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Category: Ground Fighting

Five Critical Concepts for Mastering Close Quarter Combat

Five Critical Concepts for Mastering Close Quarter Combat

When learning self-defense, you learn a lot of techniques, weapons, and skills that make up the system you are studying. Of the many techniques you learn, which ones are really the most important for close quarter combat? If you’re serious about learning how to protect yourself using the techniques you learn, then you need to Read More

The Benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

The Benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Be A Complete Fighter There are many types of martial arts out there and I have studied over 15 of them in my 35+ years of experience in martial arts, even earning black belts in five of them. Currently, I study Krav Maga, an Israeli Martial art taught to the Israeli military; Pekiti Tirsia Kali, Read More

Clinch Assessment By Mark Hatmaker

Clinch Assessment By Mark Hatmaker

Traditional Styles The over-under clinch is the big dog of clinches in MMA and competitive submission grappling and for good reason–we’ll get to why in a mo’, but first a little on why we see so little of three other major clinches: the traditional Boxing Clinch, the Collar & Elbow (C & E) clinch, and Read More

The 6 Factors Of The Perfect Armbar – Mark Hatmaker

The 6 Factors Of The Perfect Armbar – Mark Hatmaker

The armbar whether applied top-body, cross-body, or from underneath is one of the top three finishers in both MMA and submission-only grappling. (As a matter of fact it’s almost a neck-and-neck tie with the rear-naked choke.) The armbar is a tool that all competitors should be familiar with inside of 30 days of stepping on Read More

Prison Fighting Style Takedown

Prison Fighting Style Takedown

“Fair fighting” is for the ring and the matte.  In the prison system, the only rule is don’t snitch. You have to “man-up” and fight for yourself.  There’s no other choice. On the street, an attacker is NOT going to give you a fair fight.  They are gonna do whatever is necessary to overpower you. Read More

Easy Takedown Recovery Technique

Easy Takedown Recovery Technique

Don’t Be Stuck On The Ground If you follow my blog or own any of my products you know that the ground is a dangerous place to be. In fact, every single fighter I work with would much rather fight on their feet if they had the choice (even the guys who consider themselves great Read More