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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So many people make this mistake, and it cost Chael Sonnen the fight with Fedor. 

Read on to find out how to NEVER make this mistake yourself, and what to do instead: As many of you guys already know there's a lot of techniques taught in Jiu-Jitsu that are just not practical for fighting because they either leave you exposed to strikes or are so risky that if you mess up or if your opponent counters, it could literally cost you your life.  Unfortunately at Bellator 208 this past weekend Chael Sonnen had to learn that the hard way against one of the most dangerous and devastating fighters of all time Fedor Emelianenko.

The technique is commonly taught when you have someone's back and you secure a seatbelt grip. In order to help get your hooks you then do a forward dive roll over their shoulder and hopefully, if they decide to cooperate, they roll with you and allow you to get your hooks. Unfortunately most the times in a fight your opponent will not be trying to cooperate with you and this leaves you flat on your back with your head right underneath your...

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Your Natural Instincts Will Get You KO'd In A Fight

 

I had a few of my HJJ Mind Blown Club members send me video clips of the final match from the EBI Combat Jiu-Jitsu tournament where Vagnar Rocha tko'd 10th planet stand out Nathan Orchard with slaps from the mount position.

I've shared a post and video about this before but thought it would be helpful to share another video with a write up explaining why our natural reaction to dealing with strikes from the mount is one of the worst things we can do.

In fighting and MMA the mount is probably the most devastating position to strike from because the person on the bottom is not able to close distance, back away or create an angle to stay safe from strikes and the person on top can come down with the help of gravity and bodyweight with punches and elbows at countless angles to deal a massive amount of damage.

There's a reason in all of Rickson's fights he gets on top and mounts. With nowhere to move, many times the person on the bottom is left to try to use their arms to protect them...

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Interview with MMASUCKA

I just did a new interview with MMASUCKA.  It was a great interview in it we discuss the start of my journey, belt promotions and online promotions, Hidden Jiu-Jitsu, training with Rickson, and the importance of understanding the fundamentals and concepts of Jiu-Jitsu.

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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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Rickson Gracie Documentary Choke

Rickson Gracie in Choke a Documentary about his training for Vale Tudo 95

If you haven't seen it yet, it's a documentary on Rickson following him and some of the other fighters as they prepared for the Vale Tudo 95.

This was a no-holds-barred tournament with no weight divisions and a fighter would have to win 3 fights in one night.

It gives some amazing insight into Rickson's training and his mental preparation leading up to the event. Even if you've seen it it's worth watching again, I always pic up new details and insight every time I see it.

 

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Rickson Gracie and the importance of breathing.

Rickson always mentions how important his breathing was to his success in jiu-jitsu and mma.

His ability to oxygenate his body by developing his breathing allowed him to keep going at a high pace while his opponents got tired.

Working with Dr. Belisa has completely changed the way I breathe and has made a dramatic difference in my endurance and recovery in a very short period of time. I learned some stuff about breathing from Rickson but this was on another level. I'm planning on hosting her at Dynamix Martial Arts next month to do a workshop and share with with my students and the martial arts community how the ability to breathe properly and can have a profound effect on your performance. This will be open to everyone but space will be limited so let me know if you're interested.

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