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Old Match Review: Me vs Rodrigo “Baga” Ramos

This match from back in 2001 was a wrestling battle with a lot of under hooks! Man I’m getting old, or should I say, more experienced. 🙂 This match I believe was 17 years ago, against ATT Black Belt Rodrigo “Baga” Ramos. This was the first and last time I competed in an event I was promoting. The stress of running a grappling event when you are 19 years old […]

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Gordon Ryan vs Cyborg Breakdown: Slapping Stall Fest?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 19 “Always keep your composure. You can’t score from the penalty box; and to win, you have to score.” Horace So if you have been on social media this weekend, chances are you have read that Gordon Ryan has won double gold in the IBJJF No Gi World Championships in the Ultra Heavyweight and […]

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Hook Switch to Guide Through Pass

When playing against a butterfly guard, switching their hooks will give you an upper hand. But even when you do, some people will try to kick you out to make space and recover. That is when the Guide Through Pass shines – it takes advantage of their kicking momentum to score a finesse guard pass […]

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Strike while the Iron is Hot

#TrueTalkTuesdays 18 “Strike while the iron is hot. Once the iron cools, you will no longer be able to shape it.” My dad once told me a joke that I was reminded of this expression: A Venezuelan (my dad is Venezuelan) had heard great tales about the USA and of how opportunity and fortune were […]

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Hip Bump to Sprawl to Neck Wrench

While playing guard gives you a lot of options, sometimes you need to get on top. A good top player can shut down a lot of your offense, especially in MMA. So I have made some tweaks to my hip bump sweep to allow me to go into a sprawl. But some people will scramble […]

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Why are Judges in Boxing and MMA so bad?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 17 “If you are going to judge someone, you should have walked their path before or at the very least have done a lot of studying and be considered an expert.” I’m 13 days post surgery, and while I am now able to walk without crutches and off the pain medication, I’m still working […]

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Basic White Belt Move + Wacky Submission = ?

The Hip Bump Sweep is something every white belt should learn within the first few training sessions. It is simple, effective, and has a TON of possibilities for chaining with other techniques. One of the more unorthodox chains I know is to go from the Hip Bump to the Reverse Kimura. Not only is this a funky grip that most people […]

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My Problems with Post Surgery Recovery

#TrueTalkTuesdays 16 “Take a moment to be grateful every day.” I am 6 days out of ACL reconstructive surgery on my right knee. I will tell you that the process was not as simple as I expected. The surgery was a success and went through with no problems, but post-op recovery has not been so […]

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Reshooting Drill

The biggest problem beginning wrestlers have is chaining techniques together. They expect that they will always score the take down with the first attempt. If they fail, then just abandon all hope. Wrestling is like life – you have to keep pushing forward regardless of the obstacles present. In this case, learning how to “reshoot” […]

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Conor McGregor vs GSP?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 15 “If you are not improving on a daily basis, then you are slipping away.” Whenever people talk about the best fighters, there are always talks of hypothetical match ups between past legends versus modern day heroes. Unfortunately, these matches will never take place – at least in real life. But if we are […]

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