Dr. Craig's Martial Arts Movie Lounge

In Part I, aspects of fight choreography were explored, like the value of actors learning en garde poses and stances as to avoid a snake oil sensibility, and how camera movement and increased coverage helped to conceal and reveal the contrived nature of Cobra Kai's fights in Season 1 (S1). Part II will add to this discussion and focus on S2 and S3's oners.
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Robert Whittaker put on a clinic in modern mixed martial arts technique Saturday night in Las Vegas winning a lopsided unanimous decision over Kelvin Gastelum at the main event of UFC on ESPN 22. The former middleweight champion mixed an array of punches, kicks, wrestling and groundwork all night long that left Gastelum perpetually a step behind.

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The European Judo Championships and the Pan American Judo Championships both took place this weekend but with quite different flavors. Twelve different countries split the 14 gold medals available at the European event with Kosovo and Turkey the only nations to grab two golds while France had the most total medals with eight. Host country Portugal captured four overall medals including Telma Monteiro's gold in the women's 57 kg category.

Meanwhile, the Pan American tournament was thoroughly dominated by Brazil. Lead by two-time Olympic bronze medalist Rafael Silva, who won the men's heavyweight division, Brazil took home 7 of the 14 golds and owned the total count with 14 overall medals. Host country Mexico nabbed six medals but no golds while the United States earned seven medals but also couldn't bring home any gold.


Former UFC athletes that have made their way into ONE Championship over the past few years have not found the immediate success they have envisioned.

In fact, 75% of them have suffered at least one loss in their ONE careers to date. Of eight recent signings, they total a .500 record at 9-9, with 63% of those losses by knockout or submission.

The latest defeat shocked the mixed martial arts world. Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson was stopped with an incredible knee from Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes as the Brazilian successfully defended his ONE Flyweight World Championship.

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