How Warriors control their mind and emotions before, during and after a violent attack. by Balogun Ojetade

If you want to be, or PROFESS to be a warrior, you need to have complete control of your mind and emotions before, during and after a violent attack.

There are no exceptions to this rule.

You might survive and even prevail against an unskilled and unplanned violent attack because you just went berserk and started punching, kicking, elbowing, screaming, pooting and farting, but you will NOT prevail against a highly trained assailant – which you should ALWAYS train and prepare for – without having control of your mind and your emotions.

Untrained “warriors” (an UNTRAINED warrior really doesn’t even exist) get too nervous and too excited during an attack.

After a violent encounter they can’t sleep, eat, are haunted by nightmares and can’t perform at their best due to poor mental conditioning and poor control of their emotions.

A wicked little bastard shoots up a church and you write on social media how you are planning to kill him for it? Really?

You enjoin men on Facebook to gather and take up arms against these white supremacist nutcases and if they won’t do it, then you encourage our sisters to? Really?

Your heart MIGHT be in the right place, but you are out of control and a danger to yourself and others. Better to step away from that computer or put down that phone before you get yourself, or someone else killed, arrested, or some other shit warriors don’t need to be if they are going to fight a war.

You have got to learn to be calm, and remain calm, cool and collected to do and be your best.

You must control your mind and your emotions.

How, you ask?

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Through meditation, breathing and proper, PRACTICAL training. Practice these 3 things daily!

Meditation

  • Concentrate on a specific thought, idea, technique, or condition.
  • Do it sitting on the floor or while walking or jogging.
  • Visualize the act over and over and see yourself doing it with precision and power.
  • Relax and try to completely clear your mind of any and all other thoughts.

Breathing

  • Work on slowing and controlling your breath while sparring, walking, jogging, cooking dinner, or just sitting down, enjoying a cup of tea.
  • It is vital that during a violent attack, you control your breathing. For your mind to remain calm, your breath must remain calm.
  • If you lose control of your breathing you lose control of your muscles and thus, you lose control of your mind. Your mind is controlled by your breath.

Proper, Practical Training

  • If you train properly and practically, you will handle a violent attack properly and practically. The way you train is the way you fight / defend yourself / wage war (they ARE all different, by the way).

If you practice to prevail, and know that your techniques work against violent attacks, you will be calm, cool and collected and you WILL prevail when a violent attack comes.

Balogun Ojetade is a master instructor and director at the African Martial Arts Institute. He is also a director, producer and author at Roaring Lions Productions. www.afrikanmartialarts.org

Modesty, kindness, honour and diligence

Have you had this black belt experience?

"Something like that"

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Modesty, kindness, honour and diligence – all of these qualities should go with being a black belt or master of a martial art, but are these behaviours actually being reflected?  The more I am exposed to martial artists, the more I doubt it.

When I started doing martial arts nearly twenty years ago I was naive in believing the myths that masters possessed perfect characters and were akin to knights from fairy tales.  In my young mind a black belt (master) should be a super being that floats along the ground on a cloud of perfection, without a mark on his reputation.

Within a few years of training in martial arts my dream of the black belt super being was shattered and left in tatters.  I am not talking here about the technical aspect of being a master of a martial art.  This is a completely different matter that I…

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MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO – THE SWEET SCIENCE OF BOXING

This past weekend it was noted as the fight of the century Floyd Mayweather fighting against a very strong Manny Pacquiao.The fighters went the full 12 rounds, but there wasn’t much of a all out bawl although Pacquiao looked very strong but Mayweather remained very much in control throughout and claimed the unanimous decision victory. Many fans rated this fight less than its hype and felt cheated. But lets analyze the fight from a professional prospective.

The Sweet Science of Boxing

Boxing is a combat sport in which two people engage in a contest of strength, speed, reflexes, endurance and will, by throwing punches at each other. There are different styles of boxing as fighter will develop in his career. This weekends fight displayed two styles. One fighter being a brawler strong fighter,the other is a counter-puncher always moving.

Pacquiao, a brawler is a fighter who generally lacks finesse and footwork in the ring, but makes up for it through his punching power and speed.Brawlers tend to be more predictable and easy to hit but usually fare well enough against other fighting styles because they train to take punches very well. They often have a higher chance than other fighting styles to score a knockout against their opponents because they focus on landing big, powerful hits, instead of smaller, faster attacks. Oftentimes they place focus on training on their upper body instead of their entire body, to increase power and endurance. They also aim to intimidate their opponents because of their power, stature and ability to take a punch.

Pacquiao vs Mayweather Results and Highlights

(Photo by Getty)

Mayweather is a counter puncher very slippery,excellent footwork and with finesse, is a defensive style fighter who often rely on his opponent’s mistakes in order to gain the advantage. Whether it be on the score cards or more preferably a knockout, his use of his well-rounded defense to avoid attacks or block attacks and then immediately catch the opponent off guard with a well placed and timed punch.

With the two styles is the recipe for the sweet science of boxing.In the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight this was a lesson in the sport of boxing. Unless you are a true fan or a fighter you could see that Mayweather out boxed Pacquiao. Really Pacquiao could not make the adjustments. Yes he did get in a few shots here and there, and a few combinations but Mayweather was able to slip out of situations that other styles of boxers would have dropped to the heavy hands of Pacquiao. Which is why Mayweather was very successful in wining the fight after a 12 round decision.

Fans who don’t understand the art of boxing didn’t see the beauty in Mayweather’s moves. fans misinterupet Mayweathers movement for running away. I great instructor of the martial arts once told me,  “The best defense is not being there” Now i give credit to Pacquiao for his aggressiveness and determination to get the knockout. But Mayweather simply outbox the guy. Now do I think there should be a rematch, NO not worth watching because i know what the outcome will be. Pacquiao wasn’t expecting the lesson he received on last Saturday.

hands of Pacquiao.

THE DOWNFALL OF JON JONES

The UFC Light heavyweight champ Jon “BONES” Jones has been stripped of his title this week because he has been accused of leaving the scene of and accident. Jones was sought as a “person of interest” in the hit-and-run accident, but the Albuquerque police eventually upgraded him to a suspect before issuing a warrant for his arrest on felony charges for leaving the scene of an accident. Jones eventually surrendered to police on Monday before being released on $2,500 bond  as reported by Damon Martin of FOX SPORTS.

UFC president Dana White made the announcement on Tuesday night when he met with the champ to discuss the details of the allegations before the decision was made. White said he finally spoke to Jones on Tuesday to get his side of the story before the promotion took any action against him,”His lawyer didn’t have him say much”.

But this is not the first time Jon as the champion belt holder has been under the spotlight for his out of the octagon behavior.

In May 2012, Jones was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he crashed his Bentley into a telephone pole in Binghamton, New York. Jones pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DWI charge and avoided jail time.

In early December 2014, Jones tested positive for metabolites of cocaine while training for his bout against Daniel Cormier. Jones was allowed to compete because the test was conducted out of competition, and he beat Cormier at UFC 182.

Jan 6 2015, he checked into rehab for a one day stay

In addition, Reebok terminated Jones’ endorsement contract, effective immediately, Wednesday morning. Jones had lost his deal with Nike after a mutual split in September 2014.

Here are the words of Dana White as reported by  of SB NATION “Obviously he’s one of our biggest stars,” White said. “He was on his way to becoming one of the greatest ever, and he’s got some legal problems he’s got to deal with now. So we suspended him, stripped him of the title, and he’s got some work to do outside of the sport. Then we’ll decide when he comes back.”

Whats does Jones need to do next?

Get off drugs and clean his act up clear and simply. Not just a one day stay in rehab and skip out of there thinking that all is well. He really needs to live up to his words and do that soul searching. He has a lot of talent and simply allowing it to waste away.  Good Luck Bones !

The Rising Popularity of Female Combat Sports

Not too long ago, combat sports were considered activities for men. If you dare to utter this opinion in any gym or sporting facility these days though, you’re likely to come up against very some strong arguments. More and more women are realizing the benefits that they can take away from getting involved in combat sports like MMA martial arts and boxing. It’s a trend that’s really shaking up the fitness industry. But why exactly have the tables turned, and what do you need to consider if you’re a female thinking about changing your workout regime? Here, we’ll examine what you really need to know.

One of the big reasons why female combat sports have seen such a rise in popularity is because they deliver some fantastic results. Sessions spent preparing for a showdown in the ring can burn in excess of 500 calories an hour, and if your goal is to lose weight and cut down on body fat, this can be a very appealing option. Seven sessions at this pace would burn off a pound of fat, and this rate is certainly desirable for those who want to start seeing results as quickly as possible. That’s not all though. Combat sports give a full body workout, so you’ll be toning all your muscles at the same time. If you want lean arms, a pert bum, and impressive abs, you might have finally found the solution you’ve been looking for. Depending on your existing fitness levels, you could start to see results extremely quickly.

Many women report that they prefer to work out in a social environment, and many combat sports facilities tick this box. They’re often very tightly knit communities, and those that you train alongside will often become your best friends and your closest allies. Why exactly would you want to spend hours pounding the pavement in the pouring rain, all on your own, when you could become part of a supportive community, full of people with similar goals and ambitions? Strong friendships are formed when training to step into the ring, and there’s no denying that this is a huge pull for many enthusiasts.
Of course, it’s also worth mentioning that honing your skills in combat sports and martial arts can give females extra peace of mind when it comes to knowing that they have a few self-defense tactics up their sleeves. In the modern world, it’s a pretty sensible approach to adopt. You could learn how to defend yourself even when you’re lying on the ground, and how to stay calm and act in a reasoned manner even when under immense pressure and strain. These benefits can transcend into all areas of your life. Feeling the strain at work with deadlines? Female combat sports can prepare you for that. Struggling with a difficult line manager who won’t stop piling on the work? After your time in your fitness facility, you’ll have strengthened your mind and will be more likely to be able to deal with the stress in a productive manner. For these reasons, women from all walks of life can find solace in taking up combat sports. Whether you’re a student or a CEO, it’s definitely worth your consideration.

Nutrition and sport of any kind go hand in hand, and if you want real results from your workouts, you’ll need to carefully think about what you’re putting in your mouth and how you’re fuelling your body. Women all too often fall into the trap of eating too little, and limiting themselves to traditional ‘diet foods’. This often leads to low energy levels and even obsessive behavior when it comes to food. Getting involved in female combat sports can really help to turn the tables on negative patterns. If you want to perform at your very best, you’ll need to fuel your body in the right way. This often involves considering your overall macronutrient intake rather than solely counting calories. Put simply, you’ll be encouraged to learn more about how nutrition impacts your abilities and what your body really needs to perform as its very best. Many women find that this is a real revelation, and triggers a lifelong freedom from restrictive diets and the latest passing fads.

Best of all, combat sports are easily accessible. You don’t have to invest in costly equipment, or turn your garage into an extensive gym with all the latest gadgets. You can get started with basic moves and routines in the comfort of your own home. Just look up some tutorials on YouTube and start the learning process. Of course though, you’re going to quickly reach the stage where you want to take things a little further, and have a real life sparring partner. It’s easier than you might think, and you’ll probably find that there are many options in your local area. Find an instructor who you know you can trust, and work out the options that will be best for you. You might decide that you can go to several classes a week, and fit in extra training on other days to ensure you’re progressing your fitness levels. Once you get into the swing of things, it becomes second nature.

At the same time though, there’s lots to learn, and you can guarantee that you’ll continue to be challenged for a long time into the future. If you’ve even been bored at your regular aerobics class, or have felt like you’re losing the will to live when you’re adding up the miles on a treadmill, this could seem like a very bright prospect. You could be studying and practicing female combat sports for many years, and still find new moves and techniques to test your ability and push you that extra step further.

MMA, boxing, and all other combat sports can be an all-round fantastic option for both genders. Women are well and truly demonstrating that they can step into the ring. With that in mind, why not make it your mission for 2015 to get involved in the action? Your mind, body, and spirit will thank you for it.

GODFATHERS OF MMA-THE BIRTH OF AN AMERICAN SPORT by Pagie Etheridge

There is more to the story of the rise of MMA sports than the UFC. There’s the story of Bill Viola and Frank Caliguri of Pittsburgh, PA who were well versed with the big question which had been long debated among Martial Artist; which system reigns superior? From there they created “Tough Guys.” Their new sports league allowed athletes to fight in the ring with any and all Martial Arts training they desired in attempts to discover which art proved supreme.

With the rise of this MMA sport, many began to view it as a threat. Those involved in the business of Boxing knew mixed fighting would hurt their business and eventually knock out its popularity. Politicians, lawyers, and more with their own intentions came to stop the sport from rising. A league with a similar namesake had legal trouble which proved to be powerful ammunition against “Tough Guys” as well. After a long haul fighting individuals from many sides, Viola and Caliguri ran out of money to continue their legal battle. MMA faded away.

The sport wasn’t gone for too long however. Later the UFC took up the reigns and got everything rolling again. Now MMA is a power house and the UFC has all the credit for bringing the sport to life. Viola’s and Caliguri’s influence almost fell into obscurity but a loyal son brought their story back to light.

Bill Viola Jr. wanted to give his father and Caliguri credit for all the ground work they laid for the sport. Since no book on the history of MMA mentions them, he aimed to tell the world what was missing from the sport’s written history. With co-writer Dr. Fred Adams, God Fathers of MMA was created covering the drama, heartache, inspiration, power, and excitement which came as a result of Viola and Caliguri. Most importantly for Martial Artists, MMA’s new ground proved no fighting system rules over all. To be the best fighter, you must master a system and branch into other fighting styles. That was the best gift the God Father’s of MMA ever gave to Martial Arts. – Paige Etheridge

Interested in the book? Get it here!
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Combat Kettlebells by Brian Fernie

Many fighters use Kettlebells in their workouts, many stick to the basic swings and clean and jerks completing reps for strength rather than endurance.
As a fighter, endurance is important as is all your technical and tactical sessions, at times some fighters sacrifice technical sessions for the tactical thinking that two hours sparring is better than metabolic endurance, WRONG.
Fighters need to be aware and able to control the effects of (HLA) ,Hydrogen lactic acid, The body has an in built bicarbonate system which soaks up some of the hydrogen and other by products.

The Hydrogen is the cause of

• Burning feeling in the muscles
• Laboured breathing
• Muscle contraction
• Muscle inhibition

In order to combat these effects and to have effective endurance in a fight, we need to train the body to cope with the demands of the sport.

In order to do this we need to “Address all the components of contact movements in our strength training so that the whole spectrum of flexibility, speed and loads that the muscles will see during training or competition”
The SAID Principle (Specific adaptations to imposed demands) comes hand in hand with the above statement, and allows us to use everything from bodyweight to kettlebells.

Try the following circuit with kettlebells , complete as many reps of each exercise in thirty seconds with fifteen seconds rest in between reps, each set of exercises is grouped in sets of eight, this will allow you to train for five minutes with one minute rest after each set.

Set 1

1. Turkish Get-up alternate sides
2. Side press
3. Arrowhead swings
4. Clean and press
5. Alternate arm swings
6. Pistol
7. Push Press
8. Double Squats

Set 2

1. Squat holding one KB by the horns in the “steering wheel” position
2. Row
3. Swing
4. 1 leg Deadlift alternate legs
5. Weighted crunches
6. Squat holding one KB by the horns in the “steering wheel”
7. Diagonal Snatch
8. Saxon side bends

Set 3

1. Round the worlds
2. Double Swing
3. Clean
4. Renegade Pushup’s
5. Squat Snatch
6. Windmill
7. Bottom up military press
8. Hindu squat

Set 4

1. High Pull
2. Burpees (KB’s in each hand)
3. See saws
4. Reaching Lunges
5. Weighted crunches
6. Russian press
7. Turkish get up
8. Sumo squats

Ensure that your kettlebell is of an appropriate weight so that correct form can be maintained for as long as possible.