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BJJ Knee on stomach

Knee on stomach is a offensive sport jiu-jitsu and mixed-martial arts position. It provides you with excellent leverage for striking a downed opponent, some ability to keep them there, the ability to drain their cardiovascular reserves by putting your weight on their abdomen, and sets up numerous submissions. The inferior leg should be across their lower abdomen with the toes off the mat and the other foot placed approximately 45° in line with their shoulder. I imagine taking a kickboxing stance and rolling my knee to the floor. One of the keys to attack here, as with all submissions, is to make your opponent give you the submission. Thus:
180° arm bar
If your opponent tries to defend the knee on stomach by pushing on your knee, insert the hand on their inferior side in the "triangle" created by their arm. Lift and step over their head with the post foot, imaging that you are trying to "kick" them in the kidneys. Grab the belt or pants and sit straight down, pinching your knees together. You rotation should place you in a perpendicular position with your opponent. Control the wrist and thenar eminence.
Straight Figure 4
If you opponent tries to push off the superior leg hip overhook the arm, placing your forearm just proximal to their elbow. Grab your own forearm on the opposite side and place this hand distal to their shoulder. Arc upwards to apply pressure to the elbow.
Baseball choke
Same collar overhand grip with the superior hand, fitting the arch of thumb against their neck while pushing the kimono to open the opposite side. Underhand grip with the other side, placing the hands adjacent with one another. Keeping the wrist straight drop your inferior shoulder and arm, trying to get that elbow to the mat as you step around your opponents head. Place your superior knee on the opposite side of their head.

It is important to remember that the knee on stomach is a very dynamic, you cannot simply sit their and not expect your opponent to move reverse you. Thus it is important to be able to transition to the other side to retain your positional advantage. There are two methods to do this:
Use the superior leg to "kick" the kidneys on the opposite side, setting it up as the new inferior leg.
Place your hands on your partner, then jump straight across their setting up a new knee on stomach on the opposite side.


We're back!

We got a little more sight seeing done this morning before our flight, checking out the Shibuya area of Tokyo, specifically Harley Davidson Tokyo. This was an awesome trip mixing both a unique cultural experience with the chance to be part of a major MMA organizations fight show. I got to eat sushi and rub elbows with top tier fighters, just as I got to chat with journey men in the business. I'd like to thank the Handler for taking me along to Japan and let every one know...we will be back soon.

Harley Davidson Tokyo

Café Danmark

Good Bye Tokyo


Sengoku II

Ichi Ju Sengoku

A little closer to the ringFirst a shout out to Melody from the Handler.

Today was fight day. We were loaded on buses at 1130 hours headed for Ariake Stadium. When we got there we were ushered in to the blue locker room which was a series of small, black curtain partitioned cubicles with tatami mats, water, sandwiches, and a live feed from the ring. This was followed by lots of waiting momentarily disrupted by pre-fight events such as a brief medical check, getting used to the ring, and an equipment check.
The head referee inspects Dan's shortsI also wrapped Dan's hands with a new variation of my MMA wrap. Essentially a 20 layer knuckle pad and a 10 wrap wrist support on which a single legal layer of tape was applied across the knuckles and then reinforced with strips applied lo longitudinally and then laterally. IMHO this resulted in not only a fist like tempered steel but an adequate grip surfac.

On the bus to Ariake

Ariake Stadium

The dressing room

The Hander's ring

The ring from the nose bleed seats

The warm-up
Ring girlsAt approximately 15:30 I started to warm-up Dan up with short (1 minute) rounds focusing on different reactive or power elements of the game. Reactions included covering or evasive defense, sprawling, and following a stunned opponent for the finish. Power rotations included kicks, knees, ground and pound from mount, knee on stomach, and guard, as well as knees from the side mount.

At the time I did not quite realize I was demonstrating all my JokerjitsuTM training secrets in front of Renzo Gracie and Team Roger Gracie. I'm expecting a coaching job offer any day now (that or a dollar bill in my Sprawl shorts)

Dan exits to the runwayAfter we warmed up the fighter introduction was to start so we waited at the runway to the arena. Sengoku put on an awesome light show with flames and in-door fireworks so loud we were warned to shield our ears. After that we sat waiting in the bullpen, the second fight of the evening. You can see from the video that is a good fight. They traded some blows before Dan was taken down, he escaped from the Pyle's jiu-jitsu attack and place his wily opponent on the defense. Dan remained in good control for the rest of the round, until the end where he was caught in a triangle. It is heart wrenching to see such hard preparation end in defeat and as a corner and training partner I can only feel that in some way I failed my team mate.

My favorite bout of the evening was the Barnett v. Monson fight. These two look like characters from 300 but sweating and bleeding right in front us. They are also friends but that didn't slow them in trying to dispatch each other. The blows that these two traded would have felled oxen and yet they absorbed them repeatedly in their battle. They were more like big cats from the same pride, playing ferociously for blows and submissions.

Roger Gracie and Dan Hornbuckle
Kawamura and Randleman prepare to engage

Roger Gracie and Dan Hornbuckle
Roger Gracie and the Handler share a smile.


Barnett vows to win by break dancing, Jeff "Teddy Bear" Monson to counter with karatay

Sengoku press conference
Proud For a Chance to be at the Sengoku 2 Press Conference

Unfortunately there is no Sengoku lambrogini

But there is a Sengoku palanquin

Today was a jam packed day of sight seeing both as tourists and as mixed-martial arts enthusiasts. As we left the hotel we thought we had found the Sengoku equivalent of the UFC Hummer...a lambroghini. Only later did we learn that Dan's contract only had provisions for a palanquin, which he took for a test drive.

Monks at pray inside Sensoji Temple
Team Handler started the day by going to Asakusa and visiting the Sensoji Temple on what was apparently a festival day. The temple grounds and surrounding market streets were jam packed with teams carrying portable shrines and playing drums. It was a neat sight to behold as fantastic, gold plated shrines were hoisted or pushed through the streets while supporters chanted and strained to move their sacred items.
Ancient bridge within the Sensoji Temple groundsWe toured the Sensoji Temple, cleansing our hands at the spring of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. We placed an offering of incense, too. We then wandered the small shops surrounding the temple. I picked myself up some super comfortable tabi. At about 1100 we headed back toward the hotel so Dan could finish dropping weight.

Joker cleanses his hands in anticipation of May 18

Dirk and Dan in front of a (big) pagoda

Joker makes an offering

The Handler Sandwich Special

Despite the hotel not allowing people with tattoos in their sauna, Dan prevailed through a combination of a sweat suit, jump rope, and hot water. Weigh-ins were interesting, the super heavies strolled onto the scale, while the the lighter fighters were stripped to their skivvies and less (I saw a whole lot more Kevin Randleman than I wanted to see). Dan made the 76 kg weight class at 75 kg and change. His opponent, Mike Pyle, did not weighing 76.25 kg even after stripping to his birthday suit. Pyle was the only fighter not to make weight. He goes into tomorrow's fight with a 1 point deduction and a pay cut on his purse. Immediately after weigh-ins the Handler did his thing on a peanut butter and jelly bagel and we then trooped out to Queen Isetan for more refueling. Despite not cutting weight I participated in this exercise as only a good team mate should.
The Teddy BearAt 1400 the Sengoku press conference was held to present the fighters. I had flashback to Bloodsport as a disturbing techno mix was used to introduce the fighters. This was followed by the most idiotic reporter Q & A ever. Reporters from various hardcopy and virtualcopy sports publications asked a series of the most ill-prepared, poorly researched, and just plain stupid questions ever:
"Kevin Randleman in an interview you said you were afraid to fight" "Afraid to fight, I love to fight, did you write that about me?" The reporter nearly fainted.
"[Fighter X] what is your game plan?" To which Josh Barnett eloquently ripped said reporter a figuratively new excretory orifice.
"[Fighter X] what have you been training" The results of which became paraphrased in the title after Monson and Barnett were asked this question

Mssrs. Barnett, Monson, and Randleman are gentlemen with keen wits, much to the detriment of the media present.

Josh Barnett, Erik Paulson, and Stitch

Hornbuckle v. Pyle

Gracie v. Kondo
I have no idea why all of the largest fighters are looking at me like I said I had carnal knowledge of their mothers (which I absolutely, positively have never done). These guys are intimidating enough individually let alone when measured in tonnage.

What did I say?
I got a chance to get a picture with two of my combat sports heros, Stitch (on the left), and Erik Paulson (on the right). Stitch is the best cut man and corner in the business period. Erik Paulson in hands down one of the icons of MMA not only as a fighter but a coach. Maybe some of their knowledge and experience will diffuse...
Between two of the greatest fighting minds today

Dan finds an exhibit about himself at the Tokyo-Edo museum

After the press conference we toured the Edo-Tokyo museum. This museum documents the engineering and cultural history of the grand city that would become Tokyo, we came across this plaque describing the tea ceremony. The city of Edo was filled with high-ranking warriors, then, just as the city of Tokyo is filled with high-ranking warriors, now.

A look into a Japanese rowhouse

Kabuki theatre

The Handler trains to pick-up an old school fight purse

Joker uses the implements of an Edo era corner man

The Handler trains to pick-up an old school fight purse

Joker uses the implements of an Edo era corner man


Public Relations

Anderson and Aref Associates
The great thing about having Dirk and I as cornermen (at least in our opinion) is that not only do we help Dan train and do a bang up job in the corner, we also do hair, find groceries, act as translators, and do some tour guiding. Remember us the next time your fighting in an exotic locale.

Dan gets ready to do some publicity shots
After trimming up the Danhandler's WarhawkTM and WarchopsTM it was time for the photo and video session followed by the prefight interview. It was neat to see the mean mugging of the fighters and the differences between a great fighter pose and greater fighter technique. After getting Dan in all sorts of intimidating postures they did a brief video session of Dan throwing some looping punches (so that they could still film his face) as well as something where he basically made a wanking motion in front of his face (we were all a little unclear of the cinematographic value of these maneuvers). Dirk even got in on the action as Dan's simulated opponent. During this it became clear that "the Handler" had not translated well into Japanese. Sengoku had apparently renamed him the "Human Wrecking Claw Machine" or something like that. As with stereo instructions translating nicknames too many times between languages does little to improve them.
After that Dan gave a terrific interview. He talked about his training graciously mentioning not only his BJJ coach Jackson McVicker but also tossing a shout out to myself and Goshin Jitsu. Dan was asked about his fighting style, his goals for this fight, and the future. He was asked about one of his wins by "verbal submission", a fight in which Dan broke his opponent's jaw and had to tell the referee that his opponent had quit because the other fighter was unable to relay this message adequately. He was asked about the WarhawkTM and his family, too. He also talked about what a great city Tokyo was. All in all he did a great job supporting feminism, proclaiming his humanitarian status, and vowing to pulverize his opponents.

Dirk acts as the stunt double for the Handler's next victim

Dan starts his interview

We had a hiatus after the morning's media blitz so we decided to get some pictures from the top floor of our hotel. I lost a camera shoot out with Dirk and then after grabbing a sushi lunch (well I did, Dan's eating micromeals to make weight and Dirk did not agree with sushi) at an awesome nearby supermarket Queen Isetan we made a brief foray into the city. Dan and I found a sweet little park with huge koi and multitudinous turtles. We also cut through some more of the shopping districts and alleys before heading back to the hotel for the fighter's meeting.

The view from the 21st floor of Tokyo East 21

Dan visits the wildlife

The Handler, the Joker, and the Sampler

The fighter meeting beginsI've been to a lot of fighter's meetings for MMA, muay thai, and sport jiu-jitsu. This was my first real fighter's meeting with introductory comments from the World Victory Road CEO and a detailed, translated, summation of the rules by the Sengoku staff. We finally clarified the weight class and the rules (news for us: stomp OK, soccer kick bad, no elbows 'tall to the head). The taping of hands is militantly observed, there is absolutely no lubrication of the body (including no petroleum based jelly to the face), and urine drug screening occurs not once but twice after the fight. In addition I'm sitting in the same room as Roger Gracie, Jeff Monson, Josh Barnett, Yuki Kondo, and Kevin Randleman. Not to mention fighting legends like Erik Paulson and Stitch (the cut man you always seen on the UFC. Monson's neck is ripping out of a black T-shirt that says "George Bush and Sons, Family Butchers Since 1991". Josh Barnett looks like he is descended from the Greek Titans after they moved to California and started surfing. The Monster Kevin Randleman is the nicest guy, always saying hello to us as we see him about the hotel, he's also a lot shorter in person than I expected. Yuki Kondo looks like he's in the wrong weight class.

Roger Gracie, Jeff Monson, Josh Barnett, and Yuki Kondo get their gloves

For our training session today we decided to head down to a local park, Kiba Park, to sweat and hit some pads. I held a series of rounds for both Dan and Dirk. We worked on basic MMA boxing skills, clinch striking, and level change reactions. Dan and Dirk both worked real hard, impressing a few late afternoon Tokyo denizens and children playing ball.

Joker holds as Dirk hits in Kiba Park

Joker holds as Dirk hits in Kiba Park

SumoAfter training in the hot Japanese sun we headed back the hotel for a shower, grabbed quick spot of sumo on TV, and then took the Tokyo metro down to Ginza. We walked through the area marveling at the huge, high class, high price stores for jewelry, leather wear, and perfume. We eventually ended up at my favorite building, the Sony Building which showcases new and emerging technologies from Sony. Dan caught me cheating on my laptop with a Vaio UX and although tempted by the duty free offers I could just imagine the trouble one would have returning product a Pacific Ocean away.
The Outerwall of the Imperial PalaceWe continued down to the outer wall of the Imperial Palace and wander in the area between in the Inner and Outer walls. We saw the Sakuradamon gate and witnessed the beautiful Tokyo skyline at dusk. As night fall gloomed and belly's rumbled we headed back to our hotel for chow.

At the Sakuradamon gate

The Tokyo skyline at night