Verbal Tap

Old At Heart

Old At Heart

"I had the opportunity to train with a jiu-jitsu newb the other day (a youngin somewhere in the age of 21-25 years young), who had solid movement and guard retention skills. I was able to pass his guard a couple times (just narrowly), but I was impressed with the solid foundation he has already strung together in his relative short time practicing BJJ. At the end of the roll I tried to compliment his technique, but he shot it down, shook his head and said, 'if you were younger you would have absolutely murdered me.'

It was a nice compliment (I think)"

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."

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."

VERBAL TAP (Episode 188)

VERBAL TAP (Episode 188)

"Raf's Recollection | On this week's episode, not only do we discuss the results ofOvert/Under Kevin: UFC 202, but we take an in-depth look at the big fight between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.

Along the way, we respond to some internet trolls, the controversial decision that has caused a bit of a bitter divide on social media, and even discuss some of the future implications."

Sober Reflections: UFC 202

Sober Reflections: UFC 202

"What we got in yesterday's main event was a clash between two highly charismatic antiheroes who gave the fans an excellent demonstration of what the fight game is all about.  In short, it was a gift from the Fight Gods and one that we will likely be talking about for many days, if not weeks, months or years to come."

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.