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MMA Training Tip – Leave your ego at the door

Ideally you’re reading this before you’ve begun your training. If your quest to become a skilled mixed martial artist is already underway and you are currently enrolled in classes at a quality MMA school you have an idea of what I mean when I say “leave your ego at the door!”

It’s safe for me to say that you’ve been flipped, choked, punched in the nose once or twice and have had your joints hyper extended to the point of submission by people that are a mere fraction of your size! Your ego has been attacked without mercy!

Many beginning students have difficulty dealing with the humbling experiences that I just mentioned. In my many years of experience I’ve also found that the bigger, stronger type students usually have the most trouble in doing so. I’ve seen so many muscle bound guys mentally and physically deflate when they face the abrupt realization that the type of muscle they have spent years building seems to be more of a hindrance than a weapon inside the ring/cage or on the mats.

If this has been your experience so far, don’t panic! It happens to everyone and I literally mean everyone. Realize that you were beaten by solid mixed martial arts technique not by the person who just smacked you around the ring or wiped the mats with you. The good thing is that with some practice, technical proficiency will slowly transform from an adversary into an ally. You have my promise that if you can persevere and push through this challenging time the reward will be great.

Resume your training or begin – if you haven’t yet started– your training without the pressure of feeling you have to do well right away. The amount of fun you’ll have while training will increase multiple times over and soon you will be the one humbling the newest group of students to step on the mats.

One of the best quotes I’ve come across that accurately describes the progression of mixed martial arts training is “You must first be the nail before you can be the hammer.” Keep this in mind and you will one day find out how much fun it is to be the hammer!

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Here are some other mindset tips that will help you maximize your training:

MMA Mindset #1 (The I Already Know That Type)

MMA Mindset #2 (The Rough Guy)

MMA Mindset #3 (The Lazy Guy)

MMA Mindset #4 – Don’t be the Bragger!

Keep your opponents and training partners in check!

You ever spar those guys that go crazy and wild, using up all of their energy in the first part of each round, trying to take your head off?

What’s a good way to stop them?

With Counter Attacks!

Defending their attack and answering back with a solid attack of your own will take away their confidence and kill their aggression. Nobody likes to be hit solidly with multiple strikes after their strike was easily defended by the opponent.

In this 2 hour workshop, Jeff will teach you how to defend common striking attacks and have your drill each of them, along with the most and effective powerful follow up attacks, until they become automatic for you. 

You’ll leave with a bag of new tricks that you can quickly put to use when you spar. 

  • Date: Sunday, March 28th, 2010
  • Time: 1pm-3pm
  • Place: Joslin’s MMA, 436 Concession Street, Hamilton

Register at Joslin’s MMA or confirm your spot by registering online at

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I was a bit late tuning in to the UFC Fights last night but I did manage to catch the Jon Jones vs. Brandon Vera bout along with the match before it that Dos Santos won.

In the main event bout I thought Jones did a great job of setting up some nice takedowns by punching before each time he shot in. He also, much to the delight of myself and the crowd, pulled off some really cool throws. I’m really looking forward to seeing him fight some more.

The fight between Gonzaga and Dos Santos wasn’t overly exciting but the quick and explosive knockout by John Howard over his opponent Daniel Roberts balanced things out in terms of entertainment value.

How did the first two fights on the card go down? Anything exciting happen?

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UFC (March 21st) Quick Picks…

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Thought I’d throw up some last minute predictions. Looking forward to watching Jon Jones fight.

  • Jon Jones vs. Brandon Vera  – Jones by decision
  • Junior Dos Santos  vs. Gabriel Gonzaga – Dos Santos by KO
  • Cheick Kongo  vs. Paul Buentello – Kongo by Decision
  • James Irvin vs. Alessio Sakara – Sakara by Decision

Who are you picking?

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Video Workshop Draw Live Tonight!

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I will be giving away 3 sets of my new video workshops tonight at 8pm EST. Thanks and good luck to all who registered.


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This Sunday night I will be drawing 3 winners from all who enter the “Win a Free Video Workshop!” contest.  Winners will choose from 3 different selections: The X-Guard, Sneaky Attacks or Head Movement Workshops.

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If you are already a FIGHT CREW member, simply send me an email with the word “Yes” in the subject line.

Good luck!

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My new BJJ (No-Gi) Workshop was a fun one to teach and I think you’ll really love the series of techniques we covered in the 2 hour session.

Throughout the 16 instructional videos you’ll learn my most sneaky submissions and techniques including 3 ways to tap your opponent out in less than 3 seconds! I love bustin out those moves in training and competition.

You also learn:

  1. A slick way to escape the armlock
  2. 3 Single leg defensse that end with you getting a submission
  3. The School Yard Bully choke
  4. 2 Sneaky wristlocks that are tough to defend!
  5. A hold down that will make them tap out quickly!

Surprise your opponent with attacks these sneaky attacks that I’d bet they’ve never seen before.

Here’s a technique from the workshop:


Had to throw this video up…Always great watching Manny do his thing.

Save Your Face in Sparring and Competiton!

Over the years I’ve done a lot of shadow boxing. Actually I think I’ve done a little too much of it. I recall a time when I would set the oven timer for 30 minutes every morning and every night so that I could work on all of my newest techniques over and over again while shadowboxing. Needless to say after a while I could no longer lift my arms up and out to my sides without feeling excruciating pain pulse through my shoulders and biceps.  That was a painful lesson about over doing things.

Anyways, I want to share my one of my favourite shadowboxing drills. Before I do, let’s look at how you will benefit from doing it regularly.

First off it will help you get hit in the head way less!

If that’s not enough of a reason to start implementing this drill, then I say it will also help you land more strikes on your opponent and majorly increase the damage you inflict because the poor guy won’t even see the strikes coming.

Lastly this drill will make you frustrating to face in training or competition. You’ll look slicker, smoother and more experienced inside the cage or ring which is a nice bonus that may even draw you a few extra fans over the years.

What’s the drill you ask?

It’s a shadowboxing drill that incorporates the use of a set of mirrors –which many kickboxing and boxing gyms have– to improve your head movement skills.

Here’s how it works.

Plant yourself directly in front of the mirrors, body facing them, at a distance of two to three feet. Assume a fighting stance and adjust your position so that from your perspective your nose is directly in line with one of the cracks or seams that marks where one mirror ends and the next mirror starts. Be sure that you’re in your full fighting stance when you line everything up.

Next, begin shadowboxing as your normally would but keep your lower body completely still. Instead of moving your feet focusing on moving your upper body so that your nose moves on and off of the line you marked using the mirrors in front of you. Slip to the left, slip to the right, roll under a punch or two and after every evasive manoeuvre allow your nose to return to the place in which it started. Once there, move your head again…and again…and again.

I suggest doing a few rounds without any punching, strictly focusing on moving your head. Once you feel comfortable in doing that begin to add some simple punches. If your nose is off to the right side of your mark, fire back with a straight right hand. If it’s off to the left, counter attack with a killer left hook. Remember to maintain your high rate of head movement as it’s easy to get so wrapped up in punching again that you head movement starts to lessen.

Now you’re ready for the full drill. Start the timer to begin a round. Begin moving your head often, keeping your motion fluid and relaxed. Start unleashing punching combinations into your imaginary opponent’s face and body, each set of punches originating from the position that your evasive movements brought you too. Be sure to throw some punches from the normal vertical standing position but always move your head immediately after ending a flurry and then continue on with the drill. In the midst of all this action, maintain solid technical striking detail in your movements by keeping your hands up high, and by turning your hips when you punch plus all of the other things your instructor has taught you in training.

Do this drill often and you’ll find yourself moving your head more while working the heavy bag, while hitting the hand mitts and most importantly while sparring. What’s the end result? You’ll get hit less, land more solid shots of your own and look pretty slick in the process.

Have fun with it!

Here’s an example of how not to move your head!

and here’s a technique from a Head Movement workshop that I taught:

To pick up the Full 31 Video Head Movement video workshop which covers proper slipping, rolling, counter punching and more visit HERE.

This Sunday, March 14th, I’ll  be teaching a Submission Wrestling (no-gi) workshop at Joslin’s MMA. I’m excited about this one as it will focus on “Sneaky Attacks”.

Come on out to learn some of my most sneaky submissions and techniques including 3 ways to tap your opponent out in less than 3 seconds! Always fun to do I must say.

The workshop is being held at Joslin’s MMA (436 Concessions Street, Hamilton) from 1pm-3pm on Sunday, March 14, 2010. Come a little early, warm-up on your own and we’ll jump right into 2 solid hours of technical practice.

Perfect for students of all levels, this workshop will leave your training partners shocked and surprised next time you roll with them.

It’s going to be a fun one to teach!

To sign up or for info on this and many other of my workshops CLICK HERE

See you on the mats!

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