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If you are sick, stay home

#TrueTalkTuesdays 6 If you are sick, stay home. I know no one wants to miss a day of  training. I get that. You might not even be that sick, where it doesn’t really affect you too much. Just a small cough, or perhaps a small red dot on your arm. Nothing a cough drop or […]

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Everyone should be a top player

#TrueTalkTuesdays 5 Everyone should be a top player. As sport BJJ has blown up, we have seen many athletes who have specialized in being “bottom players.” They specialize in closed guard, half guard, turtle guard, 50/50, etc. They will sit to guard and butt scoot their way around the mats. I have seen competitors race […]

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Always fighting to win can cost you long term

#TrueTalkTuesdays 4 Martial arts is a competitive sport, so winning and losing can become important – especially if you have a big ego. Winning is nice. It is an affirmation that you are doing things well. Losing is okay. It lets you know that you need to make adjustments in your game. They both have […]

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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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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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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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Conor McGregor and Bus Attack – Actions of a Man or Child?

UFC 223 has fallen apart in just 24 hours. A big part of that was due to the actions of Conor McGregor. From my understanding, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s team bullied Artem Lobov (one of McGregor’s team mates) when he was by himself. I’m unclear if there was any physical contact (it doesn’t seem like it), but […]

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SPY CAM – Robert Drysdale Jiu Jitsu Butterfly Guard Arm Drag Series

Just an hour after landing from a long flight from Japan, Robert Drysdale came to teach the Friday 5:30pm (2/16/18) No Gi class. One of the reasons I made his academy my home in Las Vegas was because of how good his instruction is, so I wanted to share some of his technique with you […]

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My Experience In The Land Down Under

After 3 weeks of touring in Australia, it’s good to be back home in Las Vegas. The trip was more hectic than I imagined, with some near catastrophic situations that put the whole tour in peril. The first fiasco was right before the trip even started. My girlfriend (Jamie) and I had left for the […]

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