood up from the floor and I shoot and take him down once again but land with him on top, Hamdan throws elbows from above, (Ultimate Challenge UK- bar elbows from being used on the floor, due to fights getting stopped too early from the damage they cause) again ref doesn’t see as he is at different angle and I’m back in side control. From beneath me he tries to strike, but to no avail, as there is no power in his punches. He threw a few strikes and one of the strikes he came thumb first and then clinch a fist, too late as it caught me straight in the eye. I pull away in pain holding my eye and ref calls medics in, I cant keep my eye open and fight is stopped.

Obviously upset with the outcome Hussain summed up his feelings regarding the match

“I can deal with a loss no problem, but to have a loss like that, I just cant get over. As soon as I was back in my corner room, I demanded a re-match. I wont rest until I have that re-match. But for now i’m taking a week off as my left foot is swollen and I have swelling around the nose and eye area. Its back to training from next week onwards, and I cant wait for the next one…..
Just want to thank you all (Pakistani fans) and best wishes messages to Pak MMA – you guys are doing a great job!”


Posted on: October 26th, 2009 by admin 7 Comments

Sometimes known as Indian Wrestling or Pehlwani this form of wrestling dates from the 5th century B.C. Although indigenous to South Asia this form of grappling is thought to be originally influenced by Persian wrestling styles. In Pakistan, Kushti teachers are known as Ustads and in India (specifically amongst the Hindus) they are known as Guru’s.

The focus of Kushti as is common in other forms of wrestling is to pin both of your opponents shoulders to the ground. In practical terms, this pinning of your opponent exhibits positional dominance. So if one were to view Kushti training in terms of self defense or MMA competition, Kushti teaches the player take away your opponents striking weapons by closing the distance and bring him to the ground where he can be helplessly pinned and vulnerable to strikes from a dominant top position whereupon the only option for the pinned opponent is to escape from the bottom or be knocked unconscious.

Strength exercises are very important in Kushti. traditional exercises involve the use of large stones stone rings and clubs known as “joris.” Body weight exercises are also commonly used the two most important being the push up and the squat known as the Dand and Baitak respectively. These two exercises are done for hundreds of repetitions and form the foundation of the Kushti wrestlers training regime. Another popular strength building exercise is rope climbing which is essential in building the pulling strength required in Kushti wrestling.

Here is a short video showing some of the particular training methods to Kushti wrestling.

The training area in kushti is known as an Akhara and training sessions in traditional camps are typically 4-6 hours per day. Traditional wrestlers typically live and eat at the camp. A very strict diet is emphasized with certain foods being encouraged for their strength building properties, namely, milk, almonds and ghee. Spiced food as well as tobacco and alcohol is highly discouraged.

Kushti wrestlers have had a history of success competing in the Olympics and and in commercial bouts in the west. Many modern wrestling experts inclduing the renowned Karl Gotch have traveled to South Asia to learn Kushti techniques and train methods. Indeed many modern forms of wrestling such as shoot fighting and catch wrestling borrow throws and submissions from Kushti.

Here is a video with Kushti in action. As is common the use of a dhol (south asian drum) accompaniment is used similar to the use of music during Muay Thai bouts.

Here is another short documentary about life in a Kushti camp. Other than Muay Thai, Kushti is the only martial art with extremely rigorous workloads and gritty surroundings where fighters lives revolve around their sport.

And to finish off with on a lighter note, a somewhat humorous video of a Englishman in Lahore trying out Kushti.


Posted on: October 26th, 2009 by admin No Comments

Judo (meaning “gentle way” or “gentleness”) is a modern martial arts form originated in Japan by Jigoro Kano. It all started when Kano, as a teenager started Japanese Jujutsu but due to lack of teachers he found little success in it and later went on to learn Tenjin Shin’yō-ryū but a few years later after he started his master grew ill and died, after that Kano went on to learn Tenjin Shin’yō-ryū from another master. However both of his experiences were different from each other as his first master emphasized on free practice and formal exercises, whereas his second master emphasized on pre-arranged forms or (katas). Through dedication Kano soon received the status of master instructor. Unfortunately his second master took ill and Kano feeling that he still had very much to learn started Kitō-ryū which emphasizes on throwing techniques.

By this time Kano had developed many new techniques by combining all the forms he knew and started teaching them to 9 students from his master’s school at a Buddhist temple. This marked the birthplace of Judo and thus it started to grow and evolve. Judo was originally known as Kano Jiu-Jitsu or Kano Jiu-Do, and later as Kodokan Jiu-Do or simply Jiu-Do or Judo. In the early days, it was also still referred to generically simply as Jiu-Jitsu.

Much like modern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Sambo, Judo also focuses on grappling, in fact both of the aforementioned styles are derivatives of Judo. While Judo includes a variety of throws, rolls, falls, throw downs, locks, chokes and strikes but it mainly focuses on groundwork and throwing. All techniques of Judo are divided in categories, for example Standing techniques are divided into two main categories Standing techniques and Sacrifice Techniques both these categories are divided into 4 more subcategories and so does each other technique of Judo.

In Judo sparring (randori) half of the time is spent sparring standing up (tachi-waza) and half the time on the ground (ne-waza).In sparring both the opponents may attack each other with Judo throws and/or grappling techniques. Striking techniques along with weapon techniques are reserved in the form but are prohibited from normal sparring. Sparring (randori) is considered much more effective than just regular practice of specific techniques as it develops strategies and reaction time and helps the practitioner get mentally prepared to face a resisting opponent. There are many different styles of randoris but the two styles most commonly and widely used are

  • ju renshu (both judoka attack in a very gentle way where no resistance is applied)
  • kakari geiko (only one judoka attacks while the other one relies solely on defensive and evasive techniques, but without the use of sheer strength.)

A common saying among judoka (judo practitioner) is:

“The best training for judo is judo.”

Kano Jigoro’s Kodokan Judo is the most popular and well-known style of judo, but is not the only one. The terms judo and jujutsu were quite interchangeable in the early years, so some of these forms of judo are still known as jujutsu or jiu-jitsu either for that reason, or simply to differentiate them from mainstream judo. From Kano’s original style of judo, several related forms have evolved—some now widely considered to be distinct arts:

Olympic Judo: This is the predominant form of Kodokan judo.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Mitsuyo Maeda introduced judo to Brazil in 1914. Maeda taught judo to Carlos Gracie (1902–1994) and others in Brazil. Gracie named their development of Judo ‘Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’ in honor of the fact that in Japan and Brazil at that time, Judo was also known as ‘Kano Jiu-Jitsu’. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, considering itself independent of Judo, did not follow later changes in international Judo rules that were added to emphasize the standing phase of the fight, nor those rules that were introduced to ban the more dangerous techniques.

Judo-do: In Austria, Julius Fleck and others developed a system of throwing intended to extend Judo that they called “judo-do”.

Kawaishi-ryū jujutsu: Teaching in France, Mikonosuke Kawaishi developed Kawaishi-ryū jujutsu as an alternative approach to instruction that continued to teach many techniques banned in modern Olympic/Kodokan Judo competition.

Kosen Judo: As a sub-style of Kodokan Judo that became popularised in early 20th century Japanese inter-scholastic competition, Kosen style has the same range of techniques but greater latitude is permitted for ground technique. This style of Judo—arguably, like BJJ—is closer to the original early 1900s Judo than current Olympic Judo is.

Russian Judo: This distinctive style of Judo was influenced by Sambo. It is represented by well-known coaches such as Alexander Retuinskih and Igor Yakimov, and mixed martial arts fighters such as Igor Zinoviev, Fedor Emelianenko and Karo Parisyan. In turn, Russian Judo has influenced mainstream judo, with techniques such as the flying armbar being accepted into Kodokan Judo.

Sambo (especially Sport Sambo): Vasili Oshchepkov was the first European judo black belt under Kano. Oshchepkov went on to create Sambo partly from judo’s influence, integrating native Russian wrestling and other combative techniques into his new system. Oshchepkov died during the political purges of 1937 for refusing to deny his education and dan-rank in Japanese Judo under Kano.[citation needed] In their History of Sambo, Brett Jacques and Scott Anderson wrote that in Russia “judo and SOMBO were considered to be the same thing”—albeit with a different uniform and some differences in the rules

Notable Judo Practitioners:

  • Fedor Emelianenko (Strikeforce)
  • Karo Parisyan (UFC)
  • Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (Strikeforce)
  • Kazuhiro Nakamura (Pride)
  • Hidehiko Yoshida (Pride)
  • Paulo Filho (Dream)
  • Shinya Aoki (Dream)

By Ali Naseer

Shah Hussain to fight Oct. 24th in Ultimate Challenge UK -Dynamite

Posted on: October 21st, 2009 by admin 1 Comment
Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan got a chance to pull Shah “No-Pain” Hussain away from his busy training schedule to give a message out to the Pakistani Fans before his upcoming fight.
“I’m fighting on Ultimate Challenge UK -Dynamite show this Sat 24th in the Semi Final of the Middleweight Grand Prix event. My opponent is Abdullah Hamdan, who is of Lebanese Nationality. He’s a striker, has a similar MMA record to mine and has a Muay Thai background. My preparation leading to this fight really has been a bit out of the ordinary this time. I’ve had a few personal issues to deal with and my general workload etc just happened to pick up drastically. Not good when you’ve got a fight on Europes biggest MMA promotion!. Personal issues aside, I can honestly say that my training hasn’t suffered as much as I thought it would. I am in awesome condition, my diet has been good, I’m injury free, my weight is spot on and my confidence is high, I think for the first time I’m fighting on anger. Not because I have anything against my opponent, but more from life’s natural headaches.
This from an MMA prospective can be a good thing. Sometimes events in everyday life, frustrations, setbacks etc can actually produce positive results when controlling and directing that negative energy, in my case this energy will be released in the Cage! but always controlled. Believe it or not sometimes guys over psyche themselves before a fight and actually end up gassing (getting out of breath) as soon as the Cage door shuts.
In a nutshell, Im looking forward to fighting on Saturday and the way I see it is…. ‘theres one guy in my way in getting into The Final of the Middleweight Grand Prix in December, he’s trying to stop me from achieving my goal…I will be in that final. Im always positive, regardless of the outcome….fans of MMA Pak watch this space!”
We’ll have the results as soon as their up. If you have Sky Sports please check your local listings to see if you can watch the fights live!
Shah Hussain, you have an entire nation behind you!