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September  2018

BUDO  BROTHERS

MARTIAL  ARTS  

LIFESTYLE  

MAGAZINE

 
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A LETTER FROm

BUDO BROTHERS

 

Dear Fellow Martial Artists,

We're pleased to announce that we're firing up a new round of product development. But before we do, we need your help! We want to make sure we're making top-quality products that reflect your martial arts lifestyle. We came up with a list of interesting concepts, and based on your votes, the top 3 products will go into production. Everyone that fills out the survey will get a promo code for the new gear as soon as it's live :) 

This month's issue revolves around one of our favorite events of the year: The Martial Arts Supershow by Century Martial Arts & MAIA! Now, some of you might be thinking that the source of our excitement may lie in the fact that the event is held in Vegas every year.... Convenient? Yes. But, despite the obvious temptations to party our faces off, the three action packed conference days tend to keep us on our game. That said, this year the event officially started on a Sunday, so the responsible thing to do was fly down on the Friday, get the partying out of our system, then it’s all systems go for Sunday!

The majority of this month’s issue revolves around the Martial Arts Supershow, but fear not, we're not leaving out the skills portion of the issue. We got to meet the Karate Hottie, Michelle Waterson, and shot one of her favorite skills that she uses in the ring. We also got to train with Sifu Singh as he was invited to teach a seminar at the Supershow that we got to film and is the basis for this month’s skills section.

We are also pleased to report that the Budo Youth Fund has seen over 100 deserving families apply for martial art grant funding. Now comes the tough part: Making the selections! This process has made us realize how many incredible families are out there that realize how beneficial martial arts can be for their kids. This has also made us realize how little $10,000 really is, and we wish we had 10 times that amount so we could fund every single application that has been submitted. But, we promised to fund the MOST deserving kids we can find and get them started on their martial arts journey. Stay tuned!

Thanks so much for helping us get the word out there about our registered non-profit, The Budo Youth Fund. You are helping us carry out the most rewarding work we could possibly be doing.

With Gratitude,

- Budo Brothers

 
 
 
 

help create our next product

Top 3 Choices Go Into Production!

 
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time to hit the design lab and create some new products!

Over the past few years, you have helped us create some AWESOME products that have been inspired by martial arts.

Here's some examples of the products that YOU have helped us dream up:

 

vote for your favorite new concept

top 3 selected products will be put into production

 

As a thank you for your feedback, we will email you a promo code for the winning products once they are live!

 
 
 

MASS 2018

 
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Round-2: Martial Arts Supershow 2018

That's right, this is round-2 for us! 2017 was our first year at the Supershow, and to get all caught up on what took place in round-1, you can read the MASS’17 issue here.

It was funny, we simply arrived at MASS’17 as two dudes dressed in black BB shirts, and left with an entirely new perspective on the martial arts industry. First, we had no idea how big the industry actually was. It was truly fascinating. Prior to attending the Supershow, our main touch points to the industry were the standard go-to's like Black Belt Magazine and our local schools. Other than that, we had no real way to get a true pulse on where things were heading.  

MASS’17 was a pivotal point for Budo Brothers as a company. Making connections with so many amazing martial artists, and learning from others that are on a similar paths as us, really helped us shift our mindset and grow into new areas. We were like kids in a candy shop! Not to mention, we had an absolute blast checking out the Vegas scene. It really only took attending the Supershow once to realize that we need to go every year.

 
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Both of us were incredibly excited to do this all over again at MASS’18. This time, the event was at the Bellagio which was really cool to stay at another famous casino. The Supershow was scheduled to start on Sunday, July 1st (Canada Day!) so the responsible thing for us to do was arrive on the Friday so we could get into some trouble over the weekend.

Now, prior to MASS’18, we had been in a bit of a cash crunch with a lot of the product development work we’ve been doing; So money was a bit tight. We jumped on a call to go over everything and get the flights and hotels booked. During the call, we both agreed that we would need to be "Ballin' On A Budget" on this trip and would need to keep our costs low... An hour later, Kyle called again and the conversation went something like this:

 

Erik: "Hey man."

Kyle: "Yo... I may or may not have just booked us a Cabana at a pool party on the Saturday at Liquid."

Erik: "WHAT DID WE JUST TALK ABOUT!??!"

Kyle: "Man, we gotta live a little..."

Erik: "How much was it?"

Kyle: "$1000... well, that would be our minimum spend."

Erik: {long pause} "You do realize that is a complete suckers game right?"

Kyle: "Man, it would be awesome to have our own spot to post up in."

Erik: "So us two dudes would have to stay at a cabana and spend $1000 looking like a couple douches?

Kyle: "Actually, we would be two bosses living the dream..."

Erik: "Did you have to pay up front?"

Kyle: "No."

Erik: "…You know what, I'm willing to bet you that if we go there and don't say anything about the cabana, and just post up next to one, we will have the exact same experience and save $800…."

Kyle: "Mmmmmm, sounds lame."

Erik: "Well how about we try that first, and if the cabana situation looks like it would be worth lighting $1,000 on fire, then let's do it."

Kyle: “Alright, but as long as we actually will do the cabana if it looks like it would be worth it."

Erik: “Deal.”

 

You see, Vegas is designed to make you leave town without your money... So in order to prevent us from leaving flat broke, we had to employ tactics like this. With this “genius” plan now ironed out, we were all systems go!

Since we launched BBTV, we figured it would be a good idea to just let the cameras roll and bring you all along for the ride. Here’s the first episode that will be launching on our Youtube Channel in a few months. But, we're giving you, our subscribers, an early sneak peak. Push play and check out Episode-1 where we get all of the partying out of our system before the big show starts:

 
 

Believe it or not, we actually managed to meet our party quota for the trip in one day! And, we actually followed through on the plan to simply post up next to the cabana that we were supposed to pay $1,000 for, and literally had a exact same experience... Actually, an even better experience because we could cruise around and not worry about who was at our cabana drinking our overpriced booze. This factually proves that the whole "VIP Cabana" nonsense is a complete suckers game! We ended up only spending $100 each and the experience was one for the record books.

Ok, now it's time to pretend like we’re capable, responsible, functioning human beings. After shaking off a hangover, we needed to get our game-faces on because we didn't come down to Vegas to be a couple of useless tits... We came down to put in some work! The Martial Arts Supershow is the mecca of martial arts gatherings so we needed to get ready for prime time.

Before the show started, we were getting a lay of the land and bumped into Leon Rogers, Senior Vice President of Century Martial Arts, as well as David Wahl, Vice President of Sales, and got a chance to tell them all about what we are up to with our non-profit... Luckily camera's were rolling and we captured the candid explanation. Check it out:

 
 

 

After that, the show got started and we were thrilled to go check out the conference room floor. It was LOADED this year! Way more booths, way more exhibits, and way more attendees. We're not sure what the final numbers are, but MASS'18 sure felt larger than MASS'17. Check out Episode-2 of BBTV to get a sense of what the Supershow was like:

 
 

With the opening day in the books, we looked forward to the coming days that were chalk-full of training! We got to train with some LEGENDS including Superfoot Bill Walace, Eyal Yalinov, and of course Sifu Singh! We were so excited that Sifu Singh was selected to teach at this year's Supershow, and what's even cooler, we got to meet up with him the night before the big day and go train in a park in suburban Las Vegas.

Now, if any of you have been to Vegas, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the strip. I bet hardly anyone has traveled off the beaten trail and witnessed what rural Vegas is like. Well, we can now say that we have... I'm not sure if we just went to the wrong neighborhoods, but from what we saw, it appeared to be a bit of a transient dive (sorry.) But it took us three tries to find a local park that didn't have any needle-wielding crackheads inhabiting it so we could train in peace without having to actually fight people. I'm sure there are some incredible parts of suburban Vegas that we missed, but the wrong turns we must have taken didn't leave us with the best impression. At the end of the day, all cities have their problem areas, and I think we managed to find them rather easily. 

In this next episode of BBTV, we link up with Sifu Singh and the JKDAA crew and end up having the BEST TIME OF OUR LIVES.... I know we keep saying this, but the bar keeps getting raised! It seems like magic happens every time we link up with this crew. Here's proof, Episode-3 lays it out for all to see:

 
 

We're still buzzing from MASS'18 and can't wait to see what the Century crew has in store for MASS'19. Given the progression we've seen from year to year, we can only imagine how awesome it will be... and of course, we're going to be there!

hope to see you at mass'19!

 
 

Michelle Waterson

The Karate Hottie

 
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"The Karate Hottie" Michelle Waterson

We were incredibly honored to meet the one and only "Karate Hottie" Michelle Waterson at MASS'18. She was thrilled to hear what we're doing with our registered non-profit, the Budo Youth Fund, and introduced us to another group which we are hoping to collaborate with to help underprivileged youth gain access to martial arts.

Michelle Waterson is a black belt in American Freestyle Karate and has also trained in WuShu, Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing and wrestling.

It was February 16, 2007 when Michelle Waterson made her MMA debut at the Ring of Fire against Freestyle Cage Fighting champion, Andrea Miller. She won the match via unanimous decision and went on to appear in several other fights. As per her Wikipedia page, some of the highlights include the following:

  • Waterson made her Strikeforce debut against Tyra Parker at Strikeforce: Payback on October 3, 2008. She won the fight by rear naked choke submission in the first round

  • Waterson faced Karina Taylor at Duke City MMA Series 1 on March 1, 2009. She won the fight by armbar submission in the first round. There was some controversy with this fight because Taylor did not tap out to the armbar

  • On April 11, 2009, Waterson fought former WIBA and IFBA Flyweight Boxing Champion Elena Reid at Apache Gold: Extreme Beatdown. Reid won the fight by TKO in the second round

  • Waterson faced the debuting Rosary Califano at EB - Beatdown at 4 Bears 6 and won by submission due to a flying armbar in just 15 seconds

  • She faced Masako Yoshida at Crowbar MMA: Spring Brawl on April 24, 2010. Waterson won the fight by TKO in the first round

  • Waterson returned to MMA on January 21, 2012. She faced Diana Rael at Jackson's MMA Series 7 and won the fight by rear-naked choke in the first round

  • Waterson then signed a contract with Invicta FC and debut in a match against Lacey Schuckmanin 2012. She defeated Jessica Penne in April 2013 via amber submission to win the Invicta FC Atomweight Championship

  • She also won the title defense match against Yasuko Tamada at Invicta FC 8 on September 6, 2014

On April 28, 2015, she signed a contract with UFC in the strawweight division and made her debut against Angela Magana. She also competed against Rose Namajunas but lost the match. In her recent match in April, she defeated Cortney Casey.

Now, Michelle is hard at work preparing for her fight against Felice Herrig at UFC 229 on Oct 6th. Waterson (15-6) and Herrig (14-7) are the No. 7 and No. 8 ranked fighters, respectively, in the UFC’s current strawweight rankings. It’s going to be a great bout, and it is obvious who we’ll be rooting for! Be sure to tune in :)

 
 
 

This month, Michelle Waterson shares one of her favorite moves, which we've dubbed

"The AXE-Kick Surprise"

 
 
 

 

 

Sifu Singh

Survival Tactics & Tactical Breathing

 
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Survival tactics & Tactical Breathing Seminar

MASS'18

 

Anytime we get a chance to train with Sifu Singh, WE TAKE IT!!! The man is a wealth of knowledge and the fact that we was hand picked from hundreds of martial artists to teach at MASS'18 speaks volumes of his talent. This month, you get to check out his full seminar on "Survival Tactics, and Tactical Breathing."

In this seminar, Sifu Singh hammers home the importance of conserving your energy and being in the moment during any altercation. The worst thing that can happen is gassing out due to the mismanagement of your energy and losing control of your breath. At the end of the day, we cannot control what our opponent does, we cannot control what's going in our environment... the only thing we can control is how we act and react in the moment.

In this seminar, Sifu Singh will teach you a methodology for conserving your energy through tactical breathing, and goes over many "check-mate" combat strategies that have been pressure with law enforcement and military agencies across the globe.

 
 
 

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We figured we’d add a couple bonuses from Sifu SIngh to round out The Skills of the Month. In this next video, Sifu Singh stacks up MMA Vs. Street Vs. Traditional martial arts and explains why this is the WRONG question to be asking:

 
 

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We also felt like every issue could use a little “spice” in the form of some good old fasioned weapons training. In this video, Sifu Singh teaches the Single Stick Sumbrada flow drill which is great for developing coordination, reflexes, flow, and counter timing:

 
 

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For those that don't know, we shot and produced a full length Digital Seminar with Sifu Singh called "Martial Arts For Everyone" which contains over 100 training videos, 10+hours of content, and 5 training modules all streamable from any device.

If you are looking to amp up your training, or add some incredibly unique material to your curriculum, check out the full course outline by clicking the button below:

 
 

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