As of May 9th, The New York Yankees are in first place in the American League East with a record of twenty-one wins and only nine losses. The reason for the turnaround from the disappointing 2016 season (84 wins and 78 losses, missing playoffs and finishing 4th in the division) isn’t hard to figure out. In the first thirty games of the season, the bombers have scored a whopping 177 runs and walloped 50 round-trippers (home runs), both tops in the American League.
Let’s face it Yankee fans have been spoiled. They have been treated to an amazing 40 American League Pennants and 27 World Series Championships in the last 115 years. They are getting impatient with their team because they have only one World Series Championship (in 2009) since 2001.
For nearly 30 years critics have disputed martial arts legend, Frank W. Dux’s claim that he was taught as a boy by an elderly and mysterious Japanese martial arts master named Senzo ‘Tiger’ Tanaka.
An 1988 LA Times story – which came out shortly after the movie Bloodsport became a surprise hit in theaters – all but called Dux a liar, claiming the only known Senzo ‘Tiger’ Tanaka they or their martial arts expert sources could find was a character of the same name in Ian Fleming’s novel “You Only Live Twice.”
Few people are aware of how the late Bruce Lee – although a world famous star of martial arts films – was one of the most controversial and ridiculed martial artists within the martial arts community.
Lee likened the criticism to the children’s game of “King of The Hill” since various people took turns, it seemed to him, sometimes ganging up on him, to push him off his top of the hill position in martial arts.
I observed it myself.
In the 1960’s, I was part of the upcoming group of young martial artists who grew up in the “San Fernando Valley of The Champions”. I heard many unflattering stories about Lee, floated around from mouth-to-ear of gossipers, some of them notable martial artists.
By Frank Dux;
Despite its name, ‘Mixed Martial Arts’ (MMA) is not a martial art.
It’s a professional sport.
It is a business and athletes are paid to compete.
The perception that MMA training is superior to traditional Martial Arts in terms of preparedness in dealing with a street crime or sudden attack however might be the greatest misperception a person might make in his life, and possibly his last.
To compare the physique of an MMA fighter to the traditional martial artist is not enough to judge truth. In sudden confrontation, the physique is part of the totality, which is judged in a lens of many considerations, such as does the aggressor possess a hidden weapon, which actions outweigh potential legal entanglements arising from his injury or death, and challenges of defense in an inhospitable environment. These are common variables needed to be taken into account instantly when planning which tactics are suited to survive, uninjured, and prevail by ending the aggressor’s ability to pose danger.
As Sun Tzu stated, “Battles are won or lost before they are ever fought.”
This is not part of MMA training.
All forms of martial arts exist as ‘never cold without hot.’ There exists no superior way but there exists the superior fighter.
The claim that MMA training is superior to other martial art disciplines is dangerously invalid.
At Ft. Lewis, Washington, The US Special Forces stationed were impressed by the MMA. The Green Berets explored integrating its training into their own warrior training. They turned to their civilian trainer/adviser, a martial artist named Kelly Worden.
Worden objected. He found his opinion challenged. He consented to a match with a professional MMA fighter. Comparing the men’s physiques, Worden appeared doomed. He would be taken to ground, and subdued through the grappling arts.
Worden instincts were not sports orientated.
The contest began and observers wondered how many seconds Worden would last. In unsportsmanlike manner, and in violation of MMA rules, Worden gathered dirt and, with lightening fast movement, shoveled it into his opponent’s mouth, cutting off breath; taking him down, prepared to suffocate him. The match ended in abject surrender.
The difference between sport fighting and battlefield skill is the mindset of a warrior.
Playing by the rules Worden was outmatched, but when defending life there exists no rules or referee. Worden’s opponent was ill-prepared for his action, unable to take into account the way his environment would be used against him. This vulnerability stemmed from perfecting his skills in a controlled MMA gym environment.
The term “Mixed Martial Arts” therefore is misleading given it suggests sports training is a system of self defense, a compilation of many systems mixed to procure the “best of the best”, taken from all traditional and modern martial arts disciplines, then honed into one superior method.
This perceived “conglomeration” contributes to the illusion that MMA training is superior to other self-defense systems. The MMA industry facilitates this by calling attention in advertisements to the legacy of Bruce Lee and of avoiding “the classical mess” — using only what is personally useful and disregarding the rest.
The suggestion of shortcuts to proficiency in martial arts is falsehood.
The term “Mixed Martial Arts” or “MMA” was created out of rebranding a business, the unsuccessful Gracie family- run UFC that promoted this sport under the “No-Holds-Barred” aka “NHB” banner.
Critics allege the name change from NHB to MMA was made to legitimize athletes and transform them from being viewed as thugs and brawlers into role models. The term MMA enabled the UFC to expand market share by attaching itself to the traditional martial art community irrespective of the fact that full-contact sport’s athlete’s skills have little to do with Traditional Martial Arts training.
Their skills being more a mixture of bar room bare knuckle boxing accompanied by basic Brazilian JuJitsu or Greco Roman wrestling. Rounds and weight classes were introduced, along with the banning of certain strikes and holds that would be no longer permitted. The spongy matting provided an advantage to the techniques of Brazilian Jujitsu.
The reason for reinventing UFC has been linked to allegations that the Gracie family were barred from having events in Las Vegas because they fixed fights by bribing judges, referees and embellishing the records and skills of inferior opponents to make bets offsite.
The UFC is attempting to monopolize the martial art industry by establishing gyms in competition with Traditional Martial Arts schools openly calling attention to how few “traditional martial art practitioners” are able to compete in MMA, suggesting that Traditional Martial Art training is inferior.
The presumption is a fallacy since the purpose of martial arts training is to prevail in violent conflict.
There are no weight classes, no padded mats, no holds barred in sudden confrontation.
No martial art system may be judged by the number of participants in sporting events. These events have rules to protect the athlete that handicap those who train to kill or maim rather than ‘KO’ an opponent.
The emphasis placed upon honorable conduct and martial art etiquette is necessary to produce military bearing, a code of conduct with is absent in MMA culture.
The undisciplined, hedonistic, episodic behavior of MMA icons are alien to Traditional Martial Artists.
MMA stars in interviews reveal their success is meaningless. The popular MMA athlete Rhonda Rousey after suffering defeat to Holly Holme confessed she contemplated suicide over it.
Showing respect for one’s opponent defined the first MMA matches, called among other names, “Kumite” as portrayed in the film Bloodsport, which inspired a generation of fighters responsible for having breathed life into the present MMA movement.
Things are different now. Most MMA stars appear lost, more concerned with how they are going to be accepted and perceived as fighters versus living in the true way of the warrior or “martial way”.
The mindset of the MMA practitioner or any professional athlete is foreign to a martial artist.
Mixed Martial Arts is not martial (military) arts training. The reason is that it is taught without ethics, honor and sense of duty. Military traits that develop the will to prevail in life and death matches.
The attainment of honorable accomplishments requires honorable behavior. It means acting in accordance to rules of war, or peacetime, following its code of ethics.
Ethical behavior comes through self-control: overriding impulses, breaking compulsive cycles, doing things that need be done when unenjoyable.
Traditional Martial Arts are more concerned with self-control to maintain a code of ethical behavior in life; being capable of making the ultimate sacrifice in defense of family, friends and country.
That is not to say all MMA sports fighters are brutish. But the focus of MMA training is winning in a ring. Fame and fortune are paramount.
MMA culture is void of the protocols that instill ethical actions, a code of conduct, a respect for self and others. The nature of the MMA culture promotes anti-social behavior when stars, like Brock Lesner, spit on audiences, or when at weigh-ins, thug like performers hurl epithets, chairs and punches at each other.
When Traditionalists face off to compete they bow or salute, demonstrating mutual respect. The MMA pattern of behavior promotes antisocial thuggery and is the antithesis of traditional martial arts decorum.
The way of war is an art and science. Being trained and mentored in true military skills instills the discipline to remain focused for long periods, to act with measured force, to follow through under duress.
Self-discipline is necessary. The experience of combat, be it sport or life and death, teaches the student that each is responsible for his actions some which may be foreseeable and some which may inadvertently cause suffering for ourselves or others, possibly involving life and death.
The MMA and Traditional Martial Artists have this in common: Each must learn to coordinate multiple actions toward one goal. To succeed, both must master the skill or task to achieve higher goals; to remain in control of breathing, regardless of chaos going on, and the level of danger and stress. And to understand how to dominate our adversary or environment, which requires skill and a disciplined mind.
Mixed Martial Arts fighters and Traditional Martial Artists possess combative skill sets and condition themselves for trauma. But the Traditional Martial Artist is defined by self-discipline that honors traditions, ethics and etiquette. These bring success outside of the world of martial arts.
But are summoned at a moment’s notice, when the world becomes martial, unplanned, not in a ring, but in the arena of life, where discipline alone will mean the difference between extinction or survival, of servitude and defeat or dominance with honor.
There’s not much I can say about the Buffalo Bills that I haven’t said before many times in numerous articles dating back many years, long before the Buffalo sportswriters finally got around to writing the obvious. I’ll sum it up this way: the organization stinks.
Throw out the four Super Bowl years in the early 1990s (unfortunately most notable for losing four straight), this franchise under Ralph Wilson and now Terry and Kim Pegula is a disaster.
I said when it was announced that Rex Ryan was coming to town that motormouth wasn’t the answer given his .500 career record. He added some spice and sold tickets and tires, but it is terribly obvious that he can’t coach. But Ryan is only the tip of the iceberg for the Titanic known as the Buffalo Bills organization.
Please join us on Saturday, December 10, for the Holiday 5K at Old Fort Niagara.
Soldiers will fire their muskets at 10:30 am sharp to signal the start of the race which will take place entirely within Fort Niagara State Park. The course will feature amazing views of Fort Niagara State Park; the scenic Lower Niagara River; Lake Ontario; Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada; Historic Old Fort Niagara, and the Toronto skyline!
Trophies will be presented to the 1st place overall male and female finishers and beautiful hand-crafted custom finisher medals will be provided to all participants! Age group awards will be awarded to the top three male and female runners in each of the following age groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69. 70-74, 75-79, 80 and older.
That was the last time that Canada was shutout from the NHL postseason.
Back then it was a 12 team league, Buffalo and Vancouver would be the expansion entrants the following year. The two Canadian teams, Toronto and Montreal, failed to qualify in what was then an eight team playoff field.
With just two weeks left in the regular season, all seven franchises housed in Canada are likely to be out of the running. Worse yet, most of the teams are historically bad, and are occupying the bottom rungs of the league standings.
That final day in the season to make player trades, which is always set for sometime late February or early March, quite often results in a media carnival atmosphere and hard core fans tuning in to watch the frenzy. Which teams will be looking to add that valuable piece for s deep playoff run? Who is looking to unload fat contracts? And which teams are in rebuild mode and finally coming to grips with that?
For the Buffalo Sabres, more often than not the team has not gotten better, and in fact, has regressed as a result of their trade deadline moves over the past few years.
From time to time, you can find in your news feed some article trumping out “the best NFL stadium” or “Ranking the best and worst”. If you’re a stadium enthusiast, these will always make for interesting reads.
But in many cases, they’re also nonsense. And downright embarrassing at times, none more so than an article of this type that actually made it to the pages of USA Today this past October. Look closely and you’ll find that the misinformed writer assigned no actual scoring or metrics to his choices of what he deems to be the best, and the worst, stadium in the NFL, and everything in between. For example, NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, came in at 17th. Why, you wonder? The writer states, “My goodness is that a horrible name for a stadium, though I guess coming from a city that once had Enron Field, it could be worse.” That’s it. That’s all. So there you go.
The Buffalo Bills are the “ONLY” team in the NFL that hasn’t made the playoffs in the 21st Century, and they are on solid ground to make it 16 straight years not reaching the postseason after their ugly, penalty filled performance in Sunday’s 23 – 20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, a game they badly needed to keep their thin playoff hopes alive.
After the game, Bills coach Rex Ryan admitted that the loss “probably cost us a playoff berth.” Well, Rex, I think you got it right. The Bills are toast again, and now it will be a battle to just play out the season with nothing much at stake, except maybe Doug Whaley’s GM job. Let’s face it, the Bills just can’t break the losing habit and 16 straight years missing the postseason is the legacy of the front office started under Ralph Wilson and continuing under Terry Pegula. This is the same franchise that lost four straight Super Bowls and now boasts the longest playoff drought among the four major North American sports.