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Archive Monthly Archives: August 2018

Butterfly Guard Hook Switch to Knee Cut Pass

Butterfly guard can be a very dangerous guard to work against. There are a lot of submissions, sweeps, and stand up opportunities for the bottom player. That is why you want to cut the wings of that butterfly as quickly as possible. The best way of doing that is by using the Hook Switch. This is when […]

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You CAN teach Heart

#TrueTalkTuesdays 3 One of the sayings that bother me is, “You can’t teach heart.” In my mind that is total BS. For one, it’s saying that toughness is essentially a genetic trait. That seems counterintuitive to me based on experience and the fact that it is a behavior not so much a physical trait somebody possesses. […]

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The Kimura Pass from Half Guard

I am very well known for my Kimura game, so it should not surprise you that I have a Kimura Pass from half guard. 🙂 This is one of my go to passing sequences. I can setup this Kimura Pass on just about any one – especially if they are trying to be aggressive bottom […]

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Any dummie can train hard

#TrueTalkTuesdays 2 Training hard is over-hyped. Everyone and their mother likes to say how hard they train, how tough their regimen is, “embrace the grind,” and how they are tougher than you. The problem is, training hard doesn’t let me know if you are training properly. You know what else is hard? Training on concrete, […]

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Chop that stiff arm from blocking your Stack Pass

The stack pass series is a powerful way of passing with pressure. It doesn’t require speed – just solid technique and massive amounts of pressure to melt your opponent. When stacking (either double or single), a common defense is to post their arm on your hip. This makes it difficult go generate the amount of […]

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#TrueTalkTuesdays

So I am going to open a new weekly series that I am calling #TrueTalkTuesdays. Yes, the hashtag makes it legit, lol! So what is #TrueTalkTuesdays? Simple – I am going to talk about a subject that is martial arts related, which some people might find controversial. As a result, people stray from having a conversation […]

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Lost the Half Guard Under Hook Battle from Top? Good!

Winning the Under Hook battle from half guard is an important part of controlling the position. As the bottom player, your sweep game opens up, submissions, and escapes are all possible with that under hook. As the top player, it always you to easily flatten your opponent and passing becomes much easier. BUT, it is […]

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UFC 227 Fight Recap with Show the Art Podcast

I sat down with Abe from Show the Art Podcast to review UFC 227: Dillashaw vs Garbrandt. In this episode, we talk about the main card match ups, strategies, and future match ups. Give it a listen below and make sure to subscribe. 🙂

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Inside Trip from Russian 2 on 1 + Podcast with STA

The Inside Trip is a great take down that when hit right will floor your opponent and remove any possibility of scrambling out. Why? Because you will land inside their guard, so it is very difficult for the bottom person to scramble when you are between their hips. While it might be the highest scoring […]

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