WC Podcast 2


This is the show of Seconds. This the second show. This is the second time using an interview I recorded earlier with Phoenix Carnevale. This is episode 2 of season 5 of The Walking Dead. This is a a rematch of Aldo vs Mendes. And I am just loving this second go around of Warriorcast with the two Ken’s. Thank you for listening.

ufc 179Ken Jr gives his predictions and the line up on UFC fight 179, Aldo vs Mendes 2

In this episode we stumbled on the weight classed. Here we have them for you.


Set of Rules

Since the moment UFC showed up with the first official MMA championship in the world, the sport would also be defined as a constant changing modality of sport of contact. The rules of the MMA have been evolving not only to make the sport more professional and serious, but also to match the demands of television broadcasting. Today, despite it being much closer than a free style combat than anything more rigid or traditional, the MMA fight has numerous restrictions and criteria to organize the competitions.

Weight Classes

One of the first, immediate changes UFC did to the sport was the creation of weight classes to organize the competition in a fashion more professional and challenging. Before the setting of categories by weight, often fighters weighting 190 lb would face slim opponents weighting 65 lb. The spectacle would be somehow exciting in the same way as it was gratuitous and savage, so UFC decided to ban this kind of barbaric stigma off the modality.
Today we have nine different categories: The flyweight (125 lb), Bantamweight (135 lb), Featherweight (145 lb), Lightweight (155 lb), Welterweight (170 lb), Middleweight (185 lb), Light Heavyweight (205 lb), Heavyweight (265 lb), and Super Heavyweight, which includes anyone above the 265 lb limit of Heavyweight.
The UFC 1 also brought the most traditional feature of the combat, the open-fingered gloves, which prevent longer fights where the contact would be avoided for too long.

Time Limits

This feature might change from championship to championship, but is almost unanimous each round should last for no longer than 5 minutes. Some competitions will then set 3 rounds, 5 minutes long each one, while most championships will set the number of round from 5 to 7 rounds with 5 minutes each. In Japan, some championships might held even 10 minutes longer rounds, followed by 2 or 3 others of 5 minutes each traditionally.


Since there are many different martial arts involved, is almost a rule for whoever wants to win to know well the different styles of combat that can be performed by the opponents. The Offensive wrestler, for example, will apply more attacking skills from martial arts like judo and kickboxer, the Sprawl-and-brawl will adopt boxer and karate techniques to keep the fight on stand up, using sprawls as defense to remain on feet. There are many other set of techniques and skills, like the submission strikes, which are really essential to know beforehand to prevent a defeat due to excessive time on the floor.


Our first featured guest is a beautiful woman from NYC, personal trainer/weight loss specialist, she writes for Latina Magazine’s fitness expert and on her own projects as a mixed martial artist
Phoenix Carnevale.


AMC’s The Walking Dead season 5, episode 2.


tekkenIn gaming we talk “Tekken” (which I believe is Japanese for “Iron Fist”) It is a fighting game franchise created, developed and published by Namco. This is Ken Jrs.’ favorite game.  What are you favorite games?



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What It Is And What Not It Is

The Mixed Martial Arts, also known as MMA, is a blend of different kinds of Martial Arts developed especially from the Vale-Tudo (translated -anything goes)  style of combat in Brazil. Though they might often be mistaken, they are two different things, as MMA is a more organized, well structured kind of combat and is not as much a full contact sport as Vale Tudo. It includes much more rules and fair play, as well as its orientation for entertainment is taken more seriously within a sportive praising series of tournaments and contests that all have a specific rules, different from the Vale Tudo objective to simply defeat the opponent by knockout.


The MMA techniques mix a wide range of combat styles: boxe, savate, Muay thai, Tae kwon do, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Capoeira, wrestling, and much, much more. The result is a kind of combat both with stand up hand-to-hand fight and on the floor combat, and the array of strike techniques is quite wide, from wrists, hand and elbows strikes to feet and knees techniques. Also, the combats involve a series of immobilization techniques originated from professional wrestling and karate.


One of the most basic standards on this kind of combat is the use of open-fingered gloves, so the the fights are structured in more strategical ways and involve more professionalism as well as resilience when it comes to hand-to-hand confrontation, avoiding long fights and promoting fair play.

However, the rest of rules will always depend on which competition, tournament and country is setting the match. For example, Japan structured MMA doesn’t allow elbow strikes to the head. The time of the match also may vary from contest to contest.


The victory in MMA is not always determined by knockout at all. Since it has more rules, the judge can decide after a certain amount of time considering the effectiveness of attacks and the effectiveness of defense strategies. Often when the last ones are not intelligently performed, that will count in favor to the opponent attacking.
Other kinds of situation can lead to victory, as technical submission, (when the fighter is in a submission hold where he can get injured if it keeps going on), Doctor stoppage (the ring doctor will decide whether the fighter is too much injured to keep going on or not), Corner stoppage (is the hand throwing performed by a corner’s man when the fighter is being seriously beaten to the point he cannot backlash) and some other situation where the contest goes out of the rules or the physical confrontation is little.

MMA Origins

The Origins Of MMA

The history of MMA would be traced back to Ancient Greek times with the practice of the Pankration combat sport. It is the base of what the modern MMA is today: involves a versatile style of confrontation, large audiences and a combination of many different kind of striking skills. The Pankration would later be the core for sports like the Greco-Roman wrestling, for example, that also influences the MMA when it comes to fights on the ground and the submission of the opponent. The Greco-Roman wrestling is largely based on popular combat and it would influence another strong feature of the MMA combat, the confrontation of different kinds of martial arts fighters that would spread around Europe in the late ‘1800s.

These confrontations were held like street fights, with few coordination and rules and more thrill for the entertainment. At the end of the WWI, this kind of “street fun” got quite popular in USA, the professional wrestling started to establish itself as a business in sports and the trend was spreading around the world.

The Heart of the MMA

For the core of the modern MMA, two different martial arts scenes were essential for the sport to take root. In japan, the wrestling would be settled as the Merikan fight and would develop specific rules. This tradition was then brought to Brazil by the family Gracie, where the sport would in fact develop with the so-called Gracie challenges.

The Japanese descendant family has settle itself in the north of Brazil and they would do there what was already a trend in Japan. However, the exposition to different kinds of artial marts as the Brazilian Capoeira and Brazilian Judo made it more complex and opened to new interventions.
The Gracie family would set their fights especially around the judo and jiu jitsu styles as they adapted these fights to their physical limitations: short stature, endomorphic bodies and more. To promote this new kind of “free style jiu jitsu”, they started the Gracie challenges, from where the Vale Tudo competitions would start to get popular.

The Vale Tudo practice got really popular in Brazil and started to spread around the world. Royce Gracie took it to USA in the early ’00s where it would then start to be taken seriously as a business of entertainment and sports.