Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Street Fight

I had a person recently ask me how effective Brazilian Jiu Jitsu would be in a street fight and I just love questions like these. Let’s take a good look at what a street fighter would do with another martial artist who knows Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

I have the highest respect for any practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and I personally think it’s a great martial art, especially when it comes to mixed martial arts fighting in a cage. I really enjoy watching the MMA fights, where you have a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert up against another mixed martial artist, who uses Muay Thai and boxing techniques. Those are always a very interesting and exciting match to watch.

As for how effective Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is against a street fighter really depends on the individual. I feel that I can gain something from every martial art and it may or may not be hepful on the street, but keep in mind the streets and fighting in a cage are two different scenarios. I like to learn and be aware of all the other martial arts, so I can look at a person and get an idea of what they know or don’t know. Most martial artist have certain mannerisms and walk a certain way. And I’m fully aware that at all times. I sure don’t walk or talk like them and this really fools them.

Ground Fighting Techniques Are Helpful If You Use The Right Ones

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is well-known for being one of the best ground fighting styles that’s out there, but keep in mind in a street fight, you can get 5 to 10 people ganging up on you and if you’re on the ground, you will get your head kicked in or you will get a knife to your throat. Worse than that you might get a baseball bat to the head with nails sticking out of it or you might get a nice metal chain smashed across your face.

As you’re reading this, you may have some knowledge about the martial arts, but can you survive an attack from five or ten people with weapons and some with guns? I believe in being aware of my surroundings and not putting myself in a situation on the streets, where the odds are not in my favor. When I see a tough martial arts guy walking down the wrong side of the street in an area he shouldn’t even be and I watch him get almost beat to death, I just shake my head. As a street fighter, I don’t walk alone down certain streets unless I have 5 to 10 guys with me with weapons.

The Street Fighters Mindset Is One Of Strategy And Knowing His/Her Surroundings

In the world of martial arts training, this type of mindset of how to survive on the streets is not taught in dojo’s (at least not that I know of). I have a gang of friends and all of us like to street fight, but we know our limits and we know where not to go, because walking into an ambush is pure insanity, but yet trained martial artists will confidently walk into bars or dangerous streets, where they will get killed by an ambush. As I look around online and read other articles, I’m blown away that I’m not reading about a prepared mindset for the streets. I’m not saying, that it’s not out there somewhere online, but it certainly doesn’t seem to be very prevalent either.

Picture a trained martial artist, who doesn’t understand street fighting or the mindset of dealing with chaos, walking down the street and five guys approach him and he goes into a martial arts stance. Now for just a moment, what do you think is wrong with this picture? Mistake number one, he went alone walking down the street where there is known gang activity and it’s dangerous.

Don’t Be The Guy Who Thinks He’s Tough And Walk Right Into An Ambush

Number two, five guys approach him, and he goes into his martial arts stance and one of the gang members pulls out a long metal chain and swings it at the martial arts guy, he goes to block it with his arm and a part of the chain nails him right in the eye and the rest of the gang jump on him and kick the ever loving hell out of him. Once they got him down on the ground, they start stomping on him and kicking him. He’s now got a broken jaw bone and broken ribs! So, how did his martial arts training help him in this situation?

In a real street fight I don’t use a lot of martial arts techniques, but I do mind tricks and I use whatever I have on me or around me to distract and pull some of the dirtiest tricks the person has probably ever encountered. This is about using the element of surprise and to do something that someone has not been trained to handle. On a side note, I saw a beautiful woman one day jogging with some very tight skimpy shorts on and listening to her iPod. Sadly, this young woman is easy prey and a serial killers dream come true.

And to top it all off, she was jogging on a nature trail! Unfortunately, this woman was not trained in street fighting and she was not trained in being aware of her surroundings. How much longer this young woman will be alive jogging on a nature trail by herself is anyone’s guess, but if you’re a woman and you’re reading this, I don’t wan

Downtown Walking

Downtown Walking Tour of Oaxaca, Mexico

Many visitors to the south central Mexico colonial city of Oaxaca spend only two or three full days here (aside from touring the central valley routes), not long enough to really learn about its cultural history, its contemporary greatness, and a little about its underbelly. There are indeed some detailed walking tours of the city contained in some guide books, but each of the three or four downtown routes requires a couple of hours to complete, if justice is to be done.

One tour a day is often all that tourists have the stamina to do, given the sun, the elevation and jet lag. This, then, is a down-and-dirty single touring route for those who will be in the city for only a short period of time, and want a brief overview of what there is available. It is suggested that you do the tour your first full day, in the morning, and then return to the places which pique your interest later on in your visit.

Upon your arrival, obtain a complimentary Oaxaca city map from your lodging. All accommodations give them out for free. The centro histórico, or downtown historic center, is usually clearly demarcated, and all the streets noted in this tour route should be noted. The walk takes a couple of hours. It begins at the upper end of Calle Garcia Vigil, and concludes at Calle Morelos, near the Soledad church, towards the west end of downtown. There, at the Jardín Socrates, you can relax and enjoy a fresh, cool nieve, or sherbet. If you’re not up to walking without a break for a full two hours, you can stop for a drink and snack mid-way, at one of the outdoor restaurants lining the main downtown square, or zócalo. Consider Terranova, east side of the zócalo, second outdoor restaurant from the bottom.

Beginning the tour, walk up Garcia Vigil until you see the old stone arches on the left. This area is known as Los Arquitos. This was a functioning aqueduct, built during the 18th century by the Spanish, delivering water to the city from a few miles further north, a suburb now known as San Felipe del Agua. Additional lengths of the aqueduct are as well found outside of the city and northern suburb. The aqueduct originally continued further downtown, with arteries extending out from it in both directions, enabling residents to obtain water. Note that the stone used in its construction is green limestone, used in most city construction during colonial times. It was also used to construct pre-Hispanic buildings. It is still used today together with cement and reinforced steel to build retaining walls for both residential and commercial buildings, and as interior adorning accents. You’ll no doubt come across the more common green stone, but perhaps also hues of pink and yellow during your visit to Oaxaca.

Los Arquitos now houses the odd restaurant, business, and home; in some cases you can walk through the archways and onto cobblestone streets. This is one of the quaintest neighborhoods in Oaxaca!

Turn around and begin walking back south. On your right, up a flight of exterior stairs you’ll encounter a state run craft store (ARIPO) with a smattering of artisans’ works from throughout the state. Take a look through the store since it will give you an idea of what you’ll be coming across during your visit to the city and outlying craft villages. Don’t hesitate to buy, notwithstanding that this will be your first day in Oaxaca, because the quality is good, and prices are not out of line. On the other hand, you might want to simply make a mental note of items you like, and the prices, and consider returning to the store just before concluding the Oaxaca segment of your vacation.

Continue along Garcia Vigil, up a bit and then begin the descent. About a block down on your right you’ll see the Benito Juárez museum, a home where Benito Juárez, Mexico’s first indigenous president, lived for part of his life. It contains period furniture, original documents and photos, and an explanation about Juarez´s importance, accomplishments, etc. Personally, I think there are much better museums in the city, but some history buffs might be interested in coming back and touring it.

Across the street and a bit further down is the Carmen Alto church. It was founded on the site of an Aztec temple which was dedicated to the corn deity. What better way to attempt to stamp out indigenous religions, than for the Spanish to build a Catholic church right on top of a native temple. This kind of thing was repeated time and again throughout Mexico, and in Oaxaca in particular (i.e. building the church at Mitla on top of an indigenous temple, using stones hewn by hand by the natives to build their own religious and administrative buildings). The Carmen Alto (las carmelitas descalsas) church restricted attendance to whites into the second half of the 20th century; those with overt signs of indigenous blood were restricted to praying in Carmen Bajo.

Turn left at the bottom of Carmen Alto, down a paved, wide pathway wi

Street Safety

Teaching Your Child Basic Street Safety Tips

Most parents allow their children to walk the streets unsupervised when they reach the age of 10; however, this doesn’t always mean that your 10-year old child is ready to navigate the streets. You need to understand that although most children are cautious by nature, most of them still don’t have the ability to judge the speed, distance, and noise direction of the vehicles. For this reason, it is very important to make sure that your child fully understands the basic street safety before you let him walk the streets on his own.

According to recent studies, there are more than 47,000 children under the age of 14 who get injured due to pedestrian accidents in the country. About 700 of these children die. Children between the ages of 5 and 9 are more prone to accidents. To protect your child from such tragedies, you need to take precautionary steps, and arm him with knowledge to safely navigate the streets.

Make your child understand the importance of pedestrian safety. You should explain to your young one why he needs to pay attention to his surroundings when walking. This doesn’t only cover obvious dangers, such as speeding cars. You should emphasize the importance of looking out for oncoming cars, the traffic around corners, or cars not stopping at the pedestrian crossing.

Be a role model. You have to understand that children try to imitate the behavior of adults; therefore, you should be a good role model when crossing or walking along the streets. When you are with your child, avoid jaywalking. If you do not follow traffic signs and rules, you can’t expect your child to follow them as well. You should also teach your child safety habits while holding his hand and walking with him around your neighborhood. When you reach a corner, you should emphasize looking left, right, and left again before crossing. If your child sees what you are doing, he will imitate it.

Teach your child the basic traffic signals. You should let them know what each traffic signal and road signs mean. You can do this as you walk together or you can play game involving traffic signs. Praise your young one if he gets everything right.

Other fundamental rules you should teach your child include:

Walking on the side walk instead of in the street.
Crossing at a crosswalk or corner.
Avoid crossing in between cars.
Making eye contact with the driver before crossing to make sure that the driver saw you.

The Street Urchins

The Street Urchins

The City under the Sun where I was born and bred, is exceedingly modern; tall buildings scrapping the sky, bustling streets, big luxurious malls, with well stocked supermarkets. Its probably the most beautiful and well planned cities in Africa in the likes of Johannesburg, Cairo, Abuja etc, to mention but a few. “I don’t need to visit London to know the beauty of a city. I only need to visit the City under the Sun,” remarked one former Head of State from a neighboring country. Whenever I have travelled outside my country, I have always bragged about this magnificent city.

But of late my heart bleeds with sadness as I see its glory dwindling. The image that made this city an envy of other African states, has been compromised by the influx of urchins sprawling all over her streets. Dogo, a young boy of ten years, is a living example. He is emotionally battered due to the hardships he, his mother and two sisters have endured in the slums. He does not understand why life is such a misery. Dogo has witnessed his mother and sisters sexually abused. At most times they have slept hungry and who cares? One time his mother said to them,”Enough is enough, let’s go to the streets to beg.” On arriving the streets, their mother pulls out remains of cartons from an old sack which she spread on a pavement near an abandoned vehicle. This was to serve as their mattress from now on and endure the chilly nights and the sneer of people passing by. When it rained, there was no refuge except in the abandoned vehicle.

And soon Dogo is to come across other several street boys, some older than him. This catorie forms a group that is later to be known as Amagedo. It is a terror group, as it comes up with weird ways of begging. “From now on wen go toilet, put yur shit in cellophene paper bag and yur urin in plastic container. D’you understand?” said Kanyoo their ring leader. This is sickening because when they approach a person to beg for money, and the person ignores, as it always happen, they would splash the pungent stuff on them.

Walking down the streets of City under the Sun was nothing less than a nightmare. This Amagedo was becoming a terror and everyone dreaded it. Ladies walked the streets clutching their handbags tightly to themselves. No one wore wrist watches or jewelery anymore while walking down the streets. Tourists became main targets, while some of them had their jewellery and handbags snatched from them.

One day I chose to walk down the streets to watch the events. It was a beautiful sunny morning at around 10 a.m. (east African time). I was reminded of what my journalism lecturer once said, “I can guarantee to come up with at least three stories for a newspaper’s gossip column, merely by walking down the streets.” As a correspondent I had my deadlines to accomplish. I stood outside Mega Supermarkets, and watched the burstling streets. I see a small girl probably five years old following a man. She follows him keenly, and when it appears the man was too fast for her, she runs and overtakes him. She quickly stretches out her hand, but the man only gives a sneer look and ignores. She cries loudly. She sobs and groans, but everyone looks and go on with their own business. Failing to keep track with her would mean losing a good story. I followed her as she went through a narrow lane that divided the Mega Supermarket and The Oliver Twists Bookshop. As I follow her, I see her mother clothed in rags stretching her hand towards her. When the little girl had nothing to offer, the mother gives her several slaps. I stared in dismay, said a silent prayer, and almost ditched my hands into my pocket to find anything I would offer, so that the mother does not inflict more punishment on her. But suddenly a revelation dawn on me, that this girl needed more than just pieces of coins. Something that will change her destiny, and make her a whole person, and society fit.

So I decided it was time to go to my office which was not far away. Yes… to work on my computer on this new found story. As I was about to cross the road to the other side of the street, I heard a siren, a City Authority Landrover stopped just near where some group of Amagadons were idlying, sniffing their usual staff. They rounded all of them and put them in the vehicle and drove off immediately. I felt this was another antidote for my story, but my main issue in the story is to declare a wake up call, to the government, religious institutions, non-governmental organisations, to think seriously about the street children.

Months later, after my article was published, as I reclined on my sofa watching the television news, I saw Mrs. Koyo the Financial Director of the City Authorities meeting with one Bishop and a Director of a non-governmental organisation. The main agenda for the meeting was to discuss the plight of the street children. I felt a wave of joy cross my heart. My spirits bubbled, I laughed alone in my living room. I knelt down on

Great Street

Great Street Foods In Krabi

Many travelers around the world famously know Krabi as a beach holiday destination. Located in the Southern part of Thailand, it is home to many natural limestone cliffs and hidden caves and lagoons. Most tourists also visit Thailand for their delicious and exotic foods that are usually found on the streets of night markets, which is a common sight. Krabi is home to a famous night market more commonly known as Krabi Walking Streets and these are the few foods that you should not miss when you are there…

1. Mango Sticky Rice
This delectable delight is a popular Thai dessert that is usually served at room temperature, if not hot, especially when sold in the streets. It is made of sticky rice soaked in fresh coconut milk topped with sweet cut mangoes. At less than 100 Baht, you can get this fantastic dessert that is quite filling (due to the rice) so you might want to share them.

2. Crepe Rolls
Comes in bite-size, the crepe rolls found at Krabi Walking Street are filled with a variety of pastes you can choose from. There is custard, coconut, kaya and even taro so be sure to try all of them! The outside layer is made of soft and thin pancake batter, grilled to perfection. The best part is its price – at only 20 Baht for eight rolls, you (and your pocket) will definitely leave the place smiling.

3. Banana Pancake
Cave in to your sweet tooth as you pamper yourself with this sinful delight. Fresh sliced bananas wrapped in dough, pan-fried to perfection and sprinkled with some sugar to bring out the sweetness. As if that isn’t sweet enough, the pancake is topped with chocolate fudge. The seller will cut the pancake into little pieces before it’s good to go!

4. Fried Ice Cream
With weather like Krabi, indulge in some cold sweeties that can easily be found not only in the night market, but also any random street stalls during the day. If you have never tried one before, fried ice cream is basically ice cream wrapped in soft bread. The outside is hot while the inside is cold so be sure you eat them up quickly!
And if you are feeling extra adventurous…

6. Stir-Fried Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle
Despite its off-putting name, this insect dish is actually a delicacy in Thailand. When fried properly, it actually even taste good. The coconut also adds flavor to the whole insect dish, which is full of protein and other nutrients. Eating insects is a definite must-do when you in Thailand! So don’t miss this out!

Walking Street in Pattaya

Walking Street in Pattaya – A Vibrant Potpourri of Local Lifestyle and Entertainment

Pattaya, a city set on the east coast of Thailand about 165 kilometres from Bangkok, nestles a famous bay called Pattaya Bay Area which is said to be the biggest beach resort in the city. It snuggles two beaches called Pattaya and Jomtien speckled with a fine collection of dining and shopping hotspots.

When it comes to activities, Pattaya offers a good variety varying from bungee jumping to diving. The diversity is just as rich when it comes to entertainment in Pattaya whether you consider going for the theatres, museums, amusement parks and nightlife venues.

Among the most happening entertainment venues in Pattaya, the Walking Street is a one you simply cannot overlook. If fun and entertainment is your top choice then step right into this lively quarter that serves you a delectable potpourri of entertainment, spicing up the local lifestyle.

In Thailand, streets are locally referred to as soi, and so Walking Street is one of the most famous soi’s in the country. It is also one of the major nightlife scenes in Pattaya which comes to life after dark buzzing with throngs of merrymakers, be it tourists or locals. Discover myriads of bars, go-go bars, discotheques, restaurants and nightclubs flanking the 1000 metre long soi. But there’s much more to Walking Street than what meets the eye.

As soon as you come into the vicinity of Walking Street you will feel the vibes of a carnival or an exciting festival. Bright neon signs of vivid colours invite you to a psychedelic world of fun and adventures. A stroll along the Walking Street will let you mingle with the crowds and feel the excitement in the air. You can hear the sounds of chattering, music and laughter and even sniff the appetizing aromas coming from all directions. There is so much to see and do at the Walking Street like playing a round of snooker, hitting the dance floor, enjoying a cabaret show or hopping from bar to bar.

If you are hunting for local delicacies and dishes you are bound to be spoilt for choices. Best of all there are even souvenirs and gift shops where you can choose from a wide variety of knick knacks and enthralling local handicrafts. And they also include a collection of puppets, ideal for setting up your own puppet show to entertain your family and friends when you are back at home. Night time shopping is much more fun and exciting than daytime, and the variety of choices you find here are also tempting.

Mini Guide

Mini Guide to Shopping in Guilin Zhengyang Walking Street

Not only is Guilin famous for its fascinating natural landscapes, but it wins hands down when it comes to its competitive consumerism in China, where you can find all you’ve desired from local souvenirs and specialties to ethnic handcrafts and then to period pieces, and here’s a mini guide to shopping in Guilin Zhengyang Walking Street for your reference.

As the most famous walking street in Guilin, Zhengyang Walking Street is lined with stores, cafes, opening air canteens, bars, heaving with high quality clothes, delicious comestibles and local specialties.

Wangcheng Department Store is the biggest one of its kind on the street, known as a favorite for girls owing to its authentic jewelries and lady fashions, which also offers delicious food at its basement, and a great bonus is that you can taste before you buy.

Walking from east to west along the street, you’ll find a clock tower in the middle of the street, which serves as an ideal site for visitors to take photos.
On the left corner of the street is a narrow laneway with dozens of stalls offering unique local antiques, cheap jewelries, seals, carvings, batiks and Chinese brush drawings, where the porcelain sets, Buddha figurines and the four treasures of the study (i.e. writing brush, ink stick, ink slab, paper) are also available, and it is an ideal place if you’re in need of authentic Chinese gift-shopping inspiration.

Proceeding with your walking, you’ll find a number of western-style bars available on both sides of the street, highlighted by sexy girl night-performances, which are generally geared towards foreigners, so English is widely spoken by waitresses here. The western classic music from the bars goes through the windows into the street, some of which are rather nostalgic, offering a comfortable harbor for bachelors and the lonely, of course, the served snacks in the bars are rather tasty at a rational price.

Walking past the bar cluster, you’ll find a rather modern art gallery on the right side of the street, where a number of Chinese brush drawings are complemented with western-style modern ladies, highlighted by Guilin Mountain-Water scenery, and all the paintings are done by local artists. There’s one thing to mention, and visitors aren’t allowed to take photos in the art gallery, however, you can stay as long as you like here for appreciation. Opposite to the art gallery line two-row stalls offering local souvenirs, featured by Guilin local stone carvings and seal carvings.

At the end of the street lies a Japan-operated restaurant, where the girls wear Japanese traditional kimonos, setting off with Japanese-style furniture and decorations. Look ahead from the end of the street, and you will find the Sun and Moon Pagodas in “Two-River and the Four-Lake Water System “.