Friday, December 21, 2007

Fred Ettish

This is remarkable. I've always wondered what ever became of those poor traditional karate guys that got smeared so badly in the first UFCs. Then I stumbled across the following - a series of posts by Fred Ettish, Okinawan karateka from Minnesota (I think) who lost in UFC 2, about his life since then.

2 comments:

  1. Very, very interesting read. Thanks Patrick.

    It would be cool to see an event, maybe once a year, where a respected org of each TMA is invited to attend and put forward select athletes for competition. This could be a MMA-style freeform fighting event or it could be like the TMA olympics, which would include the NHB fighting in addition to other events.

    IMO it's a good idea to start giving developing martial artists a different target to aim for...something that doesn't chew people up and spit them out so some couch potatoes can have entertainment, yet something that encourages participation by a variety of groups.

    Maybe there's something like this already?

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  2. I saw the fight. He shouldn't have been shamed by it. It wasn't a real life self defense situation, and with the cameras and crowd anyone would get rattled. Yes, he took a beating, but he didn't quit. Even when it was obvious he lost, he stayed in a lot longer than I would have. I think it's ashame they didn't let him come back for a second chance.

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