UFC 168 Combative Breakdown

Chris Weidman shocked the world again by defeating the world’s best pound for pound combat sport’s competitor in the world (Anderson “The Spider” Silva). It was a very exciting fight, but much of that excitement stopped when the world saw Anderson Silva’s leg break. The slow motion replays and picture capture of the leg break is just painful!

UFC 168, Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman.
UFC 168, Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman.

“No matter what happened in this fight, he’s still the greatest of all time. I wish him the best, and God bless him,” Weidman said. “That was the No. 1 thing I got hit with the first fight. I worked a lot with guys with kicks. But it’s still crazy how that happened.”

After the first match between Silva and Wiedman, Weidman’s trainers knew that checking and blocking Silva’s round kicks are a must. Weidman did it at UFC 168, he checked Silva’s low round kick and it broke Silva’s shin. Similar events happened to fighters worldwide, including UFC fighter Corey Hill . Very serious martial artists should have a lot of questions! Should I be executing a round kick like that? How should I throw a round kick, so that I don’t break my own leg? Should I control how much force I throw in a round kick? Should I set up a round kick? How should I set up a round kick?

I wanted to make my own breakdown video, but someone already beat me to it. Check out this video from Bas Rutten, because he is going to say what I would.

The only thing I would add is the round kick needs to be set up! Any strikes that take a circular path will take more time then a strike on a straight path. Timing needs to be on your side when executing a low round kick. Watch out for the knees too!

Be safe everyone,

David Chan

SPECIAL: An interview with Shifu Heng Zhen Shi of the Boston Shaolin Kung Fu Center

Eric Chadbourne (iokarate.com) and David Chan (instituteofcombativearts.com) take a look at the Boston Shaolin Kung Fu Center and sit down with Sifu Heng Zhen Shi to learn about his background and what inspired him to start the school in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Please go to http://sampan.org/ to read the whole interview.

I was very fortunate to team up with Eric Chadbourne from Sampan to conduct and publish this interview. It was just wonderful to experience and watch what is known to be one of the oldest forms of martial arts.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Quincy

Today people are recognizing the effectiveness of Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Everyone from the U.S. Army to Professional Fighters has added it to their arsenal, and now you can add it to yours.

The Institute of Okinawan Karate-Do will soon host Gracie Garage Jiu-Jitsu meet-ups.

Grand Opening 

Institute of Okinawan Karate Do
28 Chestnut St.
Quincy, MA 02169

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

For more information about Jiu-Jitsu meet-ups, contact David Chan by e-mail: davidchan857@hotmail.com

For more information about Gracie Garage go to:



Batman’s Fighting Method

I have to say my all time favorite comic book superhero is Batman. With the movie releases of Batman Begins and the Dark Knight, I think these are the best Batman movies made. Now with Keysi Fighting Method (KFM), Batman’s display of fighting is better then ever.

Anyone with martial arts experience can tell that all of the Batman movies in the past consisted of simple martial arts choreography. The fight scenes in the past was reminiscent of the comic book “BAM”, “BOOM”, and my favorite “POW” style of fighting.

When the director/co-writer Christopher Nolan began working on the movie Batman Begins, Nolan didn’t have any idea KFM would be the fighting method of choice. Nolan did how ever wanted the violence on-screen to not lose its threat. Buster Reeves is a jujitsu world champion and was Christian Bale’s (Batman) stunt double for the movie. Reeves suggested KFM to be used in the movie. The fight arranger David Forman and the rest of the movie crew accepted KFM right away after a demonstration from the founders Justo Diéguez Serrano and Andy Norman.

KFM is a method of self-defense that is based on natural fighting instincts, martial arts and street fighting techniques, developed by Justo Diéguez Serrano from his fighting experiences while raised on the streets of Spain. The system was founded with the help of Andy Norman. Both Serrano and Norman are also instructors of Jeet Kune Do.

KFM is most recognized for the use of a tight defensive postures to protect the most precious part of the body, the head, and smashes and opens up the opponent for the finish using all ranges of strikes — punches, hammer fists, kicks, knees, head butts, and the sharp elbows to the opponent.

KFM is a close quarters fighting system, relying on understanding how people typically move or attack in a fight so that when striking, the opponent’s body moves to expose further targets. Another interesting aspect of KFM is its “360-degree” approach to multi-assailant attacks whether standing, kneeling, sitting or lying down!

I am so excited for the next Batman movie in the series, which is scheduled for release later in the year.

Looking at Judo

Judo is a derivative of jujitsu, which is a traditional Japanese martial art originally created for killing or maiming an enemy. For the jujitsu practioners of long ago, the only rule was to win by any means necessary. However, in the 19th century, Japan underwent a period of modernization known as the Meiji Restoration; it was an era during which Japan discarded feudalism in favor of the modern world, trading traditional swords for modern guns. This era also helped lay the groundwork for judo founder Jigoro Kano to change the face of the Japanese combative martial arts.

In his journeys abroad, Kano came into constant contact with emerging Western sports and their ideals. Originally, these sports had come about as a way for the Western armies to maintain their physical health. Kano saw value in this, too. He wanted to preserve the timeless qualities of jujitsu — loyalty, discipline, resolve, honor, morality — and discard the traditional qualities in which the martial artist learns techniques to hurt, maim and kill. To do this, Kano made judo safe, rewarding and challenging.

The ancient Japanese warrior Minamoto Yoritomo once stated that the outcome of a battle is determined by the preparation one has invested. Ask yourself: What do I need to do to have a real chance at winning?

— Hayward Nishioka

What is Joe Lewis talking about?

Joe Lewis’ Top 10 Martial Arts for Self-Defense


Joe Lewis is definitely a well accomplished martial artist and I respect him very much for what he has done for martial arts, especially in America.

Black Belt Magazine published Lewis’s recent decisions on which martial arts is most effective for self-defense. I can agree to why Lewis chose the martial arts that he did except for one.

What the hell is Outlaw Tai Chi?

I come from a family of Tai Chi practitioners and they never heard of such thing. I am not the only one to question this decision. I think Black Belt Magazine or Joe Lewis him self needs to explain.

Does anyone know what is Outlaw Tai Chi, because I don’t.

Fists, Bats, Knives, and Guns….

Currently I am conducting research and study of different weapons used in different attacks. The results of these attacks are used for many purposes. I have specifically looked at  how the results of attacks have been used in martial arts and self-defense instructions. My initial findings have been very interesting.