Israel Adesanya

Recipients of the World MMA Awards were named Saturday night. Based on online fan voting conducted by Fighters Only magazine for the period between January 2019 and July 2020, the big winner of the night was Israel Adesanya who took home the fighter of the year award and the international fighter of the year award. Jorge Masvidal also showed well winning the breakthrough fighter of the year award and the knockout of the year for his flying knee KO of Ben Askren. Askren also came out on the wrong end of the submission of the year against Demian Maia.

Among the many other categories, winners included female fighter of the year, Amanda Nunes, Stipe Miocic's comeback of the year in stopping Daniel Cormier in their second fight, Alexander Volkanovski earning upset of the year in his first fight against Max Holloway, and the fight of the year, Weili Zhang's split decision win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

How will you perform at the moment of truth?

What's going to happen to you physically and emotionally in a real fight where you could be injured or killed? Will you defend yourself immediately, hesitate during the first few critical seconds of the fight, or will you be so paralyzed with fear that you won't be able to move at all? The answer is - you won't know until you can say, "Been there, done that." However, there is a way to train for that fearful day.

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This week I've asked Robert Borisch to give me a birds eye view on his marketing strategy.

Robert is the head sensei and owner of Tri-City Judo a well-established commercial judo school in Kennewick, Washington. I am very impressed with his highly successful business. Unlike BJJ, TKD, karate, and krav maga, in judo we tend to teach in community centers, YMCA's, and other not for profit outlets. So when I find a for profit judo model that is growing by leaps and bounds, it intrigues me. Below are Robert's raw and uncensored comments spoken like a true commercial martial arts school entrepreneur / owner.

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The man who apparently launched a racist verbal attack on U.S. women's kata champion Sakura Kokumai earlier this month in a California park has been arrested following a physical assault on an elderly Korean-American couple in the same park Sunday. Michael Vivona is accused of punching a 79-year-old man and his 80-year-old wife without provocation.

Mynewsla.com reported that a group of people playing basketball in Grijalva Park at the time of the assault recognized Vivona from his previous harassment of Kokumai and surrounded him until a nearby police officer arrived to make an arrest. The incident with Kokumai, who is slated to represent the United States in this summer's Tokyo Olympics, gained widespread notice after she posted a video of it on social media in an effort to increase awareness about the growing threat of anti-Asian racism.