Listen, the instinct to survive is the strongest instinct we’ve got… so your body has a very powerful response to a threat to your life. Unfortunately, it’s based on prehistoric needs, and that means it can sometimes force you to “freeze” so you aren’t seen by a predator. That’s really bad in a fight. I…

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Trigger Positions for Faster Reactions

Ever wish you could react faster with your grappling submissions? If so, here’s a secret. You can’t simply practice moves. To have fast reactions, you have to practice REACTING, not just “performing” techniques. Otherwise you’re practicing grappling “movements”, but not creating reactions. But the question is… …what do you practice reacting TO? To have fast reactions, you want to practice…

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A Strategy to Becoming a Killer Submission Grappler

Here’s a strategy I learned TWICE… … once from the most skilled athlete I have ever met, and then again later from the most skilled musician I’ve ever met. Both have really jaw-dropping abilities, and it’s safe to say when they speak about “how to get good at something”, they’re worth listening to.  Here’s what they suggest:…

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Cool Kneebar from Half Guard

Here’s a cool kneebar from half-guard. It’s a move that will come out of nowhere, as far as your opponent’s concerned.  I think this move is a great one to have in your bag. When your opponent’s focused on passing your half-guard, he’s not likely to be anywhere near thinking about this move. Try it out!…

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3 Easy Headlock Escapes

Anybody can do a headlock… it’s a natural reaction in a fight. Hell, even I put a headlock on a guy who attacked me when I was 18 years old. That means you, too, are likely to end up in a headlock in a fight. So… …you need to be very good at escaping them. Here’s…

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How To Unlock ALL Your Skills

How To Unlock ALL Your Skills I’ve been training martial arts for over 42 years and grappling for 25 of them. As you can imagine, I’ve seen a lot of things and trained with a lot of people. In all that time, I’ve found that there’s really just one skill that is absolutely necessary for you…

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Grappling Training Using the Time-Blocking Method

Here’s a trick I use to make fast, forward progress toward all my goals, including my submission grappling training. It’s called “time blocking”.  It’s a pretty simple idea, but it’s used by the most successful people in every field. However, many athletes completely ignore this powerful technique in their training, wasting tons of time and failing to reach their goals.…

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A simple strategy for becoming a dominant grappler

Here’s a trick I learned from a pretty impressive fighter I trained with years ago. It goes like this… Think in terms of “I want to be the ONE person everyone thinks of when they hear the word __________.” Your job is to fill in the blank with whatever very small, specific grappling POSITION you…

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Butterfly Sweep Counter

Here’s a cool way to save yourself during a butterfly sweep AND end up with the top position! In training, I occasionally let my opponent get butterfly guard and try to sweep me. I see it as “drawing” him into my plan, rather than feeling that he’s controlling me. Check out the other butterfly guard counters…

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