Monthly Archives: January 2012

UFC 142: Aldo, Palhares, Belfort (Gracie Breakdown)

Even though Ryron and Rener took a little longer to post the breakdown than usual, they still managed to keep it real with some solid insight on UFC 142 in Rio. They start by discussing the unique manner in which Rousimar Palhares set up his devastating heel hook on Mike Massenzio and they explain precisely what Palhares did that made the lock so challenging to escape. Then, they go on to explain how Vitor Belfort was able to get the rear naked choke on Anthony Johnson even when Johnson saw it was coming. They also announce the winner of the Gracie Giveaway from last month and they announce the next Gracie Giveaway — a beautiful Series 1 Pearl Weave Gracie Gi (even if you don’t train in the gi, you’re going to want one of these!!) Please share the breakdown with your friends and, as always, make sure the jiu-jitsu haters get access to this stuff as well.


“CAGED” Season 1 Episode 2

“Caged” follows a group of young MMA fighters struggling to make something of their lives, both inside and outside of the cage.

“Caged” Season 1 Episode 2

51 Guard Sweeps in Less Than 7 Minutes…

9 year old survives attack using

Single leg to hip toss

New Drill Added!

Drill #8
Target Practice Drill:  In this drill you will focus on striking the targets in slow motion.  You need to go in super slow motion to focus your brain on hitting the vital targets.  Slowly speed up once you have dialed in on the target then switch to another target.  If you want to learn the best and most efficient way to hit targets then consider doing a Vital Point Targets for MMA seminar!

Let me know if you are interested in hosting a Seminar.  I will advertise your gym and help to promote the seminar.

Seminars run between 2 and 4 hours depending on what you would like to learn.  We will try to cover as much as possible.  It is not expected for your participants to remember everything.  They will always be able to refer back to this site for a refresher.  This is a very fast paced and fun seminar.  I don’t cover the basics in this seminar.  This is for your students who already know the basic punches, stances, takedowns, etc…  I can do an advanced fighter seminar or a “Learn the Basics” type of seminar, you choose.

Targeting, my friends, is the future of MMA.  Learn it now or get left behind!  This is the future for a NEW BREED of SMART FIGHTERS.  The fighters who learn this concept will have a unique and distinct advantage over their un-educated opponents.  In this seminar, I will explain where the targets are and what happens when you properly strike them.

I’m adapting these unique skills from my close quarters/hand to hand fight training and anatomy knowledge (  Talk about having an unfair advantage!  Do you know where there are clusters of nerves on the body that can short-circuit your opponent and weaken him?  Where is the best place to knee, kick or strike the legs in order to cause a “dead leg”, that can slow down your opponent or even end the fight?  Where is the vagus nerve and what will it do when struck?  Where is the “burrito expeller” and why do we want to hit it?  Have you ever fought for an armbar and not been able to strip your opponents grip to finish?  I will show you a special legal target that you can strike which will cause your opponent to lose his grip (and this target is not on the arm at all).  There are many more like this…

Do you realize how much effort a fighter uses to just punch and kick with no specific target in mind?  I call this Just “Punching Meat”, because that is all you’re doing.  You spend 90% of the fight just trying to knock someone out, but you never aim for the proper target.  Repeatedly hitting your opponent in the middle of his face looks good and will score you points, but it does not knock someone out!  Kicking someone in the side of the stomach with a roundhouse kick might get the fans excited, but it will not do any damage to your opponent and you’ll probably end up getting taken down and lose points in the judges eyes.  If you spend your time just hitting away without a target, you’ll just end up getting tired and knocked out yourself.  Think of it like trying to hit the bullseye, of a dartboard, by randomly throwing darts at a wall.  If you want to knock someone out or do major damage then focus on a target and keep trying to hit it!  Spend your energy and focus repeatedly aiming at the “bullseye” (targets) with every throw (strike) and you will hit it (KNOCKOUT!).

A Lot of High Percentage No-Gi Choke Variations in Just 8 Minutes

“CAGED” Season 1 Episode 1

“Caged” follows a group of young MMA fighters struggling to make something of their lives, both inside and outside of the cage.

“Caged” Season 1 Episode 1

New Drills!

I have added 3 more drills to the “DRILLS” page.  In the future I will be adding videos to these drills.  For now you just have to figure out what I’m trying to write.  These drills will help you take control of the fight, avoid danger, open up “TARGETS“, set-up different “PLAYS” and “TAKEDOWNS“.

Drill #5
Bully Drill:  Get in close clinch up and practice moving your opponent back, forth, turning (push and pull shoulder, grab behind elbow and pull) etc….

Drill #6
Push Face Drill:  Put your hand in your training partner’s face and move forward quickly and see what they do.  See what targets it opens up.  Eventually they will know to move laterally or duck and punch you in the liver, but it will work in a fight (at least the first few times).  This is the set-up for “Junior” and “Solar” plays.

Drill #7
Turn the Corner Drill:  Throw a combo and move to the side of your opponent.  For example:  Have your opponent pretty much stand in place and you would throw a jab and move to his side (the opponent would then turn and face you) then you would throw a 1, 2 and move to your partner’s side, etc…1,2,3 then to the side, 1, inside leg kick, move to the side.  Then your partner will do the same.  Always “Turn the Corner” away from your opponent’s strong cross hand!


In this video, starting at 2:40, Denis Kang ( works with Stephen Kesting ( to show the difference between a “Tackle” takedown for MMA and a “Wrestling” takedown.  I personally like to teach both.