Archive for the ‘NJ Mixed Martial Arts’ Category

Why EVERY Police Officer Should Be A Good Martial Artist

Ask any martial artist worth his or her salt, and they’ll tell you that it’s imperative for police officers to learn and regularly practice a solid martial art. This isn’t due to bias and preference; it’s due to the simple nature of what happens when a suspect resists arrest and, quite simply, puts you in […]

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Eat as Smart as You Train!

I used to hate nutritional advice articles. But then again, that was when I was in my early 20’s and I was worried about the fat-content of peanuts and walnuts. In other words, I was a white belt in basic nutrition because I considered it a hassle to deal with (i.e. why should I “fix” […]

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Popular “Wrestler vs. Mountain Lion” Story is a Hoax! What We’ve Learned.

  Over the past couple days, one of the little, viral stories that began circulating through the internet was that of a man being assaulted by a mountain lion and then using a headlock to break the animal’s neck. Here, KSBY News reported that former NCAA wrestler Robin Olson had been hiking outside of a […]

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Guerilla Warfare and Training Uphill: Post-Fight Thoughts from Dominick Cruz vs. TJ Dillashaw

Big losses and long stretches of inactivity can do strange things to fighters. Some of them will develop a new shtick, or use an old one to set off the media drama that will win them another fight and possibly a bigger paycheck. But the strangest thing it can do to a fighter is to […]

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Making Sharp Techniques Sharper: 12/5 Tournament Results

Last Saturday, I coached my teammate Rubin Pushpangathan at The Good Fight’s Winter BJJ Open submissions-only tournament. He took 2nd place in white belt gi – a division I love to watch due to its elimination of avant-garde leg-lock games that are typically used to stall. Anyway, with two submission wins, a grueling back-and-forth in […]

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The Need for Guerilla Warfare in the Cage: Why Holly Holm Beat Ronda Rousey at UFC 193.

Well, I’m glad I’m not a betting man, because I would have lost a lot of money last Saturday at UFC 193. I would have put all my money on Ronda Rousey beating Holly Holm via superior clinch work, takedowns, and ground control. Holm certainly prepared well, as she negated almost all of that. But […]

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The Difference (Or Lack of Difference) Between Tournament and Academy Jiu-Jitsu – A Breakdown of Two NJU Competitors During Last Saturday’s NAGA Tournament

The 16th century Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi was the Dan Gable of his day. I’d wager that he was history’s best sports psychologist as well. He relentlessly studied the parallels and symbiotic relationship between martial arts, politics, the arts, and day-to-day life. He’s also the originator of the often-reiterated “Today is victory over yourself of […]

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 101, 9/6/15

Today, we had a solid turnout of 20 students on the mat! We continued our theme-of-the-week (guillotine escape to Von Flue choke, and headlock-escapes from standing), but we also mixed things up a bit. It’s wise to keep your self-defense basics sharp, so we did a few drills in which our training partners were at […]

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 101, 9/3/15

Tonight, we had a great Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 101 class in which we drilled some self-defense headlock escapes based on your opponent’s positioning. Remember that it’s essential to have backup escapes; after all, there’s no one escape that’ll enable you to escape everything! Always obey the philosophy of “Right time, right technique, right opponent.” We also […]

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How to Counter-Troll Internet MMA Trolls with Superior Trolljitsu

There’s no shortage of internet videos detailing the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. There’s also no shortage of internet trolls (i.e. pranksters and agitators) who make excuses for punks who get choked out and twisted into pretzel-shapes. Sometimes these trolls are simply in it for the lulz (for their own amusement), but many others actually believe […]

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