Posts Tagged ‘Judo’

Why I Fight – Haider “Robocop” Qayyum

Posted on: July 6th, 2010 by admin 7 Comments

Most people take things slow in the fight-game. They train for a year or so, then have some
amateur fights, maybe change gyms and then maybe…in the rare instance that they can break
the ,monotony and social stigmas around them, they go professional.

I dove head-first into professional combat sports. Training for a few months before my Thai
Boxing debut in Phuket,Thailand and that lack of experience and know-how showing in the ring.
I fought an Australian , Taizo Hughes, who had several fights at local stadiums and was from
a pretty hardcore gym. Taizo battered me for the first three rounds of our fight. Leg kicks, head
kicks, hooks…its was a massacre. Both of my eyes were swollen shut and my nose trickling
blood down my throat, which I have to say wasn’t the most pleasant of tastes. The fourth round
begins and I notice Taizo is starting to tire and I…being the naïve seventeen year old I was at
the time decided to throw a spinning back-fist.

Guess what? It landed.

Taizo was knocked down and got up after an eight count but I knew the fight was over as
I chased him to a corner and the referee stopped the bout due to “Technical Knock Out “.
Why was that story necessary? Because at the end of those three rounds of getting my
ass beat, I was happier than I’d ever been. Standing half-naked and sweaty infront of
a crowd of people I’d never met, all of them judging my poor technique and wondering
why I hadn’t gone down yet. Covered in blood and sweat…I had finally found my calling.
So why do I fight ? Is it because I have family problems or because I was bullied in school? Is it
because I’m too stupid to get a desk job or go to college?

I don’t know to be quite honest. I think its because there’s something inherently wrong with
the way I function. My brain works differently. I like getting punched in the fucking face
and I like smiling at the guy who’s doing it. I like pushing myself in training to the brink of
unconsciousness and then doing it again the next day.

Lots of people I know who are involved with combat sports from boxing to Mixed Martial
Arts insist on calling themselves Martial Artists or “students of the game” . As pretentious
and crazy as it sounds… I am not a martial artist or a student of any game. I’m a crazy
person who learns how to hit people different ways and then goes does it and gets paid.
Why do I like to make my living from getting punched in the face?

I’ll tell you why. Because everyone said I couldn’t do it. They said I was crazy and that one day
I’d have to get a real job. I think I don’t fight for the right reasons, or ones that entirely make
sense but I do know that nothing has ever made me happier than staring across the ring at
someone, blood smeared face and smiling. Letting them know that you’re coming and not done
getting your face beat just yet.

While this was supposed to be an informative article for Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan , I think its
turned into a confessional.

My name is Haider Qayyum, I’m a professional fighter and I like punching things.

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

The problem with Martial Arts in Pakistan

Posted on: April 4th, 2010 by admin No Comments

As MMA is growing in popularity all over the world it is also picking up here in Pakistan. More and more people have started watching UFC fights and now want to train to be able to fight like that. Academies and federations are being formed in order to further this sport. However there are some problems which are holding MMA and martial arts back in Pakistan. There is too much politics and many people are just getting into MMA for their own motives.
The main problem is that everyone is trying to get the power themselves. Instead of having a united front or federation which would cover all the fighters and further the cause of MMA in Pakistan everyone is instead opting to create their own federation. This is a big problem because MMA is not very popular in Pakistan yet. However if there was one big federation it will have enough power to actually matter and hold MMA events that would attract fighters and the audience. But due to their being many small organizations none of these have any power and are unable to do anything which matters.
Another problem is the people who are taking advantage of the rise of martial arts in Pakistan. These people know that since this field is becoming more relevant there are going to be more events. These people waste the government money by going on international tours. All they are good for is for having their pictures taken with officials from other countries. Their motive is not to increase the exposure of MMA in Pakistan but to just get to fly around the world and be guests at the expense of martial arts. People need to stop relying on government handouts and instead do something for themselves. This is not a problem; MMA is a very profitable sport and can attract large audiences. It does not require any help from the government. It just needs some serious fighters and good marketing to gain a foothold in Pakistan.
There are also some people who claim to know about MMA because they have certifications from many places. MMA is not about certifications, it is about knowing how to defend oneself and how to fight properly. These people never get into a ring and prove their skills; they just claim to know things due to their certifications. Infact there are even some people who claim to have PHDs in martial arts. Which university did they get the PHD from? People need to wise up. We cannot trust such people who claim to have lots of certifications. People need to ask questions. Ask your instructor about how much they know and where they learnt to fight MMA style. You should not be afraid to ask questions, if you are training under someone you need to make sure that they themselves know what they are supposed to teach you. See how the instructors fight and make sure they have some experience in order to avoid getting burned by a scammer or an inexperienced teacher.

If you are interested in learning MMA and want to at least want to know that your instructor is knowledgeable about MMA, we suggest you do some research before hand and test your instructor and see if he knows what he is talking about. We have attached some links here for you to check out and get some knowledge.

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First Mixed Martial Arts Competition in Pakistan a success!

Posted on: March 1st, 2010 by admin 3 Comments

The first amateur Mixed martial Arts Pakistan was a huge success. Fighters from all over Pakistan met at Whites Sports Club in Model Town Lahore for a great day of fight. There were a total of 14 fights on the card ranging from under 15 fights to fights between high level black belts. There was a great degree of sportsmanship and camaraderie and all were friends at the end of the day. All those who fought were given an official MMA Pakistan Amateur Fight Record card. This card will record the first 5 fights an amateur has. After the 5th fight the fighter will be given the opportunity to fight for prize money and will be given discounts on training and training supplies when possible. The next fights are scheduled for early April and will be (hopefully) taking place in Islamabad. Fighters who are interested can begin to register now. Please email if you would like to take part. A special thanks to all those who attended this weekends event and a special thanks to the fighters and those who helped organize. Please stay tuned for a HL video to be released tomorrow March 2nd.

Pakistan show strong showing in Combat events

Posted on: February 10th, 2010 by admin No Comments

Pakistan took home gold medals in boxing, judo, wushu, karate and wrestling at the SAF 2010 games in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The total medal count for Pakistan was 19 gold, 25 silver and 36 bronze. This means that over 25% of Pakistan’s gold medals were in combat sporting events adding further evidence to the massive potential Pakistan has in churning out quality competitors for Mixed Martial Arts competition. Hopefully, in the coming months and years the same athletes that won gold at the SAF games in Dhaka can be earning decent pay days using their skills in international Mixed Martial Arts events. Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan would like to show it’s support to all athletes who participated in the SAF games.

Please remember to register for the upcoming MMA event “Pakistan Warrior Championship” and remember that trials and match ups are to take place on the 21st of February at White Sports Club, E and F block Model Town Lahore.

Please contact if you are interested in competing or if you have any other questions or suggestions.

Mixed Martial Arts Competition to be Held in Lahore

Posted on: February 6th, 2010 by admin 17 Comments

Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan is happy to inform everyone that the very first MMA competition in Pakistan will be held on the 28th of February at the White Sports Club in Model Town. Details are currently being finalized but here is a breakdown of the current format in which the tournament is to be held.

- Competition will NOT be tournament format. Each fighter will fight only once in a match lasting 3 rounds of 3 minutes with one minute break in between.

- Fighters will be paired according to weight and experience. Weight classes are as follows:

1) 45-50 kg
2) 50-55 kg
3) 55-60 kg
4) 60-65 kg
5) 65-70 kg
6) 70-75 kg
7) 75-80 kg
8) 80-85 kg
9) 85-90 kg
10) 90+ kg

Experience will be noted as follows:

1-3 years – Novice
3-5 years – Intermediate
5 + years – Advanced

- Full MMA rules EXCEPT no elbows to the face. All other rules are the same as the UFC. Rules will be explained a number of times in details to fighters participating in the competition.

- Protective equipment will be provided and worn to include groin cup, MMA sparring gloves, Head guards and shin guards. Mouth piece is to be the responsibility of the fighter.

- There will be an entry fee of 200 rs. Entry fee will cover the costs of shirts given to fighters, medical personnel fees and refreshments.

- There will be a medically trained personnel in case of injury.

- All fighters above the age of 18 who participate will automatically be applied for Fite Selektor TV show selection.

- If a fight is not ended due to submission, TKO or KO and lasts the full 3 rounds then it will automatically be considered a draw due to a lack of knowledge regarding MMA judging at the moment. This will change in future events.

- Individuals can take part in the competition as part of a club, team or as an independent (no affiliation).

These are some of the main points so far. The last piece of information and critical to the success of this show is that in order to make match ups as fair as possible there will be trials held on 21st February, 12 pm at:

White Sports Club
E and F Block Model Town

Trials will help determine fighters skill levels in order to have the most competitive possible match ups. Those who attend trials will benefit from knowing who their opponent will be as well as have their picture and profile taken to be posted on the site.

Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan looks forward to seeing you all there. Please stay tuned for further updates.

Anyone who would like to participate please email we have received complaints that the email is not working and if you do not receive a reply within 24 hours please leave a comment with your email and we will respond immediately.


PTV Seminar (with video)

Posted on: January 23rd, 2010 by admin No Comments

Apologies for the late delivery of this article. The website was down for almost a week and just got back online.

On January 17th, at Sukh Chan Wellness club in Gulberg, Lahore Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan partnered with Fite Selektor to hold an MMA seminar for Pakistan Television. The purpose of the seminar was to educate the Pakistani audience on what Mixed Martial Arts is as well as let everyone know that there is a reality show taking place and that we are looking for as many applicants as possible.

The exercise studio at Sukh Chan had about 40-50 people during the shooting. People from all walks of life attended the seminar ranging from domestic workers to those working for international firms. Children just starting their martial training were in the crowd alongside some of the top Martial Artists in the country.

The seminar dealt with the history of modern MMA, what MMA is (a form of competition), the sports rules and the latest news regarding Fite Selektor Reality Show. This was the first part of the seminar, the second part of the seminar had players from various Martial Arts put on demos ranging from Kata’s to light sparring. With each demonstration Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan gave commentary and analysis about what was going on as well as how each style contributes to MMA.

After the demo’s there was a wrap up where Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan summarized the days events and ended with the conclusion that there was a lot of talent in Pakistan that just needed a platform and outlet to be recognized. Fite Selektor is helping make that happen. Then came the issue of wether or not pakistan is ready for such a new sporting event in light of the current situation. MMA Pakistan is of the opinion that Pakistani’s just want to go on with their lives as they normally do, and this sport has such potential in the country that the current security situation will not pose an obstacle in it’s path to supreme popularity.

A special thanks goes out to all those who attended particularly those instructors who came with their students. Thanks, Shahbaz Ali Khan, Shafiq Awan and Aamir Butt for attending and to all your students. Thanks to all those who performed at the seminar helping make it the success it was.

Next up on the MMA Pakistan agenda is continuing to look for fighters from all around Pakistan to compete in Fite Selektor and to begin organizing an amateur MMA event in Model Town Lahore on the 14th of February. Details regarding this will be announced in the coming weeks. Those who want to fight please contact or call 0334 413 7706.

Those who wish to take part in Fite Selektor please send the following information to

Name -

Age -


Weight -

Experience -

Phone Number -

PICTURE in fighting stance -

Please keep yourself updated and take some time to look around the website and watch how MMA has developed in Pakistan! MMA Pakistan the original origin and destination of all things Mixed Martial Arts in Pakistan!

Enjoy the video.


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