Posted On:1/13/2012 7:11pm
Style: Kyokushinkai / Kajukenbo
History Of MMA: Fred Ettish
My hat is off to Fred. He stepped up at short notice in UFC 4 (and as most know, got creamed), he continued to train, ref and promote martial arts, and at age 53 got back in the octagon. And he's made a brave honest video.
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Posted On:1/13/2012 7:48pm
Style: Much striking, SAMBO, BJJ
Fred Ettish is a cool dude from everything I have heard. Anyone that judges him from that one fight many years ago is very shortsighted and an ass.
Posted On:1/13/2012 9:53pm
noting but love for ettish.
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Posted On:1/14/2012 12:00am
Style: BJJ, judo, rapier
He stepped up boldly a long time ago, failed in the most public way, but stuck to martial arts at the same time as he made sure to learn from his mistakes rather than steep himself in excuses and rationalisations, which would be a very human (though unfortunate) thing to do; and he stepped up bravely again. And won, at 53. Even regarded purely as a fighter the man deserves plenty of respect. And I can't think of any better measure of a man than what he makes of his mistakes.
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Posted On:1/14/2012 1:29am
Style: Kaju, BJJ, Judo, Kempo
Fred Ettish has taken himself from serving as a representation of the failings of so-called traditional karate training, to serving as a representation of astounding growth and character that the vast majority of us lack.
Knowing is not enough, you must apply...
...Willing is not enough you must do ~Bruce Lee
Posted On:1/14/2012 12:42pm
Style: BJJ, Boxing, Muay Thai
That's pretty cool, and an inspiration for old dudes I guess. Good budo spirit!
Posted On:1/15/2012 1:45pm
Talk about a redemption story. Fred Ettish epitomizes the martial spirit.
Posted On:1/15/2012 11:09pm
Thanks for posting this, what a great story.
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Posted On:1/16/2012 12:26am
He truly deserves only respect. Hope to see him fight again at least a couple of times more
Posted On:1/16/2012 1:31am
Yea I was guilty of mocking him with my friends when watching his first mma fight. I eat my words with a side of blue cheese.
Props to "The Voice" Michael Schiavello and Joe Rogan for letting people know about the real Fred Ettish a while back.
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