How To Treat Fungi & Ringworm Quickly, Effectively, and for Cheap

Disclaimer: This article was not written or endorsed by a doctor or dermatologist. Follow at your own discretion.

Every grappler, wrestler, and BJJ practitioner at some point in their grappling careers have undoubtedly encountered ringworm (or in worse cases, staph). Ringworm is a fungal infection that grapplers get on their skin after sweating and training. Either they didn’t wash their clothing, didn’t immediately shower with soap right after training, or they have an open cut / some kind of a scratch that came into contact with the sweat and bacteria found on gym mats and your sweaty training partners.


You know you have ringworm if a red circular patch forms on your skin, usually inflamed and / or itchy. If left unchecked it will start to grow and even form bubbles of pus or liquid, and really worsen. You must treat and kill this fungal infection before it gets any worse.

Regular creams prescribed by the doctor may not work, as the medication may not be strong enough to stop the infection depending on how bad it is. Getting prescribed anti-fungal medication that you intake into your body can also get expensive. So we share with you our method of treating it quickly, effectively, and for cheap.

How do we know this works and is safe? We’ve treated our past fungal infections at least three times this way, and we can tell you it 100% works with no scarring, and works better than prescribed creams.

Step 1: Get a strong antiseptic such as a bottle of Dettol, or alternative like Clorox bleach

Get it from your local pharmacy store. In our experience we used Dettol, which is a strong antiseptic used to treat wounds to prevent infections.

Step 2: Clean & wash area / take a shower

Wash the infected area with hot water first, or take a hot shower. The hot water will open up the pores on the infected skin / area.

Step 3: Scrub the area harshly (just bleed!)

This part might seem a little harsh, but if your ringworm / fungal infection is bad enough to form small, itchy pockets of pus, you need to kill this infection that’s already seeped inside of your skin. Using your nails, scratch the area with your fingers or scrub it with a cloth under hot water to purposely open the skin / scabs. You might bleed, and it may sting a bit, but you’re doing this to prepare the area for the next step.

He wants you to kill that fungus.

Step 4: Use the antiseptic on a tissue, and dab it all around the affected area

Be generous with the amount you’re using, as you want to get all around the infected area and kill all the fungus. Don’t take little dabs, literally drown the area out and try to kill your skin with the antiseptic or bleach. This means drowning your open pores, wound, scab, etc. It might string a bit but hey – you’re a martial artist right? This is necessary to completely kill the ringworm or it will just come back later if it’s not completely killed off.

Step 5: Repeat steps 2-4, 1-2 times a day, for the next week or two, or until it’s gone

Repeat the steps listed above. Do it as many times as you can, or at least one time before bed every night.

If your infection is REALLY bad – use the same tissue or cloth that’s drenched in the antiseptic and leave it covering your skin, and tie it down with tape as you sleep overnight with it on top of the area.

Warning: The antiseptic / Bleach WILL erode your skin. That’s the point. But if you have ringworm in a sensitive area or an area where you don’t want possible scarring such as your face, do NOT do this overnight trick – seek professional help.

For your arms, knees, legs, etc. it’s 100% SAFE to do this overnight trick, as the skin will heal over these areas afterwards and you won’t notice anything other than a slight shadow, like a faintly tanned area after the infection is gone. Or you might not see anything at all.

Honestly, this won’t be any different than if you scrapped your knee or got cut in some way – the affected area will always heal over and you will barely notice the infection was ever there.

Step 6: Check the area to make sure it’s gone

You should get to the point that your dead skin will fall off and the ringworm will look like it’s gone, and it no longer itches or forms bubbles. The affected area will be red but it will have formed a scab and the area will have become scaly and dried up – but otherwise it will look fairly clean of signs of fungal infection.

If there are still signs of the ringworm, such as bumps coming back or if its forming on just outside of the original area, continue the treatment until it’s all killed off. Once the skin is clear of bumps, you can stop the treatment and let the area heal.

You’re done. You’ve just successfully treated ringworm / fungi with only a $10 bottle of Dettol.

– Dan from

Lyoto Machida “Karate For MMA” Instructional Video Set (Full Download + Extras)

Following up on our previous post, Utilizing Karate for Stand-Up Fighting, we bring you Lyoto Machida’s personal instructional DVD set, “Karate For MMA”. Download them off YouTube with a third party add-on in your browser such as AntVideo or use to grab them while you still can! (It looks as if there’s a Part 4 of this DVD set, but it’s currently not uploaded on YouTube, but we will update this post if we find it!)

As a bonus we’ll throw in these infamous clips on YouTube of just how effective and accurate Lyoto Machida’s Shotokan Karate can be:

He first parries the incoming front kick, causing his opponent to go off balance as he goes for the classic Karate fake punch + thigh sweep combo and ends the round finishing the punch on the ground.

Here he already has scored with the first front kick + punch combo, but since the refs don’t see it land clean enough, Machida immediately foot sweeps and finishes his opponent on the ground again.

Don’t underestimate traditional martial arts (when done right)!

-Dan Kai Wah from

Utilizing Karate in Stand-Up Fighting (with videos)

This article is sort of a sequel to the one featured earlier in this blog, Utilizing Taekwondo in Stand-Up Fighting. I will not reiterate my points about Traditional Martial Arts vs. Modern Martial Arts, you may re-read the previous article for a refresher. I will however breakdown the Karate techniques utilized in a world class competitive environment, ie. the Ultimate Fighting Championships, and mainly the only man who is able to make use of such techniques in former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida.

I will breakdown the most important moves that the rest of the MMA / new school fans unaccustomed to Karate will find “elusive” and “weird”.
1. The Stance
2. The Karate Straight Punch
3. Modifications for MMA

Before we begin we must look into the origins of the style of Karate, as it matters why its techniques came to be what it is today (you’ll see what I mean later).

Little do people know, a Chinese Shaolin Monk from the southern part of China (Fujian, Fuzhou more specifically) first taught Japanese students the art of White Crane Fist Kung Fu. You may start to realize the connections between Karate stances and techniques being that of a crane… long, lunging, pinpoint, accurate, and if done correctly, extremely deadly.

The Japanese students brought it to their home of Okinawa, Japan, and through many years of refinements and branch-off styles it became what is now known as Karate. Lyoto Machida is trained under the Shotokan style of Karate, which is more linear, lunging, and point-based (like fencing); unlike Kyokushin or Seidokaikan which is full contact and knockdown based (more like kickboxing). Both types of Karate have their uses but over the course of rise in popularity of kickboxing / full contact prize fighting, the softer styles of Karate (and Kung Fu in general) have been widely perceived as irrelevant.

Enter Lyoto Machida.

The Machida family claims they have stuck to the roots of Shotokan Karate techniques (away from the point-fighting sport style you see today) and in their own development created what is “Machida Karate”. Check out the following video:

The stance Machida uses is pretty much standard Karate. It is wide, which allows for quick lateral movement and the ability to shuffle back and forth to both avoid strikes and deliver strikes. The philosophy behind this stance (and the Karate style) is that back in the day warriors did not duel with just their hands, but with swords (or other bladed weapons). If I cut you with my sword, no matter how severe or minor, you will be either severely injured (and about to die) or die immediately.

Therefore, the whole point of this stance and Karate based point fighting is to never be touched. That is why Machida takes little to no damage in his fights because he trains with this philosophy in mind. Staying elusive, and only striking when there is an opening… which leads to the dreaded Karate Straight Punch.

The Karate Straight Punch is used in deadly fashion and at its highest technical form by Lyoto Machida. In the video, Ryan Bader rushes in to attack Machida with some slow and sloppy hooks… which is exactly what every counter puncher (and even more specifically a Karateka) wants. Machida steps back just enough to give Bader that space he needs to rush in… and fires a counter Karate straight punch right to his jaw.

The force of a person rushing in + the power of the straight punch + the element of surprise = a knockout.

This is the philosophy of cutting your opponent without being cut yourself. If you watch closely, this is the exact same punch Machida uses every single time to catch his opponent with. Just ask Rashad Evans, Rich Franklin, Quinton Rampage Jackson, Thiago Silva, Stephan Bonnar, BJ Penn, Jon Jones, Mauricio Shogun Rua, and now Ryan Bader.

The only real weaknesses in Karate are that if you mistime yourself or miss your counter punch, it either doesn’t hurt your opponent (they see it coming) or that you are left wide open for a counter hook (the Mauricio Shogun Rua fight). Having a wide stance also means you are susceptible to leg kicks.

Now, Machida is smart. He knows that only having a straight punch in the fight game is not enough. Therefore he has modified his Karate techniques to work in MMA. He not only has a straight punch (for long range attacks), he uses front kicks to keep his opponent off balance (following the kick up with a straight punch is another classic Karate combo), a knee to counter an opponent rushing in for a takedown (as a short range weapon), and lastly Karate sweeps to further off balance his opponent or for a takedown.

Watch closely, and all that is mentioned above can be found in this one highlight reel:

His famous knockout of Randy Couture using the Karate front snap kick (aka the Crane Kick; now you see why knowing Karate came from White Crane Fist Kung Fu is important) is the stuff of legends.

Long live Kung Fu… I mean, Karate.

-Dan Kai Wah from