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Recently I had a cool opportunity to receive a lesson in skateboarding from my son Tayzen. It was filmed by the Fight Network and host Robin Black joined in on the fun as well.

Man I suck!

Here’s the video:

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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 are two Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) techniques that work extremely well. The first part of the attack is a common arm lock from the back control position. Following that is a very sneaky and effective counter to their arm lock defense that ends up with you tapping them out via collar choke.

Have fun with it!

 

It’s been many months since my friend and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu student Anthony Tullo has trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on a regular basis.

His absence wasn’t because he didn’t feel like training or because he was dealing with a serious injury. It was because he was pursuing his dream of making a feature film!

In the end he did it in a fantastic way as “A Secret Cross” came to be.

I can only imagine the insane amount of work that went on behind the scenes for Anthony as he put together the final product.  As an actor in the film I saw first hand the lengthy amount of time and work  it took to shoot only a few scenes for the film. The entire project must have been an extreme challenge.

The great news is that shortly after being sent out to numerous film festivals around the world, the  film recently received the “Award of Excellence”  by the Los Angeles Movies Awards (www.thelamovieawards.com) in the International Category. I’m so happy for Anthony and excited to see that all of his hard work and dedication is paying off.

I still can’t believe the next part of the news. I won the “Best Supporting Actor” award for my part as the disturbed “Willy Basin”! That was totally unexpected. I must say that I had so much fun playing the role of Willy and am so happy and thankful that Anthony had enough faith in me to give me such a fantastic opportunity. I had a blast acting in “A Secret Cross” and working with the many great and talented people on the set was so much fun.

Here’s the website with the winners for 2012 –> http://www.thelamovieawards.com/2012_%28II%29__Winners.html

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UFC 146, a card filled with more bodyweight than any other UFC event in history should be a good one.

The main event fight between Junior Dos Santos and Frank Mir is one that has me very interested to see how it plays out.

I’m kind of leaning towards Mir in this one, although it’s more of a gut feeling type prediction. Regardless of the result I hope it’s an exciting tilt from start to finish.

If either fighter wins the fight via finish (no decision) there’s a chance for you to win a prize that will help you master the basics of MMA.

I`ll be giving away my MMA QUICKSTART TRAINING PROGRAM to the person that can guess closest to the result of the main event fight between Mir and Dos Santos.

Here’s all you have to do to submit your guess(es)

Pick the (winner/round/time left in round) (ie. Dos Santos/4/2:12). Remember that it’s a 5 round fight. In the case of a decision result, no prize will be awarded so please don’t choose decision as the result.

You can submit up a guess in three different places (named below) s in the above format to increase your chances of winning.

  • One on this blog post via comment  (scroll down to comment)
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Good luck!
Contest Closes at 8pm (EST) on Saturday, May 26th, 2012 
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Hey,

This past weekend three of my fighters battled it out inside the cage against three totally different types of
opponents.

I’m happy to say all our guys won their scraps and even better was that they all scored their victories in
the first round. One by TKO and two by submissions due to strikes.

The guys made my job easy as I didn’t even have to go into the cage once during the fights :)

I didn’t know much about our opponents beforehand but I did make a few guesses after finding tiny details about them on the net.

I want to share with you my approach to preparing each of my fighters for what I gathered was their
opponents strengths. You should be able to use some of these strategies against people in the cage or at the gym in sparring.

Opponent #1 

A taller, long armed fighter that probably was skilled on the ground with average striking ability.

Our Preparation Strategy:

1)Constantly drill straight punches and quick forward movement to close the distance against the taller opponent and also to increase punching power.

2)Use smooth head movement to present a difficult target for the opponent to hit

3)Drill single leg double leg take downs away from and against the cage since our fighter would be probably be
the stronger of the two.

Opponent #2 

A short, very strong, muscular type fighter that can box

Our Preparation Strategy:

1)Work on fighting from the outside from a stationary position and while moving backwards. Keeping the opponent at the end
of our punches at all times!

2)Drill the crap out of single and double leg take downs while using punching combinations to set them up

3)Heavy conditioning work to prevent fatigue and give our fighter the ability to withstand the initial aggressive attack we knew this
guy would bring (we were right!)

Opponent #3

A shorter fighter that was mainly a jiu-jitsu guy

Our Preparation Strategy:

1) Work lots of counter wrestling

2) Hone a number of ways to get off the bottom from the buttefly
guard, 1/2 guard and closed guard positions

3) Drill multiple punch boxing combinations especially those leading with the cross because we anticipated the opponent holding his hands up in the wrong places.

If you like this type of strategy stuff let me know and I’ll be sure to put together an article covering these in greater detail and other types of fighters as well.

JJ

P.S I’ll be making first add-on to the MMA QuickStart Training
Program available for purchase very soon. It’s called “Uppercuts!”
and will build upon everything that’s taught in the original program
and give you a kick-ass uppercut game. If you haven’t picked up the
MMA Quickstart 12-week program, grab it here --> www.mmaquickstart.com
 so you’ll be ready for “Uppercuts” and the other future add-ons I plan
to create this year.

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Continued from part 1…

Johnny Sanguinetti was up next. His opponent was a boxer that was very powerfully built for the 185 lbs. division. With John being quite a bit taller than his opponent our strategy was to fight from the outside and use his reach to hit without taking any hits. The only problem was that the cage was very,very small which would without a doubt make that type of strategy more difficult to employ.

In preparation for the fight we had been working a lot of double and single leg entries in addition to the striking in order to give Johnny the opportunity to get to the top position if he wanted to.

When the fight began, Johnny’s powerful opponent attacked! I mean attacked with wild abandon trying to take his head off with punches. John ducked, moved, turned and rolled to avoid most of the shots but a few did get through. The good thing is that nothing that landed seemed to really hurt him. He was doing a great job of ‘weathering the storm” that his opponent was aggressively unleashing.

From the sidelines I had a feeling it would be only a matter of time before the opponent would tire.

A quick takedown put Johnny into the top position but only for a few seconds as his opponent used a quick burst of energy –using lots of strength while doing it– to get back to his feet and continue his attack.  The two exchanged strikes until a second take down was successfully applied by John. This time his opponent fell into an awkward position that allowed Johnny to mount him right away. Once mounted John used solid Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique to control his struggling opponent and with less than a minute and a half left in the first round he unleashed a vicious ground and pound attack that forced the bottom fighter to submit.

I was so happy for him! He had trained really hard, was in great shape and had done a great job against a fighter that was very tough and that had an intimidating look to him.

In the co-main event, our fighter David Looker faced off against what turned out to be mainly a jiu-jitsu fighter. David used solid movement around the cage to fend off his opponent’s attempts to take him down as he worked his strikes.

Our strategy going into the fight was to let his hands go and try for the knockout. Again, the small cage really made it hard for fighters that night to avoid grappling long enough to score a ko. That was okay because David was well prepared for a grappling/wrestling type fight as well. In fact, I think he trained harder for this, the 3rd fight in his career, than he had for any of his bouts in the past. He was ready for anything!

The fight didn’t end up lasting long as David fired off a bunch of knee strikes into his opponent’s body before snapping him down to the mat from the front headlock position. A quick follow up with strikes to the downed opponent forced him to submit at about the one minute mark of the 1st round.

It was a solid win for David.

After all was said and done I realized that I didn’t have to go into the cage once during the fights since they all ended in the first round. The boys made it an easy night for me.  I was very proud of the guys, first for stepping in the cage to compete and second for being successful after all the hard work they put in at the gym.

I’m already looking forward to the next one!

I’m still feeling the rush after an exciting night of MMA fights in Port Huron, Michigan.

Three of our fighters were on the card: Johnny Sanguinetti, Chris Watson, and David Looker. Out of the 20 fights on the card, Chris fought first, followed by John who battled sometime in the middle of the card and lastly David who was one half of the co-main event tilt.

I’d like to share a little bit of our approach going into preparing for each fight and then a quick description of how things actually played out.

First let’s talk about Chris Watson’s fight.

Chris’ opponent was a tall, long reached fighter that we didn’t know very much about. Was he a grappler? A striker? Right or left handed? We had no answers to any of those questions.

We spent weeks working on Chris’ ability to close the distance using straight punches and a strong forward stepping motion. Chris hits very hard and is overall a very scrappy, durable type fighter so I knew if he landed a punch solidly he had the chance to score a KO/TKO. With his opponent being so tall we had to get him inside and close enough to land that type of shot.

As a backup plan and since Chris also has a strong ground game we had Chris drilling a bunch take down entries. His double and single legs were very sharp come fight time and with the cage being pretty small I knew there would be a good chance of those moves coming off in the fight.


How the fight played out:
With Chris going into this fight in great shape and our solid game plan well rehearsed I felt really excited for him as we walked toward the cage. His music, which he chose on the spot, “Testify” by Rage against the Machine rang throughout the building as I followed behind him moments before the fight.

Chris came out with his hands high and pressed forward hard with some powerful strikes. A hard punch to the jaw staggered his opponent 10 seconds into the fight causing Chris to blitz with punch after punch in an attempt to score the victory. After going limp his opponent seemed to wake up a bit. He quickly shot in to take Chris down or maybe just to hold on to him in an attempt to stop his attack. Chris back peddled and let his hand fly in a downwards motion and managed to rock his opponent again causing him to fall downwards stomach facing the canvas. The referee stepped in at that point and called the fight over, declaring Chris the winner.

The crowd was a little unclear as to whether the fight was stopped or not but after a moment of confusion Chris had his hand raised high in the cage.

Being his first real MMA fight –he’s now 1-0), I was very excited for it to go so smoothly for him.

Funny thing is that Chris almost didn’t make it to the fights. As Ryan Dickson and I were driving to the event we saw a car on the side of the highway. At the exact moment we were passing by we noticed a Joslin’s T-Shirt and realized it was Chris! It turned out that his car had broken down and was leaking oil. An hour later we were back on the road, with 3 new passengers including Chris, as the tow truck operator was hooking up the broken down vehicle to tow it back to Hamilton. What luck!?!

In the next post I’ll talk about Johnny Sanguinetti’s fight against a very powerfully built boxer and explain our strategy going into a match against a physically overpowering and aggressive type fighter.

Continued in Part 2 (click here to read on)…

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Just got up from teaching and training tonight here at Joslin’s MMA.

I say up because upstairs above the gym is the home where my parents now live; the same place that my two brothers and I grew up in.

I’m feeling pretty tired after a long day filled with some intense training. Earlier in the day I managed to get in some technique practice for an hour or two and after heading home for a few hours I ended up back here at Joslin’s teaching kids class and a few adult ones as well.

We worked some 1/2 guard passes in the adult BJJ class and some take downs/take down defense in the MMA lesson. Everyone did very well and I’m definitely looking forward to getting back on the mats tomorrow!

Time to head home! Good night…

 

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The best way to learn MMA is to start with the basics first.

Yes the fancy stuff is fun to watch and very fun to do as well but without a solid foundation an MMA’er will always have holes in their game that can be exploited.

That’s one of the main reasons I created the beginner MMA training program: MMA QuickStart. I also wanted to help the many people out there that are excited to learn MMA but don’t have access to an experienced teacher or martial arts school.

If you’re interested in beginning your MMA training you’ve come to the right place. I’ve recently posted up a free 1-hour workout that you can jump into right now in your own home. It’s the first workout of my 18 lesson MMA Quickstart program and focuses on the fundamentals of striking, stance and balance. Oh yeah, it’ll work you pretty hard too.  The details you’ll learn will have you punching and kicking very hard with little effort and will start you off on the right foot in terms of your training.

Here’s the link to the page where you can find out how to get started.

http://www.mmaquickstart.com/members/freelesson/

Have fun!

 

 

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