Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Other side of Sengoku 9 : prospect party

Sengoku 9 will going to define Sengoku gold cup winner.

Ikuo Usuda (Kiguchi Dojo) vs Koji Ando (Wajyutsu Keisyukai Tokyo Honbu)
Shigeki Osawa (Yoshida Dojo) vs Toru Harai (Mouri Dojo)
Takeshi Numajiri (Kiguchi Dojo) vs Ryosuke Komori (Yoshida Dojo)

What is important?Because gold cup finalist include fighter who have elite wrestle back ground.

Ikuo Usuda (Kiguchi Dojo) 3rd World University Championships (Greco 66kgs)
Shigeki Osawa (Yoshida Dojo) 1st World University Championships (Freestyle 60kgs)
Takeshi Numajiri (Kiguchi Dojo) 3rd National Collegiate Championships (Freestyle 60kgs)

Shigeki Osawa

Those fighter have gorgeous grapple background.Maybe you will able to find your new favorite prospect at here.There is another strong wrestle back ground fighter fight at Sengoku prelims.

Maximo Blanco (Yoshida Dojo) Pan-American games bronze medalist (Freestyle 60kgs)

Let's watch how those prospect improve.

2nd Sengoku Gold Cup hold at Seoul,Korea July 23.Result is not coming yet.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Best Japanese Boxer

Who is best boxer in Japan?Not famous in the world,but Hozumi Hasegawa,he is.He is current WBC bantam weight champion and already defense ninth time.He like other martial arts like MMA or Kick Boxing.He participate Shooto's commentary.He want bring himself to Las Vegas for show his skill to the world.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

East Japan Boxing Committee decide to appear stop license of Kawajiri's trainer

On July 13, the East Japan Boxing Committee decided to appeal to the Japanese Boxing Commission to suspend Takeshi Yamada's boxing license. Yamada is the striking trainer of MMA fighters Tatsuya Kawajiri, Mitsuhiro Ishida, Hiroyuki Takaya and Kenji Osawa, and has also trained Yoshihiro Akiyama in the past.

Under the Japanese Boxing Commission's rules, trainers who have boxing licenses can't work in other sports.

East Japan Boxing Committee also plan to appeal to penalize Jyoji Morikawa, the owner of JB Sports Gym, which Yamada belongs to. Morikawa is the author of the famous boxing manga Hajime No Ippo.

Personally, I think the East Japan Boxing Committee don't like Takeshi Yamada's appearances on TV. He is known as the trainer of Yoshihiro Akiyama, and after the Sakuraba fight, Yamada claimed Akiyama was innocent, which turned out to be false. That incident impacted the boxing community, who didn't want to be attacked by fans and the media for an event outside of boxing.

The head of the East Japan Boxing Committee is former WBA and WBC minimumweight champion Hideyuki Ohashi. He taught PRIDE veteran Hiromitsu Kanehara to box at the Ohashi Sports Gym, so I don't think he has a bad impression of MMA. But, Yamada is using a boxing gym to teach MMA fighters and appearing in the MMA media, at the expense of the boxers in his gym.

Hajime No Ippo aka Fighting Spirit

Hideyuki Ohashi

Japanese fighters strike back ground

Special Thanks to Jordan Breen for English support.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Future Olympic for Martial Arts?

Maybe you never heard of,but there is new movement for martial arts.Many countries Olympic committee try to hold new event for martial arts.It called World martial arts games and Asian martial arts games.Asia Games will hold on Bangkok in 2009 August.World Games will hold in Beijing in 2010 Summer.

Asia Games include,

Muay Thai
Kick Boxing
Wushu & Kungfu
Pencak Silat

those martial arts.World games include FILA version's submission wrestling.

1st Asian Martial Arts Games

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Tsunetane Oda and an Interesting Look at the Origin of BJJ

Tsunetane Oda shows his skill, including knee-on-belly and an omoplata.

Recently, videos of old judo practitioners have been uploaded to youtube. Why is that so interesting? Because they include some of the skills that are widely believed to have been invented by BJJ guys. The guy showing his skills in the video is Tsunetane Oda. Oda was born in 1892 in Yamanashi, and was known as "Newaza no Oda," or "Grappling Oda." He reached ninth dan in judo at the Kodokan. This video includes French words, so there is a possibility it was made by a Frenchman.

Many newaza skills are omitted from sport judo, where the referee can call "mate," meaning the judokas are separated and reset standing. This video teaches us many things about where these skills originally came from.

Special Thanks to Jordan Breen for English support.