Classic fight: Hulk vs. Bitetti

When I first watched this fight years ago, I was really upset by the outcome… BJJ was supposed to be the best and Bitetti was a legend!  Now, I consider it a good reminder to keep well rounded skills. It’s also a reminder that anything can happen and no one is unbeatable. Keep training! Bob

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Controlling the Timing & Landing More Strikes

Ok guys, here’s a quick tip to control the timing and land more strikes. I’m talking about when you’re on your feet here, not so much when you’re grappling. Here it is… Add more fakes, setups and rapid succession movements (i.e. fake punches, fake head & body movements and misdirecting footwork) into your training and fighting.  Does that sound…

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How To Self Analyze Your Performance

We all have times of “poor performance” in our training, right? And, if you’re an instructor, you see times of poor performance in your students. Usually, you’ll feel you just need to try harder the next time. But, the correct response is a bit more nuanced than that. Think about it this way… …if a race horse…

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How to Watch a Fight

  Here’s a couple tips for how to get more out of watching a fight.  Fight Watching Tip #1 Remember that when YOU fight, you’re usually trying to process what your opponent is doing and react based on that. However, when you watch a fight on TV, you’re trying to process and analyze what TWO people are doing… at…

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Hooks, Training, Filming

  If you haven’t developed power in your hooking punches yet, try thinking of it as being all about body rotation and leg drive, with the arm (fist) just happening to be what makes contact. That will put your focus on the major muscles driving the punch, rather simply contracting your pectoral muscles for an…

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For Self Defense, Trust Your Instincts “Big Time”

Your instincts are MUCH more powerful and “tuned in” than you have any idea. One of the jobs of your subconscious is to help you survive. It “patrols” your environment constantly, behind the scenes, for dangers that you aren’t consciously aware of. It compares what it sees or senses with it’s database of “dangerous” situations it’s…

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Starting Point, Don’t Fight, 80/20

  Once you’ve really learned a new move or skill, don’t stop there… try to improve it. Don’t fall into the trap of “it’s been done this way for 100 years…” The way it’s been taught to you may be the culmination of someone else’s lifetime of work, but it’s your starting point. See it…

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Write it down, Details, Getting Tough

  When you learn new techniques or concepts, you MUST write them down in a notebook for later review… otherwise, I guarantee you’ll eventually forget 90% of what you are taught. Conversely, if you write it down, you’ll eventually surpass all your training partners who don’t. Even if you never go back and review it,…

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Armbar to Armbar (Very Slick!)

Armbar to Armbar (Very Slick!) I’m sure you’ve had a nice armbar (from the guard) on your training partner, and he yanked his arm out… right? Here’s a beautiful technique that you can use to put him right back in an armar on his OTHER arm. It’s super slick and he’ll never see it coming!…

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5 Mount Escapes 90 Seconds

High mount is a tough position to escape, especially for beginners. So, here’s 5 slick tricks to help you escape and get top position where you then can submit your opponent. If you like these moves, you’ll find lots more like them in the iGrapple© online grappling software. It’s the best way to get your…

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