Martial Arts Tournament – Southern American, Fight 3
April 23rd, 2010
This is the last fight I had at the 2001 Southern American Nationals in Nashville, TN.
I was fighting for 1st and 2nd place against World Champion Brian Ruth.
When I was a young teen, coming up in the national circuit of competition, I always looked up to Brian, as he was a great fighter.
Anyways, at the time, in 2001, I was 20 years old and had a couple of years under me in the Adult Black Belt Heavy weight division.
During this fight, I started off pretty well, but Brian was than able to find some good openings.
At the end, Brian Ruth got a very good shot, on my chin. Next thing you know, I’m falling like a tree. The funny thing is, Brian didn’t hit me that hard. It was just a clean hit to the chin. Props to him.
I ended up having to bow out and getting 2nd place.
Even though, I lost, I still had a good showing at the Southern American. Unfortunately, though, I was unable to defend my Grand Champion title from the previous year.
Martial Arts Tournaments – Southern American, Fight 1
April 19th, 2010
I’ve had quite a bit of videos uploaded recently of Karate tournaments I competed in back in my professional fighting days.
These next series of fights are from the Southern American 2001 in Nashville, TN. I was a product of the David Deaton Karate Studios in Hermitage, TN and the previous year, I had actually won my division and the Grand Champion title, which was a big deal.
The Southern American Nationals was one of the biggest tournaments in the south that was hosted by World Champion David Deaton.
Going back to Tennessee to compete in this tournament was always fun because I was able to catch up with friends, but more importantly, show that my training and skills have gone to the next level.
In my opinion, in order to get better and grow, we must leave our small pond and venture into the ocean. I did exactly that by moving to Colorado and training with other, world caliber martial artists.
Anyways, below is one of my first fights at the 2001 Southern American.
Martial Arts Fitness & Conditioning Tip – Zig Zag Kicks
January 13th, 2010
The Dojo of Karate has a variety of drills and training regimens that will help develop your fitness, conditioning, strength, and flexibility.
Below, Master Instructor and World Champion fighter, Javier Lozano Jr takes you through a drill he uses for students to not only develop better kicking skills, but also coordination.
These kicks are called ‘Zig Zag Kicks’. You basically setup as many cones as you desire, usually the distance of the entire training floor, and stagger them about 3-4 feet apart, going down the floor.
If you remember Drivers Ed, going around the cones, than you’ll remember what we’re talking about.
Than you have students go around each cone until they reach the end. Once all students have reached the end of the cones, have them perform the same drill, but with the opposite leg. This way they will develop both legs.
Feel free to perform this drill as many time as you like, but usually 2-3 trips will wear a class out.
I never had the chance to post the results of my students competing at the R.A.G.E. Karate Championship in May, so now I’m gonna take a few minutes and let everyone know how they did.
We had a few students compete for the first time, and they did great for their 1st tourney. I hope to see them go at it more often!!
Before we go on, some of my students were bumped up to the intermediate division, which is obviously a more challenging division, but for the most part, they did great.
Cody R. competed for the 1st time and he got 3rd in forms and 4th in sparring. He won his first fight, but seemed winded when he fought his 2nd and 3rd fights.
Colby B. competed in his 2nd tournament of the year and got 4th in forms and 3rd in fighting. He got injured during the match and was down too, but came back to win the match!
Logan H. competed in his first tournament this year and got 5th in forms and a finalist in sparring. Not bad for his 1st tourney.
Mollee H. (Logan’s sister) got 4th in forms, and a finalist in sparring. She had a tough match…
Caleb D. was in the same division of Molle, and he got 3rd in forms and had a very tough match in sparring. This girl had legs up to her chin and ended up winning the division.
Madeline competed for the 1st time this year too and she was in a tough division, competing with intermediates. She got 2nd in forms and was only 200th of a point away from tying for 1st place. And she got 4th in sparring in a division of all boys… She was very impressive.
Rosey C. competed again in forms and got 6th in forms. Next time she will get to spar, as she is now eligible to spar in class.
Nick P. competed again, and made some improvements by getting 3rd in forms and 3rd in sparring, with a great 2nd match.
Luana L. also competed for the 2nd time this year and go 4th in forms and 2nd in sparring with an impressive 2nd match.
Great job guys! You guys did awesome!!!
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