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(MLive.com)   If you're going to rob a convenience store, you might want to make sure one of the customers isn't a veteran trained in MMA; otherwise you'll have your ass handed to you   (mlive.com ) divider line
    More: Dumbass, MMA, Iraq War, Grand Rapids, habitual offender, Zack Thome, veterans, robbery  
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7517 clicks; posted to Main » on 31 Mar 2012 at 3:40 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-03-31 01:09:01 PM  
What a slow ass robber. If you don't have the money within 30 seconds of your death threat then leave.

MMA guy was blinding fast.
 
2012-03-31 02:46:03 PM  
Pulling him backwards was smart. No balance = no power.
 
2012-03-31 02:51:00 PM  
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Basically, it's Dolph Lundgren from Johnny Mnemonic, minus the musculature.
 
2012-03-31 03:49:59 PM  
If your head looked like a goldfish, you'd learn how to fight too.
 
2012-03-31 03:50:17 PM  
Awesome. And it was caught on video so the theif can't claim he was the victim.
 
2012-03-31 03:51:28 PM  
Or just have a gun. "Oh, you're a veteran who plays at MMA? I have a gun. Give me your wallet."

/Unless he also has a gun...
 
2012-03-31 03:51:37 PM  
"The actual tactic of the choke was what I learned from Grand Rapids Mixed Martials Arts," he told the Lanthorn.

"I want to stress that, [because] the Grand Rapids Mixed Martial Arts is probably the reason why I had the confidence to do something, for sure.


Sounds more like a viral advertising campaign.
 
2012-03-31 03:54:30 PM  
Ah yes, the reliable "video of a tv playing a video" technique.
 
2012-03-31 03:55:04 PM  

Fart_Machine: "The actual tactic of the choke was what I learned from Grand Rapids Mixed Martials Arts," he told the Lanthorn.

"I want to stress that, [because] the Grand Rapids Mixed Martial Arts is probably the reason why I had the confidence to do something, for sure.

Sounds more like a viral advertising campaign.


People who train MMA are fiercely loyal to their gym. I'm surprised he didn't try to work their address into the interview as well.
 
2012-03-31 03:59:21 PM  
Very near my sons Winter Hall residence. Good job by the Laker.
 
2012-03-31 04:02:10 PM  
He might be a punk, but atleast in jail he could say he wouldn't have been caught if it wasn't for the Iraq vet./MMA fighter standing behind him. It sucks for the punks who get taken down by little old ladies or little girls. It really doesn't matter to me, a punk is a punk that deserves jail no matter how they are caught. Somehow it matters to them. Maybe it will mean less prison sex.
 
2012-03-31 04:05:04 PM  
These days even the church lady is an MMA fighter.
 
2012-03-31 04:11:11 PM  
Thome told the Lanthorn. "I didn't (pay attention, though) and another second goes by and he says to me, 'I don't know, I think that he's got a gun.' Thome told the Lanthorn that the clerk signaled that a robbery was occurring. The man had his hand in his pocket as if he had a weapon."

Who is the he? The clerk? The clerk told him he could cut in line? Or He- the alleged robber? Then which "He" told him he might have a gun? How did the clerk signal a robbery was happening? Did he raise his hands? Did the clerk know this Vet?
So the one guy says he thinks he has a gun and the guy went into action?

So many unanswered questions.
The real story we'll never know...
"I think he has a gun" response: "Take him down."

Naw, I'm just playing with you.
The man was actively doing an armed robbery with the gun in his pocket and nobody over-reacted.

/Yeah, it's a student newspaper. He's still learning who to write a story.
 
2012-03-31 04:11:56 PM  
"how to write a story"
 
2012-03-31 04:12:26 PM  

95629: Ah yes, the reliable "video of a tv playing a video" technique.


yeah, and not even a good angle either..half the action on the right side of the screen is blurred...blah...at least film it head on...sheesh.
 
2012-03-31 04:21:23 PM  
In B4 'MMA guy put everyone in danger and acted irresponsibly' comments.

/Thinks MMA guy made a good call
//Fully approves of people standing up to thieves
 
2012-03-31 04:24:18 PM  
Was talking with a friend awhile back about how this generation has been tried and tested through these wars, and we are going to see more of the greatness of our society as more of these men and women of action continue to grow. I actually have hope for that future, and in people who say something and ACT when it's needed.
/Dude in front of him let him go ahead, and THEN mentions that he thinks that the turd at the counter "might" have a gun. Nice job, Susan
//Videos of a monitor showing a video REALLY grinds my gears....grrrrr....
///Too early to have " Justice for Brandon Slanger" hoodies made ??? haha trollin'
 
2012-03-31 04:25:48 PM  
Neat story, except Thome isn't an MMA fighter.

http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/mma.cfm?go=stats.search&fighterNameSe a rch=thome

You aren't an MMA Fighter till you've had a fight.
 
2012-03-31 04:37:51 PM  
and the thief that sold them that Dynex tv remains at large.
 
2012-03-31 04:46:30 PM  
Uh... how does one train in MMA? It's just a term used to describe knowing a mish mash of styles and is directly related to the competition franchise.

Or are pseudo tough guys calling it a specific style now?

If so...

*facepalm*
 
2012-03-31 04:54:56 PM  

here to help: Uh... how does one train in MMA? It's just a term used to describe knowing a mish mash of styles and is directly related to the competition franchise.

Or are pseudo tough guys calling it a specific style now?

If so...

*facepalm*


Exactly.

Any real fighter refers to it as "traning UFC".
 
2012-03-31 05:06:34 PM  

here to help: Uh... how does one train in MMA? It's just a term used to describe knowing a mish mash of styles and is directly related to the competition franchise.

Or are pseudo tough guys calling it a specific style now?

If so...

*facepalm*


the styles used in MMA tend to be relatively homogenous by now, and this is exactly how a martial art is born, the "mishmash of styles" eventually normalizes into something coherent.

When the first UFC fights happened it was truly mixed martial arts, aikido guys versus bjj versus shotokan vs muay thai versus anything else you could think of.

But 20 years after the first UFC fight it's boiled down to a pretty coherent fighting style where every gym is mostly pulling training from the same influences. Brazilian JuJutsu and western style boxing for hand strikes plus muay thai. Yes there are other influences as well and many trainers have their own take on things, but by now it's to the point where this "mishmash" you are talking about has been sanctioned and codified into US military training (combatives). It's a uniquely american martial art too, in that we stole every single valuable technique we could from them furreners and made them our own.

MMA isn't the be all end all but it's a lot closer to an actual martial art than the traditional martial *sports* that most people are familiar with.

Just one mans opinion.
 
2012-03-31 05:10:21 PM  
Are martial arts better shaken or stirred?
 
2012-03-31 05:27:20 PM  

chairborne: the styles used in MMA tend to be relatively homogenous by now, and this is exactly how a martial art is born, the "mishmash of styles" eventually normalizes into something coherent.

When the first UFC fights happened it was truly mixed martial arts, aikido guys versus bjj versus shotokan vs muay thai versus anything else you could think of.

But 20 years after the first UFC fight it's boiled down to a pretty coherent fighting style where every gym is mostly pulling training from the same influences. Brazilian JuJutsu and western style boxing for hand strikes plus muay thai. Yes there are other influences as well and many trainers have their own take on things, but by now it's to the point where this "mishmash" you are talking about has been sanctioned and codified into US military training (combatives). It's a uniquely american martial art too, in that we stole every single valuable technique we could from them furreners and made them our own.

MMA isn't the be all end all but it's a lot closer to an actual martial art than the traditional martial *sports* that most people are familiar with.

Just one mans opinion.


I see what you mean but that's pretty flawed. If it is a style that incorporates those specific styles they should have come up with something a little less vague. Let's say someone mixes Karate, TKD, Judo and Hap Ki Do. It's not the same thing but it's still mixed martial arts. Also UFC where it all started has only been around for a couple of decades and it took about another decade for the currently used styles to meld into the current mix... and I'd imagine the "style" is still evolving. Methinks this is more about franchising and $$$ than anything else.

TheyCallMeC0WB0Y: Exactly.

Any real fighter refers to it as "traning UFC".


Ha. Even that's pretty silly sounding but it makes more sense. As in it's training for a specific competition.

Meh. I haven't watched that stuff in years. I found it all got pretty boring once the guys just started hugging on the ground until someone tapped out.
 
2012-03-31 05:32:14 PM  

here to help: chairborne: the styles used in MMA tend to be relatively homogenous by now, and this is exactly how a martial art is born, the "mishmash of styles" eventually normalizes into something coherent.

When the first UFC fights happened it was truly mixed martial arts, aikido guys versus bjj versus shotokan vs muay thai versus anything else you could think of.

But 20 years after the first UFC fight it's boiled down to a pretty coherent fighting style where every gym is mostly pulling training from the same influences. Brazilian JuJutsu and western style boxing for hand strikes plus muay thai. Yes there are other influences as well and many trainers have their own take on things, but by now it's to the point where this "mishmash" you are talking about has been sanctioned and codified into US military training (combatives). It's a uniquely american martial art too, in that we stole every single valuable technique we could from them furreners and made them our own.

MMA isn't the be all end all but it's a lot closer to an actual martial art than the traditional martial *sports* that most people are familiar with.

Just one mans opinion.

I see what you mean but that's pretty flawed. If it is a style that incorporates those specific styles they should have come up with something a little less vague. Let's say someone mixes Karate, TKD, Judo and Hap Ki Do. It's not the same thing but it's still mixed martial arts. Also UFC where it all started has only been around for a couple of decades and it took about another decade for the currently used styles to meld into the current mix... and I'd imagine the "style" is still evolving. Methinks this is more about franchising and $$$ than anything else.

TheyCallMeC0WB0Y: Exactly.

Any real fighter refers to it as "traning UFC".

Ha. Even that's pretty silly sounding but it makes more sense. As in it's training for a specific competition.

Meh. I haven't watched that stuff in years. I found it all got pretty boring once the guys just s ...


Most mixed "martial arts gyms" offer classes in Muay Thai, BJJ, Boxing etc then a separate class in Mixed Martial Arts that shows how to put them all together under whatever rule set the fight team competes.
 
2012-03-31 05:36:03 PM  
Brazilian JiuJitzu, its not gay unless you make eye contact.
 
2012-03-31 05:37:11 PM  
i.qkme.me

First thing that came to mind.
 
2012-03-31 05:54:13 PM  
thewisecracker.com
 
2012-03-31 05:55:13 PM  

Carth: Most mixed "martial arts gyms" offer classes in Muay Thai, BJJ, Boxing etc then a separate class in Mixed Martial Arts that shows how to put them all together under whatever rule set the fight team competes.


I understand that but they are taking a very generic description and and applying it to a very specific mix.

How about Muay Jitsu Boxing? I just see it causing some real problems if a new mixed style comes along or the current one evolves into something else. How do you describe it? "Mixed Martial Arts... but not that one... a different one"

Doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, yanno?

As I said this is more about money and trademark/franchising rights. Same old story in the martial arts world.
 
2012-03-31 06:00:55 PM  

here to help: Uh... how does one train in MMA? It's just a term used to describe knowing a mish mash of styles and is directly related to the competition franchise.

Or are pseudo tough guys calling it a specific style now?

If so...

*facepalm*


Real MMA is actually more like jiu-jitsu. I trained at an MMA studio, and it looked like jiu-jitsu to me. The guys who fought standing up did Muay Thai boxing. The stuff on TV is amped up kickboxing.

Either way, this guy could probably kick ass.
 
2012-03-31 06:10:02 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Either way, this guy could probably kick ass.


I wouldn't mess with him... but then again a couple of five years could probably kick my ass these days.
 
2012-03-31 06:25:07 PM  
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2012-03-31 07:30:20 PM  
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The kid has very hard to identify face. The description of the perp could match any other long-haired blonde guy walking around with no mustache and a 2 foot long goatee.
 
2012-04-01 10:09:24 AM  
According to the Michigan DOC web site, Slanger has already served a lengthy prison term for...Armed Robbery.
 
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