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The Creonte

#TrueTalkTuesdays 49 Anyone who has trained for any length of time in the BJJ (and to a lesser extent) the MMA world knows the term “creonte” all too well. If you haven’t heard of it before, the term creonte was coined by grandmaster Carlson Gracie and refers to the name of a fictional Brazilian character […]

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BTG Podcast with Kevin Lee

David Avellan and Robert Drysdale get top Lightweight Kevin “Motown Phenom” Lee on the podcast to share his perspective on how adversity has made him rise to fame and power so quickly. We dig into Kevin’s roots, and learn the origin of the nickname “Motown Phenom” (which is deeper than you might expect). We also talk about how the MMA game […]

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The Small Stream The Cuts Through A Mountain

#TrueTalkTuesdays 48 While most people admire and respect great speed, power, or toughness, people oven overlook consistency. It’s easy to, as with just consistency alone, there isn’t any feature that stands out. And you can easily take it for granted because it’s always there. But, even a gentle stream of water can break down the […]

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The One-Trick Pony

#TrueTalkTuesdays 47 The idiom of the One-Trick Pony comes from the circus world, and was used to describe a pony that could only do one trick. This was used as a derogatory term (a poorly trained pony that had a very limited repertoire of tricks), and the term has since propagated into common use. I […]

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50/50 Control and the Inverted Heel Hook

I have been “back” but not really… Unfortunately, on my return back to the mats I still managed to pop a rib – while flow rolling. I was warmed up, already loose, and somehow I still managed to tweak my ribs. Very frustrating, but the show must go on. So I have been teaching private […]

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The Eagle in the Hen House

#TrueTalkTuesdays 46 There is a story about an eagle’s egg that rolled off a nest into a hen house. The hens hatched the eagle egg and raised it as one of their own, and as a result, that eagle believed itself to be a chicken. At first, it dreamed of being an eagle and flying […]

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How Many Promises Have You Broken?

“Broken vows are like broken mirrors. They leave those who held to them bleeding and staring at fractured images of themselves.” Richard Paul Evans #TrueTalkTuesdays 45 A broken promise erodes trust and integrity, and done repeatedly, will create distrust and break a friendship. Most people don’t make promises with no intention of fulfilling them (unless […]

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Fastest KO in UFC History is now held by one of my Black Belts

Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal knocked out Ben Askren in just 5 seconds with a flying knee that stunned everyone. But how Ben Askren is handling his first and only loss is the real takeaway from this story. #TrueTalkTuesdays 44 Anyone who followed this fight knows that there was a tremendous amount of trash talking that sold […]

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Coming back from surgery

#TrueTalkTuesdays 43 After being away from the mats for over 7 months due to surgery, getting back into the swing of things comes with several challenges. Physically, I believe I got myself into good shape. I have been walking, running, stretching, lifting, dieting, and doing everything I can to be healthy. However, my knee is […]

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I’m Back! Top Side Kimura to Back Mount

After 7 months off the mats, I have returned and brought some new tricks to the table! In this video, I show a simple but very effective and hard to stop back take from the standard Step Over Kimura. This is a great option if you want to be more conservative with your attack and […]

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