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Best Throws Highlight Reel!

The most exciting moment in a wrestling match is when an opponent is going airborne from a big throw. You don’t have to know anything about wrestling or fighting to appreciate the beauty of a perfectly timed throw. The bigger the throw, the bigger the risk because big throws usually require the thrower to “throw” […]

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My thoughts on EBI’s open hand striking

If you haven’t heard of EBI (Eddie Bravo Invitational), it is one of the more popular invitational professional grappling tournaments out today. It is a submission only grappling tournament with regulation period where only submission ends the match. Afterwards, there is a series of sudden death periods where players start in dominant positions: back mount […]

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Are you getting worse over time?

Every so often we will get served a slice of humble pie. Sometimes the whole pie. 🙁 I know when I was a senior in high school with aspirations for a state championship, I was wrestling my former team captain that graduated the year before. He came as a favor to give me a hard […]

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Crazy Fight Shows the Flaw In Submission Only

This is such a crazy fight. I don’t think I have ever seen so many submission attempts in one round of MMA. Makes me think it was staged, but the amount of crank on the submissions was just brutal – especially the knee bar. Hurts just looking at it! This opponent (in long shorts) appears […]

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How to Handle a Half-Man / Half-Beast

There is nothing like trying to “break-in” a new white belt who happens to be half-man, half-beast on their first day of rolling and them telling you, “that doesn’t work.” LOL! Just take a look at the raw power this man has to pick up a black belt and hold him up with one arm […]

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ADCC 2009 Highlight Reel

So I was digging through my computer to see what videos I could share with you all today, and I found this diamond in the rough. It only required a little polish to make it presentable, but it contains clips of my 6 matches in the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships in 2009. That was […]

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Three Times a Charm for the Kimura

Florent Minguet definitely is a fan of the Kimura, as you will see in this match he had with Patric Aumagy in the IBJJF open No-GI Brown Adult Absolute. This match has some surprise twists, as I thought I saw the Kimura lock finish two times before the Florent actually finished it. A lot of […]

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SORRY – Site Update In Progress

This website was in desperate need of an update, and I have been working to renovate it so that it would be mobile friendly and provide some new recurring content to it. I expect for it to be fully operational by Monday (7/25/2016). I apologize for the inconvenience.

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Lifting for Strength

lifting strength

Carrying off from yesterday’s post, let me share with you my approach towards building strength and muscle. First, all the lifting workouts are short at around 30 minutes. The work period ranges from 15-30 seconds. Rest time is about 1-2 minutes, and should be used to hydrate and stretch. Also, you should have a good […]

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Pumping Iron

lifting pumping iron

Sorry I have been away from the keyboard for awhile, but I have been keeping busy! Although my knee hasn’t recovered as quickly as I hoped, I have been able to roll for the past two weeks. I’m still not quite 100% yet, but I would say I am around 87% combat effective. 🙂 To […]

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