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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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The Weirdest Way to Open Guard – The Rolling Cartwheel

This is probably the weirdest way to open guard that I know of. You might watch this and think, “That will never work!” But it does. I have done this in competition against a BJJ Black Belt to open his guard en route to a heel hook victory. It is one of those moves I […]

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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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The Reaper Pass

Butterfly guard can be tricky to work against, so it pays off to be trickier. 🙂 I came up with this pass LONG time ago. I don’t know the exact moment at time, but I just know at some point I started doing this and teaching it. I have never seen anyone else do this, […]

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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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The Kimura Pass from Half Guard

I am very well known for my Kimura game, so it should not surprise you that I have a Kimura Pass from half guard. 🙂 This is one of my go to passing sequences. I can setup this Kimura Pass on just about any one – especially if they are trying to be aggressive bottom […]

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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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BTGO Summer Sale: Buy two courses and get the third course for free!

There is no better way to escape the sun then staying indoors and catching up with your martial arts game. So I’m going to make it even easier with this BTGO: Buy two courses and get the third course for nada! * Discount will be applied automatically in your cart to the lowest value course. […]

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