On Sunday July 8th, 2012, I had the pleasure to cover a special seminar that was provided by the prestigious MacKenzie’s TaeKwon-Do & Hapkido Institute in Voorhees, NJ. Their guest instructor was 3 time UFC Champion, former NWA World Champion, and UFC Hall of Famer, Dan “The Beast” Severn.
In the 2 and a half hour long seminar, Mr. Severn went through the basics of takedowns, some simple striking techniques, and the basics of pummeling. It was fascinating watching how all these basic elements add up to the techniques you can watch on the latest UFC fights. What is so easily seen when watching someone like Severn work is how easy a pro MMA fighter makes these techniques look.
I’d say that’s a pet peeve of mine as far as “MMA fans”. They don’t get how difficult these moves are because they don’t get off the couch long enough to even attempt training. While I don’t actively train, I do understand the disciplines. I do understand the hard work that goes into doing MMA.
What was also striking was just how nice Dan Severn is outside of the cage. He’s a soft-spoken and intelligent man. Peppered throughout his instruction were stories of the Pre-Zuffa UFC, WWE, NWA, and, of course, Dana White.
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On a personal note, I would like to thank Master MacKenzie for his and his staff’s hospitality during the event. Truly, you create leaders at the Institute and it was a honor to be a part of the seminar.