How the BIGGEST Boxing Match of all time was WON using Jiu-Jitsu Part 1

In August of 2017 the world got to witness one of the most incredible sporting events of all time.  A clash of superstars from 2 different combat sports met in a boxing ring in Las Vegas for what was arguably the biggest boxing event of all time.  Conor McGregor the 2 division champion in the UFC with impressive knockout wins over the 145lb champion Jose Aldo and the 155lb champion Eddie Alverez took on Floyd Mayweather Jr, the greatest boxer of this generation and arguably of all time.

This event was the most hyped sporting event of 2017.  Although many people did not give Conor McGregor a chance, never having fought a pro boxing fight before and fighting someone many consider one of the greatest of all time, he had a lot of factors to his advantage coming into the fight.  Conor was definitely the bigger, stronger and younger fighter.  Floyd was coming off a 2 year retirement and being 40 years old acknowledged that he was feeling the effects of his years...

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Holiday Von Flue Choke

 

Happy Holidays everyone! I had a member of my special Mind Blown Club ask me what some of my biggest learning for the year have been. One of the amazing things about life and Jiu-Jitsu is you never stop learning and there's always more room to grow and improve.

Besides the Matt Jones footlock which we did a long video on and is included in the Hidden Jiu-Jitsu VIP section, this is one of my favorite new techniques I've been playing around with.  It is a very simple set up for the Von Flue choke that makes it extremely difficult to get out.

For those that have seen my cross-side escapes series, I'm really big on establishing an under-hook so I can get back to my knees and go for a take down. Lots of times though, people will grab my neck to attempt a Guillotine. By blocking their knees and taking them down not only end up on top but we have this super simple finish!

It's a great technique any time you end up cross side and they have your head wrapped for a Guillotine. I also...

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Training to Be Strong Everywhere

I once asked Rickson, what he felt was the weakest part of his game and it wasn't so much his answer that surprised me but his explanation that made a tremendous impact in how I still train myself to this day.

He told me he has no weaknesses in his game, he's trained all the weaknesses out so that anywhere the fight goes he’s comfortable.  He explained to me anytime he felt like one area of his game was weaker than the others he would work on it until he felt completely comfortable there.

I apply this principle to my training to this day.

I love training Jiu-Jitsu, and although just “rolling” is fun, it's not the type of training I really do to help my game improve. For me rolling is better for getting a workout and although there will still be some improvement over time, it's is not as beneficial for me as focusing on a specific aspect of my game to develop.

When I'm focusing on improving my Jiu-Jitsu, I usually ask myself what part of my game do I currently...

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Hidden Jiu Jitsu Featured on Jiu Jitsu Mag 360

Wow! Jiu Jitsu Magazine came out with an incredible new app that's taking digital magazines to the next level! It's called "Jiu Jitsu Mag 360" and you can download it on iTunes and Google Play store for FREE!

The app is FREE to download and the first digital issue is also FREE! It features TONS of free videos and unique 360 degree views on techniques.

I'm honored to be one of the featured articles in the first issue.

The word LEVERAGE gets thrown around a lot in Jiu-Jitsu but it is just one small element that helps us to be able to over come bigger stronger opponents.

What is also important to understand is proper body mechanics, how we can engage the larger stronger muscles in our body to do the work of smaller muscles and how to use the whole body as one for maximum efficiency.

Another element that helps us deal with strength is angles. Understanding the proper angle to engage our opponent where they are weak not strong. We never want to fight strength, we want to use it against...

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How to Breakdown Jiu Jitsu Techniques to Make It as Efficient as Possible

How to break down techniques to figure out how to make them as efficient as possible or to figure out the most efficient/best counter to a technique?

This was a question that was brought up by one of my Mind Blown Jiu Jitsu Club Members.

The short answer is to question everything....

For me as I was coming up through Jiu-Jitsu it was never good enough for me to just learn a technique. What I was really interested in were all the things that surround the technique and trying to really understand what makes it work.

These are the things I work to master in every technique.

Timing.
What situation should I apply the technique and when was the best time? If the timing is off, the technique is going to require too much strength or not work at all.

Baiting.
How could I bait my opponent or set them up to give me what I wanted? For maximum efficiency we always try to use our opponents movements against them. So I was always trying to find the necessary reaction to the get the technique to work...

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Why “the back” position is not as good as most people think.

Why “the back” position is not as good as most people think in MMA or for fighting.

[Update Dec. 9, 2020]
 
I posted this article a couple of years ago on Hidden Jiu-Jitsu and since then there have still been quite a few people who have mentioned how dominant the back position is for Jiu-Jitsu and many people who believe it should be considered the highest priority position to achieve.
 
While in Jiu-Jitsu competition it's arguable, for MMA and fighting I think we have to take a look at how some of the greatest grapplers have actually struggled quite a bit being able to finish from that position.  
 
There was recently a very high-profile fight in the One Championship organization between Garry "The Lion Killer" Tonon and Koyomi Matsushima, which again helps demonstrate the issues I had mentioned in my article. 
 

Garry being a much higher caliber grappler than his opponent, who also has had a tremendous amount of success finishing...
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Alpha Jiu Jitsu Seminar "What EXACTLY Happens when you get your Guard Passed?"

Here is a small part of my seminar from Alpha Jiu Jitsu in Woodstock, IL.

It was a great seminar thanks to Dan Hart for flying me out.

A few questions that get answered in this video.

  1. What's the most IMPORTANT detail while your guard is being passed to make sure you Recover?
  2. What are the main two control points your opponent needs to FLATTEN you out and control you? (and how to stop him!)
  3. What does throwing a punch have to do with ESCAPING Cross Side?
  4. How does changing your thumb position make it IMPOSSIBLE to be Flattened Out?

The rest of the seminar will be made available to my HJJ Members soon.

If you are ever in want to do some BJJ in Woodstock, IL check them out http://alphajiujitsu.com/

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The biggest lessons I learned from Rickson on how to train to get better at Jiu-Jitsu

"The training is all in your mind!"

For a long time in my training like most people I always thought I had to train with the best and the toughest guys to improve and get better.  Then one day after talking with Rickson I realized my strategy for how to get the most out of my training was all wrong.

You see, I witnessed first hand so many times Rickson training with the current world champion of whatever year and whatever weight and absolutely annihilate them.  Many times after the training the black belt would say "they have never experienced anything like that" OR "they felt like an absolute white belt training with Rickson".  I would see him tap guys effortlessly multiple times in a 5 minute training session.  These were guys who were winning the Mundials submitting everyone in their division.  Many of these legendary greats, Fabio Gurgel, Saulo, Xande, Fabio Leopoldo, Paulo Filho, Renzo Gracie, have all talked about their experience training with...

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Why You Should ALWAYS Go To Jiu Jitsu Class, Especially When You CAN'T Train.

The details are in the deep understanding of Jiu Jitsu.

People ask me a lot of times for advice on how to improve quicker at jiu-jitsu.  I was one of fastest black belt under Rickson Gracie.  I started training in 1995 and within 6 months I had my blue belt.  A year and a half after that (2 years total) I was a purple, and got my brown belt in 2000, in 5 years, that is with taking a year off because I had blown out both my knees in a competition my first day as a purple belt.  I ended up getting my black belt in 2004.  (the story of why it took me so long to go from brown to black belt is a great story with many lessons for another article!) It was never a race for me, in fact, I never really wanted or cared about getting belts, the only reason I mention the timeline is to give people an idea of how my teacher, who was considered to have extremely high standards, acknowledged my progress.

I was really blessed with my circumstances when I started...

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Legendary Master Pedro Sauer Invites Henry Akins To Teach At Grappler's Escape

Legendary Master Pedro Sauer, Henry Akins, Jeff Curran and Rylan Lizares will be instructing, training and hanging out with grappler's from around the world.

So grab your gi, sunglasses, and swimsuit and get ready to board with us.

 
Grapplers Escape is all inclusive!
•   6 days and over 30 hours of seminar training with Master Sauer, Akins, Curran and Lizares.
•   Long hours of “open rolling” with Instructors on site to give you tips suited to your style and ability
•   Opening and Closing Ceremonies
•   2 Hosted Cocktail parties with the instructors to hang out, take pictures and enjoy the BJJ lifestyle
 
In addition to admission to all BJJ events and parties listed above, the price of your package includes:
•   Shipboard accommodations for 7 nights
•   All meals (there’s gourmet fare in the formal dining rooms, casual...
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