Wednesday, 13 July 2016

The Beast And His Wrestling Brothers

Time for my first post on wrestling. Most likely I will stick to old time wresting and perhaps wrestling when it was done without any scripts and everything was 100% real. A lot of people are unaware that individual wrestlers would travel the world taking on all comers in matches that would kill the average man. Farmer Burns and the Great Gama are a couple names you should Google if you want to find out the roots of professional wrestling. I may even cover catch as can catch wrestling, which William Regal of WWE fame came out of, starting at the age of 15.

For now, let's start with a Canadian wrestling family that didn't get the praise they should have. We all know about Stu Hart and his kids, Bret, Owen and the rest. They were the west coast kings of wrestling. In Quebec you had some brothers, the Vachons and the LeDuc's for starters.

Well on the East Coast you had four brothers who wrestled and one who was a referee. The family name Cormier was never used by them. Instead they went by the Beast, Leo Burke, Rudy and Bobby Kay. If you were a kid in the 70's, living in the Maritimes, which includes N.B., Nova Scotia and P.E.I, then chances are you spent your Saturday afternoons watching Grand Prix wrestling and the fishing show called Scuttlebutt Lodge starring an American expat by the name of Red Fisher.

The Beast as they say down east was build like a brick shit house. That is a compliment by the in the Maritime provinces, it was common to have an outhouse to take a crap in, instead of indoor toilets. Outhouses were short and squat made of wood. A brick shit house if one was ever built would stand up to anything and be hard to knock down. Well the Beast stood around five foot ten and weighed 250 lbs. He had at some points shaggy hair or close cropped but always a thick black beard. Reports are that this farmer boy from around Dorchester N.B. was ungodly strong. He was reported to be able to bench press 450 lbs and once did 527 lbs. Parts of his promo;s showed him doing strong man antics. 

In the ring, The Beast was well noted for his fists and boots, not a techy wrestler at all. His most famous matches were done with chains. Rather than the leather strap matches which we used to see in the old WWF, in chain matches, the wrestlers would be attached by the wrist with a ten foot or so length of chain. Of course they beat the crap out of each other and the blood flowed.

In his career, The Beast did some traveling to the States and Japan. While in the States, he did some tag teams and fought the likes of Terry and Dory Funk Jr. In Canada, he started out West and fought Stu Hart. The Beast while in Grand Prix had some very interesting matches with The Stomper, Archie Goudie, who gimmick was black cowboy boots that he would stomp you into the ground with.

The Beast frequently tag teamed with his brothers, usually Leo Burke. So let's run down the rest of the brothers now.

Leo Burke was the techy wrestler of the family and was noted for his two submission moves, the sleeper and the abdominial stretch. You don't see the stretch very often these days but the ladies use it over in the WWE. As for the sleeper, can't remember the last time I saw that one.
Leo had a great career and fought some nice singles matches down in the States for world title, battling the Funks. He fought Brett Hart early in their careers and they became great friends. As Leo started to wind down his career, Brett got him a job training up and coming WWE stars. Leo is noted for training Ken Shamrock, Mark Henry, Edge and Christian.

Brother Rudy Kay was noted for his boxing skills, although of course punching isn't legal in wrestling...right. :)
His other big move was awesome and he was doing it long before Doink The Clown over in WWE. The stump puller is a no getting out of hold. In Rudy's version he would stand in front of his opponent and reach back, grabbing the man around the back of the neck before flipping him over his shoulder into a splayed sitting position. With his opponent sitting on the floor with his legs in a V, Rudy would step over, sitting on his shoulders and placing his feet inside of his opponents legs before reaching down and grabbing both the man's ankles. Then it was time to pull the legs up hard while sitting with all his weight on the man's shoulder. /Ring the bell.

Lastly we have Bobby Kay. Sadly all I remember of Bobby was his guitar playing. What a great way to get a feud going. Bobby would be asked to come out an play a nice country song for the crowd. He would just get going before a wrestler, say the Stomper would come out and take his guitar away so he could smash Bobby over the head, shattering the guitar. Out from the back, The Beast or may Leo would come running and the feud was on.

So like I said, these guys were the real deal in wrestling and should get more pops from the wrestling fans. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

A Better Fighting Strategy For UFC Fighters

Let's ramp up our skills

It always amazes me when I watch the UFC and other martial organizations. I will not claim to be any kind of expert, hell I don't even have a black least not one I can tie around my waist.

One of my pals who I got started in my basement, went on to BJJ and won a world championship at white belt and is currently going after his 2nd world title as a purple belt-had this to say:

"Jimmy, you may only have a brown belt but you have black belt knowledge and can breakdown a fight in way I've never heard before."

I suppose there might be some truth to what he said. I've been studying martial arts since 1974 and for the most part, it's been home study. Yes I did take a mixed variety of hapkido that included about 8 martial arts rolled into one; however reading books including public domain stuff from the 1800's and upwards, gives me a different view of striking and grappling.

In this post, I want to touch on two things I think UFC fighters could improve on. Hammerfists and escaping from a standing rear naked choke.

Okay let's start with hammerfists, one of my fav strikes as you may have gathered. We can use anyone for an example but lets go with Brock Lesnar. The guy is a beast but he used the hammerfist incorrectly. His style is more of what I call a pitter patter. Multiple repeated short shots that eventually did the person in.

Instead of that, what I would have coached Brock to do is this:

When he has you against the cage, use the left hand to short jab and bring the right down and brush against the right side of his hip as the whole arm winds up and over, slamming into your head. Stop thinking hammerfist and think sledgehammer. How do you strike with a sledgehammer? You don't pitter patter on a tire, you wind that sucker up and slam it down. This can be done against the cage or while you have your opponent on the floor.

Here is an example of using the hammerfist to cut someone's motor skills. Hitting on the side of the neck produces a shockwave that travels down the spine and cuts out the ability to stand. And if you were to strike like this in the UFC, it is legal as long as it is below the ear and not the back of the neck.

Hammerfist Video

Okay next up, lets picture that you are standing next to the cage and your opponent has mounted you from behind, with his legs wrapped around your waist. As his right arm comes over your shoulder, stop just grabbing his wrist and tugging it around. Instead, grip his wrist with both hands and then push his arm upwards so that his elbow is now at a 45 degree angle to his body...then jerk his arm downwards as hard as you can and he should come flying off your back.

Okay that is it for this post. Next post. Old school wrestling.
Everyone has heard of the wrestling families like the Harts, and the Von Erichs. Did you know there is also another massive wrestling family full of interesting characters? Well I will fill you in on that.

The Beast From the East :)

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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Starting Fresh

I started my first website in 2006, when I knew absolutely nothing about websites or blogs. I've been interested in martial arts since 1974, when I first sent away for a mail order kit. Yes folks, I am that old. Back in those days, if you wanted to order something, it was fill out a form and mail in cash.

When my package arrived, I was so excited. It contained a full scale diagram of a male body, showing all the striking points. It also had a small drawing of foot placement for karate. The little booklet that came with it, explained why it was necessary to toughen your hands for fighting. This lesson served me well over the years. When I started martial arts classes much later in life, (2001) I was able to break boards with ease while my dojo mates would cut or scrape their hands. Between 1974 and 2001, I taught myself, got some private instruction from a friend who was a black belt in karate and took pressure point and control courses. I've worked in security/bouncing since 1980, so the p.p.c.t. courses were very necessary.

When I started taking a mixed form of hapkido (8 other martial arts mixed with hapkido) all my other training was very helpful. We were learning striking and grappling but I was the only one versed in pressure points and I submitted some folks with a pressure point. In our classes, pressure points, strikes anywhere on the body and any type of submission like a toe hold was allowed, right from white belt. Very different than the BJJ, that my friends take. They are limited to the types of holds they can use until they get to blue belt is what I have been told.

As well as being interested in martial arts, I followed wrestling. As a young guy who had only two channels to watch growing up-Saturday morning was wrestling heaven. I will touch on that in later posts.

When the UFC first arrived, I was spellbound. Very little rules, no weight classes at all. Mixed martial arts has come a long way and I love it!

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