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Do you really have to “Beat” the Champ” to win a title?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 76 “If you want to be the champ, you’ve got to beat the champ.” In combat sports, that is a commonly used adage, which means that if you are going to win a decision against the champion, you have to really beat him or her decisively. By that sentiment, on a close fight, judges are supposed […]

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People like to tell excuses, but nobody wants to hear them

#TrueTalkTuesdays 75 Yet, people uses excuses all the time. Take Deontay Wilder. After suffering a tough loss to Tyson Fury, he didn’t make excuses in the ring, and took it like a champion. But, then he starting making excuses afterwards, notably that his walkout costume was 45lbs and he was wearing it for too long […]

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BTG Episode 28 – Tag Team Sumo Wrestling

Robert returns from Miami off a major coaching win at Substars with Fellipe Andrew scoring another submission win against Patrick Gaudio and speaks about the particular way Andrew uses the foot lock. He also talks about how entertaining the sumo wrestling was, which brings about a conversation on how diversified grappling styles are being used […]

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Throwing in the Towel

#TrueTalkTuesdays 74 When do you do it? This is such a difficult matter to judge. Watching the Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury fight brings that question into focus. Spoiler alert, a towel was thrown by Wilder’s corner at the 7th round after he was pushed into a corner and shelling up from a Tyson barrage. […]

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BTG Episode 27 – Warrior Spirit & Exploration

Rob fills us in on his new gym he is opening up in Las Vegas that will be a new MMA training facility, and the reason why he is developing it, and then him and I talk about UFC Fight Night 167 with the Diego Sanchez vs Michel Pereira fight ending controversy, which had people […]

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Did Diego Sanchez Take The Easy Way Out?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 73 Yes and no. Spoiler Alert: in UFC Fight Night 167, Diego Sanchez won by disqualification against Michel Pereira in the third round due to a knee on a grounded opponent. By all accounts, Diego was on the ass end of an ass beating. In the final sequence, Diego was dropped by legal knees […]

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BTG Episode 26 – Experience & Rules

Rob and I discuss the recent match up between new black belt, Roberto Jimenez, and Keenan Cornelius and go into a deep dive between the importance of experience and rules. A bunch of martial arts history and stories from use two result for a fun discussion. *NOTE* Unfortunately, there was some ruffling from Robert’s microphone, […]

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How fast did I get a black belt?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 72 It doesn’t matter. How much I can bench press, squat, deadlift, my mile time, medals I have won or anything like that also shouldn’t matter to you when it comes to your personal progress. Too often, I get people asking for certain benchmarks or milestones that I have achieved and wanting to use […]

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BTG Episode 25 – Trust and Labels

Rob and I return from our travels to discuss recent tournaments, such as IBJJF European Championships and Kasai. We talk about Robert’s two students, Fellipe Andrew and Luciana Mota, becoming the #1 ranked IBJJF athletes in the world, and the journey they had, which brings about a conversation about coaching, styles, labels, and more. Subscribe: iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/breaking-the-guard-podcast/id1474481692Google […]

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I have forgotten more than you will ever learn

#TrueTalkTuesdays 71 I remember one of my coaches jokingly tell a student of his this statement, and all of us having a good laugh. But sadly, this can be more true than anyone realizes. Anyone who has trained for a few years can tell you that their martial arts strategy changes over time. This is […]

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