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31 May 2011

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  • Interview with Rigan Machado, April 2011

    This Article comes from Arcanum Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Blog

    Rigan Machado with the Utah black belts under his lineage. Left to right: Dave Johnson, Gerald Harris, Rigan Machado, Jeff Kunze, Brandon Ruiz


    You have had a chance to compete at a high level and also teach a lot of great athletes. So what do you like about competing and then what do you like about teaching?

    Rigan Machado

    Competition is part of a big motivation for me to train, to go to the highest level because the competition always pushing for me to go to the next step. I think the competition help you to get the top shape. Competition help you to get ready to make your techniques the best, you know what I mean? I recommend to everybody.


    You are doing a lot of teaching now. What do you like about that?

    Rigan Machado

    I remember one time I talked to Helio Gracie, and he said the key to the success in the jiu-jitsu for me, for my family is you have to love what you do. I love to teach, I love to get somebody who know nothing and make him a very good player, he can do the right chess game, he will learn how to set up the submission, and he will learn how to set up the sweeps. That’s what I love; I love to see people grow from level one, all the way to the black belt, that’s amazing.


    So that leads me to my next question: what makes a good jiu-jitsu coach?

    Rigan Machado

    As a jiu-jitsu coach I remember one time I have a lesson from Rolls Gracie with Carlos Gracie. I was an assistant coach like in the process of learning how to teach and he got for me to teach a guy who I believe was the worse student. I see some of the other trainers got students who is already great athletes, who learn it real fast and I was a kind of upset. I come to my coaches to ask, why you gave me the worse student for me to try and make this guy a champion? The answer was the answer I use in my philosophy today. He came to me and said there is no such thing as a bad student, just a bad coach. The reason I gave you this student because it’s a bigger challenge for you. You are going to have to think, you have to figure out ways to make this guy better than the other guys who are already better athletes. That’s why I put the worse student in your hands; because that’s going to challenge you to develop your abilities to become a better coach to everybody else.


    How do you make the mental transition and physical transition from training in class to gearing up for a competition?

    Rigan Machado

    The competition is…when you train in the academy you don’t have no adrenaline, you don’t have no pressure. You don’t have the responsibility. I think the moment you have responsibility you have pressure, have people watch you. All these elements change a lot. You combine with that adrenaline, the time factor, the points. I think with competition the more you do, the better you get in control your adrenaline, the better you get at feeling comfortable and the better you play the chess game. I remember one time I talked to my coach Rolls. He said two things make a good act: hours on the mat and hours in competition. I follow the same philosophy. The more you compete, the better you’re going to be.


    I remember reading finding a website – I think it was an older website for the Machados – that talked about how you guys steered away from the violent, vale-tudo kind of competition. Can you talk about that?

    Rigan Machado

    I love mixed martial arts, you know what I mean? But I was more in love with jiu-jitsu. The love I have for this sport is so big in my heart. At the time we did a choice what we loved the most and my brothers decided we loved the martial arts; we loved the philosophy, we loved the history, we loved everything, so let’s focus a hundred percent in the sport. And that basically at the time was the decision. I don’t if know that was a mistake, because the mixed martial arts grow real big. But we didn’t know it was going to get that big.

    Another way I think we think we couldn’t know and choose to go to the mixed martial arts is because the true mixed martial of today is a fantastic chess game, it’s a fantastic game. You have the throws, you have the boxing, you have the – things like I love. But I am happy because today I train a lot of fighters and I have experience to put together some real good fighters. For me it was at the time a decision for the love for this sport.


    So do you and your brothers get together often quite a bit still?

    Rigan Machado

    We use to be often together all the time but the problem is we are getting so busy doing seminars, movies, all kinds of different things it is sometimes not easy like it used to be. I tried to do my best to see my brothers but everybody is so busy. But we try to keep together.


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    31 May 2011

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  • Grappling skills apply to chiropractics

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    When you are constantly laying your hands on a person, and twisting their bodies into painful positions you develop an amazing understanding of which way it twists and tweaks, and in what ways.

    This is generally thought of in terms of our offensive, and submission capabilities.  But today, Sensei Mike Hermosillo, of Hidden Valley MMA applied his dark forces for the purposes of good.

    After a really intense workout last week I have been all but crippled.  I was sure I had a pulled muscle.  I turned to a robust masseuse.  Nothing was working.  I was in intense pain, and my ability to use the rest-room left-handed is severely limited.  Something had to be done.

    As a large man (about 260 pounds), I have found that many chiropractors can be just a little bit too “wussy” to give me the severe man-handling that I need.

    Enter my mentor and Sensei, “Big Mike.”  After 15 minutes of Mike really putting the hurt on me, I couldn’t feel better.  The power to break, the power to heal.  Thank goodness for my grappling family! :)

    All kidding aside though, it is really neat to be around people who have spent so many years learning about the pains, and the movements of the human body.  Be sure to talk to your instructors when you hurt, rather than just skipping classes.  You will be shocked how much they may be able to help.

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    30 May 2011

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  • Newton’s Three Laws of Fighting

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    Let me formally introduce you to a most righteous dude, Sir Isaac Newton. You may think of Sir Newton as the fellow who spent a lot of time chilling under apple trees pondering the nature of gravity, the inventor of calculus*, or a high-level enlightenment philosopher.

    What you didn’t know, is that he was into mixed martial arts in the early days – he had Tapout bumper stickers on his carriages before it was cliche.  In consequence of his love for MMA, Newton postulated three fundamental laws of fighting, which his later works – laws of physics and thermodynamics – were built from.


    Newton and Chuck chilling

    (Above, Newton is chilling with “the Iceman” Chuck Liddell; insiders state that Newton’s law of cooling played a large part in Chuck’s nickname.)

    #1 Law of Inertia

    A fighter in motion tends to stay in motion and a fighter at rest tends to get knocked out.

    This law tells us to always be moving, cutting angles, circling.  It also hints at the fact that the more aggressive initiator is generally the winner in exchanges; it is easier and faster to act than to react.

    When you stay up on your toes, keeping good head movement and shifting your guard hands slightly, you’re ready for anything.  Starting from a dead standstill takes extra energy – when you’re dancing, you’re nimble. Much easier to adapt while you’re moving; also, you’re harder to hit.

    “Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it. When a fighter is in a state of perpetual motion, he can seamlessly attack and move. Once he sits upon his heels, it takes energy to re-start the motion and overcome this sloth – such a fighter is likely to get KTFO’d.”    – Newton


    F is MMA


    #2  Law of Power

    Force = Mass x Acceleration

    To hit hard and knock opponents out, you need to know how the classic equation F=MA.  While it may have been murder in Physics class, it will be your salvation in the ring.

    The most straightforward observation from this law is that bigger is better; or rather, heavier (mass-ive) is better. Bigger fighters hit harder.  It behooves you to be at the top of your weight class than the bottom. You create more force just by having more mass.

    The second observation is two-fold and relates to the generation of power punches and how you should train to create power punches. You want to have your body geometry down, so you can put as much “back-up mass” into punches and kicks.  Many refer this as “getting your body behind your punches.”  This helps out with the “mass” part of F=MA. For the acceleration part of the equation – you need to get that body mass up and moving… quick!

    Please note the difference between velocity (speed) and acceleration.  A  distance runner might have a very fast top speed but it takes a while to achieve it; an Olympic sprinter can get to top speed in two breaths. The name of the game, when it comes to power generation, is acceleration.

    Some things to check into if your interesting in developing that hard hitting power – plyometric training : jumping, medicine ball throws,  sprint starts; its all about accelerating.  Here are a couple of resources to get your started in that regard.

    Beginner plyometric text:

    Intermediate DVD+Book combo:

    MMA specific plyometrics with Jens Pulver (upper body, lower body):

    “Ladies and gentlemen – particularly the ladies – I will finally put to bed the debate if bigger is better. If one wants appropriate force, one needs to be massive. All fighters doth feel they know the root of force and power; I have only added structure and precision to their intuitive conjectures.” – Newton




    # Law of Response

    For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

    For many, it is a natural response to push back after you’ve been pushed.  If you watch fighters on the cage, clinching, one will “discover” foot stomping and the other will follow suit thereafter. Fake low, get a response, go high – fakes/feints will get opponents to drop their guard and then you capitalize on their reaction.

    No matter what you do, there is a response.  Typically, as mentioned above, you will try a tactic/move and your opponent will attempt to neutralize it with a counter.  It is uncommon to be able to get the first move, whether in striking or grappling. The first move is set up the next.

    If you watched UFC 130, you saw Matt Hamill’s takedowns attempts get shut down repeatedly.  On thing that may have made them more successful would be to set the takedown up with a striking combination first; BJ Penn’s book calls this striking for the takedown.

    “It is useful to consider how one’s actions are creating reactions in others -in fighting and in life. If you become successful, you invariably will attract haters. As thou knoweth, haters are going to hate; but it is ours to perpetrate; fist to face in the third degree. ”

    * The classical scientist P4P rankings list Leonardo Da Vinci as #1,  Isaac “The Force” Newton as #2 and Gottfried Leibniz as a distant #24th.  Please don’t even start with that “Leibniz was the true inventor of calculus” crap. Seriously.

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    30 May 2011

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  • The Game Test

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    Sam Sheridan, in his book A Fighter’s Heart, talks about testing ourselves through fighting. He parallels our desire to test ourselves with the “game test” used by dog fighters (A game test is the practice of putting multiple dogs on one dog in succession to see if the dog will quit). The difference of course is as human beings we choose to test ourselves, which isn’t necessarily the case for the dogs. The point is simple, we want to know what we’re made of, so we do things that reveal our character, and stepping into the cage, in my opinion, is one of them. It is a test, to prove to ourselves that we aren’t cowards.
    At least that’s how I see it. Mankind is a species of game testers, we do marathons, climb mountains, dive sixty–feet under water with no breathing apparatus just to see if we can do it, we fight in cages and rings and on mats all to test ourselves. The Maasai hunt lions as a right of passage, just a boy and a spear; it’s a show of manhood. These are tests, tests not to make you a man, but to prove you’re one.
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    28 May 2011

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    28 May 2011

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  • Training with Gabriel ‘Napao’ Gonzaga

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    About a year ago Gabriel Gonzaga came to town for a few days of training before one of his fights. It was a great opportunity to get to work out with him while he was here. Gabriel is good friends with Eddie Mori. Eddie lives in Utah and runs Mori Academy, a successful BJJ and MMA Academy in Roy, Utah. Eddie invited me and my team, Kacey Jackson, Koffi Adzitso and Noah Jenkins (of Fusion Academy) to come up and train with Gabriel, specifically for his wrestling and grappling.
    Roy is about an hour or so away from where the rest of us live so it was a bit of a drive to get there. When we got there we found out that Gabriel was about 30-45 minutes out from getting to the gym so we kind of just milled around a while till he got there.
    Once he arrived we started drilling takedowns and some pummeling. Gabriel was strong and moved pretty well. He was quick and had good grip. He didn’t look as big as he does on the UFC screen though…I guess what they say is true about how TV really does make you look bigger.
    We drilled for a while and then we did some live takedowns. That was pretty fun. It was nice to see how my guys and I faired against a BJJ World Champion and professional MMA fighter. I got the better of him on the takedowns and he got the better of my guys. Something that helped me see where we needed improvement at the time.
    Gabriel and I had a few good scraps and it would have been fun to get more time training with him. It was great to have one of the top UFC fighters come through town.
    Training with Gonzaga helped drive home why so many wrestlers are dominating in MMA right now. They work hard; have good balance and strong takedowns and defense. Even a lot of the better ‘strikers’ like Chuck Liddell and Quinton Rampage Jackson had pretty solid wrestling abilities before their striking really became what it is today.
    Things I took away from this training session were:
    1. You are probably a lot closer to the ‘higher level’ guys than you might think. This goes for all of us. Training is not necessarily an indicator of a competitor’s gameness but judging from this workout I feel that I would have faired very well in an actual grappling match. We often don’t give ourselves a fair chance because we may not have an accurate gauge of our skills. You must consistently train/compete with other athletes of roughly your ability to get an accurate gauge of your current skills and abilities
    2. Conditioning is ALWAYS going to be a factor. I felt good but Kacey had problems maintaining the pace. It affected his otherwise good technique. If you are going to compete you must have the stamina necessary to attack and defend over the course of your bout.
    3. Looks can be deceiving and people move differently from each other. Gonzaga was harder to move and knock off balance than I expected. His movements were smooth and then choppy at the same time so it threw me off a little. Once I got the rhythm down I was just fine. Train with more partners so that your reactions can become consistent against more body types and movement styles. This can take some time to develop so get started sooner rather than later. In some cases you may be limited in the number of workout partners available but try to expand out as much as possible. Go with little guys, big guys and everyone in between.

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    27 May 2011

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  • Guess who’s back!?

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     Court McGee is finally making his way back to the UFC Octagon after his last fight had to be canceled due to a knee injury.  We were supposed to see McGee take on Jesse Bongfeldt at UFC 131.  With the disappointment of the cancelation we have something to look forward to now.

    The Crusher will be taking on Korean Top Team stand out Dongi “The Ox” Yang. The Ox is 10-1 and has only had two fights in the UFC.  Yang has heavy hands and has 90% of his wins coming way of TKO.  With Court coming of a somewhat long layoff and an injury can we expect him to be 100% and will there be a little ring rust? Either way I think this could be a great fight and should be a main card event that we should be able to see without having to buy a pay per view as this will be a UFC Fight Night in September on the 17th.

    So be sure to tune in and root for this Utah native and remember FightingOutOf family to spread the word and tell more people about the ONLY Utah MMA news website!

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    27 May 2011

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  • Your fitness is a technique

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    After a short, intense sprint this evening, I sat in my car with burning lungs and reflected upon my level fitness (or lack of it). I’d like to be much more … everything.  I have a number of excuses to allay my dissatisfaction; I have been seriously ill, under pressure, injured, switching jobs, blah blah, blah and blah.  All of these things are quite reasonable explanations, and its not like I’m angry at myself for finding ways to cope with my challenges or put food on the table.

    At the same time, I’ve harbored a secret chip on my shoulder against all the guys who have beaten me because they are better muscled, bigger, and in superior physical condition. I can almost hear the nagging ego explanation now. “If I were 15lbs heavier, had the free time to waste my life away at Golds Gym, or were genetically gifted, of course I would pwn these noobs. I’d have a flipping protein shake IV injecting fuel into my biceps 24/7. But I’m better than them, they’re just stronger.”

    This, of course, is an lie. The bottom line is that your body’s strength, endurance and flexibility are under your control. Just like your favorite submission, your fitness is a technique.  You make decisions to spend time enhancing it. It takes discipline to take it to the next level. You use it to defeat opponents.

    This hit home while was reading 20 Tips to improve your grapling, where it stated that your cardio was one of your techniques.  I can’t use my conditioning as an excuse to explain away my troubles as if it is somehow more honorable to lose because of a strength difference than a technical one.  Have to man up and see the truth.

    Your fitness is a technique.  Sharpen it accordingly.

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    26 May 2011

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  • WCFC: "Last Man Standing" In Depth

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    WCFC: Last Man Standing is a 16 (not 32) man tournament that will take place June 4th at the Rail Event Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    This 16-man tournament will feature 10 (or 8) Utah fighters and 6 (or 8) out-of-state fighters all gunning for the grand prize of FIVE THOUSAND dollars and to become the first ever WCFC Lightweight Champion.

    The combatants may move to the next round of the tournament if he defeats his opponent by Submission, TKO, KO or Judges Decision. If the fight ends in a draw then both fighters will go into overtime until there’s a winner. Here’s where it gets complicated. To insure the safety of the fighters Utah MMA regulations forbids a fighter in participating in more than 5 rounds in one night. Which means that if a fighter has to to go into overtime twice he will most likely not be in the final round and lose the opportunity to win the cash and belt. I highly doubt that any one of them will, but you never know.

    Make sure to sign-up to to receive a 10% discount on your ticket(s) for the WCFC: Last Man Standing event complimentary of WCFC. The discount is only good for up to 4 tickets.

    Here are the fighters:

    Steve “Razor” Sharp (27-14)

    The Pink Hair ninja is one of the most exciting fighters in the state of Utah. With a recent loss at the Showdown event one must ask if he’s mentally prepared for this upcoming tournament? Will this be the last fight of Sharps career or will it be his resurrection if he wins? Unfortunately I was unable to get any comment from Sharp.

    Gym/Affiliate(s): Absolute MMA

    James “Bird Dog” Birdsley (37-12)

    Love him or hate him, Birdsley is a legend in the Utah MMA scene. One of the most memorable moments in his career was the on-going feud with the Pink Ninja himself, Steve Sharp. When asked about a possible rubber match with Steve in the tournament he had this to say, “I don’t see Steve making it but we’ll see if he is on my side of the bracket.”

    Birdsley is no stranger to tournaments and has won a few, but how will he do against the younger up-and-comers? “I just want to meet the other top guy on the other bracket and walk right through him.”

    Gym/Affiliate(s): The Academy/Pit Elevated

    Why root for Birdsley? He’s the Bird Dog, you gotta love the first ever villain of MMA.

    Ty Hamblin (7-12)

    The Dark Horse- as he so graciously put it- of the tournament. A lightweight with knockout power in both hands. What makes him dangerous is his reach and his unorthodox striking angles.

    “I am just glade to be a part of the event…. I am most eager to fight Razor and Bird Dog”, but there is one fighter that Ty feels will be an obstacle in the tournament, Gordon Bell. “I see him as being a major obstacle in this event.”

    Why root for Hamblin? “I will make waves in this tournament.”

    Gym/Affiliate(s): Team Outcast

    Cody Ziermer (3-0)

    All I gotta say is that this dude is tough as nails and can stuff any wrestler who dares shoots. His hands are quick, but rock solid. I guess if you expect to stay in this tournament the best thing to do would be to stay away from Cody Ziermer.

    Talon Hoffman (4-6)

    There are a lot of great fighters in the tournament, but only one that Hoffman would love to get in the cage with, “Jason Gybels for sure. He fights for the Desert Dawgs and that’s where I got my start in MMA. It would be kind of exciting to be fighting against my old coach.”

    Hoffman has a background in wrestling and has fought some pretty tough dudes, but how will he do against some of Utah’s heavy hitters? “I’ve prepared for this tourney just like I would any other fight… except I have no idea who I’ll be fighting.”

    What will you do with the money? “My cars been acting up, so definitely a new ride.”

    Why root for Hoffman? “You should root for me because I love the sport and love to compete.”

    Gym/Affiliate(s): Throwdown Idaho

    Jason Gybels (3-1)

    Preacher said it best when stated that “Jason is a stud and has a chance of winning this tournament”. Only one man is eager to take him out and that man is his ex-student Talon Hoffman. Expect to see war if these two meet up in the brackets.

    Gym/Affiliate(s): Desert Dawgs

    Kerry Lattimer (1-1)

    Lattimer may be the most inexperienced fighter out of the bunch, but the kid has heart. He would like to prove to everyone that he belongs in the sport and is ready to take on anyone.

    “I would say everyone in this tourney is an obstacle”.

    What will you do with the Money? “I’ll probably spend most of it on bills and then take my beautiful wife out for some one on one time.”

    Lucus Montoya (5-3)

    Like a Pokemon’, Montoya keeps evolving. His victory over Steve Walser at FIGHT KING 5 solidify him as being a tough mofo on the ground. “I think there are a lot of tough guys in this tournament and to prepare for a particular one of them would be just plane silly. I’m training to go out and apply my game to every fighter I go up against.”, quoted Montoya.

    Why root for Montoya? “In 9 fights I’ve yet to have one anyone would consider boring. I do everything I can to keep it away from the judges.”

    Gym/Affiliate(s): Labato MMA

    Brad McRae (8-19)

    Pat Reeves (14-15)

    With a recent victory over the undefeated Drayton Woods at the Total Mayhem event, Reeves is eager to showcase his talents to all challengers… minus his teammate. “Everybody is there to fight and they all prevent a threat. I am going to fight like the best me that I can”, quoted Reeves.

    What will you do with the money? “The money will be spent on bills and food for me and my kids… maybe I’ll buy them new bikes and take them out for a fun night.”

    Why root for Reeves? “I don’t want to talk people into rooting for me. I kind of hope to be the underdog.”

    Gym/Team Affiliate(s): Westside Jiu-Jitsu and Foleys MMA

    Michael Parker (1-2)

    The only thing I know about Parker is that he fought in Bellator.

    Sean Powers (3-0)

    Powers is one of two fighters entering the tournament without any losses. There is no particular fighter that Powers isn’t ready for; “It’s a tourney and I have no idea who I’m fighting so being well versed is all I can be.” All of Powers previous victories ended in submission.

    Why root for Powers? “If you like exciting finishes, I’m your guy. Flying arm lock, Cro Cop head kicks… I do it all.”

    Gym/Team Affiliate(s): Team Topkins

    Derek Wilkerson (4-0)

    A tough kid with great Jits; Wilkerson is the Pride and Joy of Vernal, Utah. Like Powers, Wilkerson is coming into this tournament with an undefeated record. Three of his wins were by submission, while his most recent was via TKO. Wilkerson is just a good ole’ hard working blue collar American who fears no one, “I know almost no one in the tournament and don’t care who I fight as long as I get the belt.”

    What will you do with the money? “I’m buying a custom street bike.”

    Why root for Wilkerson? “I’m going to be your poster boy.”

    Gym/Team Affiliate(s): Unbroken Circle


    There were a few fighters that didn’t respond to my questions and others I couldn’t find online. I did receive word that Rad Martinez will not be participating in the tournament and Gordon Bell had to drop out due to injury.

    We are offering a promo code “PREACHER” which is good for a 10% discount on tickets for the SLC tournament. People can buy 4 seats with this code.


    Ticket prices are as follows:

    VIP (guaranteed first 2 rows plus swag) – $75

    Reserved (guaranteed seat) – $35

    General Admission (all access, no guarantee of seat) – $25

    Gates open at 6:00 and the show starts at 7:00 (we mean it this time).

    June 4th, the Rail Event Center in downtown Salt Lake City.

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    24 May 2011

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  • 1320 KFAN Tune in May 24th 8-10p,

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