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I’ve given it a lot of thought lately and out of all the tips I could share to help you with your MMA training, one sticks out in my mind as the most important one of all.

Master the Basics First!

I know it seems so simple and obvious but in all my years of training, travelling and fighting it’s the one thing that plagues mixed martial artist of all experience levels; even the guys you see on TV!

Put it this way…

A building with a crumbling, horribly weak foundation is not something you would ever invest your good money into.

It’s no different in your MMA training.

If you fail to build an ideal foundation in terms of your mixed martial arts technique, you’ll be forced to go back and rebuild it all over again, wasting so much time and effort!

Either that or have your skills fail you miserably, seeming to collapse when you need them most.

It’s definitely easier said than done, that’s for sure

Especially when an instructor often wants to show the newest, coolest techniques

Or is forced to teach you things beyond your level because it’s a group setting and there are students with much more experience in there with you as well.

In order for you to develop real MMA skill you must learn things in the right order. (ie.Step A then B,C and so on.)

Your success in mixed martial arts training depends on it!

Master the basics first and you’ll be off and running with a huge head start over most of the others out there.

The scary part is that they won’t even realize their weakness until it’s too late.

That’s when they end up on the bad side of a KO punch.


A Beautiful Boxing Combo KO at UFC 123

It was a while ago when I last broke down a technique that someone applied in action. It was a series of videos that I made showing, describing and teaching the many styles of guard passes that BJ Penn had used in some of his fights. (Click here to see them)

I was hoping to break down other technique videos but wasn’t really inspired by too many techniques until this weekend’s fight card. Strange thing is that it was again a BJ Penn technique that did the trick. The technique, one of only the few executed during the fight since it was so short, was the movement BJ Penn used to set up and score the beautiful KO punch. I always love watching BJ fight because he really does use a lot of great technique in his fights.

The movement he used was an outside slip –usually to make a jab miss– followed up with a cross, hook, cross. BJ landed the cross solidly, missed the hook because Hughes was already falling and didn’t even have to throw the last punch of the combination.

This is one of my favourite combos: Nearly identical –I used an uppercut variation of it– to the one I used on Jon Fitch that opened up his lip and caused a lot of damage.

Anyways, let’s get to the videos…

(The last video was part of my 31 Video head movement workshop which is available online in the PREMIUM SHOP)

Here’s BJ doing it:

Here’s me using a variation of the same combo on Jon Fitch:

and here’s my breakdown of the technique:

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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…

Jumping rope is an awesome exercise for MMA training. Fantastic for conditioning, co-ordination and footwork it’s definitely a very important part of a fighter’s training routine.

I like to challenge myself when I’m jumping rope by busting out a bunch of different tricks and movements throughout my routines. It also keeps things fun for me.

Here’s one technique I think you should try out in your training…

The One Hand Rope Spin 360

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. 🙂

Anytime I come across kids showing great skill in martial arts/boxing/wrestling or some other combat style I always post it up.

This is one of those times!

Check out Floyd Mayweather Prodigy, Floyd, Cashflow” Diaz smack the pads around with Roger Mayweather.

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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.

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.


See you soon!

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After watching a few videos of guys getting knocked  out when their cowardly opponents threw cheap shots while they were touching gloves, I decided to make this video.

Remember to protect yourself at all times once the referee starts the fight but if you do want to touch gloves with your opponent, following the 3 simple tips in this video will keep you from getting knocked unconscious in seconds.

With my laptop (which has all my best stuff on it) still down and out of commission, after somebody stepped on it and shattered the screen, I found this technique video on my main computer and decided to throw it up.

The video shows a very simple way to counter a jab and fire back with your own attack. A benefit of doing this type of defense is that it will bring your opponent closer to you since they are trying to hit you. This is helpful at times when you are finding it difficult to reach your opponent with your jab on its own.

==> JAB COUNTER – Pick and Jab Back.

Back to the laptop issue…I ordered a new screen on Ebay but have no idea how long things take to ship since it’s my first order from that site. Anyone know how long it takes?

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