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The Inspiring Story Of Rhonda "Rowdy" Rouser by William A. Edwards

Nothing is typical about the twenty-eight year old, five foot and seven inch tall powerhouse who weighs in at one hundred and thirty five pounds and has taken the world of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) by storm. Rhonda Jean "Rowdy" Rouser became the first female to sign with the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) in November of 2012. All told she has had eleven wins and no losses since becoming a fighter. Some credit her style of fighting and arm bar move, while others point to a life built around never surrendering to her circumstances. I say it is both and am inspired by this woman who never gives up or lets life drag her down.

Born in Riverside County, California and raised with her two older and one younger sisters in Jamestown, North Dakota, life was not easy for Rhonda from the beginning. She had a speech problem which did not allow her to speak properly until she was four years old. Her father committed suicide when she was just eight. The two had been close. Ron took her hiking on a regular basis and even bought Rhonda her first doll which happened to be a Hulk Hogan Wrestling Buddy. She always loved watching Professional Wrestling and was a huge fan of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. When her MMA career began Rhonda requested and received Piper's permission to use the moniker "Rowdy" in her name. In 2015 she came out from the audience during Wrestlemania and helped The Rock drive Stephanie McMahon and Triple H out of the ring. Whether orchestrated or not, it was a great moment for her and her fans.

Ron's suicide was unexpected, but likely fueled by a back injury that caused him to live with chronic pain. Shortly after that horrid event Rhonda Rousey made an amazing discovery. While digging through some family albums she discovered a scrapbook which revealed that her mother, AnnMaria De Mars, had been a Judo champion with a sixth degree black belt. In 1984 AnnMaria was the first American to hold a world judo championship. Rhonda's mother later became her coach when Rhonda decided to train and eventually compete. The training process was painful. Rousey suffered toe and elbow injuries. She was even bitten by a dog while running just a few days before a competition.

Rhonda made the difficult decision to drop out of school at the age of sixteen and move away from her family in order to train in Boston to compete in the 2004 Olympics. During that time she had problems trying to lose weight and began purging to drop the pounds. Unable to make her weight class she returned home depressed and immediately faced another challenge. Her mother, who may have felt that moving to Boston was a mistake in the first place, would not allow her to live at home without a job. A once fairly close relationship between the two had become badly strained. Things got worse when Rousey competed in the 2008 Olympics and managed to win a Bronze Medal. Her mother insisted on the kind of discipline that Rhonda described as "suffocating" and may have felt that Rousey had not fully committed herself to a proper training routine.

Rousey rebelled by taking her ten thousand dollar prize from the Olympics and moving to Los Angeles. She took a job as a bartender and began partying as hard as she could. At the age of twenty-one the once self disciplined athlete began smoking cigarettes and abusing alcohol. She also started smoking pot and using a prescription pain reliever to get through each day. Rhonda slept in her car until she found a very small studio apartment with bad plumbing. Her toilet would regularly back up leaving the place smelling the way you would expect it to given that situation. She also found an ex-drug addict boyfriend who she dumped soon after he relapsed into heroin and stole a car. All this went on for about a year.

Rousey eventually found better digs in the form of a house near the beach. A friend told her (in less than polite language) that she was spoiled because she was wasting her looks and talent on a destructive lifestyle and bad boyfriend choices. Inspired by the criticism and ready for a change, Rhonda decided that she would pursue a career in Mixed Martial Arts and had her first amateur match in 2010. She used what has become her signature arm bar move to defeat Hayden Munoz in just twenty three seconds. At that moment a legend was born. A series of quick victories followed and "Rowdy" won her first professional bout in 2011 defeating Ediane Gomes with that same arm bar move in twenty five seconds.

Rousey soon found a powerful ally in the form of a man who once said that he would never allow women to compete in the UFC. Dana White is a man who recognizes talent and that is just what happened as he watched Rhonda's rise in the world of professional MMA. In 2012 White stepped out of his own way and phoned Rousey to explain his plan to establish a UFC Women's Division and build it around her. Rousey was thrilled and quickly accepted his offer. That changed her life in many ways which included the difference between earning a mere four hundred dollars each time she fought to her current paycheck which has ballooned to one million dollars per match. She has also began to do some modeling and appears in Fast and Furious 7 with Vin Diesel.

"Rowdy" Rhonda Rousey is a hero to me and should be to everyone who believes they have reached rock bottom with no way up. She proves that no matter where you come from or where you happen to be there is always a way out if you have the determination and self will to overcome your circumstances. If you really want to be inspired read her book, My Fight/Your Fight, now available everywhere and watch her latest battle on August 1, 2015 against Bethe Correia. The two have become bitter rivals thanks to Bethe's comments which intimate that Rousey might commit suicide like her father did if she loses. Good luck Rhonda!

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The popularity of mixed martial arts contests like the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) has soared exponentially over the last decade. However, some may still wonder just exactly what mixed martial arts is. Well, to a certain extent it's just what its name implies. It is the combining of different martial arts and the incorporation of those techniques into one's repertoire of fighting skills.

If mixed martial arts (MMA) is so popular, then why hasn't it been done before. Actually, it has been done before. The ancient Greek Olympics had a sport known as pankration which involved grappling and striking and had no rules. Pankration means "all powerful." Pankration was the no-holds-barred (NHB) fighting of its day. Vale tudo contests were popular in Brazil during the twentieth century. Vale tudo also had a limited number of rules. Vale tudo means "anything goes" in Portuguese. Vale tudo contests are probably the nearest descendant to the UFC.

As you can see, MMA is not exactly new. But, it's been perfected and polished to a high degree over the last few decades. When the UFC first began, it was merely a contest to see which martial arts discipline was superior. The Gracie family of Brazil believed that their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was the best. And, to some extent they proved that it was. Royce Gracie won UFC 1, 2, and 4 often fighting against bigger opponents. I still enjoy watching videos of Royce. Royce Gracie put Brazilian Jiu Jitsu "on the map." However, the UFC evolved from its humble origins. Weight classes and other rules came into being. Competitors realized that they could combine wrestling, grappling, and striking skills. Thus, the sport of MMA was born.

For More UFC History, Check Out the Books:
  • Blood in the Cage: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC
  • A Fighter's Heart: One Man's Journey Through the World of Fighting
Boxing and Other Martial Arts

When I was growing up, boxers were well known in America. I was familiar with the names Muhammad Ali, Leon Spinks, Larry Holmes, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, Hector "Macho" Camacho, Oscar de la Hoya, Mike Tyson, James "Buster" Douglas, and Evander Holyfield. But, the popularity of boxing has diminished over the years perhaps in part because of the increased interest in MMA. The only boxers that I am very familiar with now are Floyd Mayweather, Andre Ward, Bernard Hopkins, and Manny Pacquiao. Boxing movies like Rocky may have contributed to its popularity. Even now, one can still see boxing movies such as The Fighter.

The Karate Kid introduced some of us to the discipline of karate. And, the movieKickboxer introduced me to Muay Thai. Steven Seagal did some interesting martial arts in his movies. Many of us have seen kung fu movies as well. I grew up in the Midwest, so I was always interested in wrestling. I took a Taekwondo class during college. I saw kickboxing competitions on television occasionally. There seemed to be a time when practitioners of a certain martial art weren't interested in learning another martial art and many people thought that the martial art of their choice was the best. MMA seems to have shown that a combination of fighting styles works the best to attain fighting dominance. Even the military and police forces utilize MMA techniques.

Primitive Mixed Martial Arts 

The legendary Bruce Lee recognized that traditional martial arts had their limits and weren't always practical in real world situations. Bruce Lee studied and critiqued many traditional forms. Lee's approach to martial arts and his emphasis on practicality makes him a forerunner of mixed martial arts. "Judo" Gene LeBell defeated boxer Milo Savage in 1963 with a lapel choke in one of the first MMA type contests. In addition, Muhammad Ali fought Antonio Inoki to a draw in 1976 in what would be considered a primitive MMA contest.

Ground and Pound, Sprawl and Brawl, Submissions

As I discussed earlier, mixed martial arts, the UFC, and other MMA competitions came into being and showed that combining martial arts could create a dominant fighter. Soon strategies developed. Some competitors were better at wrestling so they liked to employ the "ground and pound" strategy. Some were better at kicking and punching so they employed the "sprawl and brawl" strategy. And, others were experts at submissions (lock and choke) sticking with that strategy.

Fighting Backgrounds

Mixed martial artists come from many different back grounds:

Royce Gracie - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Pat Miletich - wrestling, karate, kickboxing
Matt Hughes - wrestling
Tito Ortiz - wrestling
Randy Couture - wrestling
Chuck Liddell - wrestling, Kempo, Koei-Kan Karate-do, and kickboxing
Keith Jardine - karate
Lyoto Machida - karate
B. J. Penn - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Kazushi Sakuraba - catch wrestling
Fedor Elemianenko - sambo
Karo Parisyan - judo

These fighters, of course, combined other skills with their primary fighting style to be complete fighters.

Mixed martial artists combine many skills from many disciplines including but not limited to freestyle wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, catch wrestling, judo, sambo, Brazilian Jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, boxing, kickboxing, and karate.

Basil the Greek

I read a book while in elementary school called The Great Brain. In one story in this book, the Great Brain (Tom) helps teach a Greek immigrant boy how to fight in America so he won't get bullied and picked on. Tom notices that Basil isn't very good at boxing but is great at wrestling, especially headlocks. Tom develops a fighting strategy for Basil around this.

Here's a tiny excerpt from the book:

Tom and Basil were waiting inside the barn. "This is going to be a rough and tumble fight,"Tom announced. "Anything goes, lumberjack style."
"Suits me," Sammy said, grinning.

Well, Basil was able to catch Sammy in a headlock and straddle him on the ground (a la "ground and pound"). Basil was able to neutralize Sammy's punches and win the fight. That's how MMA works. A fighter can use his skills to neutralize the skills of another fighter. Combining skills works better than using one fighting skill exclusively.

There you have it. I hope you enjoyed this introduction to mixed martial arts. And, I hope you continue to watch and perhaps participate in this sport as it evolves and gains in popularity.
Tharin Schwinefus is a former high school conference wrestling champion and state qualifier. He maintains a passion and interest in all things related to the sport of wrestling. He is also passionate about the grappling arts and submission grappling. If you would like to read more information regarding grappling and wrestling then please visit and

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Fighting Fit - Martial Arts and Weight Loss by Scott Haywood

If your goal is to improve your fitness or lose weight but you need to do something more exciting than jogging on a treadmill to keep you motivated, perhaps you should consider doing a martial art like boxing, kickboxing, karate, or judo.

In this article we list the top 10 reasons to consider doing a martial art for fitness and weight loss to help you decide if doing one is right for you.

1. Doing martial arts for weight loss

It's no coincidence that gyms, personal trainers and producers of exercise videos and DVD's are now heavily incorporating training techniques and exercises from a wide variety of martial arts in their workouts.

Boxercise, Tae Bo, Cardio-Kickboxing, Kung Fu Aerobics, and personal trainers using punching bags, focus mitts and kicking pads in their sessions are just a couple of examples of how martial arts training is being used in cardio workouts for fitness and weight loss.

Because martial art training is typically high intensity and usually lasts for at least an hour in most cases, it burns a maximum number of kilojoules or calories per workout and is therefore great for anyone who wants to lose weight and lose it fast.

2. Doing martial arts for fitness

Most martial arts incorporate exercises and drills that improve cardiovascular fitness and endurance, help build muscle strength and improve muscle flexibility so they are perfect for anyone wanting to improve their overall fitness.

Cardiovascular fitness improvements require us to regularly elevate our heart rate for extended periods and most martial arts training can help us do that.

Improving the strength, size and shape of our muscles requires us to regularly subject them to some form of resistance training. Martial arts training helps provide this training by requiring us to perform exercises like push-ups and squats using our own body weight for resistance.

Improved flexibility is a natural byproduct of martial arts training because most, if not all styles of martial art incorporate stretching exercises in their workouts.

As a result of providing all of these fitness benefits, martial artists like boxers and kickboxers are widely regarded as being among the fittest athletes in the world and practitioners of karate, judo, etc are considered among the strongest pound-for-pound and most flexible athletes in the world.

3. Doing martial arts and self-defense

One of the most obvious benefits of doing a martial art is that it provides us with the fitness, strength, skill and techniques necessary to protect ourselves from being attacked by others who are out to harm us if the need should ever arise.

Like an insurance policy, we hope you're never in a position to have to use your martial arts training to defend yourself, but it's great to know this ability is there just in case.

Because they are primarily concerned with elevating our heart rates to burn energy and improve our fitness, many of the workouts listed above like Tae Bo, Boxercise, etc don't really provide this benefit to the same extent as doing martial arts training with a dedicated teacher in a martial arts school that only provides one service - to teach you a specific martial art.

Many people mistakenly believe that because they punch a focus mitt 50 times during a session with their personal trainer that they know how to punch properly and can therefore defend themselves if they need to. This is a big mistake and we hope these people never find themselves in a situation where this belief is tested.

Unless they've had many years of martial arts training themselves, most personal trainers and gym instructors will not be able to offer advice about your punching and kicking technique, they are only really qualified to hold the focus mitts or kick-pad for you while you punch or kick them.
Remember, while probably great at what they do, these trainers are more like aerobics instructors than specifically qualified martial arts instructors.

4. Doing martial arts and self-confidence

In addition to providing us with the ability to defend ourselves, one of the greatest personal benefits that martial art training provides is a high degree of self-confidence.

This self-confidence partly results from the knowledge that we are much better equipped to defend ourselves given that we have done some martial arts training, but it also comes from a sense of achievement once we begin to master the techniques taught to us and the new confidence that results from feeling fitter and stronger and looking fitter and stronger.

Given that one of the first things to suffer, and one of the hardest things to reestablish afterwards, when we become overweight is our self-confidence this benefit is of particular value to those of us who have a weight problem.

5. Doing martial arts to improve body balance and coordination

As well as helping us to become fitter and stronger, martial art training typically involves the mastery of a range of techniques that requires us to be well-balanced and have superior body coordination.

In learning to master these techniques we naturally improve our balance and our coordination which helps us with other aspects of our daily life.

6. Doing martial arts for variety 

Martial art training provides great variety in two ways.

Firstly, martial arts training sessions themselves have great variety built into them by including warm-ups and cool-downs, stretching exercises, strength building exercises, cardio exercises and exercises designed to improve and teach us a wide variety of techniques.

This variety is great for our mind as well as our body.

Secondly, there are such a wide variety of martial arts to study that we should be able to easily find one that suits our particular goals and interests.

Whether we prefer to do a martial art that primarily revolves around striking or grappling techniques or a perfect mix of both, or we want to study a highly technical or very simple style, the choice is great.

7. Doing martial arts teaches discipline and provides motivation

Everybody knows that studying a martial art requires and teaches discipline.

Because it is also goal orientated, training in one of the many martial arts also provides a great deal of motivation.

Lack of discipline and motivation are the most often quoted reasons for weight loss failures and for this reason, doing a martial art for weight loss and fitness may help many of us who lack the required discipline and motivation to achieve our weight loss goals to overcome these common barriers to success.

8. Doing martial arts for spirituality

One definition of spirituality is "Activities which renew, lift up, comfort, heal and inspire both ourselves and those with whom we interact."

Martial art training has been practiced by millions of people over many centuries because among other things, it has a great ability to spiritually uplift us.

As well as forging a better connection between our mind and body, it also has the ability to forge a better connection between us and our world and us and others.

9. Doing martial arts training is relatively inexpensive

Compared to joining some gyms and hiring some personal trainers, training at a martial arts school or dojo is relatively inexpensive.

Many martial arts schools charge a very modest monthly fee for training and the beauty of this is you can train when and as often as it suits you.

In addition to low ongoing training costs, buying a uniform and any equipment you may need to train in most cases will be relatively inexpensive as well.

10. Doing martial arts has a social aspect

Many people who start doing martial arts training for weight loss, improved fitness or self-defense end up enjoying it most for its social aspects.

As well as training and learning with others with similar goals, many martial arts trainees help encourage and motivate each other and end up becoming very good friends.

Many martial arts instructors too have very friendly dispositions and foster a fun and friendly environment in which to train which endears them to their students who typically also become close friends.


If your goal is to improve your fitness or lose weight but you need to do something more exciting than jogging on a treadmill to keep you motivated, perhaps you should consider doing a martial art like boxing, kickboxing, karate, or judo.

In this article we listed the top 10 reasons to consider doing a martial art for fitness and weight loss to help you decide if doing one is right for you.

Scott Haywood is the editor of Australia's leading weight loss and healthy lifestyle website

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Which Martial Art Is Best for Self Defense?

There is quite several Martial Arts Styles that you can learn. As much as they are saying intensity often beats diversity, thanks to laser focus, when it comes to fighting, you might learn as much styles as is possible because you never find out what sort of fighting situation you will find yourself in. Many people, if you aren't in the military or some elite fighting force, only focus on martial arts tactics. This more often than not limits their offensive ability simply because they become used to defending rather than attacking. Although every kind of martial arts training trains you to defend in addition to attack, it is a personal psychological mindset that determines which pieces of this training you actually ingest.

Lately, Keysi has been increasingly popular. Since that time it had been popularized by Christian Bale in the batman movies, 'Batman Begins' and 'The Dark Knight', a great number of are desperate to learn this street based fighting technique that lets you use everything to use to fight and incapacitate the opponent. Keysi bases its fighting philosophy and methods on sheer brute force and survival instinct. What this imply would it be trains you to fight, survive and conquer any type of fighting scenario you may well be confronted by. The beauty of everything would be that the training is performed under extreme pressure and duress. The thinking behind this can be that while you're within a fight, you often don't have time to choreograph all the fancy backflips, spinning kicks and impressive moves you learn in karate class. Much more a fight, all you need is the instinct and brute force. You have to learn how to utilize these two aspects to your advantage. As much as muscle memory starts, it's survival instinct that will get you the battle. This is not to convey that you do not learn some technical fighting skills. That being said, here is a quick comparison between Keysi as well as other Martial Arts.

Krav Maga vs Keysi

Krav Maga is incredibly closely related to Keysi. Both being close quarter fighting skills that permit you to make use of skill against a rival who have other weapons for example knives and guns at their disposal. Krav Maga incorporates the standard of other fighting techniques into its repertoire. In Krav Maga and Keysi, you should be fast, work with your instinct, you have to think really fast on your feet. The real difference between Krav Maga and Keysi is that since Krav Maga is often a combination of the biggest skills learned in boxing, Kick Boxing, wrestling, karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, any experienced fighter can learn it by way of a book or a DVD series. Keysi however needs you to feel the pressure that accompany unfavorable combat situations and therefore can only be mastered under extreme pressure that gives an edge in different fight.

Karate vs Keysi

How to start? Karate is a lot like the staple of martial arts. Everybody trains in karate when they're beginning out. But in the process, you understand although karate provides you with the agility, flexibility and mental discipline necessary to win fights, its Achilles heel is in that you need some space to fight. Karate involves elaborate kicks and punches. In several fighting scenarios, you possibly will not have this space nor time. In terms of close quarters fighting, Keysi is what you need. Use karate with your fighting repertoire, you'll be able to whip it out when the ideal situation appears.

Boxing vs Keysi

Many people don't imagine boxing as a martial art. However, if you look at the concise explanation martial arts, it is any skill that involves defense and attack. Although a lot of the fighting styles regarded as 'thorough bred martial arts' originated from the East, mainly Japan, boxing falls into the group of skills that coach you on how you can defend yourself as well as attack the opponent. In this aspect, it qualifies as a martial art. Boxing is in all likelihood the most basic and the most beneficial strategy for fighting. It teaches you the best stance, how you can quickly move you and think with them. The issue here's that you do not naturally train to utilize feet as attack options. In Keysi, you might be trained to use everything at your disposal to neutralize the opponent.

Combat Jiujitsu vs Keysi

Jiujitsu is probably the most reliable fighting techniques known to man. Combat jiujitsu takes it to another level. This fighting style is primarily conditioned to the military, namely the Navy SEALS. It's a kind of jiujitsu that's entirely determined by attacking the opponent. This really is effective when you have a dominating position and should not give your opponent any breathing or recovering space. The catch is, at some point, you are going to get hit, so when that takes place, you must know the way to quickly recover, incorporate both defense and attacking skills to be able to overcome your opponent.

In comparison with other martial arts styles, Keysi is probably the rawest, most instinct driven along with the almost all encompassing fighting style you can master. The fact it trains one to function and fight well in the real world street fight scenarios causes it to be the most realistic and efficient style yet.

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The Bushido Code: The Way of the Warrior

“Bushido” is a Japanese word which translates as "military scholar road" used to describe the way of the samurai. It originates from the samurai moral values and principles which put emphasis on compassion, benevolence, honor, and other qualities of true manliness.

Bushido was first used in Japan during the 17th century and has been into common use after the publication of Nitobe Inazo’s “The Soul of Japan” in 1899. In this bestseller, Inazo interprets the samurai code of behavior which serves as a guide on how chivalrous men should act in their personal and professional lives.

The Bushido Code is composed of Eight Virtues outlined as follows:

1.     Rectitude

Rectitude is known as the strongest virtue of Bushido. It is defined as the power to make unwavering decisions which is in accordance with reason. It is the bone that gives firmness and stature.

2.     Courage

Courage is defined as the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. But according to the code, courage can only be useful when exercised with correct morals.

3.     Benevolence

The samurai, which possesses the power to destroy and kill, is also expected to exercise acts of kindness. Known as the highest attribute of the human soul, benevolence is an important virtue which maintains the balance between violence and hatred, and love and mercy.

4.     Respect

Respect is having the understanding of treating people and things the appropriate way. It is considered as the expression of a benevolent regard for the feelings of others. It is a great feeling to be respected, and providing the same is just as rewarding.

5.     Honesty

Honesty refers to a facet of moral character which connotes positive attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, and straightforwardness. The Samurai was always thought of as someone who does not lie. There are even tales about those who were put to death by violating this virtue. It’s amazing how the Samurai didn't see the need for written contracts as that would only indicate doubtfulness of their word.

6.     Honor

Honor is said to be an abstract concept entailing a perceived quality of worthiness and respectability that affects both the social standing and the self-evaluation of an individual. The Samurai holds the highest regard for honor as they have lived and died for it. As Nitobe would put it, “Fear of disgrace hung like a sword over the head of every samurai”.

7.     Loyalty

During the reign of the Samurai, loyalty was thought of as being more valuable than life itself. In our world today, loyalty has been a rare virtue, and is oftentimes used with all the wrong motives. “But only in the code of chivalrous Honor does Loyalty assume paramount importance”.

8.     Character

The teachings of Bushido encourage men to behave according to an absolute moral standard, one that transcends logic. He is expected to know the difference between good and bad and what is right and wrong. It is also his obligation to teach his children moral standards by making his own behavior the primary pattern.

Reinforcing the Bushido code throughout our daily activities is definitely helpful in improving the quality of our lives physically and mentally. They say chivalry is dead, but the Bushido Code will always be a reminder that it is not. And for those who follow, remember that all you have is utmost advantage.

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