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Martial Arts Supplies and Equipment

Posted on: November 23rd, 2009 by admin No Comments

To do extremely well in any sports or discipline and especially the martial arts, the competitor needs the right training equipment and gear. There are hundreds of martial arts styles all over the world and a lot of styles use some sort of equipment, especially the competitive fighting arts.

The mixed martial arts, which are a blend of some of the combat arts from all over the world, like Judo, Karate, Thai Boxing, and kung fu make use of some traditional gear as well as boxing equipment.

Some mixed martial arts make use of a punching bag, a speed bag, and a double end bag or floor to ceiling ball. These fighting bags all help increase various skills in a combatant. The heavy punching bag helps with clout, the speed bag with hand eye coordination and the double end bag improves punching accuracy and tempo as well.

Some martial artist make use of the Thai bag, which is an extremely long bag, sometimes up to six feet, that allows martial artists to practice devastating lower leg kicks.

Another great piece of martial arts supplies is the kick shield. This is nothing more than a large leather shield that is used for blocking and absorbing blows and kicks during a workout. The shield is great as the target can be moved around the room and also used for low or high kicks to practically any part of the body, including the stomach, chest, and legs.

Mixed martial artists also use focus mitts, which are also versatile. The focus mitts are great for accuracy and endurance for long bouts; they can not only be punched, but also for skilled martial artist can kick them held in a variety of positions. The function of this particular piece of equipment is to help fighters develop fast and fluid combinations.

Another important training item is the protection gear that professional boxers and fighters wear. The mixed martial artist sport normally wear a four ounce glove or similar. The boxing gloves average around ten ounces. For both styles, hand injuries can end the fighter’s career and participation in the sport, so the correct training and protective gear is vital.

No matter if you punch, grab, grapple, or box, martial art supplies can help you get the most out of your training and fighting skills.

Secret Weapon of the Mixed Martial Arts Workout

Posted on: November 23rd, 2009 by admin 1 Comment

Just imagine, you’re out of breath, tired, and you have a black eye, but the smile and raised fists say it all. Having been in martial arts for years, it’s not uncommon for someone to ask me what are the secret workouts that a mixed martial artist will do? What the secret that makes him or her different than others who train hard?

The truth is that it’s more than just having the best routine, because even if you do after a short period of time you’ll adjust and then you’ll not be ready for a competition. You have to change the routine regularly.

After you read this article you’ll have confidence that you can get to that level of training. First of all I have to say that if you are just getting started, this is a great place to start so you can gain valuable tools. Please be sure you check with a doctor before you start.

Grab a pen and take notes the differences may surprise you.

Myth: Most people I’ve talked to think that to get in shape to compete you need a certain set routine.

Actually you need a routine which combines everything, strength, cardiovascular, endurance, stamina, balance and flexibility.

A tall order I know but to be able to compete, you must have all of these or a good opponent will see where you’re weak, and continually challenge you where you there.

Think with me for a minute. You are watching a fight that goes for five minutes.

During this time you’ll see:

• Strength, resisting with wrestling or delivering strikes
• Cardiovascular conditioning, constant foot work in combination with striking
• Stamina after a few seconds you’ll be exhausted if you don’t this
• Balance, suddenly finding yourself on one foot you still have to fight
• Flexibility the last thing you need is a torn muscle or tendon

Are you ready for the most important aspect?

The real secret is that once you are fighting, the toughest thing is not the physical aspect, but the mental. You have to be able to out think your competitor.

Yes it is difficult; it’s not easy by any stretch of the imagination. But with the right tools this is the key that will get you through your toughest competitions.

You can’t expect to win if this is your weakest link, it’s impossible. You’ll end up fighting someone who does have mental strength, and they’ll get in your head. Once this is exposed; with mental training you’ll be able to tell the mental strength of your competitor, they can use this against you.

“Although most fighters believe that the fight is 90 percent mental and ten percent physical, they train 90 percent physical and ten percent mental. That is going to have to change as MMA continues to evolve or those fighters will be left behind.” Randy Couture

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion

Do you have what it takes to train your mind, and body at this level? Can you visualize yourself in the ring with opponents like Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Anderson “the Spider” Silva? Then you have to have the mindset they have.


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.

Leaving Thailand

Posted on: September 14th, 2009 by admin No Comments

This will be my last post from Thailand for a while. After leaving the United States in May of last year, 16 months ago I am set to go to the United States tomorrow.

I am in Chiang Mai now and tomorrow I fly to Bangkok from which I fly to London and then Washington DC. I saw my last live Muay Thai fight (authentic one at least, least for the next few months) and spent the end of my night sitting down next to the Ancient Chiang Mai gate of Tha Pae having a long conversation in basic Thai with my last opponent and his brother who was also an opponent of mine in the past (1-1 with those two). It was a really a good simple way to end this adventure (there will be many more).

It doesn’t feel like I am leaving to be quite honest with you, I don’t know when it will truly dawn on me. Maybe its being secure with the knowledge that I will be back here, and back many times over. Maybe because I am excited with all the new developments with Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan which is beginning to really find it’s legs. It’s with this great looming opportunity that I head out to put the rubber to the road and start getting ready for the big things to happen. My time spent in America will be committed to my return to Pakistan this winter where some real concrete changes are going to take place in Pakistan’s Martial Arts scene.

I’ve learned a lot in the past year, I have been gone so long that I can’t really tell you how I have changed as a person and a fighter from over a year ago. I guess I will find out from the reactions and changes people see when I return to the gym. It’s funny, despite saying good bye to “Land of Smiles”, its great people and great sport of Muay Thai this doesn’t feel like the end. It feels like things are just getting started. I leave you with a video appropriately titled Muay Thai’s Greatest Hits in honor of all my teachers who have taught me so much of this very effective, practical and honorable art.

See you on the other side…

What is MMA?

Posted on: September 12th, 2009 by admin No Comments

It’s odd to be writing a post like this after having posted over fifty times. You would think that the topic of “What is MMA?” would be one of the first posts. However, initially the way things were set up anyone searching for Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan would come to the main homepage because they were specifically searching for Mixed Martial Arts. Now however because of the massive number of people joining via facebook we’re getting a lot of people very interested in Martial Arts but not everyone understands what Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is. So to catch up everyone up, I am gonna through the history of modern MMA and the consequences that are affecting modern martial arts now.

One of the most active questions your going to get among martial arts lovers is – What is the best style? In the late 19th and early 20th century people were asking these same questions and were organizing events specifically to answer this question. In Brazil, Japan, Europe and America boxers were pitted against wrestlers, Judo fighters vs boxers, Jujitsu vs wrestlers etc. However I do not believe these events were held persistently enough to set off a combat sports revolution as we are seeing today and of course the lack of information and media sharing which is so common today did not exist to let people know that these events took place or what their outcomes were.

Fast forward to 1993 when the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) held its first event in Colorado. The event was advertised as a way to find the best martial arts style and rules were minimal to ensure that all styles had equal chance to win. The only rules were no biting, no eye gouging and no groin strikes, however these were considered “gentleman’s rules” and could be violated with a penalty in prize money.

In the first few events a man named Royce Gracie whose family created Gracie Jiu Jitsu also known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu dominated the competition. In UFC 1 Royce Gracie defeated three opponents in a combined time of less than 5 minutes to win the tournament. What made Gracie so effective is that he used submission grappling, and defeated his opponents using superior position on the ground to apply joint locks and choke holds. Because at the time in the United States Martial Arts were seen as kicks and punches, no one was prepared for nor expected to be taken to the ground where they were completely helpless. After the first UFC, the Martial Arts community in the United States and the world (but for some reason not so much Pakistan) was transformed. Here was an event in which people could actually find out which style was the best. Because Gracie was so dominant in the first UFC’s people assumed that Gracie Jiu Jitsu was the best, then came the era of the wrestlers with folks like Don Frye, Mark Coleman and Dan Severn (though it should be noted Don Frye and Dan Severn both worked extensively on their striking with Frye having pro boxing experience) but then something started happening Over the course of the next several UFC’s something that started happening. The fighters started evolving, and many of the combatants that entered the competition labeled themselves as freestyle fighters. New combat systems were developed that stated that they only used what worked but even these failed as they became set systems. In the end what mattered was not the style but the fighter. the fighter who took what worked best for himself from the plethora of Martial Arts available and covered all the relevant distances that were used in ACTUAL combat, not a choreographed scene that people equate with “martial arts” (go check out the MMA Pakistan video below for an explanation in Urdu for the ranges of combat)

Here is a quote from Bruce Lee -

“the best fighter is not a Boxer, Karate or Judo man. The best fighter is someone who can adapt to any style.”

Currently, the best fighters in the world are those who can grapple on the ground, use wrestling to avoid being taken to the ground or take someone to the ground, control someone in the clinch to use knees and elbows or punch and kick from a distance. The best fighters are the ones who are most well rounded.

I am going to probably going to go back to this topic a few times this week and will also include in my next post some of the early “challenge matches” that went on and woke the martial arts community up as to what was effective and what was merely superstition and dogma.

So I leave you guys with a highlight from one of the most well rounded and entertaining fighters we have had recently, named Kazushi Sakuraba from Japan, who actually came from Japans Pro wrestling community and is one of my favorite fighters of all time due to his class and upholding of Bushido honor, showmanship and technical skill.

Thanks and enjoy.


Posted on: June 19th, 2009 by admin No Comments

Unfortunately as I was editing this post the first few paragraphs got deleted. A reminder to never use a public computer for this blog again. Heres a summary of what I wrote.

I arrived at Kaewsamrit at 12 am and got shown to my room. I was staying in a basic room with fridge, dresser and fan three houses down from the gym. Kaewsamrit is located in a quiet neighborhood slightly outside of Bangkok but for really it is still part of Bangkok even if it officially isn’t.

The gym is 4 houses. One is the gym with the pro shop and rooms for fighters and trainers. The second one it seems is for the owner and his wife, another house for fighters and trainers to stay in and another houses that seems to act as a storage/kitchen and probably has people in there too. The whole area is a beehive of activity with peo
ple constantly going in and out.

At the moment of this post there are only 4 guys training there and thats not that much, I was there 2 years ago and this place was packed. I was very surprised because this is known as a very strong gym that currently still has Anuwat fighting, whom by the way will be fighting in Jamaica next month for what I have heard to be half a million baht ($20,000 ) purse which is a whole lot of money in Thailand. It is also home to Hiroya, a 17 year old Japanese fighter who recently fought Masato in K-1 for the first of Masatos trilogy fights. He is the seen by alot of Japanese as the next great Japanese fighter.

The gym is made up of two rings. One in the front on in the back.From what it seemed the foreigners stayed in the front with the trainers and the Thai fighters would be in the back and there would be casual cross over all the time but generally this was the case.

My first day there I tried running but having been accustomed to the beautiful scenery and crisp mountain air of Pai I couldn’t do it and turned around after maybe a kilometer. The air even in the suburb was pretty bad, at least to me, everyone else was doing 10k’s. Around 7 o’clock the trainers had us shadow boxing and I start sweating much faster than normal due to the humidity. Warming up and staying warm was real quick. We next did 4 x 5 minute rounds and I felt good but felt way more exhausted than usual because of how hot and humid it got. I could feel the heat trapped on the outside of my body with no where to go. I felt like I had a fever.It gets very hot in there. Very, very hot.The pad work with my first guy was really basic, but that’s normal for not knowing someone. After that we were made to hit the bags under supervision of a trainer who would be correcting us and pushing us to go harder on the pads. After that was a little bit more shadow boxing and then 200 sit ups. There was a trainer with you the whole time and they didn’t let you get lazy, during training time it is all business. In the afternoon we sparred and I sparred once with Anuwat and I don’t know what to say about that because we didn’t go very hard. But yes, the guy is very, very good.

I’ll continue with some of my thoughts about my time in Kaewsamrit in the next post along with how training is at Paddy’s Gym in Phnom Penh.

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