“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”
Points to the person who can name all the Russians above.
A fanpost to Bloodyelbow by sherdog poster A guy. A fantastic analyst that takes a look at what is making these Russians so dangerous and successful. Much to do with mixing striking and grappling (aka Sambo). A definite must read for anyone who’s a fan of the sport and/or has plans for competing.
Love the Russians/Dagestani/Chechens/Georgians flooding the scene. I had a training buddy who was fascinated by sambo way back in the early 90’s, before the internet gave you an all access pass to how the rest of the world trains. I heard it’s hard to train legit sambo in the U.S. because politics/mafia/something or other. A real shame.
In 1964, Roald Dahl published his original book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In it he describes the Oompa-Loompas as dark-skinned “pygmies” from the heart of Africa. These indigenous people are brought back to the Western world from the jungles by the European chocolatier, Willy Wonka, with…
Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. I did not know this.