FreeMMASchool.com “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 (greatwolflodge.com) 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.

10 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR BJJ COACHING

 BY BRENDAN HUFORD

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

http://www.grapplearts.com/Blog/2012/09/10-ways-to-improve-your-bjj-coaching/

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

FreeMMASchool.com solar plexus strike

Also posted at http://www.coachdavidalexander.com

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

Elbow to Solar Plexus Practice by Coach David Alexander

Power.  This is one of my Street Fight Bootcamp lessons but will work great for MMA.  Elbow to the solar plexus.  Practice driving your elbow into BOB’s solar plexus.  If you go deep enough you will effect the liver and gall bladder.  This will take your opponents breath and might cause vomiting or will set up a take down or another strike.  By Your Virtual MMA Coach David Alexander.  I also posted this on my 1LessonSelfDefense.com site.

Hammer Fist Power Training with BOB by Coach David Alexander

The Hammer Fist is an under utilized strike in MMA.  Here is how to develop power for your hammer fist from on of my other sites StreetFightBootcamp.com.  Use the BOB or a heavy bag to practice generating power for your hammer fist.  The hammer fist can be used for a quick strike to the bridge of the nose of your attacker.  Make sure to drop your weight and keep your elbow in tight to effectively add your body weight into the strike.  If an attacker is on the ground you could hammer fist his mandible, or vagus nerve.  Want to learn more?  I will be working on a DVD soon or visit http://www.StreetFightBootcamp.com and schedule a private or group lesson.  I can come to you or you can come to me.  Coach David Alexander (Self Defense Expert).

FreeMMASchool.com How to Create Power in Elbow Strikes by your Virtual MMA Coach David Alexander

Power.  In order to create power you need to practice hitting the bag with all you’ve got.  Rotate the hips and drop your weight down while you step in and through the target.  This will help create power.  There are times when you want to tap and times when you want to smash.  Be Different!  Train Smart!  Your Virtual MMA Coach David Alexander

Feel free to use my videos however you wish.  With everyone training the exact same way and learning from the same coaches, what separates the fighters?  What makes anyone unique?  The difference nowadays is cardio, strength & conditioning.  My curriculum is different.  I will give you something unique and different.  Something that no one has ever seen before.  Check out my PLAYS page, my STRATEGIES, TIPS & TRICKS page, my UNIQUE MOVES page and my VITAL TARGETS FOR  MMA  page and you will see what I’m talking about.  I will be posting more videos real soon.  Be different!  Train Smart!  Your Virtual MMA Coach David Alexander

FreeMMASchool.com Switch Step to 45 a degree angle by your Virtual MMA Coach David Alexander

Footwork. Perform a switch step to set up a 45 degree angle on your opponent. From there you can strike (target the mastoid process) with a cross or a low leg kick (popliteal nerve or the gastrocnemius) or a cross with a low leg kick. See more at VitalTargetsforMMA.com.  Be Different!  Train Smart!  Your Virtual MMA Coach David Alexander

Feel free to use my videos however you wish.  With everyone training the exact same way and learning from the same coaches, what separates the fighters?  What makes anyone unique?  The difference nowadays is cardio, strength & conditioning.  My curriculum is different.  I will give you something unique and different.  Something that no one has ever seen before.  Check out my PLAYS page, my STRATEGIES, TIPS & TRICKS page, my UNIQUE MOVES page and my VITAL TARGETS FOR  MMA  page and you will see what I’m talking about.  I will be posting more videos real soon.  Be Different!  Train Smart!  Your Virtual MMA Coach David Alexander

FreeMMASchool.com Back Leg Pivot by your Virtual MMA Coach David Alexander

Another video by your Virtual MMA Coach David Alexander.  This is the Back Leg Pivot.  Footwork is the key to angles, deception and victory.  Learn the Back Leg Pivot and combine it with the Front Leg Pivot to improve your MMA footwork.

With everyone training the exact same way and learning from the same coaches, what separates the fighters?  What makes anyone unique?  The difference nowadays is cardio, strength & conditioning.  My curriculum is different.  I will give you something unique and different.  Something that no one has ever seen before.  Check out my PLAYS page, my STRATEGIES, TIPS & TRICKS page, my UNIQUE MOVES page and my VITAL TARGETS FOR  MMA  page and you will see what I’m talking about.  I will be posting more videos real soon.  Be different!  Train Smart!  Your Virtual MMA Coach David Alexander

FreeMMASchool.com Front Leg Pivot by your Virtual MMA Coach David Alexander

Front Leg Pivot by your Virtual MMA Coach David Alexander

With everyone training the exact same way and learning from the same coaches, what separates the fighters?  What makes anyone unique?  The difference nowadays is cardio, strength & conditioning.  My curriculum is different.  I will give you something unique and different.  Something that no one has ever seen before.  Check out my PLAYS page, my STRATEGIES, TIPS & TRICKS page, my UNIQUE MOVES page and my VITAL TARGETS FOR  MMA page and you will see what I’m talking about.  I will be posting more videos real soon.  Be different!  Train Smart!  Your Virtual MMA Coach David Alexander