Monday, May 15, 2006

Jon Bluming, Europe’s first Mixed Martial Artist

Fascinating interview of John Bluming in The introduction:
"Jon Bluming is a leader of Europe’s International Budo Kai Kan Foundation. Born in Holland 1933, he is a veteran of two tours in the infantry in Korea. After receiving 3-dan in judo in Holland, he went to Japan in 1959, where he lived until 1961. His instructors included Donn Draeger, Mas Oyama, Kenji Kurosaki, and Ichitaro Kuroda, and he is graded in judo (9th Dan), karate (10th Dan), iaido, and jodo."

On the quality of the martial arts in the US
... in the USA. I have seen karateka with terrific names in the USA and so called champs who could hardly beat my grandmother if she had an umbrella in her hands.

On picking an instructor/school
One should always go into the background of the sensei he wants to study under, and then decide if it’s worth it. Now don’t forget there are very good sensei’s who never really fought in a contest but have the ability to show their students how it is done and make good teachers and champs in the process.

On the many 10th Dans in the US
There are more clowns with red and red and white belts in the USA than at the Barnum and Bailey circus. It amazes me how many 10th dans there are running around, whose only concern is to make money and promote themselves, they never amounted to anything but B*** S***.

On the seven throws he teaches his students

Well to show them the way, how everything started from the beginning I show them the 1) Uki-goshi, the ordinary wrestling hip throw, and the second one is the full hip-throw2) O-Goshi (the hip is completely in) the third one is the hip-leg throw 3) Haraigoshi), the next one is 4) Osotogari (going to the back), then comes 5) Ippon seionage (going under a puncher’s arm and throwing him over your head), 6) and the next one is kosoto-gake, on the other side, backwards, then the last one is Deashi-kake, like the kickboxers do, but right behind the ankle with the inside of your foot.

Those are the seven throws I show them, but I always tell them, look, you don’t really need to know those seven throws really well, but if you only have a good hip throw - a good Haraigoshi, and a good Osoto-Gari, and a good side kick like a good kosoto-gake, or Deashi-Kake, then you’re in, that’s all you need.

On his opinion of the Gracies
You know, I admire Gracie, at least the first one, some of the other ones, I don’t know, they are big mouths. I saw one last February fighting at Rings, and he was just a big showoff, and he caught a low kick so hard that both legs came from the floor and he banged his head. Every time they try to rush forward and grab your legs, but
you know what’s funny about it, they know as soon as they grab your leg, there’s always one leg on the tatami. Once that happens, you are not allowed to hit him.
If I would fight a guy like that, I would tell him, look, even at my age, I like to fight you, but no rules! So more bullshit with one leg on the ground, and I’m not allowed to hit you, so once he comes in then, I will punch so hard, or a shuto so hard, it will break his f****** neck. But you’re not allowed to do that.

There's a lot more. Read it!

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