[Energy]: Damon Harge, 6th Grade, #1 Guard In The Country

Damon Harge, the pint sized phenom 6th grade basketball player destined for greatness is blazing the hardwood. This kid is like a baby Magic Johnson. I wonder if he knows who Magic is? I mean he’s only 12 years old, 120 pounds and 5ft 4in. He is basically the size of a nice floor lamp, lol. But, he puts it down on the court. John Wall from the Washington Wizards gave him praise, so you know he’s doing something right.

ESPN – “Despite his age, Harge is competing at the high school level in North Carolina, and he’s torching the opposition. A year after getting national attention for dominating any and all middle school comers — he averaged 35 points as a fifth grader playing against student athletes three years older than himself — Harge is now suiting up for Creedmor (N.C.) Christian Faith Center Academy, where he faces off against some of the top prep basketball programs in the county … as a sixth grader.”

My hats off to you Damon. I would just hope to be his competition. Check this out !!!

[Energy]: The True Beginning Of Mixed Martial Arts

Since the dawn of time, fighting has been a part of life. It may have started verbal or not, but you can guarantee that someone was taking a swing at someone else.

Through time, people repetitiously engaged in battle. Styles of fighting were designed to attack others and defend from others. Then of course these styles were given names and became the known martial art of that particular region.

For centuries, people stood true to their native fighting style. Some nations created multiple fighting styles to combat multiple attackers of different nationalities.

It is said that mixed martial arts can be dated back to the days of Olympus and the ancient Olympic combat sport of Pankration. The definition of Pankration is “strength, all power”. The sole purpose of this style was pure dominance of the other party. Spartans were thought this style and they were never allowed to compete in Olympic games because the end resolve of that style was death. Today, we televise an arena filled with some of the best mixed martial arts fighters around the world. These fighters generally know more than one fighting style which makes the matches more aggressive and exciting to watch. It can get gory, but it’s nothing like in ancient arenas when you were asked by your king or emperor to kill your opponent. These days we have referees that will let an opponent be beat within an inch of his life. So it’s not so bad. lol.

There are hundreds of fighting styles and hundreds of micro-styles spawned from those styles. Kung Fu, Judo, and such are the normal noted styles. Although they play a major part in the development of Mixed Martial Arts of itself, here is a timeline for the creation of Mixed Martial Arts the event.

Timeline of major events
Ancient Greece – Pankration
Late 19th century – Hybrid martial arts
Late 1880s – Early NHB and Mixed Style contests
Early 1900s – Merikan contests
1920s – Early Vale Tudo and Gracie Challenge
1960s and 1970s – Bruce Lee and Jeet Kune Do
1970s – Antonio Inoki and Ishu Kakutōgi Sen
1985 – Shooto forms
1989 – First professional Shooto event
1991 – First Desafio (BJJ vs. Luta Livre) event
1993 – Pancrase forms
1993 – UFC forms
Mid/Late 1990s – International Vale Tudo
(WVC, VTJ, IVC, UVF etc.)

1997–2007 – PRIDE FC and UFC era
2000 – New Jersey SACB develops Unified rules
2001 – Zuffa buys UFC
2005 – The Ultimate Fighter Debuts
2005 – US Army begins sanctioning MMA
2006–Present – UFC dominance and international growth
2006 – Zuffa buys WFA and WEC
2006 – UFC 66 generates over a million PPV buys
2007 – Zuffa buys PRIDE FC
2008 – EliteXC: Primetime gains 6.5 million peak viewers on CBS
2009 – Strikeforce holds 1st major card with female main event
2011 – WEC merged with UFC
2011 – Zuffa buys Strikeforce
2011 – UFC on Fox gains 8.8 million peak viewers on Fox

Below is a very mild list of the fighting styles used in the MMA’s rings:
Africa
African styles of stickfighting
Bajan stick licking
Surma stickfighting (Ethiopia)
Dambe (Nigeria)
Nguni Stick Fighting (South Africa)
Istunka (Somalia)
Nuba fighting (Sudan)
African folk wrestling
Laamb Wrestling (Senegal)
Evala wrestling (Togo)
other
Musangwe (South African bare knuckle boxing)

The Americas
Indigenous traditions
Bolivia
Tinku
Canada
Okichitaw
Defendo
Wen-Do
Hawaii
Kapu Kuialua

Latin America
Brazil
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Capoeira
Luta Livre
Vale Tudo
Colombia
La Mano Negra (Manegra)
Mexico
Lucha Libre
Peru
Bakom/Vacón
Venezuela
El Juego del Garrote

USA
United States
American Ching Si Do
American Karate
American Kenpo
Shootfighting
American kickboxing
Bojuka
Bok Fu
Close Quarters Combat
Chun Kuk Do
Collegiate Wrestling
Collegiate Fencing
Danzan-ryū
Gaidojutsu
Jailhouse rock (52 Hands Block/JHR)
Jeet Kune Do
Kajukenbo
Marine Corps Martial Arts
Mixed Martial Arts
Model Mugging
Modern Army Combatives
Pit Fighting
S.C.A.R.S. (military)
Shinkendo
Sli Beatha
Small Circle Jujutsu
SPEAR System
Toso Kune Do

Asia
Further information: Asian martial arts (origins)
Cambodia
Bokator
Kbachkun boraan
Kbachkun Dambong-veng
Khmer traditional wrestling
Pradal Serey

Indian martial arts
Gatka
Inbuan Wrestling
Kalaripayatu
Malla-yuddha
Musti yuddha
Mukna
Sarit Sarak
Silambam
Kuttu Varisai
Varma Kalai
Thang-Ta
Indonesia
Kuntao
Silat
Bakti Negara
Perisai Diri

Japan
Aikido
Judo
Jujutsu
Karate
Kendo
Ninjutsu
Shurikenjutsu
Sumo
Korea
Main article: Korean martial arts
Cheongye Kwan
Choi Kwang-Do
GongKwon Yusul
Gwonbeop
Gyongdang
Haidong Gumdo
Han Mu Do
Hankido
Hapkido
Hwa Rang Do
Kuk Sool Won
Kumdo
Kung Jung Mu Sul
Shippalgi
Ssireum
Subak
Taekkyeon
Taekwondo
Tang soo do
Yusul
Laos
Muay Lao
Malaysia
Silat Melayu
Lian padukan
Seni Gayung Fatani
Silat Cekak
Silat Medan
Tomoi
Myanmar

Burmese martial arts
Bando
Banshay
Lethwei
Naban
Okinawan martial arts
Karate
Kobudo
Shuri-te
Tegumi
Pakistan
Pehlwani
Philippines
Main article: Filipino martial arts
Arnis/Eskrima/Kali
Buno
Dumog
Kino Mutai
Pananjakman
Panantukan
Sikaran
Yaw-Yan
Thailand
Krabi Krabong (กระบี่-กระบอง)
Lerdrit (เลิศฤทธิ์)
Muay Boran (มวยโบราณ)
Muay Thai (มวยไทย)
Silat
Vietnam
Viet Vo Dao/ Việt Võ Đạo – Vovinam (越武道)
Vovinam
Tay Son
Qwan Ki Do (Quán Khí Đạo)
Cuong Nhu Pattani
Vo Thuat
Nhat Nam
Binh Dinh/ Bình Định
Thang Long/ Thăng Long

Europe
Pygmachia (Ancient Greek Boxing)
Pale (Ancient Greek wrestling)
Pankration (Ancient Greek Hybrid Combat Sport)
German school of fencing
French school of fencing
Italian school of swordsmanship
Destreza

England
Cornish Wrestling
Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling
Devon wrestling
Lancashire wrestling
Quarterstaff
Singlestick
France
Gouren
Ireland
Bataireacht
Collar-And-Elbow Wrestling
Portugal
Jogo do Pau
Scotland
Dirk Dance
Scottish Backhold
Spain
Canarian Wrestling
Juego del Palo
Switzerland
Schwingen
Iceland
Glima
Greco-Roman wrestling
Freestyle fighting
Freestyle Wrestling

France
Baton Francais
Kinomichi
La Canne
Savate

Germany
Bundesliga
German Ju-Jutsu
Kampfringen
Nindokai
Unifight

Italy
Italian martial arts
Nova Scrimia

Poland
Combat 56

Russia
Sambo
Russian fist fighting
Systema
Spetsnaz GRU hand-to-hand combat style
Army hand-to-hand fight

Serbia
Real Aikido
Svebor
Narodno rvanje

Spain
Keysi Fighting Method
Yawara-Jitsu
Zipota
Ukraine
Combat Hopak

United Kingdom
Bare-knuckle boxing – (London Prize Ring rules)
Bartitsu
Boxing – (Marquess of Queensberry rules)
Catch Wrestling
Chess boxing
Defendu
Shin-kicking

Middle East & Central Asia
Köräş/Kurash (Central Asian folk wrestling)
Varzesh-e Bastani / Pahlavani (Persian wrestling)
Khridoli (Georgia)

Iran
Kung Fu To’a

Israel
Kapap
Krav Maga

Oceania
Traditional
Mau Rakau (Maori)
Modern
Zen Do Kai (Australia)