Archive for June, 2010

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Big fight coming up this weekend!  Big as in the hype behind this fight and big as in the two monsters of men, Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, that will be duking it out inside the octagon at UFC 116. I’m excited about that fight that’s for sure.

Throw in some Chris Leben, veteran Chris Lytle and another fight that I’m looking forward to seeing into, Pellegrino vs. Sotiropoulos,  and I think fight card may turn out pretty entertaining.

Time to make your picks for the UFC 116 Pick’em contest. Once again the winner’s prize,which goes to the reader who can guess the most correct winners, is access to any one of my MMA video training workshops (found here).

Post your picks as a comment and please keep your picks in the order of the list below as it makes calculating the results much easier.

Brock Lesnar (4-1) vs. Shane Carwin (12-0)
Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-1) vs. Chris Leben (20-6)
Chris Lytle (28-17-5) vs. Matt Brown (11-8)
Stephan Bonnar (11-7) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (19-9-1)
Kurt Pellegrino (16-4) vs. George Sotiropoulos (12-2)
Brendan Schaub (5-1) vs. Chris Tuchscherer (18-2)
Ricardo Romero (10-1) vs. Seth Petruzelli (12-4)
Kendall Grove (11-7) vs. Goran Reljic (8-1)
Dave Branch (6-0) vs. Gerald Harris (15-2)
Daniel Roberts (9-1) vs. Julio Paulino (17-3)
Jon Madsen (5-0) vs. Karlos Vemola (7-0)

Good luck!

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Fabricio Werdum did it! He beat Fedor Emelianenko, the man many people believed was unbeatable and he did it with one of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s most effective attacks, the triangle choke position. He ended up finishing by applying pressure to Fedor’s elbow with an armlock but it all started with the threat of the triangle choke.

Well more accurately, I believe it was because Fedor punched himself into the triangle choke position which Werdum did a great job of taking advantage of. With little respect for Werdum’s guard, Fedor tried to finish his Brazilian opponent with some intense ground and pound after dropping him to the canvas with a solid shot to the head moments earlier. The only problem was that his repeated one arm bombardment placed himself within the triangle choke several times in a row. He shook out of the first few fairly easily but then found himself in one of the most threatening positions in the game of MMA, trapped within a fully locked triangle choke which left his neck and arm in some serious danger. Even worse was the fact that it was a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion that was applying the submission hold on him.

Escaping that type of  situation would be like trying to run from an attacker that is holding a gun to you head. Chances are ultra slim that you’ll be able to do but there’s always a chance.

In this video I show you the escape that I use when I am completely stuck inside a fully locked triangle choke position. A final shot at avoiding this excellent submission hold. It must be done as soon as you feel your trapped arm passed across the opponent’s stomach and before he is able to start attacking that arm by straightening it out.

It’s one of over 20 videos from my Submisson Escape workshop that is available in the PREMIUM SHOP.

Try it out in your training.

On Sunday July 11th I’ll be teaching another BJJ workshop (with gi) at Joslin’s MMA in Hamilton.

The focus of this one will be counter attacks; covering many ways to surprise you opponent by using his own attack against him. You’ll learn how to knee bar them when then try to sweep you, tap them out when they attack your arms and many other cool way to turn the tables on them in your training and competition.

Whether your a beginner or advanced student you’ll leave this workshop with many new tricks that will keep your training partners guessing on the mats…or tapping I guess I should say instead.

Workshop: BJJ Counter Attacks (with gi)

Date: Sunday July 11th, 2010

Time: 1pm-3pm

Place: Joslin’s Mixed Martial Arts (Map)

Cost: $30 members ($40 non-members)

Register soon as space is limited to 20 people

To register online ==> CLICK HERE

Categories : BJJ Technique
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Jun
27

Saw the Fedor vs. Werdum Video…

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Fabricio Werdum beats Fedor at Strikeforce and shocks the world…

To me it looked like Fedor believed that he could never be caught in Werdum’s triangle or that he could easily escape it if he had to. He just kept punching and punching himself in and out of that dangerous position.

Werdum’s legs are so long that the triangle choke is the last place you want to fall into when fighting him. When I saw Werdum fully lock the choke I wasn’t surprised to see that Fedor was unable to escape. Fabricio’s a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt champ and a strong guy! I’m sure that for him triangle choking people is as natural as Fedor’s ability to punch people in the face.

Congrats to Werdum for pulling of a great submission! I look forward to watching the rematch.

Someone posted the fight it on http://www.youtube.com/v/r254ncFfv24

Categories : Randomness
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Growing up, I lived above my fathers martial arts (MMA) school in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It was a lot of fun living there. It also made me a little cooler with the kids from school as I was the only guy that had a wrestling ring –we were all into the WWF back then–  in the basement.

The house and the school, Joslin’s Mixed Martial arts, have gone through many changes since it opened way back in 1967. In this video, I’ll take you on a tour of my childhood home and the place where my martial arts training began a long time ago in a galaxy far,far,away…

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Way back in the early 1990’s I had been training in karate and kickboxing for some time when I came across a video tape (yes a VHS tape :)) that changed my life forever. It was entitled “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu” and had been created by Renzo Gracie.

I literally watched three minutes of the first tape in the 12 volume series and I was completely hooked!

I began practicing the movements found within those instructional videos over and over again until I was comfortable with every single technique that I could find on them.

Not having access to a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teacher, as there were very few outside of Brazil at that time –if they did relocate it was usually to Miami or someplace warm, never Canada–, I ordered every single BJJ instructional video set that came out and continued to practice, practice and practice. Sometimes even two or three times  a day with anyone of my students or friends that would offer themselves up as a partner.

As I started to travel North America to train at BJJ seminars and many of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools that were starting to pop up within the United States, I really wanted to remember every single bit of knowledge that I came across. If I were to forget even the smallest detail when I returned home, I knew I would never improve as fast as I wanted to. To help me to not forget things, I started creating a manual. In the video below, I explain the extent I went to making it and the amount of detail that was put into the 700+ page monster of a book…

Check out this Mike Tyson tribute video!

Whether you like him or not there’s no denying the man’s ability to fight; intense, aggressive and instinctive, Mike’s Tyson’s punching power and hand speed brought a huge amount of excitement to the sport of boxing. If your a fight fan you gotta love part one of this video for it’s sheer intensity!

Part two is a little sad as it covers more of the downfall of Mike’s career. Mike’s life would be a tough one to live for anyone in my opinion. I hope he’s gotten himself and his life back on the good track.

Warning: Videos contain graphic profanity that may offend some people

Categories : Cool Video Links
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MMA Training Tip – Patience Will Keep Things Fun!

I really don’t believe that becoming the perfect mixed martial artist is ever possible. Well at least not in the average life span that we as human beings can expect. I’ve been training close to thirty years and sometimes there are some days I still feel like a beginner at some things.

In the beginning mixed martial arts can be a little overwhelming for many students. New students are constantly asking me how long it will take them to become good. I always tell them that there is no easy route or quick shortcut to mastery, that they should focus on attending class as often as possible and always do their best to be a good student. If they are expecting to become a professional fighter overnight, they have no clue how much dedication an accomplishment it actually takes to do so. Mind you they could just jump in and fight pro but they better have some good health insurance.

In terms of your own training, be patient. It will take some time but with some dedication and hard work you’re guaranteed to improve. In a few shorts months you will possess the skills and confidence necessary to defend yourself against the average person in the street. That is a very empowering feeling. I call this time stage one and at this is the point where things really become fun.

Like watching your own child grow, you don’t notice the technical changes and growth you are making daily but before you know it you’ve matured into an experience mixed martial artist. So be patient, have fun and remember that the enjoyment isn’t in achieving the goal, it’s in the journey along the way.

Here’s a video of Steven Seagal showing some techniques to UFC Champ Anderson Silva. Some of the stuff looked pretty painful and it’s obvious Seagal is great at what he does. Question is…will we see some of it applied in the octagon?

It would be cool to see if someone could pull of those moves…

Here’s the video

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I’m excited to say that the next workshop that I’ll be teaching at Joslin’s MMA (on Sunday, June 27) will be focusing on one of my favourite aspects of striking: Angles, Evasiveness and Movement.

Come out and join us as I share some of my best ways to keep yourself out of harm’s way when when striking on the feet. A small angle change after you’re done punching or some proper footwork at the right time can cause your opponent massive amounts of frustration because they will be unable to hit you. Best part is that you will still be able to hit them!

Whether you are a beginner or advanced student, this workshop will give you the tools of evasion that most fighters lack. Like I always say, it’s all about the right technique.

Date: Sunday, June 27th
Time: 1pm-3pm

Cost: $30 members ($40 non-members)

Place: Joslin’s Mixed Martial Arts (436 Concession Street, Hamilton)

Note: Bring whatever striking gear you have (ie. boxing gloves, shin pads etc.) If you don’t have anything, don’t worry, I’ll get some for you when you arrive.

TO REGISTER ONLINE  ==> Click Here

See you soon!

Categories : Striking Technique
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