Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

I hope everyone enjoyed my last blog about the Filipino Martial Arts. I would like to take this opportunity to talk about the grappling martial arts, Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in particular. When I started doing martial arts, I had always believed that the striking arts, such as Karate, Kung Fu, and Tae Kwon Do were unbeatable and were truly devastating systems. When I was a teenager however, I had seen the Ultimate Fighting Championship and I was surpised to see that wrestlers, Judo players, and practioners of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu were defeating practioners in the strking arts such as Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Kung Fu. After viewing this, I decided that I would take up grappling, so I began studying Judo at a local YMCA. When I got into high school I decided to join the wrestling team in order to complement my Judo. As time passed, I wish I had learned how to grapple (a general term that is used to describe techniques that use holds, throws, and locks, without the use of striking) much sooner. As years progressed, I became more proficient in the art of Judo, so I decided that I would take up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well. Currently I am considered a white belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but I can say that I love it, and the skills that I have learned are amazing.

If you are studying traditional martial arts such as Karate, or Kung Fu, you might be asking yourself, "why should I learn how to grapple"? The answer to this question is simple, what would you do if someone tackles you and takes you to the ground? How would you defend yourself without knowing how to fight on the ground? Lets just say on the other hand that you want to use your striking skills in order to defend yourself against someone who practices grappling. It would be better to know how a grapple thinks in order to defeat a grapple, don't you think? So if you are interested in learning grappling skills, it would be a good idea to learn Judo or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, if you have no martial arts experience, and want some self defense skills, learning to grapple is not a bad idea . When looking for a school, make sure the school has a trial lesson to ensure that the school is right for you. Another option that is available to you are online programs such as the one offerred by Jean-Jacques Machado, which work well if you have a training partner. I wish everyone good luck in their training, in my future post, which I will entitle Judo vs. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I will go into specifics about how both of these grappling styles differ, until then I wish everyone good luck in their training.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Manny Pacquiao vs Oscar De La Hoya

Olympic Gold medalist and 10-time world champion “The Golden Boy” OSCAR DE LA HOYA will face current Ring Magazine No. 1-ranked pound for pound champion MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO on Saturday, December 6 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada in a bout that will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

The bout will be a 12-round, non-title fight contested at the 147-pound welterweight limit. This exciting and intriguing match-up pits two of the most recognizable and popular talents in the sport today in what will surely be the grand finale of the 2008 boxing calendar year.

I have seen Manny Pacquiao fights even before he became a famous celebrity because of his great boxing skills. Of course I am very proud and I will surely support Manny Pacquiao not only because he is a fellow Filipino but I am one of his fans. I will be delighted to see Manny Pacquiao knocks Oscar De La Hoya.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Xbox 360 Elite $399.99

  • Xbox 360 Elite console: The console is equipped with an HDMI port, HDMI cable, a black wireless controller and black Xbox LIVE headset. It also comes with three powerful core processors, 16:9 cinematic aspect ratio, anti-aliasing for smooth textures, full surround sound, and DVD playback with upscaling capabilities right outof the box.
  • Xbox 360 120GB hard drive: The huge 120GB detachable hard drive allows gamers to save their games and store television shows, movies, music, pictures, trailers, extra game levels, demos and other content available from Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Also sold separatley.
  • Xbox 360 Wireless Controller (black): The sleek black finish of this high-performance wireless controller matches the style of the Elite Console. It has a range of up to 30 feet and a battery life of 30 hours on two AA batteries. Also sold separatley.
  • Xbox 360 headset (black): Now available in black, the headset lets you strategize while playing together online or trade taunts with your opponents. You can also send voice messages to friends on Xbox LIVE.
  • Xbox 360 HDMI cable: New to Xbox 360, HDMI lets you get HD video (up to 1080p) and multichannel surround sound, all from one cable.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


It's the biggest fight in mixed martial arts history! 3-time UFC Heavyweight Champ Randy "The Natural" Couture returns to the Octagon and puts his title on the line against the biggest opponent of his career, wrestling powerhouse Brock Lesnar. Can the legend prevail? Or will a new hero rise?

UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar - Saturday, November 15, live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Meeting with Master Ner

Late last night, we went to met my husband's Escrima Teacher from Laban Tulisan Organization. He came here in town to conduct a seminar in Ciudad Juarez although we met him in El Paso, Texas.

My husband decided not to go to Ciudad Juarez due to drug war currently in effect in Mexico and particularly in Ciudad Juarez. Well, we just mainly talked on some things at my husband's other teacher Guro Don. The cool thing is that Guro Don gave my husband a sword as a birthday present from him.

And also, Guro Don show us his collection of guns and rifles. My husband was able to check his AR-15 rifle and his Taurus hand gun. We stay there for about 2 hours or so. Then after meeting Master Ner we went to eat food at Chicos Tacos then finally,we went home.

It was a nice experience to met one of the Master in Filipino Martial Arts.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Filipino Martial Arts

I have been practicing martial arts for approximately 13 years and I really enjoy it. I have practiced Japanese martial arts, such as Ninjutsu, Shotokan Karate, Judo, Jujutsu, Chinese Arts, such as Wu-Shu, San Soo, as well as Filipino Martial Arts. Many of the martial arts have similarities however, Filipino martial arts, which include Arnis, Eskrima, and Kali, are quite different than many arts that most people have studied. One of the main differences is that the student is taught how to use weapons first, and eventually move on to learning empty handed techniques. Contrary to popular belief, Filipino martial arts is more than just "stickfighting" or "knife fighting". Filipino martial arts typically consists of stick training, both double and single, blades, in various lengths, both single and double, as well as flexible weapons such as the whip, to name just a few. Outside of weaponry, the Filipino Martial arts teaches the practioner to use striking techniques and grappling techniques (dumog).

Martial arts such as Shotokan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Wu-Shu teach weapons, however most of these teach to use weapons for non-combative purposes, in other words they teach to use weapons mostly for demonstration, while Filipino Martial Arts teaches to use weapons in actual combat situations. While many people native to the Philippines have left the Filipino Martial Arts, it is interesting to note that for people outside the Philippines find the Filipino Martial Arts to be exotic, and often times more useful than other systems, especially those members of Law Enforcement and the Military. The reason for this is that Filipino Martial Arts uses and defends against weapons that are commonly used by and against Law Enforcement and Military Personnel. Basically, who would you entrust to teach you weapon defenses, those who do not know how weapons work, or those who do? The answer is quite obvious. Some of the most popular schools of Filipino Martial arts include, Sayoc Kali, Doce Pares, Modern Arnis, Kombatan, as well as many others.

If you are interested in learning realistic self defense it would not be a bad idea to learn Filipino Martial Arts. Those who are already involved in martial arts other than Filipino Martial arts, it would be a great benefit to incorporate the Filipino Martial Arts into your system. If you are not close to a school, there are many options to learn these systems through long distance courses. The beauty of Filipino Martial arts is that most of the systems are very easy to learn and quite effective, part of this is due in part to the constant drilling that must be learned to become proficient. So if you are willing to learn do not hesitate, there are many schools that are most likely not too far from where you live so you can begin to learn many life saving techniques.