Fuji Sports Australia Sponsorship

Very happy to announce I have some new sponsors and have been selected to be a part of the Fuji Sports Australia Fight Team for 2014. Ever since I got back Read more...

Eternal MMA - Feb 21st 2014

I will be going up a weight class in my next fight which will be on Feb 21st on the Gold Coast, QLD Australia on Eternal MMA against Reece Read more...

BJJ Black Belt

So I was awarded my BJJ Black Belt a week ago and being such a monumental milestone I have been meaning to take the time to write some words Read more...

One FC: Warriors and Champions

I'll be making my One FC debut on September 13th on their "Champions & Warriors" card being held in Jakarta, Indonesia. And it wouldn't be fitting if I wasn't Read more...

Cabra Kai Mixed Martial Arts

So an idea which was embarked on about 10 months ago and a journey which started about 8 years ago I'm proud to say that my own little gym Read more...

Karnage 3.0

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OK, after much fidgeting around, i’ve migrated my website again to allow more customization of the overall theme design. Looks a bit more preofessional now, and looks alive with small animations here and there. Now i can probably get back to some real work… =P

Designz@Fuzion Photography

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Just want to give a shout out and plug to my boy Chris who has been helping out myself and others in recent months with his awesome photography skills. He’s done all types of photgraphy work which you can see on his online portfolio. He has also become an official fight photographer for Cage Fighting Championship so looking forward to seeing more great fight shots to come. As mentioned, his area isn’t just sports, so if you’re interested in a good photographer contact him, or contact me and i’ll pass on the details.

Designz@Fuzion Photography


pham vs mortimer @ cfc10

Off Season, not Time-Off Season

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I’ve recently returned to training and have been telling people I’m in my “off season” but by no means am I taking time off or that I’m training much less than I was before. My injuries are all healed up, and with no fights line up in sight, I could easily take off the next few months. However my off-season will consist of possibly as much training as I could fit in, just without the intensity I normally would apply if I was leading up to a fight or a competition.

MMA in Australia is still very young, and my own level of experience is relatively young as well, and so my off-season will comprise of building my skillsets more. More striking. More BJJ. More Wrestling. I still have a lot to learn in all areas, so will just look to fatten the knowledge areas up in all aspects, and then when I decide to make a return to fight again, i’ll pick the intensity up, move to less technique and more drilling, which should gear me back towards fight condition.

Well that’s the goal anyway. We’ll see how much of an impact work and the upcoming holidays will have. But at least I’ve got some short term goals I can aim towards.

It’s "Mixed Martial Arts" people!

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I am quite often introduced to friend’s friends as a “Cage Fighter” and the uneducated media in Australia via their extensive research also refer to the sport I and many others participate in as “Cage Fighting”. So today I would like to clarify to friends and family on the correct terminology.

OK, so read the title of the blog. It’s “Mixed Martial Arts” people. That’s the actual terminology. Not Cage Fighting, not No-Holds Barred fighting. Not Human Cockfighting either (that was the Daily Telegraph’s one. Kudos to them). In short, we call it MMA (once again for the uneducated media out there, that stands for “Mixed Martial Arts”. wow. go figure aye). To save myself explaining, I’ll just quote the definition from wikipedia which is nicely put.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques, from a mixture of martial arts striking and grappling techniques, both while standing and on the ground. Such competitions allow martial artists of different backgrounds to compete. (Wikipedia: Mixed Martial Arts)

OK, when they say different backgrounds, they’re not talking about their nationalities either. But it is true that the global growth of the sport has lead this to happen too. =)

The “Cage” is where some fights occur. It’s for the safety of the fighters so they don’t fall out through the ropes if it’s held in a conventional boxing ring. Do we call water polo “pool ball” since it’s held in a pool?

So please, next time people, when speaking of myself or the sport. Please use the correct terminology – Mixed Martial Arts.

Thank you.

MMA (Linked from wikipedia)

MMA (Image from wikipedia)

Post Fight Assessments

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So last night I watched my fight on TV again for the first time since I actually had the fight which is just a few days shy of being two months now. I was really disappointed with my performance during and just after my fight and have been quite hard on myself since, so really didn’t want to review the fight anytime soon. I’ve been nursing a groin injury since the fight and have had some time off so there was no real need to review the fight.

However, tonight had the first showing on FoxSports so I decided to watch and finally do my post fight assessment. And after watching, I don’t feel as bad with my performance. From a technical perspective, I don’t feel like I did anything disastrous, and taking into account I was sick only a few days earlier, I think i was just outsized and outmatched. In hindsight, my strategy going into the fight could have been different, but you learn from those things after getting in there. That’s just what you call experience. You need a lot of bad mistakes to get good experiences.

Post fight assessments, or post match reviews are always good and constructive. Nothing is ever perfect, and it’s good to review what happened and try and find out all the little things you can do better for next time. This doesn’t just apply for fighting, but for everything. It’s the whole process of continual improvement. There’s that imaginary, almost mythical line of perfection that you’re always trying to strive towards, and every little improvement no matter how small each time you take to the mat, or the gym, or the field, or the office, gets you one step closer to that line. Now, in the practical world, you may never get to that line, but a positive step in the right direction is better than no steps at all.

That’s my words of wisdom for the month. =)

Groin Injury

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I haven’t trained since my last fight and that would make it two weeks straight of no training activity at all. I don’t think I can remember the last time since I started martial arts 3 and a half years ago where I didn’t train for a period of two weeks. Even when i went on holidays 2 years ago, i was able to still train.

However this time a groin injury that i got about 6 weeks ago has lead me to take some time off to heal. After my last fight i decided to take some off, both physically and mentally, and get this groin checked out too. Have been going to physio, and it’s getting better. I still have some treatment next week, so this streak of not training is continuing.

Going to enjoy the weekend with Father’s Day on Sunday, so some nice R&R with family for the mental break. I’ll see how the groin feels on Monday, and might start some boxing training to slowly get back into things. I’ll see how the groin pulls up next week before i start grappling or wrestling again. Until next time, have a great weekend folks…

Karnage.tv – New Website Layout

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I’ve decided to transfer my website to wordpress so it’s easier to archive and manage posts. Previously I was doing everything manually which also meant I had more flexibility on design and functionality, however the maintenance was a bit tiresome. The design probably ain’t as sexy as the previous site, but as i said, the functionality is more automated and easier, and I can even post from my iPhone. =)

CFC 10 – Result

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Well, it’s been more than a week since my fight and i’ve finally gotten around to posting. Most of you know by now that I was unable to come away with the victory and lost to Michael Mortimer via rear naked choke in the second round. Mortimer pretty much controlled the whole fight and was in the dominant position for most of it. I managed to reverse out of a few positions but wasn’t able to put together a good enough counter attack to threaten Mortimer.

Now, in my post fight speech I mentioned that I got sick earlier in the week and was close to pulling out of the fight, for which I received boos from a section of the crowd. Firstly, to that section – I wasn’t explaining myself to you lot anyway. I did indeed get the flu earlier in the week, and was still sick on fight night. During the fight, the strength wasn’t there, and I could really feel the fatigue. I felt bad that many people (paid for pricey tickets and) came to support me and I wasn’t able to give 100% and wanted to apologize for the poor showing. Even in my eyes I put in a very below-average performance, and whatever I may have said in the speech, was more frustration at getting sick than about the loss.

Having said that, I’m not taking anything away from Mortimer. He is an extremely good fighter and deserved the win. I’m sure he even felt it was a walk in the park, and I wished I could’ve given him more of a challenge. All the best to him in the future.

As for my future. Well, i’ve got many things to think about. The 62kg division is too big for me, so need to figure out what lies ahead. I’ll keep you posted….

CFC 10

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I have been meaning to post about this but as you can appreciate I have been in the gym training hard. =). Well if you don’t already know, I’ll be fighting on CFC 10 next week against Michael Mortimer from the IMA team up in QLD. Michael is an experienced fighter and was the 60kg Warriors Realm Champ so i’m in for a tough battle. I have to say i’m quite excited to have this chance to fight such a decorated fighter. I’m sure Michael will put in a great fight and with my training preparation for this being very good, it might be a potential Fight of the Night regardless of the outcome.

Also on the card will be two other fellow Team Juggernaut teammates with Robert Lisita going up against Jason Harris, and Felise ‘Fob Father’ Leniu going up against Lucas Browne. Good luck to the both of them, and let’s hope Team Juggernaut can come out 3 – 0.

For tickets, check out Ticketek.

Sergei Beloglazov

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I’ve just arrived back from a week in Singapore on business and had the chance to train with Sergei Beloglazov. In short he is one of the best freestyle wrestlers there was, and one of the top coaches at the moment. He won two olympic gold medals, and 6 world championship golds to name a few of his accolades. Sergei is now the national wrestling coach for the Wrestling Federation of Singapore (WFS) while their athletes prepare for regional comps such as the SEA Games this year, and the Youth Olympic Games in 2010.

Thanks to Jimmy Taenaka who is the vice president of the WFS who has allowed me to train with the team and with Sergei. Jimmy is one of the biggest supporters of wrestling in Singapore and he should take a lot of the credit for the quick rise of wrestling in Singapore. He’s one of the nicest and most genuine people I have met.

My work will see me travelling to Singapore a few more times this year, so am looking forward to more training with the Singaporean national team and Sergei and his coaching staff.