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Tito Ortiz, MMA Legend Retires – Learn English with Slow News

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One of the projects I have been working on is to teach people how to speak English (as well as Spanish). I have been creating videos to help people with the language and I decided to cover Tito Ortiz with my latest one. For almost 20 years I have watched Tito Ortiz and I am amazed that he has fought that long. He has been entertaining and a pillar in the MMA community. To check it out click the link:  Tito Ortiz, MMA Legend Retires .

You can read Bakari’s books: Grappling 101: How to Avoid being Bullied on the MatPsychology of Brazilian Jiu-JitsuGrappling Games: BJJ & Submission WrestlersTapmonster: Ideas about Grappling for BJJ and Submission WrestlersGrappling for Newbies20 Ways to Increase Grappling Skills off the MatThe Lazy Man’s Guide to Grappling and much more.

Mixed Molly Whoppery – You Need This!

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I have found the best Mixed Martial Arts podcast/show ever. These past few years it has been very hard to listen to MMA shows. They are ubiquitous, they all cover the same content and there is very little originality in subject and delivery.

However, I stumbled upon one of the coolest analysts out there and hardly anyone knows about him. His podcast, Mixed Molly Whoppery, has slick production, strong content and smooth delivery. And the best part, he sounds like he is out of a Robert Dinero movie. It is like having Robert Dinero or Joe Pesci break down the world of MMA for you.

Yet, the level of knowledge is not like something you would hear from a guy off the street, an MMA fan or an MMA analyst on TV. This guy has levels. He goes 6ft deep with his analysis and you feel as if you are smarter after listening to him. The people who do know about his Youtube page go crazy over his posts in the comments section.

If you are a fan of MMA but are tired of MMA analysis you could do yourself, this is your guy.

Bakari is the author of Grappling 101: How to Avoid being Bullied on the MatPsychology of Brazilian Jiu-JitsuGrappling Games: BJJ & Submission WrestlersTapmonster: Ideas about Grappling for BJJ and Submission WrestlersGrappling for Newbies20 Ways to Increase Grappling Skills off the MatThe Lazy Man’s Guide to Grappling and much more.

Bang! Bang! Building Cardio for Jiu-Jitsu

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Just sitting here in my garage, watching a BJJ DVD video and typing up my training for today. 🙂

Today I worked on legs and cardio.

My lungs were really working with the kettle bells. I like that and will probably use them more, especially since I have read a few studies that say kettlebell workouts give you the best bang for your buck.

I don’t know about my choice of words there, but I am only talking about working out.

Wait…

Here’s the workout (20 min):

30 sec jog/30 sec quick stretch

Jump rope – 3 sets – 100 (regular)

Jump rope – 1 set – 100 (kick outs)

Body weight squats – 12 reps

Body weight calf raises – 24 reps

Jumping Jacks – 100 reps

Dead lifts – 135 lbs -5 reps

Dead lifts – 135lbs – 6 reps

Calf raises – 135 lbs- 24 reps

Kettlebell calf raises – 40 lbs – 1 set left/1 set right

Kettlebell Swings – 40 lbs –  2 sets

Kettlebell Goblet Squats – 40 lbs – 1 set

Quad extensions – 35 lbs – 2 sets

Stretching – 4 min – quads, hamstring, calves and lower back

Peace!

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Check out my grappling books on Amazon: Grappling 101: How to Avoid being Bullied on the Mat, Psychology of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Grappling Games: BJJ & Submission Wrestlers, Tapmonster: Ideas about Grappling for BJJ and Submission Wrestlers, Grappling for Newbies, 20 Ways to Increase Grappling Skills off the Mat, The Lazy Man’s Guide to Grappling and much more.

The Comeback…

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I have been out of the lifestyle for a while and it is time for me to return. A few weeks ago, I made a promise to myself and told my wife that I am going to start training, but now I need to go public.

March 18, 2016 – I will rejoin a BJJ academy.

Oh yeah, I am bringing someone with me.

I am also going to sign my daughter up for training. She will be nearer four years of age (than not) by that time so we are going to go together.

Why March 18th?

A couple of things.

I am getting ready to move. I don’t want to join a new place and sign a contract and have to leave in three or so months. However, in March we will be close to our moving date and I will have a 10 day break during this period where I can sign up, train a little and prepare for the eventual move to our new location and new academy.

Also, I can’t just jump back into training as before, for a number of reasons. I am just feeling 100 percent from an over-training  injury to my shoulder, which affected my chest, tricep and forearm as well. This two week episode was scary for me and I realized that I can’t just jump into hard training. I have to ease back into it and sensibly.

When I was taking Judo as a 24 or 25 year old I remember a guy came in who was 41. He was gung-ho and game, but he hadn’t done any serious training (in anything) for a while. He made it through the warm-up, but injured his knee before the first drill was over. He never came back.

Now, I am not this man. I have grappling experience and I have been exercising during my 2 year hiatus, but I still put on weight during this time and I have not trained specifically to deal with the rigors of grappling. I need to prepare to get back on the mat. I am 42 now, which isn’t old, but I need to pay attention to preparation, rest and recovery.

My hips aren’t as flexible, my legs feel tight and I don’t feel as limber as before. I also need to amp up my endurance (anaerobic and aerobic) and work on some basics before I go back.

Unlike my daughter, who sometimes sits in the splits when she plays with her dolls, Daddy has to work toward readiness. However, I have a number of ideas to get prepared and will be sharing them as I get ready over the next couple of months.

Okay then…

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Check out my grappling books on Amazon: Grappling 101: How to Avoid being Bullied on the Mat, Psychology of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Grappling Games: BJJ & Submission Wrestlers, Tapmonster: Ideas about Grappling for BJJ and Submission Wrestlers, Grappling for Newbies, 20 Ways to Increase Grappling Skills off the Mat, The Lazy Man’s Guide to Grappling and much more.

My first taste of Grappling – On the streets (tongue in cheek)

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My first experience with grappling didn’t occur in a BJJ academy in the 2000s. It didn’t even occur in my first Judo class in the 1990s. It happened in 1981 in Tallahassee, FL when I was in the fourth grade. But before I jump right into my first fight with a grappler let me set the scene.

I was a student at Oak Ridge Elementary School and this was back in the days when corporal punishment for students was still considered okay.

My fourth grade teacher was Mr. Walker and my parents requested that I be in his class. I was an honor roll student, but I tended to finish my work quickly and then talked or bothered other students, or at least that is what my teachers claimed. Mr. Walker had a reputation for using a one and a half-inch thick paddle that had been carved and designed for maximum speed and efficiency. He didn’t send kids to the principal. The principal sent kids to him. In his class I was one of his main targets and had to come up to the front of the class quite a few times so he could paddle me, —— in front of everybody.

The reason that I bring this up is because we had a new kid come to our school and he quickly joined the ranks of bullies that roamed the playground during recess. So as you can surmise I was in an unsafe environment. I didn’t feel safe with my teacher, many of the students, and as you will see later on, the principal either.

I also didn’t feel safe because I hated bullies and would usually end up in a conflict with them because I was a little loud and didn’t know how to keep my mouth shut. Well, let me amend that, I was really loud. My eighth grade P.E. teacher told me I was the loudest kid he ever taught. (But he was a bastard so I took his criticism with a grain of salt.)

Getting back to the new kid; he was a short guy and stocky for his age. He also had a mean streak. Within a week he had beat two kids up. But he didn’t just beat kids up. He systematically destroyed them. This wasn’t a bully who picked on others because things weren’t right at home type of bully. This was a guy who had been trained to hand out punishment.

When he fought the two kids on the playground the fights started out as any other normal playground fight. They began with the bully bullying and then the other kid deciding not to back down. They squared up and then that’s when the scene deviated from the standard script. The short bully would dive down and grab both of his victim’s legs and lift them up in the air. (I now know that it was a double leg takedown.) As the surprised kid scrambled to get to his feet the bully punched him square in the forehead. Before the fights could continue a teacher broke them up, both times.

Word got around quickly that the four foot tall new kid was not someone to be toyed with. But that didn’t matter because from the looks of things it looked like he was the dog and we were the chew toys. I don’t remember exactly how much time passed between the attack on the second kid and our altercation, but I remember how our scrap went.

I was playing basketball with my friends Willis and Jason and he sauntered onto the court and demanded to play. He didn’t ask, he demanded. No one said anything so I told him he couldn’t play and to, essentially, ‘kick rocks.’

He came right at me. I threw the basketball down and I don’t know how I did it but I put him in a headlock and ended up with a sleeper hold that I had seen slapped on by wrestlers like Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair and the Road Warriors. We collapsed to the ground and I held on tight. I had the bully in full control.

I am going to be honest with you, knowing what I know now, I would have put that fellow 8 or 9 year old to sleep. But since I learned the sleeper hold, which is basically the Rear Naked Choke, from watching television and having my brother slap it on me endlessly on Saturday afternoons, I had one arm loosely around his neck with my hand gripping my other arm’s bicep and the other arm and hand holding onto his head at the top. I didn’t know that I could have slid my hand down the back of his head for the choke.

As I held on the kids around the playground began running in our direction.

“FIGHT!” “FIGHT!”

I began eyeing everyone rushing up and soon there was a substantial crowd gathered around us. I was holding my own against the new schoolyard bully. As I did not know what else to do after getting that hold I just held on for dear life. He couldn’t escape. If only I knew about hooks. As some of the kids began to recognize that he couldn’t get out of my TV inspired death clutch they began to get bored. They didn’t care about my wellbeing so some began to say let him go and start over.

“No,” I shouted!

“Let him go!” “Start over!”

What was wrong with them. This wasn’t a f***g video game, even though they weren’t popular at this point.

But the pressure began to mount. I guess I felt like the refs do in an MMA match or better yet like Cecil “stand-em-up” Peoples because I caved and let him up.

Why did I do that? He jumped up and we circled each other.

Remember what happened to those other kids.

In a millisecond, he grabbed both my legs and lifted me up into the air and I fell on my butt. I scrambled to my feet just like the other kids and he punched me solidly in the forehead.

Oddly, it didn’t hurt but I still wish I knew BJJ technique then. Don’t jump right back up into the punch.

After he socked me in the forehead, out of nowhere there was the teacher who grabbed him by both arms from behind. Where in the hell was she two minutes ago when I had him in my weak, but saving me from danger sleeper hold? Further, who taught him that double-leg? —- I bet he had a good run until the eighth grade.

Anyway, there was no way any of us kids knew how to deal with that. I didn’t even have sense enough to remember his technique to make it my own. It did, however, teach me my first lesson about grappling.

*Oh yeah, by the way, we were dragged to the principal’s office and were both paddled for fighting. The cycle was complete.

Check out my grappling books on Amazon: Grappling 101: How to Avoid being Bullied on the Mat, Psychology of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Grappling Games: BJJ & Submission Wrestlers, Tapmonster: Ideas about Grappling for BJJ and Submission Wrestlers, Grappling for Newbies, 20 Ways to Increase Grappling Skills off the Mat, The Lazy Man’s Guide to Grappling and much more.

In MMA, does a smile (at the face-off) mean you will lose?

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According to a study conducted by Michael Kraus and David Chen (via BPS Research Digest), MMA fighters who smile at the “pre fight” matchups are “more likely” to lose their fight.

Coders for the study were asked to assess whether fighters were smiling during their pre fight matchups (without knowing the fighters or the outcome of the bout). Then the researchers studied UFC statistics and found that the smiling fighters were more likely to lose their fights. The results were not major, but enough to question if the findings have merit.

According to the BPS Research Digest, fighters who bared their teeth were “more likely” to be:

1) “Knocked down”

2) Wrestled to the mat; and

3) Hit more times

The fighters who hadn’t smiled were “more likely” to “excel and dominate” according to the BPS Digest article.

The article also stated that people who bet on fights tend to favor the non-smiling fighter as well. The researchers posit that smiling is a cue to the other fighter that you are submissive, lack aggressiveness and lack hostility.

I find this very interesting and wonder if it also applies to BJJ and submission grappling by default.

What are your thoughts?

BPS Article: Smiling Fighters are More Likely to Lose

Check out my grappling books on Amazon: Grappling 101: How to Avoid being Bullied on the Mat,  Grappling Games: BJJ & Submission WrestlersTapmonster: Ideas about Grappling for BJJ and Submission WrestlersGrappling for Newbies20 Ways to Increase Grappling Skills off the MatThe Lazy Man’s Guide to Grappling and much more.