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Old 04-09-2008, 08:48 AM   #161 (permalink)
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yea that was helpful during wrestling season i had to cut weight but it usually wasn't alot becuz i was practicing everyday and staying around the weight i needed to be at. i am farmiliar with cutting weight but the most ive ever done is 7 pounds in the 2-3 hours before a match by sweating and spitting i suppose if i fast that day or at least part of the day i believe i should be able to make the 10 pound mark, but wrestling practice is different from mma in the sense that wrestling practice was only 2 hours long and my coach did not push us hard. so i guess some more experimentation with it would be good but as of right now im not too worried about it. i just want to break into the sport you know? and yes thank you both it has helped
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Old 04-10-2008, 03:42 PM   #162 (permalink)
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yea that was helpful during wrestling season i had to cut weight but it usually wasn't alot becuz i was practicing everyday and staying around the weight i needed to be at. i am farmiliar with cutting weight but the most ive ever done is 7 pounds in the 2-3 hours before a match by sweating and spitting i suppose if i fast that day or at least part of the day i believe i should be able to make the 10 pound mark, but wrestling practice is different from mma in the sense that wrestling practice was only 2 hours long and my coach did not push us hard. so i guess some more experimentation with it would be good but as of right now im not too worried about it. i just want to break into the sport you know? and yes thank you both it has helped
MMA is a different game than wrestling, and it's really important to make that differentiation. Most guys train for 3 years before they really get serious about MMA, but if you're going to dive in, go for it.

Glad we could be helpful.
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Old 04-10-2008, 05:39 PM   #163 (permalink)
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so your saying if i train extremely hard for at least 3 years then thers a chance i could make it into pro mma
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Old 04-11-2008, 12:23 PM   #164 (permalink)
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so your saying if i train extremely hard for at least 3 years then thers a chance i could make it into pro mma
Yeah, depending on your level of athletic ability. That's what Rich Franklin did, with basically no martial arts experience.

There are some other guys who have done that. I mean, most guys have been training their entire lives at something, but as long as you are focussed on MMA, you'll be able to keep up, because so few of those guys have been directly focussed on MMA. It's a new world for pretty much everybody when they get into the pro arena.

There's a chance, yeah. And like I said, it really depends on your commitment and you athleticism. Still, I think that's a reasonable goal.
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Old 04-11-2008, 04:26 PM   #165 (permalink)
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Broke my big toe... trying to keep it iced but it's hard to grapple/shoot/jog with a freaking broken toe. Ugh...

Weight is 215... 10 lbs to lose 5 pounds to cut. No pool to swim, so my cardio is the elliptical right now.

Anyway, working from side control... other than the traditional kimura/keylock/armbar/head&arm are there any sneaky transitions or less-expected submissions from there? I have been working on the toe hold (if he's defending being mounted by resting his foot on his knee) and the anaconda when I transition to north-south but I have a tendency to take my weight off of the opponent. Anyway, just curious what your transitions/setups are from being on top of side control.
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Old 04-11-2008, 05:44 PM   #166 (permalink)
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Anyway, working from side control... other than the traditional kimura/keylock/armbar/head&arm are there any sneaky transitions or less-expected submissions from there? I have been working on the toe hold (if he's defending being mounted by resting his foot on his knee) and the anaconda when I transition to north-south but I have a tendency to take my weight off of the opponent. Anyway, just curious what your transitions/setups are from being on top of side control.
That sucks.

So, from side control, there are the obvious arm attacks and the arm-triangles (which I think you mentioned).

Work into north/south, and practice from there. Work kimuras and the chokes (North/South, anaconda, guillotine and so on) and that stuff, and it will make your transition game alot better. It helps to establish position and to keep your opponent from bridging the hips in. Also, at the beginning levels it's not a place alot of guys know how to defend (and often they roll over into the guillotine).

The kneebar from there is also really effective, and I've been using it as a way of transitioning to reverse mount (which is the way that you set up the toe-hold).

Keeping the weight down just takes practice, but it often helps to think of attacking that toehold like a reverse mount and driving the knee in like you do when you mount.

I do really like the kimura and other attacks from what I call ass-on-face position (which is the one leg over position that you use to really isolate and finish the kimura). There are triangles from there if they open the body and try and put you in mount.

Just practice quick, tight execution, and you should be good. It's all about locking down the techniques that you have an making them work.

Hope that was helpful.
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Old 04-12-2008, 11:57 PM   #167 (permalink)
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So, Basically, Steve Maxwell Knows Alotta Sh*t

Steve Maxwell (Submission wrestling genius, BJJ blackbelt and conditioning savant) has been working out of my gym for a while, because the coach that gave him his blackbelt (Regis Libre) got his blackbelt from my instructor, and since Steve's been out here, he wanted to train in the lineage with someone that he knew was good.

Steve is one of the smartest dudes I've ever worked with (not as great at jiu-jitsu as my instructor, but definitely more open to teaching wrestling and leglocks) and if I tried to write down all of the stuff I worked with him on in class today, it'd take forever, so I'll pace myself over the course of a couple of days.

The most important thing, though, is the importance of dynamic stretches. If you've never seen the maxorcist (one of his dynamic stretching routines that works literally every muscle you use in a fight, you should check it out.

Apparently, static stretching actually physically weakens the body, and so the dynamic stretching really helps to keep strong. I didn't do as much dynamic stuff just hanging around, but now I'm definitely going to.

That's just one of the thing I learned from the guy today, and I figured it deserved its own post.

More to come.
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Old 04-14-2008, 11:13 AM   #168 (permalink)
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doesn't he have that "300 spartan workout" thing?
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Yeah, that's him.

I will also say this. He's in the best shape of any 55 year old man I've ever met.
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Old 04-17-2008, 09:14 AM   #170 (permalink)
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i am now going to the first free week of bjj class at crossfit and i have to say so far i enjoy it, whether or not i continue depends on college plans
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