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My Rules Exposed

#TrueTalkTuesdays 14 “Opening yourself to critique is an easy way to learn.” So last Tuesday I dissected various rule sets, and teased I would share what I felt was a better rule set. So I am going to post it up, but before I do, it wouldn’t be a True Talk Tuesday without a message. […]

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Submission Only vs Points

#TrueTalkTuesdays 13 Better rules makes better fighters It seems that there is a new organization coming up every week with a new set of rules. I have mixed feelings about this that I will go into later, but what is relevant is that we are moving towards better rules. Why are rules important? The UFC […]

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Does competing SCARE you?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 12 Being scared, anxious, or nervous before competition is natural and nearly every top competitor feels it. A common question I get from newcomers to the competition scene is how I deal with pre-fight jitters. Some of them even think something is wrong with them because they are nervous.  Relax, nearly EVERYONE is nervous […]

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Man vs Woman is not a fair fight

#TrueTalkTuesdays 11 Man vs Woman is not a fair fight. As our society has become more open to the idea of changing genders, we seem to have come across a predicament when transgenders decide to compete in sport – what group do they fall under: men or women? Just to be clear, I don’t care […]

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Why Brock Lesnar shouldn’t get a title shot

#TrueTalkTuesdays 10 MMA Rankings should be respected and used to make title fights Currently, MMA rankings are more of a guideline than an actual standard. We can have fighters that grind out the rankings for years to break into the top ten, doing everything they can to move up the ladder. Then out of nowhere, […]

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Khabib vs Conor Standards

#TrueTalkTuesdays 9 Set standards and apply them consistently. UFC 229 came in with a ton of hype and an unprecedented marketing strategy – promote what could have been felony assault and what would have suspended any other sports athlete and instead make it the focus of your biggest event to date. It didn’t disappoint. A […]

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Size Does Matter

#TrueTalkTuesdays 8 Size Does Matter. Sorry little people. In an ideal world it wouldn’t. But we do not live in fantasy land. If you asked me who would I rather fight, Demetrius “Mighty Mouse” Johnson or Jon Jones, I would pick Mighty Mouse 100% of the time. When all other things are equal (technique, toughness, […]

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Trash Talking Will Get You Trashed

#TrueTalkTuesdays 7 This past weekend I witnessed what happens when your mouth runs faster than your feet. I was coaching Tim Spriggs in his second match at Subversiv, and noticed that he was being particularly rough. Hard head snaps, palming of the face, fist chokes, and general rough housing. Tim ended up winning in overtime […]

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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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