All Fighters – Psychology, Feeling-Out Process, and the Ultimate Fighter

The surge in popularity of mma is causing an influx of average people thinking they can be fighters only because they have the nerve to fight.  This is the exact naïveté that makes children believe they can do anything they put their minds to.  But fighters are cultivated from birth, not built from the audacity of “choice.”  The cliché goes “fighters are born, not made.”  The problem now is that there are countless semi-successes who are really just average guys, untalented, non-inundated, and who do not embody people with personal life experiences related to being fighters.  They are guys who fell into fighting or think bad tempers can be harnessed into…

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BREAKING NEWS: Pacman-Mayweather – Imagine If the Roles Were Reversed

The storyline changes once again. Common sense tells us that Manny Pacquiao does not want to fight Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Pacquiao refused to recognize Mayweather as a viable opponent for a couple of years; in interviews, he has been recorded saying that Mayweather wasn’t on his radar. When Pacquiao signed for his last fight, contrary to popular belief, he did it when it was impossible for Mayweather to guarantee a fight with him. The media tends to get this confused. Pacquiao swore that “skills pay the bills” and that his “size or strength doesn’t matter,” but why does he not want to just fight? He is now turning the…

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Standing and Banging

Since the days before Firpo and Dempsey, the public has had a love affair with the ideal of two fighters going blow for blow, shot for shot, in a violent show of bravado. I remember being enthralled when I watched guys teetering on the brink of collapsing, exhaustion so merciless that their blood seemed to drain in slow motion from their cuts, and their lungs sounded too worn-out to gasp any harder, but their last punches all thrust like finish moves of knifings, only these weapons were punches thrown from passion repeatedly thudding against newly weathered skulls. And I, like anyone else, would imagine how impossible it would be…

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9 Real Problems of MMA

Cirque de Soleil of combat.  It’s shoved in your face in all its growing clichés.  Is it becoming a pseudo-sport of WWE?It is not embarrassing for fighters to be stopped.  This causes a culture of quitting, whether it’s unanimous or not.  The tapping out and the honor of being choked out (or even the rare limb breaking or joint tearing) is acceptable even to the fighters.  Fighters have already admitted to pretending to go limp to show “guts” in not tapping, and tappers escape fights without any damage.  If a boxer acted like he couldn’t get up, because his will is too broken to continue, it wouldn’t matter—that boxer…

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Fit But Not To Fight – Commentary on the State of Training and Over-training

“The bigger they are, the harder they fall.” “It’s not how strong you are, it’s leverage.” “Skills pay the bills.” These are some oft spoken training maxims, but pure fitness has always been a center piece of martial arts, romanticized and necessary in its core. Now, with the boom of crossfit training, the popular implementation of strongman routines, and the everyday mma poseur who thinks he’s showed talent in some bravado bar brawl, how much muscle under one’s bench means so much more. There may be a false pretense because being in shape is starting to mean more than being in fighting shape to many people trying to be…

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Sports Farce Part I

The Weakness of Trying to Be The Best I’ve been on a journey to find out what good reason there could be to aim to beat anyone at anything.  After speaking to an assortment of people—successful entrepreneurs, athletes who have excelled, and life’s complete failures—it has been decided: people win because they are brainwashed and insecure.  So gone are the erudites and Bourgeoisies as they lie among them.  I have figured it out, not in spite of them but because of them.  Where are the exceptions to all these unoriginal followers and dullards? The two high, noble reasons to aim to be the best: Just for the sport of…

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Fear Training – The Essential Aspect of Training in Martial Arts

Some of these issues have been addressed in “The Problem with Bruce Lee’s JKD,” but it is discussed here in more depth as this has been an on-going discussion with several of our readers. Martial Arts schools are typically “business above all things,” so every potential martial artist/fighter must look at everything honestly. First of all, all belt systems that I have ever come across are arbitrary. They’re just selling points to appease people who need to be patted on the back. Whether it’s t-shirts systems, or patch systems, dojos and schools have arbitrary ways of monitoring people’s improvement. They’re so arbitrary in their methods that the rewards are…

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Sports Farce Part II – the Delusions of Being Competitive

I just caught Magic & Bird on HBO while hoping, instead, to watch a replay of the Pacquiao-Clottey 24/7, but I sat through the basketball documentary taken aback by the pretense. To me, Larry Bird acted like some monster readying himself to eviscerate his opponents, the greatest of which was Ervin Johnson. Johnson explained away at how he was, as well, a super-human whose personality when not at home was encapsulated by being “Magic.” When he was in front of the cameras, he was an entertainer, and pure Magic. When he was on the court, he was a competitor trying to do whatever in the world he could do…

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Fight Quotes – A Compilation

This is a compilation of quotations that I’ve read over the years, each of which have “struck a chord and my fancy” as I have found them to have some relation to the elegant and ultra-violent world of fighting. A crude few are excerpted from my writing, but they are, at least, honest. Check it out. v “Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill v “Boxing is the best and most individual lifestyle you can have in society without being a criminal.” – Randy Neumann v “I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.” – Muhammad Ali…

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Cain Velasquez v. Brock Lesnar Afterword: the Culture of Boxing and MMA

A. O’Toole’s comical entries, 12 Reasons Boxing Guy’s Hate MMA and 12 More Reasons You Should Hate MMA, Too, have gotten ShootaFairOne.com a mass push of emails in support for O’Toole as well as a few peripheral death threats. Some feedback was so top-notch that I felt compelled to address them along with one fine bashing. Where does this boxing-mma beef come from? For one, the hard feelings come from the two sports’ fan bases not intermingling with each other as much as they seem to be meant to. The boxing crowd generally does not associate with any other crowd – most notably football, and now mma. Boxing enthusiasts,…

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