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The Heart of a Champion

#TrueTalkTuesdays 38 “MMA is about showing who would live and who would die in a real fight.” Jason Soares In Titan FC 54, my black belt Jason “the Specimen” Soares defended his belt against Ariston Franca in the main event of the evening. As if fighting is not tough enough, he had the additional pressure […]

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Masvidal vs Till Finishing Combo Video Break Down

I’m back! After a 4 month hiatus, I’m ready to get back on camera. 🙂 While my knee is still not 100% yet, I get show you that I can do some fancy footwork (or at least try) to emulate the Jorge Masvidal knock out sequence versus Darren Till. I did a small write up […]

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Is pulling guard a sign of weakness?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 33 “I would prefer a sword to fight duel, but a pen to plan a war. “ Robert Thier, Storm and Silence When you see a fighter pull guard, it is usually seen as a desperation move. Someone who just got rocked from a strike, or just trying to avoid a superior striker. But […]

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Shifting and Stance Switching

#TrueTalkTuesdays 32 “The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it. “ Chris Pine In MMA, it is now common place to have fighters to switch stance throughout a fight. But is that a good strategy? We […]

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Sneaky Choke from the Arm Bar

Too often people when going for a submission get so focused on facing it that they forget all other options. This happens to me as well and I have some matches that I wish I could have changed gears. A lot of that has to do with training and preparation, and @animalblackbelt shows an alternative solution […]

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Guillotine Offense Defense Drill

While I am itching to get back on the mats, my knee still needs some more time to recover from the ACL surgery. But worry not, I have one of my top black belts Jason Soares showing a drill sequence for Guillotine choke defense. It starts off with a head and arm clinch, using the […]

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Vintage Guard Passing Highlights

Here are some vintage guard passing highlights. It won’t take you long to realize what my favorite guard pass was – the Knee Cut. I can’t remember when I learned it, but I know it was my go to pass when I started competing. I have been able to slice through black belt guards for […]

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My Take Down Highlight Reel

I put together a highlight video of takedowns I’ve scored throughout my 15 years of competing. Some of the more notable take downs here are against BJJ legend Saulo Ribeiro, ADCC champion Jeff Monson, Roy “Big Country” Nelson, and ADCC Absolute Champion Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu. As you can see, I have fought in my share […]

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Cutting Weight with TitanFC Champ Jason Soares

Today’s video is a bit different than usual. Rather than showing technique, I’m giving you a behind-the-scenes look at how one of my top fighters cuts weight. Jason “the Specimen” Soares is 12-0 in pro MMA. He recently defended his TitanFC title by winning with a vicious KO. Fortunately, I was around during his weight cut, and I am […]

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The ROPE Drill – This is NOT fun, but it’s a great conditioning drill

I remember the first time I did the ROPE drill quite well. One of my training partners, Efrain Ruiz, introduced me to it. He seemed to do it with some struggle, but nothing major. When I finished 5 rounds of it though, wow – my legs turned into jello. It is pretty self explanatory from […]

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