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Hey,

This weekend was crazy busy!

On Saturday I had World BJJ champ Caio Terra at my martial arts school to teach a seminar. He showed some slick technique from the 50/50 guard which was cool because I never use that guard when I roll. I will now though *evil laugh*…well maybe just sometimes.

As soon as the seminar was done, I rushed downtown with my fighter Ryan Dickson to the Hamilton Place Theatre where the Score Fighting Series –a pro MMA event– was set to go down that night. Ryan was all set to fight against a tough opponent from Ottawa and we ended up being the 4th fight of the night on the card.

When all was said and done, Ryan won in the first round by a KO that ended up being chosen as “KO of the night” by the show. No cash bonus for that though :(. He’s really putting together a good record: 10 wins, no losses with all wins being by sub or KO.

Here’s a rough video of the fight from the crowd. The official fight video –which will without a doubt be much better quality– should be up online soon.

Ryan Dickson (Team Joslin) vs. Chris St. Jean – Score Fighting Series – Handheld Videos

Preparing for the fight, we worked many techniques specifically for the southpaw opponent that Ryan -who is a right handed fighter–would be facing. I’m going to share with you a couple of those concepts/techniques so you can try them out on any southpaw–which means they have their right leg forward and are generally left handed– opponents that step to you in training/competition.

Tips when fighting a Southpaw

1) Try to finish punching combinations with your lead hook so that you can easily move your body in that direction after completing your last punch of the combo. Moving to the side that’ll put you behind your opponent’s back will keep you away from getting knocked the hell out by their power hand or power kick –like Crocop’s head kick!. The good thing is that you’ll still be able to attack them as you move behind them so throw crisp jabs repeatedly as you step to that side.

2) When throwing your jab, your cross or your jab/cross combination try to step your lead leg slightly outwards –and forwards– so that it lies just outside the line of your opponent’s lead foot. This will keep your head off the line of fire, lessen the chance of eating their straight left and will make it easier to land your lead hand hook if you decide to throw it.

3) Try to throw many right side techniques as they will be very hard to block your southpaw opponent. The straight right hand will be a huge weapon for you, the right knee to the body is also very useful at close range and the right leg body kick is always a great option that hurts so bad. Remember that you on the other hand can be open for their left side attacks so be ready to counter those attacks or move away from power side at all times.

Hope these tips help you dominate some southpaws and I hope all your training is going well!

Jeff

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Here’s a video taken from the crowd of Ryan Dickson’s win over Chris St. Jean at the Score Fighting Series in Hamilton, Ontario.

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I had been wanting to film this technique all last week after UFC 150 but it wasn’t until last night that I finally had the chance.

This video breaks down the details of the upkick that Ben Henderson hit Frankie Edgar with at UFC 150. I also include some other details that you can use in your training to make the attack very effective.

Hope you can put it to good use!

Hey!

I just got back from coaching at the Flawless Fighting Championship in Chicago.

One of my fighters, Ryan Dickson won his fight in the first round via rear naked choke. Ryan’s been on a tear and has built up an overall 9-0 record (3-0 pro) in the last two years.

The cool part is that he’s finished every one of his opponent’s via TKO or submission.

Since the fight only lasted a minute and forty seconds I don’t really have much to share in terms of the techniques he used. He caught a kick to score a take down, passed the 1/2 guard to mount and forced
his opponent to give his back. From there it was all rear naked choke for the win.

Instead I want to share with you some of the mindset stuff I’ve used throughout my own career and again now as a coach to Ryan and the many other fighters on our team.

Here are some of the things I said to Ryan during our warm-up, on the way to the cage and during those very exciting moments before the fight starts.

#1 -“You’ve trained harder than ever before!”
It was true! It has to be true or his subconscious mind would have never accepted it. I told him this because knowing that he’s done all that he could have to prepare will keep him very calm.

#2 – “This is your reward bro!”
This statement reminds him of how hard he’s trained for this moment; That the fifteen minutes –or less– ahead of him is going to be so much fun because of the hundreds of hours he’s put in at the gym to prepare.

#3 – “Showcase your skills, the crowd is going to love you!”
I’ve always prided myself on being a very technical fighter. Ryan is the exact same way. The fifteen minute fight is not a scary thing for him, it’s a chance for him to excite the crowd with clean, precise striking, slick
wrestling and grappling skills. The fight is his time to shine! We let the other guy be nervous!

These are three of the many other things I repeated over and over to Ryan on Saturdaynight. I could see that he was accepting and absorbing every word and knew that he was ready to rock as soon as he stepped inside the cage.

A minute and forty seconds later his hand was raised in the center of the cage and I was jumping around like a wild man! It feels so awesome when I see my fighters win! Even better than when I won my fights.

When it comes to training, fights, grappling tournaments or everyday life activities, the same phrases –or similar ones– can help out a lot.

1) Fully prepare for whatever you’re doing

2) Think of performance time as a reward for all of the time you’ve spent preparing.

3) Show your skills proudly and aim to excite and impress all who witness you do yourthing.

Cheers!

Jeff

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We’re sitting in the hotel after last night’s Flawless Fighting event here in Chicago, Illinois.

Everything went really well and Ryan was able to take his pro-record to three wins, no losses –9-0 overall, all finishes, no decisions– with a first round victory over a tough opponent in Jason Graves. After several striking exchanges, Jason threw a body kick  which Ryan caught immediately. Throwing his opponent to the ground Ryan followed up by quickly moving into the 1/2 guard position. Soon after, Ryan passed to mount and forced his opponent to turn his back to him which opened up the opportunity to attack with a choke. After a few seconds of Ryan squeezing, Jason tapped out to a very tight rear naked choke.

We were starving after the fight –we hadn’t eaten since noon– so one of the local guys here Dave –great guy!– was nice enough to take us over to get our first taste of Chicago style pizza. It was awesome! After tearing through the crazy filling dinner we hit up a local bar for the after fight party. At the party we met many great people there and I had a chance to spend some time talking with my good friend Ray Flores as well which was cool

Halfway through the night, my man Shonie Carter showed up. An awesome guy with a crazy amount of energy and flare, Shonie was pretty damn funny! He was also in really good shape and seemed to have bulked up a  bit.

A big group of us headed back to our hotel by shuttle at around 1am and that was about it for the night.

In a few minutes Ryan and I will be heading to the airport for the trip home…

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Just sitting here hanging out in the hotel room with Ryan Dickson. Tomorrow he’ll do battle with local fighter Jason Graves at the Flawless Fighting Championships. He’s done all of his homework in the gym and is in great shape so we’re both very excited for fight time.

We arrived yesterday by plane –from Buffalo– and spent a few hours sitting around our hotel watching T.V before getting some sleep; Not much else happened other than that.

This morning we got up early to search out a place where we could find a scale and a sauna to cut the extra weight that Ryan had to lose before the event weigh-ins.

With a few hours to kill midway through the day we squeezed in watching a movie as well –“The Watch” which was pretty damn funny– at a nearby theater. It only costed us seven bucks! That was a pretty good deal did compared to Canadian movie prices.

After returning to our hotel we chilled out for a bit before jumping onto a shuttle to head to an MMA gym in downtown Chicago for the weigh-ins. Ryan’s opponent weighed in almost five pounds over –totally unprofessional move by him– but we’ve agreed to fight regardless.

I’m about to close up the laptop and lie down to get some sleep. That is after I finish kicking my wife’s butt at online scrabble. I’m up by a few points with only a few turns left and I never beat her so wish me luck!

Thanks to our many great sponsors S.S.T Hamilton, Tapout Training Center – Burlington, Show-No-Love Fightwear, Thunder Tribe Energy Shot, Trenchless Utilities, Tattz & Company, Endzone Bar & Grill, JR Financial and FightZone Hamilton.

@*($…I’m back and just wanted to let you know my wife beat me by 2 points!

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