mer·i·toc·ra·cy \ ˌmer-ə-ˈtä-krə-sē\ : a system in which the talented are chosen and moved ahead on the basis of their achievement Part I What with the advent of international sanctioning bodies and unified rule sets, are athletic contests the last functioning meritocracies? Boardroom seats are expeditiously filled with members chosen primarily to meet quotas that… Continue reading The Last Meritocracy
Perhaps there should be a website for finding the ideal martial arts training partner. One might call it “Catch”…that sounds like a romantic branding to be sure, but alas it’s a nod to Catch Wrestling! In all seriousness, finding a good training partner is one of the best things that you can do for your… Continue reading The Perfect Training Partner
I have it on good authority that Elon Musk is currently planning “Low-Orbit Neck Wrestling Heats”... I had the luxury of being agnostic. When I began Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu some two decades ago MMA was nascent, and it was beyond my horizon. I spent close to a year practicing pure Brazilian Jiujitsu 4-5 days a week,… Continue reading “I Want To Be A Mixed Martial Artist, What Classes Should I Take?”
Forest Not Trees. There is a wealth of instructional information available these days on the web for the rigorous student and the casual peruser alike. It is easy to lose the forest for the trees when viewing a video with the niche specificity that you can indulge in from practitioners trying to make a name,… Continue reading Macroscopic MMA Concepts: The Box
Remember “Slug Bug?” If not, it was a game that I used to play when I was just a young lad. Before Volkswagen had committed the cardinal sin of cheating at the expense of the environment by failing its breathalyzer test and then fibbing about it, Volkswagen made a “wagon for the people.” They were ubiquitous…if… Continue reading What To Do With Your Son In This Era Of “Toxic Masculinity”?
Sissy feet are a righteous, justified reason to wear shoes for MMA training. I have them now. I haven’t always. Perhaps wearing shoes is just a holdover habit from the 90s when sneakers became a fashion anchor of pop culture, or maybe it was the elephant patterned Nike wrestling shoes that Caol Uno wore when… Continue reading Boxing, Wrestling Or No Shoes For MMA Training?
Every team needs a mascot, and every mascot needs a compelling silhouette. Much of Ludusport’s graphic, philosophic and martial roots are Hellenistic in origin even while Ludus is a word of latin etymology that was used at the height of the influence of the Roman empire. The rich mythology of the Greeks and their pantheon… Continue reading Ludusport Regalia, Symbology & The Like: The Owl
“I look down on mountains from a cresting wave. I look up again from under, the water recedes at odds, the trend an even number.” There is a certain self-corrective measure that guides the honest MMA practitioner. Perhaps appealing to investor psychology is too academic, but I do think that Elliot Wave Theory is an… Continue reading Elliot Wave Theory & The Virtue of Failure
And now that you have borne witness to two gods vaulting into the skies, and those self-same skies weeping with profuse admiration-admittedly, and hopefully this won’t tarnish my tough guy bonafides, I well up every time I watch that fight. Sniff, let’s consider the jab and its oft underserved utility. ...a lazy jab against an… Continue reading Is The Jab As Important In MMA As It Is In Boxing? Part 2
The Roman Ludus is a precursor to the modern, mixed martial arts combat training academy. Those of you who have found this blog will likely be familiar with the gladiator games of the Ancient Roman Coliseum, the brutality of blade and political wrangling, the bread and circuses of yesteryear. For slaves there was the lure… Continue reading Ludusport Regalia, Symbology & The Like: The Banner