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Dolphins using martial arts consultants

I have no idea whether the Dolphins will be able to defend their AFC East title in 2009. But defend themselves on and off the field?

No doubt.

The Dolphins this offseason are working with two martial arts consultants who basically are helping certain players with striking at opponents so as to escape blocks while keeping their feet active. Among Miami's karate kids are Jason Taylor, Joey Porter, Matt Roth and some receivers.

I assume offensive linemen wanting to perfect an unorthodox type of chop block might be helped also. (Hey, if you want really funny stuff go to a comedy club.)

Twice a week, Jared Tomich and Michael Storms fly to South Florida and work with players who have volunteered for their lessons. Neither man is considered a full-time member of the coaching staff but they are being paid as consultant types through the remainder of the offseason.

Tomich played at Nebraska and spent time with the New Orleans Saints. That's where he met current Miami strength and conditioning coach Evan Marcus and Storms, who is a full-fledged walking weapon as an eighth-degree black belt.

The story was first reported earlier today by the Munster Times in Northwest Indiana. I have confirmed the pair are consultants and not actually part of the coaching staff, as the story says. The pair are expected to work with players up until training camp, although that may lead to other opportunities if players request more help and the offseason work show results on the field.

"We have different drills for every position -- teaching running backs how to take on linemen, teaching linebackers how to shed offensive linemen, teaching DBs and wide receivers how to knock their guys' hands down and get around them," Tomich, who is a second-degree black belt in Okinawan karate, told nwi.com.

"It wasn't martial arts for the sake of martial arts when I started. I was trying to do something to improve my game and it helped me tremendously. Miami's players have taken our program and implemented what we do into their everyday practices, which has been a huge testament to us. Not only are they doing the stuff when we're there, but when we're not there. The coaches think that much of it."

This is not the first time an NFL team uses a martial arts consultant nor the first time the Dolphins think outside the box in bringing people aboard with a non-football expertise to help their players. The San Francisco 49ers used a martial arts coach for years to help their pass-rushers and well as their receivers, who use the techniques to fight off press coverage.

The Dolphins had a yoga coach in 2007. (I'm thinking that didn't work out so good.)

"We work on their hand quickness and teach 'em some pretty good drills that change how they think about using their hands on the football field," Tomich said. "When I've got guys like Jason Taylor and Joey Porter jumping up and excited to learn the stuff, then I know that I'm doing the right thing.

"It's mainly hand placement, teaching escapes and teaching hand efficiency while being able to use their feet at the same time. A lot of times, you see players, especially linemen, come off the ball, and the first thing they do is grab each other and nobody goes anywhere."

That's not what the Dolphins want. And perhaps using martial arts can help prevent that from happening.

Discuss ... After you check out the video of a well-known martial arts hero.


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Hey if we can't win on the scoreboard we can always take it to the parking lot. Sounds like a good thing to me. Brady better watch his a--.

Hi Mike,
Thanks for the complement. My "measurables" are 50 years old, 6'3", 218 lbs.
I've taught for 15 years (mainly folks from age 14 to 60+, students, lawyers, engineers, doctors, SWAT, cops, military, the blind). I've never really tried making any money. I've got a day job for that. Witnessing the growth of self-confidence and self defense skills in the students has been the payoff for me. However, the economic downturn, as well as some localized difficulties, have forced us to move from our previous larger location of twenty years to a small dojo in Satellite Beach, FL.
My wife and kids might have something to say about me moving out. Well, you know…....now that I think about it, I wonder which way they might go on that :)


jackie chan always seems to run jump and sneak thru the smallest spaces he should be teaching miami's running backs a trick or 2 to help them slip thru our o line.

Agree with MrBill above...karate teaches escapes from various grasps...shirt, arms, neck, etc. This is VERY useful stuff. Terrific idea.


I just want to thank The NY Giants for tarnishing the Patriots Un-Perfect season LOL how u like me now Go Pats?

72' = Perfect

my dad misses the old days of football.Players in those days use to knock 100 lb sack of potatoes with two fingers.now you feel it's becoming a cheaters game .

"The Dolphins had a yoga coach in 2007. (I'm thinking that didn't work out so good.)"

And all this time I thought it was because of the "other" coach.

Who knew ?

Hong Kong Phooey is the best

Hi Mike,

I just checked your web site. You've got a very impressive organization and one that looks to build integrity as well as martial skills. I read some of your blog and I had to laugh regarding the Jake Long experience. I had a student for a while that a was former rugby player. He weighed about 330 lbs. and was surprisingly agile for being so big. He trained even heavier than his weight due to the size of his legs and his stance. Using him for Koshinage (hip throw) was certainly a learning experience, but drawing on my teacher's modified approach, it went just fine. Your bio certainly demonstrates your experience and skill training football players, so I'm looking forward to watching how it translates out on the field.
Good luck !

I am a bills fan but found this link on ESPN.com interesting.

I am from Southern CA and hold a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (specifically, the Gracie system). I train at the academy in Torrance under Master Rorion Gracie (son of Grandmaster Helio, brother to Royce, Rickson and about 20 others) and his sons Reron and Rener.

Anyway, I show up one day last two off-season's ago and whom did I see? Mr. Tamba Hali of the Chiefs. Since jiu-jitsu's main areas of concentration are keeping a strong base and leverage, the martial art is very well suited for football players, especially linemen. Ii was amazing to see Rener get on top of Tamba in the "mount" and say "do whatever you can to get me off of you".

Keep in mind this is a 180 lb Brazilian on top of a 270+ lb football player... Tamba gave it everything he could for 40 seconds before giving up (you can probably find this on YouTube).

Since BJJ is all about using your own weight and positioning to negate another man's size/strength, I can see how martial arts training can be extremely beneficial to football players. Apparently, so has Tamba, who has been back several times for training since then.

Good luck in 09 Phins!

Rest in Peace BILL!

'Dolphins'? I thought you literally meant dolphins... hahaha

Well, this is a very smart more by the Dolphines. No doubt. Great post.

@Tucson Martial Arts@ agree with you. really a smart move.

@Bill@ Like your comment. I want to learn BJJ too. I'm from Singapore and there is a school here affiliate with Renzo Gracie BJJ but it's too expansive.

Anyway great post. Thanks
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