Wednesday, August 21, 2013


The UFC is holding an event on August 28th in Indianapolis Indiana at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. For the second consecutive Saturday UFC fans can watch some the worlds best athletes compete on free television. Not to shabby. The card is not quite as stacked as last weeks debut on Fox Sports 1 but its free mma, so don't bother complaining.

Carlos Condit vs Martin Kampmann

In the main event we have a rematch that has been four years in the making. Carlos Condit lost a close split decision to Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18 in 2009. Both fighters are coming of loses to number one contender Johny Hendricks and are in need of strong performance to stay relevant as a top contender. The winner will likely remain in the mix and the loser will have to work there way back up. Both fighters have high level striking and grappling skills, but Kampmann is coming off an extremely devastating knockout loss. The kind of knock out that a fighter never fully recovers from and makes them more susceptible to future knock outs. Im going to go with Condit by tko, I just cant see Kampmann being the same fighter after his last fight.

Donald Cerrone vs Rafael Dos Anjos

In the co-main event, two of the top lightweights in the world collide as the cowboy Donald Cerrone takes on surging Brazilian import Rafeal Dos Anjos. Cerrone has compiled an impressive 7-2 record in the UFC, and has ranked in the top 10 for quite some time. While Dos Anjos has won his last 4 bouts, which include wins over Evan Dunham, and Mark Bocek. Much like the main event, the winner of this bout will only be a one or two fights away from a title shot. Cerrone will have a definitive reach advantage and should be able to to win the majority of the striking exchanges, while the more compact Brazilian fighter should be able to control Cerrone on the ground to get the decision. Tough fight to call, im going to go with Dos Anjos by decision.

Kevin Gastelum vs Brian Melancon

Ultimate Fighter 17 winner Kevin Gastelum makes his return to the octagon after winning the reality show and faces one time UFC fighter Brian Melancon. Gastelum brings a lot of heart, tenacity and wrestling skills to the table and has beat all comers thus far in his mma career. Melancon had a very impressive UFC debut in his bout with Seth Baczyniski. He looked very comfortable against a much taller opponent in Baczyniski, and displayed some impressive knock out power. Although Gastelum has defeated 5 opponents to win the reality show, he is still very green in his overall mma game and Meclancon is a very dangerous fighter. Look for Melancon to another first round stoppage due to strikes.

Other bouts on the main card include a welterweight show down between Ultimate Fighter 11 winner Court McGee and Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner Robert Whittaker. Also a potential fight of the night at bantamweight when the always exciting Mexican Erik Perez returns to face former WEC title challenger in Takeya Mizugaki.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013


Muay Thai Fighter

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, can trace its roots back to Japan, where the art of Judo was created. Judo was formed from japanese jitsu which was used on the feudal battlefields. Judo was mainly created by Jigoro Kano, who wanted to create an art that could be practiced without resulting in severe injuries. Many of the battlefield techniques were removed and Judo was created. Kano, adopted a way for participants to practice at full effort, while not permanently injuring competitors. This form of open sparring is known as Randori.

Esai Maeda, was a student of Kano, and had emigrated to Brazil to establish an Japanese Immigration colony. He was aided by Gastao Gracie, a Brazilian of Scottish descent. To show gratitude to Gracie for his help in the colonization, Maeda taught Gastao's son Carlos the basic techniques of Jiu-Jitsu. Carlos then passed on the knowledge to his brothers Oswaldo, Jorge, Gastao, and Helio.

As the story goes, Helio Gracie was a small and frail individual, who was always sitting at the side as his brothers taught Jiu Jitu. One day his brothers didn't show up to teach a class and Helio stepped in taught the class. The next day when the brothers returned, they were told by the students that they wanted Helio to train them. He had been studying the techniques from afar and had developed them to work on leverage and not strength. Even with his smaller body he was able to defeat opponents many times larger than him.

Helio would go on to open his own academy in 1940, located in Rio. The popular Gracie Jiu Jitsu academies were very popular and over the next 18 years, the four different locations in Rio would see over 2000 students come through there doors. The Gracie academies were not that the only places to train in judo or jiu jitsu in Brazil, but they were the most successful. With the growth of the sport Helio Gracie created the first federation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1967. It was from this Federation that the belt systems for students was established. More federations would be created in later years, most importantly Carlos Gracie Jr. created the Confederacao Brasiliera in 1993. This federation had the idea of creating a world championship (the Mundials).

The art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was virtually unknown in north america. This would change with the creation of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993. A one night tournament would pit different martial arts disciplines against one another. Helio Gracies son Royce would be chosen to represent the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Royce dominated the competition and the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was introduced to the masses.

Posted in Martial Arts Disciplines

Thursday, August 8, 2013


Kimurawear mma Gym Bag 
 If you are practitioner of mixed martial arts, then you know that you need a specialized gym bag that can handle all of your gear. Gloves of various sizes, head gear, shin guards, hand wraps, rash guards, board shorts, etc. Our Convertible gym bag can handle all that and more.

Our over sized main compartment is big enough to hold all of the necessary gear for any sparring or training session. The bag has numerous compartments and pockets throughout the bag, that are great for storing smaller objects, ie, mouth guard, hand wraps, wallet, cell phone. This bag is constructed with a rip-stop polyester on the exterior and a water proof inner liner on the inside of the bag. This bag is tough, durable, and made to last.

In order to eliminate potential odor issues with the gear inside of the bag, we have made the bag fully ventilated so that will not be a problem.

Perhaps the best feature of the bag is its ability to convert from gym bag to back pack in seconds. This gym bag has all the best features and has a stylish design, that you only find on Kimurawear product.

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