A (Respectful) Breakdown of the Gracie Breakdown: Active Shooter

Many know that we spend a lot of time researching and teaching on surviving active killer events. Recently, the group from Gracie Breakdown did a video on the recent Nashville shooting at the Waffle House. My initial reaction was scathing. The video angered me for several reasons. I immediately decided I was going to do…

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Fingertip (S-Grip) and Corkscrew Finish for Triangle

I have short legs… can you tell? Finishing triangles is not my thing. In this video, I walk through two tricks to finishing that triangle when you don’t quite have the full figure four position. I filmed this video three years ago and I still use these tricks today!  

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Advice I Actually Took… And Worked: Andy Frisella

Andy Frisella is one of my favorite people to follow at the moment. I was first turned on to him by my good friend Drew Dillon, when he suggested I listen to Andy’s podcast: The MFCEO Project. Andy has a pretty in your face style, which I thoroughly enjoy. If you are ok with tons…

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Options for Getting Up for Self Defense

Taking a quick look at three different ways to efficiently getting up off the floor based on whether I am looking to stand my ground, advance forward, or retreat quickly. These are all under the context of you being on the ground and the attacker not being attached to you yet. Understanding the different options…

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Ashi and Single Leg X Sweeps to Ankle Lock

Taking a look at a few simple leg sweeps from basic Ashi that turn into easy straight ankle setups. Understanding how to transition from different leg tie ups can be crucial in dominating the position. Play around with these and have a little fun!  

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2-on-1 to Single Leg

  In this video we’re looking at a very simple single leg entry from the 2-on-1 position. This is a position we work a lot in many of our programs. You can coupe this entry with any variation of single leg takedowns. Here we just finish things off with a simple pivot and dump. Give…

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Controlling the Head in Turtle

Taking a look at the basic concept of truly controlling the head when on top of a player in turtle. Whether you’re utilizing this for wrestling, bjj, or self defense. When on top of a person like this, you want to truly smash their head and face into the ground. Using the hands or hips,…

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One Take Only

Anyone that has ever filmed with me, or watched our videos, knows that I have a “one take” rule when filming. Barring technical difficulties or catastrophic failure, there’s no second take on filming a video. Outside of the obvious time saving benefits of doing one take instead of four, I think it’s the best way…

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Shielding Your Children

I was reading an article today about addressing an active shooter. This is one of about 5,000 articles I have read on the subject, but I still read everyone that I can. It allows me to see what others are thinking, learn things I may have missed or how to say things in a manner…

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The Deadly Art Of…

I have noticed lately that “deadly” or “deadliest” has been getting thrown around a lot when describing martial art systems, be it in conversation or advertising. Ironically enough a DVD I filmed a few months back was released a few weeks ago and one of the descriptors the company used in the advertising is “deadly.”…

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