Archive for October, 2009

Oct
31

Happy Halloween!

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Hope your Halloween week has been great so far!

Yesterday we went to my kid’s school to their annual Halloween fair and had a great time. I taught a martial arts lesson to a group of around 25 kids, all who were dressed in their Halloween costumes. It was kind of strange seeing the several princesses that were participating throw their punches and kicks with serious aggression.

Tomorrow, my wife and I are taking our two children out to trick or treat. I thought I’d don the ninja costume I bought, but never used last year while taking them out but I think my eleven year old son thinks it’s a stupid idea. lol.

For costumes my son is wearing a grip reaper outfit and my daughter is dressing up as a pirate.

What are you (or your children) wearing for Halloween this year?

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Oct
23

UFC 104 Predictions

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ufc_104_posterLyoto Machida vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

I’m excited about this bout mainly because I like watching Machida fight. He seems to be gaining more confidence with every fight and I believe that will give him an edge over his opponent, tough Brazilian fighter Mauricio Rua. Hopefully Lyoto pulls off a footsweep or some other rarely used technique during the fight to make things extra exciting. When all is said and done I see Machida having his hand raised high in victory.

Inferno’s pick – Lyoto Machida (2nd round TKO)

Cain Velasquez vs. Ben Rothwell

This is a tough fight to pick. Many people believe that Velasquez is one of the biggest threats to UFC champ Brock Lesnar but in order to get closer to that opportunity he has to beat veteran fighter and IFL standout Ben Rothwell on Saturday night. This will be no easy task as Rothwell has gone 14-1 in his last fifteen fights and has faced some tough opponent. Going with my gut feeling, I’m picking Rothwell to win this fight by decision.

Inferno’s pick – Ben Rothwell (Decision)

Josh Neer vs. Gleison Tibau

This fight has the potential to be a great battle, both standing and on the ground. Neer has the edge in experience but Tibau comes into the cage as a pretty big lightweight. I see Josh Neer winning this fight in the final round by TKO.

Inferno’s pick – Josh Neer (3rd round TKO)

Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher

Oh yeah! I pick this one for fight of the night. Two lightweights with ultra aggressive styles pitted against one another. What more could you ask for? Each of them possesses a wealth of experience and strong skill sets. Stevenson may have an edge on the mat while Fisher has the stronger striking technique but it’s a guarantee that this match will be exciting wherever it goes. Who will pull out the win? I say Fisher. How will he do it? It will be by decision.

Inferno’s Pick – Spencer Fisher (decision)

Anthony Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida

Although Yoshida has more wins than his opponent, I do not believe it will play much of a factor in this bout. Johnson is a tall, strong welterweight fighter that many believe will someday become a champion. I’m very certain that Yoshida will look to take this fight to the ground. I’m also certain that Johnson will know this and proceed to stop any such attempts made by his Japanese opponent. Once the takedown is stopped I don’t think the fight will last very much longer as I see Johnson pulling out the victory sometime during the 2nd round.

Inferno’s Pick – Anthony Johnson (2nd round TKO)
Who are you picking to win on Saturday night?

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Oct
19

Genki Sudo – Not Just a Fighter

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Here’s a video of one of Genki Sudo’s newest ventures. I always loved watching him fight as he would always pull off the craziest of moves. If you haven’t seen his bout with Butterbean I threw that video up too so you could check it out. Awesome stuff!

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Oct
18

Mike Tyson Oprah Interview!

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Rarely do I watch the Oprah show but after watching her interview Mike Tyson a few days ago, I can definitely see why the woman is so popular. She has the power to get an interview with pretty much anyone on the planet and during those interviews seems ultra relaxed while asking many personal and interesting questions.

I might have to start checking out her show once and a while. Did I just say that? I guess I did.

Anyways, I really enjoyed her interview with Mike. The answers he gave to many of the tough questions asked, gave a deeper look into the man who is one of the greatest fighters of all time.

Listening to him speak about him dealing with regular life after a lifetime focused on knocking men out cold really hit home.

When I sustained my last concussion in 2007, my life changed a lot. I went from training two to three times a day, six or seven days a week, to not training at all for over a year. In a instant, my life was flipped upside down. I was forced to fill my time doing other things, regular life type of things that would seem simple to most, but I was great difficulty in doing so.

20+ years of insane focus on developing my mixed martial arts skill sets –boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and wrestling — left me lacking in so many areas of life. Every single one of my martial arts dreams has come true for me but everything and everyone else, including my wife and children had to make huge sacrifices along the way.

It may be strange to say but I feel very lucky that my latest injury forced me to stop fighting and take a close look at my life. I am happier now then ever before and really appreciate having free time to do other things.

That said, I still miss the feeling of a good punch in the face.

If you didn’t get a chance to see the interview I found a few clips on YouTube

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chuck-liddell-dancingWith all of the exposure top professional fighters are getting lately, there’s no wonder why movie and television producers are giving those guys roles in their movies or on their television shows. A few fighters possess huge fan bases which will more than likely make any business venture they participate in outside of fighting more profitable for everyone involved.

How else can you explain Chuck Liddell’s lengthy stay on TV’s “Dancing with the stars”.  Not saying that I could get up there and do any better on the dance floor, because I don’t think I could.  Chuck definitely deserves some big respect for signing on. I’ll also admit that his participation got me to watch an episode or two.

There’s even be a few instances of fighter’s talking about quitting the fight game to pursue acting full time. I want to hear how you feel about that? If a fighter chooses acting over scrapping it out in the Octagon, whether it be during the prime of their career or near the tail end of it, would you view him or her any differently?

Personally I think that it’s their decision to make and they don’t deserve any flack for making that choice if they believe it is best for them.

Looking at the two, I think  a career in professional fighting is faced paced, exciting and physically demanding on the body. It may sometimes be short lived due to injuries or the demands of regular life sometimes getting in the way. Acting on the other hand may be a career these fighters could potentially do for a long, long time which may be add to it’s appeal. Mind you, they would have to word very hard to develop their acting ability but with a little passion and the ability to learn things quickly, I’m sure that wouldn’t be a problem for some.

I’m interested in hearing what you think about it…

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Oct
14

Secrets to the Jab – #2 of 3

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Every time I throw my jab I want it to land. Actually that not’s totally true as there are times when I use it to draw my opponent into a counter attack or throw jabs in an attempt move them someplace else inside the cage/ring.  But I must admit that I absolutely love the look on my opponent’s face my jab hits them from a distance they never thought possible.

My upper body positioning before, during and after my jabbing motion plays an important role in maximizing my reach and maintaining my power.  More importantly, proper upper body positioning prevents me from telegraphing the punch, greatly increasing my chances of it landing it.

Here are some upper body positioning details I want you to focus on while jabbing:

Keep Angled

In my opinion the most common problem with many mixed martial artist’s jab motion is the angle in which they position their shoulders before, during and after the punch. Commonly fighters stand with their shoulders much too square –with their chest facing the opponent a bit –, which cuts down reach, power, leverage and results in a telegraphed punch. In other words the jab becomes predictable and pretty much useless against opponents with moderate to high level striking skill sets.

Here’s how to remedy that problem.

Keep your lead shoulder in front and you other shoulder back quite a bit. It’s tough to put into words but know that the change to the angle of your shoulders may be drastic enough that it may feel very uncomfortable at first.

To find the optimum angle, assume a fighting stance and extend your arm completely in the jab position.  Next, with your jab still extended, turn your shoulders slowly from side to side until you find the angle that allows your jab to reach the greatest distance to the front.  That’s it! That’s the position you need your shoulders to start, stay, and finish in when you jab.  Now, retract your arms and assume a fighting stance but remember to keep your upper body locked in at that new angle. In can be difficult to do at first, so be mindful during every aspect of your training until it becomes a habit.

Relax!

Once the shoulders are properly positioned the next thing to focus on is the tension level within those shoulders. One word says it all. Relax! Keep your shoulders completely relaxed, free on all tension as if you were simply standing on the street waiting for a bus –kind of weird to think about but it’s usually what I say to my students when I train them in person so I’d thought I’d use it with you.  Yes, I know you’re in the middle of a fight, but you need to resist all urges to squeeze or lift your shoulders because doing those things will drain your energy needlessly. Relax! Relax! Relax! I thought I’d say it again to drill home how important I believe it to be.

Any time during training, when you feel a little tight, step back – out of range if you’re sparring for obvious reasons – and shake your arms down by your sides in a completely relaxed manner then re-establish your fighting stance with that level of relaxation in mind.

Keep your Chin Down

If I were a company looking to sponsor a fighter in the UFC, I would find a fighter that fights with his chin up in the air and pay him to wear my logo on the bottom of his feet. I’m pretty sure I’ll get some fabulous exposure every time he gets knocked down or knocked out by making such a huge mistake in upper body positioning.

Keeping your chin tucked is the easiest and most important thing you can do in terms of defensive positioning. It immediately and dramatically lowers the chances of getting knocked out yet many fighters still fail to do it.

While jabbing keep your chin down and visualize looking up through your eyebrows somewhat. Once you’ve established a strong chin down position try to keep it not only when you’re jabbing but at all other times during the fight as well.  Also focus on how your head is positioned laterally. Look directly at your opponent’s upper chest and shoulders and retain that head positioning throughout any jabbing motion you make. Turning your chin and separating your head from your jabbing arm can be a costly mistake that you don’t want to make.

Lock in Vertically

Another error that is commonly made by fighters is that they lift their bodies up as they jab thinking that it will add to their power when in fact, it actually does the opposite. Lowering the body as you jab also affects your jab –unless it’s a body jab– in negative ways.

The responsibility to maintain a steadiness in body positioning lies with both the upper body and lower body. Try to keep your head locked in vertically while you jab so that you avoid rising up or dropping down as you throw the punch. What’s the result? More balance, less effort and much more power! I guarantee you’ll feel the difference.

Now, it’s your turn to take these details and drill them. I suggest you combine these details with the tips from my article on LOWER BODY POSITIONING to maximize your jabbing effectiveness.

Coming soon…Secrets of the Jab #3 of 3 – Positioning and Movement of the Arms.

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I’ve been working on a ton on new instructional stuff for mixed martial artists. From how to prepare for competition, to striking, ground, and take down technique, to drills that can be done solo or with a partner, I’m going to cover it all.

Here’s a quick look at the opening video for the series,

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The crowd cheered as the two of us circled one another in the ring. We both began to fire off our jabs to lead off a short feeling out period consisting of movement and footwork rather than a large amount of punches.  The fact that it was a training session, one that many the fighters at Joslin’s were on hand tonight for, had resulted in many of the matches starting off in a similarly relaxed manner.

My opponent that day was a good friend of mine.  It was supposed to be a training session, with no points being scored but the combination of a few loud cheers from the steadily growing crowd and a few nice shots landed by each of us, elevated our intensity immediately.

My body began to loosen after a minute or so into the first round. I felt great, light on my feet and excited to be there. Slipping a punch, I came back with a quick combination that hit its mark. My opponent fired back immediately forcing me back against the 3 ring ropes that were containing me, him and the referee.  Feeling my back against the ropes I threw a combination of punches, none of which came close to landing. In the midst of my attack I took a hit, as a straight right hand drove right through my nose. It didn’t hit my face at all which meant my nose had absorbed every ounce of power the punch had behind it.  Not a good thing, but I felt fine until the referee stopped the match a few moments later. Three or four people including the ref closed in to assess the damage, which I believed to be simply a bloody nose as I felt a few drops of blood drip down my chin.

Instantly I knew it had to be something else. Everyone was slowly tilting their heads side to side as they examined my face. I quickly jumped from the ring towards one of the many mirrors than lined the martial arts studio. It took me only a second to realize why they were looking at me so strangely.

Damn! I thought to myself. My thoughts carried on , My $&#^ing nose!

The thing was so far across my face I think I could have almost smelled my ear. I grabbed it immediately and tried desperately to push it back into place as if I could magically transform my newly acquired “wicked witch of the west” nose back to normal. The damn thing wouldn’t budge.

After a five hour wait in the emergency department at a nearby hospital the doctor told me what I had already known, that my nose was broken. It was a complete break.

What can be done about it? My mind blurted out, moments before he suggested that I book an appointment with a plastic surgeon to have it straightened mainly for breathing purposes.

I went home that night and early the next day I did just that. Four days later, I had it done.  I woke up on an operating table, still feeling high off of the medication they had given me to put me under. It’s a little vain to say but I really hoped my nose was straight again; even more I was hoping to have my old nose back entirely. It had felt so uncomfortable, before I had it fixed, to walk around with what felt like was someone else’s nose on my face.

Once the swelling disappeared my nose was much better than what it had been a week earlier before the doctor straightened it –how he did so I’d love to know– but it was still different to me. I chalked it down as battle injury and got used to it as quick as I could.

The worst part of it all was that training was affected greatly as I obviously couldn’t spar for a long time. I couldn’t even do BJJ or wrestling because an accidental elbow or knee to the face would have shifted my nose back to Slothville –from the Goonies—which would have sucked! Eventually I found a cage, used by karate competitors that covered my face well enough that I could begin to grapple. The Gi combined with the bulky helmet ignited some laughs from my students but it worked. I had to also make sure no one attempted guillotine chokes on me for a while since it would have popped the helmet off quick, probably taking my nose along for the ride.

I’d say it was a good six to eight months, maybe more, when I stopped feeling worried  that my nose would snap every time I’d take a hard shot in the face. The good news is that my nose thickened as it healed and now seems to be able to withstand harder shots than ever before.

Spar with headgear, wear proper 16 ounce gloves and protect yourself from getting uglier while training.

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Oct
08

"Intro to MMA" Program – WATERLOO

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I’m bringing the “Intro to MMA” Program to the Kitchener/Waterloo region.

jeffjoslinseminar11by17bleed copyHave you always had an interest in mixed martial arts but aren’t sure when or how to begin training? Have you trained in other martial arts and are looking to get started in MMA?

I’ve got the answer! My “Intro to MMA” program.

I created this program specifically for the absolute beginner and for those looking to learn the most vital fundamental techniques of mixed martial arts.  IT’S NOT a rough experience consisting of live sparring or insanely difficult training routines. IT IS the perfect progression of technical skill development and cardiovascular conditioning. It’s your chance to learn real MMA skills, improve your conditioning level while having a great time!

Over 5 weeks I’ll teach you many of the basic strikes, defences, ground techniques and takedowns that make up my MMA foundational technique system. Get ready to smash heavy bags, work the hand pads, kick the thai pads and drill highly effective techniques with a variety of partners (including me).

The First 20 to register will be entered into a draw for a free 1 hour private lesson with me. Space is limited, register soon to confirm you spot.

The program begins on Thursday, November 12th, 2009 and will take place at Dragan Alliance BJJ. For more info including the program outline or to register online

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Oct
07

2 Cool BJJ Videos

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I came across two videos today that I thought you would like.

Cobrinha warming up for ADCC 2009.

Old School Gracie Jiu-Jitsu seminar in 1990 (before the UFC)

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