Alex Humen and Jay Speight did really well at the tournament Saturday. Taking home two golds one silver and one bronze metals. Take a look at their matches.read more →
Recently my team went to a smaller MMA event held in Hickory Va. And I had three fighters on this card. I was asked to corner a fighter who was in between teams at this time. Later in the evening we realized that two of the opponents, of our fighter, where not showing. So I asked to move my only fighter to the first fight so we could leave early.
But where did that leave the other fighter who didn’t have a team, that ended up to be the main event, at the end of the card?
Well he came to me and let me know that he really wanted me to stay and corner him. And yes I did give my word to corner him so I and my team stayed for the whole event to help him do as well as he did. I spent about 30 minutes asking about his back ground and what tools he had to go into the cage.
Well he did so well I wanted to give him the props for this fight. Later on other coaches came to me and let me know he was a good fighter on my team. I let them know he wasn’t on my team but he listened so well to my coaching I knew I had made a difference in this match. Wished I had a few more people like him who really wanted to fight.read more →
A good day for these two competitors, they were grappling all day long.read more →
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It was a amazing scene to see Alex fight for the first time here in America.. an immigrate from Ukraine he came to my gym with such desire and drive few coaches have ever seen. I am proud to call this man a member of Team GAMMA. And “ I LOVE YOU AMERICA!!!”
Throw Back Thursday.
Four years ago today. One of my students and good and loyal friend stepped in the cage for his First Mixed Martial Arts match. With the confidence only a Team GAMMA member could do. He came home with a win for us. Today he will teach a class in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the first time. So proud of how far he has come in four short years.
Training MMA fighters and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioners for 14 years I have seen a lot over the years.
Looking back as being the first to bring Mixed Martial Arts and Reality Self-Defense training to Eastern North Carolina. Things has changed but at the same time things has stayed the same too.
You should always be looking for a place that you can train that is always keeping it real. That is always stepping up to the challenge. That is why all of our instructors have had competitive backgrounds in BJJ events and a lot of times Mixed Martial Arts events. But at the same time teaching Gracie Brazilian Jiu-jitsu as a self-defense base.
I have seen over the years, where someone has only trained for the sport part of Jiu-Jitsu, and have done really well in those type of formats. But have had more problems converting over to other sports like Mixed Martial Arts.
People are more likely to say it is the Gi training that makes that happen, I say not. If you are always keeping in your mind while you are training “what if he started punching me? what if this was on the streets, or in a cage and I have to worry about his elbows?’ then your style of Jiu-Jitsu will be properly adjusted. Then you will have less of a problem converting your entry into other sports like Mixed Martial Arts.
Just like Rickson Gracie Stated in the documentary Choke. “ I believe that Jiu-Jitsu is a self-defense art….. To keep believing in what I teach and what I share with my students, to trust in my own words I must put myself available for any type of competition.”
Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was never meant to be a sport as much as it was, the sport of Mixed Martial Arts was developed to show it’s strengths and also show it’s weaknesses, but as with all LIVE martial arts, it is always adapting to the situation.
When you put yourself out there in anything, you have to be willing to take the lumps and realize you can and will lose.
Two of my coaches recently competed in Mixed Martial Arts. And I am not making excuses they stepped up to the challenge and came up short, against a really good team and good friends of ours.
Well shortly after their loss in the cage you can see them back in the gym working on their striking.
“Champions Always Get Back Up!!!”
Now they are getting ready for their next match in Elizabeth City NC. Putting in the hard work to bring home the win for Team Gamma.read more →
This was a good demonstration that Rickson and Royler did at a Pride Fighting Championship. At that time Gracie Brazilian Jiu-jitsu was just getting popular was still unknown is many ways, and even though Rickson and Royler made it look easy, it took their family from Brazil many years to perfect their self-Defense Techniques. Props to the family that built what all of us in the Martial Arts World has enjoyed.
One of the best comeback in mixed martial arts fights I have seen as a coach in all the years I have been coaching MMA. And I have to give props for Dan Miragliotta the referee who was refereeing this fight. He didn’t step in too early he let the fight continue. essentially the other guy Knocked my Chris Burns out at 23 seconds in this video, broke his nose, blood was everywhere, Danny allowed the fight to continue, Chris was able to regained enough to get the armbar that broke the other guy’s arm. I think that Dan Miragliotta stopped the match when he reached in to check the fighter and his arm was limp. I think he thought he was choked out but the arm was dislocated.
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Short video from the TV series Human Weapon about the Development of Mixed Martial Arts. This video also explains some basic moved in Mixed Martial Arts Like the double leg take down, the sprawl, triangle choke and the arm bar.
Though I don’t encourage the spinning back kick as being a great striking technique as it is depicted in this video a lot of people who started in Kickboxing and Karate seem to like the spinning back kick and seem make it work for them.
I always encourage to keeping your opponent in front of you, always turning into, rather than away from your opponent not allowing easy access to your back.read more →