Little Miss Muffet-A Mixed Martial Artist’s Review

I was reading to my son days ago from a collection of nursery rhymes.  This particular collection culls from a multitude of countries and cultures, and a few lingering lines took me back to my youth.  An unexpected nostalgic.  Reacquainted with prose that friends and I recited as youngsters, maturity helps me to understand the… Continue reading Little Miss Muffet-A Mixed Martial Artist’s Review

The Last Meritocracy

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

The Perfect Training Partner

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 Want To Be A Mixed Martial Artist, What Classes Should I Take?”

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?”

What To Do With Your Son In This Era Of “Toxic Masculinity”?

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”?

Ludusport Regalia, Symbology & The Like: The Owl

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

Elliot Wave Theory & The Virtue of Failure

“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

Ludusport Regalia, Symbology & The Like: The Banner

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

The Modern “Pentathelite”

It was near the beginning of recorded, Western history that combat sports were institutionalized in the Olympiad.  This ancient Greek celebration of fraternal competition and athletic prowess is a symbol of contemporary athletic achievement, and though the games have evolved with the times, their mission of excellence in sport and the exaltation of  competition as… Continue reading The Modern “Pentathelite”