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  • Locals Abruzzo, Baca, and Hazen Dare to Take on The Death Race, a Two Day Course in the Vermont Woods

    Defining extreme sports may depend on the eyes of the beholder. What would you call extreme? Does pushing your mind and body to the limit despite grueling conditions sound like ingredients for an extreme sport? What about racing on foot at break neck speeds through rugged terrain for upwards of 72 hours with no assistance while bringing only what you can carry on your person? What if that rugged terrain is in the mountains of Vermont and dozens of other contestants are chasing you, pushing the pace, no coaches, locker rooms, or cheering fans. Can your mind overcome the screaming pain in your swollen ankles and blistered feet? Hunger pains are the metronome that keep you marching. Sounds of...
  • Remembering Evan Tanner: The Unanswered Questions About His Life and Death

    It has been nearly four years since the death of mixed martial artist and former UFC middleweight champion, Evan Tanner, yet many questions about both the fighter's life and tragic death are still left unanswered. Tanner died September 8, 2008 in the desert region west of Palo Verde, California. His body was spotted by helicopter by Marines who had been flying in the area.A coroner had estimated that Tanner had actually died the evening of September 4 or early morning September 5, yet the official date of death was issued as September 8. Weeks prior to his passing Tanner had taken to the internet to express his interest in going on a one-man excursion into the desert. Many of his frie...
  • Inside Look Into Local MMA: Jeff Watts Details the Dedication Needed to Thrive in the Competitve World of Amateur MMA

    For casual fans of mixed martial arts the glamorous lives of high profile champions like Jon Jones or Georges St Pierre may seem the norm. But even megastars like "Bones" or "Rush" have to start somewhere. Enter the world of local MMA. Grueling practices, marginal pay, and constant uncertainty are common occurrences for aspiring athletes hoping to one day make it to the top of the sport. But so too is teammate camaraderie, a physically taxing yet enjoyable workout regimen, and the chance to follow one's ultimate dream. Over the next few months follow along as amateur competitor Jeff Watts – better known as 'Karmaatemycat' to some – brings readers deep int...
  • Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth Makes Its Way to Broadway

    For 12 nights only, the former heavyweight champion of the boxing world will be heading to the Big Apple, only this time, it is not Madison Square Garden, and he won't be performing in a boxing ring. Mike Tyson is heading to Brodway. MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH is a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most complicated men to ever wear the heavyweight crown. Directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee, this riveting one man show goes beyond the headlines, behind the scenes and between the lines to deliver a must-see theatrical knockout.
  • Longevity of Excellence: HCK Competition Lite BJJ Kimono Review

    Established in 1996, Howard Combat Kimonos has cemented its position as the original premium jiu-jitsu uniform here in North America. Supported and branded by some of the top elite athletes in BJJ and MMA, the company has positioned itself as an example for future companies hoping to achieve their own level of success. Continuing with its successful ways, the new HCK Competition Lite BJJ Gi is another example of creator Howard Liu's brilliance in creating a product that stays true to its winning format while also staying current to the ever-changing BJJ community. The HCK Lite Gi is made out of 420 grams of single weave 100-percent cotton material. Designed with standard yet appealing...
  • Who Let The Dog Brothers Out? Stick Fighters Gather at Shockwave Defense

    When is a stick not just a stick? When it's wielded in combat by one of the famous stick fighting Dog Brothers. The Dog Brothers are a group of highly trained and devoted Martial Artists that were founded in California in the 1980's and now claim hundreds of members and thousands of devotees around the globe. The stick as a weapon actually has deep ancestral roots in Martial Arts that trace back many centuries to tribal warfare in the Philippines. Around the world stick fighting takes on different names and techniques. Arnis, Kali, Eskrima are all forms of Stick Fighting, but what the Dog Brothers have done is apply the stick, along with other weapons, to modern, realistic martial...
  • Tito Ortiz: Reflecting on the Legacy of a 'Huntington Beach Bad Boy' That Ruled the UFC

    There was a time when the ground and pound ruled the Octagon and a kid from Huntington Beach, California was the most feared fighter on the planet. He didn't have the meanest of looks, the criminal wrap-sheet of a bar room brawler, and he wasn't extremely well versed in the jiu-jitsu ground game, yet he could still be considered one of the pioneers of the sport. What separated this 22-year-old kid from predecessors Royce Gracie, Dan Severn, Don Frye, Ken Shamrock, and Tank Abbott was marketability. Tito Ortiz sold himself. "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" as he was called was a walking billboard for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
  • Is 'It’s Sapp Time' in your iTunes Library?

    The casual mixed martial arts fan here in the United States may have never heard of him, but over in Japan, well he is kind of a big deal. He is Bob Sapp. A former pro football player, pro wrestler, kickboxer, mixed martial artist, comedian, actor and yes, he is also a musician. The widely talented American found fame in the Land of the Rising Sun rather quickly appearing in various commercials and television programs.
  • How Jiu Jitsu Can Be a Major Factor in Improving the Attitude of a Troubled Teen

    Chances are pretty good that if your teen is having issues in school, lack of self-esteem and choosing not to make the best choices in life, he or she needs a change. This isn't something that you can simply put a band-aid on and it will go away. Any jiu jitsu coach understands teens behave certain ways for a reason, and sometimes they just need some neutral ground where they can have a clean start.
  • UFC Veteran Kenny Florian Discusses His Retirement, Career, and Future Endeavors

    Four weight classes, three title shots, and a whole lot in between. For Kenny Florian, a former college soccer player turned Ultimate Fighting Championship standout, the time has come to hang up the gloves and pursue other opportunities. Having experienced a degree of success in the fight game rarely matched, although a championship always seemed just out of reach, the 17-fight veteran of the Octagon recently discussed his decision to retire via his personal newsletter from Read Florian's message to his friends, family, and fans that touches upon his decision to enter the sport of mixed martial arts, his mentors throughout his journey, and what he plans on doing next...

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