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The Half Guard and Guardless Guillotine Chokes

For the next few weeks we will be focusing on the Guillotine Choke. I’ve had more changes of opinion concerning this technique than perhaps any other. I’ve gone from simply noting it as a possible option/threat, to considering it a total asset, back to being casually aware of it and then back to thinking that it’s the cat’s meow. No other move has had the ability to reinvent itself to me as the Guillotine.

It’s such a simple move but just when you think you’ve got it pegged you come across a different variation, a small tweak, a different way of using it. It’s like the duct tape of submission holds. And here is a real beauty demonstrated by my good friend and CSW coach, Brandon Kiser.

I’d like to note a couple things here. You will often find us demonstrating or sharing unconventional techniques on this site and our youtube profile (www.youtube.com/TakingItToTheMMAT). This is not because we value the unconventional approach more than the conventional. It is not because we think these techniques are any better or higher percentage than the basics. Our position is that our viewers should be training under qualified instructors who should be more than capable of presenting and teaching the basics and traditional methods. And there are plenty of resources where more information can be found concerning these.

Our hope is that we can share some ideas that may not be so readily available and or give our viewers food for thought concerning possibilities they may not have otherwise considered.

Erik Paulson’s Michael Jackson Kick

I can’t remember exactly where or when Sensei Paulson shared this little beauty with us. I was at least 3 or 4 years ago. Either way, it’s been one of my favorites ever since. It is especially useful against MMA Cavemen who don’t study much in the way of striking.

You know the type. The guys who spend hours in front of a heavy bag, slugging away as hard as they can, and proclaim that their boxing or kickboxing skills are pretty solid. They’ve never seen anything like a “Michael Jackson Kick”. And they’d be damned if they ever spent any time working on a traditional Karate kick like the Front Snap Kick.

This is the answer my friends. The patented Erik Paulson STX (Savate Thai Boxing Cross Training) Kickboxing “Michael Jackson Kick”.

Wooooooh!

Michael Jackson executes the kick at 2:38. I taught him that move.

The Anatomy Of The Liver Shot

Fight Doctor Mark Cacciamani talks about the anatomy of the Liver, where it is located and how to find it. Brian “Dr. Sick” Yamasaki discusses various methods of attacking the Liver in a MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing or Self Defense situation.

Escapes From North South Position

Former Bodog Fighter Kaycey Uscola demonstrates the “Sit Out” and “Far Side Knee Tap” Escapes to the Front Headlock – North South Position. Notice, Kaycey is executing this escape before his opponent locks in the dreaded Anaconda or Darce Choke.

Tsubo Point Submission Set Ups

Ben “The Blitzkrieg Badger” Jones demonstrates his favorite Tsubo Points for taking the Kimura and Rear Naked Choke, aka Mata Leo.

Brachial Plexus Cutter

CSW Coach Brian Yamasaki shares a Brachial Plexus Cutter Submission from the Cross Overhook in Guard.

Body Lock Suplex

Coach Chris Wells completes his takedown Trifecta (aka the Wellian Menage-A-Toire) with the body lock suplex counter to the Judo hip throw (O-Goshi). This is a one of a kind look at a beautiful takedown technician. For more information on seminars and workshops with Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and takedown specialist Chris Wells, please contact Mushin Self Defense at instructor@mushinselfdefense.com

Spiral Takedown

The Head Takedown Instructor and Pedro Sauer BJJ Black Belt, Chris Wells of Unified Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu shares the first of a series of three takedowns which, when used together form the foundation of a very high percentage, low risk takedown game. Coach Brandon Kiser and Khru Brian Yamasaki both credit Chris with being the driving force behind their approach to takedowns.

Thai Pad Holding Technique, Drills and MMA Considerations

Brian Yamasaki and Brandon Kiser cover the basics of the Muay Thai Round kick. They explain the details of the kick, provide a basic drill and demonstrate an MMA Heel Lock Counter to when the kick is caught.

Filmed on location at the Mushin Self Defense Gym in Bountiful Utah, this is episode 2 of the Taking It To The MMAT TV series aired on Utah’s Comcast On Demand.