Monthly Archives: September 2012

*VIDEO* 39 Armbars and Armlocks in Less Than 4 Minutes – Jason Scully

When you click on the link you’ll find a demonstration with
narrations of 39 arm bars and armlocks in less than 4 minutes.

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Cool gun disarm by World Famous Self Defense Expert Coach David Alexander

I just posted a cool gun disarm technique on my other site at, check it out! Marcelo Garcia’s over under control to rear naked choke by Coach David Alexander

Also posted at  Your “under” arm hand needs to be on top of the “over” arm wrist in order to secure a rear naked choke when your opponent strips the “under” arm hand away. If he keeps a hold of the hand then you can do a 1 armed RNC or you can put pressure on his philtrum (just under nose learn more at to make his head come up and expose the neck. By your Virtual MMA Coach David Alexander Power Uppercut with BOB by Coach David Alexander

How to throw a power uppercut or power 5 or power 6.  Also how to throw an uppercut like Mike Tyson (see me and Mike on the Pictures page).  The trick in throwing a powerful uppercut is in the body coil and legs.  You need to wind up like a spring and uncoil driving up through the legs and finally the power coming out the fist.  Try it in your next sparring match and see if you feel the added power.  Be Different — Train Smart!  By your Virtual MMA Coach David Alexander

Coach David Alexander and World Champion Mike Tyson Super Sneaky Pacquiao Punch with BOB by Coach David Alexander

Have you ever watched Manny Pacquiao fight?  What a great experience and opportunity to learn.  If you could have his boxing expertise transferred to MMA you would definitely have an advantage over the amateurishly skilled boxers in MMA.  Here is a punch that I watch him do that people are not commenting on.  Here is one of his secret weapons.  Watch some YouTube vids of Manny P. and see if you notice when he throws this punch.  He pretty much lands it at will.  Try it in your next fight or sparring match and let me know how it goes in the comments section.  Be Different — Train Smart!  By your Virtual MMA Coach David Alexander “O.C. Hook” with BOB by Coach David Alexander

Here is an O.C. Hook or the Original Combo “O.C.” plus a hook. It is also a 1, 2, 3 combo or a jab, cross and hook combo.  By your Virtual MMA Coach David Alexander “O.C. Hook” from Great Wolf Lodge

I have another “O.C. Hook” video on it’s way.  Stay tuned.

A big thanks to Great Wolf Lodge ( for having the Alexander Family for a few days! If ever you get a chance, make sure to check them out. Just when I was about the record the clock tower behind me went off. Instead of stopping the tape, we just went with it. You don’t need to hear me to see the combo that I am demonstrating.

Here is an O.C. Hook or the Original Combo “O.C.” plus a hook. It is also a 1, 2, 3 combo or a jab, cross and hook combo.



Tournaments are inherently stressful environments. There is always a lot of commotion, and unfortunately, there is also often a lot of disorganization. Assisting our students in navigating such an environment is an essential skill that separates a teacher from a coach.


The following is based on personal experience, as well as having the opportunity to shadow and observe some of the best BJJ coaches.

  1. Arrive early – You should be the first person to arrive at the tournament that day. Don’t think you can roll in when the first divisions start and be ready to go. Arriving early will also set an example for your students. If they see you coming in late or at the last minute, it communicates to them that you had other things to do that were more important than they were. I don’t know any coaches who would want to convey that message intentionally, and this is one way to tell your students that on competition day, they are the priority.
  2. Have a list of competitors – This is especially important if you are travelling to a tournament. At the beginning of the day, you want to make sure everybody has arrived and is prepared to compete. This also allows you to keep track of medals, placing, and who still has to compete throughout the day.
  3. Stay calm – Coaching is immensely frustrating. Remember to stay calm and positive when working with your students. You may have competed in hundreds of matches in your career, but your student hasn’t.
  4. Don’t multi-task – By nature, human beings are horrible at multi-tasking. Doing five things at once typically leads to doing all of them poorly. Trying to keep time, coach your student, fix a dislocated finger, etc. is a great way to miss great coaching opportunities.
  5. Have an assistant – Having a few of your top students, or even your spouse, helping you at tournaments can be one of the most important things to being a successful coach. They can run and get first aid, keep track of who is up on what mat, grab you lunch, etc. They really facilitate you and your team being successful at the tournament. Ask them to help, allow them to work with you and remember to show your gratitude for all of their hard work.
  6. Save your voice – Screaming your head off for the first few hours is not only a great way to exhaust yourself, but also to make yourself totally unable to coach the rest of the day. This is VERY important if you have adult competitors on the first day and then youth competitors on the second. By staying calm and not running around and screaming all day, you’ll ensure that you are able to give 100% to your students as they compete.
  7. Remember to eat and drink – Set aside10-15 minutes in the afternoon to sit down quietly to eat and drink. If you are hungry or thirsty, your judgment is going to be off and you are going to start making mistakes. This may cause you to be frustrated with your students easily, which can be avoided by staying fed and hydrated.
  8. Be specific – Yelling “sweep!” or “escape!” doesn’t help your student. Ever. They’re mounted and I’m pretty sure they know how to escape. If your student has somebody in their guard, yelling “submit him!” isn’t going to help. It will only serve to make the student panic and forget what they should do. By giving clear step-by-step instructions to your students, you can help them be more successful and also assist them in navigating the adrenaline dump that often accompanies stepping on the mat.
  9. Be visible – Wearing a black t-shirt like everybody else is going to make it a nightmare for people to find you when they need you. At one tournament, I wrote a neon yellow shirt just to make sure that if anybody needed me, they could find me right away. I know it sounds silly, but your team shouldn’t have to send out runners to find you in the competition location and having a signature shirt or hat that is bring in color will really help your team help you stay on top of your game.
  10. Be prepared– You should never need to borrow anything from anybody else on competition day. Here’s a short list of things to remember to bring on competition day:
    1. Seam ripper to remove patches that are illegal
    2. Stopwatch
    3. Cell phone
    4. Athlete list
    5. Writing utensils + clipboard
    6. Snacks
    7. Schedule of divisions
    8. Tape/bandaids/gauze

How to Tie Your Jiu-Jitsu Pants w/ Rener Gracie solar plexus strike

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Push your hand in his face and when the attacker or opponent opens up the solar plexus, you would smash your heel palm (tip of ulna or Styloid Process) into the solar plexus. For the mma fighter you would punch through the solar plexus (affecting the liver/gall bladder/diaphragm) or you could even use a palm strike which I think is an under utilized tool in mma. Your Virtual MMA Coach and World Famous Self Defense Expert Coach David Alexander

Solar Plexus Strike by Megumi Fujii