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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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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How to Avoid Guard

If getting stuck in your opponent’s guard is a problem for you (or even if it’s not), here’s some great advice from a great submission grappler and pro cage fighter. BTW, pay close attention to what James says at 00:54 of the video. I think it may change your perspective on side control a bit!…

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Necklock-from-headlock

I love simple, uncomplicated techniques that are going to work FAST for common self-defense situations. There’s no scenario much more common than being in a headlock, and this technique is simple and fast, the way I like them.  Steps to this technique are: 1 – You’re in a headlock 2 – “Run” toward your opponent…

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How To Avoid Your Opponent’s Guard

Hate getting stuck in your opponent’s guard? Then here’s a video showing you how to avoid it altogether. This is really smart stuff from James Brasco. He’s a consummate BJJ Black Belt, ADCC champion and pro cage fighter, so he knows what he’s talking about.  If you can manage to avoid your opponent’s guard altogether, you’re…

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Sneaky “Ghost” Escape From Side Control

Here’s a clip of my friend, BJJ Black Belt James Brasco, demonstrating a slick “ghost” escape from under side control. After he demo’s it, I’ll show you a quick clip of someone using it perfectly in a live competition! The steps to this technique are: 1 – Move hand from his hip to under his…

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