The "Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame" is an interesting organization. It's hard to get a good sense of whom they've inducted, because every page before 2006 seems to flash on and off for no very good reason. However, I noticed that Shannon Ritch was "International Fighter of the Year" in 2005. I confess I'm not a huge Ritch fan, but what did he do in 2005 that eclipsed other international fighters? Frank Shamrock won in 2005 for "Outstanding Contribution to MMA" and again, I'm not sure what that contribution was. I know he feuded publicly with Baroni--other than that, what? Was his fight team doing good stuff, or did he maybe help out some events I didn't know about?
I also noticed that Ritch has been inducted before, but not for the same stuff each year. In 2002 he won the "Protection Award of Honor," whatever that is.
Now, to the UMAHOF's credit, they do say on their nomination page that you may not nominate yourself. But their section on payment of their induction fees is hilarious. This isn't double-talk, this is triple-talk. Step One of being inducted is to confirm your induction. Step Two is this:
It is to laugh. I'm not saying as of this moment that Master Parham has any ethical issues, but this "Hall of Fame" you're so proud of seems like a thinly veiled pay-to-play scheme. It looks like they use it to get a core of people who will bring guests to their "Martial Arts Expo." Nothing too horrible there if they're fairly open about it, but it's not exactly a real Hall of Fame if that's the case. They seem to create and destroy categories and awards at will to fit the people they want to induct. It would be interesting to know how many people they actually turn down.
Pay your induction and Expo fees. Unlike other organizations, the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame does not charge you an extra fee for the induction itself. The actual induction is free. Your induction fees help cover the cost of the event, your customized trophy, the printing of your Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame personalized and numbered induction certificate, your membership card, the induction ceremony and banquet dinner and your permanent induction into roster of honorees in our office of records and on the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame Web site.
Maybe this has been published before, but in looking for Master Parham's information, I ran across a PDF of Alonzo Jones' history of Comba-Tai:
I'm also reading the Comba-Tai message boards with interest. Here, for example, it looks like Comba-Tai leadership is excitedly discussing a new MMA promotion which needs fighters. They don't read like people who are afraid to pressure-test their art. Is this a good sign? I think so.
what kind of crazy **** did you link us all too ...
Originally Posted by Grand Master Barber
Then there is this thread by the same dude .
Originally Posted by GRANDMASTER BARBER
seems really disorganized and generaly plain out weird .
Originally Posted by ghost55
“I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out.”
Originally Posted by WFMurphyPhD
Keep reading; it gets better and better. I've registered, but I have to be approved before I can post. Master Parham's email is hidden at the site, but I'm sure I can find a phone number or email. They seem to throw around their phone numbers on the web pretty freely.
If you want to read something really enlightening, go through the technique stuff and then, if you dare, the "Soke Mylemu" forum. So far I have yet to see anything in the techniques that isn't clearly Judo, boxing or karate. Nothing wrong with Boxing, Judo and Karate, but combining those three is not a 6,000 year old lineage from Mesopotamia.
In the Soke Mylemu forum, there's a seven-page thread that appears to be part of a black-belt test for a girl whose nickname is "Warrior Yang." Plainly, put, it makes her and her instructors look incompetent. Some of the questions she simply does not answer at all, to continued praise from Soke Mylemu Jones. He asked her, for instance, to answer two questions:
1. What is the strength of masculinity?
2. What is the strength of femininity?
Her answer to question one was a long paragraph about how both male and female are strong; however, while she related an aphorism to demonstrate that women are as strong as men in their own way, she made absolutely NO reference to men being strong in any way whatsoever. Soke Mylemu Jones praised this. Now, I couldn't care less whether his blackbelts can explain the relative strengths of men and women, but this makes it appear that Soke Mylemu is fond of asking lots of questions but not putting any thought into the answers. School teachers HATE that.
From her answers to his questions, it appears that they subscribe to the "Too Deadly Street Lethal" school of thought. She explains (to praise from Soke Mylemu Jones, remember) that the difference between the UFC/boxing and the street is that a Comba-Tai Royal Warrior primarily strikes for the eyes, groin, and throat. She states that all other targets are merely diversions intended to open up those three targets. I found that interesting; I had not before encountered the concept that a hook to the temple, for instance, is thrown only to open up a groin shot.
Dammit Don......I was just ranting...you actually looked this **** up.
I looked up the UBBHOF and it seemed like a pay for title bullshit organization. Well done. I doubt if the guy will be back any time soon.
I appreciate what you are trying to do as oppose to rant ... I consider ranters trolls and "BS-ers." I refuse to communicate with disrespectful "pack rats" who have not done any research. But for you Don, So far, so good. If you have any questions, post them on the site.
Keep searching and you will find what you are looking for. All you have to do is post a question to Grandmaster Parham and he will hit you back on the site. Now as far as the history, it would probably be good for you to read the manuscript and see if your critical analysis can poke holes in it. By the way, their is a $10, 000 reward for anyone that can disprove the collaboration of the evidence suggested about the 6,000 year old tradition. For over 30 years, no one has been able to discredit his claims about a 6,000 year old tradition. Perhaps $10,000 is not a significant amount of money.
The African techniques are also listed in the manuscript and they are verified by a few historians. I see you looked at a few things on the site you didn't understand :confused: ... this is understandable. If you will post your questions on the Comba-Tai site, the Combat Specialist have a responsibility to answer you according to 1 Peter 3:15, "But give honor to Christ in your hearts as your Lord; and be ready at any time when you are questioned about the hope which is in you, to give an answer in the fear of the Lord and without pride;"
Yes a man is innocent until proven guilty:new_puppy ...through your research I see you’ve given them the chance. I look forward to seeing what significant discrepancies that you discover, if any! Only :clock: will tell! As I said, I am not totally convinced, but Comba-Tai has many convincing arguments. By the way, I am not Dr. Jones student and I don’t and neither does he consider himself the greatest martial artist ever seen, but many of his techniques are uniquely African and they are no joke.
Oh, by the way:
Dr. Jones e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org ... please be respectful if you really want an answer.
The manuscript is on: http://www.blacfoundation.org/comba-tai.pdf
If you have further questions about Comba-Tai: http://www.freewebs.com/comba-tai/,h...nt%20flyer.pdf
You may wish to visit the Comba-Tai tournament that is held every year in Biloxi, Contact: http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/combata...age/index.html
I'll be waiting to see what you find.
"The sport of boxing is at least 6,000 years old. Murals of ancient Egypt show "rings" that were either circular or squared. From there the sport spread to Crete and then to Greece where boxing gloves and rules were introduced and it joined the 23rd Olympiad in 688 B.C. as a regular sport.
The Roman Gladiator Period brutalized the sport and it was abolished along with the Olympics by Roman Emperor Theodosius after the 291st Olympiad in 393 A.D.
It wasn't until the 1700s in England that boxing was revived by James Figg, the "Father of Modern Boxing" and by Jack Broughton, who established rules against fouls.
About 50 years before Dawson City was to embrace this "British" sport, the Marquis of Queensbury modernized the rules and re-introduced the padded glove. Boxing had gained a new respectability and, in the same year of 1904 when Nick Burley and Billy Woods met for the big fight, boxing was again accepted as an Olympic sport.
Once it was too warm for the skating rink in the DAAA arena, which stood where the parking lot behind Diamond Tooth Gertie's is now, the boxing programmes would commence. "
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Early Boxing (to 1838)
Fighting with fists was a sport about 6,000 years ago in what is now known as Ethiopia, from where it spread to ancient Egypt and eventually throughout the Mediterranean area. Ancient Crete also had a boxing-like sport, which probably developed independently, about 1,500 B.C.
Although the sport wasn't added to the ancient Olympic program until 688 B.C., some sort of boxing had become pretty well established among the Greeks before that time. In one form of Greek boxing, the two combatants simply sat on stones facing and pounded away at one another until one of them was knocked out.
Boxing in the Olympics wasn't quite that brutal, but there were no breaks in the action. Fighters wore leather thongs, originally to protect their hands and wrists. As time went on, harder leather was used, turning the thongs into weapons.
The Romans added iron or brass studs, creating the cestus, which could be a deadly weapon. Then they went even farther, developing a cruel, spur-like instrument of bronze, called the myrmex ("limb piercer"). Boxing in the Roman Empire was not so much a sport as a bloody amusement for spectators, like the gladiatorial contests, with slaves pitted against one another in a fight to the death.
The myrmex was finally abolished and boxing itself was banned by Rome about 30 B.C. The Romans had made one small contribution to the sport: They invented the ring, originally a simple marked circle.
With the spread of Christianity, pugilism in any form evidently disappeared from Europe completely. It resurfaced in England in the late 17th century. A London newspaper referred to a bout in 1681, and the Royal Theatre in London was the site of regularly scheduled matches in 1698.
The sport at that time was actually a mixture of wrestling and boxing. Although hitting with fists was emphasized, a boxer could grab and throw his opponent, then jump on him and hit him while he was down.
James Figg, who opened a boxing academy in London in 1719, introduced a measure of skill to the sport. Figg was an expert fencer as well as a boxer, and his academy was patterned after the fencing academies of the period. He taught parrying and counter-punching, just as fencing masters taught parries and ripostes to their students.
Figg won great publicity for his academy by challenging all comers to bouts of boxing or cudgeling, He never lost, and was generally considered champion of Great Britain until he retired in 1730.
His success inspired the establishment of several other boxing academies in London, and the fact that he was a fencer also gave the sport some prestige. A number of "gentlemen amateurs" took up boxing as a pastime. They also became enthusiastic fans at prize fights.
One of Figg's pupils, Jack Broughton, became known as the "father of English boxing." Broughton, generally acknowledged as champion from 1729 to 1750, taught boxing and operated an arena in London. In 1743, he drew up the first formal rules for the sport.
Under Broughton's rules, there was a 3-foot square in the center of the ring. When a fighter was knocked down, his handlers had 30 seconds to get him into position on one side of the square, facing his opponent. In effect, this marked the first division of a bout into rounds, since each knockdown ended fighting for at least 30 seconds. Although wrestling holds were permitted, a boxer was not allowed to grab his opponent below the waist.
Broughton also invented the first boxing gloves, known as "mufflers," to protect not only the hands but also the face from blows. However, they were used only in practice, not in actual fights.
The rules devised by Broughton were used throughout England with only minor modifications until 1838, when the Pugilistic Society (founded in 1814) developed the London Prize Ring Rules. The new code called for a ring 24 feet square, enclosed by two ropes. A knockdown marked the end of a round. After a 30-second break, the fighters were given eight seconds to "come to scratch," unaided, in the center of the ring.
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