Dan Martienz

Hello fellow Jits Junkies,

Back again for another installment.  This time we have a guest instructor, rising Super Star on the grapling scene and one of my main training partners Dan Martinez. This guy is a savage...believe the hype. 

Check out this amazing honey hole entry from z-guard that he makes look easy. The sound isn't too great, but the technique is $$$. So click on the link below to and get your learn on!!!

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How to beat the knee shield and pass your opponents Z-guard

So my good friend Dave Gunning does private lessons with me and likes for me to video the techniques for him after his sessions so he can review them later.  This is one of those videos. It is a guard passing treasure chest!!! The techniques go fast and i don't explain a ton of detail, but they are all $$$!!! So click on the link below and enjoy!!!

Uncle Coach Kevin,

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Leg Lock Entries Off The Elevator Sweep

In Jiu Jitsu it's always important to look a few steps ahead, because often times your first attempted attack will be countered easily against a skilled opponent.  So, the reaction to these counters must become second nature.  Here are a few examples of these "Chain Attacks" to a very common elevator sweep I use a lot for leg lock entries. Hope they are helpful.

P.S. If you are not training leg locks, you are missing out on the fun...

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Uncle Coach Kevin

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Why Is Loyalty Lost?

Why is loyalty not a primary focus of any serious martial artist? Personally, I’m often loyal to a fault, first mate on the Titanic, which is why it seems to me that it should be at the core of anyone that studies martial arts foundation. However, students and fighters seem so quick to turn their back on the guys that got them there when just a small amount of acknowledgement is asked for. Trust me, most of these “contracts” of allegiance are symbolic at best anyway; a small display of loyalty. So why would anyone disagree?

 

There always comes a time as a student when an epiphany occurs and it is easy to take sole credit, even though somewhere over the course of years of training a coach has spent months trying to make you understand the same concept.  Coaches, though, understand an athlete’s psychology. They understand that letting the baby bird leave the nest and learn to fly on their own is sometimes the only way they learn.  Then, years later, when the student finally grasps the concept, the coach will notice and remember all the instruction, sometimes difficult and repetitive. They will understand the hard work paid off and like a proud father silently smiles knowing that, even though the student doesn’t realize and shows no gratitude, the instructor lead them to this moment.  Being a coach is often a thankless endeavor, but until you’ve been one, you’ll never understand the pride of knowing you’ve made someone better, often even despite themselves. This is why I find lack of loyalty a mortal sin.

 

Remember the beginning days when you knew nothing.  Remember your first day of training, fresh off the street. Maybe you threw up the first time you rolled, maybe you got beat relentlessly the first time you sparred. Then, throughout the weeks, months, and years, you stopped getting so tired. The hard days of tasting your own blood in your mouth after getting punched in the grill are spread a little farther apart.  You toughed it out and what do you know...? You got good. Just because you did the work to get there, don’t forget the guy that got you there: your coach. You didn’t just magically learn this shit by accident.  Someone taught you. Someone was there for you when you got your ass kick and sucked, reminding you not to quit because they saw potential.  Someone gave up their free time to coach you at Saturday morning grappling tournaments or find you shitty amateur cards to fight on two hours away on a Friday night for free.  After, win or lose, you still had a home at their gym.  Yes, they charged you gym dues, but did you enjoy uses their facilities? Gyms cost money to run, and your coach needs to eat and feed his family. 

 

The grass is always greener on the other side, and it is easy to assume that another coach has more to offer you. Remember, though: if someone has stuck with you through thick and thin, that should merit a second thought. That big shiny new coach or academy only wants you because you are winning. As soon as that is gone, there may not be a place to go back to. So think it through, guys. No one gets there on their own. When your instructor asks a small display of loyalty, make sure you are weighing your options.

 

Uncle Coach Kevin

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Great back take counters to two common half guard passes

What's up everybody? Time for more Techniques!!! Check these two great back take options from two common half Guard pass attempts that I hit at a very high percentage. They are also quite common in competitions lately!! Get good at fully extending your goofy guard hook because that's the key to lifting your opponent's hip off the ground and sneaking behind to his back through the space.

 

Two High Percentage Submissions From The Near Side Lapel Control!!

What's up everybody?

I've got a great one/two submission set up for you from my favorite control position in the gi, the near side lapel grip. I absolutly 100% look for this set up everytime I train in the gi. So watch the video and go try it out next time you roll. 

P.S. Make sure and maintin heavy pressure across your shoulder into your opponents hip before you go for the subs. Cook them for a few seconds so they are begging you to give them a reason to tap!!!

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Old Man Tips To Take Your Jiu Jitsu Competiton Game To The Next Level

         What’s up everybody? I’ve got another installment of helpful hints to help your jits game get to the next level. So listen up!! Just kidding, you don’t really need to take notes, but I do want to touch on a topic that popped in my head recently when I competed at the ADCC west coast trails in Los Angeles last month.  I lost, again, but we don’t need to bring that up…

         I’ve done quite a bit of competing throughout my Martial Arts career, starting with high school wrestling, then armature boxing, up till my jits comps and I’ve had plenty of time to make common mistakes that I notice young competitors make all the time. Walking around the arena last month, I witnessed a lot of these mistakes. Which lead me to take the time to write this and share from my past success and failures so that maybe it would help you younger or less experienced competitors preemptively address them to help you succeed.

           First of all I am a believer in competing for everyone, even if you feel like you never want to. There is something about the thrill of not knowing who the person across from you is and setting everything on the line at a competition that can never be duplicated in your academy. When you compete there is no tapping and starting over, you tap and you lose. The end. LEARNING TO OVERCOME THAT FEAR OF FINALITY WILL MAKE YOU BETTER!!! I understand that competing isn’t for everyone, and some people don’t want to get hurt or run over by an unknown superstar, but most Jits competitions are handicapped by age and rank, so for the most part, the playing field is even. It’s just like any other day at the gym, except this time it matters. I always recommend my students give competing a try at least once.  The thrill alone will be worth it.

          That being said there are a few tidbits of wisdom old wise Uncle Coach Kevin has picked up over the years that that will help you to excel on the competition mats. So, whether you are a weekend warrior, just wanting the thrill of the experience, or you plan on winning your 5th double gold at the Walter Pyramid, pay attention to the next few paragraphs.

          I compete a lot, especially in big tournaments.  I’ve won a few and I’ve lost a few, and the biggest mistake I consistently see competitors make is not staying relaxed while they wait for their match.  Tournaments are an all day affair, and with the exception of extremely well run events, there is no real timeline for knowing when you will be on the mats.  So find a nice comfortable spot and relax. I constantly see competitors drilling hard, running sprints, or performing whatever elaborate warm up routine they prefer sometimes hours before they compete only to sit back down and cool off again.  All that up and down activity burns your energy reserves and zaps your psychological state to a frenzy.  It should only take 10 minutes to warm up before your match.  Do your best to stay informed about when you are going to be on the mats. Be ready to go on short notice, but don’t blow your wad on the warm up mat hours before you get a chance to compete.  Also try your best not to work yourself up too much before stepping on the mat.  This is a tough one to overcome.  I struggled with it as a newbie.  Get ready, get into fight mode, but don’t become a psychopath!! Remember: adrenaline is the body’s natural defense mechanism, normally reserved for short bursts.  The more hyped you get, the more your heart pumps blood to your muscles, which burns through oxygen levels and glucose. That equals fatigue. Don’t hype yourself up into failure.

          Second is eating habits. This one also correlates to understanding that you might be sitting for hours waiting for your matches.  So make sure you have some snacks squirreled away for the day.  And don’t expect the vendors at the event to have you covered, because a chili dog and some chips isn’t really the power meal you need for success.  Keep it light; fruits and power bars, maybe a sports drink to suck down through the day should do it.  Eat a good breakfast, if you can. If you are cutting weight, have a good meal ready and waiting right after you get off the scale, but make sure you stay simple. That goes for eating the night before as well. If your body isn’t accustomed to certain foods, don’t take a chance on that spicy Thai noodle bowl. You might not process it the way you intended to the next day. 

          Next is something you would think is an automatic, but is very often brushed aside and taken for granted.  Know the rules of the event.  Different tournaments have different rules and scoring structures, so learn them and play by them.  Knowing the rules will help you better understand what you need to do to win.  IBJJF, ADCC, Sub Only, not to mention local events all usually have their own individual twist on scoring, and if you pay attention, sometimes that can be the difference maker. Each rule set has their own road to winning. Plan your strategy accordingly. Trust me: that is what makes champions become champions.  So don’t be that guy that complains about the rules not being what you prefer because someone else played the game better than you. That guy won because he did what was necessary to win.  End of discussion.

         When you know the rules for your upcoming event, train accordingly. If you are preparing for a points match, keep a running tab on the score while you are rolling leading up to your next event and keep going for the win. If someone gets finished, start over from zero and keep going. Your training partner doesn’t need to know what you are doing. Keep the tally in your head.  If you’ve already outpointed your partner, don’t stop! Know how much time is left and push yourself to get the pass on that tough blue belt with 30 seconds left.  Always be visualizing real life, potential circumstances of your upcoming event and recreate them in your rolling sessions. Also for the most part during the weeks leading up to an event your focus should not be on perfecting an awkward ompalata or summersault pass you saw on YouTube last week.  You need to be grinding on your go to techniques so they are on full blast when you need them to be soon. 

         Most importantly: push yourself.  Try not to take that round off and roll with any weaker opponents you out rank or obviously over class. If they ask you, be polite, but tell them you are competing soon and need to work hard. They will understand. If I had to pick one aspect of my training that has helped take my competition game to the next level it is actively finding the toughest guys in the room and asking to roll with them as much as possible.  My head instructor and good friend Matt Arroyo has a saying, “Find that opponent that kicks your butt on a daily basis and thank him everyday for being there to make you better.” Push yourself!!!

            Next is an interesting tip I learned from multiple time world champion Berarndo Faria while having lunch with him after a seminar he hosted at my academy.  He told me a story about how he was sick with the flu once for a week before he competed at the worlds.  His entire pre tournament routine was disrupted and he felt horrible going into the event.  But, instead of dwelling on it, he decided to give it his all and do the best he could.  He ended up winning. He then went on to tell me about previous competitions where everything was prefect.  His training was on point and he felt 100% ready for success.  Then he lost.  The moral behind the two stories is “don’t dwell on how you feel the day of the event.” If you are there, you’ve done enough to deserve to be there, and whether you believe in mind or not, your skills will be ready for you if you let them. All you need to do is perform.   Expending emotional energy on overthinking how you feel is a waste and will only take your mind off of the task at hand.  Keep your eye on the prize and get it done.

          There are tons more topics to consider to improve your competition game that I have left out, but I don’t want this to be too long winded. I’m actually impressed if I managed to hold your attention this long. If I have, consider yourself lucky, because this is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  Competitions are not a display of anything special.  Nothing you will perform during them will be anything more extraordinary than any technique you have hit on the practice mats 20 times before. What makes a competition special is the atmosphere they create; the fear of losing, the hard work put into preparing, not knowing your opponent, and knowing that friends and family will be watching.  That’s what makes completing so special.  It’s the thrill that all these unknown variables builds in the pit of your stomach.  So number one, more than anything else, you need to learn to embrace all of it.  Love that feeling, live for that moment, and make it yours.  Always remember, no matter how afraid of those failures you may be, the feeling of conquering them and wining with be worth every moment of anguish. I promise.

Uncle Coach Kevin

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My Favorite Kimura Counter!

What's up people? Got another technique video for you. This time it's a great counter to a counter. Lol. Counter, counter, counter...that's Jiu Jitsu!

Anyone that has ever passed someone's guard has been caught with a Kimura, and if you haven't yet, you will I promise. So here is a classic counter to a Kimura counter off of the guard pass that you will finish with a high success rate against stubborn players that don't know when to quit cranking on that lock!

Sorry, the sound on the video is sketchy because I keep turning away from the camera, but pay attention to my knee placement after I step over the head and look at how I swivel my lower leg across my opponent's back in order to scrape up and pinch around his trapped arm.

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Kimura Counter Off Over Under Pass Attempt

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Uncle Coach Kevin

Why Jose Aldo Should Be The Only Fight Conor McGregor Takes Next

There has been endless speculation over the past few months as to what Conor McGregor will decide to do next.  It has completely captivated the fighting world (and deservedly so.)  Conor is a juggernaut of epic proportions whose fighting ability is matched only by his marketing skills outside of the cage.  A talent like that only comes around once or twice in a generation, and that puts him directly in the spotlight.  Everyone else comes second. So why should there be any reason to question his choice of competitor? Simply because before Conor ever stepped foot off of the Emerald Isle, Jose Aldo was dominating the best fighters that the Featherweight division had to offer and ever since their one and only meeting, Aldo has been unceremoniously discarded as a forgotten stepping stone leapt over by Conor on his way to bigger and better things.

To better understand how poorly Aldo is being treated, let's first look into the catalog of ridiculous success he has garnered as a fighter.  He went undefeated for 10 years and compiled an 18 fight win streak that included 7 consecutive UFC title defenses (4th all time). He went 8-0 with 7 finishes in the WEC, the brutal predecessor of the UFC's Featherweight division. Over that span of time, he fought a “who’s who” of the best that MMA had to offer, including Frankie Edgar, Urijah Faber, Mike Brown, Kenny Florian, Cub Swanson, Chad Mendez (twice), and Ricardo Lamas, and became the only Featherweight champion in the UFC’s history.  Yet this only scratches the surface of his greatness.  If we talked about fighting stats such as significant strikes and takedown defense, I could fill three pages. 

And then came Conor McGregor on December 12th, 2015, with the 13 seconds that would rewrite UFC history books. 

So why, after all that Aldo has accomplished, has he not been given the opportunity to avenge his only UFC loss?  (His first in 10 years, by the way.) I'm not sure I have a good answer.  While it’s true that he lost, I can't even remember a time in which a former champ as great as Aldo was not given an opportunity or even the consideration of a rematch.  Especially after what could be described as a lucky KO loss.  Yet he continues to be pushed aside as a non-contender, while Conor has gone on to fight, lose, have an automatic rematch in a non-title fight, and then go up a weight class to win another title. It seems insane.  Don't get me wrong, the ride has been fantastic, and most of all extremely profitable to the powers that be, but at what expense? I say the integrity of the UFC.  

Never before in the history of professional fighting has a champion of such stature been pushed aside like Jose Aldo. It is a travesty of enormous magnitude that the Conor McGregor "hype machine” has taken center stage over allowing someone who has given so much of himself to fight fans and the UFC organization an opportunity to restore his legacy.  But it has. And it is. Every fight card announcement that goes by without Aldo vs. McGregor 2 as the main event just takes us one step closer to the circus that the UFC is becoming, and one step further away from a true fight organization and unfortunately, the giant elephant in the room that no one is talking about is the longer the wait between their fights, the more obscure and uninteresting the rematch becomes- which means it might never happen. I understand that the business of fighting is $$$, but I refuse to believe that a rematch of this proportion would not be profitable, and I get a little sick every time I hear talk of Conor fighting anyone else, like Floyd "Flipping" Mayweather in a boxing match.  LOL!!!

Look, I'm not saying Conor isn't amazing- I personally think he may very well be the most dynamic striker in the UFC right now. I also think he would beat Aldo in a rematch. But that is not the point.  The point is, Jose has earned his right for revenge, and the fact that he hasn't gotten it over a year later is appalling to true fight fans.  So I am here to make a plea to the powers that be, and especially to Conor McGregor. Do the right thing in order to revive the crumbling foundation of the UFC's warrior virtue and give Jose Aldo his rematch.  Not because it's what will sell PPVs or grow your brand, not even because it's what the fans want to see.  Do it because the combat gods that govern us all demand it.  

Uncle Coach Kevin

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De La Riva Guard Pass Uncle Coach Kevin Style!!!

De La Riva guard.  A dying form that has recently been replaced by the "Leg Lock Era, but if you compete in the Gi you better know how the deal with it!!  Personally, I don't play a lot of DLR, probably because I am a man, but I know a lot of guys that do, so here is a great breakdown of one of my favorite passes from DLR. 

Pay close attention to the first step of pointing your knee to kill your opponents DLR hook, that really is the key. Also listen closely to my points of contact on the hip. Golden Rule for all guard passes!

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Uncle Coach Kevin

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Accepting you deserve to be there.

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What's up my people? Uncle Coach Kevin back after a bit of a hiatus.  I get dark and sullen sometimes....lol. But here I am again to spread some Jiu Jitsu truth!!!

Some of you may know that I recently competed in the Sapaterio Invitational in my hometown of Tampa, FL...go Lightning!!!  It was a submission only tournament with a $10K cash prize and some of the best submission grapplers in the world on slate to compete including Gordon Ryan, Bill Cooper, Jeff Monson, Vinny Magalhaes, Hector Lumbard, and Boogyman Martinez.  I was an alternate but fully anticipated a call to compete because many of the competitors were dropping out. Needless to say I was honored for the opportunity to be on the same stage as these great grapplers.  But that sence of honor may have also been my undoing.

My first match was against Josh Bacallao, a competitor that I know well and have rolled with in the gym many times.  It was a very well fought contest, which I won in overtime via EBI rules.  Quickest escape. Very cool. I was excited for the win and fired up, but my expectations for continuing in the event were, "Wow, I really won. How cool is that" 

Which moves us on the my next match against the 10th Planet Black Belt and submission machine Boogeyman Martinez. I was excited. But not because I was in it to win it. I was excited just to have the opportunity to be there.  I thought, "Wow win, lose or drawl, I'm going to compete against The Boogeyman on a Pay-Per-View event." It was an honor just to share the matt with him.

So our match was good, really good. Fans were cheering my name and Boogey knew I was coming hard for him.  Then came overtime. First two rounds, no submission. Then the third.  I knew time was close and I really wanted to escape quickly. So I took a chance, which Boogey, being the great competitor that he is capitalized on.  So this is where things get interesting.  

Anyone that has ever competed will tell you that the mind is always looking for an excuse to quit, because pushing your body past the point of its pain threshold is unnatural, and those excuses can be rationalized in nano seconds during a competition.  So at the pivotal moment in our match, Boogey sunk in the rear naked choke. I pealed off the top hand just like the text book says to do which he then transferred to a neck crank.  The neck crank was tight, but it wasn't going to kill me.  I could have fought a few more seconds for an escape.  But in my mind, in the heat of the moment, I decided I had done enough.  I won a match against a though guy, and took the great Boogey Man Martinez to triple overtime and that was ok. I can quit here and still feel accomplished.

So, what is the moral of this story?  What caused me to lose my edge at such a crucial moment????  The answer is I already convinced myself from the onset that just being there was enough.  My expectations were not set on winning. They were set on doing my best and whatever happens next is just gravy.  So the point of my story is to say, accepting you deserve to be there is the first step to winning. Never going into anything thinking, "Wow, it's an honor just to be invited." GO TO WIN OR DON'T GO AT ALL!!! Because all you need is the smallest hint of doubt hidden away in the deep shadows of your soul to give you a reason to accept defeat. Don't settle for "Just being here is good enough".

Uncle Coach Kevin

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How to beat that annoying turtle guard!!!

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Everyone knows that annoying turtle guard player that thinks he's Eduardo Telles and rolls to his knees with a rock solid base every time you get the step on passing his guard. Then they wait there for you to screw up and try to take their back or they grab a quick single and get the sweep!!! I hate guys like that....FYI I'm totally that guy, lol!! 

Well here is a great trick to breaking down their base and getting the pass. Hope you like it!!

Break Down the Turtle Guard!!!

What happened to Ronda???

Over the weekend the UFC exploded into the new year with the long awaited return of Ronda Rousey to the Octagon after her devastating KO loss to Holly Holmes.  Would the once indomitable force of woman's MMA be able to brush off the the painful scars of defeat to regain her throne as the queen to become immortal in the halls of Valhalla???  Anyone watching Friday night knows the answer...

So what happened? How did RR's downfall come so suddenly and why wasn't she able to spring back to the same juggernaut form from her first 12 fights? Here are a few take aways from not just the fight, but the many events leading to her demise that I feel eventually caused this epic train wreck to derail.

First, Ronda was and still is an amazing athlete and competitor, whom, even if she never steps back into the cage again, will go down not only as the most dominate female fighters of all time, but one as one of the most dominate fighters period of all time. What she accomplished over her UFC tenure will be very difficult to duplicate again by any fighter male or female. She was the Mike Tyson of our era.  This is extremely important to recognize because it is essential to understanding the psychological breakdown that undid her. 

Whenever an undefeated fighter finally loses, the real test is to see if they have the mental toughness to recognize that a loss is just a loss and 99.9999% of competitors have one. So just lick your wounds and start over. You still have the the same exact skills and abilities that made you undefeated, your opponent was just better that night. The end.  Now, where this is very easy to say, the problem arrises with the psychology of a loss, and that negative cancer is compounded exponentially with combat sports, especially when the fighter loses in as brutal a manner as Ronda did.  The belief in invincibility has been shaken and as you might have imposed your game plan undeterred before, now in the back of your mind there is the constant reminder of being unconscious on the floor, abandoned and alone, knowing that even you can get caught, and that small spark of fear can haunt and cause hesitation instead of action.  And in this sport of brutal absolutes hesitation is not an option at the highest levels.  After watching the fight I believe the first time Rhonda took a solid shot she was reminded of losing, and all of the horrible things that came after, so she froze up, and eventually suffered another disastrous outcome.

Second, her coaching is abysmal, in particular her striking coach. Let me preface this by stating that I have an extensive boxing back ground, so I can tell when someone is not fundamentally prepared. She wasn't and never was and while it's easy to blame Edmond Tarverdyan, I'm not really sure if the buck steps with him or not. He is her head striking coach and let's face it, maybe the biggest conman to corner a fighter in the history of MMA. Every fighter he has coached in the UFC has left him with a losing record. It's true google it, I did. However, watching RR's last two fights I'm not sure that anyone is allowed to hit her during her sparing sessions. Even more to that theory, I've never seen one video clip of her sparing striking alone. Seriously, if anyone of you can find some please send a post of it on my Facebook page.  So who is to blame for that? It's easy to point the finger at Edmond, but maybe she just didn't want to get hit. Maybe her game plan revolved around her Judo. Watching most of her wins she just absorbed punches to the chin with no head movement or defense until she got close enough or an eager opponent made the mistake of rushing in then RR got the take down, then the arm bar, then game over. Time and time again this worked, until it didn't anymore and whoopsie, what now. Was her star power enough to fuel her ego to the point of feeling she didn't need to do things like other fighters. I mean getting hit in the face sucks, really bad, but it's needs to happen so you are ready. It would be very difficult to find another fighter at that level with less rudimentary striking knowledge and it's glaringly obvious she had never been accustomed to dealing with having her bell rung. She looked like a random drunk at Joe Bob's tough man competition fighting the house pro for a $100 bar tab. No movement, no clinching to try and stop the punches, no evasive footwork, her arms were either straight out and locked or throwing up a laughable high guard. In all honesty she just stood there and got punched in the face then ran away with her chin straight up in the air until she finally slouched against the cage waiting for the kill shot. Anyone with even an amateur level striking background knows how horrible it was to watch. So who is to blame? Her coaches, Dana White, they both had to know she just wasn't ready. But she was a truly great champion that deserved a chance to redeem herself, so I guess they thought let's give it one more shot and all get paid!!!

Lastly we need to discuss RR's overall mental state. Now while I am far from a professional psychologist, I do know athletes. I have been a coach for a long time and I understand what drives them to succeed and what motivates them. Ronda is a special bird in that regard. She is undoubtedly an amazingly tough, gifted, and determined athlete. But she also possibly has the worst sportsmanship I have ever witnessed outside of a job I once had teaching at a basketball summer camp for emotionally challenged teenagers one step away from juvie hall.  Some of her actions were disturbing. Blatant and unprofessional interactions with fellow fighters and absolute disregard for any and all unwritten rules of combat sports etiquette.  All seemingly endorsed and praised by the powers that be of the fight world. I know the first thing all of you are going to say too, "Well Coner McGregor gets away with it." Well, Coner is a showman and he wants to sell fights, but at the end of the day he respects the sport. I've never once seen him not shake his opponents hand after a fight, or fail to complement them in the post fight interview. I've seen Ronda do both, on several occasions. She appears to have no regard for her opponents and it's creepy. Chemically unbalanced creepy. She acted so repulsive on so many occasions that I was often sick to my stomach that she was the face of women's MMA for so long in it's relatively formative years. Young fighters were looking to her to see how to act, and I hated it. Then after her loss to Holly Holmes she slipped off into nothingness for over a year. No press conferences, no media appearances, no nothing. That's not normal. So now, watching her routine prior to this fight makes me even more concerned. No interviews, no photo shoots, weighing in early with minimal press presence, how can she  1) get away with that with the UFC brass and 2) not set off bells and whistles about her mental state.  So then we go back to her coaches, maybe they were just along for the ride while the Ronda Rousey Show blew through town, perpetually placating her ego so they could get a check.

All things considered, I'm a bit on the fence about RR's legacy. She got away with a lot of holes in her game through tremendous skill in one or two aspects of MMA, but she might have also been a little lucky. And given the way she has conducted herself over the years, does she really go down as a beloved figured of the fighting world. Again, I'm not so sure. All the movie deals don't seem to be panning out either. The back story just isn't relevant anymore. Former badest-women-in-the-world doesn't have the same ring to it for producers, and judging from what I've noticed, she's probably not the easiest person to work with. So, at the end of the day, I hope she is smart with her money, settles down and pops out a few kids, her words not mine, check one of her late night TV interviews for the quote, I'm not sure which one. The roller coaster ride is over, and she will now slip away into obscurity as a solid C list celebrity for a bit, then maybe a where are they now episode of "Those Fabulous 2010's". Hopefully this is the last we will here from her, because from now on the only news she'll get will be of drug and alcohol addiction, spousal abuse, or tax evasion. Best of luck Ronda, you were pretty ok I guess. 

Make your knee slice pass unstoppable!!!

What's up fellow Jits junkies?!?! Uncle Coach Kevin here again giving you a few pointers to tighten up your knee slice pass game. The devil is in the details for this very basic pass but if done correctly it's extremely difficult to stop!!! So enjoy the video and keep training you pack of killers you!!!!

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I say to post on your partners elbow from the top position, but I obviously post on Jeff's shoulder, so as normal when dealing with this brain damaged hot mess do as I do not as I say!!!

Love Always,

Uncle Coach Kevin

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