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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Takedown Breakdown & Analysis

Khabib Nurmagomedov began training at the age of six under the tutelage of his father and by the time of his first MMA contest he had gained a background in freestyle wrestling judo and combat Sambo. Before his UFC debut, Khabib's matches took place on either an open mat or in a ring and his early takedown game consisted almost exclusively of shooting to his knees for a single leg with the head on the inside. The majority of these shots are taken from outside of the striking range of his opponents and made with minimal setup. Single Leg Takedowns Once he got in on the single leg he would finish them in three primary ways with the most common of these being the cutback. Next, we will see Ben Askren demonstrate how to finish the single leg shot with the cutback. Once you have shot in on the single leg and finish by stepping your leg up, raising your head up to the ceiling, and pulling your opponent's leg up and across your body. Here we see examples of Khabib using the cut back in his...

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Learning How to Learn – Course Notes and Summary

Learning How to Learn – Course Notes and Summary

Focused vs. Diffused mode. Our brain has two primary modes of learning. Focused and Diffused mode. Focused mode moves through your brains neurological network as if it is following a familiar path. It can move step by step through your mind till you learn the new information. Diffused mode runs through your brain in a more erratic motion. Diffused mode operates as if you need to draw upon many different parts of your brain and existing knowledge to help you understand the new insights. Think of focused mode as like a spotlight with a single sharp focus of light and diffused mode as a floodlight that covers a much larger area. Salvadore Dali had a creative output of surrealist art and talked about his method for thinking about what to paint. He would lie on a chair with a key in his hand and gently start drifting off to sleep while thinking about his desired topic. As he would fall asleep, he would drop the key on the ground, and the noise would wake him. He would then get up and take...

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Terence McKenna quotes Plato – The Good , The True and The Beautiful

Terence McKenna quotes Plato – The Good , The True and The Beautiful

Terence McKenna quotes Plato: Plato said the key lay in the concepts of the good, the true and the beautiful. The Good, what is it ? Tricky , tricky ... tricky The True, what is it ? Trickier ... even trickier. The Beautiful, what is it ? The Beautiful is EASY to discern.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-J09gk0mJk Go towards the true enough and set your compass towards beauty.! Beauty is downloaded into the cultural operating system via dreams. Beauty is found within dreams. Go towards beauty and life and hope will follow.  The simultaneous project of awakening and the simultaneous project of entering deeper into the dream for the purposes of cultivating, evoking, experiencing, remembering, transmitting and communicating BEAUTY which feeds into the awakening process. Otherwise the awakening will be traumatic and demoralising. It MUST be empowering.  Evoke, realise and serve the project of bringing ever greater amounts of beauty into the world. Peace, Love and Raging Waters,...

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An introduction to strategic thinking

An introduction to strategic thinking

Strategy and strategic thinking have their origins in ancient warfare. Strategic thinking also puts emphasis on the future and how we talk about and maneuver in the future. A more general view of strategic thinking is that it is about knowing. This gets complicated when you consider the nature of the future is unknowable so to understand strategic thinking we will need to understand the many different ways it means to know something. This relates to the question of "modes of knowing" or "modes of thought" that philosophers have studied for a long time.   Game Theory and Strategic Thinking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM3rTU927io Strategic thinking is used in a setting where the outcomes depend not only on your actions but also the actions of others. Game theory cannot tell you what your goals in life should be. But once you know what your goals are then perhaps game theory can help you reach them Play "The grade game". Do not play a strictly dominated strategy because instead...

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