Exclusive Interview With Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey was kind enough to take time out to speak with us after her big win last weekend at Hard Knocks 12 where she defeated kickboxer Charmaine Tweet. The victory was Ronda's second win as a pro and has created lots of speculation that she would soon be headed to Strikeforce.

Interviewer: You just had a big win over Charmaine Tweet where you showed you had the answer to someone who had a reputation as a striker. Did you prepare any differently for that fight?

Ronda: Yeah. We did a lot of … not so much striking, but lots of footwork … standing outside of striking range … not being too far or too close … trying to frustrate her. It appeared to work pretty well.

Interviewer: So you keep winning fights with the armbar. Do you specifically go for arms or is it just that it was what was available at the time?

Ronda: You know what? I go out there and I'm constantly improving, so it's usually the first thing that I see … going for armbars … it's what I was used to doing as I was growing up. It's the most ingrained thing in me so I usually see it first. It's not that I'm intentional going in there and saying "I'm gonna get an armbar." I walk in and I intend to win with what ever way is available first. It looks like it's a pattern now, I guess.

Interviewer: And I guess being into Judo, armbars are kinda what you do.

Ronda: Well, when I was doing Judo, my Mom was a very big influence on me … and one of the things she always said was, "You can not expect anyone else to win the match for you or you can ' T expect the referee to call a choke or a pin but if you break their arm, then it (the referee) does not matter. You only go in to win, so the referee does not matter. " So she always trained me to go for armbars first since it's the most definite way to win.

Interviewer: Are you still with Glendale Fighting Club and Team Hayastan?

Ronda: Yep, and I do my conditioning at Results with Leo Frincu who is also my wrestling coach at SK Golden Boys … and I teach a class at Dynamix MMA. Henry Akins helps with everything JiuJitsu and Antoni Hardonk also helps with my striking.

Interviewer: Do you have women fighters to train with at your gym?

Ronda: No, I train entirely with men. I do not have any women to train with. I once trained with a girl and after the first exchange she told me I hit too hard and she did not want to go with me any more.

Interviewer: MMA is the fastest growing sport yet it sees Women's MMA is lagging behind the sport as a whole. Would you say WMMA is still in it's infancy?

Ronda: I would say men's MMA had a head start … and when Gina Carano stopped competitive, they did not have a face to put to WMMA that will sell. I think what they really need is another trademark player that they can market. I'm trying my best to be that person.

Interviewer: So being the "Face of Women's MMA" is something that appeals to you?

Ronda: Well … it's something I think will make me a lot of money (laughs). I do not know how much I'll appreciate all the extra attention … but career wise, it's what I'm planning for.

Interviewer: Since you defeated Charmaine in such an impressive manner, do you think that win might have put you in a better bargaining position with, say Strikeforce?

Ronda: Well … actually they (Strikeforce) were calling us that night asking if we already cooked, and how did it go … so they are very interested in keeping updated with how things are going. We are talking to them right now … I was told to … well I do not want to say anything right now without anything being signed … but they are very interested and we've been talking to them.

Interviewer: In any case, it appears that absolutely you'll end up in Strikeforce where Cyborg is the champ. How soon do you think you'd be ready to take on that challenge?

Ronda: I would like to have 5 or 6 fights. When I got started, I did not think it would be so hard to find matches as it has been, so I'm kinda behind what I was expecting to be at this point. But as soon as I get signed by Strikeforce, it will be much easier to get matches from there on out. I'd say within 5 or 6 matches I'll be looking for a title shot.

Interviewer: Are there any names you'd like to fight next?

Ronda: Well … we have somebody in mind for the next one, but I do not really want to say anything before we can commit … I mean … I do not believe it until the contracts are signed. I think ever in my career I'd like to fight of course Gina Carano … Amanda Nunes … I'm like to fight Cyborg of course … but I'm fight pretty Much anyone they put in front of me.

Interviewer: Without mentioning names, it's a certain style of fighter you'd like to fight? Another striker? Wrestler?

Ronda: You know, so far I have not preferred any one style. The girls I've gone so far have been from very different backgrounds. My goal is to be as well rounded as possible. I do not want to have to pick and choose and go through this whole process to find the perfect opponent. I just want to feel open to and safe fighting against any style.

Interviewer: Are you able to train full time?

Ronda: Yeah, I just quit my job yesterday. I still teach a class at Dynamix but thats only for one hour twice a week.

Interviewer: According to Wikipedia, you train with Team Hayastan fighters such as Manny Gamburyan, Karen Darabedyan, Sako Chivitchian and Sevak Magakian. Is there anyone you train with that has a name like Bob Smith?

Ronda: No, there's no. I kind of stick out like the 'sore thumb extraordinaire' there. I've just known all these guys since I was a little kid and my Mom used to train with their coach … When I got started in MMA, I wanted to Go with someone I could trust … I've known Gokor (Chivichyan) since I was little and I just went up to him and told him that I wanted to do this and who he recommended that I go with and train with that I Will just believe him. It's worked out pretty well so far … and yes, pretty much everyone I train with has a last name that ends in "yan".

Interviewer: Your last fight was at 145, is that your preferred fighting weight?

Ronda: I can not go any lower than 145. That's the lowest weight I can healthily make. I might consider taking a catchweight fight at 140 some day, but not unless I was very persuaded.

Interviewer: Anyone you'd like to thank for getting you this far in your career?

Ronda: Yeah, all the coaches I mentioned earlier. I'd like to thank Gene Lebell who helps me out a lot. My manager Darin Harvey and of course my Mom.

Thanks again to Ronda for taking time out to answer our questions.

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Learning Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed Martial Arts is one of the fastest growing sports in the 21st century. To the untrained eye, Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, is often referred to as "human cockfighting," without due respect given to the highly trained athletes that have made this sport as popular as it is today. When MMA was first seen by a larger mainstream audience in the United States in the early 1990's at UFC 1, fighters represented a single discipline or martial art. This format where each fighter represented a single style of martial art soon gave way to the current trend in MMA where athletes now train multiple styles in order to give them the most well rounded skills allowing them to be successful in this multifaceted sport. While certain techniques from countless martial arts are practiced in MMA, the martial arts most commonly practiced by Mixed Martial Arts fighters are Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, Boxing, Muay Thai, Judo, and Sambo. Every style is unique in its own way, and has it's own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to its application to Mixed Martial Arts fighting.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling based martial art where practitioners use various choke holds, armlocks, and leglocks to submit their opponent. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, was the first martial art that saw success in the early Ultimate Fighting Championship. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is known for it's extremely technical approach to ground fighting, utilizing dominant position to win the fight. Although Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is widely practiced for its offensive submissions that can win a fight, it is also practiced because it effectively addresses how to defend and fight when the fighter has their back on the ground, allowing the fighter to actually win while being on their back. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu's sophisticated use of positioning and leverage makes it an extremely versatile art used both for defensive and offensive purposes.

Western Boxing, or pugilism, is a striking art known for it's highly technical use of the hands in order to defeat ones opponent. Boxing is known for its slick punching combinations, footwork, and head movement that separate it from most other striking styles. Boxing is often referred to as "the sweet science" when explaining the amount of skill that needs to be possessed in order to be proficient at this art. Boxing is a successful style practiced in MMA competition for its use of the hands when it comes to striking, and the level of boxing continues to improve in modern day Mixed Martial Arts.

Thai Muay is a style of kickboxing known for its devastating power 's and Effectiveness. Commonly referred to as the "Art of Eight Limbs" or the "Science Of Eight Limbs," Muay Thai makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight "points of contact," while most other striking arts only use two or four. Unlike many other stand-up martial arts, Muay Thai focuses on efficient powerful strikes as opposed to fancy, flashy techniques. This has led to Muay Thai being one of the most popular striking styles practiced by MMA fighters throughout the world today.

Wrestling is a style that uses grappling techniques, throws and takedowns, in order to gain dominant position to pin your opponent. While the goal of wrestling is not to knock out or to submit your opponent with a choke or armlock, wrestling is still one of the most important arts when it comes to Mixed Martial Arts fighting. Wrestlers are known for their great balance, strength, and mental toughness which often gives them the edge over practitioners of other styles. Being a dominant wrestler also allows a MMA fighter to control where the fight takes place. The better wrestler can often keep the fight on the feet if they prefer to trade kicks and punches while it also gives them the option of taking their opponent to the ground if need be.

Judo is a Japanese martial art which is known for its powerful throws and grappling techniques. Most of Judo's takedowns are performed while maintaining an upright stance, often times not utilizing the traditional single leg or double leg takedowns that are commonly seen in wrestling. While not as widely practiced by fighters, when used correctly a strong throw can significantly change the outcome of a fight if not finish the fight in itself. Judo also consists of grappling techniques such as chokes and armlocks, but its primary focus is on taking the opponent down to the ground.

Sambo is a Russian based art that consists of takedowns as well as submission holds on the ground. Sambo standup techniques are often similar to that of Judo and Wrestling while the grappling techniques contain choke holds, armlocks, and leglocks. Sambo is most widely recognized for its devastating leg locks. Sambo's focus on leg locks is what separates it from most other grappling based martial arts, many of whom contain leg locks, but do not make it a focal point of attack.

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Breaking The Punching Arm

I've always felt very fortunate that I've never really been injured during training. At the time of this writing I've been in the martial arts for 28 years and I've seen a lot of people have to either put their training aside to recuperate from an injury or quit the martial arts all together because of it. The closest I've ever been to getting injured was once I got kicked in the side of the head by another student that I did not realize I was sparring (he got lost in the rotation and just figured he'd attack me while I was sparring someone else) and he kicked me so hard I had severe neck pain for two weeks and could not turn my head. I've also been knocked out several times so I guess you could say I've had a concussion or two.

The three biggest injuries I've ever seen during training, which all happened while I was studying Tae Kwon Do, was a guy tearing his ACL during a front kick because he kept his base foot pointed at his target, one of the black belts get carried away during sparring and take a side kick that broke two rips and bruised his liver, and another young man who had to put his black belt test on hold because he broke his arm during a punch.

When it comes to doing martial arts techniques most systems teach you to keep your shoulders back and relaxed and keep your elbow in and pointed down. Not only is this the strongest way for you use your arm (allowing you to deliver more force during a strike) but it is a smaller movement that is harder for an attacker to see coming. There are a lot of advantages to keeping your elbow in and down, but a main one is it protects your arm from being broken during a punch or grab.

One thing that I noticed while studying Chinese Martial Arts and Ryuku Kenpo is that if they see you punching with a horizontal first and elbow pointed outward an arm break is one of the first techniques they will go for. One of the first lessons I had when I was a child starting martial arts was that you never wanted to punch like that. I asked my teacher why and he responded by making me hit a 100 lbs. heavy bag for a half hour. Once that was done he ask me how my arm felt and I responded that my wrists were a little tender and I could feel it in my neck. He explained that punching with a horizontal fist was a bad position for my wrist and that is why my wrist was sore and that soreness reached up to my neck and shoulder.

Next he had me put on some light gloves and told me to punch him full contact. I tried to punch him both a hard as I could as well as fast as I could and he stepped out of the way each time. After about 10 minutes he explained that punching that way naturally lent itself to raising the shoulder before the punch came so all your opponent had to do is move out of the way as soon as he saw your shoulder move.

Finally, he told me the biggest reason why you should not punch with your elbow pointed out is that if you run into a "real martial artist", especially if you go to China or Okinawa, and throw a punch like that they will snap your arm like it was a twig. He then showed me if you take a small step when the punch comes so it just misses, and then you bring your arms up and rotate towards the arm you will easily break their elbow if it is pointed outward (but not if it is pointed downward ). He said the primary techniques martial artist in China and Okinawa go for in a real fight are kicks to the knees and groin and strikes to the eyes and throat; but if they see you sticking your elbows out they'll back up a little and open themselves up for a punch so they can side step it and break your arm.

That is exactly what happened during that Tae Kwon Do class where the kid got his arm broken during a sparring session. He and another black belt candidate were sparring and when a right punch came the 2nd student stepped to the left side allowing the punching arm to miss and pass between his arms which here held in a boxing position and then the 2nd student rotated back to the right to throw a left punch to the 1st student's body. However, by pure accident, the wrist of the 1st student's punching arm got pinned by the right arm of the 2nd student which was up protecting his jaw and the sharp rotation caused the arm of the 1st student to stretch and the front of the 2nd student's left shoulder to slam into the back of the elbow breaking it.

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The Benefits of Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu became popular in Brazil in 1990, but it has it's origin in Japan. It was practiced there from the early 20th century. The Samurais used all the basic techniques of the art along with their weapons. It is considered as the mother of most of the martial arts like judo, aikido, karate and many others. Judo came into existence in the year 1892. It became famous in Brazil due to a Japanese master Mitsuyo Maeda. His disciple Carlos Garcia taught it to his four brothers who opened schools to teach the art to others.

Jiu Jitsu was shaped up by the youngest of the Garcia brothers-Royce. He was a person who had short height and had less weight too. He found it difficult to combat a huge built person. He modulated the art form after a lot of research work. His technique involved the usage of leverage in place of strength. Through this method, one can combat a man who has huge size and body weight by using the least possible effort. The art involves a lot of discipline, and there is no violence and brutality involved in it. The main objective is to fully use your opponent's size, strength and momentum to defeat him.

Jiu Jitsu is cooked one on one and it is cooked on the ground. You have to take your opponent to the ground and over power him / her by using either choke or manipulation. You have to utilize your opponent's aggression and strength to defeat him. More than strength, it depends on technique as the opponents either use joint locks, chokes and throws to pin down each other. If you take regular training of the art, you learn how to manage your time and how to coordinate it. After each class, a live demonstration is conducted where the students have to participate. This prepares you to face life.

Taking regular training in Jiu Jitsu, helps you in many ways, especially training with the Jiu Jitsu Gi. It provides you with a fit body and mind. Alongside this, you get a well toned body, proper fitness, agility and strength. It helps in increasing your level of confidence. It teaches you self defense, which improves your strength and level of confidence. It helps in controlling health problems like heart ailments and diabetes. It teaches you good values ​​and hits. The training helps in creating great bonds and trust, so making you a person with good character. It makes you ready to face life.

With the passage of time there has been change in techniques but the philosophy has remained the same. The art is divided into 5 categories and there is a colored belt for every category. On passing the first category you get the white belt after the passage of 2 years. This is a difficult one as you are not in control of your actions. The blue belt makes you more confident about your actions. The next category is that of the purple belt, it is now that you are capable of defeating your opponent without hurting yourself and your partner. It is now that you can develop a style of your own. You have to sharpen and develop your skills to get the brown belt. Finally you get the black belt which you get after 8-10 years, from here your journey in Jiu Jitsu begins. This is all done by training in your traditional Jiu Jitsu Gi.

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Advantages of Learning Martial Arts

Martial arts are popular as self defense tactics, to improve fitness levels, as well as enhance concentration. Women specially, benefit from learning these techniques for self defense, which are useful when they are travelling alone in secluded areas. If children learn these techniques early in their lives, they will benefit from increased confidence for the rest of their lives.

Depending on your goals, choose a martial art that suits you. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts call for high levels of fitness. If injuries or age are significant factors for you, avoid these. For instance, people with recurring neck injuries should avoid Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This sport calls for opponents to throttle you continuously from different positions.

Kickboxing involves less contact than Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In kickboxing you will need to stand and spar. Karate also does not involve much full contact sparring. Tae Kwon Do and Muay Thai are suitable if you want to enhance your punching skills.

Judo involves learning how to throw people to the ground. Some martial arts have underlying belief systems like Buddhism. Learning an art like this can benefit you spiritually, mentally, as well as physically.

Look for a suitable martial arts organization online. You should read customer testimonials, so that you know how satisfied previous clients were with the facility and instructors. Alternatively, you can ask friends, family, and colleagues for recommendations.

Check the experience level of the instructors. Visit the facility to determine whether it is well maintained. Confirm whether the schedule matches your requirements. The facility should be located close to you; otherwise you may feel lazy when it is time to attend class.

Check the size of the facility, the number of students in a class, and the number of sessions per week. In case you want one to one coaching, confirm whether the facility has that provision. Ask if there is a trial class available, so that you can see how comfortable you are with the techniques being taught.

You can consult the instructor in case you are unsure about which art is suitable for your needs. Sport and self defense being the two different motivations, choose a style which fits your lifestyle and needs. If you train hard, you may even be eligible to participate in tournaments.

Think carefully before you decide to learn martial arts. West Chester PA residents should look for a reputed organization imparting training of this nature in their area.

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BodyCombat 47 Review

BodyCombat 47 is the latest cardio non-contact combat sport from the les mills stable. By combining moves from all branches of combat, this class is all about technique and fatigue. But is BodyCombat 47 a good one?

1. Dynamite (Kritikal Mass Radio Edit) – Jason Born / Love The Way You Lie (KM Hands Up Remix) – Other Ego

The warm-up has a very nice beat to it and is a clear evolution from previous releases. Simple shuffles, hooks, crosses are combined in a soft exercise to warm-up the upper body. I like it.

The leg opener introduces a Kung Fu posture that is present throughout this release, a nice and intense move. I'm not particularly fond of the rap parts of the song but it's still a solid warm-up overall.

2. Let me hear you scream – Kartsy wolfbain

This song is all about Kung Fu and staying low to the ground – you kinda have to because the geography looks silly if you do not. Guideline in this song is the simple cross-move with front hand defense; the retracting while punching requires utmost concentration. Not a big fan of the song or the moves.

3. Make you mine – Lisa Lowe & bambam

Song 3 looks a lot like the one found in BodyCombat 46. A simple move intensifies until a big combo emerges containing hooks, crosses and jabs. The great tune makes this workout a pleasant one, but the constant repeats are boring, despite taking a noticeable hit on fatigue.

4. Fire – Scooter

Scooter is back in Les mills' BodyCombat and it's accompanied by amazing moves. The knee – jump knee – punch 3x is a fantastic move and fits the rhythm perfectly. I love this part of the class!

5. The warriors code – Dropkick Murphys

A little ought to the fine people over in Scotland. This song is all about cardio and core ribs, while being supported by musical pipes till the end. The "stand in a circle opposite each other" may not be for everyone's cup of tea but it does make the class more intense. Overall I find the song a bit too "screamy" and I'm not too keen on the circle idea either.

6. Feels like a prayer (clubstar remix ) – Meck ft. Dino

Rachael explains this song as the 3 Ks: kung fu, kickboxing and karaoke! And it definitely sums it up perfectly. The song is a nice break from the usual and the moves are great for recovery. Back kicks are present to spice things up, a very powerful move. The sometimes crowded choreography can upset an instructor's routine, so a high level of remembrance is required of teachers worldwide.

7. You're going down – Badlands Inc.

This song is all about finishing off a potential opponent. It's short but powerful and the "fatality" near the end is nothing short of amazing. Normally I despise songs like these but this time it works and feels pretty good.

8. Release me – Linzi Paul

Compared to last quarter's exercise this final battle feels easy. A lot of uppers are present here; an easy move for experienced combaters. On the flip side the song is pretty nice and it helps me to save strength for song 9.

9. Beautiful monster (full vocal la la sessica mix) – Mick lion

I love the core strengthening exercise in BodyCombat 47. It's all about doing the hover with little variations. After 1.30 minutes (!) The beats changes to introduce a set of 16 push-ups. Then, instead of enjoying a break, Les Mills wants us to go back into the hover for an additional minute and again 8 push-ups to finish it off. It's a tough one but the inspiring song makes it worth the struggle. Burn abs, burn!

10. Love the way you are – Bruno mars

A great song to stretch and relax, you made it! Personally I like the song but after 12 months of listening it does not offer any surprises.

All in all BodyCombat 47 is a great new release, especially the second part. Songs 4 and 9 are wonderful, but generally it seems a tad light on the cardio side, especially compared to release 46. And because of this combaters may approach this release with mixed emotion.

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Grappling in Mixed Martial Arts

Grappling is the controlling of an opponent through gripping and handling, without the use of striking. Grappling is a key element in ground fighting and clinching, both important aspects of mixed martial arts fighting, as well as other martial arts. It is not, in itself, a martial art, but rather a part of many different martial arts, such as judo and BJJ. Many people who are interested in MMA, especially in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC, are keen on learning grappling techniques.

Grappling is a series of moves and techniques that are designed to dominate an opponent without using blows. The three primary grappling techniques often used are throws, joint locks, and pins. Sweeps and escapes are also used.

Grappling can be divided into two categories – stand-up grappling, or clinching, and ground grappling. Usually, in martial arts competitions, the two opponents stand up when they face off at the beginning of a match. Stand-up grappling plays an important role in which opponent takes on the dominant role at the beginning of the match. Being a successful stand-up grappler is an important part of being a successful martial artist in the arts such as judo. Offensive grappling methods include throws, submission holds, and take downs. This is the type of grappling used in wrestling. Defensive grappling is concerned with escaping submission holds as well as pain-compliance holds. Pain compliance holds use joint lock or compression lock techniques, causing pain to a joint or a muscle. These holds should only be done under supervision.

Ground grappling moves are used when both competitors are on the ground. A key element in ground grappling is positioning and gaining dominance. It is important to gain dominance once on the ground, to avoid a submission hold or a pin hold. The dominant grappler will want to use a submission hold on the other fighter, while the other fighter is concentrating on escaping the submission hold. These positions can switch quickly and both competitors need to be well educated and well practiced in these techniques.

Grappling techniques are very important to learn when studying mixed martial arts. It is nearly impossible to be a successful MMA fighter without mastering both the stand-up and ground grappling techniques. Practicing these techniques through the study of Brazilian or Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a very effective form of training. Training by studying either freestyle or Greco Roman wrestling is effective as well.

Since learning to be an effective grappler is an important part of mixed martial arts training, it's important to choose a MMA school in Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC that has a strong emphasis on grappling. Look for one that teaches BJJ. Once you find a school that offers this, talk to some of the teachers and members of the classes. Ask questions about how effective the training is and how rigorous. Make sure the school meets your needs and wants as a MMA. Be careful to choose a school that allows you to progress at your own rate and does not throw you into situations where you are uncomfortable. Choose a mixed martial arts school where you feel comfortable and you share a sense of community.

Want to learn the various techniques of grappling? Why not try, Lloyd Irvin's, Mixed Martial Arts Academies. They offer a 30 day free trial program on any of the MMA programs and have classes in the Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC area.

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Jiu-Jitsu White Belt Checklist

Comprised below is a list to help out anyone that is interested in beginning their training in BJJ. Following these guidelines will help to make the progression to the next belt rank easier and quicker. This checklist can be applied to GI and No GI training.

Commit to Drilling
The specific warm up and technique drills are trained to perfect the movements. Rolling will become much more enjoyable when you have taught your body to instinctively react when transitioning and defending.

All you need is the basics
Everyone focuses on doing the acrobatic and difficult moves, but they should actually be concentrating on securing the high percentage and basic techniques that work. How do you think the top-level guys got so good? They have a deep understanding of the fundamental techniques and how to build more advanced movements from them.

Train regularly
Try not to become one of the people who start strong and then hardly train after a few months. Create a plan and stay with it. Use good judgment and give your body time to rest and adjust to the routine.

Put your time in rolling
In order to get the most from rolling, you need to combine positional rolling with live training. Do not treat the rolling in class as a competition. Use it effectively and understand that it is not about submitting every opponent. Train the positional rolling to work on the positions your weak at and start from the knees to cover all positions.

Focus on Escapes
Knowing the finer points to escapes comes down to putting in your time and training from a bad position. Your confidence will grow as you become more proficient with your escapes and your game will change overnight.

Spend time on your guard
Most of the time spent rolling involves playing a guard game. You can establish a good guard game and gain the added benefit of flexibility by focusing on leg circles and effective hip movement. Work on defending and maintaining the guard to set up your sweeps and submissions. Train the open guard as well as the closed to make your transitions more efficient when getting passed.

Study Jiu-Jitsu
Anything you do in BJJ has a reason and it is important for you study and understand the technique, not just learn it. Having a good grasp of the tactics and theories to the moves will allow you to make quicker improvements in your game.

Learn from everyone
An open mind will enable you to make amazing strides in your game and find solutions too many of your training problems.

Be an effective training partner
You will get nothing accomplished in Jiu-Jitsu, it is a martial arts that requires a partner to learn the techniques and positions. Being a good training partner will save you a lot of time and energy.

Leave your Ego at the door
Eventually you will TAP or someone will get the better of you. Do not get disappointed, take it as a learning experience.

Have fun with it
You have to make your time spent training BJJ fun. Once training becomes a chore, it will come to an end. Stay dedicated, set goals, and put in the effort, but do not focus on the next belt level as the only criteria. Keep drilling and rolling and enjoy the time spent with new friends.

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Two Popular Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Chokes

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an extremely popular martial art. This exiting grappling game involves the usage of leverage techniques to overcome the opponents. This sport is basically inspired from Judo, an old Japanese martial art. New innovations were brought to this sport by the Gracie family of Brazil. They were the ones who launched the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Some of the choke-holds used by Brazilian Jiu Jitsu players are also used by samba players and catch wrestlers. Some of the most popular chokes used in this wonderful sport are:

Rear Naked Choke- This choke is used extensively in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Due to its effectiveness, it is also known as the lion-killer. In order to perform this choke, you have to control the back of your opponent. You should always be in a dominating position with respect to the opponent’s back. You could get stuck in a damaging ankle lock, if you cross your feet inside your opponent’s hips.

The first step is to slide your right hand beneath your opponent’s chin and bring the chin under the crook of your elbow. The second step is to hold your left bicep and keep the thumb tight against your fingers. The next step is to control the head of the opponent by your left hand.

This is how the rear naked choke is accomplished. This choke, if performed effectively prevents the flow of blood to the brain thus rendering the brain unconscious.

Guillotine- This is probably the second most popular Brazilian Jiu Jitsu choke-hold. It is different from the rear naked choke as it is conducted from the front side. Mostly this choke-hold is exercised when the opponent attempts the take-down strategy. When your opponent attacks you, you should press your chest towards the back side of his head.

The next step is to slide the right hand beneath the opponent’s chin while trying a headlock. Keep the palm of the left hand against the backside of your right hand. The base of your right thumb should placed in a manner that it controls the opponents windpipe. You have to make sure that his head remains under your control. Increase the pressure on the neck by positioning on legs on the rival’s torso and apply the choke. This choke is extremely painful as it stops the breathing of the opponent.

While applying different chokes, you have to take in to account various factors like the strength of the opponent.

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Current MMA Fight Organizations and Promoters

Mixed Martial Arts(MMA) is one of the fastest growing sports in world, however, many people still don’t know anything about it. The biggest fight promotion in the world would have to be Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). This is what many people think of when they hear about MMA. However, to the more devote MMA fans, UFC is just one of the many fight organizations.

It can be confusing to the lay person, especially now. The UFC just merged with its sister fight promotion the WEC. When it first started the WEC had all of the normal fight weights. Though over time it was whittled down to the very little guys that fought in the 135, 145, and 155 pound weight classes. With the addition of the WEC into the UFC, the UFC will now have two more weight classes. They will also be able to see if some of the best in the 155lb division are really the best or will be challenged by the WEC fighters.

This is not the first merger for the UFC. A few years ago they merged with Pride Fighting. Pride Fighting at the time was a Japanese fighting organization. They also did MMA, though some of their rules were a little different. For example, they fought in a ring, allowed striking in the head when one fighter was standing and the other was on the ground and their time limits were set up a little different. Many times fighters that got cut from the UFC would go fight in Pride or Pride fighters would come and fight in the UFC. Since their merger there is no Pride Fighting anymore.

These are not the only fight organizations out there today. Strikeforce and Bellator are just a few of the bigger organizations out there. Strikeforce and the UFC have been known to not get along. This is because their fighters are under contract to only fight for their promotions. When joint ventures have been suggested, things have not worked out so well for either side. It is not uncommon for fighters to jump organizations when their contracts are up.

The only downside of this is that the fans don’t get to see some of the top fighters in the world compete against each other. All they will be able to do is argue back and forth who the better fighter is. Overall, this is good since it fosters a healthy competition between the fight promotions.

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Source by Nick Samuel