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  1. one of the most indicative traits of abusive people and self-centeredness is to blame other people. Might have a psycho in your gym, beware.
  2. Really enjoyed this interview, Favorite part: MMAyou.com: Why are Dutch fighters so good at kickboxing? Rijker: (laughs) Why are Dutch fighters so good at kickboxing? My philosophy is one; they have the best trainers. Two; they're so down to earth that the moment they are a champion or a legend, they are still normal people like you or me. They don't become celebrities, they don't become stars. They don't let the money and the fame get to their heads. There was one fighter; Semmy Schilts, he won the K-1 and I hosted "It's Showtime!" which was part of the K-1 in the Netherlands last month. he was in the corner of one of his fighters. And it wasn't necessarily his fighter, it was his trainer's fighters so he right away rolls up his sleeves. He's the type of guy that goes to work the weekend after his fight and does what needs to be done. They don't seem to live off the high of the winning. They go back to the gym and either they teach their classes or they go back to their job, if they have a part-time job, and go to work. I think the humbleness helps a fighter to stay real. They also train in a group with recreational people, a competition team, but they don't segregate themselves from the normal people. I think that's the number one thing. When I go to a press conference in the Netherlands, I meet all the legends like normal people and we just talk normal things. There's no bodyguards, there's no entourage, there's none of that rock star image that can come sometimes with certain champions that doesn't come with the Dutch people, because our mentality is very down to earth and very, they call it realistic. I'm not sure if it's realistic because people who become champions really work really hard at it but there's a part of our culture that says so what?" Here's the documentary, might take a while to load because its a chinese hosting service: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDMxMTAxNDA4.html Here's her talking about another bathroom incident: "When I was scheduled to fight for a main event for one million dollars in Las Vegas the owner of the promoter' gym suggested I would use the bathroom for my dressing room. A man would not have been treated like this." http://www.doghouseboxing.com/Ken/Hissner030510.htm
  3. Hey Kevin, I presented the whole fight. Odd, Nopadon of My Muay Thai shared the opposite sentiment as you in terms of Thai / Name - "She eventually went on to amass a 35-0 (25KO) record. Her only defeat came from a 2nd round KO by Somchai Jaidee of New Zealand. A little side note, I couldn’t find any info on this fighter Somchai Jaidee. I honestly think it’s a kiwi fighter who adopted a Thai name. (It means Good Natured Somchai… Somchai being the most commons men’s name) If you watch the vid, firstly he doesn’t look Thai, secondly he doesn’t move like a Nak Muay. He hops around like a nervous amateur. Anyway just needed to get that off my chest." http://www.mymuaythai.com/archives/lucia-rijker/ I think a few of the NZ people that shared the vid seemed to know Somchai, I'll approach them to find out a bit more. I'll hold that I see a definitive strength & power difference. Also, I remember reading about Sylvie & Phet Jee Jaa via Sylvie's posts, and their dynamic, but also recall a few months back (maybe more than a few months) of Sylvie posting that she could now nullify PJJ with her size due to her new knowledge / training? Maybe I remembered wrong. Regardless, would love to hear more about the current dynamic.
  4. Hi :), Lucia started her martial arts journey as a Judoka. Her lineage was Vos Gym, which branches from Jan Plas (Meijiro). This means their style is Dutch Muay Thai, and the origins of that style is essentially from "Japanese Muay Thai." Her contemporaries training at the gym includes people like Ernesto Hoost and Ivan Hyppolyte, and other Dutch Muay Thai / Kickboxing pioneers. Rijker also either has a ISKA or WKA Muay Thai belt I believe, and also stated that she has trained the style of Muay Thai since she started, with clinch and with knees. Rijker sparred with the best in the world (Dutch MT/KB), because of her lineages. This doesn't mean she is a great clincher, rather, I'm just saying that she's trained clinch. Yes - talent pool different, but Jaidee is unheard of relative to Rijker, who some will say is arguably the greatest female combat sports fighter of all time. Off what I saw, I believe that Rijker was technically superior, but she did not have enough base and power relative to Somchai. In my opinion, while Somchai displayed technique, what he did to win was essentially power through everything.
  5. you don't need to change it, it's just that you get advantages and disadvantages when you change it. The stance to punch combinations optimally is different from the stance to punch optimally combined with kicks and defending kicks. Petrosyan is a bit different as he's a southpaw so he can get away with a longer stance more so than someone who stands orthodox. Masato is another great example, soundedly outboxed Buakaw in their second fight, but also ate a lot of low kicks. It's often a trade off that some are willing to take.
  6. I might be a little biased here :wink: But put it this way. Can you learn from watching sparring in a gym or at a fight? Yes, says the great Kenny Weldon. Essentially, what coaches and athletes do is watch footage and learn from the footage and then absorb in what they like. So if the internet is showcasing these, why not? What differentiates say, Saenchai's seminar from you attending the seminar? That you don't actually do it and don't actually get feedback. So, then it's up to you to actually do it and find a way to get feedback. My favorite aspect to what I do is how many people have found the breakdowns to be helpful, or how it complimented their training. Not everyone can be "self-learners" though, but if someone has the will, it can be done. Like Gavin said, Jon Jones learned MT first from Duke Roufus DVD.
  7. The greatest coaches don't force you to change your style - they adapt what they teach you to fit your style and strengths. The greatest coaches do not break your confidence down, they find ways to build your confidence up. At the end of the day, we all seek some form of validation, but it's important to pick who to seek from.
  8. Hey S / "Fish" :) See all this support and wisdom? Carry on with its strength and you'll break through that plateau.
  9. If I remember correctly, Ali had a background in dancing. http://www.boxingscene.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-485250.html- Marquez did ballet training before his infamous knockout of Pacquiao. An olympian I met at wild card said he believes his success was from ballet when he was a kid. Enough evidence of usefulness? :) Also, Expert Boxing's Johny Nguyen swears by dancing as a compliment to boxing -- his brother is a dancer.
  10. The ranges and timing for hands change when used in the two arts! Knowing when you're vulnerable to being kicked is an important step to learning how to punch in kb/mt. Even the great Sagat was often disrupted when he goes into punching mode -- of course though, he was facing some of the greatest kickers in history.
  11. Rory was trying to time Lawler as he comes in with the elbow because Lawler's very good in the pocket, going in and out. In southpaw vs. orthodox engagements shifting rear elbow has been used to great effect. Rory modelled many of his elbows off them, and it found a few of its mark, but it was hard to find the timing on Lawler. Here's the "quickfire" highlight http://streamable.com/ypdv
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