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Ronda Rousey – New StrikeForce Champion

Posted in Fighters, Judo, Mixed Martial Arts, MMA, News, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2012 by Combative Corner

Fans had something to cheer about Saturday night, March 3rd, 2012 as the quick upstart, Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey defeated Miesha “Takedown” Tate to become the new women’s bantamweight champion.  An Olympic bronze medalist in Judo, Rousey began her pro MMA start only a year ago and now holds the belt from 5-year veteran Tate.  Noted for her solid armbars, many of Rousey’s fans knew that it would just be a matter of time before Tate would get caught.

Tate came out swinging but eventually fell to “The Armbar” at 4:27 of the first round.  The extent of the elbow hyper-extension is still playing on the people’s minds but as Tate said, “…I came here to fight.”

About Tate, Rousey had this to say:

“She was much more savvy on the ground than I had anticipated… She’s good, she’s legit, but I don’t feel that bad about the armbar finish.”

Ronda Rousey, if she hasn’t already, has (in many’s eyes – and almost “overnight”) become “The Face” of Women’s Mixed Martial Arts.  She will deny it and say that Gina Carano still holds that mantle – but the wicked truth is that “Rowdy” is here to stay and is truly making her mark… and in remarkable fashion.

Watch the Gracie Breakdown for a breakdown like only the Gracie Brothers can give.

Pro Records of : Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate at Sherdog.Com



Common Injuries in Jiu Jitsu | Neck

Posted in Health, Jiujitsu, Martial Arts, Nutrition, Safety, Training with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2011 by chencenter

It can go without saying that injuries in jiu jitsu is not so much a question of how it will happen to you, but when.  After getting back to the mat post-honeymoon last Saturday night, I could sense that the coming Sunday was going to be sore one.  After waking up (moving quite like Batman), I felt compelled to write.


[Commonly encountered from neck cranks, guillotine chokes & hard falls]

 Muscles Affected*: [Upper/Mid-back] Semi-spinalis, Longissimus dorsi, Iliocostalis dorsi, Trapezius [Neck]  Semispinalis capitus, Levator scapulae, Longus capitus, Longus colii, Scalenes, Splenius cervicis


The first thing to understand (and sometimes a difficult thing amongst men) is “Don’t be a hero.”  Before more damage is done, Tap out!  It also helps to communicate beforehand with your training partner, especially if they are strong to begin with.  If something feels injured, it probably is (proceed to step 2).  The quicker you start the healing process (which first is the sometimes difficult task of stopping your training – at the very least for the time being).

Listen to your body.  Don’t be a hero.  What you do from the time injury occurs and for the proceeding 24-72 hours, is of monumental importance.  Stretching beforehand is crucial before any activity and will help stave off the soreness and lessen the possibility for injury.


Most of us have heard the acronym “R.I.C.E.”  It stands for: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.  Stay away from heat (it’ll increase the inflammatory response).  I learned in massage school the tremendous benefits of ice therapy and highly encourage everyone to apply it, constantly.  Studies have show that heat (although it may feel nice) acts superficially and doesn’t get quite the rush of blood and nutrients that cold produces.  Aspirin or Alleve is a good pain reliever but Arnica is a great natural, topical treatment (applied only to injured, unbroken skin) [Weil, 2006].  Three key nutritional needs for muscle recovery/growth are vitamin C (chief component of connective tissue healing) and protein (essential for muscle growth/regrowth) and hydration.  Speaking from personal experience, even with the use of multiple, daily applications of ice, and plenty of good rest and nutrition, pain (although in a diminishing amount) is present anywhere from 3 to 14 days.


It is always advisable to see a physician regarding any injury, however many injuries we sustain in the martial arts and through training are (fairly) minor and can be dealt with through the application of good sense and information (from expert sources**).  Acupuncture, massage therapy and (especially) chiropractic treatments are avenues highly worth exploring and will help keep your body working in top order.  And while recovery is best done with rest, it is not to say that some motion is bad.  The body craves motion (but know your limits/boundaries)! Light stretching, slow movement and (pain-free) rotations of the joints can be highly beneficial in boosting circulation, improving muscle tone and lubricating the joints.  A great resource for anyone is Dick Hartzell (inventor of the Flex band).  Here is one of my favorite videos of his for shoulders [Click Here].


You’re body is yours and yours alone, and it goes without saying that we should do our utmost to keep it healthy.  When, how soon and how hard you continue your training is ultimately in your hands and should be a safe call.  Be patient and make sure your ready.  If you’ve consulted your physician or chiropractor, ask him or her if and/or when you’ll be ready to continue training.  Good luck everyone.

We at The Combative Corner wish you all the best and – no injuries!  Cheers.

Please offer your advice if you feel we missed/left out anything


*Obviously injuries vary and therefore different muscles can be damaged/injured to a greater extent.  This is not a complete list, as other muscles maybe affected as well.  It is, however, of benefit to become aware of these muscles.

**Author Michael Joyce is a professional martial artist, licensed massage therapist (#6096) and has his degree in the Exercise & Sport Sciences.  Additional Resources: Andrew Weil M.D., The American Journal of Sports Medicine 2004, Volume 32, Dr. Tom Deters, Ashok V Gokhale, MD, PhD, eMedicineHealth.

-Photos of Muscles Courtesy of: Greys Anatomy

Roundtable Discussion 004: Next Best Style

Posted in Roundtable Discussion, Styles with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2010 by Combative Corner

Six martial art instructors were asked,

“If you were given only one style/system of martial art to study (besides your primary discipline), what would it be and why?”

Sensei Robert Lara – For me it would be Wing Chun Kung Fu.  I already train Wing Chun and that is why I picked it. Because it works! No messing around. A very solid and sound fighting art.  It is very much like the Japanese Aiki arts. To control your attackers mind and take away there intent to do harm to you or others.  To stick to an attack once launched is a very sound way to apply control. Be it deflecting blocks, Punches, Elbows, Chops, Low kicks. Sweeps, Throws.  I Love Wing Chun!  I have great love for all the arts but there are those systems that you know are for you.


Sensei Brad Vaughn – If I could study one martial arts style it would be Kung Fu. It really doesn’t matter what style(though I think Southern Shaolin would fit me nicely) because I find any and all forms of Kung Fu both beautiful and dangerously effective at the same time. I’ve had the opportunity to study a couple of different styles, first in college and now recently and I never cease to be amazed by it. It is my “holy grail” of martial arts. I train hard in the martial arts hoping that one day I will be worthy to become a black belt in Kung Fu as well. I would love to just take off to China for a couple of years and just immerse myself in the culture and study Kung Fu up close and personal and then return to the states a true Kung Fu Masters but I don’t think my wife would go along with that.


Sifu Freddie Lee – Jeet Kune Do. Because there are no limitations. It is not a style or a system, it gives you the realization to go beyond.


Coach Johnny Kuo There are so many choices of martial arts that it’s difficult to answer this question. Almost any art would be a viable choice given access to a talented instructor. If I had to choose an art besides I-Liq Chuan, I would pick Arnis. Arnis has several characteristics I find appealing: it emphasizes partner practice, blends offense and defense, doesn’t require a lot of equipment, has a no-nonsense approach, and most importantly, it just looks fun.

I also like the fact the Arnis is not dependent on physical prowess; skill is a much more important factor for proficiency than size and strength. Swinging two sticks to beat the daylights out of your opponent seems so primal and basic, yet there is subtlety and beauty in the art. To me, it seems like Arnis would develop practical martial skills, enhance the mental ability to read the conditions of offense and defense, and have good skill carry over to other arts.


Coach Michael Joyce – Silat.  But I’m actually going to be very specific with this one.  Over the last few months, I’ve glimpsed numerous martial art video posts (as I enjoy seeing forms progress, applications worked, and maybe pick up on some new training exercises/methods).  One channel really impressed me, as my main draw to the martial arts is the science behind efficient and effective self-defense.  The channel that I came across was Maul565 and the style is Silat Suffian Bela Diri.  Maul Mornie is the instructor and came from Seria, a small town in Brunei Darussalam.  He is currently based in the United Kingdom and does workshops across the country, stressing “Minimum Effort, Maximum Effect.”  My kinda guy!  Can’t wait to learn more about this style through his videos, and perhaps, one day, by him personally.  Check his website out HERE.



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