The eku bo—also known as the kai—is a martial arts weapons that was began as an oar used by Okinawan fishermen. Most of the techniques for using the eku bo are much like those of the bo staff, another Okinawan weapon. In this video, Fumio Demura sensei covers basic stances, proper grips, defense movements, blocks and counters. A basic "beginner's" kata is also covered in this volume. Fumio Demura studied under Japanese master Ryusho Sakagami and Okinawan master Kenshin Taira. Fumio Demura has won the All-Japan Karate Free-fighting Championships (1961), twice been voted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame and is recognized the world over as one of the premier martial artists of all time.
The long-awaited meeting between ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes and ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson took center stage and had a shocking conclusion.
Five other bouts helped fill out ONE's primetime debut in the United States.
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Main Event: Adriano Moraes vs. Demetrious Johnson
Adriano Moraes 🇧🇷 SHOCKS THE WORLD, becoming the first man to finish Demetrious Johnson! @adrianomkmoraes #WeAreONE… https://t.co/JVSVwKC973— ONE Championship (@ONE Championship)1617850288.0
Moraes Winner by Knockout
Round 2 - 2:24
For the first time in a 14 year career, Johnson was finished. The jaw-dropping knockout came in the second round as Moraes successfully defended the ONE Flyweight World Championship.
The Brazilian clipped Johnson with a right uppercut that staggered "Mighty Mouse" and put him on the mat. As Moraes followed up, "Mikinho" delivered a short knee to the face that put an end to Johnson's title bid. Moraes' stunning finish of the all-time great made him the top flyweight on the planet.
Rodtang Jitmuangnon vs. Danial Williams
Rodtang Winner by Unanimous Decision
Following the title tilt, Rodtang "The Iron Man" Jitmuangnon put on a show as he welcomed Daniel "Mini T" Williams to ONE. The Aussie proved to be a game opponent and gave Rodtang a run for his money, but in the end it was a clear-cut decision for the Thai star. The exciting matchup was a great showcase for ONE Super Series, Rodtang, and Williams as well.
Eddie Alvarez vs. Iuri Lapicus
Lapicus Winner by Disqualification
The opening bout did not go as expected. The potential best match of the night ended early after illegal blows to the back of the head from Alvarez were called by the referee. Alvarez was shown a red card and Lapicus was given the victory. However, fans can likely expect a rematch as nothing was settled in this contender's matchup.
Tyler McGuire vs. Raimond Magomedaliev
Magomedaliev Winner by Unanimous Decision
Dagestani Raimond Magomedaliev put in an excellent 15 minutes against Tyler McGuire to make a solid case to be the welterweight division's top contender. The American pushed forward for 15 minutes, but Magomedaliev had the answers every step of the way to earn a unanimous decision.
Enriko Kehl vs. Chingiz AllazovKehl Winner by Split DecisionEnriko Kehl and Chingiz Allzov met again, but this time it was inside the ONE Circle. The longtime kickboxing rivals showed how closely matched they were in an exciting back-and-forth banger. After nine solid minutes, Kehl got two of the three judges to see it his way to grab the narrow victory.
Oumar Kane vs. Patrick Schmid
Kane Winner by TKO
"Reug Reug" Oumar Kane continued his ascent as the next African star with a first-round mauling of Patrick "The Big Swiss" Schmid. The Senegalese grappler got to show-off his developing striking before taking the match to the ground and ending the bout with strikes.
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So which is it: We like when MMA fighters trash talk or we don't?
We like when there is apparent beef between opponents or we don't? It has to be asked because it seems when a fighter excels at throwing verbal jabs as well as real ones, they get celebrated and sometimes even fast-tracked to better spots in the fight game. But it also seems the loquaciousness of some obligates them to higher expectations for some reason.
There will always be discussion about who does it best or who best follows in the great Muhammad Ali's footsteps, but this is not about how good someone may be at it except insofar as it is part of the success equation. In other words, if being good at it propels. But, there really is an angle to explore in how the fan sees the value in the verbal sparring. And then subsequently what that fan or fans thinks when things go sideways for their favorite smacksmith.
How is it that fighters can be exactly the same human being revered in one moment and then within hours be maligned to the point of near disdain? In one moment, they are hoisted on the shoulders as heroes, the next there are mobs and pitchforks ready to carry them off to wherever mobs carry people off to. Oh, and that one little factor should be mentioned: a loss in a fight between these two scenarios. Yes, that is right. It seems the thing that makes a here a zero is not the talk itself, but not backing it up. A narrative can go from seeing social media erupt, thousands attending press conferences, T-shirts, weigh-ins attended better than some fights (pre-pandemic) to 'someone has to stop this trash-talk', 'it gives the sport a bad look', 'he should just focus on his skills', ad infinitum.
Let us all agree the sport is way more interesting when Chael Sonnen learns how to play the heel, or when Conor McGregor says, well, anything (recent exchange with Poirier below). But it simply has to be remembered that all rules associated with talk in combat sports are ironically unwritten. There are no guidelines. The reflection may not need be from the in-cage participants, but on-couch (at-keyboard) participants. If there is a place of hypocrisy, it might be in the clicking public or pundit who says on one day – as long as the fighter is a winner in their mind – this is great and brings interest to the sport and then after the fall says the fighter should not do that thing that got them in the spot at the front of the line.
We can't tune in like kids on a schoolyard at a bike-rack yelling, "Fight! Fight! Fight!" and add fuel to that fire by yelling, "Oh snap!" or "Shots fired!" after a zinger from a verbal Jiu Jitsu practitioner and then ourselves days later say, "they had it coming" when they lose. Or hypocritically say, they should have just stayed quiet and fought. There is a mirror held up to the observer who enjoys the jawing back and forth and then condemns it. True, it is hard to navigate because as we said, there are no rules except those we impose in a given moment, but it is not as though we are comparing a simple wrong turn to a far worse wrong turn onto a one-way street. Exceptions aside, such as when family or religion are brought into things – not a lot is at stake when the smack is rolling. Of course there are other factors to consider such as when someone is not good at it – but again, that is not for this moment. Nor are those strange paradoxes where a fighter has the charisma mechanics in which fans will let them talk and lose and then not scold them, but revere them more. 'They shot their shot' after all.
It is probably best that fighters be given freedom to be whoever they are. They can choose if they want to listen to a guy named Solomon who says a fool is known by many words or they may choose to use those words as tools of the trade (within reason). Usually a loss is half a paycheck accompanying the L. Somehow, the onlooker seems to think they are owed something when a fighter talks big. As though we were made promises or we were the oncoming traffic they turned into. However, the only person who steps in the cage is the talker. And make no mistake - verbosity or not - they step in that cage.
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