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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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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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ADCC 2017 – The Rise of the Under Dog

Every edition of the ADCC World Championships has upsets, but this year the upsets were bigger than ever. What was unique to me was that I got to share the mats with two of the stars that had the biggest upsets of the day: Craig Jones and Elvira Karppinen. Each of them are part of small teams in […]

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My Interview with Unite the Podcast

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Anton from Unite BJJ (Instagram of @unitebjj) and talking about my journey through the martial arts. Just click below to take a listen:

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There is stretching, and then there is this…

Being in the martial arts for about 22 years now, I have done all sorts of stretching routines and massage therapies with good success. However, it takes a good amount of time and consistency to get results, which is true for most things in life. Having recently hurt me knee, my girlfriend suggested that I […]

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