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Thanks to everyone for your feedback on the fighting stance video. The response was great.

I’m really glad you liked it and I hope it helps you get hit less often during your training and of course your fights as well :).

A few guys posted and emailed to tell me that they like to keep their front foot facing forward instead of using my slightly inward style foot positioning.

What’s their reasoning for using that variation?

A few of them said so they can easily step forward while extending their jab.

They were wondering if I had any trouble jabbing from my stance.  If you watch any of my fights notice that the jab is one of my best weapons.

My stance is the main reason the punch works so well for me during training and in my fights!

It just takes some solid instruction and a lot of practice to master it.

In response to those questions I created a video to break down the basics of how I throw my jab and have also included some footage of me landing it against some tough opponents.

The instructional part of that video is one of the 100+ training videos that make up my new MMA QuickStart Training Program.

The program, designed specifically for beginners and those looking to master the basics is now available


It’s full of many great features and I’m very excited to say that it is ready to launch after more than two years in development.

Win a FREE Copy!

I’m starting a contest right now to give away 3 FREE COPIES OF THE MMA QUICKSTART PROGRAM.

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All you have to do is tell me — WHY YOU NEED THIS PROGRAM? (in 300 words or less). Post your answer in the comment section and I’ll pick the 3 winners this Saturday night.

Good luck!

Also if you’re in the Mississauga, Ontario area be sure to check out my striking coach’s school, he is the best! – ALL CANADIAN MARTIAL ARTS

My New MMA Training Program for Beginners!

To be completely honest, I remember a time, nearly fifteen years ago, when I couldn’t imagine my life without the thrill of competition.

I’d often ask my Dad, who was a three-time Canadian champion, when he had to retire from fighting.

I was worried that with every passing year my time to retire would come. Funny thing was that I was probably only twenty-three years old at the time.

What would I do? The thought was truly unbearable.

Unfortunately, I was forced to stop fighting in 2007 because of post concussion syndrome caused by an accumulation of hits taken throughout a lifetime of martial arts

Did my world end?

I’ll admit it; things were really rough for a while but I now find myself more motivated than ever before.

My goal?

A powerful desire to teach others how to become skilled mixed martial artists. To help them achieve their goals and experience the many benefits MMA training has given me in my life.

That desire and the fact that so many people out there are in search of quality MMA training inspired me to create my new MMA QuickStart Training Program.

and finally after more than two years in development it’s ready!

You’ll be able to purchase it this Monday Night (December 13th) at 12 O’clock midnight (EST)

I designed the MMA QuickStart Training Program to:

  • Get you off to the best start in your MMA training by teaching you the foundational techniques in the right order.
  • Lead you through every single workout with step by step instructions.
  • Prevent you from developing bad habits that are nearly impossible to break.
  • Allow you to train anytime and pretty much anyplace you like.
  • Get you into great shape while you have a lot of fun.

I’ll be having a contest before the launch date where I’ll be giving away 3 FREE copies of MMA QuickStart.

Check back tomorrow to find out how you can win…

Of course, as a coach, I’ll miss the opportunity to KO my opponent in front of 20,000 fanatical fans or win the “Submission of the Night.” bonus check at my next UFC fight.

That’s OK. My rewards are the kind words of appreciation I’ve received from my students both on and offline are just as awesome.

Here are a few of my favourites so far…

14 Time UFC Fighter Spencer The King Fisher

Alon Z

“I am 35 Years old and extremely busy running a business…I have been training (during my off season) 3 months a year in the Winter with Jeff Joslin for around 10 years now doing private lessons…

Although I live and work in Toronto and have to commute over 2 hours (round trip) to see Jeff, it is well worth it. Training with Jeff is like therapy for the mind and body and despite trying some local MMA guys here and there, there is NO Comparison for having Jeff train me.

He is not only extremely knowledgeable, he is intelligent and organized and teaches you in a systematic way so that you can build on your learning (even if it is not as consistent as you would like). Also he is a down to earth guy who is easy to talk to and has a great sense of humour (which makes the sometimes gruelling sessions more enjoyable!)

I cannot get motivated to go to the Gym, or do Cardio but cannot wait to get to my training sessions with Jeff every time we have a session scheduled.

Although I run a successful business…I have struggled over the years with anxiety, depression etc…and there has been no medication as effective as training with Jeff to get me through difficult times.

Training with Jeff has been an important part of my life and I look forward to training with him for years to come…”

Ryan Dickson - (4-0 Amateur MMA Fighter)

“I began training with Jeff Joslin just over three years ago. Since then I’ve improved tremendously and am enjoying every second of it.

I’ve had four MMA fights and won each of them thanks to the coaching of Jeff and the preparation we did for each.

Jeff has a very effective and extremely fun style of teaching that is easy to learn from. I believe his method of teaching works so well because of his intense focus on the basics. In all my competitions I really feel that my fundamental techniques are what have made the difference.”

Tapio T - Japan

“Hi Jeff,

I just got a knee injury so my training isn’t going as well as it could. I was a bit depressed for a while because of it, but your tips gave me more strength to go on and find new aspects in training!! Thank you so much for the message. It gave me more hope!

Your videos have also helped me a lot to get my basics in real good condition. There were so many wrong things that I was concentrating on and the videos helped me correct those things!!

Thanks again and please keep up the good job!!”

Tapio T – (Japan)

Paul Guagliano, Head of Boys Phys. Ed, Westmount Secondary School
“I have been a Martial Artist myself for over 20 years and I can say, beyond any doubt, Jeff is the best instructor I have ever met.

His voice, mannerisms, discipline, control and pace to his classes, are second to none. My students love him. Each and every time he teaches one of my classes, not only are my classes learning valuable, efficient, appropriate, self defense moves, even with my background, I learn too.”

Hey guys,

I’ve written a lot of stuff about and shot a lot of video of the training here in Iowa with Spencer Fisher as we get prepared to do battle on October 16th at UFC 120 in London, England. I won’t be sharing any training video footage or other training until after the fight is over but I will be putting together a compilation of everything.

I did however record a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique –great for gi, no-gi and mma training- that I was working with a group of guys down here. Be careful when you apply it in action because sometimes the other person doesn’t realized that it’s a solid submission and then resist tapping and hurt their shoulder badly. Go very slow with it when you apply it.

Here it is.

Back for 3 days from Iowa for the Ruben’s “Cobrinha” Charles at my martial arts school, day one of the seminar went great! Cobrinha showed some awesome sweep from the sit up guard and had everyone work on several omaplata attacks after that. Cobrinha’s omaplata is insane, tough to escape and ultra tight. It’s always great to learn details regarding someone’s most dangerous attacks.

After 2 hours of drilling techniques we hit the mats to roll. An hour later, everyone was tired and smiling from the great experience they had at the seminar. Tomorrow is the no-gi seminar which I know will be excellent as well. Details is where it’s at and Cobrinha does a fantastic job of explaining the tiniest of details when he teaches BJJ.

I’ll let you know how it goes…


8 Beginner BJJ & Grappling Tips

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Beginner BJJ &  Grappling Tips

Most people can throw some sort of punch which enables them to jump into stand up sparring and at least do something offensive in the beginning. When it comes to groundwork training things are quite different; most people don’t have a clue as to what to do. If the matted area that you grapple on was an ocean, a well trained BJJ student would be a shark and you, being new, can’t even swim yet. Now that’s Scary!

The good news is that there are a few things that you can incorporate into your rolling and overall training mindset that will bring things into the proper perspective, take some pressure off of you, make you a little harder to tap out and cause your training to be way more fun.

Here they are…

1. Guard Your Arms!

Extending your arms to push a rolling opponent away from you at the wrong time is one of the quickest ways to get yourself submitted. There are times when you should push with fully extended arms but in the beginning you unfortunately won’t know when it’s a safe time to do so. Therefore, It’s a good idea to try to keep both of your arms close to your body at all times, rarely extending them past a 90 degree angle. If you do get arm locked –you probably still will from time to time– try to recognize how your opponent caught you and the next time your find yourself in that same position, work even harder to protect your arms!

2. Guard your Neck!

It’s pretty much guaranteed that you will be choked into submission often when your first start rolling (sparring) with live opponents. Keep this from happening way too much by guarding your neck in several different ways; first don’t let them grab inside your collars with their hands if you’re training with a gi on; secondly avoid putting your head and neck underneath one of their armpits and you’ll avoid the dreaded guillotine choke; and third, when their arms are moving aggressively towards your neck area fight hard with both of your hands to stop them from locking in any sort of choke otherwise it’ll quickly be game over.

If you find yourself caught in a tight choke, remember it won’t hurt very much but it will render you unconscious in only a few seconds. Tap out and you can train again right away; don’t tap and when you awaken from unconsciousness, you’ll feel surprised that you’re lying on the mats in the gym instead of home in your bedroom.  Not a good feeling but don’t worry though it has happened to us all.

3. Use your Hips

Try your best not to just lie there while your opponent works you into some sort of choke, arm lock of leg lock. Your two legs can create an incredibly strong bridging motion when you plant them solidly on the floor and lift your hips up high. This bridging motion can destabilize your opponent forcing them to release certain holds in order to maintain their positioning and balance. A explosively strong bridge can also get you out of bad positions sometimes allowing you to move from the bottom position to the top. Keep your hips and entire body moving at all times and you’ll instantly make yourself much more difficult to control and submit.

4. Learn Your Escapes and Defenses

In terms of technique drilling, positional escapes can sometimes seem less exciting to practice than a flashy submission hold or a big takedown but they are exactly what you need to get good at when you first begin training on the ground. Pay attention to detail when learning escapes and spend a lot of time practicing them because it will pay off greatly by allowing you to survive a little longer with the tougher rolling partners.

If you have the money to invest in some private lessons with your instructor do it and use those lessons to hone your escape and submission defense skills. It’ll be well worth it.

5. Leave your Ego at the Door

This is the most important tip of all in my opinion. If you let getting tapped out, flipped, twisted, and squished by students –sometimes ones smaller and weaker than you—depress you and make you feel down, get ready because you’re going to be depressed for quite a while. These things are all part of the learning process and all who have achieved the upper belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (or a high level of proficiency in another ground fighting style) were once in your shoes. Instead of looking at training like a competition, try to enjoy your workouts, the fact that you are able to get out there and do it and when you get tapped out simply jump back in there and get back at it. Train hard and you’ll soon feel more like the hammer instead of the nail. Being the hammer is so fun!

6. Drill, Drill and Drill some more…

Underestimate the importance of practicing a certain technique many times and you will pay the price; your movement will never be executed smooth enough or fast enough or with the necessary details needed for it to work against a strong resisting opponent.

When you learn a technical movement, be sure to practice it often within the next month or so. It’s better to repeat one technique hundreds of times within a month then to learn a new technique every day and practice each of them very little. With focused practice you will be great with a few techniques instead of knowing many techniques that you pretty much suck at. This will arm you with a strong technical foundation that you will be able to build upon in the future so be sure to drill, drill, and drill some more…

7. Spend Some Time Stretching!

When you are new to mixed martial arts you will definitely experience some soreness after rigorous training sessions. A lot of punching will tighten the arms, kicking with work the hamstrings and other leg muscles, and groundwork (BJJ or some other grappling art) will take a pretty good chunk of time for your body to get used to.

Most often an instructor will put you through a complete warm-up to prep you for the remainder of class but you will find a lot of benefit in supplementing your training with some additional stretching. Yoga classes are a great option or you could simply repeat, on your own time, the many warm-ups and flexibility improving exercises that you learn in your martial arts classes.

Improved flexibility will help prevent personal injury and will also allow you to perform certain manoeuvres that those with limited flexibility cannot. I can tell you from personal experience that facing a very flexible opponent on the ground is a pain in the butt; their guards are often difficult to pass, they are tough to tap out and often have a great ability to escape trouble.  Stretching early in the morning will also make your feel great and set a positive tone for the rest of your day so be sure to try it out.

8. Show up for Classes

As an instructor the most common question that I am asked is “How do I get good fast?” My answer is simple. I tell them to just keep showing up for class.

Over the years, my best students have been those people that rarely miss a training session, the type of student that trains so often that when they don’t show up, you assume something bad has happened. That’s the type of dedication it takes to really excel in any martial art and it’s extra important for MMA training because there is so much stuff to learn.

If there was a magic pill that could make people champions I’d sell it and become very, very rich but for now all I know is that you must put in the time to become a diamond on the mats. So remember, no excuses! Train anytime you get the chance, participate in seminars, book private lessons and immerse yourself in mixed martial arts training to the fullest and I guarantee that good things will follow.

Train Hard, Train Smart and Have Fun!

Looking to Start your MMA Training? If so, you’ve got to check out my MMA QuickStart 12-week training program ==>

My Beginner MMA Program – MMA QuickStart launches on October 6th, 2010

Ever since I began offering online mixed martial arts (MMA)  instruction through this website, I’ve received countless emails from people asking for an MMA program training program specifically for those with little to no experience. Many mentioned that they don’t have access to high quality training, others were searching for a head start before they join a nearby gym.

Well, after more than 2 years in development the program is ready to go so I’ve set a launch date…

Check it out…

In this video training series you’ll learn to tap your opponents quickly by surprising them with quick counter attacks.

The workshop series contains some quick counters to a variety of your opponents attacks. I also made sure that the counters I taught ended up with you applying a submission hold of your own so that you can end the fight quickly.

From single leg takedowns, to omaplatas, kimuras and footlocks we counter them all, firing back with a bunch of different attacks inclduing toe holds, armlocks, shoulder crushes and more.

You’ll find yourself looking forward to having your opponent attack you so that you can instantly turn the tables on them and get the tap out!

Your confidence on the mats will soar when you master the 14 videos in this training series…

Below is a video from the series showing one of my favourite ways to work against an opponent that is attempting a single leg.

To pick up the entire video series visit the PREMIUM SHOP.

MMA/BJJ/Boxing/Kickboxing Training Tip – Take notes

Writing down what you learn at  BJJ, Boxing, Kick boxing or Wrestling practice is a great way to help your remember attacks, defenses and escapes better than ever before. The writing process will bring the techniques you recently learned back into your mind, which is almost as good as practicing them all over again, as you focus on getting every little technical detail out of your freshly punched or squished head and onto the paper.

Here’s a few tips that I’ve used over the years to help me take better notes:

– Pay attention to the even the tiniest of details and keep a record of every technique, concept and strategy you learn in class, from another student, through observation of sparring sessions or during a private lesson with your instructor. Before you know it you’ll have a ton of stuff to practice outside of your regular training schedule.

– Do not…I repeat do not attempt to remember any detail, no matter how memorable it may seem at the time, in your head. If anything is forgotten, your technique will be much less effective and may potentially not even work at all.

I’ll say it one more time because it is so important. When taking notes be sure to include every single detail!

I’ve run into trouble in the past when my technique description was lacking. For instance, I would often write to use one of my hands for some movement within a technique but forgot to specify if it was my left or right hand. At the time I thought I would easily remember something as small as that and a week later I probably did. A month later that vital information was often lost from my mind. I quickly learned that taking ten minutes or more after class or a seminar to write down everything was worth the effort.

– A pen and paper system has always worked well for me. If you can type pretty fast I also suggest entering into a computer program such as Microsoft Word as it may help you keep more organized. Typing your notes into the computer will give your mind another look at the many techniques that you are hoping to put to use in your training in the near future. The more time you spend thinking about martial arts, the faster you will improve.

– The notes you take won’t be of any value to you unless you go back to them often and practice them with a partner. At first I suggest you work on them several times per week, before class, after class or even at home if you have a good spot to practice. I used to meet up with a different training partner –so I wouldn’t burn them out– every morning for two hours and go over six to eight different techniques.

– Once you’ve mastered the technique’s static application –which they say takes at least a thousand repetitions—the notes are not as important as the movement will have become embedded into your subconscious. You’ll start finding yourself pulling the movements off during training and maybe even competition. That’s when you can begin to move onto to practice the many other techniques in your training notebook.

Keep in mind that carrying your notebook with you to martial arts class, and writing notes in the midst of a seminar might not seem like the coolest things to do but don’t worry it’ll all be worth it. The quick gains you’ll make in skill will soon have you submitting anyone who laughs at your methods. 🙂

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

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