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MMA Technique – Closed Guard – Stopping punches and standing up safely

Being on the bottom sucks in MMA. It’s very important that you adjust your jiu-jitsu techniques so that they work when an opponent is trying to take your head off with ground and pound strikes. Here’s a video where I share a bunch of details that will help keep you safe in the guard position and allow you to work your way back onto your feet.




Every one of the Joslin’s Summer Camp participants will get to experience the many benefits that martial arts’ training has to offer. Your child(ren) will have the opportunity to learn from multiple time martial arts champion Jeff Joslin and his team of highly qualified martial arts instructors in a fun, safe and exciting environment.

Campers will participate in a variety of different martial arts, games and activities designed to develop self-discipline, co-ordination, confidence, physical conditioning and self-defense skill.

One day of the week will be Pizza Party Day where we’ll provide lunch for your Child. On another day of camp, we’ll be heading over to Mountain Bowl where the campers will play “Glow in the dark” bowling. It’s always great to see the children interacting with one another while they have a blast while on our field trip!

This Summer Camp is a fabulous way to introduce your child to martial arts and its many benefits. No training experience is necessary. From beginning to end we’ll keep your child’s mind and body active while they participant in games, training, field trips and much more.

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Camp Director

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I’m sitting in my hotel room in Calgary, Alberta after getting back from having some breakfast at Cora’s.

The Eggs Benedict was pretty friggin good.

Tonight our teams fighter Ryan Dickson will be defending his belt at Hard Knocks Fighting.

He’s excited to fight and ready to rock!

I just posted a video breaking down some details from one of my favourite positions in BJJ…the 1 leg x-guard.

In the vid I show:

  • 1 way to pull guard to that position
  • 1 technique to sweep from there
  • and most importantly 1 easy way to pass the tricky position

We recorded it on the wrong camera setting so the video quality isn’t the greatest but the details are all there :)

Hope all is well with you!



I just shot a new video breaking down some very important things regarding fundamental punches.

1. How to not telegraph your jab when you throw it.

2. A way to setup and throw your lead uppercut safely.

3. How to smash the body with very powerful punches while keeping your head safe and off the line of fire.

Here”s the vid!

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conditioningtimelinefbadI’m going to share with you a big secret of mine.

Something that I believe gave me the ability to fight through some crazy circumstances:

1) It helped me take it to my opponent and make him verbally quit after eating a MASSIVE HEADBUTT that knocked my two front teeth out and nearly ko’ed me.

2) It allowed me to remain standing (with no noticeable tells to my opponent that I was rocked) when I took a shot that turned my vision to black for nearly 6 seconds. I was then able to keep fighting like nothing had happened.

The secret is the way I run my final sparring session.

So challenging that it’s always harder than the fight itself. A workout that makes me truly believe in myself; one that forces me to dig deep when I feel like I can’t give any more. One that has literally made me cry twice (no joke) in my career because I was so tired during.

It’s so true, Train hard and the fight is easy!

Here’s what I do:

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Here’s a technique I filmed with rising MMA star Ryan Dickson. It’s a move I used to use all the time when in close against an opponent. It help you create some space so that you can rip a striking combination into your opponent. Have fun with it!

I love techniques that work well in all aspects of training: Gi rolling, No-Gi and MMA. The technique I breakdown in the video below definitely fits that description.

It’s a great way to setup an omoplata position when an opponent tries to escape side control by under hooking and turning to attack your legs. You’ll find it very useful against opponent’s with a wrestling or MMA focused background. I’ve also added a sneaky and easy to use detail from the omoplata position that’ll help skilled strikers work back to their feet.

Check it out!


I love using the butterfly guard in training in competition.

I think it’s a great guard for sweeping,staying safe and standing up in MMA (I used it a lot in my fight with Koscheck). I also like to use it when up against guys who like to attack the knees/feet often.

Here’s one sweep that I find very effective when training with the Gi.

Hope you it helps you on the mats!

wandjeffLast night Wanderlei Silva taught a seminar at Joslin”s Mixed Martial Arts in Hamilton.

Man, he is a really friendly guy! Everyone had a fun time learning and practicing the many techniques Wanderlei -Elizabeth from New Jersey courtesy of GNCI have used this Zydot multiple times in the past, and had great success! Anyone can have the ability to stick with something for two taught throughout the night.

Here”s a technique –one of his favourite– that he showed at the end of the seminar. It”ll help you knee a bit more like the “Axe Murderer” :).

Here’s my friend and training partner “The Ultimate Fighter: Canada vs. Austrailia” middleweight champ Elias “The Spartan” Theodorou (@eliastheodorou) showing some fundamental and useful details about ground and pounding from the top of the half guard. He’s demonstrating the technique on another excellent Canadian MMA Fighter, Alex Ricci (@alexriccimma).

Elias has a very strong top game consisting of great control and ground and pound. He’s also a great guy! Check out the technique breakdown video below: