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When Guillotines Go Wrong – Match Review

As much I like Guillotine Chokes, they cannot be used all the time. In this match, both men try to Guillotine each other, but only one of them can prevail. A few critical errors were made by both that allowed multiple escapes, and ultimately cost one of them the match. A strong guillotine comes from […]

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What to do with a Guillotine Spaz?

We all have faced that person who just doesn’t know when to give up on the Guillotine Choke. They just hang on to your neck for dear life and despite all of your effort you cannot get them off. It can be really annoying! What if I told you that it can be more than […]

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Worried about getting tripped from a standing guillotine?

After a bunch of requests, I finally bring to you my new and improved video reviews! This review is from a match with my black beltĀ Jason SoaresĀ (Back Attack Series). I think he was a blue belt at the time of this video, but nevertheless he pulled off some sweet moves! The one that caught my […]

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The Ugly Guillotine

This is probably the ugliest guillotine I have done in a match before. I’m embarrassed looking at it now, lol! Even though I won, there was a lot of things that I did wrong here. Watch the video below to get the play by play breakdown so you don’t repeat my mistakes. Also, make sure […]

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Constant Pressure – David Avellan vs Shawn Eager

I entered this tournament just before ADCC 2011, as a way of tuning myself up for competition. I hadn’t competed since last ADCC in 2009. This was the first match of the day, against Pablo Popovitch Black Belt Shawn Eager. I can count the times in my life that I have been swept in competition […]

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My David vs. Goliath Match up with Roy “Big Country” Nelson

Back in 2003, I entered a 16-man Grapplers Quest West Absolute Division in Las Vegas. For some reason, I always end up drawing the largest specimens in every absolute I enter. Cyborg, Jeff Monson, Xande, Robert Drysdale, and in this match, the biggest of the bunch – Roy “Big Country” Nelson. This was my third […]

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Fighting 2 Rounds with 1 Arm

Jason Soares Kick

One of my fighters had a hell of a fight last night that pushed him to the edge. Jason Soares is a black belt from my brother and I and he was defending his featherweight title against a very game Guilherme Faria from Brazil. Jason is known for his grappling game, as he has 7 […]

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Old School Wrestling Battle

This is another great wrestling battle I had way back in 2002 against Rodrigo “Baga” Ramos. At the time, he was a BJJ Brown Belt that I knew nothing about. I didn’t realize we were going to throw down and go back and forth in this great match up. It doesn’t take long for the […]

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There is a first time for everything…

Back in 2002, I was known by some in the grappling scene in south Florida as “the Black Belt Wrestler.” It was a term they used to say that I didn’t really know Jiu Jitsu. My brother and I weren’t ranked in BJJ at the time, and being Americans with a wrestling background (and keep […]

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Old School NAGA Matches

Here is another blast from the past. Well actually there are two matches in this one video back to back. These are some videos I found buried on my computer from over a decade ago. Probably between 2000-2002, I can’t remember the exact dates. It was one of my first NAGA Pro divisions in Connecticut. […]

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