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The Five Reactions To Watching Gabi Garcia Fight

The Five Reactions To Watching Gabi Garcia Fight

"Gabi Garcia is the subject of much discussion on the internet.  It seems that people are equal parts impressed by and scared of the way she dominates her opponents.

In the world of jiu-jitsu, her size has often overshadowed discussion of her technical skill -- perhaps as a response to a resume that shows Garcia has won just about every major accolade in the gentle art there is to win."

INTERVIEW: Garry Tonon (Post-EBI 8, 9/11/16)

INTERVIEW: Garry Tonon (Post-EBI 8, 9/11/16)

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While I always come in with a set of questions and game plan for what I'd like to talk with him about, all that gets thrown out the window once I see how the conversation plays.  The result is a bit of jiu-jitsu improvisational jazz.  And the thing that truly makes it work is that Garry doesn't take himself too seriously.  

What you see on camera is the way Garry acts off-camera."

PROFILE: The "People Who Train" Project

PROFILE: The "People Who Train" Project

"This is perhaps one of my favorite photos for the podcast.  It perfectly captures the way that Kevin and I interact on the show, while also giving you a perfect indicator of the sense of humor that makes our podcast unique.

Of course, this photo didn't take itself.  It came compliments of our friend Mik Millman, the Romulo Barral black belt behind the People Who Train photo project."

Sober Reflections: UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett

Sober Reflections: UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett

"Stop me if you've heard this one.  Heavyweight gets poked in the eye, ref fails to see it, heavyweight's opponent sneaks in a quick uppercut, heavyweight gets a moment to collect self, captures his opponent's arm into a double wrist lock, sweeps, works to mount and secures the finish via rear naked choke."

Sober Reflections: UFC on FOX 21

Sober Reflections: UFC on FOX 21

"There are others with great jiu-jitsu, but perhaps no one who makes it look easier.  And so tonight, we saw Maia give the UFC slight pause with their intention to put Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson as the first offering for newly crowned welterweight champ, Tyrone Woodley.  

And like the true martial artist and respectful guy he is, Maia told Brian Stann in his post-fight interview that he'd patiently wait his turn."

Hybrid Success Challenge, Day 5

Hybrid Success Challenge, Day 5

John has been my instructor for over four and a half years and knows my game better than just about anybody. I asked him to identify a few areas I could stand to work on over the next 25 days.

Also, I agreed to let him speak about me for forty seconds without interrupting him -- which, as many of you know, can be a struggle for me. 

How Gordon And Keenan Hit A Home Run For Submission Only, No Time Limit Grappling

How Gordon And Keenan Hit A Home Run For Submission Only, No Time Limit Grappling

So yeah, it sucks that in a day and age where AJ Agazarm can Robin Hood streams on his social media that we might not be able to see Keenan's moneymaker of a face, but who cares, you've seen what his face looks like before.  

The majority of us can care less about the pixelation and are just there to steal the transitions and submission set ups anyway. 

Rest Days

Rest Days

 "Hey Raf, I think it's cool that you're doing this, but have you built in rest days into this at all?"

The following inquiry comes from one young Eric Medina of The Los Angeles Jiu-Jitsu Club.  As I work up my reassuring answer ("yeah, of course I'm going to build in some rest days"), I also can't help but remember that this happens to be my seventh straight day of training jiu-jitsu when he asks me this question

Hybrid Success Challenge, Day 4

In the video below, I confront one example of trying to replicate Justin Rader's snap down double leg take down.  When I saw him do it on the video, I thought it might be a nice option for my style of wrestling.  I thought (and I don't say this often), "oh, I might actually be able to do that one." 

The results below, however, proved otherwise.