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  1. LoneRider

    Couple Questions (Considering MMA as a Hobby)

    I recently have been (re)reading an old favorite book known as Power to the People by Pavel Tsastouline. The gist of the book is in twenty minute of work, for four working sets (two each of deadlift and a press of some sort) one can build a fair bit of strength. Having used programming from the...
  2. LoneRider

    Sambo and MMA

    I recently came across the April issue of Train Hard, Fight Easy and came across a recent blurb on Sambo and it's benefits for MMA. It states that Sambo training can boost MMA fighters' overall game, and that piqued my curiosity as to how is this the case. I'm especially curious about a...
  3. LoneRider

    Cao Dai Religion

    I just finished reading, for entertainment and not information (as I am well aware that Haha Lung has a somewhat dubious reputation), Lost Fighting Arts of Vietnam. I encountered the term Cao Dai and the wikipedia article mentioned it was a syncretistic religion that appears to combine Buddhist...
  4. LoneRider

    Vietnamese Martial Arts

    Having read Dr. Haha Lung's Lost Fighting Arts of Vietnam (note: I am well aware of his dubious reputation in the MA community, hence this post), I have recently come away with a curiousity about Vietnamese fighting styles. Just logically thinking I imagine some South Chinese Kung Fu styles...
  5. LoneRider

    Maori Warrior Culture

    As someone who is quite curious by nature I recently read an article (granted it's dated now, circa 1998) on the Selection training for the New Zealand SAS. I found it to be an informative article, but one thing that jumped out at me is this line: The article is linked here: Edge of Endurance...
  6. LoneRider

    First Muay Thai Lesson

    I've been training at a Gracie Barra affiliate of one sort or another (typically Gracie Barra San Diego or Gracie Barra Chino) since June of last year (whenever I've had time off from OPFOR work up here in the Mojave) in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for ground work. At least one affiliate closest to me...
  7. LoneRider

    Krav Maga Fighters in MMA

    I've heard of Moti Horenstein and I wonder if there have ever been any other Krav Maga fighters in Mixed Martial Arts promotions? I know some Krav techniques (eye gouges, small joint control, and other things) aren't sanctioned in MMA matches, but as a fledgling (disclaimer) Kravist I will...
  8. LoneRider

    Differences in the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Schools

    I've been training off and on for six months with the Gracie Barra affiliates in San Diego and Chino Hills whenever I have time off at Fort Irwin (in California's Mojave Desert) and I've enjoyed my experience so far. I'm curious is there any substantial differences between Gracie Barra and the...
  9. LoneRider

    Connecticut Home Invasion

    In light of having heard of this recent event - a violent Connecticut home-invasion, rape and homicide - I wonder what opinions people had regarding the death penalty and crime and punishment in general. I was honestly horrified and sickened by the account of this and what the family had to...
  10. LoneRider

    Karen Traviss' Star Wars Books

    I've recently read through Karen Traviss' Republic and Imperial Commando series and as a military man and a student of military history they struck a chord with me. I can definitely see her background with the British Territorial Army and Royal Navy really stands out in the language of the...
  11. LoneRider

    Tribute to the Cavalry

    As a man who's served in two US Cavalry units (presently with 11th ACR and formerly with 3-4 CAV of the 25th Infantry Division (as a Navy Individual Augmentee)) I've gotten quite familiar with the traditions of the cavalry. The video linked is a tribute to all Cavalry soldiers past and present...
  12. LoneRider

    Fitness Insights Gained...

    As some know on this forum I've been utilizing fitness training principles from two websites I regularly frequent - Mountain Athlete and Military Athlete to keep myself trained for my duty as a soldier (the fact that I presently work behind a desk in my present assignment is irrelevant. Any...
  13. LoneRider

    Completed My First Krav Maga Lessons

    And they were definitely every bit the practical no-frills training I expect from martial arts intended to function in the real world. I train at the UMAC facility in Chino Hills whenever I have time off (usually the last four days of the month at Fort Irwin (2 hours north)). I found that my...
  14. LoneRider

    One Great Fitness Test

    I found this very interesting and well balanced fitness test designed by a great fitness expert by the name of Robert Shaul. It's called Operator Ugly and it tests work capacity and balanced strength of all major muscle groups. After I do the Camp Pendleton Half Marathon in September I intend...
  15. LoneRider

    An Interesting Fitness Insight

    I once had a chat with a couple fellow soldiers when I was going through Airborne School two months ago and I recall one of them saying that for men the ages 27-35 are considered the prime as far as physical condition is concerned. Personally I'm inclined to agree. As my 27th birthday dawns...
  16. LoneRider

    Question on Dating

    I've since recovered from the funk I was in regarding my last post on my dating life. I've started an OKCupid profile and have run into my share of women on the site and my confidence around women has increased (I feel I'm growing beyond a painfully awkward adolescence). Out of curiosity I've...
  17. LoneRider

    First BJJ Lesson - Aftermath

    I just finished my first BJJ Lesson under the tutelage of Professor Parker at Gracie Barra San Diego this week and I can say with clarity that I am definitely hooked. Being in good physical condition helped a lot and I was amazed how much I remembered from Modern Army Combatives (the smattering...
  18. LoneRider

    Khmer Boxing/Muay Thai Style

    I've been doing some research on Muay Thai and the Khmer Boxing styles of Thailand and Cambodia respectively and notice a lot of similarity. I presume the two styles are fairly closely related. The wikipedia on Cambodian kickboxing suggests that Khmer boxing is basically the older forms of...
  19. LoneRider

    First BJJ Lesson

    Wish me luck. I'm starting my introductory lesson with Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu in San Diego under Professor Dominic Parker on Monday.
  20. LoneRider

    Any Orienteering Types Here?

    As a member of the US Army after eight years in the Navy I'm finding my land navigation in non-urban settings is wanting. I can still find my points but I'm always wanting to improve myself. I've decided to go into an orienteering club in my area (Southern California). Does anyone know of any in...
  21. LoneRider

    UMAC Krav Maga?

    Has anyone had any encounters with this particular school? I've run across it online recently. I saw one called UMAC (Universal Martial Arts Centers) in Chino Hills but I saw a McDojo red flag because it offered about four different martial arts as well as Krav under its roof. That put the wind...
  22. LoneRider

    RIP 1st LT Brandon Barrett, USMC

    I am sad to report that earlier this month a classmate of mine from the Naval Academy - 1st Lieutenant Brandon Barrett, US Marine Corps was killed in action in Afghanistan. When we were midshipmen he was in my platoon at a summer training course known as Leatherneck. He was one of the more...
  23. LoneRider

    Looking Forward to starting in BJJ

    As some know I've had a plant to start out with Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu in Southern California. As soon as my unit gets some time off in a few days I plan to coordinate a introductory lesson at Gracie Barra in San Diego. Does anyone know what introductory lessons entail typically?
  24. LoneRider

    Mountain Athlete

    As some on this forum know I recently transferred my commission from the US Navy to the US Army as an Engineer officer. I recently have come across two websites that are great conditioning sites. Both were started by Wyoming based strength training coach Rob Shaul. This article from the Alpinist...
  25. LoneRider

    Maori Martial Arts

    I was just watching the Deadliest Warrior episode on the Maori versus the Shaolin the other day and also watched the Islands of Blood (Hawaiian warriors) on the Warriors documentary. What were the various Maori martial arts? How many different arts are there amongst the Maori? I notice they...
  26. LoneRider

    Starting with Gracie Barra in April

    Just called the Gracie-Barra school in San Diego and set up starting my first free lesson when I get to California in April. I'm looking forward to starting out in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu after hearing so much about it and receiving some adhoc training in the military in Jiu Jitsu-esque grappling.
  27. LoneRider

    Got My Roommate in an Armbar

    Just completed BOLC II (basically Army Officer Advanced Individual Training) and we had a block of instruction on combatives. The Army Combatives Program has a very Jiu-Jistu-esque base to it and I'm planning on using it to supplement my Jiu Jitsu training when I start training at a California...
  28. LoneRider

    On My Way to Sunny SoCal (sorta)

    Well. As some know I've successfully switched my commission from the US Navy to the US Army. I presently am off to Fort Leonardwood, MO for four months of training (Engineer BOLC) before I head to Fort Irwin, CA with a combat engineer company. I know Fort Irwin's out in the Mojave but I know...
  29. LoneRider

    California Gracie Barra Question

    As some know I've got a plan to start training in BJJ next year when I am assigned post at Fort Irwin, California. I'm planning on training at a Gracie Barra school in either San Diego or Chino Hills (where I will freqent on the weekends). Does Gracie Barra follow most Gracie schools in that one...
  30. LoneRider

    Krav Maga Seminars in Southern California

    Well. I just got my orders. After I do BOLC II in FT Benning, Georgia and freeze my tucchus off at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri for BOLC III (Engineer Officer Basic School) I report to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Irwin, California. I made the comment in the BJJ forum that I've...
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