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I just posted the 5th video in the MMA Guard pass series. I had a lot of fun filming them and I hope the videos helped you out in your training.

I was at a BJJ tournament in Toronto today and one of my friends in the BJJ community came up and told me that the movements in the video series were really helping him in his training. I thought that was pretty cool and it definitely motivated me to continue to put up new content.

Anyways, here’s the goods! ==> Guard Pass #5

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ufc behind the scenes 046Many people have emailed me asking where they can find a copy of my UFC Fight Night matchup vs. Josh Koscheck. It’s a very tough fight to find on the internet and the UFC doesn’t have it available for purchase on the on-demand page.

I just found out that the match is being broadcast on Spike TV again.

For any of those that were looking to see it again or for the first time, I believe the card is being shown at 7pm on Friday, January 29th (tomorrow). It may however been on tonight (Thurs) too as the UFC has it listed as such on their site. The main event match-up on that card was Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Riggs. Koscheck and I fought in the fight just before that one.


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MMA Training Tip – Mindset #3

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Time for another MMA training tip…

Don’t be the lazy student!

Every teacher loves a student that strives to do everything they can to improve themselves. Don’t be the opposite of that ideal student; the guy who shows up late for class, goes through workouts at half speed, and folds under any sort of pressure in training or competition.

If you want to earn you teacher’s respect and hope to grow as both a mixed martial artist and a human being , push yourself to your limits in training and try to be better at what you are doing every single day. Be sure to compete in tournaments and other competitive situations as much as possible to constantly challenge yourself.

If you give more of yourself on a consistent basis you will receive a lot more in return from your team mates and coaches and you will achieve a lot more in the process.

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Great MMA training last night…

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We had a great training session last night in MMA class. Working mostly on the double leg take down and a few different setups for it, everyone did very well. After class a few of us spent a little extra time focusing on other take downs and submission wrestling.

First up tonight is beginner Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu followed by an advanced BJJ session –where I’m going to teach a few submission from the guard overhook position– and then a kickboxing class to close the night.

I’ll be putting out a new MMA instructional product soon and would love to hear your ideas as to what type of stuff interests you.

Time to head to the gym!

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The Hand Karate Kata

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Check out this video. This girl has some serious skills with the hands!

Asian Chick’s Awesome Hand Ninja – Watch more Funny Videos

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Pass the 1/2 Guard (BJ Penn Style)

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Guard Pass number four, another BJJ Technique in the “Breaking Down BJ Penn’s Guard Passes” series is now up.

This one shows how BJ Penn passes the 1/2 guard. Again, this pass is awesome because you end up in the mount! Man, your training partners are going to hate me for sharing this one.

Do me a favour and don’t show them the move until you pull it off a bunch of times on them. Have some fun with it!


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During your MMA training their are many things to keep in mind in terms of proper etiquette. Here’s an important one if you want to make friends and keep people wanting to train with you…

smellypigProper Hygiene

Good personal hygiene is very important in mixed martial arts training where you are in close quarters with your teammates a high percentage of the time. You should enter every class as clean as possible. Everyone hates training with someone who reeks of body odour from a long day of work. Also, wash your gi (uniform) on a regular basis and keep your shorts and t-shirts smelling fresh at all times.

Always keep your nails trimmed, tie back any long hair and make sure you are not wearing anything that may be potentially hazardous to your training partner (examples of this are zippers on shorts, knee braces or buttons).  Remove all jewellery and avoid training if you have any open cuts or sores on your body.

If you decide to retain your stink and continue to train in that state, your training partners will quickly become less willing to practice with you. They may also talk behind your to back about your particular aroma issue. There is an upside however. If you jump into class with the right level of disgusting smelliness you may be able to tap people out without applying an actual submission hold. That’s a joke; be sure to keep yourself clean and smelling great!

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A Post Concussion Moment #2

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concussionLeaving the theatre, the three of us had huge smiles on our faces. I was happy that I ended up seeing the movie Zombieland with my son and one of his friends  as it  turned out to be much different and way funnier than I had anticipated.

I hadn’t planned on spending the last two hours stuffing my face with popcorn as I watched zombie after zombie get killed –or re-killed I guess you’d call it since they were already dead—in a variety of violently graphic ways. Originally I had dropped my son and his buddy off in front of the theatre around thirty minutes before the movie was scheduled to start. As soon as they had entered the building, I drove away in the direction of my home which is only a few minutes away.

Several seconds after entering my house the phone rang.

“Dad can you come buy our tickets for us? The lady says we’re not old enough” my son asked.

“Sure buddy” I responded quickly, sliding on the one shoe that I had managed to kick off before picking up the phone.

Jumping back into my car I raced back to the theatre. It turned out that I had to stay and watch the movie with the two of them as they were too young to enter with adult accompaniment.  The smile on my son’s face as we headed out into the parking lot through the theatres main door made me happy. His quickly muttered “Thanks Dad for coming with us” was a huge bonus.

Once outside the theatre, I took five steps and stopped. Scanning the huge parking lot, which by this time was completely filled with cars, I struggled to remember where I had parked. I had no memory of walking towards the theatre from a specific direction or something that would help me recall the location of my vehicle. I took another look, this time moving my gaze from left to right at a snail like pace. Then I saw it.

Damn! It was exactly where I had parked it. Immediately in front of the movie theatre, nestled up against the curb a mere twenty feet from where we were currently standing. It was the closest car to the theatre. The only problem was that it wasn’t supposed to be parked there, no car was allowed to park there in fact!

I had stopped the car there two and a half hours ago with the thought that I would quickly run inside, buy the kids their movie tickets and run back and head home. In the midst of the purchase, the confusion of whether they could go in alone or needed me to join them, and the final decision by me to stay and watch the movie, I totally forgot about my illegally parked vehicle.

The two youngsters standing beside slowly turned their heads to look up at me each with a slightly confused look on their faces. I laughed out loud at myself. The four way hazard lights on my car were still flashing bright as we approached it. In the end I really lucked out. Over two hours illegally parked, the car was still there, without any sign of a parking ticket.

My wife and I had a good laugh that night about it all that night, and then my mother in-law had a good laugh, then my brother in-law and a few others did the same as the story was passed around in good fun.

Now that I feel clear headed and pretty much back to normal, I often laugh when I think about some of the funny experiences I had while recovering from post concussion syndrome. The scary truth however is that some athletes dealing with PCS never fully recover and end up living a very difficult life. Hopefully future research will bring improvements in prevention, treatment and general understanding of one of the worst injuries a person can sustain.

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Choose Your Favourites…

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Time for another MMA Discussion. This one is easy just

Choose your favourite:

  1. MMA fighter-
  2. Least Favourite MMA fighter-
  3. Fight Organziation –
  4. Marital Art –
  5. Fight of all time-
  6. Martial Arts  Movie? –
  7. MMA Website –
  8. MMA Technique –
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I just posted Video #3 of my MMA passing the guard series. This pass is a counter to be used against an opponent’s butterfly guard hook sweep.

It can be applied whether the opponent attempts the sweep from an over hook or an under hook position. I show the over hook version since that’s the type BJ’s opponent is attempting in the highlight video. The bottom fighter ends up recomposing his guard pretty quickly and therefore we don’t see the movement completed but my video shows one way to finalize the pass.

Hope you can pull it off in your training. Enjoy!

==> Click here to see it.