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kosmallTIPS WHEN FIGHTING A SOUTHPAW

I recently came across a forum post where someone was asking about fighting tips vs. a southpaw. I threw up a reply sharing some of the things that I like do use against leftys:

1) Jab over their lead arm from the outside. You’ll need to step outside of their lead foot a bit as you do so that you can keep your jab technically sound with your elbow in tight. Stepping outside of their lead leg is an important motion to use when you attack a southpaw; it will take you off the line of fire and make it tougher for them to hit you with their lead hook.

2) Follow that jab or multiple jabs (moving forward to close the distance as you do) by stepping in and snatching his front leg up into a single leg takedown position. You can also drive him to the cage with the single leg grip so that you can change off to a cage double leg or even a high crotch on the far leg if he’s defending well.

3) Keep your power side weapons ready to attack as a southpaw will often have trouble defending them. Lead with your straight right hand at long range and fire off your right uppercut or right body shot if he’s a bit closer. You can land a strong long range right hook through his guard or a rear leg knee strike down the middle as well. Keep in mind that he can do these same things to you.

4) Finish your punching combos with a lead hook so that you can spin off (and move) to the side opposite his power side. If you finish with a rear hand cross, he can follow it back with a counter cross that can really hurt you.

5) Evade his jab by slipping your head to your left (outside his jab). Use this to set up combinations that start with your lead hook or lead uppercut.

6) If he likes to box, smash the inside of his lead leg with your rear leg low kick. Be sure to set it up with your jabs. Do the same thing if he likes to move a lot as it will slow him down.

7) Use your lead hand to pick his jab (just turning your hand very little (palm towards him) to block his punch) and immediately smash him with your right cross.

 

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How to Throw the Lead Hand Uppercut - Boxing - MMA - Muay ThaiAfter receiving a bunch of emails asking to see more videos about the uppercut (lead uppercut in particular) I decided to film a breakdown of the lead uppercut punch. I also include simple way to disguise the attack while throwing it with more power and snap than ever before.

The lead uppercut is a great technique to use when:

  • Your opponent is expecting a hook after your cross because that is what you’ve thrown often throughout your sparring rounds or fight with them
  • Your opponent leans forward to avoid your hooks and straight punches or because one of those punches has rocked them a bit.
  • You sense your opponent is about to try and take you down with a leg attack such as a double leg or single leg takedown.
  • Your opponent is standing very square and open for the uppercut right up the middle between his guarding hands.
  • You slip your opponent’s (a right handed one) cross to the outside.
  • You block an opponent’s body shot with your lead arm.
  • Your opponent is walking towards you without jabbing. You must throw a jab(s) while backing up then, after turning yourself into lead uppercut throwing position, let it fire!

Here’s the video breaking things down the punch and a setup:

 

 

Sometimes during sparring and fights we find ourselves in a situation where we need to cover up and minimize the damage our opponent can dish out. It can truly be our only option at times. Obviously I’d rather be attacking or counter-attacking during those moments but sometimes it’s not possible and often it’s dangerous to try.

coveringupAnytime you find yourself rocked, severely overwhelmed by an attack or caught off guard I want you to cover up and move quickly in many directions until you are out of striking range and safe. You’ll then be able to return to your regular fighting stance and get back in there to mix things up with your opponent.

As you move, keep your eyes open ad watch your opponent’s body for signs of attack. If you notice that they are about to throw a powerful cross immediately move away from it. As soon as you see them adjust to throw a technique that will catch you as you move the other way, switch directions again immediately. Continue to keep switching directions often! Constantly switching your movement in response to the attacks you anticipate makes you a very hard target to pin down. An opponent that misses punches, punches your arms ad chases you aggressively will often tire making your counter attacks very effective.

When up against a very aggressive opponent be sure to mix in some head movement as you move your feet. As you feel them miss with strikes stand your ground and initiate an upper body clinch or take down. Staying close or scoring a takedown can be a great way to recover from any damage taken.

Here’s a video from the MMA QuickStart training program where I break down the fundamentals of covering up and staying safe:

 

 

dm_131201_Nate_Diaz_Gray_Maynard_HighlightI actually bet on this fight trying to win a few bucks. I bet on the wrong guy!

Nate Diaz took it to Gray Maynard right from the beginning of the fight until his hand was raised in victory. Even though I lost my bet I was impressed by the show Nate put on that night.

The fight ended with 2:22 left on the clock in the very first round with Diaz scoring an impressive TKO victory.

The winner, who was off by quite a bit because nobody picked Diaz to win the fight in the first round is Steve Timmons. Regardless, Steve who made his pick on my facebook page was close enough to win the contest:

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Steve wins the entire MMA QuickStart Training Program which includes over 18 1-hour workouts, 100+ instructional videos, 12 Follow Along MP3 “Shadowfighting” Audio Files and more. Congrats Steve!

Try out a free lesson from the program here –> www.mmaquickstart.com/members/freelesson

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gsp_hendricks640Now I do think that Hendricks won the fight with GSP but now Johny’s saying that he only punched at 70% power throughout the fight because his hand wraps weren’t thick enough. C’mon. I guess he’s trying to explain why he couldn’t score a KO I guess.

That’s not the reason, it’s because GSP weathered the storm of some hard hits (which I didn’t think he would be able) and fought back to the point that Hendricks could no longer muscle power into his punches. I was impressed by GSP’s ability to do that during the fight.

Give the guy some respect!

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vitor-belfort-ko-dan-henderson-ufc-fight-night-32Vitor Belfort wasted no time last night by taking the fight to Dan Henderson immediately after landing a beautiful uppercut on his super tough opponent.

I though Dan showed great toughness and recovery skills by getting back to his feet even though he had been severely rocked by strikes. Vitor Belfort couldn’t have timed that final kick more perfectly though. Ouch!

The fight ended with 3:43 left on the clock in the very first round.

The winner, who was off by only 8 seconds from the actual time the fight ended, made his pick on my face book page:

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Matt wins the entire MMA QuickStart Training Program which includes over 18 1-hour workouts, 100+ instructional videos, 12 Follow Along MP3 “Shadowfighting” Audio Files and more. Congrats Matt!

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I just got back from the AMMA Championship Series event which took place today in Brampton, Ontario.

I thought it was awesome! Truly a great competition for the spectators, coaches and most importantly the competitors.

A first of it’s kind in our province, this amateur mixed martial arts event featured a rule set that promoted athlete safety without taking away from the true essence of mixed martial arts. A few things that I liked about the AMMA event were:

The Headgear – It’s definitely not the most comfortable thing to wear during a fight but the fighter headgear definitely minimized the facial swelling and damage that quickly occurs when strikes land in professional MMA. Fighters ate some pretty hard punches from the standing and ground and pound positions without sustaining very much damage at all. With the athletes being amateurs, that is a very good thing!

The 7-8 Ounce MMA gloves – The larger gloves that every fighter wore allowed room for fighter error. That’s good because beginners, intermediate and even advanced amateur fighters make them often. Drop your guard and you’ll eat a strike that will let you know that you made a mistake but you’ll most likely be able to fight on. Four ounce gloves (pro standard) are not as forgiving: one mistake could mean trouble and you may quickly find yourself with a loss on your fight record. I like the fact that knockouts will be less common in the amateur ranks compared to the pros, due to the many safety measures put in place: If rookie fighter’s can gain experience and learn important lessons without taking any serious damage they will compete often, improve their skills and grow into veteran MMA athletes.

The Tournament Format – With each bout in the tournament lasting for five minutes (one round), it gave the fighters an opportunity to compete against a variety of opponents. The goal of amateur competition is to build an athlete’s experience level and confidence. Facing opponent’s of body types, styles and ability levels does exactly that. It also makes the entire process a lot of fun.

The Referees and Officials – I believe each match had 5 officials overseeing the MMA action (some scoring striking, some scoring grappling and another overseeing fighter safety). It worked very well! Fighters who were hit by 3 solid strikes on the ground without defending themselves had their matches stopped and were awarded a loss. Defending fighters kept moving and protecting themselves when they heard the referee instructing them to do so which was great to see. After watching numerous bouts I thought the system was a very fair and safe way of doing things.

One thing that I would change is the amount of points earned by a fighter for completing a successful take down. Currently a take down scores a single point:  That’s equal to a solid strike from standing or on the ground but less than a guard pass. I think 3 points would be a better and more realistic number for successfully completed take downs. Being on bottom is not a good thing in professional MMA so I think any fighter that earns the top position should score more than a single point for doing so.

Its also important to not make a take down worth too many points because ultimately I think that what you do after scoring a take down is more important than the take down itself: Things like passing the guard and/or dishing out solid ground and pound striking being some of the most dominating actions a fighter can do from the top position during a ground fight.

I think sweeps from the bottom were one point as well at today’s event. If the take downs are changed to 3 points I think a 2 point score awarded for a sweep from the guard would work very well.

Overall I really liked what I saw today on the mats. Hopefully the AMMA continues to put on events so that Ontario’s amateur athletes can compete in realistic and safe mixed martial arts action. I have absolutely no doubt that these types of events will help prepare fighters for future professional mixed martial arts careers.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. One of our fighters from Team Joslin’s fought in the event and did very well! Johnny Sanguinetti won the 170lbs. advanced division after defeating three very tough opponents. Nice work Johnny!

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fnI recently had the chance to appear on the Fight Network alongside Robin Black and John Ramdeen. We broke down the upcoming UFC 165 Card (Toronto) and had a fun time doing it :). Here’s the vid:

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Last night was a great night of action here in Red Deer, Alberta at the Havoc MMA event.

My fighter Ryan Dickson won his fight in the 2nd round by submission and really fought well by showing solid striking, wrestling and ground skills. His new record is 12-1 overall (6-1 pro) with all finishes. His opponent last night, Advin Omic, was very skilled and tough and the two of them matched up made for an awesome fight.

Very proud of Ryan and have no doubt that his hard work, dedication and skill will take him to the top. Next up is “The Ultimate Fighter: Canada vs. Australia” tryouts in 2 weeks.

Thanks to all the students at Joslin’s MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and his other great training partners that helped him prepare. Huge thanks to our awesome sponsors,Thunder Tribe Vitamin B Blast Energy Shot , SST Hamilton, Tapout Training Center – Burlington, Dr. Callum Cowan Performance Medicine, Mucho Burrito, JKR Financial and M&A Sports Media.

“The Ultimate Fighter” here we come!!!