Archive for November, 2012

24 Nov 2012

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  • Washing Boxing Handwraps

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    As you might know, I’m not a pro MMA fighter but I am pro when it comes to laundry so I thought I dish a few tips.

    First, if you do not want foul smelling boxing gloves, you need to wear hand wraps (always!) and wash them often. This is non-negotiable; safety and smell go hand in hand with this one. How often you say? If we were in a perfect universe, I’d say after each use. Practically, I’d go with every 3 wears – if you let them hang out and air dry between uses.

    As for the actual washing, I like to keep them wrapped and jam them into a sock or the sleeve of one of my rashguards. If you have more money than sense, you can always buy a handwrap wash bag. Use a mild, non-bleach detergent.

    For comparison, I washed two of my hand wraps with the differing methods; wrapped up in a coil (above left), and the toss-them-in-carelessly method (above right). When you just wash them as is, they often get kinked and tied up, which is super annoying.  I employed the sniff test to the wrapped ones and even the core of the roll was fresh – despite my initial fear of the inner part of the wraps not getting washed correctly.

    One word of warning though, some hand wraps are notorious for bleeding color into your laundry – sometimes I’ll wash hand wraps for the first time while I take a shower, oldschool style, to avoid the possibility of dying my other clothes.

    As for drying, hanging up the wraps, I suggest the air-dry method. Hang them up somewhere with as little self-contact as possible and wait. Letting them dry out in sunlight will help deodorize them a bit, although sunlight can slightly degrade certain fabrics/colors. Some wraps claim they can be put into a clothes dryer. I’ve foolishly entrusted a few pair to my dryer – only to be spurned with twisted, knotted, ripped and shrunken hand wraps.

    Two other miscellaneous tips: wrap the fabric in reverse (Velcro ending up in the coil’s core) so they roll directly onto your hand when putting them on and invest in several pairs of hand wraps so you’ll always have a clean pair- they can often be picked up in a cheap 3-pack of wraps online.


    Do you have any spiffy-clean tips? Let me know in the comment section below.

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    24 Nov 2012

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  • Champions Find a Way!

    This Article comes from Ruiz Combat Grappling – Blog
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    I’m so excited about my new book that is coming out! I am putting the finishing touches on and I hope to have it completely done the first part of December! This has been one of my life’s goals for a long time! 

    I thought you might enjoy a little snippet from the book. Enjoy!
    “I have seen athletes who were ‘not supposed to win’ end up
    winning and athletes that did all the ‘right things’ end up losing. I have also
    seen the athletes who were supposed to win follow through and win. What the
    winners all had in common was an appropriate game plan matched with appropriate
    execution and adaptation. 

       There is no magic checklist that an athlete can check off on their way
    to becoming a champion. It just does not work that way. If you think it does,
    you are in for a rude and painful awakening.  You will always have
    distractions that pop up and always be required to make adaptations in the
    course of battle.

        The only REAL tried and true formula for success is: Execution
    of strategy and technique under real and adverse situations.

        That is it! That is all, nothing more and nothing less! You do
    not have to be a superstar with endless talent. You do not have to know a
    thousand and one techniques. You do not have to take special vitamins, wear some
    piece of special clothing, or be an amazingly popular and well liked person.

        You just have to execute during the competition. 
    Everything you do leading up to the competition is either a help or a hindrance
    to that execution. Your lifestyle and training habits all have an effect on your
    level of execution. 

        Once it’s time to compete it’s about executing your best skills
    and neutralizing your opponent’s through a sound strategy. If your preparation
    was adequate for the task, then your competition should go more in the direction
    that you desire. It is ultimately the person or team who executes that wins the

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    22 Nov 2012

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  • Status Update

    This Article comes from Ruiz Combat Grappling – Blog
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    To all my loyal followers I apologize for the absence over the past few months. Where have I been? Well to be honest I’ve been working on a project that I have kept hush hush until now. I’m pretty close to finishing up my first actual book, making some polishes and a few edits.

    This book will absolutely change your game! I’m jamming it full of solutions to problems that guys and gals like you face on a day to day basis in their pursuit of grappling greatness.

    If you’ve ever dealt with pre-match anxiety, stress, doubt or fear then this book is for you. If you have ever wanted to konw what the secret to getting into the ‘zone’ state of mind for grappling then you will want to get a hold of this.

    I’m super excited about it and I’ve got a goal to make it available asap! I’m hoping before Christmas so that you can hit the ground running in 2013!
    Stay tuned for more info coming soon! Also stay tuned as there are going to be some more youtube goodies coming up the end of this year too!

    Hope you have a great Thanksgiving weekend!

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    17 Nov 2012

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  • One Strike One Kill results

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    Here’s the results from tonights action in Layton, Utah

    Tyler Roche vs Baron Hollowell – Baron wins by RNC in the 1st round
    Brandon Rease vs Aaron Camis -  Aaron Camis wins in the 2nd by TKO
    AJ Garcia vs Kevin Tarma – Garcia wins by split decision
    Matt Jackson vs Jeff Neilson – Matt Jackson wins by KO(punch) in the 1st
    Ryan Lund vs Christine Ritter – Ryan wins by RNC in the 1st.
    Kevin Allred vs Tyson Green – Kevin Allred wins by TKO in the 1st
    Jeff Munson vs Rhett Morehouse – Fight was canceled
    Thiago Alves vs Fransisco Espinoza – Alves wins by RNC in the 1st

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    17 Nov 2012

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  • Total Mayhem – One Strke One Kill

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    Live Coverage of Total Mayhem – One Strike One Kill from Layton, UT starting around 7PM (11/17/2012). As always, brought to you by Cricket

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    16 Nov 2012

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  • Showdown Fights "Lightweight Championship

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    We have the one and only “Tabasco Dan” bringing the play by play from the UCCU Event Center in Orem, Utah. There is some exciting fights tonight with the first EVER Light Weight Championship Belt being put on the line between David Castillo and Justin Buchholz. So keep hitting refresh and keep yourself updated! Thanks again for all the support.

    Colby Goetz vs Landon Selin

    Sean Pickett vs Daniel Gunn

    Agustin Espinoza vs Denver Merrifield-Nirva

    Derek Wilkerson vs Billy Daniels

    Brandon Hempleman vs Oliver Bradstreet

    Cisco Alcantara vs Jarome Hatch

    Sean Powers vs Gordon Bell

    Steve Sharp vs Clay Collard

    Chris Guillen vs Sean O’Connell

    Justin Buchholz vs Davis Castillo.

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    7 Nov 2012

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  • Rad Martinez Interview

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    Check out the interview with Rad Martinez. Thanks to Eric Tillotson for doing the interview…keep your hands up and your chin down!

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    3 Nov 2012

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  • Fighting a Taller Fighter; Tricks Tips and Advice Roundup

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    A tall new fighter came and into training the other day and put a decent  beating on my friend during sparring.  He utilized his length to keep my buddy on the outside, at the end of his punches, smashing up his face pretty good.  Knowing a similar fate could befall me when I went the rounds with him, I decided to avoid his standup altogether and take him down.  Luckily, I landed an early  single-leg takedown and kept dominant position while giving a light serving of ground & pound*.

    I took the easy way out, I know it. I’m guilty. So when I got home,  I decided to repent** and study up on the question of the hour: How do you beat a taller a taller fighter? How do you compensate for a reach advantage in striking?

    I’ve put together some sound advice from around the web, coupled with my two cents.


    Killer footwork is genesis of so many delicious things -it creates power and speed; it is a fundamental to a solid defense or offense. Jason Van Veldhuysen  has a solid instructional video, boxing footwork, that shows a sneaky way to get past a reach advantage.


    Instead of closing the gap yourself, why not have your opponent do it for you?  As shown in the first vid, when you directly advance, expect that your opponent can easily move back out of the way. With a reach disadvantage, expect to get peppered with shots and not be able to hit back.

    Local MMA teacher Brian Yamasaki fixes the problem of a reach advantage by cutting angles and counterattacking: catching kicks then punching, evading punches and kicking. Brian wrote an entire article about short vs tall, and I leave one video below.

    In a similar vein, check out Chad Howser’s boxing video on closing the gap by timing the jab.  A variety of counter attacks could be utilized; the basic idea is get them to come forward (or plant their feet so they can’t retreat) and take a counter shot.

    Selective Clinching

    Many non-MMA boxers don’t account for another problem in the tall vs short puzzle.  Tall guys have the advantage on the inside with the Thai clinch. Getting on the inside doesn’t automatically create victory. In fact, a classic way to squelch a shorter fighter’s attempt is to hone your uppercut. Keep ‘em at bay with the jab, sucker them in and shovel their brain into uppercut oblivion.

    That aside, clinching may be an option if executed well. Keep their arms tied up, your head under their chin, work for a takedown, etc. Watch Jon Jones fights to understand the limitation of this strategy.

    Chop Down the Tree

    When the arms just won’t do the trick,  try the legs.  A disparity in arm length may not always exist with the legs; you may be able to land low kicks and still avoid the hands. I’ve even seen a few guys use foot stomps and low leg kicks targeting the ankle to sneak by the range of a longer fighter.

    The Overhand Right

    Some experts may say that taller fighters aren’t used to seeing strikes come down at them and ergo don’t see it coming. Regardless, sometimes its the only strike long enough to get to their head.


    Feints, Fakes and General Snitchery

    In competition, if I know a guy has a longer reach and better striking skills I’m not going to be a silly goose. I’m going to try to take him down and defeat him where I have advantage on top.  Fake with my hands, get him to plant for his counter attack, change levels and shoot in.  The striking feints are even more important when there is a disparity in length; long arms can fence you off before you can even get a good grip on a leg, so make sure they are busy with something else.

    Again from Chad H. “Tip: feint a lot. Really mix things up, but feint then throw a punch. Keep the bigger guys off balance. It’ll annoy the hell outta them and you’ll land clean punches. When you get inside, get and stay busy.”

    While I wouldn’t suggest it as a primary strategy, I have been told that if you adamantly keep your chin tucked down you can “catch” a lot of strikes on the top of your head. If you have  a high guard, the theory is that you KO spots are well protected and you can eat some shots and then exchange blows that matter. You may even be able to hurt your opponent’s hand via you chrome dome.  When I have been with much taller fighters, I have noticed their downward angled punches don’t zing me like those coming from underneath me. Personally, it felt like a dull pounding instead of the sharp strikes that make your vision fuzzy.

    You Tell ME!

    I’ve listed a bunch of ways I’ve read, heard,  or experienced to deal with a taller and longer fighter. I’d love to know the tricks you know about in the comment section.

    * When sparring with friends and acquaintances, I don’t really ground & pound – I just let them know my hands are working without delivering too much damage. I’m not sure what you’d call it – mat & slap? floor & fondle? tap & tickle? – but we remain friends and don’t get any uglier in the process.

    ** Next time the giant comes in, I’m going to keep it standing. If I get KTFO’d, then so be it. If I slay him via knowledge, there will be much rejoicing.


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    3 Nov 2012

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  • Everyone is a Puzzle to solve

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    One of the things I like most in my Jiu Jitsu or Judo training is when I have someone to roll with with who really starts kicking my ass in one area or another.  For me, this is a great opportunity to really start thinking.

    I tend to go over each rolling session again and again in my head for days, asking myself where they were giving me the most trouble.  I’ll pick one specific area, and try to really understand what I could be doing better to deal with what was happening there.  I’ll try it out the next time we roll.  Then I’ll move on to another little piece of what they were doing that was a real challenge to me.

    For me, an opponent is like a puzzle.  not just in that one rolling session, but a longer term puzzle to really give you a chance to improve your game.

    Even if it’s someone who you easily dominate in a rolling session, almost everyone will have one specific area where they p[ose more fo a challenge for you.  Start to ask yourself why, and what you can do to tighten your game to do better.

    It’s not about beating the person.  It’s about the person being the fire that helps to forge you, and to make you better.

    Don’t shy away from rolling with people who are better.  Just view them as an opportunity to start working on a piece of your puzzle.

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