So I toiled with all forms of photoshopping the mugs of Joey Porter, Jason Taylor, Matt Roth, and a few others over the old “Karate Kid” one-sheet. Then I realized that all the work would only show my age…which by the way turned 40 2 weekends ago. Yes, I am referring to the article…excuse me…”Blog” by Armando Salguero that reports the Miami Dolphins are using Kara’te’ masters to help a few of the Phins defenders.
Has anyone given any thought to whether or not Joey Porter should be allowed to learn Karate? I mean seriously, somewhere Levi Jones has to be shaking his head or having a nightmare. To phrase another outdated 80’s hit…”I guess we will have to register him as a lethal weapon”. I can only imagine what Goodell is thinking.
After the Cobra Kai immediately rang into my head as I imagined the likes of those mentioned above running off the field chanting it and smacking a non-karate participant as they went buy, I continuted to read long enough to see that the Phins are using the instructors to help get the defenders off the ball and away from blocks faster without losing their balance or their feet.
“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.”
Salguero was able to confirm with an unknown contact the both instructors are not full time staff coaches but instead consultants.
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, according to Salguero.
Images of the “crane technique” resonate in the forefront of my head. I can see the participants on piles down in the keys each taking their turn kicking a stuffed head of Tom Brady. All kidding aside, it’s apparent that the team and the players are doing everything leaving nothing unturned as they work towards the defense of their AFC East Championship.
You can read the whole “blog” here.
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