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Today I'm going NERD LEVEL on blocking. This is an interesting detail I found that can make or break your blocking. I can't explain the why, so I'm calling on all…
Going Nerd Level on Blocking
Going Nerd Level on Blocking
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HEAVY ASSAULT - Go heavy, or go home! This striking combination, plucked right from the catalog of Mantis Boxing techniques passed down for centuries, is to overwhelm the opponent with big, destructive, blows.

Connecting with the first one is ideal and effective, but if they duck, or move back...
HEAVY ASSAULT! - Circle and Chop
HEAVY ASSAULT! - Circle and Chop
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What's the difference between a Hook Punch and a Circle Punch? Are they really that different? Yes, and yes. 

The Hook Punch is used at a closer range, similar to an uppercut. It works well when you are striking in tight, or engaged in a Clinch (Lǒu 摟). In here, a long range strike will extend beyond my opponent. We position the arm in a tighter hook shape to help…
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Light, fast, yet highly effective'; the Whipping Fist is a great punch to have in your arsenal. Check this video out for more on how to throw it, pad drills, and bag drills that you can use to perfect this sneaky shot.

Whipping Fist
Whipping Fist
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I've been waiting a long time to put this Side Control drill to video. We finally had an opening to get it in. I think it will be a huge help for those of you looking to improve your Side Control/Side Mount.

Enjoy the drill!
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The Scraping Fist - like a low uppercut, or body shot. One of the advantages of this punch, is the fact that unlike throwing a straight punch toward the body which comes in from a high angle, this punch comes from underneath by dropping the elbow, making it harder to block.

It's a great punch to sneak in shots to the body, especially when using the principle of Changing Levels/Varying Targets. . But it can be dangerous trying to pull it off at the wrong place/time.

Here are some tips along with pads drills, and bag drills later in the video for practicing the scraping fist on your own, or with a partner.
The Scraping Fist
The Scraping Fist
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Fully on board with this. On month 2 of 'Intermittent Fasting' and feel great. I started with 14 hrs and currently up to 18 to 19 hrs/day. I did not change my workouts.

If you are doing moderate to heavy exercise, I'd recommend stabilizing your diet first, or doing this TRF before going to the intermittent, or full fasting.
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Fingers hurt after training? Grips not strong enough to hold on when grappling? Check this out.

Grip strength and health can be a really important thing for martial artists. Grip intensive arts such as Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Shuai Jiao, and other Grappling Arts, all require/build grip strength, and put a great deal of wear and tear on the fingers. Today I'm going to show you the methods I use to keep my grips not only strong, but healthy. For strengthening: exercises like rope...
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"This was truly one of my most hated throws. In 2009, on one of my semi-annual sojourns to San Diego to train with my Mantis Boxing teacher at the time, I was introduced to this personal menace.

The primary purpose of this trip, was for my teacher to share with me the 20 throws of Mantis Boxing that his 8-Step Mantis Boxing teacher had shared with him. We were to meet up with another of his Black Belt's - Mike Dasargo, and work on these techniques at Mike's school.

As Sifu Puyot would show each throw, Mike and I would work on them together, and I would scribble notes down doing my best to catalog each throw and it's series of variations. As the day went on, we finally arrived on the Thigh Lift Throw, what I have affectionately named the Tiger Tail Throw; as it looks like the tail of a tiger sticking up, and it is a ferocious takedown.

I don't know what it was, but this throw was the single most difficult one for me to get. Maybe I was getting hungry, or having a 'short day'..."

Check out the video to hear the rest of the story and find out what happened with this nemesis of mine.
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Stephen Kesting had me on his podcast 'The Strenuous Life' to discuss Kung Fu and BJJ coexisting. This is the first time I've talked with Stephen aside from social media. We had an awesome discussion/debate. I highly recommend his channels if you haven't already found him. He's a great guy and puts out incredible content.

"Can Kung Fu, BJJ and MMA coexist? Maybe they can, and maybe they can even learn from each other.

This is a conversation I had with with Kung Fu stylist (and BJJ brown belt) Randy Brown in which we touched on the history of Chinese martial arts and what made them less effective over time, what traditional martial arts look like when you start training them with resistance, and much more. I think you’ll like this one!"
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