Why It's A Smart Idea to Develop Your Defenses and Escapes FIRST

In this video, I talk about what should always be a priority for you in your training, and why it's a good idea to develop your escapes and defenses first.

You will learn...

  • Why you should train escapes and defenses first to reach the highest levels of skill in the shortest time possible 
  • The critical psychological advantage you gain when you become confident in your escapes and defenses [1:50] 
  • How developing your defenses and escapes will help you hold more dominant positions more regularly 
  • The secret weapon you’ll develop as a result of having solid defenses and escapes that will help every part of your game, weather you’re on the offensive and defensive. [3:44] 
  • How becoming proficient in escapes and defenses helps you to use less strength and conserve more energy, becoming relaxed in everything you do. [4:04] 
  • The one thing you need to know to be able to have confidence no matter who your opponent is [5:20] 
  • Why defenses and escapes...
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Standing RNC Escape with the Hook In - Holly Holm Should Have Done This

 

I shared an escape for a standing rear naked choke about a month ago, it's an escape I feel works better then what is sometimes traditionally taught which is the hip throw.

The reason I was looking for a new solution was because I've tried to hip throw once someone has the RNC on my neck and were squeezing extremely tight and with all their body weight going over and their arms squeezing to my neck because my partner didn't let go, it ended up pulling really hard on my neck and I ended up almost seriously getting injured.

My neck was sore for about 2 weeks and I still had to tap.

I used the ideas of how to escape a RNC on the ground and applied it to the stand up position, turning to face your opponent depending on which arm is around the neck.

This past Saturday night we saw Meisha Tate submit Holly Holm because of a failed hip toss to escape and I decided to share my video because I had experienced the exact same thing although when I did it, it was without the one hook being in....

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The #1 Question I Get Asked Everywhere I Go

"How do I ESCAPE Side Control?"

And here is my answer - Wanna escape side control?  Just tap.  Here's why....

Not what people expect but just listen.

Look we all find ourselves on the bottom of side control sooner or later.

And the truth is most people should just tap and reset.

Now don't go running off and tell everyone on reddit "Henry Akins said you should tap to side control pressure"....

This is how to NEVER get stuck on the bottom of side control again!

<< CLICK HERE >> Here's my "Crow Bar Side Control Escape System" publicly for the very first time ever...

I know that sounds like a HORRIBLE idea but think about MOST people's bottom of side control game?

I'm not talking about the best guys you know, I'm talking about  MOST people.

For MOST people bottom of side control results in 1 of 2 things

1. They're stuck there
2. They give up something (neck, arm, back) to escape (only to find themselves in a different but STILL LOUSY position

Both of these...

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