Archive for February, 2013

23 Feb 2013

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  • 5 Things Wrestlers Can Do To Get Into College by Justin Ruiz

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    Here is a great article from my brother Justin’s blog. Justin is an assitant wrestling coach at UVU in Orem, Utah. This is great advice for any wrestling that wants to wrestle in college.

    5 Things Wrestlers Can Do To Get Into College
    By Justin Ruiz

    When I was a young wrestler, I really wanted to earn a wrestling scholarship at a big university. I remember when I started getting letters from schools that I was so excited. I
    knew that I wanted to wrestle in college, but I really had no idea where I would
    end up. However, there were a lot of things that I didn’t know. I didn’t know
    that college coaches couldn’t start calling me until July 1st after my junior
    year, I didn’t know that I could take 5 official visits to colleges, and I
    didn’t know anything about recruiting rules or how I could help sell myself to
    college wrestling programs. To put it bluntly, I didn’t know much of anything.
    So now as a college coach, I know a lot more about what college coaches are
    looking for and what an athlete should do to get noticed. Here are 5 things that
    I think would have helped me during my recruiting process, and hopefully they
    can be helpful to others too.
     
    1. Get good grades. There is nothing more disheartening than finding an athlete with a great work ethic, great wrestling skills, and a good attitude only to find out that he has horrible
    grades. The NCAA has set certain standards that must be met in order for a
    student to participate in NCAA division 1 athletics. If the student hasn’t
    fulfilled all of the academic requirements to participate at the D1 level, then
    the coach’s hands will be tied when it comes to recruiting an athlete. I am not
    saying that every wrestler needs to have a 4.0 gpa, but it also doesn’t hurt.
    There are many universities that will give scholarships to students who get good
    grades. You might as well do your best to qualify for one of them.

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    22 Feb 2013

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  • Undefeated

    This Article comes from Ruiz Combat Grappling – Blog
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    Congratulations to Team Ruiz Combat Grappling’s Roy Nash of
    Taylorsville high school. Roy won the 5A state wrestling championships in the
    220 lb division. Roy’s win capped off the only perfect undefeated season in all
    of Utah! Roy pinned his finals opponent in the third period to end his official
    high school season with a 41-0 record! 

    Congratulations also go out to Richard Larsen of Jordan high school who
    finished 2nd in the 5A heavyweight division. Richard was ranked 6th
    going into the state tournament and made a statement with his
    performance. Victor Samaniego also of Taylorsville placed 6th in the 120 lb
    division. 

    Both Roy and Richard will be competing in the Super State
    Championships being held tomorrow (February 22) at the Maverick Center in West
    Valley, Utah. The Super State tournament is the combination of all of the 1A
    through 5A classifications in Utah to establish a Super champion at each
    weight. Wrestling starts at 10:00 am with semi-finals beginning at 1:30 pm and
    finals at 6:00 pm. This is the first tournament of its kind in decades and the
    action promises to be intense and exciting!

    I hope to see you there!


     


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    20 Feb 2013

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Your Fight Family

    Anyone who trains Jiu Jitsu or MMA has seen it: Camp divisions.

    All too often in training one group or another will get touchy about the fact that you “crossed party lines”, and trained at another gym, or with another “camp”.

    But I wanted to recognize the other side of that coin today, and the exceptions to the rule.

    One of the really wonderful things about training is when your team starts to become your family.  They are there for you.  They love and care about you.  You’ll know this is for real when there are there for you at your lowest.  If you fight out of a gym, and they stop paying attention to you when you get hurt and can’t fight anymore, then they aren’t your family.  If they accept you, and let you know that it’s okay, and that they value you, even if you never fight again, then they are.

    A shining example of this is Michael Hermosillo, who has become a big brother to me over the years.  I have seen Mike help so many kids in tough spots in their lives.  I have seen him take people into his home.  I have cried with him at my son’s mission farewell.  He is my family.

    A great example of this happened last night.  A boy that often trains with another team had a terrible separation of his ear.  It needed to be drained right away.  I called Mike, who had already left the gym.  But he invited us into his home, and spent his time and resources to help this boy.  It doesn’t matter to Mike if he trains somewhere else.  It doesn’t matter if he never trains at all.  It was another human being in need of help.

    This is why, unlike many MMA gyms, the kid’s class at Hidden Valley has swelled to over 35 kids now (I know… holy crap, huh?!)

    My thanks to Mike, and the rest of my fight family.  My thanks to anyone out there who is willing to embrace others, regardless of where they train, or who gave them their belt.  If your arms and heart aren’t open they should be.  Jiu Jitsu is the art of acceptance.

    15 Feb 2013

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Taking a dive

    Just had to share this video for a Friday laugh.  Apparently this guy learned his technique the same place that Josh Koscheck learned how to react to possible illegal knee strikes, or arguable eye pokes.

    Happy Friday!

    14 Feb 2013

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • Going down swinging, in wrestling, MMA, or life

    A scene that has always stuck with me is from the movie “A river runs through it.”

    In this scene, we learn that the character played by Brad Pit has been beaten to death.  When his father is informed of this fact, they let him know that almost all of the bones in his son’s right hand were broken.  Brad’s father takes solace in the fact that he knows his son went down fighting.

    When you head into a match, be it a cage fight, wrestling, jiu jitsu, judo, or whatever, people will tell you that you have to know in your heart that you are going to win.  That’s all fine and good, but watch some UFC fights, or go watch some high school wrestling matches.  You can almost see the exact moment when a fighter’s spirit breaks.  When he is no longer fighting to win, he is fighting to survive.  He just doesn’t want to have people see him give up, but in his heart he already has.

    This is when you have to change your mindset.  Having people tell you at that moment to just remind yourself that you are going to win is about as helpful as trying to build a fort out of dog poo.

    But this is when it’s time to remember the oft spoken advice, to “leave it all on the mat” (or in the cage).  What this really means in “man terms” is:

    Win or lose, make sure that fucker knows he’s been in the fight of his life… A fight he never wants to have again.

    A remember one of my earl Judo competitions.  I was against a much stronger, and far more experience opponent.  It was best 2 out of 3.  First round he destroyed me.  Second round, I stopped wondering how to beat him.  I knew the crowd expected me to lose.  I knew he expected me to lose.  Hell, I expected me to lose.  So I decided that I was going to take it to him with all I was worth.  I was going to get my licks in.  I reversed on of his throws, and nearly got a choke.  In the end, he still beat me, but I think I surprised him and myself.

    You don’t always have to win.  Be sure you learn from your mistakes and grow from them.  And if you do lose, go down swinging.

     

    11 Feb 2013

  • Posted by Steve Spencer
  • X-Guard to defend against a standing guard pass

    There are very few people who can stand up in my guard.  I tend to do pretty well at hooking their ankles, and sweeping them.

    But, for those few are able to do a good stand up, and begin stacking or can-opening me, I find it extremely frustrating.  I have tried working harder on my “hook the leg and sweep”, as well as my “spin into an armbar”.  But neither was really working well from me.

    A good friend of mine, Scott “Mad Sweeps” Vincent, trains with me at Hidden Valley MMA.  He has told me several times that spinning into an X-Guard in this situation would work well for me.  So, I have been practicing it a bit.  It works well.  Really well.  It quickly dumps someone executing a standing guard pass onto their butt.

    I’ve tried to locate a good video of transitioning to X-Guard from a standard guard, but I haven’t been able to locate one.  This video of the move from the Butterfly is really close, but still misses some of the elements of that first piece from a standard guard.  If there’s real interest, perhaps I’ll record and post one.

    But for now, enjoy this video of a basic X-Guard

    11 Feb 2013

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  • Behring Jiu Jitsu Progressive Guard Reference

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    Hidden Valley MMA is getting big.  More people have been there longer and they’re getting close to their next belts.  While life definitely gets in the way, it’s very difficult to teach the progressive guard without constant attendance, so I made this reference to keep Master Sylvio’s Progressive Guard fresh in your mind until your … Continue reading »


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    6 Feb 2013

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  • Utah MMA Awards Voting

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    6 Feb 2013

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  • 11 Things Your Jiu Jitsu Instructor Won’t Tell You

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    Instructors are instructors…they’re professional, they teach, they’ll give you attention and hope for the best.  Jiu jitsu instructors are no different…they teach, they’ll give attention and like any other teacher, they’ll get frustrated at times.  We are after all, human.  While I’m absolutely in love with jitz and love being around my students, sometimes I’m … Continue reading »


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    6 Feb 2013

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  • You Aren’t Fighting 100% – Until You Let Go

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    Athletically speaking, there’s a place called “The Zone” – It’s that place that people go where they can’t be beaten.  You’ve been there before, albeit very rarely.  That time in school where you “couldn’t be stopped” or you “didn’t know what happened”…or as they say now, you “went all beast-mode”. The Zone is a place in your … Continue reading »


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