Thursday, January 27, 2011

Japanese MMA scene Fighter to watch out 2011

I do same thing as 2010.Who going to get attention? I don't make major list cause it's almost same as last year.You need attention Omigawa,Hioki,Sandro,Kanehara,Kikuno,Parky,Jung,Maxi as last year.(Kanehara and Jung's career in tough situation though)

If SRC do Bantam weight world grand prix.I think it will be interesting. It depend on what talent they bring,but think about how there Feather weight grand prix turn out and they seems to have at least one top ten Bantam weight. (Masakatsu Ueda (Paraestra Tokyo))

Who is up and comer at local level.

Let's make a list.

from local

Yuta "Uruka" Sasaki (Wajyutsu Keisyukai Suruga Dojo).
Trained by Kenichi Serizawa who is referee.Have great sense of grapple at young age.Won Shooto rookie tourny and will participate March's Shooto.Of course need time for major even he grow fast.

Battle for flyweight.

Pancrase have Kiyotaka Shimizu  (SK Absolute) as a champ.
ZST clowned Ryosuke Tanuma (Reversal Gym Yokohama Groundslam) as a champ.

DEEP recently started division.Guy like Hirotaka Miyakawa (Alliance Square) fought at that weight.But I want give attention Yusaku Nakamura (Style) who fought at Bantam weight expected to drop.Who looking good at three fight fighter.

Of course Shooto have longest history at that division.But recently match making are limited for them.So I want cross over match ups for Shooto's that division.

I can see fight for top of division get tougher.Jussier, Urushitani and Mamoru rank is still higher, but may they will get challenged.

Rambaa "M16" Somdet (M16 Muay Thai Style) vs Junji "Sarumaru" Ito (Shooting Gym Yokohama)
First most significant fight for minimum weight.After flyweight developed.Minimum weight (or Straw weight) is the last place for new weight division for Men's MMA.

Junji "Sarumaru" Ito

Female prospect improvement.

Last year have many prospect for Japanese female MMA.Crops are become more significant when they got title.(Ayaka Hamasaki (AACC),Rin Nakai (Shooto Dojo Shikoku))

SKILL MMA : Japanese MMA scene Fighter to watch out

Friday, January 7, 2011


Generally speaking, when people discuss MMA, they talk about the basics: a fighter’s conditioning, mentality, striking or grappling skills.

But these are only the fundamentals. Of course, these things do affect fights, but I’m often dubious of people who think that one fundamental can dictate the outcome of a fight.

One fundamental affects the others, and the relationship between fundamentals differs depending upon the combination.

For instance, a fighter needs good instincts for exchanging strikes. They can’t pause to think and then trade; those two need to happen simultaneously.

Looking at it this way, one begins to understand that having instincts and thinking are two different things, and that both can affect a fight. There is a structure to how the brain works that can’t be ignored.

Similarly, how you think of the game’s fundamentals can change how you view the game.

MMA is, by definition, a fusion of skills from various martial arts. Applying what I said above as a premise, you can see how different people view and talk about MMA differently.

Basically, when new ideas are introduced to MMA, they’re hard for some to recognize or understand. But, in both life and MMA, new ideas are born from old ideas.

In this way, even when I write about MMA that people have never heard of, it’s still easy to understand.

I read books to get new ideas.

There’s no wrong metaphor that can be used to explain MMA.
What I recommend when trying to explain MMA is to apply ideas from other sports.

But importing ideas directly from other sports can be a bad idea, too.

For instance, I thought Marlon Sandro beat Michihiro Omigawa in their 2009 Sengoku fight. However, many Japanese fans, as well as MMA professionals, felt differently, because they thought that Omigawa had tilted the balance by landing several power shots. In their eyes, that was an important factor.

I don’t agree with their view, but I still think that kind of opposing viewpoint is necessary. MMA isn’t boxing. MMA uses smaller gloves, so I think the importance of power shots must be different.

In a bigger concept, I can apply the same explanation to other sports.

In sports, various skills -- such as the physical aspect, technique, strategy -- carry different levels of importance.
As a beginner, the focus is on the physical. As a mature competitor, the latter two gain more importance.

You can reach these ideas without thinking and making fantasy in your mind. I’m really bored with MMA articles that talk about the writer’s fantasy, so here, I write about method.

Big thanks to Chris Nelson (write for Sherdog) for English and editing.