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.