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Sokoudjou's Inside Trip

By Becca Borawski

In MMA

September 01, 2007

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A fighter out of Dan Henderson's Team Quest camp, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou was the undoubted underdog going into his February 2007 Pride fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, little brother of the famed heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Sokoudjou was unknown to most of the MMA world and had a 2-1 record in small shows. Not only did Sokoudjou surprise fans and critics everywhere by knocking Nogueira out, but he repeated… Continue Reading

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Strength on the Mat

By Gant Grimes

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September 01, 2007

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Physical strength may or may not be the most important thing in life, as Rip says, but there is no questions that is vitally important in martial arts, especially judo. Judo, like any worthwhile sport, favors strong, fit athletes with good technique. While some martial arts, like Brazilian jiu-jitsu, are highly technique-driven, Judo requires strength, power, and conditioning--in addition to technique--to be successful.

Gerald Lafon, a United States Judo Association Master Coach, explains… Continue Reading

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August 01, 2007

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Despite its place as a key element in Mixed Martial Arts, wrestling is frequently not prioritized by fighters learning the trade. Younger fighters often begin primarily as jiu- jitsu practitioners or kickboxers and later add wrestling in when they decide to transition to MMA. The fighters who come from wrestling backgrounds, however, have proven themselves dominant in the sport throughout its history so far--from Mark… Continue Reading

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July 01, 2007

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For this month's article I traveled to Temecula, California, to spend a day with Dan Henderson and his fighters at Team Quest. Dan recently achieved the historic feat of earning both the welterweight and middleweight Pride titles. Although over the course of his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career he has evolved into a well rounded fighter, wrestling was Dan's original sport. A member of two Olympic… Continue Reading

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Ground and Pound Sequence

By Becca Borawski

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June 01, 2007

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One of the things that differentiates Mixed Martial Arts from other combat sports, in an exciting and sometimes shocking way, is the dimension of striking on the ground. Striking a downed opponent is considered by some to be an acceptable and realistic tactic, and by others as one of the factors that makes MMA brutal and equivalent to street fighting. In truth, it is a highly technical area of fighting, and it is a… Continue Reading

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Kicking

By Becca Borawski

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May 01, 2007

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Anyone who watches modern mixed martial arts is bound to have a love for kicks. A well executed kick catches an opponent off guard and can be debilitating. Kicking is powerful and effective, whether as a series of low kicks to the leg that slowly chop down the opponent or as one swift kick to the head that ends the fight. While most people are familiar with traditional boxing, the popularity of mixed martial… Continue Reading

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Body Shots

By Becca Borawski

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April 01, 2007

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While kicks to an opponent's head and one-punch knockouts might make for great highlight reels, less dramatic-looking punches to the body can drop an opponent with stunning pain. A memorable example of this in boxing is the 200px4 Bernard Hopkins vs. Oscar de la Hoya match. Nine rounds into the fight, Hopkins landed a devastating blow to de la Hoya's side that dropped him and left him pounding on the… Continue Reading

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The Left Hook

By Becca Borawski

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March 01, 2007

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Nothing quite catches the attention of an audience like a knockout, whether it be in boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts. The left hook is a particularly famous knockout punch, and it is the focus of the second part of this four-part series on striking. However, it’s not just for knockouts. The left hook can be utilized in the gym to develop explosive power, hip movement, and coordination.

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