In the early days of MMA fighters who took someone down tried to keep the fight there. They’d stay on the ground even if they couldn’t pass their opponent’s guard or mount an effective ground-and-pound offense. (more…)
By: Donald F. Walter, Jr.
Part 3: A Defense of Mixed Martial Arts
By: Donald F. Walter, Jr.
Part 2: An Overview of the Conflict between the States’ Police Power and Personal Liberties
A few years ago Denis Kang and I published an article in Grappling Magazine about passing the guard in MMA. In that article we said there are three stages of getting past your opponent’s legs: (more…)
By guest author Donald F. Walter, Jr.
Part 1: A Brief History of MMA
This is an excerpt on one of the most important sections from my book ” A Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu” (more…)
One of the worst organized MMA shows I ever saw was a small local show, back in 1996. Before I talk about that particular show though, I have to set the stage: UFC 9 had just happened. (more…)
Most of my text message communications to my friends are pretty short and mundane. Recently, however, I had a very interesting conversation with MMA fighter Denis Kang, partially over the phone but mostly using text messages. (more…)
Like many of you, last Saturday night I sat transfixed, watching Brock Lesnar maul Heath Herring at UFC 87. (more…)
Oleg Taktarov was one of the early pioneers in the UFC. Coming from a sambo background he had a very distinctive skill set.
And nobody had more heart!!
I’m delighted that Oleg recently stepped back into the cage and defeated Mark Kerr with a kneebar, which has always been one of Oleg’s signature moves. Oleg was very influential on my leglock game development (more…)
A reader writes:
Q: “I’m in my forties and and started MMA training a few years ago. Since then I have had many injuries including a shattered elbow, a torn knee, separations in both shoulders, and many, many more minor injuries. (more…)
When people think of conditioning they often imagine people doing cardio and strength training separately. In this paradigm you might run in the morning and then lift weights in the afternoon (more…)
Today I want to write about a practice I don’t like and don’t endorse, but that is probably here to stay: cutting weight to get into a lower weight bracket for competition. (more…)
Over the last few years there has been an explosion of great blogs devoted to jiu-jitsu, submission grappling and MMA…
Now obviously these things change all the time, and any list is bound to be incomplete. Nevertheless I thought I’d share some of my favorite blogs-de-jour with you today in this list: (more…)
Concussions are an ever-present possibility in grappling, especially if you do a lot of takedowns or striking. In fact I think it’s fair to say that everyone training in a combat sport for long enough will get hit on the head hard enough at some point to have some kind of concussion. (more…)
Most instructors, motivators and ‘experts’ will tell you to train, train, train. Today I am going to tell you the exact opposite: there are some days when you shouldn’t go within a hundred yards of a mat. The trick is figuring out which days those are. (more…)
It seems like every MMA, BJJ and submission grappling competitor has a highlight video nowadays, and I’m going to share my favorite one with you. (more…)
My friend and training partner Denis Kang recently fought in the Pride Grand Prix, in the Yokohama Arena, Japan. To get to this point in the world’s most prestigious welterweight tournament he had already knocked out Brazilian fighter Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua (more…)