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I didn’t get a chance to post last night as I forgot my laptop charger cord at the gym.

It’s 9:30am and I’m back at Joslin’s MMA now; about to put the Pro MMA fighters through a wrestling workout.

Yesterday was a great day of training! In the morning a bunch of mma fighters from the area came in for some no-gi rolling with our guys. A few guys have big fights coming up so we worked on positional drilling: Mainly escaping from bad positions. We had everyone pair up and then one fighter would start on the bottom of side control for 5 minutes straight. His goal? To recover his guard position, escape back to his feet, reverse the position or apply a submission hold. After the 5 minutes expired the other partner took his turn on the bottom. The job of the top fighter was to apply controlled ground and pound, catch a submission hold or establish the dreaded mount position. Getting mounted in a fight sucks! (fortunately I’ve never been mounted in an MMA fight but I know it’s brutal). It’s these types of drills that make you very tough to mount so be sure to practice them regularly.

I’m going to go hit the mats now and afterwards hitting up Spring Sushi with the wife. That place is awesome!

Tip of the Day
In training, put yourself in troublesome positions and situations. Work your escapes, stay safe and build your confidence in worst case scenarios. Staying calm no matter what’s happening during a fight is critical. It’ll save your energy and you’ll sap the opponent’s confidence once you defend and escape some of his best controlling positions. This type of defense will not come to you magically. You must hone it in training so get out there and allow your training partners take your back or pass your guard to side control/mount on a semi-regular basis.

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I just got in the door with a delicious steak pita in hand from the Pita Pit.

Early this morning I worked with some of our MMA fighters. We focused on the most important punch there is: the jab. I had the guys warm-up with  few rounds of shadowboxing (3 minute round instead of our normal five minute) then it was time to spar.

Rather than having them free spar I limited their attacks to only the jab. For the first few rounds I had them both trying to land jabs while constantly using their picking, parrying, and head movement skills to avoid any incoming jabs. After that I had one athlete attack with the jab for an entire round while the other fighter only defended. Their roles switched in the following round. After sparring was complete I had them drill some of my favourite jab techniques until their lead shoulders were toast. In the end they probably threw more than 1000 jabs.

Immediately after the pro session was done I threw my gi and spent an hour drilling BJJ techniques with one of my purple belts, Dylan. We finished up with 3 x 10 minutes of rolling which was a lot of fun.

Back home now, I just finished up my food and will be heading back to Joslin’s in an hour or so to teach the evening classes. For BJJ we’ll be focusing on the spider guard and in the kickboxing class I’ll be having them work their knee strikes.

I’ll post more soon!

Tip of the Day

When throwing your jab make sure that your lead foot is completely flat on the floor and that your knee is bent over top over your toes at the same time. Combine this with a slight lean forward (so that your chest is directly in line with your lead leg’s thigh) and you will punch with greater power and far less effort.

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We had a good morning of training today.

One of our fighters, Dave Hale, lead our pro fight team through a great Muay Thai session. Dave has a ton on Muay Thai  knowledge and does a great job of teaching it as well. I love it as well because it gives me a chance to learn different details, techniques and concepts that I can quickly add to my game.

I’ll be picking my daughter up from school in few minutes then it’s off to Joslin’s MMA to teach for around five hours. My son will be coming with me so that he can do the adult BJJ class at 7pm. I didn’t even have to ask him! Maybe he’s catching the martial arts bug :).

Have a great night!

Tip of the Day

As a martial artist the learning must never end. When you think you know it all that’s when you fall behind. I believe it’s very important to study as much as you can and to always be ready to learn things from the people you train with.

“Everyone is your superior in one way or another” was a great quote I came across a while back. Be sure to keep your eyes open for new techniques that can potentially be game changers once you add them to your skill set.

 

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