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Bruce Lee, Cool Facts About the Father of Mixed Martial Arts

Bruce Lee was a special fighter; his moves were powerful and accurate, but what made him so watchable was his dance-like fluidity combined with the ease with which he could knock any opponent out. Lee was born in San Francisco in 1940; it was the year of the dragon, and according to his birth records he was even born within the hour of the dragon. When his family returned to Hong Kong, young Bruce was cast in a movie as a stand-in for an American baby, and with that his... Read More

Judo v Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Who Comes Out On Top?

  Many martial arts styles are based on ancient fighting techniques, their origins mostly unknown, although often developed to protect or overthrow a ruling class. Surprisingly, though, the two most common self-defence systems today, judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, both have very clear beginnings, and maybe less surprisingly, bullying was the catalyst for their creation.   Jujutsu Jigoro Kano, founder of judo, came from a wealthy family. As a teenager, he was sent to an English boarding school in a nearby Tokyo suburb, where a culture of bullying was common among... Read More

Incredible MMA Fighters You’ve Never Heard Of

Martial arts are ancient combat practices which originated from Asia and the Indian subcontinent and eventually found their way to Europe. Land disputes and feudal power struggles led to the birth of fighters whose skills and techniques could not be outmatched. Fighters would pass on their technique down the generations until fighting styles emerged which could be taught in schools. From these schools emerged the combat systems we still practice to this day; Karate, Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, and Judo to name a few. Mixed martial arts, which combines... Read More

Five Great Fights from Boxing to Mixed Martial Arts

Movie Night: Five Great Fights It’s been quite a year already in the world of ultimate fighting. Feathers and fur have been flying in the Octagon and out. Who’s getting a rematch? Who isn’t? Who’s already in the running for the most-gruesome eye injury of 2016? But because we’re just crawling out of the winter weather rut and some of us out here in the workaday world are still trying to kick off a kilo or so, let’s amp up with a few great fight videos for inspiration We took... Read More

03/08/2015

The Gentle Way: From Tatami Mats to the Octagon

In this article, we are going to look at the relationship between judo and Mixed Martial Arts with reference to a couple of fighters who have successfully crossed the bridge between the two, completing a successful transition between the two disciplines. Not commonly viewed as a traditional gateway to the world of MMA, Judo has nonetheless provided the perfect background for a number of eminent and preeminent stars. A gold medallist Judoka in the +100kg category at the 2008 summer games in Beijing, Satoshi Ishii catapulted himself onto the MMA... Read More

Up and Coming Boxers 08/07/2015

Up and Coming Boxers To Watch Out For

The world of boxing is one full of famous names. Legends such as Muhammed Ali, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Robinson and George Foreman are all names that spring to mind as well as current ring stars such as Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. But as always, there are a few names currently making their way to the top and this year is set to be their biggest yet, with plenty of up and coming boxers to make a note of. Here is our pick of the boxers to watch out... Read More