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“MMA U” Articles for December 2009

Gi or No-Gi? That is the Question...

By Jonathan Stamey (December 10, 2009)
Posted in College of BJJ

A facebook friend posed this question to me. Below is his full question and my response. Forgive my grammer and punctuation I just wanted to post it as is. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts in the comments or twitter or facebook or wherever you’re reading this…I’d like to know your opinions!

_Hello Jonathan, this is Anwar, I read your info that you post here on Facebook quite often and was wondering if you woul… (Read more)

The Two Principles of Half Guard

By Jonathan Stamey (October 28, 2009)
Posted in College of BJJ
Half Guard

Whether it be after a takedown or by guard pass, sometimes you’ll end up in what’s called the half guard.

It’s when you’re only able to capture one of your opponent’s legs. Control over one leg is better than control over, well, NO legs.

There are a couple different ways to maintain the position and prevent him from passing both legs, but I think below is the most common.

Half Guard Principles

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How to Throw the Perfect Left Hook

By Jonathan Stamey (December 08, 2009)
Posted in School of Boxing
Dan Hardy's Left Hook KO

Without a doubt the hook is the most difficult punch to learn how to throw. Reason being that a hook thrown correctly involves a bunch a moving parts. The more parts you have to move in a coordinated fashion the easier it is to screw it up.

Maybe it’s difficult to learn, but taking the time to add it to your repertoire will make your fights so much easier.

The Perfect Left Hook

The hook is a punch m… (Read more)

BJJ Blackbelt Stephan Kesting Outlines the 6 Main Grappling Positions

By Jonathan Stamey (November 30, 2009)
Posted in College of BJJ
A Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

A while back I had an opportunity to get Stephan Kesting of BeginningBJJ.com on the phone so he could highlight the 6 main grappling positions for us MMA beginners.

I think before you even step foot on a mat you should at least have a decent idea of what you’re trying to accomplish.

There’s no better place to begin than with a basic understanding of … (Read more)

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