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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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Russian Arm Drag to Eagle Claw Pass

My friend Kit Dale has been showing a lot of techniques using a variety of Russian 2 on 1 grips, so I figured I would show a simple one you could use from your feet and tie it into a guard pass. This Russian Arm Drag is similar to your conventional arm drag, but in reverse […]

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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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You have the back from standing, but can’t bring them down?

A person with a good base can be hard to bring down to the mat, even when you have their back. I have seen plenty of people just let go after a while in frustration – which happens a lot against me because my Kimura counter. 🙂 But this simple Lateral Foot Sweep can get them to […]

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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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Over Hook Mounted Triangle Choke

Last time we used the over hook from our guard to setup a triangle, but did you know you could use the over hook from the mount to setup a triangle as well? The over hook creates a very strong mount, as your opponent will be pulled sideways with their shoulder trapped – giving you […]

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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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A Triangle Choke for people that suck at Triangles – the Over Hook Triangle Pin

There are three types of closed guards I will play: Double Under Hooks, Reverse Kimura or Russian 2-on-1, and the Over Hook Guard. I like the Over Hook, because it removes your opponent’s capability to effectively strike, gives you solid striking options, opens up a bunch of submissions, and it is very easy to setup. […]

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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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North South Back Take

North South is a great position in a fight, as your most powerful limbs are right next to your opponent’s most vulnerable body part – their head. Unfortunately, rules have handicapped this position (no knees or kicks to a downed opponent), and have changed the way MMA is approached. BUT, there are a lot of […]

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