Humanities Forge



Humanities forge is Martial Arts, that may or may not be an esoteric statement to some, however, that idea is still challenged by a large majority of people sighting that idea as toxic and masculine. To that I say, Mackenzie Dern and Holly Holm, like Frankie Edgar and heart you can find people as centred and kind but you will not find anyone kinder. Let us just nip this now, martial arts are not in themselves masculine or feminine it’s a study in optimizing your human existence. Much like Rogans quote about martial arts being the vehicle for developing your human potential which is very true. What I’m expressing is the journey that martial arts buts you on is one in which you can do nothing more difficult over your lifetime other than war or fighting fires. The physical part is where the masculine gets injected by people just looking from the outside, why because that is all surface. Martial Arts in itself is a full body exercise that has been tried and tested forever and with steady results. You’re forging your body now that sound crude but its very artistic, a Katana is a beautiful piece of metal work as well as the deadliest eastern blade type of all time. The path is the path and its non-discriminant on background nor gender or self-identification. Why state that well because the martial arts path or teaching is simple these things work and you can test it and figure that out fast does keeping your hands up in the pocket work well test it with your hands down and get hit in the face experiment done. There is a built-in immediate testing phase in martial arts. A punch, kick, choke, and endurance only gets better with work and there is no distinction other than speed and power when comparing in gender and from there within weight and height (ie Cyborg and Rose or Mighty Mouse and Francis).


Now, what’s the forging process that’s the simple process that is very difficult double negative I know, it’s a simple process that beginners make difficult, why? The forging begins when you walk in the door for the first time, then the heat starts under increased stress that is actually minimal but seen as very intense when compared to how easy regular life is today. The stressor is the shock you system gets put in on those initial first days. However after you tough it out a couple of times it gets very easy and you wonder why you were complaining only 2 days ago. Next is the levels at which you progress things get more detailed and the learning builds and builds like anything else. The impurities are constantly getting burned off and reformed when new tactics and understanding of techniques are introduced and built on. The blade or armour etc is never really finished it’s constantly being worked on the smelting and forming will eventually be done but the polishing and sharpening are never done. The journey is for perfection which bleeds over into how you live your life outside of martial arts. Knowing that you will always be the farthest thing from perfect is the endless wheel we run on because you dream and reach high and if you come up short you still lept.  


Cris Cyborg is the GOAT move on

Let me just start by saying I hate bullies I’ve been 5’4 basically all my life and hated it then and hate it to this day, I have to address it when it takes place in the community of martial arts where the idea of bullying is a weakness and a response to inflicted pain on the bully versus the recipient of that pain. More specifically what this whole thing is about is when you decide to praise someone, while on the same hand saying that they did this and that which is not okay and may have attributed to their win. However, when you don’t do that for other people your stance becomes exposed for what it is at its core, an underhanded comment.


Okay so the other day I posted an Instagram highlight video of Cris Cyborgs recent win and some asshole decides to post that the Dana White and the UFC need to get rid of Cris ( while calling her a man) due to her failed a test in 2012 insisting that’s she’s still on gear. Of course, I deleted the comment and will do so every time because I have no need for it in my life. My biggest issue is simple and basically, none of the people coming after Cris are testing her, nor do they have a degree or a history in endocrinology. Cyborg failed a drug test, yes she did fail one test in 2012, and since then she has invited in-depth testing from USADA and VADA called out Dana and Ronda and everyone else saying either test me or stop bring up my name for your promotional needs allah Mayweather. The issue isn’t the bringing up of the test due to the history, just be consistent with everyone that popped. Give a name when talking about the subject in the negative versus the nostalgic moments of the Pride and early UFC discussions, because nobody thinks young Vitor, Coleman or the great one Bob Sapp was anything but PEDS. My issue is that you can’t praise and adore the performance of Overreem, Vitor, Rothwell, Barnett, Henderson, Chael, Sheilds, Gilbert, etc. who all do damage to their opponent’s pre and post serving their punishment. If you praise these individuals without saying they failed a drug test every 5 seconds what’s the difference in what Cris did and what they did?


Why this piece also hit a nerve for me is because I’ve followed Cris’s journey from Thailand to LA from Jason Perillo, Kru Daeng, and Boyd Clarke. She puts in ridiculous amounts of work to get down to 140 and has gone through that upper threshold to develop better skills in each area by taking the challenge in facing a Muay Thai world better in Muay Thai as well as straight BJJ comps and developing a more throughout a complete striking game. That UFC 222 performance didn’t just happen that stuff wasn’t just power which is a misnomer at best. It was because of speed and technical ability she is strong but strength means nothing when striking power is concerned that only matters when you’re trying to blitzkrieg someone. What Cyborg did was more like a young Aldo or the proto Nova fighter more so then old Chute Boxe Wandi striking and bite down and let the leather fly. This idea that because she’s tested positive, shes big means she’s more dangerous is using the idea that once a cheater always a cheater which is crazy. Why, because women fighting Cris have fought at 152 and 155 as a boxer and kickboxer. However, if the weight is made and she tested clean the arguments stop there because there is nothing more to be discussed after someone signs that bout agreement.

The real discussion that should be at the top of the list is this weird torture idea of making her make 135 or 140 if she fights in the UFC. Lockhart could get her down but why torture her like that you brought her in at 140 145 is already established, why continue to kill the women. We saw in the lead up how she makes the weight while still being a mom and significant other and keeping a smile throughout the process, cut the shit what’s the real purpose of cutting her down is out to diminish her or what. When you are trying to move away from hard weight cuts in the sport to literally force and single out a fighter who fights in already established weight class at 145 which like Rogan said has been around since Strikeforce seeing how Meisha Tate was the 145 lb Strikeforce champion. Explain to me how that makes sense they are looking to add more weight classes for the women’s divisions at 125 but they won’t add a 145 while knowing that adding more weight classes doesn’t hurt anything because if you build it they will come from everywhere. Look at 115 Joanna and Claudia from to opposite ends of the world and are already build up to a massive fight. Just because Cyborgs a bigger threat now doesn’t exclude her from participating because of what happened once in her past the past is exactly that if you have changed your ways and moved forward, she has done that and deserves the chance just like everyone else that got popped and returned afterwards in her case its years after now and the same one mistake is being brought up to incriminate her for something that has occurred since 2012. In my heart of hearts I can’t understand why Robin would do that when he’s never done that to other fighters and any time has come close to this it was all comical references to horse meat of TRT days or Pride days as nostalgia, now it just seems like bullying.

So what has this bullying really revealed, just that there’s a double standard and showed that perception isn’t the reality. Something I will leave with everyone is don’t be loud and wrong, because condemning someone’s passed based on a past mistake is casting a stone through a canon at a glass house, when you yourself have struggled throughout your life with mistakes which everyone is guilty of.


-Later everyone and congrats to Cris Cyborg

First Steps


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Mackenzie Dern is in the UFC so now what, well hopefully the UFC doesn’t Paige Vanzant her. I really just mean that her progression is the most important thing her because exposure is just easier on the women’s side because of the more recent advent of female fighting in MMA. Dern has a grass root following from BJJ that translates over to MMA along with the UFC vehicle that will post and re-post on social media platforms and then from there she will most likely explode.


I  would hate to see her next couple of fights lead her into a bout against a Cat, Sara, or anyone else in the top 10 for that matter. My two cents from looking at the push kind of destroying some prospects is that Dern fight another prospect like herself with 2 or 0 fights in the UFC and then we start her work at the number 15 ranked fighter before we even discuss the top 10 of the division. I take a cautious approach because much like Paige at straw-weight she was on the fast track after her wins although the fights were close and her skills weren’t there and we found that out versus Rose who smashed Paige. For Dern, that path is there if she chokes or women handles her competition and get fast-tracked to the top 10 she could meet a rude awakening in similar fashion against a far more experienced and skilled MMA fighter in a Cat or Sara. So slow and steady position over submission build the skills correctly before we take over the world ya know. So that’s that Dern is high on my list for prospects that could be champ and to be super honest she could win at 135 lbs and 125 lbs no question at all.



Roar Like a Lioness, Punch Like a Cyborg


So Cris is the best…..

Who thought otherwise

No clue maybe some Ronda stans

That’s obvious

No doubt

Can she improve, Chael says she has gaps

Obviously, perfection is the goal but it can never be reached spiral theory

So Chaels wrong

No, he’s being hyperbolic, Chael has huge hole’s as well Cris has room to grow still which makes her more scary look how she’s grown so far

So what’s next for her

She said what she wants Amanda’s next on the chopping block super fight or give her that Aussie and then Amanda Lioness vs Cyborg



So this was the dialogue of a conversation I have had today, Cris is still complete overall as a fighter so don’t fall down that idea hole. The best example of her skills set is more align with Aldos versus the actual comparison to Wanderlei Silva versus the sexist comparison (cough cough look at her know). Like Aldo her ground game is solid like super solid like IBJJF high roller solid, that being said if these chicks can’t stand with her why change the game if your winning. I stress the Aldo point because nobody was standing with Aldo and pre cardio issue there was no taking him down and for sure no submitting him. The cardio question for Cris has been answered she has five round lungs and trains so much harder than everyone else from a volume standpoint and within that is the grappling.


Now in the cage where does Cris go, I guess for me it’s a more methodical pace from the jump. Less explosion out the gate or acceleration out the gate I think using her phenomenal jab that she goes back to but then stops using it. Sift out the stuff that isn’t working and increase the volume of the useful young Jose Aldo to Older Jose Aldo did that exact thing when he got to his prime. So I say she could jab more through less body or midsection kicks while increasing more rear leg, leg kicks lastly from a footwork standpoint to avoid the reaction clinch that only stalls her out. Footwork, v-step off the linear straight line stepping back versus just working off a movement with no change of direction. Grappling wise keep doing what she’s doing and if these women can’t take her down then bless her and keep working on the progression she and her coaches have her on.  



Uppercut or Starter’s Pistol?

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The progression of MMA is here and now after this weekend but my viewpoint on it is a tad bit different than the average fan. Frankie is not done he needs a break while evaluating his options be it at 145lbs and 135lbs (his natural weight class folks lol). So with Brians win this past weekend as well as the wins from Mackenzie Dern, Sean O’Malley, Ketlen Vieira, and Cody Stamann. However, this night of fights wasn’t that crazy for the new generation this is more a smaller snowball effect, from Cody beating Dom but then losing to TJ Max beating Aldo twice Conor at 155 with Tony and Khabib. There are countless other examples from early in 2016 to now, case in point Israel Adesanya who has the most potential to be the new generations GOAT.  Now my thoughts on the new wave taking over are two sides of the same coin, they have a long way to go still skill wise and dominance wise because of recent wins from the old guard and the lack of new blood in certain divisions. Champs like Rose, Mouse, TJ, Woodley, DC, Whitaker, and Stipe are dominant fighters from the tail end of that MMA exploding generation of 2008 to present.


The WEC, Strikeforce, and Bodog fighters that got absorbed by the UFC extended the generational timeline for the early 2000 generation of fighters because they were really one group in the same. This is more so the beginning of the measurable data versus a gut feeling about the progress, why because the data is now seen in 155 lbs, 145 lbs, and at 135 lbs. Lower weight classes are usually where we see the trends coming from, the lower the weight class the more skill and faster turnaround of skills which intern speeds up evolution. The more dramatic injection that we can look at is on the woman’s side of the game with Cyborg finally being recognized as well as the intro of Mackenzie Dern and “Thug” Rose coming full circle this is more so the new generation take over with Cris being the outlier like a GSP. At the end of the day, this metric can only be measured with wins and losses which are a contest of milliseconds and centimetres generally. Lastly to bring it full circle once the Frankie Edgar versus BJ Penn domination of a 5 round fight happens or the TJ versus Barao performance happens in more than just two weight classes I can say with no reservations about declaring the new generation a mainstay.


-Later folks  

The Art of the Parry

our Something that Luke Thomas spoke about during his post-fight analysis of the Yoel Romero Luke Rockhold bout, the parry. The parry is the ability to deflect and smother strikes with your body to reduce damage from say a severe strike to a minor knick here and there. The limbs that typically parry strikes are the arms mainly the bicep and palms. Biceps are not big in combat arts for power typically, at a certain point size in arms hits a diminishing return think bodybuilders punching it looks like they would be powerful but speed is power, not size. The ability to meet that equilibrium is important to be able to parry. Once the equality between the arm size and speed to react and counter still will lead you to actually start deflecting shots.

Starting with the Old man special the cross guard block, yes a block first to understand the parry you have to learn to take shots on the arm without freaking out. So cross arm technique one arm across the top guarding from your nose down exposing the top of the eyes and forehead. Cross the lead arm across leading side of the chest down to your rear lower body.  



Next, we move to a parry counter 2, 3, or 6 which leads to the Dutchie and your basic kickboxing combinations. Now we start the parry understanding to parry initially is just to smother a punch which jams the opponent up for a split second which gives you an opening. Here is the parry counter of the lines of the cross guard, once you feel the shot usually a straight punch to at the beginning with because the hook is another layer that comes with comfort and time. Once you feel the touch you have to recognize the feet there’s an adage in fighting that once you through a punch you’re out of position so it’s about who gets there first. Now the parry elongates that period your opponent will be out of position for in which time you land your counter.
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Now we get into the strict parry starting with the cross arm parry. As the name implies you cross your lead arm underneath the rear arm, either circle out while separating your arms while you move to dissipate any power. Observe Yoels movements below to understand the body mechanics because of Yoels size it’s easy to learn from him because he’s not moving as fast as Mouse nor is he as small as Mouse making him a great example.

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Lastly, the most flashy parry is the open arm parry where you are more or less catching the punch and turning the hands outward to deflect punches. Then you have the ability to deflect and parry shots off your forearm due to the speed in which you can react with your hands to advantage is a more speedy recovery. The downside is the open nature of the arm as you can see Luke slipped through the guard even though Yoel was aware of the shots coming. Now, this is a highly advanced practice that needs to be trained on pads and understood before it can be applied into practice. Don’t be the mark in the gym trying to do this in sparring on the first-day work through it on pads study video to really gain an understanding because what I’m providing is a cursory idea of the movements.


-Later Folks

You Will See Change

Let me just say even though I am not a health professional, however let me be very clear after a week of this intense set of movements on week 4 measure your waist legs etc, and you will see a change.


Do as follows 1 to 4 mile run starting at 70%, then 80% to 90% finishing with 100% through out the week intensity will change while distance stays the same.

400-600 yard TIRE FLIPS (Diesel or Whatever you can flip) or dumbbell dead-lifts.

.75 Mile Run at 60% to 75%

15 Min Jump Rope

EMOM 40 Double Unders

Swim Either 0.5 mile or to failure


Sprint .80 miles no more then at 80%


For you over achievers out there:

Endurance Swim 10 Laps at a Time for .90 Miles

Between each 10 laps do 40 Strict Press Dumbbells with 20% of Max

Jump Squats 5×30