Master the skill of of goal achievement

Nature is neutral - She gives you back what you put in. Fable: Many years ago, in ancient Greece, a traveller met an old man on the road and asked him how to get to Mount Olympus. The old man, who happened to be Socrates, replied by saying, "If you really want to get to Mount Olympus, just make sure that every step you take is in that direction." Sir Isaac Newton is generally considered to be the greatest scientist who ever lived. In his later years, he was asked how it was that he, one man, had managed to make such significant contributions to the world of science. He replied: "By thinking of nothing else." Success begins with you exercising your power of choice and using it to take systematic, purposeful control over the thoughts you hold in your conscious mind. By rigorously disciplining yourself to talk and think about only the things you do want and refusing to dwell on those you don't; want you begin your journey towards the stars ! To become all you can be you must live more...

read more

Jahred Dell of Articulate BJJ

In this episode I talk to Jahred Dell of ArticulateBJJ.com where he writes excellent articles about the art, sport and lifestyle of Brazilian jiu-jitsu wi and who also happens to be a high school teacher and we discuss his thoughts on the crossovers between teaching a class of high school students and jiu-jitsu students. Transcript Speaker 1: (00:01)[inaudible] Jahred Dell: (00:03)you're listening to the Sonny Brown breakdown. Now it is time to break it down. Speaker 1: (00:13)Yeah. Sonny Brown: (00:14)Welcome to episode number one of the sunny brand breakdown, a podcast where I discussed the training, teaching health and education of mixed martial arts. In this episode I talked to doe of Articulate Bay GI gi.com where he writes excellent articles about the arts, sport and lifestyle of Brazilian Jujitsu. And he also happens to be a high school teacher. Now let's go to the podcast. Jahred Dell: (00:36)Jared, I came across your work with articulate BJJ and was very interested in some...

read more

The origin of the phrase “As Happy as Larry” in prizefighting

The Australian colloquialism where your jovial mood is suggested to be "As happy as Larry." find its etymological roots in the early bare-knuckle pugilism of a Sydney prize fighter and undefeated middleweight boxing champion at the turn of the 19th century. The Larry in the idiom is Laurence 'Larry' Foley (1849-1917), who was born in Bathurst and would gain recognition as the "Father of Australian Boxing". He spent his formative years in Wollongong where he served a Roman Catholic priest and had an expectation of joining the priesthood but instead moved to Sydney where he would later participate in a Roman Catholic street fighting gang that feuded with a rival Protestant group. Larry Foley would become the unofficial bare-knuckle champion of Sydney by beating Sandy Ross the leader of the rival gang in a contest which lasted 71 rounds and went for over 2 hours and took place at Como in South Sydney. The bout which leads to the birth of the phrase...

read more

The Bulldog Choke in MMA

In this video we're going to take a look at the Bulldog choke. It's a rare submission that was first used in the UFC back at UFC 31 when Carlos Newton submitted Pat Miletich. Historically the Bulldog choke has been favored by catch wrestlers because it forgoes the safety of securing solid back position and instead directly attacks the head for the submission. So instead of securing back hooks for a dominant position when going for the Bulldog choke you will attack the head and bring the body with you. The Bulldog choke essentially becomes a modified headlock or a headlock mixed with a rear naked choke. Now in Brazilian Jiu jitsu a headlock is seen as an amateur or beginner move as it actually gives up an easy pathway to the back for the person being attacked. But if you get your hand underneath the chin and are able to sit your feet and hips out in front of the head of your opponent it becomes very difficult to execute that escape quickly. Instead you can use your entire body weight...

read more

A Study of Pulling Guard in MMA for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Athletes

In this study, I look at pulling guard in MMA as an alternative way of getting the fight on to the ground. It's a rarely utilised strategy but has been successful for a small set of fighters who have excellent guards and have made it their speciality. The guard is technically an inferior position in fighting as you are on your back and trapped between the mat and the weight of your opponent on top of you while they can use the assistance of gravity to implement control and throw strikes. However the UFC was built on Royce Gracie's success from the guard and the impressive look of a small man submitting larger opponents off his back and Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a whole as built a reputation around taking this inferior position and with practice study and techniques turning into a spot where they have a competitive advantage and can finish fights. So in competition Brazilian jiu-jitsu players will often favour this position on their opponents to the point where double guard pulls where...

read more

Judo in MMA – A study of throws from fights of Karo Parisyan

Karo "The Heat" Parisyan is an Armenian born mixed martial artist who moved to America at the age of six and began training judo at the age of nine and was competing in freestyle fighting against fully grown adults when he was only fourteen years of age. He was trained by the legendary Gokor Chivichyan and "Judo" Gene LeBell at the Hayastan academy where he also learned the Hayastan grappling system. He was a ferocious competitor and became a ten time Junior national judo champion a four-time International judo champion and had faced the likes of Sean Sherk Antonio McKee and Jason "Mayhem" Miller in MMA and was focusing on the 2004 Olympic Judo trials before he got the call-up from the UFC. In this study we will list the Judo techniques that Karo utilized during his MMA career. Ippon Seoi Nage We will start with the Ippon Seoi Nage, the one-armed shoulder throw technique where both hands are used on one arm of the opponents as they are loaded onto the back lifted and thrown over the...

read more

The Suloev Stretch Submission Breakdown

In this analysis, I'm going to give a quick breakdown of the Suloev stretch submission. A hamstring submission executed from the back mount as your opponent tripods to escape. The Suloev stretch is a name coined by writer KJ Gould after the Armenian MMA fighter Amar Suloev who you can see using it here to submit Paul Cahoon. Amar previously fought in the UFC against Chuck Liddell and Phil Baroni. Suloev Stretch in Folkstyle Wrestling The move is very reminiscent of the banana split submission which has been used to get a tap in MMA, but the banana splits is executed from only one hook in and from a cross-body ride where you will reach across and grab the far leg of the opponent. It is also used in folkstyle wrestling matches where both boots are thrown in and as the opponent stands and tripods the leg is grabbed and used to off-balance the opponent knocking them over and securing back points. Suloev Stretch in MMA And there are some additional examples of its use in MMA when you have...

read more

Demian Maia’s BJJ takedown tactics in MMA Analysis

Demian Maia, he's a fourth-degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, an ADCC champion and perhaps the greatest grappler in mixed martial arts. But as a practitioner of a ground-based fighting art a key part of his game is how he takes the fight to the ground and in this breakdown we will be examining his favourite takedown tactics. Setups & Takedown Entries Let's start with his setups, his most common entry into his shots is the jab fake where he faints his jab in order to draw a reaction out of his opponent by either blocking or a counter shot and when they do react he drops his level underneath their lead hand and straight onto a single leg. Another way is waiting for his opponent to jab or step in with their lead leg and as soon as they extend their leg Demian Maia will time it and drop down into a single leg as a southpaw with his right leg forward the single-leg shot is a much quicker and easier option that is always there against Orthodox opponents. Running the Pipe Once...

read more

Fedor Emelianenko Clinch Throws Breakdown

Fedor Emelianenko, the greatest heavyweight of all time. His run through the Pride Fighting Championships heavyweight division is legendary. Well known for his striking and dynamic ground-and-pound a less talked about area of his game is his takedowns. See he doesn't shoot for singles or double legs, he's a master of Sambo and a Judo black belt. Which means all his takedowns have come from trips or throws in the clinch. Clinch Entries First, let's take a look at his entries into the clinch. His most common clinch entry is a right-hand lead and step (The Fitzsimmons Shift) . This is where he throws a lead right-hand punch while at the same time taking a step forward with his right leg which enables him to fall into a clinch position. Now the right-hand punch is thrown as a legitimate shot and not as a fake. If it lands and his opponent starts backpedalling. He will follow up with further strikes. The next entry used is hand trapping where Fedor will briefly block his opponent's hand....

read more