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Logan Paul Loses Boxing Match

»Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on Logan Paul Loses Boxing Match

Logan Paul Loses Boxing Match

After months of advertisements and fight promotions campaigns, the Logan Paul and KSI Boxing Match finally went underway. Televised on SkySports and DZVN, the YouTube Stars entered the boxing ring and for Logan Paul, the ensuing bout ended with a dramatic loss. These two superstar men met on Saturday Night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in front of a sold-out crowd. Their first boxing match was in 2018, one that ended in a split decision after six rounds. However, this wasn’t the case for their second fight as KSI was declared the victory winner after the referee, Jack Reiss, gave Logan Paul a two-point deduction. This deduction was accessed for Logan Paul illegally hitting KSI while holding him in Round Four.

Logan Paul took his left arm and held KSI’s head in an unmovable position, immediately throwing punches afterwards with his right fist. Logan Paul also hit him a final time with a right hook when KSI was on his knee, which led to the fight being broken up by refs. Ultimately the refs choose to accept this punch but gave Logan the deduction of two points. Two of the three judges rooted for KSI, with the third in favour of Logan Paul’s tactics.

Before this event took place, both boxers spent a great deal of time training with some of the greatest fighters alive today. Both personalities took six months to work out, train extensively, heal their body and repeat the process. Furthermore, the two boys who are known for partying also had to complete drug tests and screenings weekly from the California State Athletic Commission. This was because both at the time were undercard fighters who required licenses before the event transpired. Shockingly, both Logan Paul and KSI shook hands before embracing after the fight completed. Most wouldn’t have expected this sportsmanship out of Logan Paul, who is known for his horrible acts of the past.

Logan’s Bad History

Logan Paul received a bad reputation after New Year’s Eve 2017 when he uploaded a new YouTube Video where a deceased corpse was seen. This deceased corpse hanged himself in Aokigahara, a famous forest located at the bottom of Mount Fuji. This wilderness is also named Suicide Forest, which is a renowned location near Tokyo for Japanese Citizens to take their lives. Ultimately, Logan Paul received backlash from the media and celebrities. His channel was almost removed from YouTube when 500+ Thousand individuals signed a petition to have it terminated. He will forever be known for his insensitivity towards suicide victims.

Additional instances of controversy for this foolish young man include illegally taking a forklift in a Japanese fish market, fighting with individuals half-naked on the streets and hitting nearby citizens with a giant ball. Many would state that they’re thrilled that Logan Paul lost the fight and got beat up twice by KSI.

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Cage Fighting

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Cage Fighting

Cage fighting is a combination of martial arts and street fighting fought in an octagonal, fenced ring. The object is to subdue or knock out your opponent by any means. This sport, although not recognised by the International Olympics Committee, is stealing popularity from the likes of boxing and WWE wrestling. To become champions fighters must compete against others of the same weight class, as often as possible, to build up points.

The fight lasts 3 or 5 rounds of 5 minutes each and ref joins the fighters in the cage. A combination of different martial skills is employed such as wrestling, boxing, judo, karate, taekwondo and kickboxing. A combatant is a winner if the opponent is either knocked out or taps out. If a fight reaches the end of the designated rounds without a looser, the winner will be judged by the most number of mighty blows and takedowns. Cage fighting is the most demanding fight of our times and fitness is paramount.

This style of fighting is as violent as a fight can be without the use of weapons and is fought by two combatants at the peak of physical fitness and can end in serious injuries or even death. Broken limbs are not unheard of, and damaged facial features with copious blood are often the result of the severity of the fighting style. Broken necks and brain damage are always a possibility.

Female Fighters

More and more women are entering the cage, with some looking for fame and fortune and some just looking to provide for their families, and some just for the fun of it! They all have one thing in common: they don’t care what they look like after the fight! Others who train want to learn how to defend themselves, but there is the downside to this type of fighting. Katy Collins, the Red Dragon, died at the age of 32 from a brain aneurysm. A mother of two young boys from the USA she had been fighting for three years. Was it worth it?

Cage Fighting Kids

Some kids, as young as four, have started training in the martial arts. Although competition for kids is banned in the USA, training is above board. Some of these youngsters start MMA training as a defence against playground bullies. Hopefully, they don’t become the bullies themselves! Their self-esteem and confidence soar as they learn to defend themselves. Fighting in the cage is carefully monitored, and the kids are not expected to go so far as tapping out, and potentially dangerous moves and holds are nipped in the bud. Very few injuries have been reported, and combatants are required to wear helmets, gloves and shin guards. Hopefully, these young fighters will grow up to be MMA fighters, but at least they will leave the cage confident and able to defend themselves.

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The Gurkha

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The Gurkha

The Gurkhas originated in Nepal, sandwiched between India and the Himalayas. Long been feared on the battlefield, the Gurkhas are fearless fighters known for their curved bladed knife, named the Kukri. When India was at war with the East India Company, the British forces soon learned respect for these warriors. The war ended in 1816. When the British learned of their skills, some deflectors from the Nepalese army were recruited as soldiers in the military. With William Fraser’s influence, a battalion under Lt Ross was formed – the Nasiri. As they became part of the British Army, they became known as 1st King George’s Own Gurkha Rifles and having fought under Lt Lawrie; he reported back that he found them to be excellent soldiers. This force of 5000 men from different tribes in Nepal and they soon became loyal British soldiers. Other Gurkha battalions were formed the 2nd King Edward V11’s Own Gurkha Rifles and the 3rd Queen Alexandra’s Own Gurkha Rifles.

Gurkhas became a necessary [part of the British forces and fought in the Indian Rebellion of 1857, and 25 Indian Order of Merit awards were issued to the Gurkhas for bravery during the siege of Dehli. Just after the Indian rebelled, they were told to relieve the British in Meerut and had a forced march to reach Meernt at 48km per day. During the siege, of the 490 active battalions, 327 were lost. In 1863 Queen Victoria recognised the Sirmoor Regiment and presented them with the Queen’s Truncheon.

The Gurkhas then fought again with distinction for the British in WW1 and WW2 when nearly 240 000 Nelapese enlisted. Later in 1947 with the Partition of India, they became part of the British Army. Other conflicts the Gurkhas have been involved in include the Malaya’s Emergency, Hong Kong, the Falklands and Afganistan.

Throughout the history of the Gurkhas, their knife, the Kukri, has been iconic and has intimidated the enemy on all fronts. The blade is of a re-curve design: it curves downwards with the sharp edge on the concave side. The length varies from 400mm to 450mm and is made from high-grade steel, the handle is of horn, hardwood or metal, and the sheath is of wood and leather. Concealed in the sheath are two small knives – one for starting a fire and the other, the sharp one, for general use.

In battles, the Kukri is used by trained warriors to kill – by dismembering the opponent or disembowelling their horses. The Gurkhas excel at stealth and quick, fatal attacks on sentries, etc. In training, recruits use wooden knives to avoid injury to themselves.

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Soldiers of Mongolia

»Posted by on Sep 29, 2019 in Fighter, General | Comments Off on Soldiers of Mongolia

Soldiers of Mongolia

Genghis Khan’s soldiers dominated their enemies because of their training and discipline. All soldiers were proficient with the bow and arrow, and they could have more than one indicator in the sky at a time! Their accuracy was legendary and unequalled in the world. They could even shoot backwards, without missing a target. These horsemen and soldiers carried composite bows which were made of wood, bone and ligament and were their prized possessions. When not at war they trained daily with the emphasis on the bow and arrow. Apart from their bows, they carried swords, similar to sabres and maces and axes for hand to hand fighting with the leading cavalry carrying spears which they used to thrust and also to throw.

Bow and Arrow

Mongol bows were superior to any user in the Western world and the Middle East. Twice as effective as the English longbow, they could easily reach 200 meters and sometimes as far as 250 meters (the Japanese Yumi bow) could equal this, but were much longer, sometimes longer then the archer was high!), which decimated the enemy before they could retaliate.


They could fire six arrows in a minute – one every ten seconds! They had differently designed indicators for different targets. Long-range, short-range and heads for killing. Arrows were used for penetrating the enemies armour. Some had whistles which could intimidate their enemies and some were dipped in naphtha and set alight to set fires in the where they landed. The rider’s accuracy at shooting was due to their ability to be able to release the arrow when their horse was in mid-stride with all hooves off the ground at the same time, giving a stable platform for a milli-second.

Spears & Shields

Spears were used by horsemen and foot soldiers alike. They were used for throwing and for stabbing at close quarters. The heavier horseman’s spear was 4 meters long, and the head had a hook that was used for pulling enemy horsemen from their mounts. Shields were used by all of the armies – foot soldiers and horsemen alike. The shield is small and round, made of wood and covered in horse or cowhide. These had to be light so that all the weaponry could be carried into war without hampering the wielder.

Armour

Mongolian armour was of a similar style to those used by most armies in the east. The armour was made up of plates, each three or four layers thick and glued together. These were then laced with leather cords in such a way that, if the wearer bent over in any direction, would slide under each other without hinder body movement. The affair was lined underneath with silk which had the incredible strength to stop any arrowhead from penetrating through the leather armour without injuring the wearer. The horse’s armour covered the sides, the back behind the saddle, the chest down to the knees and an iron piece covered the front of the head.

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Swords Throughout History

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Swords Throughout History

Swords have been used for attack and defence throughout written history, as well as in some of the Mixed Martial Arts. Blades came in many shapes and sizes designed to suit the fighting style of the swordsman. Originally cast in bronze, which was soft and needed constant sharpening, this metal was replaced after hundreds of years of use, by iron and steel as the superior metal.

The Khopesh

The khopesh is an early example of a bronze sword used by the Egyptians which was far superior to any other material used before. It was curved in the form of a sickle with less curvature, but the sharpened blade was on the outer edge. It also had a secure hook on the end of the module, although it is not sure what the use of this was as it did not lend itself to stabbing the enemy and withdrawing the blade. It also featured as a ceremonial accoutrement. It was at its best in close combat situations, and the shape lent itself to slashing. Pharaoh Tutankhamun had two khopeshes entombed with him for his journey to the afterlife.

The Kukri

For many centuries this was the weapon of choice of the Gurkhas of Nepal. The short blade was sharpened on the inside curve of the blade which lent itself to close combat where it was able to cut off limbs (and even heads) with ease. It first came to the attention of the British in the early 1800s. The British Army quickly appreciated the speed and usefulness in battle, and the Gurkhas were incorporated into the British forces as a brigade. They became a feared force and excelled themselves in the Second World War and today, are loyal to the Queen of England.

The Ulfberht

In the eighth century when the Vikings were invading Europe and the British Isles, in the quest for women, booty and farmlands, their sword, the Albert, instilled fear in those places that they invaded. The steel used to forge the blades was from high carbon, making the sword superior to any other sword carried by their foes. Only in the 1800s did anyone equal the steel manufactured by the Viking blacksmiths.

The Katana

This sword is arguably the most beautiful and useful fighting blade in history. In Japan’s fighting history this weapon was used by the Sumari class of fighters who followed the Bushido Code and served the Emperor and their Lords. The strength, lightness and sharpness were legendary, and swordsmiths took great pride in their craft. The skill of the Samurai in the use of the Katana has developed into a recognized martial art.

The Ixwa

This was developed by Shaka Zulu in Southern Africa in the early 19th century as a close combat stabbing sword. This weapon made the Zulu’s invincible, and the enemy feared them throughout Southern Africa. The blade was about 300mm long with a 600mm shaft. It was not designed to throw and when the enemy had pitched their spears, the Zulus moving in and attacked with impunity.

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What are Mixed Martial Arts?

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What are Mixed Martial Arts?

Mixed Martial Arts is a combination of various fighting styles. It is a full-contact sport allowing striking, kickboxing and wrestling, whether standing or off the feet on the ground. The competition is practised by both genders but separated into two leagues.

It was in the 1990s that the MMA was formed to regulate rules and regulations. The MMA mushroomed all over the world, and it is estimated that there are about 450 000 followers. Clubs and gyms popped up wherever students wanted to participate. Promotions staged events which attracted adults and children alike.

Two federations were established independently of each other, but along similar lines, both with the vision of setting rules and regulations to level the playing field. These were the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation and the World Mixed Martial Arts Association. In 2012 the two bodies amalgamated to form the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF).

To promote the MMA, the IMMAF made it a policy to support and encourage all clubs that were teaching MMAs for the benefit of all participants and ensuring and enforce the rules and regulations. It is also the aim of the IMMAF to have the sport recognised and included by the IOC (the Olympic Games) to the four-yearly Games. There are, however, reasons why the IOC has not accepted the MMAs credentials, and this should soon be resolved.

Numerous MMA federations around the world are affiliated to the IMMAF but represent different countries. These include the USA, Australia, China, France and others such as South Africa and Cypress.

Physical Injuries

Although MMA fighters sustain many injuries, mainly cuts and bruises, which seem more spectacular due to the number of bloody wounds, it is boxing which is the most dangerous and the practitioners sustain more significant injuries. These can include head trauma and concussions, broken bones, facial and eye damage. Boxing rules have changed for the Olympics, i.e. headgear for fighters. Will MMA fighters have similar regulations forced on them by the IOC? Will the MMAF accept these changes if required by the IOC? Can anyone imagine the soldiers wearing headgear, gloves and maybe soft boots?

The Olympics

Until now, the IOC has denied the MMAF’s applications to participate in the Olympic Games. When the Olympic games were started in Greece in 776 BC, most of the participating sports were war orientated, such as javelin and discus, wrestling, boxing, running etc. So, most of the allowable games were similar to those being contested at the Olympics of today. In fact, in 688BC a combined sport, pankration, was formulated to include those contact sports – just like the MMA of today. Has the IOC lost sight of where it is going and where it came from? Pankration also had its own set of rules. No eye-gouging, no biting, no testicle grabbing and no fingers up to the nose!
The Olympic Games is to showcase man’s desire to compete and to pit his strength against his opponent.

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