Friday, June 6, 2014

NYFE 3 Primer: A Bunch of Videos From the Last Show


Tomorrow night will see the third installment of the New York Fight Exchange turn a nightclub in Jamaica, Queens into a charnel house where centuries from now archaeologists will be recovering an endless supply of bones. In short, it will both violent and fun.

To get you motivated for the event, here are a bunch of videos from the last NYFE in March.

Gladius Fights Poster


A Trip Down Memory Lane with Royce Gracie and Kimo


UFC 3 was on September 9, 1994, and Royce Gracie - a scrawny Brazilian utilizing a "new" kind of martial art to destroy everyone - was pretty much a lock to breeze through the eight-main tournament he'd dominated twice before. The only thing standing in his way was a purported Tae Kwon Do stylist who for some reason lugged a big wooden cross to the cage. No problem, right?

Heh. Turns out that Tae Kwon Do dude was Kimo, who somehow knew a thing or two about grappling, and gave ol' Royce the fight of his life.

Training Jeet Kune Do in a Basement in Harlem


It seriously could be the premise of a movie. Dawadah King David is a Harlem-based instructor of Jeet Kune Do - Bruce Lee's martial art - who teaches in the basement of the projects. He also fights in the Underground Combat League. If you wanted to add drama to this flick, throw in a storyline involving either revenge or redemption (or both) and viola! You've got something for Starz or Netflix.

Anyway, here's a video of Dawadah doing his thing.