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How to get experience without experience?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 26 “Proper visualization by the exercise of concentration and willpower enables us to materialize thoughts, not only as dreams or visions in the mental realm but also as experiences in the material realm.” Paramahansa Yogananda Ever seen a job listing that has a position for an entry level job, but it requires 5 years […]

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The ROPE Drill – This is NOT fun, but it’s a great conditioning drill

I remember the first time I did the ROPE drill quite well. One of my training partners, Efrain Ruiz, introduced me to it. He seemed to do it with some struggle, but nothing major. When I finished 5 rounds of it though, wow – my legs turned into jello. It is pretty self explanatory from […]

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Spectator vs Athlete vs Warrior

#TrueTalkTuesdays 25 “Generally speaking, the way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death.” Miyamoto Musashi Last week I shared my opinion on early stoppages, or when the referee should stop a fight. But what about the fighter – when does he have to stop? Well, that question was asked this past weekend in TitanFC […]

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I need your help

My top Black Belt fighter, Jason “the Specimen” Soares, has just defended his Titan FC Featherweight championships in spectacular fashion. He scored a vicious KO after a dominant first round against a tough opponent. He is now 12-0 in pro MMA, with 10 finishes by submission and knock out. But, we need your help! We’re on a […]

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Far Side Duck Under off the Underhook

It’s nice being back in Miami, as it has been a while since I was able to hang out with my family and team at the Freestyle Fighting Academy. I also get to watch an ADCC National Champion, my brother Marcos Avellan, teach class. I wouldn’t want to leave you in the dark, so I filmed […]

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If he dies, he dies

#TrueTalkTuesdays 24 “Mental toughness is spartanism with qualities of sacrifice, self-denial, dedication. It is fearlessness, and it is love.” Vince Lombardi In what I think most people were completely surprised with, the first UFC of 2019 was a shocker, having TJ Dillashaw getting finished in just 30 seconds of the first round against Henry Cejudo. […]

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10 Year Challenge: Muay Thai Clinch Wrestling

It seems everyone has been posting before and after photos from 10 years ago, so I decided to step it up and show you a video of me from 10 years ago. 🙂 This was back in 2009 in Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand. Me and my former student and grappling sensation Enrico Cocco are […]

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Would You Turn Down A $300,000 Pay Day For A Grappling Match?

#TrueTalkTuesdays 23 “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” Warren Buffett Over the weekend, Andre Galvao gave an off hand comment about Gordon Ryan, and in doing so set in motion what could have been the biggest money fight in grappling history. Initially, Gordon challenged Andre for $50,000 in a winner take […]

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My Battle with Andre Galvao

This match review is from the 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. After having a breakthrough performance on Day 1 of ADCC, submitting European champion Trond Saksenvik and ADCC Pro World Champion Tarsis Humphries, my goal of becoming an ADCC Champion was within reach. One man stood in my way to the […]

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