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While training for boxing, Muay Thai or MMA competition you’ll often be using the heavy bag. It’s a great tool to develop conditioning, power, speed and muscle memory. It’s also great fun and a nice way to relieve stress.

This video will teach you an important detail/concept that will help you keep good control of the heavy bag and avoid the bad habit of reaching out.

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Here’s an MMA/Boxing/Muay Thai technique that’ll help you stay safe by allowing you to never be where the opponent wants or expects you to be.

Mix this movement into your sparring and shadow fighting drills often to improve your evasiveness. Also, be sure to mix in your punching and kicking attacks before and after completing this footwork motion to fully take advantage of your slick movement.


Here’s an MMA/Muay Thai striking technique that I’ve used throughout my martial arts career with great success.

When throwing an outside low kick is very important to set it up so that it’s not easily checked (blocked) by an opponent. Having your low kick blocked can hurt your shin and may even result in a fractured or broken bone in your leg. That type of injury is brutal and very difficult to recover from.

There are many different ways to set up an outside low kick; here’s one that you can use when your opponent is backed up against the cage or ring ropes.

Hope you can put it to good use in your training.


Today I finally got a chance to film some of the technique breakdown videos I was inspired to put together after watching the main event fight at UFC 134 between Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami.

This first video, of several that I’ll be making of attacks/defenses in that fight, breaks down the 2 arms low jab. The same type of punch that Silva dropped Okami with during their exciting fight.

The 2nd video is a variation of the technique, which I call the “Lead Arm Low Jab”, that I use all the time in training and during my fights –especially during my bouts against Josh Koscheck and Nuri Shakir — with much success.

I hope the 2 videos help you smack people around with your jab more effectively because they are both very fun techniques to land on an opponent.

Here they are:

Technique 1 – “2 Arms Low Jab”

and here’s the variation of the above technique that I find effective as well:

Technique 2 – “Lead Arm Low Jab”

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After the great response to the “Elbows In” Solo Wall Drill video (click here to watch if you missed it) that I posted a few weeks back I decided to hit the gym to film the details of another great striking drill. It’s one that I use often to help accomplish the same goal: getting my students to keep their elbows in the optimal position.

This drill requires the help of a friend or coach but is still very simple to practice.

Here it is…

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MMA Basics – Striking Technique

I’ve been wanting to share this drill with you for a while and this week I finally had a chance to get it ready. I’m excited because I know that it will really help you in your training.

Do this drill and you’ll punch with much more power while using less effort; Your punches will land more often because you won’t be telegraphing your attacks before you do them; Plus your defensive abilities will improve especially when up against an opponent that throws a lot of body kicks and body punches.

How so?

Because it will train you to keep your elbows in close to your body before, during and after your punching attacks.

Try it out and let me know what you think.

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Jumping rope is a great exercise for boxers, kickboxers and MMA’ers. Actually it’s a useful drill for athletes of any sport where improved co-ordination, conditioning and footwork would be beneficial.

At times, the exercise can seem a little repetitive, especially when done daily as part of a workout routine. Mixing in different motions and tricks can spice things up and offer even more of a challenge.

Over the years I made sure that anytime I came across a new trick with the jump rope, I’d spend the time to learn it so that I could incorporate it into my training as soon as possible.

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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.

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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.”