Masahiko Kimura – God of War

As you may have gathered from my choice in username, I am a huge admirer of the career of famous Judoka, Masahiko Kimura.

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Bloody Elbow have recently added him to their “Gods of War” series of articles, and I cannot recommend reading this enough. Most of you will have heard his name due to the arm lock respectfully named after him by the Gracie family, after he used the technique to break Helio Gracie’s arm in their famous grappling match. His influence on martial arts goes much deeper than this however, and many believe him to be the greatest Judoka ever to have lived

I discovered Masahiko Kimura years before being exposed to MMA, when trying to research my own families history. While he may not be a relative of mine, Kimura had always been an inspiration for me. Click here to read the article, his life and career were pretty amazing, and I’d be very surprised if you too don’t feel inspired.

Kingsbeardy

UFC on Fuel TV 5 is on tonight and it is an event I have been looking forward to for ages now. The card is stacked with some of the best British talent in evenly matched fights and features fan favourites as well as a few  new UFC acquisitions (WAR Tom Watson). The card reminds me of UFC 105 which didn’t have massive international names, but EVERY fight delivered and put the UK on the MMA map.

I was all ready to be patriotic and cheer on the Brits until I watched the weigh ins last night and Kyle Kingsbury walked out…

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Look at that beard. How the fuck am I supposed to cheer against that beard?! I want Manuwa to do well, but damn. If Kingsbu keeps this for the fight I have gotta support him. Plus he carries of a fanny pack better than any bearded man I have seen…

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The card should be great and I hope it raises the profiles of some of the great British fighters not called Michael Bisping.

Tattoo Age: Valerie Vargas part 3

The final part of the Valerie Vargas series of Tattoo Age videos is now live. This video focuses on Valerie and Stewart as a couple, and how they manage to work together and not want to kill each other!

Maybe it’s just because I’m getting married next week and I’m feeling extra sappy, but this is one of my favourite Tattoo Age videos so far. It’s great to see how Valerie and Stewart are able to inspire each other to improve each day, and that is really shown through the quality of the work they are producing day in and day out.

Plus Stewart has a great beard.


Valerie Vargas and Stewart Robson both work at Frith Street Tattoo in London. Thanks to Vice for the video.

Bitches be hatin’

Apologies for the profanity in the title, but as you can see, it’s somewhat out of my hands.

I never thought I would like anything Jar Jar Binks related (unless it involved a gruesome death), but Paul Johnson really knocked this one out of the park.

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By Paul Johnson from Northside Tattooz.