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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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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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#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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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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