Shogun v Machida Result – UFC 104

If you missed the UFC 104 this past Saturday here’s a brief overview of the fight.

It was to many people the most controversial decision in UFC history…

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua took on Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida for the UFC light-heavyweight title… in what many thought would be a great fight. Personally I thought Machida would win the fight due to his intelligent way of controlling the distance, circular defensive footwork and counter-striking skills.

I thought this should be enough to handle Shogun’s aggressive “walk up” Muay Thai based style. Both fighters have knockout power and both have stellar MMA records with Shogun 18-3 and Machida 15-0. On paper this all made sense to be a great fight… but as many fans saw it really didn’t turn out that way.

As per usual Machida controlled the distance well for the first 3 rounds, closing the gap several times with knee strikes and punching combinations. We also saw a few attempted lower leg disturbs (faking the sweep) followed by reverse punches to the head – a great karate kumite combination often seen in WKF.

Shogun however had obviously done his homework and trained hard for this fight. He caught Lyoto many times with solid kicks to the legs. At the post match interview he said he’d practiced 1000 leg kicks per day for the 4 months leading up to the fight….

And you could tell…

I’m sure he and his coaches asked something like, “How can we stop Lyoto’s dynamic footwork and explosive technique?” and someone probably said, “Easy… kick him in the legs until he can’t use them to push or kick any more.”

And this strategy worked very well. By round 4 it appeared that the Dragon’s legs were so sore he was unable to control the distance as well as he did in the first 3 rounds. Lyoto took a pounding to his thighs and didn’t Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg love telling the world about it!  While this obviously fooled the commentators the judges saw it differently.

The judges saw what I’m sure the rest of us who practice karate saw – Machida’s “pick off” and counter striking with each leg kick Shogun delivered. In other words Shogun was getting nailed with punches  as he worked Machida’s legs. The judges obviously saw a strike to the head to have more value than a kick to the legs.

Without a doubt Shogun definitely finished the stronger fighter and is the first UFC fighter to win rounds against “The Dragon” and do any visible damage to the champion. When it was all over the announcement came with the winner by UNANIMOUS DECISION scoring the fight 48-47 in favor of Lyoto Machida.

And didn’t the crowd go nuts! The majority of the audience booed the decision feeling that Shogun was the winner. In the post fight interview Joe Rogan appeared to be disgusted by the decision and virtually asked for an immediate rematch.

Here’s the thing though that most people don’t get. It’s the UFC – it’s not a real fight. There are RULES for scoring. Strikes to the head for this set of officials obviously had more influence than kicks to the legs.

Although Shogun finished stronger, in the judges eyes he didn’t dominate the the majority of the fight. I personally don’t know how the judges scored the match, but I’m thinking the scorecard looked something like this…

R1 – Machida 10-9
R2 – Machida 10-9
R3 – Machida 10-9
R4 – Shogun 10-9
R5 – Shogun 10-9

Result 48 Machida, 47 Shogun.

Your thoughts? Post ’em below…

Karate Warm Up Drill: Flower Sit-ups

Here’s a dead easy sit-up drill that you can do with your students in your very next class to make it far more
interesting, instead of doing the same-old-boring sit-ups that allows students to slack off (that’s Australian for not giving 100%)…

There’s no chance of that with this variation because it gets students interacting with others, building a team-like rapport, which is important for class enjoyment and student retention…

Simply have all students hold hands and form a circle so everyone is facing the center of the circle. Students should be standing side by side, shoulder to shoulder. Now have your class sit down to the sit-up position so their feet are in the center of the circle.

Everyone should be holding hands and sitting in the “up position” ready for their sit-ups.

To your count students simply do their sit-ups while holding hands. First everyone will make the downward motion so their backs are flat on the floor and their knees bent. Next students pull each other up as everyone contracts their abdominal muscles together, just like a flower opening and closing its petals…

Try it out in your next class…

Of course for more ideas to alleviate boredom, increase student retention and make your life easier be sure to check out my latest version of “125 Dynamite Drills” that’s packed full of heart racing, blood pumping karate drills and exercises by clicking here

The second step to going full time…

First off my apologies for no post last week…
Today I want to share with you the story of how I made the step from being part time instructor teaching out of the local community center, to having my own full time karate dojo. My hope is that it sheds a little light of what’s ahead of you if you’re thinking about opening your own karate school…
 
In 2004 when I was thinking about going full time I saw the EXACT location where I wanted to have my school. It was a grand location, on the corner of a main road with a huge curved glass walls. It was 2,500 square feet. It was awesome! I imagined my sign on the outside and the building packed full of students. This was my dream…
Suddenly my dream was shattered like tempered glass as soon as I found out the cost!
The rent was $3,600 per month. 
Yikes!

Right then I simply realized that I didn’t have the financial capacity to take on something like that, so I lowered my expectations for my first full time dojo.
I ended up taking something far less glamorous! Sure it was smaller (like 1180 square feet), sure the location wasn’t great (back street in the industrial part of town), sure parking was horrible (2 spaces only), but the rent was cheap! It was only about $700 per month.

Problem was I was only earning about $900 per month teaching karate part time, 4 days per week out of the local community center.
The solution?
*** Pay attetention – this is KEY  ***

I wrote a letter to my students and asked them if they’d like a full time place. I listed the benefits and explained that with better facilities, an expanded training schedule and a full time dojo that the tuition would have to go up also. So I proposed to raise the tuition 50% and asked them if they’d support it.

95% said YES!

So I signed the lease on the new place, and was up and running within 3 weeks. Since I no longer had to give up profits to the community center for rent, I was now better off. I had a full time school, a supporting student base, and financially I was making about the same as before.

At the time It was a very scary step…

There was a bunch I didn’t yet know, but somehow I bumbled and stumbled my way thanks to some common sense, a lot of help from friends and little bit of luck. At the time I didn’t know there was so much I didn’t know…

Things like:

  • I’d never signed a lease on a commercial building before…
  • Didn’t really know how to negotiate with the landlord
  • Was unsure what to look out for as far as a safe building structure
  • Didn’t know what should be included in the lease and what shouldn’t…
  • Didn’t have a business license…
  • Didn’t have a reseller’s permit…
  • Didn’t have a business bank account…
  • Didn’t have martial arts insurance…
  • Was unsure if the building I was about to rent was zoned correctly and if it was actually ok to teach martial arts from it…
  • Didn’t know that the City required that all new businesses must have a wheelchair accessible bathroom (which this building didn’t), and how to work around that…
  • Didn’t really know how to do the marketing…
  • Was unfamiliar with City rules and regulations on fire extinguishers, displaying of business licenses, how cleaning products must be stored, etc.
  • Didn’t know how to get or write a legal liability waiver, etc.

And that’s just for starters!

Each one of these, plus a hundred more are business/litigation pitfalls you can fall into and break a leg, or worse.

Fortunately for you, you won’t have to worry about this stuff because the pathway through the jungle has been paved for you to follow. I started documenting all this stuff plus more, ready to release it as a guide for anyone wanting to start their own full time school, only to be beaten to the punch by a friend of mine Mike Massie.

If you don’t know Mike, he’s the guy who wrote Small Dojo Big Profits that explains all this stuff in detail. It’s a complete A-Z guide of how to set up your successful full time school, how to avoid the traps and ensure good business practices that allow for growth and expansion.

When I read Small Dojo Big Profits I had mixed feelings. Firstly I wished I’d written it. Secondly I was relieved that someone else had done all the work, PLUS covered some things which I didn’t know either.

If you’re thinking about making the next step to going full time with your school, your next step is to get a copy of Small Dojo Big Profits and get educated. Then follow it and you’ll do great. It’s cheap insurance when you consider the mistakes you’ll probably make without it!

To learn more about SDBP click here

– Jason

P.S. Because I sorted through all those challenges listed above (plus a bunch more of them in Mike’s book), I was able to grow my student base which allowed us to move 18 months later to another dream location. This time the new place had plenty of parking in a nice part of town, 1800 square feet, good visibility… and I was able to negotiate a much better deal on the rent!

Get SDBP today and live your dream…


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