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Taking it Back to the Old School…


A long time ago when I first started training MMA, I remember a friend once joked about a rival instructor, saying that this master had forgotten more techniques than we both know.

It was funny at the time. The idea of forgetting techniques in a trade that you practice everyday seems absurd – or does it?

This picture of me doing a cartwheel pass is almost a decade old now. It is also one of the last times I have used it…

I didn’t forget how to do it – but I forgot that I could use it.

As an evolving fighter, my style has changed so much over the past decade. There are move that I have totally forgotten to use. They are perfectly fine techniques that have been stored way back in my toolshed – buried behind a set of shiny, new techniques.

I recently watched an old video of mine, back in 2003. In it, I saw myself use a cartwheel pass not once or twice, but almost a dozen times over 3 matches! That is when I remembered that I had a good cartwheel pass series that I could be putting to use.

Next day in training, I hit it a bunch of times and thought, “Well, that is interesting. How many more moves do I have that I could be hitting that I have forgotten?

Moral of the story – take a moment to reflect on your past efforts and see what you did that worked well that you stopped doing. Sometimes we stop doing things for a good reason. Other times, we just forget 🙂

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Greg says June 4, 2012

I wish I was at the point that i was forgetting techniques…hahahaha

Joking aside, Good article sir

Daniel says June 7, 2012

It is crazy how that works, there are techniques that would be my go to’s that I would forget over time then rediscover later. And I am left wondering why I stopped using them in the first place.

Don rendall says October 9, 2012


Thank you so much for your instructional e-mails. You are able to simplify and break them down so that they are understandable and useful. You are a terrific instructor.

Don rendall

Justus says June 2, 2013

Thanks David, I look forward to your emails.

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