The Massachusetts House approved legislation Monday to make it clear that citizenship is not a factor in granting licenses under the state’s mixed martial arts, boxing, and kickboxing laws. The bill was approved and sent to the Senate during a lightly attended session. It is based on legislation sponsored by Representative Carlo Basile of East Boston. The bill states that a license shall be granted to an applicant “regardless if the applicant is a citizen of the United States or an alien” as defined by federal law “as long as said applicant provides a form of identification sufficient to identify the applicant.”
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Vale Tudo is Portuguese for “no holds barred”. It is a precursor of modern mixed martial arts. Interestingly it was a sport championed by the Gracie family. The Carlson Gracie team Photo: M.Alonso/Sherdog.com
“The Gracies ran infamous challenges in local newspapers, proclaiming, “If you’d like to have your face smashed, your ass kicked and your arms broken, get in touch with Carlos at the Gracie Academy.” The publicity brought challengers from many disciplines to the Gracies’ school, from capoeira and karate to boxing. The family’s success in the challenge matches turned it into heroes in the local press, and the Gracie name became prestigious throughout all of Brazil.” http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/1/Vale-Tudo-A-Rich-Storied-Complex-Past-59571
The article above is fascinating. Helio Gracie, in particular fought many times using the no holds barred techniques. Many times his opponents were far larger in weight and size. Yet even when seemingly beat, Helio refused to be submitted.
http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/1/1/2663021/mma-origins-vale-tudo-and-the-original-mma-rivalry Another interesting article about Vale Tudo.
Video of 1951 fight between Helio Gracie and Masahiko Kimura. (notice the last name of Helio’s opponent.)
I am fascinated by the fighters coming out of Ireland and Iceland trained by John Kavanagh. This Saturday they are competing in UFCStockholm,Switzerland.
UFC Fight Night Stockholm Prelims
This Saturday at 12:10pm/9:10am ETPT on UFC Fight Pass
I will be watching. I am embedding a video of Cathal Pendred. I also have an interesting podcast of John Kavanagh about what his training philosophy is. I have some technological problems getting it up but I will solve them eventually.
A lot of great information and videos come from BJJvideovault.com
In previous posts MMA in Peru, South Africa and Ireland has been highlighted. Now the rest of the world is catching up.
The international Mixed Martial Arts Federation, IMMAF, had its first tournament at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada this past July. 22 countries were represented. There were 3 days of preliminaries at the University of Nevada and a 4th day for the finals.
Results are posted at www.immaf.org/worldchampionhips/news
Video of Hans Lackner of Austria in the championship round vs a competitor from Sweden. Why an Austrian fighter you ask? Just partial to Austrians.
Soon I will post about a Muay Thai boxer from Poland.
Tonight some great MMA fighting courtesy of UFC Ireland. The competition takes place in Dublin. Conor McGregor and Gunnar Nelson ( Icelandic but adopted by the Irish) take to the Octagon. http://irishmma.com/5-things-that-make-conor-and-gunnar-the-perfect-cult-heroes/
They train with John Kavanaugh. http://irishmma.com/jon-kavanagh-talks-ufc-dublin-past-present-and-future/
Inspired by seeing the likes of Dan Henderson and Shogun Rua in the flesh, McGregor became a double world champion with Cage Warriors then graduated to the UFC. Now, he has become the example for the Irish youth to follow and Coach Kavanagh is obviously excited by the possibilities this is opening up:
“That’s why I’m back coaching kids again, because we had a huge influx of kids who are looking up to the likes of Conor McGregor. I kind of get goosebumps thinking about, what’s it going to be like in five years’ time, in ten years’ time, when that next wave of kids are training MMA from eight, nine years of age… what are they going to be like when they get to this level? The UFC coming in 2009, I know Conor was there, Cathal was there, a lot of these guys now. Aisling Daly, who currently in The Ultimate Fighter house, she was at it. A lot of these people were certainly inspired to think that, hey, if I put my head down, the next time they come I’m going to be on it.”
Lacrosse generally gets the title of the fastest growing sport. Through anecdotal evidence, MMA should take over at least if you count countries.
My alter ego, jiu jitsu 14, has been following people around the world who have some kind of personal connection. First is Gordon Roodman. He has his second professional fight coming up in Edinvale, Johannesburg The promoter is EFC or Extreme Fighting Championship.
Here is how one website characterizes him: “Roodman, despite only one EFC appearance so far, has already built a big reputation through pro-active publicity and a fighting style that leaves no energy unspent. A legend of the amateur arena, he has promised Cape Town fans an unforgettable display on fight night. ” http://www.efcafrica.com/news/2014/June/efc_africa_news_article_EFCBigScreen.php
Just saw the results on Sherdog. The fight ended in a draw.
Next time we will take a look at an American college wrestler fighting MMA in Peru
House OKs mixed martial arts licenses for noncitizens
| State House News Service May 06, 2014
Recently an article was posted in the Boston Globe titled, ”
Rabbi G’ uses martial arts to help children cope with cancer, http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/12/15/rabbi-using-martial-arts-help-children-cope-with-cancer/FI5apwbfICGUcsh4VatNuL/story.html
Basically the article is about empowerment and how training in the martial arts helps children cope with the vagaries of treatment and their restricted life style.
“In martial arts tradition, the kids learn breathing techniques to confront pain, to manage it, overpower it. Goldberg wants them all, in his mantra, to become “powerful martial artists,’’ capable of outthinking the pain of diseased blood or a failing organ, so strong of mind, spirit, and will that a hospital visit, even one full of needles and chemicals, can be managed, if not mastered.”
Training in the martial arts for kids requires listening, following directions, focus, discipline, getting along in a group and with another individual (training partner). In addition, there are tremendous physical benefits including cardiovascular health, flexibility, muscle strength and coordination. Psychologically the benefits include improved self esteem, self confidence and body awareness.
All of these benefits are done in an atmosphere of fun and comaraderie.
Therefore, the teacher is critical. A good teacher promotes cooperation, respect, self-control and technique. A good teacher minimizes the risk of injury and promotes skill development through an emphasis on good technique. A good teacher takes into account each child’s needs and developmental stage.
Private lessons are available at the Forge for Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, MMA, Self Defense, Muay Thai and Conditioning. Yes, there is a cost factor. There are, however, benefits and reasons for private lessons.
Speed of learning. Particularly in conjunction with classes.
Trying something new in a less public manner
Getting back to physical movement after a time away
More mature (think age) client
Getting Dan up at 6:00am for a lesson before work,