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Practical Self Defense for Women - Pasadena

Self Defense Woman Pasadena
Can you afford a self-defense class? The real question is: Can you afford NOT to take a self-defense class?  This website’s demographic is largely men, but, it’s important that women realize the benefits of getting some type of Martial Arts training.  The crime statistics aren’t pretty, according to the U.S. Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey --there is an average of 237,868 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year. - 

Just in Pasadena this year, 2014, according to the Pasadena Police Preliminary Statistical Report there have already been 21 rapes, 89 robberies, and 206 assaults. 

The best way to prevent an attack, assault, or any other crime is to become an extremely difficult victim.  Not everyone wants to train to fight in a cage or in some sort of combat sport. Not everyone wants to join a traditional Martial Arts school, but, everyone, especially women, can and should learn some practical, effective and efficient self-defense techniques. 

The Practical Self-Defenses and Fitness for Women seminar/workshop this Saturday is designed with the busy woman and their needs in mind.  Attend this Saturday, and you will be armed with knowledge, techniques and concepts that can help you avoid and or survive and assault/attack.

The Practical Self-Defense and Fitness for Woman will be held at FX Training Pasadena located at 2061 N. Los Robles Ave. #104.  You can sign up HERE

UFC 178: Johnson vs Cariaso Fight Pick & Preview

UFC 178 isn’t a great card, the main event is headlined by fighters that few casual fans have even heard of, but, at least it’s a better card than some of the others the UFC has trotted out this year.  The main event features flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighy Mouse” Johnson versus Chris Cariaso. Yup!  If you’re asking “who?”  You’re not alone.  It almost seems like the UFC is trying to force the fans to like the flyweight division.  Personally, it’s not my favorite, not even close, but, maybe this fight can show the fans that the flyweight division is something to get excited about.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters, and then I’ll make my fight pick. 

Demetrious Johnson walks into the Octagon tonight for this title defense with an overall MMA record of 22-2.  Johnson hasn’t lost a fight since 2011 at UFC Live 6 where he lost a decision to Dominick Cruz.  Since that loss, Johnson is 6-0-1. He’s shown the fans that he is one of the most athletic fighters in the UFC.  He’s not just athletic, he has a full toolbox of MMA skills and is constantly improving. 

Chris Cariaso comes into this title shot with an overall record of 17-5.  He’s not exactly a finisher as 12 of those fights have come via decision.  He’s only 3-2 in his last 5 fights and many people are wondering why he’s even on this card.  But, he has won three in a row against tough opponents.  This fight can put Cariaso on the map!

Unfortunately for Cariaso, Johnson is a beast right now.  He’s tough to beat!  Cariaso will have to fight an absolutely perfect fight to defeat and snatch the title away from Johnson.

Look for Demetrious Johnson to use his speed to fluster Cariaso.  Cariaso will be the first to make a mistake, and Demetrious Johnson will use his experience, skill level, and athleticism to capitalize on mistakes. 

Demetrious “Might Mouse” Johnson will leave the Octagon tonight with the UFC Flyweight belt. 

Check out the video Count Down to UFC 178: Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso

UFC 177 Fight Card Disappoints Bad to Worse

One of the aspects that made the UFC an awesome sporting event to watch was it was the World Series, the Super Bowl, the World Cup, the greatest and biggest event in Mixed Martial Arts competition.  Each PPV was stacked with known fighters and exciting fight match ups. The greatest event in MMA also happened about once a month. But, the UFC seems to be watering down their PPV events more and more. 

UFC 177 is the second example of a watered down UFC PPV event in 2014. For the last few years I’ve been writing up fight previews, predictions and picks for UFC PPV main event fights. I’ve established a reputation for picking main event winners.  It was fun researching the fighters in the main event and then picking a winner.  Earlier this year, I skipped writing one for UFC 174 ( Johnson vs. Bagautinov) because the fight card was so bad and the main event was extremely uninteresting. 

I love MMA, and have great respect of the UFC, but, I will be boycotting this event as well.  It’s the UFC’s duty to give the fans the best, and this, definitely is not it.  It’s not even close.  With Renan Barao backing out of the main event, the card went from bad to worse. Here’s the fight card for UFC 177:

UFC 177 Main Card

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Joe Soto
Tony Ferguson vs. Danny Castillo
Bethe Correia vs. Shayna Baszler
Ramsey Nijim vs. Carlos Ferreira
Yancy Medeiros vs. Damon Jackson

Prelims on Fox Sports 1

Lorenz Larkin vs. Derek Brunson
Ruan Potts vs. Anthony Hamilton
Chris Wade vs. Cain Carrizosa

The thing that makes championships of any sport interesting is the excitement in the die hard fan that spills over and creates buzz amongst casual fans and to even the casual observer of sporting competition. This buzz brings people together and truly makes an event worth watching. 

The buzz connects people to the athletes, and everyone feels like they have a stake in the event.  UFC 177 did not create a buzz.  The casual fan doesn’t care, the die hard fan is disappointed, and the sport as a whole loses. 

So, no fight pick from me for UFC 177.  Dana White and the UFC need to reward the fans with better UFC’s (UFC PPV fight cards)in the future, or this sport will suffer the consequences.