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Max Kotchouro
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When we look at one school versus another, and determine that one of them is promoting people to Black Belt with far easier requirements than we ourselves went through, or they are expecting less of their students than what we expect of our students, we can climb on our rickety soap box and take a stand against them, railing at the injustice of it all, or we can look at it like this...


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Started writing this long time ago, but got distracted....

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The High Mount combined with striking is a deadly combination. This is by far, one of the worst positions you can get stuck in on the ground. The traditional BJJ escape for mount - bridge, trap, and roll doesn't work quite yet, and meanwhile our opponent is raining punches on us, and bringing the thunder like Poseidon.

All too often, we panic in this situation and end up flailing, or trying to grab arms. Here we show a technique we call - 'Shield Up / Shimmy Up' to help you deal with this problematic position. We have to work from where we are, not where we want to be.

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Saturday was a special day for many reasons. This was the best. The third Black Belt I've had the honor to tie around someone's waist. Here is +Vinny Tseng receiving his Black Belt in Mantis Boxing. Photos courtesy of +Max Kotchouro

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A couple of snapshots from the flight last week.

The first one: crossing 3 state forests from Connecticut river to Orange airport. I started with 6500' MSL of altitude but it wasn't enough to fly all the way. No reasonable fields/LZs along the way.

Second photo: I made it. Flying over Orange airport in Massachusetts.
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7/9/17
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Got my purple belt in BJJ this Saturday. I still feel pretty much like a blue belt with just some distant hint of a clue :-) ... Thank you, +Randy Brown for being patient with me and helping me along the way. And of course, I couldn't do that alone, every student at +Randy Brown Mantis Boxer school has their hand in this - thank you!
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I finally got a long XC flight in New England - 52 miles. With all that weather we were getting recently, and Florida flights being already a distant memory, I was worrying I forgot how to fly XC :-)

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I was zigzagging most of way to stay close to the river. Drift was taking me away from it. When I got to Orange airport, I didn't risk crossing forest east of Quabbin reservoir. I could see no fields to land in, and I needed to cross 6-7 miles of that... Maybe I need a different flight plan for that route. Interesting day.

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