So apparently back in the 1990’s when Royce Gracie was exposing the world to BJJ, he had extended a challenge to Heavyweight Boxing Champ Mike Tyson. Mike Tyson did not respond to the challenge because he was in prison at the time. However recently Mike was interviewed about the subject and had this to say:
“Well, in ’93, I was in prison, so there wouldn’t have been a fight, but there is no way I would have won. I had no idea what was going on with that type of fighting and would’ve been taken by surprise”, Tyson said.
“I would have had to train in that particular art of fighting before that happened. That’s a particular art. You’re not going to go in there with just your hand and not have a great ground game. You also need a great wrestling game to be successful, and you won’t be exciting, as well. You have to have both games. You have to know how to wrestle and box. That’s just the truth.
Tyson admitted that if he had been offered the opportunity to compete in the first tournament (and if he wasn’t in prison) his ego would likely have forced him to accept.
“My ego would have told me I’m the best fighter in the world with all the particular fighting aspects, and I would have tried it.”
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Staying active is important to people in their 50’s, 60’s or even 70’s. The body starts to weaken during these years, especially when seniors get trapped into the sedentary lifestyle.
As we age, our bodies become brittle. The importance of daily activity cannot be more emphasized by this fact. It is vital to consider engaging in activities that will keep us as active as our bodies will allow to ensure that we stay healthy and physically fit to avoid any future illness that could prevent us from living a higher quality of life in our later years.
During a time in their lives when they become free from the pressures of the daily grind as they enter the retirement stage, seniors must focus on health now more than ever. Of course, physical limitations and health considerations need to be addressed before engaging in this type of activity. But the beauty of martial arts is that it is for everyone, no matter the age, and can be tailor-made to suit anyone of any fitness level.
Martial arts training is becoming popular with people in this age bracket. Like most people, seniors turn to martial arts for the same reasons such as improved physical fitness and mental alertness. But more than that, martial arts is an activity that seniors choose to undertake to discover how far their physical capabilities can take them while learning something new.
Martial arts slows down the aging process and prevents the development of age-related diseases.
As we age, our body experiences major changes in our balance, strength, posture, flexibility, and endurance. The main cause of these is mostly through inactivity.
Balance declines over time as your muscles tighten and become weaker. Your physical strength is also affected and could lead to muscle atrophy. A study conducted on men and women over 90-years old revealed that after six weeks on a specific routine or exercise regimen, the participants achieved an almost 200 percent increase in strength.
Poor posture is one of the major shifts our body experiences over time. Through martial arts training, one is required to execute forms and techniques that guarantee improved posture that could help in the prevention of osteoporosis.
A loss in the body’s collagen structure is a consequence of the aging process. Muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissue become stiffer and as a result, decreasing the body’s flexibility. Likewise, the difficulty one encounters as they perform even the simplest of physical activities is a sign of reduced endurance that comes with age.
With regular martial arts training, the chance to increase your heart rate and lung capacity leads you to much-improved endurance. Overall, martial arts training can ultimately reverse or slow down the signs of aging, which is something we should all strive for.
So, if you’re a bit older and are looking for an activity that is fun and helps boost your health, martial arts is the answer. Sign up for a trial today to experience the benefits for yourself!
Kynlee McFetridge of St. Charles, Missouri was caught by her teacher putting her classmate in a headlock while she was at school. When she was asked why she did it, Kynlee explained that the boy, named Jack, asked her to marry him.
‘I took a headlock down on Jack and took him down because kids don’t get married so that’s why I put a headlock down on him,’ Kynlee said, in a video captured by her mother, Kristen McFetridge.
Kynlee’s father, Scott, told Fox 2 that he first learned of his daughter’s decisive response to Jack’s proposal when he arrived to pick her up from school and saw that the teacher had Kynlee on pink on the school’s color-coded behavior chart, which is a color that signifies some misbehavior.
He said the teacher laughed as she recounted his daughter’s wrestling move, and said it took everything in his power not to laugh with her.
‘I was trying to be a good dad and reprimand her, but it was pretty hilarious,’ he said. ‘It was hard for me to stop laughing and put her in timeout but we made it happen.’ Scott McFetridge said he began wrestling with his daughter to help her get stronger after she was born with a heart condition that required operation when she was five-months old. ‘It’s not like I taught her (a headlock). I was just trying to get her stronger and coordinated and I guess she figured out what I was doing and I didn’t really realize she learned it,’ he said.
He said his daughter realizes that what she did was wrong and she and jack are ‘really good buddies.’ ‘Every dad wants their little girl to put a headlock down on a boy, especially one who had a rough start like her. Hopefully she can still do that in about 12 years,’ he said.
Let me preface by saying that I am not a political person at all. However when I hear that a presidential candidate practices BJJ with his son, that is going to garner my attention.
Andrew Yang (born January 13, 1975) is an American lawyer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. He is the founder of Venture for America (VFA), a nonprofit organization that focuses on creating jobs in struggling American cities. Yang worked in various startups and early stage growth companies as a founder or executive from 2000 to 2009. After he founded VFA in 2011, the Obama administration selected him in 2012 as a “Champion of Change” and in 2015 as a “Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship”. Yang is the author of the 2014 book Smart People Should Build Things and the 2018 book The War on Normal People.
Yang launched his campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 United States presidential election on November 6, 2017. He is running on several campaign slogans, including “Humanity First”, “Make America Think Harder” (“MATH”), and “Not Left, Not Right, Forward”. Initially considered a longshot candidate, he gained significant momentum in early 2019 following appearances on several popular shows and podcasts. He has qualified for and participated in all five democratic debates as of November 2019. The campaign is known for its popularity online, with The New York Times calling Yang “The Internet’s Favorite Candidate”. Supporters of his campaign are informally known as the “Yang Gang”.
Yang’s signature policy is what he calls the “Freedom Dividend”, a universal basic income (UBI) in the form of $1,000 monthly for every American adult. Yang believes that UBI is a necessary response to the rapid development of automation, which is increasingly leading to workforce challenges, and that job displacement by automation is what led to Donald Trump’s election in 2016. The other two central elements of his platform are “Medicare for All” and “Human-Centered Capitalism”. He has clarified that his version of Medicare for All allows private insurance to remain an option.
Rickson Gracie, son of Helio Gracie, was born into Brazilian jiu-jitsu. At the age of four years he began competing; at 15 he started to teach it; and at 18 he received his black belt. At 20, Gracie won his first victory against the famous 230-pound (104 kg) Brazilian brawler Rei Zulu (father of Zuluzinho). With this victory, Rickson gained immediate national acclaim. Five years later Zulu requested a rematch and lost to Rickson again, in Maracanazinho before an audience of 20,000 spectators.
It’s a little bit grainy but still excellent vintage footage of Helio Gracie, one of the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Rare Mixed Martial Arts bout that took place 38 years before the UFC! Carlson Gracie vs Waldemar Santana, 1955.
In this segment of Ask A Black Belt, Prof. Dean Lister shares his perspective on the question, “What is the #1 mistake people make in their BJJ training?” This question was submitted by Mitchel – thanks for contributing the question, Mitchel!
Prof. Lister’s response centers around the importance of listening to people that are more experienced than you. He concludes that you need to minimize the negative in your life, and the way you can do that is by listening to those people who are doing Jiu Jitsu who have already been there and learning from their experience.