September 18, 2022


Regardless of being a lot maligned by the fight sports activities world, Aikido nonetheless has a following. Many practitioners all over the world proceed to have fun the artwork and proceed its legacy, nevertheless it will get nearly no love from the MMA neighborhood at giant.

This week, we begin off with Jerry from Battle Commentary Breakdowns. He does a deep dive into Aikido and it’s sensible makes use of, the frustrations of adapting it to a contemporary context, and a good quantity of concept:

It’s a worthwhile exploration of Aikido rules, warts and all. Most apparently, it makes an attempt to use those self same rules and discover through-lines through which Aikido can be utilized in a contemporary martial arts context in varied conditions. This was one other stable little bit of digging and experimenting that led to a considerate collection of explorations for the artwork.

Up subsequent, we’ve acquired a group of some fairly dope Kung Fu clips being utilized exterior of a strictly Kung Fu surroundings. It even options Pierre Flores, whom we’ve coated earlier than right here on BE.

On a private stage, I’ve had reservations concerning Flores up to now. It typically appears that he selectively calls out masters significantly older than him. His success price hasn’t been 100%; he acquired damage fairly badly throughout a problem bout in Vietnam. However props to him for placing himself on the market and making this occur.

Whereas most of those vids find yourself with the Kung Fu man getting trounced or embarrassed, these have been some enjoyable and fascinating examples of fellows thriving and discovering success in fights. Very like the Aikido vid above, it’s a wonderful means to take a look at the additional evolution of extra conventional fight arts.


I’ve a replica of UFC 8 at dwelling, and also you’re sufficiently old to recollect (or only a massively devoted fan), you’ll bear in mind the theme of the occasion was David vs Goliath. The bouts have been set to have main dimension disparities between opponents, and it was very intense.

And that’s certainly one of my favourite issues in fight sports activities. Love seeing the underdog recover from on the larger man, any day of the week. So right here we’ve got one thing that warms my depressing, darkish and shriveled coronary heart, courtesy of Grappler Kingdom:

This compilation is all Judo strategies the place the smaller competitor will get some shine. Beautiful method on show throughout.

Holding issues within the Judo realm, right here’s a breakdown of Abe Hifume (courtesy of Judo Highlights), a stellar competitor that assaults like a shark:


Subsequent we’ve acquired Radikal Movies, with one other compilation of devastating Muay Thai knockouts. It’s not simply one other knockout assortment, you’re seeing the sequences and setups nicely earlier than the payoff. It requires a tiny little bit of endurance in comparison with the same old knockout assortment, and it’s all the higher for it:

Not that there’s something unsuitable with the same old knockout compilation. This subsequent one? Straight fireplace:


Random addition: an India vs Pakistan Kushti match for the grappling heads:


And we’ll finish issues this week with a mini-tribute to Francisco Filho, former Okay-1 star and absolute menace. His Kyokushin background acquired him far in his fight sports activities profession, and his 100-man Kumite is the factor of legends:

Right here’s a group of his competitors highlights:

A few of his most intense finishes:

Be prepared for the brand new GTA On-line revamp. And bear in mind – you would possibly suppose you possibly can combat, however there are lots of guys such as you all around the world.



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