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The Most Comfortable Rash Guard I Have Ever Worn 

        Rash guards are basically surfing shirts used by surfers to protect from getting rashes from their boards. It is made out of spandex type material and usually thicker than regular spandex. These are like half suits for the torso. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu martial artists in the 90’s made these things very popular for martial artists who want to do full contact fighting. The early days of the UFC allowed all kinds of uniforms to be worn in the cage and a lot of practitioners were grapplers. They stopped wearing the traditional Jiujitsu gi because the opponent could grab it and pull on it. So they started the whole “o-gi” Jiu Jitsu style or also sporting competition. This translated well for MMA and kickboxers who train in the gym because it is very functional clothing. You do not have loose clothing like a wet t-shirt, or gi or dobok that soaks up sweat. The rash guard material repels it and wicks it away from your body. They are also hygienic and protect your skin from a lot of skin diseases and bacteria that can be transferred with skin to skin contact and also from the sweat on the mat you may roll in.

With that being said, I am still a traditional martial artist and love to wear my dobok for Taekwondo, but I think that the Taekwondo practitioner needs to also practice in other kinds of clothes and do kickboxing and MMA training. So donning MMA shorts/kickboxing shorts and a rash guard is something you should do every week once or twice at least. I have trained with rash guards for many years doing my intense striking work and conditioning work. I also love to wear one when I roll and do grappling sometimes. I prefer the bJJ gi when I do my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training but I also believe to be an efficient and street ready fighter you need to train in both the gi and without the gi. So the rash guard is the best choice for attire when not rolling in the gi.

I have a few rash guards, but I will tell you the absolute best rash guard I have ever worn is the Elite Sports Star Rash Guard. Elite Sports is a maker of a lot of martial arts gear with an emphasis on MMA, but they also make Taekwondo uniforms too. The Elite Sports Star Short Sleeve Compression Rash Guard is extremely comfortable and feels great.

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The material is thicker spandex and slides well on the mat. The stitching is very strong. What I like about this rash guard compared to others is that the shirt fits my wider frame and does not feel tight in my armpits like other brands do. My shoulders and armpits are not restricted and I can freely move. I am a bigger guy around 220lbs and I wear an XL size. Another important thing about this shirt is that it does not at all choke my in anyway. Almost every rash guard I have worn in the past has given me a slight uncomfortable feeling on the front of my throat. The tight spandex usually gives slight discomfort but nothing that keeps me from working out, breathing, and giving it my all. This Elite Sports Star rash guard has a small v-neck shape that does not choke me at all!!! It feels amazing! I was so surprised.
Probably one of the coolest features of this rash guard is that the waist has a band that keeps the shirt conformed to my waist. It is form fitting and stays down. When I roll with other rash guards they usually would slide up and expose my belly. It was annoying as I want to be modest when I train as well as be hygenic and not have parts of my torso rubbing the mat or someone else’s skin. This rash guard by Elite Sports stays around my waist and does not hike up! I love it!!! It has this cool band sort of like a rubber band keeping it down. Nothing about this rash guard is too tight either. It just overall feels comfortable.

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The design of this rash guard is also really cool. This is a ranked rash guard and white symbolizes by BJJ white belt status. I am almost to blue and when I get blue belt I will get a blue rash guard like this as well. So I feel great and also look great with a very fashionable design!

So as a Taekwondo fighter I will practice my punches and kicks and also do my Jiujitsu in this as well. It also is a great overall active shirt for general fitness. Jogging, weights, jump rope, push ups and everything else. I recommend this rash guard. You can get it on Amazon for $24.99. The price is very nice!!!! Other rash guards cost 50 or more dollars! So Elite Sports is making high quality gear for a low price the average martial arts man can afford!

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Elite Sports Star Rash Guard

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Training MMA In Korea

        I was invited to train with a small club for amateur MMA who meets at the gym where I train. We trained on Sunday and it was pretty hard training. We did pad drills, takedown drills and various kinds of sparring such as grappling with punches sparring, stand up striking like Muay Thai style sparring and NoGi grappling parring and finally MMA sparring. Of course we used plenty of control to make sure we were safe and no one got injured; but that does not mean it didn’t hurt or it wasn’t tough! It was! And it did hurt! But it was a good experience to make me a better fighter and martial artist. If I plan to teach Taekwondo I want to know what I am made of and if I am worthy of being an instructor who teaches people how to fight.

        I just have a sore jaw, nose and of course my injuries on my body are very sore from the past surgeries I have had. Some of the guys are advances in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, and Kickboxing. One guy who was nearly 6’5″ was a professional MMA fighter in Korea and a Korea Kickboxing champion. The rest were beginners. One was a wrestler/grappler with no striking experience. So we just had a lot of fun!

        Padwork

       MMA NoGi Grappling Sparring

       Stand Up Kicboxing Sparring

It was a goo training session and it gave me more confidence and showed me may weaknesses to try and fix. I hope to keep getting more confidence so I will not fear fighting and be a stronger person.

 

 

A Slam Backfired On This Guy And Cracked 3 Ribs And Bruised His Lung

*This post has been updated as of August 11th 2015 to currently reflect the author’s view. He originally supported Street Beefs, but after further observation decided to change his opinion. 

        A Youtube channel called Street Beefs recently put up a video of a fight between 2 guys who had a dispute to settle. One guy went for a hard slam and instead slammed himself into the ground and broke 3 of his ribs, and bruised his lung. The White Dragon Dojang Taekwondo & Martial Arts Blog has reported on Street Beefs before on an earlier article. To understand this group of people who fight in what is called “Satan’s Backyard,” located somewhere in Virginia, you must know about the owner of the backyard and Youtube channel. Street Beefs is run by an ex-con named Chris Stclair who goes by the moniker Scarface (or Face) who hates cops and Republicans, rich people whom he labels the 5% (which is different than the Occupy Movement’s claim of 1% rich people, and he claims rich people all murder and steel money from everyone), the Confederate battle flag, Fox News, is severely biased against White people who are conservative, loves the Black Panther Party, Loves Obama, believes the USA should be flooded with illegal aliens and says anyone who disagrees has “stupid logic,” is obsessed with racism being everywhere in the USA and has an overall extreme passionate hatred for the police and literally believes all cops want to kill black people.

On his Facebook page, he will tolerate you so long as you do not disagree with his opinion. If you view his page he is constantly obsessed with those who “are fake ass bitches” and is busy explaining why he is humble and legit and has no need for anyone who disagrees with his posts. Basically, he is a conceited know-it-all dictator on his page and Facebook group who is extremely thin skinned and cannot handle 1 ounce of criticism both on social/political issues and martial arts technique. He may add you as a friend and even allow you on the Street Beefs Facebook group, but once you dissent on one of his ignorant comments about cops, his obsession with white racists or any of the absolutely baseless comments he makes he will disown you. He will proceed to ignore you like a passive aggressive girl. His personal Facebook constantly shows anti-cop meme’s and other ridiculousness. He is literally one of the most thin skinned people I have ever met and is extremely close mined, intolerant, and bigoted.

For example here is a post on August 5th:

“I gotta be honest….
If it werent for how good it works for promoting our fights, i would GLEEFULLY delete my facebook account and NEVER look back..
I said it before…my bro craven deleted his fb years ago, and he warned me id hate it…well, i DO.
The fake, funny, strange sh!t i see on here id NEVER deal with in the real world.
When i walk down the street in the real world i dont hear HALF of the bullsh!t opinions, attitudes, and ideas i hear broadcasted on here.
Then you got people who get butthurt for strange reasons (sometimes for NO reason) and suddenly dissapear from your account.
People say sh!t, and take stances theyd NEVER take face to face.

Unfortunatley our fights have grown in a HUGE way scince i started my facebook so if i want STREETBEEFS to be successful, i GOTTA keep this facebook account going..but i just wanted to make it clear how much i fcking HATE facebook sometimes.”

Man it must be so hard to be a gangsta! Having to deal with Facebook and all the opinions of other people. Being an ex convict who was convicted of some pretty bad crimes gives him street cred yo! What is funny is I believe even he wouldn’t talk this way in real life, especially if it had to be with a professional situation like maybe during a job and using tact when dealing with the general public. And he says that people get “butthurt” for strange reasons. Maybe the reasons are not so strange. Maybe it is because he is an asshole and has extremely ignorant and outright wrong views on cops, America, and things of that nature that piss people off. The only person that seems butthurt is Mr. Face. The rest of his (few) minions left are equally as ignorant and suck ups.

The Street Beefs Facebook page is by invite only and a person can get kicked out easily by disagreeing with his far left extremist views. Apparently, thoughtful debate and intellectual discourse used with common sense, facts, and not on pure emotion is something he is not capable of and will just either disown you or want to physically fight you. He comes from a very far left “street tough” background, so if you are into that ok, but if you are somewhat conservative or think for yourself do not even bother commenting.

He claims that their fights are all about “beefs” between people, for various people in their neighborhood who have scores to settle, but in reality most of their fights are just between guys who want to fight or have some competitive match (who both are usually untrained). Once in awhile there is an actual argument that leads to wanting to fight each other who show up in the backyard to fight. It is something to wonder if any of these actual beefs are that serious and just an excuse to get 2 guys on video fighting, and a little attention to the fighters in the video. VICE is now reporting on them and about to put out a documentary. So, apparently it worked. We will see what kind of angle VICE will take on it when the documentary is released. It should be hilarious, especially because the hipsters at VICE news constantly create false impressions of things and make them a bigger deal than they really are.

Another thing about this channel is their training videos do not emphasize proper techniques and encourage people not to fight with correct technique or even use the speed bag properly. It is very odd. Even so, the concept itself isn’t bad and it provides some hilarious entertainment, and some fun fights here and there. Just do not expect to be friendly with this dude if you suggest even the slightest that 1. The guys fighting should train at a martial arts gym or boxing gym and learn how to actually fight properly, and 2. that you disagree to the smallest faction with his cop hating liberal ideology that gives excuses for criminal thugs. You will get banned instantly, so it is best to watch in silence.

If you criticize the lack of safety, lack of skill or training, bad technique he himself espouses, bad reffing etc., he will simply just insult you or block you. After this video, though, there have been some safety concerns and at least they changed things to prevent something this bad happening again. So I give them credit. I do not think the “Street Beefs’ idea is necessarily bad. I supported it pretty well in the beginning when if irst encountered this channel, but I have my doubts any truly serious “beefs” have actually been in this backyard. And most of the fighters suck and have no real technique, and the few of their “great fighters” are basically white belt level. But they have heart and enthusiasm that is pretty good. Scarface himself has fought a few times and is looking for challengers, but for some reason they always either cancel and back out, or he just isn’t looking for serious competitors harfd enough. The way he fights it is obvious that if any trained fighter fought him he would get knocked out or submitted really easily. Hopefully someone good fights him because his opponents have all sucked and most of the MMA community online knows it. That is why he gets s much criticism, and boy he sure cannot handle that!

Now on to the fight. In this video, the fight was between guy’s who go by the aliases Phoenix an Jordanian Nightmare.

This is the Jordanian Nightmare:

This is Pheonix, he has intense “beef” against the Jordanian Nightmare. This was Pheonix before he slammed himself into oblivion:

        In the actual fight video shown below, Phoenix seems to be outclassing the Jordanian Nightmare with decent boxing maneuvers. Then Jordanian Nightmare does a spin kick to the Phoenix’s knee which sets him off balance briefly but he recovers really fast and it did not phase him. Even so the low spin kick attempt was pretty cool an could have been effective if he hit the right target on the leg. Phoenix then continues to dominate against his opponent and takes his back and goes for a suplex! Unfortunately, he seemed to forget that in a suplex you grab the body lower, arch/bridge your back more, and make sure the other guys head or upper-back in the shoulder area hits the ground first. Instead he pulls his opponent directly on top of him as he falls back slamming his own back on the dirt and grass as well as allowing his opponents full body weight to crash down on top of him. Fight over. Cracked ribs, bruised lung, and agony ensue. He was totally airborne when he slammed too! He was taken to an ER shortly after this and he seems to be doing better and will recover. But dang!!

        This shows that fighting outside in another environment other than a gym or competition cage or ring can yield different results. Most likely if this was done in an MMA fight on a matted cage surface he would not have had this bad of an injury. The ground is deadly and this is why martial arts such as Judo that emphasize throwing and slams are seriously deadly. Imagine a fight on cement where someone was thrown hard on it. Instant death possibly. This is why Judo has the rule of ippon which means “one full point” in Japanese. This is basically “one finishing slam or technique” which would end the fight. Ippon basically means “fight ender” and is an expression used in Japanese martial arts sports such as Karate and Judo to declare a point that usually counts as an instant win. This has the philosophy as a technique being deadly and ending a fight. In Judo the throws and slams that land an opponent on their back are victories. But not very often to people in such sports ippon themselves like Phoenix did. This is why backyard fighting or street fighting is pretty dangerous and should not just happen with unprofessionals watching in a backyard unless there have been serious safety measures put in place.

        In a real fight a person needs to try not to harm them self by doing crazy wrestling moves. Make sure you can pull them off before attempting. Wrestlers often miscalculate the necessity to wear pants over shorts on rough ground, and sometimes don’t have the sense that the outside ground is not a high school wrestling mat. Do not ippon yourself! So what did it prove for this dude to get that injured in a local backyard? Was it worth it? Was their “serious beef” so serious it HAD to end this way? I doubt it.

        Street Beefs has recently been reported on and filmed by the VICE News channel and will put out a mini documentary on their activities for their Fight Land special interest channel that covers MMA an other martial arts stories. So be sure to pay attention for that and check it out. Check out the Street Beefs YouTube page for some hilarious entertainment of guys flailing arms and limbs fighting in a backyard other silly antics, such as Face’s explanations for why fights are cancelled, all his haters who thin he should learn from a gym and fight real opponents and things of that nature. Enjoy!

Taekwondo Dominated The UFC 182 Prelims Last Night

        I have been saying it before and I will say it again, Taekwondo is proving itself in MMA and should be taken seriously by MMA gyms. They need to start hiring Taekwondo striking coaches on top of their Muay Thai and Boxing coaches. There is no shame in hiring a traditional martial artist for striking in MMA. Last night on the UFC 182 Preliminary fights on Fox Sports 1 Taekwondo proved itself twice as a factor in the victories given to 2 fighters with legitimate Taekwondo backgrounds.

        The first Taekwondo win last night was Cody Garbrandt who has a Taekwondo training history and has shown it in previous fights by utilizing head kicks and more. He fights out of Team Alpha Male in San Diego, California (Uriah Faber’s team) and used Taekwondo stances and movement with kicks to work his opponent Marcus Brimage, an Alabama native, fighting out of American Top Team in Florida. What is interesting is that Marcus Brimage trained at Spartan Fitness in Birmingham, Alabama when he started MMA training. He has known the head coach there for over 10 years, so he had the coach corner him during his fight. Such gyms in Alabama and their coaches are not known to be friendly towards Taekwondo, in fact much of them are outright hostile towards it. Well thanks to Taekwondo tactics and aggression Cody Garbrandt knocked this fighter out. Yes, the finishing techniques were attributed to Garbrandt’s high level amateur boxing background as well, but you cannot deny the obvious Taekwondo strategy enveloped in his kickboxing game during the fight. Even Joe Rogan was talking about his Taekwondo movements last night. It is about time these MMA coaches stop talking trash about Taekwondo and give the martial art more respect because it’s kicking your fighter’s asses. It should also be said being a jack of all trades in a typical MMA gym and a master of none is not the best way to be a fighter. Fighters with focused training in one or more martial arts alone who gain rank and skills within a system are more likely to end up better fighters in the long run.

Notice the Kick and his stance toward the end. He is standing in a Taekwondo stance and moving forward. He was doing stuff like that every round of the fight. His boxing skills did end the fight but there is no denying his Taekwondo movement and kicks did help.

        The second Taekwondo win last night was Paul Felder’s dominant win and his devastating spinning backfist on Danny Castillo. Paul Felder dominated the entire cage the entire fight. He used plenty of Taekwondo kicks and stances and movement a long with his Muay Thai. He has a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo and after winning the fight he claimed “Taekwondo, we spin to win!” It was great! It is necessary for fighters to study Taekwondo and Karate tactics and train in them and not simply rely on boxing or Muay Thai alone now days. Felder was bracing himself to receive a body kick as he stepped back and to the side some in order to counter by spinning around with a back fist that connected hard and knocked Castillo out on his feet before he fell to the ground. A back fist, as well as spin back fist is a Taekwondo staple, even if in most tournaments of Taekwondo such as the Olympics or ITF sparring it is illegal, it is still trained in self defense and in the forms of Taekwondo and traditional movements. It is only obvious that Taekwondo fighters can incorporate it into kickboxing and MMA.

BAM!

Slow motion…beautiful!

        So it was a great time for Taekwondo last night on the Preliminary fights. Also Jon Jones of course beat Daniel Cormier with a decision. Jon Jones also mentioned his adaptability and seemed to be describing his ability to mimmick perfectly another fighter and learn all his techniques and do them and beat him at his own game. He said “Cormier claims he is king of the grind, but I proved he is not” and said that now he, Jones himself, is the king of the grind and that he adapted to Cormiers skills making it that “Cormier defeated Cormier.” It seems he is describing the Mortal Kombat video game mirror match in MK1. Also, it only leads me to think further that he believes he is the embodiment of the character played by Kareem Abdul Jabaar in Bruce Lee’s “Game of Death” movie. He believes he is following Bruce Lee’s way I guess. He is the mystical, profound fighter with the beard and sunglasses and all.

Jon “Bones” Jones Wants To Be Kareem Abdul Jabbar In Game Of Death 

        It is apparent that Jon Jones wants to be Kareem Abdul Jabbar in Bruce Lee’s movie “Game of Death” as the “all out complete, spiritual and mystical warrior” that Jabbar played in that movie. He has the exact same look with his beard and sunglasses. He probably does not allow his hair to grow taller for “cage fighting purposes” but I wouldn’t be suprised if he grew a mini-fro.

Yep, I just thought it was funny and wanted to point it out. He even wears kind of strange, fashionably-short shorts like Jabbar did in “Game of Death.”

Jon Jones is making the fashion statement that says, “I am the true embodiment of a complete martial artist both mentally and physically, and even a mystical and profound spiritual warrior.” He may be the world champion (for now at least), but does he have delusions of grandeur? Maybe such self assured living and attitude is why he is so successful as a fighter. Even so, one day he will face an even more serious threat than Gustafsson was, but time will tell if he will still think such things about himself. He fights Daniel Cormier in 3 days at UFC 189. Their feud has been intensely building up with so much drama including a mini-(start of a)-brawl at the MGM Grand in September that blew their rivalry up in MMA media. Be sure to watch the fight this Saturday and see if Cormier will be able to humble the mystical, profound warrior Jon “Bones’ Jones!

Happy New Year!!! 2015 wooo!!

 

Ultimate Warrior Death Of An Icon And Legend Of Pro Wrestling

        Yes, this is a Taekwondo and Martial Arts blog but I don’t care. An icon and legend of pro wrestling has died, the Ultimate Warrior. I remember playing wrestling as a kid with the neighborhood kids in a friends front yard. We would always pretend to be pro wrestlers and say we are wrestling, but in reality we were doing a mix of fake fighting, imaginary wrestling moves, and Karate kicks and punches. We would call out wrestler’s names and many times I would say, “I’m the Ultimate Warrior!” and pretend I was him fighting my friend who would say he was Hulk Hogan and another might say Macho Man or Sergeant Slaughter. Then we would fight! What fun we had outside in the sun in the 1980’s. This was pretty much the start of my martial arts training doing outside play wrestling with the neighborhood kids. In a way pro wrestlers are combat actors performing a show the same as martial arts movie stars who do not do real fighting, but entertainment martial arts with story lines.

REST IN PEACE ULTIMATE WARRIOR!