Jiu Jitsu Concepts: Collapsing The Structure

Nic Gregoriadis talked about this concept and I decided to implement it in my game. Sometimes it works really well and at other times it doesn’t as with all techniques. Reading and thinking about different Jiu Jitsu concepts will provide you with a different view point of looking at your game and will definitely improve it.

The whole idea behind this concept is that the opponent is depended on you providing him with a rigid and tense structure to work with. Which is your body. To not give the opponent something to work with you will “collapse the structure”

For Example: In spider guard your opponent relies on you for resistance in order for their grips and leg positioning to work. If your structure is too strong and rigid you give your opponent something to work with. But if you relax just at the right moment and start to step back, this in turn takes away your opponents leverage points and grip strength. When you are sparring and you notice that you’re giving your opponent a structure he’s relying on for leverage try collapsing it and see what happens. When doing this you need to respond quickly to an either good or bad position. I did this in training last night and it worked really well against an armbar attempt. But like I said timing is everything. So be careful and make sure you have it down just right.

If it leads you to a bad position evaluate what you could’ve done better or just scrap the concept for that position. If it leads to a good one take note and look to perfect it for the next time. There is always room for improvement.


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Mouthguard and why keeping them clean is IMPORTANT

I have been involved in mixed martial arts for a very long time. Fighting professionally a few years now and keeping my mouth guard clean is one of my top priorities…well amongst keeping my other equipment clean as well such as my groin protector 🙂 anyways moving on

We are going to stick to a mouth guard for sports not a night guard although some of the techniques here could be used for that as well.

Your mouth guard needs to be kept properly cleaned! I cannot stress this enough. It will save you many visits to the dentist. A dirty mouth guard may lead to: growth of bacteria and yeast/fungus. This is BAD.

Dental professionals recommend that persons who wear mouth guards follow these gudelines:

  • Avoid biting and chewing the mouth guard, as this may create indentations where bacteria may grow
  • Always brush and floss teeth thoroughly before and after wearing the mouth guard
  • Keep all mouth guards separate from other sporting equipment or accessories to minimize the risk of contamination
  • After every use, wash the mouth guard with lukewarm, soapy water (very hot water may distort its shape)
  • Before replacing the mouth guard into its case, soak in mouthwash to prevent bacteria growth
  • Ensure that the mouth guard’s case is ventilated to prevent mold growth inside
  • Never share a mouth guard with another person

Consequences of improper cleaning techniques:

  • Tooth decay
  • Recession of gums
  • Gum disease
  • Oral lesions
  • Bacterial infection, which may cause fever, nausea, wheezing and diarrhea
  • Staph infections, which may spread to the lungs and heart



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Keeping your composure while getting hit

A few days ago after about 10 solid round of sparring a few of us dead tired were sitting down and chatting about what it takes to keep your composure in MMA, boxing, and other combat sports. Keeping your composure is crucial to performing at the elite level because you keep your mind from panicking and in turn can think and focus on the task at hand. A panicked mind cannot think! Fighting is very mental. More so than physical. I learned this in my 5 years as a pro and 10 years training martial arts.

Now losing sucks! We all know this. All your hard work blood, sweat and pain that you put yourself through could disappear in a second. Especially in a sport where anything can happen. Don’t allow this to happen especially if you can avoid it by keeping your composure. Below are just a few steps that may help you in keeping your composure at stressful times.

  1. Keep your eyes on your opponent and avoid the instinct to flinch:  Never close your eyes and hope your opponent is going to disappear or stop punching you. If he or she smells blood…you’re done. Keep your guard up and keep looking at your opponent. Don’t flinch your eyes. This is something that is learned through practice, it may be difficult at first because your body isn’t used to it yet but you’ll get a hang of it. Remember you cannot fight back if you don’t know whats going on.
  2. Move: Bob, duck, weave. Make your opponent guess where their next target will be. Don’t be someones punching bag. Always have your opponent guessing!
  3. Drill: When you drill boxing enough you will get used to punches being thrown at you and even getting hit once in a while. You might even start to enjoy getting punched once in a while…that comes with years of experience…we fighters are an odd bunch but anyways back to business with enough drilling you will learn how to remain steady and focused in the fight.

Initially your reaction will be “WOW did I just get hit in the face!?!?”  if you have never been punched in the face but you will realize over time and as you gain more experience that punches don’t really hurt that much….well sometimes they do but for the most part they’re just annoying.



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Jiu Jitsu: To Gi or NOT to Gi

to gi or not to giMixed Martial Arts or MMA is a synthesis of a combination of different martial arts that come together to what is known today as MMA. The UFC was created in the beginning by the Gracie family to showcase that Jiu Jitsu is the deadliest form of martial art and the most effective. They proved without a doubt that to step into the cage and get out in one piece you needed to know Jiu Jitsu. Jiu Jitsu, MMA, and the UFC has grown tremendously in popularity since the inception of it.

All of my professional career wins came by submission so I have tremendous respect for Jiu Jitsu as an art. In my last fight you can see the effectiveness of the ground game against a tough opponent. Click Here to view it.

Anyone considering MMA has to understand that you need to have a solid grasp of the ground game if you are to walk out of the cage intact. This is of course taking into consideration that your opponent is proficient in the ground game as well. If you both don’t know it…well anything can happen then.

Being a professional MMA fighter you hear mixed reviews and feelings in regards to training in the gi. Some swear by it others want nothing to do with it. Personally myself I enjoy. I try to get my Jiu Jitsu training with the gi at least 2 times a week. MMA athletes have alot of plates to spin. Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, Boxing, Muay Thai/Kickboxing, Sambo etc are all part of our weekly routine striving to be the best in the world at what we do. Putting the gi on after a 2 sessions each day can seem alittle discouraging because you think to yourself “im not going to use this in my fight why should I put it on?” but putting that gi on is a very worthwhile activity.

Implementing the gi into your training regime is MORE MAT TIME!  More mat time is alot better then sitting on your couch eating chips and watching tv. Much like boxers holding weights in their hands when they shadow box to make their punches quicker, the extra weight of wearing the gi will make your technique alot tighter and your strategy will change. In gi training explosive movements are not as common as in no gi and you have to rely on your technique and skill set alot more. From personal experience I have noticed that my no gi game gets alot better after a few weeks of training in the gi.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Train hard and enjoy life 🙂 




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Its always important to try even if it means failing

Everyone is scared of failure. I’ll be the first to admit it that it scares me too at times but you have to get over it. That’s the important thing in accomplishing your goals. Getting over that fear of failure. Easier said then done I know.

I have failed quite a few times. My first Muay Thai fight at 16 I got TKOed…complete failure right there right. Yes and no. You learn alot from failure. It also says a ton about your character when you can get up, dust yourself off and go back to trying. Because if you don’t try then you never know if you will ever succeed. If you don’t try, you will just stay stagnant with absolutely 0 progress. Fast forward to know I became a professional MMA fighter and am loving my career choice. This is because I didn’t choose to stay down and defeated. Get out of your comfort zone. If you don’t get out of that cushy nice comfort zone you will stay stagnant. No progress. Stay where you are.

The timing will never be just right. Trust me on this. If you want something go and get it. Want to start a business? I think that is the best idea you have ever had. Don’t be scared. Just trust me on this. Nobody knows everything in life when starting something. Key word there is STARTING. Be smart, take calculate risks, be persistent and believe in yourself.



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My last fight March 5th 2014 at Wednesday Night Fights in Montreal, Quebec

I’m back from my last fight and wow what an amazing experience. The whole time there was extremely positive. The vibe and energy of the whole trip was amazing. My opponent was a great guy and we both got prepared for our battle. We did our work and hugged afterwards like true athletes do. 

The promoters and organizers of the event did an amazing job on putting on a quality show in a full attendance arena. Anyways I don’t want to bore you with my writing anymore below you will see the weigh in video and video of my fight. Enjoy 🙂


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Positive Self Talk

In any type of undertaking you need positive self talk at all times. Job interview, competition, exam etc you always need to tell yourself that you are going to do great and that you feel great.

From a fighters perspective, a few days prior to a fight all fighters go through weight cuts. Now this involves very little fat in your diet…actually nevermind it is the skinny anorexic models diet! haha but ok all jokes aside its a pretty shitty time. Especially because you cant eat what you want to eat and whatever you are eating you cannot have too much of it. Anyways its a ton of pressure on your mind and your mood will take a killing in the process. A simple fix. Positive Self Talk! A very simple exercise of just saying positive sentences to yourself. These sentences could be as simple as “I am feeling great today!” Thats it!

This has had profound effects on me the past few days. It may seem alittle odd at first but believe me it will change your whole day.

One positive thought in the beginning of your day will determine how the rest of your day goes.

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