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Building Elite Confidence the Georges St-Pierre Way

Building Elite Confidence the Georges St-Pierre Way

Georges St-Pierre is one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. It’s a reputation that has taken many years of diligence and persistence to establish. In his career, St-Pierre has earned a 26-2 ledger, avenging each of his losses. During that span, he won a historic nine consecutive title defenses in the UFC’s welterweight division and went on to be only the fourth person to hold a belt in two separate weight classes. He claimed that distinction after beating Michael Bisping at the end of 2017 for the middleweight title. In all his success, it wasn’t just physical prowess that made it possible. It has been a deliberate effort by St-Pierre to concentrate on building an elite level of confidence and focus. St-Pierre is adamant about the importance of confidence when competing. Confidence, he explains, is like a credit card. You can have all the money in the world, but if you don’t have a way to access that money, it can’t help you when you need it. Even if you possess a world-class level of athleticism and skill, without confidence you can’t access that potential when you’re in a fight. Circling back to St-Pierre’s credit card metaphor, in essence you’re wealthy, but with no access to what’s in your bank. Confidence acts as a credit card to access the ability. As simple as it sounds, there must be something in the bank to withdraw. In this case, confidence without ability creates a disconnect. If you are confident when you enter a fight, but you don’t have the skills gained through training, you’re in trouble. By changing myself from the inside out, I changed my environment as well. As a child, St-Pierre was bullied, which led him to pursue a form of self defense. During that tough period of his life, he would walk with his head down and his shoulders up high, making him a target for bullies. But as he began to develop skills through martial arts, there was a marked change and the harassment faded. He wants others to learn from his lessons and the first teaching is: Fake it until you make it. Outwardly present confidence and it will permeate in several ways. He pointed out, be more confident in your posture, change the way you walk and talk. Make eye contact while talking to others and shake hands firmly. There are elements of that notion he carried with him into the MMA world. He said he puts on a mask before each fight, allowing him to escape into a state of confidence. He explains humans are very similar to animals. Predatory animals seek out prey that appear weak. By putting on this proverbial mask, it allows the wearer to disguise any weakness, while gaining a positive change in how one is treated. That will, in turn, allow feelings of confidence to settle in. “What martial arts gave me is the confidence,” St-Pierre said. “I knew that I knew how to defend myself and … it created more confidence in me. I knew I needed to put on a mask because when you play poker or you’re going to fight, you can’t show your weakness. By changing myself from the inside out, I changed my environment as well.” For him, having that confidence mixed with his martial arts ability held a direct correlation to his MMA career. Visualization is another key component in fostering a new level of confidence. St-Pierre urges people to always imagine yourself achieving your goal, whether it’s winning a tournament or beating an opponent. Do this as much as possible. Negative thoughts are natural and can creep in at any moment, but it’s important to visualize turning the match around before it’s done. Doing this ensures you see yourself winning consistently before there is even a fight. “I act like it’s impossible for me to fail,” St-Pierre said. Once inside the cage, St-Pierre, like most professional athletes, has incorporated an excellent level of focus. He is able to ignore the unimportant commotion, while honing in on the necessary information in a fight. For instance, during a bout St-Pierre is able to pay attention to the time left in the round, the advice of his corner, and even the advice of the opponent’s corner, all while contending with an adversary in front of him. The ability to process what is happening with a detailed level of focus can allow a person to avoid an overload of information. You’re able to block out the crowd noise or how you were feeling earlier in the day. Instead, you’re keeping pace with the task at hand. Developing that focus comes in two forms that work in conjunction with the other. The first is to have a simple, well-rehearsed game plan. And secondly, focus only on things that you can control, ignoring what you can’t. According to St-Pierre, it’s imperative to have a clear, simple, and practiced gameplan to focus on during a match. One point of focus for St-Pierre against Bisping was to “Stay all the way in or all the way out.” It was a simple plan, allowing for a clear direction. More importantly, there was no way that psyche could be clouded through overthinking. In the lead up to a fight, only focus on things inside your control, while eschewing those things that can’t be controlled. Thoughts on headaches, how you slept the night before or the opinions of others, to name a few, should be jettisoned. What you should focus on is the execution of your well-rehearsed game plan. These are all things that helped a kid, once the victim of schoolyard bullies, transform into one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. Georges St-Pierre | Versatile Georges St-Pierre | Versatile 2019-11-06 Peter Lee Thomas | Warrior In A Garden Peter Lee Thomas | Warrior In A Garden 2020-01-01 Seeking Sobriety Led to Muay Thai Seeking Sobriety Led to Muay Thai 2019-12-12

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Fabio Holanda | An Architect of Confidence

Fabio Holanda | An Architect of Confidence

The pathway to gaining a sufficient level of confidence in Jiu Jitsu has a deliberate pattern — at least it does to Fabio Holanda. Holanda, the head instructor at Brazilian Top Team Canada and a black belt since 2001, began to pick up on those cues as a teenager in Brazil and later as a young adult in Montreal, Canada. “I started to coach [when] I was a blue belt,” Holanda said. “My coach … I used to attend his class and after, was one of my friend’s classes and then I had my class after. So I always trained with my coach and then I taught after.” Known in the Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts world as “Mastermind,” Holanda points to several dots that connect, undergirding what it takes to become confident in the martial art. First, there must be consistency when it comes to training. A student has to be dedicated to the sport and practicing on a regular basis. Naturally, apprehension will be there, especially for those new to Jiu Jitsu, but as drilling and techniques become ingrained, a student will then begin to believe in themselves and their skills. As that experience builds, so does the rank and belt color. And as a Jiu Jitsu player’s rank elevates, so does their role on the mat. In Holanda’s system, those with blue belts and higher teach. It’s a method he incorporated after moving to Montreal in 2004. Shortly after his arrival, Holanda began training at the Montreal Wrestling Club with coach Victor Zuberman. “He was like, as a coach, my idol,” Holanda admitted. “He had a system there.” That system at the wrestling club was simple: Grapplers with a higher level of experience were paired with those who had less time on the mat. From there, it became a give-and-take exchange. Knowledge and technique were shared and eventually perfected, helping both wrestlers. When you’re helping someone, it helps you to concentrate on the details. At BTT Canada, headquartered in Montreal with multiple locations in the country, blue belts teach white belts, purple belts teach blue belts and below, brown belts teach purple belts and below, while black belts teach brown belts on down. “When you’re helping someone, it helps you to concentrate on the details,” Holanda said. “When I started to teach as a blue belt, I’d go to my coach’s class and I would really focus on what he was saying because I wanted to send the message exactly the same. That makes you more technical because you have to help the others. …. Any of my black belts can teach anywhere.” Holanda admits occasionally he hears complaints about the repetitive nature of the system. Some call it boring, but their tune changes when it’s their time to play the role of instructor. “As soon as they start to teach, they go, ‘Oh my God, it’s so good,’” he said with a laugh. “The system is so good because it really helps to teach.” Speaking of being taught lessons, Holanda’s introduction to Jiu Jitsu came in an eventful way. He admits to having an affinity for fighting as a kid and in 1994, friends in his northeast Brazilian town of Natal, convinced him to come to a Jiu Jitsu class. Both were already blue belts. As he was waiting for class to begin, Holanda and one of those friends were already on the mat. It was then his friend put him a triangle choke and began to laugh. “I’m like why are you laughing? I still can punch you from here,” Holanda said. “So he actually choked me out cold. Then I woke up. I was very impressed and at the same I was like, man, I was fighting without knowing those things. I just want to learn that.” Although his initial thought was to apply those skills to the fighting he was doing in the street, his mindset quickly changed and the unofficial fights stopped. Once Holanda received his black belt in 2001, he moved to Rio de Janeiro where he lived and trained at the Brazilian Top Team facility. Established in Rio de Janeiro in 2000, Brazilian Top Team (BTT) founding members include: Murilo Bustamante, Ricardo Libório, Mário Sperry and Luis Roberto Duarte. While there, Holanda coached and competed in tournaments. He continued competing once he moved to Montreal in 2004. During his career on the mat, Holanda won numerous tournaments, including: Brazilian Northeast Championship, 2004 NAGA (New Jersey), Quebec City’s Brawl at the Old City, Brazilian Championships, Brazilian Northeast Championship, RN State Championships, and more. He also ventured into professional fighting, garning a 6-6 record in those sanctioned bouts. Holanda also served as Jiu Jitsu coach for 2014’s The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia. So how did he gain that “Mastermind” monicker? It came courtesy of a manager of MMA icon Georges St-Pierre and former professional mixed martial artists Patrick Cote (23-11 pro MMA record), and Jonathan Goulet (former pro MMA fighter that went 23-12 overall, including four wins in the UFC). “All those guys used to train under me, so their manager gave me that nickname, the Mastermind, because I’m always making the game plan,” he said. Part of that game plan, no matter the level of experience, is to keep things simple. An example of that came during a major tournament in 2003 where one of his students qualified for the finals. As the bout to determine his student’s opponent was about to start, Holanda told his pupil to rest, while he scouted the match. Holanda noticed the eventual winner constantly used a collar drag with his right arm. He later told his student to be mindful of the collar drag and to pass on his opponent's right side, neutralizing the move. The student listened, later scoring 2 points on a double-leg takedown, which led to a 2-0 victory. “That’s why I say sometimes, Jiu Jitsu is like life. It’s simple,” Holanda said. “We make it complicated. You always look to complicate everything that we do, so it’s the same thing with Jiu Jitsu. You make it simple: Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, get your position, don’t lose your points. Stay in a safe position.” It’s in that same simplicity confidence can be found. Just be prepared to commit, learn and teach. 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The Machado Method

An in-depth look at Jiu Jitsu basics by Carlos Machado (8th Degree Coral Belt).

Strategies To Break Tough Guards

Strategies To Break Tough Guards

The Break Down:   In this video, Master Carlos Machado discusses strategies to break your opponent's guard, all while preserving your stance. Machado covers how to pass the guard from a low stance using the handcuff approach to neutralize the arms, and his Shakey-Shakey method from a high stance to utilize the momentum and force you to have from your height. He also shows how to avoid takedowns and omoplatas when you’re in the V-grip. Goal: Break the guard Base position: Closed guard (top)Grips: Handcuff Sign Up For Jiu Jitsu News About the series: Carlos Machado and Hayabusa are collaborating on this series to bring you techniques never seeing outside of highly exclusive seminars before. Master Machado is a Coral belt with 51 years of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The techniques and teachings in this series are suitable for all levels and they solidify fundamental skills that will automatically improve your game and experience when practicing. About Carlos Machado: Carlos Machado 8th Degree Coral Belt Jiu Jitsu Master About the Gear: Carlos Machado is wearing: Pearl Weave Ultra-Light Gi Hayabusa Rashguard(long sleeve). Michael Tremblay is wearing: Pearl Weave Ultra-Light Gi Odor Resist Compression Rash Guard (long sleeve)

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The Fundamentals Of Passing The Guard

The Fundamentals Of Passing The Guard

The Breakdown: Stance, pressure, and control, are the fundamentals of passing the guard according to Master Carlos Machado. He’s serious about passing the guard without actually ‘passing the guard’. He believes that if you focus on these 3 elements, your opponent's guard will “melt”. He also describes a couple of really interesting concepts: The surfer stance and The zombie head tilt. Goal: Stance, pressure, and controlBase position: Guard, open guard Sign Up For Jiu Jitsu News ABOUT THE SERIES: Carlos Machado and Hayabusa are collaborating on this series to bring you techniques never seeing outside of highly exclusive seminars before. Master Machado is a Coral belt with over 51 years of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu experience. The methods and teachings in this series are suitable for all levels, and they solidify fundamental skills that will help to improve your ground game. About Carlos Machado: Carlos Machado 8th Degree Coral Belt Jiu Jitsu Master ABOUT THE GEAR: Carlos Machado is wearing: Pearl Weave Ultra-Light Gi Hayabusa Rashguard(long sleeve). Michael Tremblay is wearing: Pearl Weave Ultra-Light Gi Odor Resist Compression Rash Guard (long sleeve)

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Sweeps & Attacks From The Guard

Sweeps & Attacks From The Guard

The Breakdown: “If you miss a sweep, you get a choke, if you miss a choke you get the sweep”, says Master Carlos Machado. In this video, he explains a full system of how to problem solve sweeps from the guard on several types of opponents. From there he explores attacking from mount and problem solve if you miss the choke.   Goal: Sweep any body type and stance and attack from a mount. Base position: GuardGrips: Double sleeve, sleeve, and collar.Sweeps: Narrow base, wide base, and leaning forwardChoke: X choke from mount and guard Sign Up For Jiu Jitsu News ABOUT THE SERIES: Carlos Machado and Hayabusa are collaborating on this series to bring you techniques never seeing outside of highly exclusive seminars before. Master Machado is a Coral belt with over 51 years of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu experience. The methods and teachings in this series are suitable for all levels, and they solidify fundamental skills that will help to improve your ground game. About Carlos Machado: Carlos Machado 8th Degree Coral Belt Jiu Jitsu Master ABOUT THE GEAR: Carlos Machado is wearing: Pearl Weave Ultra-Light Gi Hayabusa Rashguard(long sleeve). Michael Tremblay is wearing: Pearl Weave Ultra-Light Gi Odor Resist Compression Rash Guard (long sleeve)

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Dominate The Open Guard With The Surfer Stance

Dominate The Open Guard With The Surfer Stance

The Breakdown: “The surfer stance is a great method to maintain your balance and increase the pressure once you have broken your opponent's closed guard”, says Master Carlos Machado. This stance allows you to dominate one of your opponent's shins using your knee, which allows you to put pressure on the hip and start melting the guard. Once you begin the surfer stance, you also have the opportunity to explore the wrestler, alligator, or knee stacking passes. Goal: Control the open guard pass using the surfer stance.Base position: Open guard (top). Sign Up For Jiu Jitsu News ABOUT THE SERIES: Carlos Machado and Hayabusa are collaborating on this series to bring you techniques never seeing outside of highly exclusive seminars before. Master Machado is a Coral belt with 51 years of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu experience. The methods and teachings in this series are suitable for all levels, and they solidify fundamental skills that will help to improve your ground game. About Carlos Machado: Carlos Machado 8th Degree Coral Belt Jiu Jitsu Master ABOUT THE GEAR: Carlos Machado is wearing: Pearl Weave Ultra-Light Gi Hayabusa Rashguard(long sleeve). Michael Tremblay is wearing: Pearl Weave Ultra-Light Gi Odor Resist Compression Rash Guard (long sleeve)

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The 101 Guard Retention Tool

The 101 Guard Retention Tool

The Breakdown: The “What ifs” when you are going for a sweep. When you go for a sweep from guard you will give your opponent the opportunity to post his leg and stand up. Watch Master Carlos Machado provide troubleshooting and techniques on how to avoid losing the sweep and bringing the opponent back into your guard. Watch the full video where he shows the sweeps below.   Goal: Establish the 4 points of contact to not lose control  Base position: GuardGrips: Sleeve and collarSweeps: Using the momentum from getting an opponent back in your guardChoke: X choke with both grips on the collar or one collar one wrinkle   Sign Up For Jiu Jitsu News ABOUT THE SERIES: Carlos Machado and Hayabusa are collaborating on this series to bring you techniques never seeing outside of highly exclusive seminars before. Master Machado is a Coral belt with over 51 years of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu experience. The methods and teachings in this series are suitable for all levels, and they solidify fundamental skills that will help to improve your ground game. About Carlos Machado: Carlos Machado 8th Degree Coral Belt Jiu Jitsu Master ABOUT THE GEAR: Carlos Machado is wearing: Pearl Weave Ultra-Light Gi Hayabusa Rashguard (long sleeve). Michael Tremblay is wearing: Pearl Weave Ultra-Light Gi Hayabusa Metaru Rash Guard (long sleeve)

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Ground Fighting Series

Neil Melanson, the Ground Marshal, demonstrates techniques that can be used in a variety ways with devastating effect.

Ground Fighting Series: Attacks Inside The Guard

Ground Fighting Series: Attacks Inside The Guard

In this video, Neil Melanson explores attacks inside the guard and teaches a simple, yet underused toe hold technique that will certainly expand your toolkit. ABOUT NEIL MELANSON Neil Melanson, the grappling coach at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, specializes in Jujutsu, catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. His style is born in the hybrid Hayastan Grappling System, which combines elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu as well as Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Melanson has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt). Throughout his career, Melanson has trained some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, including: UFC Hall of famer Randy Couture, three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee and Goran Reljic, among others.

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Ground Fighting Series: Kimura Trap Misdirect

Ground Fighting Series: Kimura Trap Misdirect

Neil Melanson, known to legions of fans and grapplers as The Ground Marshal, goes back to the basics in this episode. Watch as he explores using the Kimura grip, misdirection, your legs and hips to finish your opponent. Often, you’ll hear Neil say: "Improvise, adapt and overcome." We believe that’s the perfect mindset to adopt while sparring and training. ABOUT NEIL MELANSON Neil Melanson, the grappling coach at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, specializes in Jujutsu, catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. His style is born in the hybrid Hayastan Grappling System, which combines elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu as well as Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Melanson has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt). Throughout his career, Melanson has trained some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, including: UFC Hall of famer Randy Couture, three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee and Goran Reljic, among others.

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Ground Fighting Series: Peruvian Neck Tie for MMA, No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, and Grappling

Ground Fighting Series: Peruvian Neck Tie for MMA, No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, and Grappling

In this video, Neil Melanson first describes his three-finger grip technique and why he’s convinced it's a superior grip in certain situations. He later shows how that three-finger grip can help with his gnarly variation of the Peruvian Necktie. Finally, Melanson gives some great advice on how you can be innovative with your techniques. ABOUT NEIL MELANSON Neil Melanson, the grappling coach at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, specializes in Jujutsu, catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. His style is born in the hybrid Hayastan Grappling System, which combines elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu as well as Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Melanson has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt). Throughout his career, Melanson has trained some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, including: UFC Hall of famer Randy Couture, three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee and Goran Reljic, among others.

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Ground Fighting Series: Belly Down Float — Countering The Frame

Ground Fighting Series: Belly Down Float — Countering The Frame

Neil Melanson, known to legions of fans and grapplers as The Ground Marshal, explores countering the frame by utilizing misdirection. In Episode 2, he covers a technique called ‘Belly Down Float’ where he leverages the misdirection he creates in order to finish the attack. Melanson also covers some important topics when it comes to the ground game. For instance, how to manage the space between you and your opponent. Or simple, but smart tricks to keep control when executing these kinds of techniques. Before the session wraps, he also explores a couple variations of what he taught, making this a must see video. Now, it’s your turn. Practice this technique and let us know how it works for you. Never stop learning! ABOUT NEIL MELANSON Neil Melanson, the grappling coach at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, specializes in Jujutsu, catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. His style is born in the hybrid Hayastan Grappling System, which combines elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu as well as Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Melanson has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt). Throughout his career, Melanson has trained some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, including: UFC Hall of famer Randy Couture, three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee and Goran Reljic, among others.

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Ground Fighting Series: Armbar from the Shoulder Pin — No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, Grappling

Ground Fighting Series: Armbar from the Shoulder Pin — No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, Grappling

Neil Melanson delves into his philosophy on fighting off your back and shows a very tight armbar from his shoulder pin position. This video also includes key details on getting to and maintaining the shoulder pin position. ABOUT NEIL MELANSON Neil Melanson, the grappling coach at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, specializes in Jujutsu, catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. His style is born in the hybrid Hayastan Grappling System, which combines elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu as well as Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Melanson has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt). Throughout his career, Melanson has trained some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, including: UFC Hall of famer Randy Couture, three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee and Goran Reljic, among others.

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Ground Fighting Series: The Snare — for MMA, No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, Grappling

Ground Fighting Series: The Snare — for MMA, No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, Grappling

If you love grip-based moves on the mat, you’re going to enjoy this episode as Neil Melanson explains how to execute 'The Snare.' This move can develop during a session when your opponent won’t allow you to position their arm toward the outside of the mat. It can lead to what Melanson calls a Rev-Four, or Reverse Figure-Four. As always, practice this technique and let us know how it works for you. Never stop learning! ABOUT NEIL MELANSON Neil Melanson, the grappling coach at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, specializes in Jujutsu, catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. His style is born in the hybrid Hayastan Grappling System, which combines elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu as well as Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Melanson has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt). Throughout his career, Melanson has trained some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, including: UFC Hall of famer Randy Couture, three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee and Goran Reljic, among others.

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Ground Fighting Series: Promo — No Gi, Grappling, MMA

Ground Fighting Series: Promo — No Gi, Grappling, MMA

ABOUT THE SERIES Neil Melanson has perfected a simple and easy to implement catch wrestling technique that works wonders for any grappler in No Gi or MMA disciplines. Not only will his style help improve your technique, but it will also boost your strategy. ABOUT NEIL MELANSON Neil Melanson, the grappling coach at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, specializes in Jujutsu, catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. His style is born in the hybrid Hayastan Grappling System, which combines elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu as well as Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Melanson has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt). Throughout his career, Melanson has trained some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, including: UFC Hall of famer Randy Couture, three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee and Goran Reljic, among others.

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Ground Fighting Series: The Irish Collar — Triangle and Hammer Lock - No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, Grappling

Ground Fighting Series: The Irish Collar — Triangle and Hammer Lock - No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, Grappling

In this episode, watch as Neil Melanson takes you through multiple closed guard submission setups using his Irish Collar position. He also provides great details on finishing the triangle, regardless of how you set it up. ABOUT NEIL MELANSON Neil Melanson, the grappling coach at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, specializes in Jujutsu, catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. His style is born in the hybrid Hayastan Grappling System, which combines elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu as well as Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Melanson has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt). Throughout his career, Melanson has trained some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, including: UFC Hall of famer Randy Couture, three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee and Goran Reljic, among others.

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Ground Fighting Series: Back Take from K-Control — No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, Grappling

Ground Fighting Series: Back Take from K-Control — No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, Grappling

Watch as Neil Melanson teaches you the intricacies of the K-Control, a technique named after his coach, Karo Parisyan. In this episode Melanson demonstrates how he uses K-Control to take his opponent’s back. You’ll see how the move can be helped by your opponent’s forward pressure, which Melanson explains helps create your next move. Don’t force it, feed off of what your opponent is giving you. ABOUT NEIL MELANSON Neil Melanson, the grappling coach at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, specializes in Jujutsu, catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. His style is born in the hybrid Hayastan Grappling System, which combines elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu as well as Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Melanson has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt). Throughout his career, Melanson has trained some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, including: UFC Hall of famer Randy Couture, three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee and Goran Reljic, among others.

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Ground Fighting Series: The High Elbow Guillotine — No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, Grappling

Ground Fighting Series: The High Elbow Guillotine — No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, Grappling

In this episode of our Ground Fighting Series, Neil Melanson shows some awesome details on how to finish the High Elbow Guillotine using correct hand and forearm positioning. Additionally, Melanson touches on the correct body position for optimal performance of this nasty choke. These details make a huge difference for getting and finishing the high elbow guillotine. ABOUT NEIL MELANSON Neil Melanson, the grappling coach at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, specializes in Jujutsu, catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. His style is born in the hybrid Hayastan Grappling System, which combines elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu as well as Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Melanson has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt). Throughout his career, Melanson has trained some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, including: UFC Hall of famer Randy Couture, three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee and Goran Reljic, among others.

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Ground Fighting Series: The Manly Choke — Guillotine variation from Half Guard Top for No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, Grappling

Ground Fighting Series: The Manly Choke — Guillotine variation from Half Guard Top for No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, Grappling

Neil Melanson takes you through a variation of the arm in Guillotine from Half Guard Top. The move is a great counter when your opponent, in the bottom position, attempts an underhook, while sitting up. Don’t miss the great details in this video on hand and wrist position for the person attacking. ABOUT NEIL MELANSON Neil Melanson, the grappling coach at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, specializes in Jujutsu, catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. His style is born in the hybrid Hayastan Grappling System, which combines elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu as well as Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Melanson has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt). Throughout his career, Melanson has trained some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, including: UFC Hall of famer Randy Couture, three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee and Goran Reljic, among others.

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Ground Fighting Series: Switch D'Arce — A Different Setup To The D'Arce Choke

Ground Fighting Series: Switch D'Arce — A Different Setup To The D'Arce Choke

Using misdirection, Neil Melanson takes you through a different set up to get to the D'Arce Choke from side mount. The D'Arce Choke is often used as a counter to an opponent in the bottom position attempting to escape by using the far arm underhook. Melanson shows us how to attack using the near arm from a great side mount holding/control position. Now, it’s your turn. Practice this technique and let us know how it works for you. Never stop learning! ABOUT NEIL MELANSON Neil Melanson, the grappling coach at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, specializes in Jujutsu, catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. His style is born in the hybrid Hayastan Grappling System, which combines elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu as well as Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Melanson has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt). Throughout his career, Melanson has trained some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, including: UFC Hall of famer Randy Couture, three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee and Goran Reljic, among others.

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Ground Fighting Series: How Did You Get The Nickname ‘The Ground Marshal’

Ground Fighting Series: How Did You Get The Nickname ‘The Ground Marshal’

Neil Melanson, known to legions of fans and grapplers as The Ground Marshal, sat down with Hayabusa and told us how he got that nickname. Take a look and enjoy. Don’t forget to subscribe and follow us on all of our social media platforms. ABOUT NEIL MELANSON Neil Melanson, the grappling coach at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, specializes in Jujutsu, catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. His style is born in the hybrid Hayastan Grappling System, which combines elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu as well as Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Melanson has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt). Throughout his career, Melanson has trained some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, including: UFC Hall of famer Randy Couture, three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee and Goran Reljic, among others.

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Ground Fighting Series: Why Should You Wear Compression?

Ground Fighting Series: Why Should You Wear Compression?

If anyone understands the importance of wearing compression while rolling, it’s Neil Melanson. He’s been hospitalized five times after cuts he’s sustained on the mat have become infected. In this episode, Melanson explains why it's so important to wear compression when practicing MMA, grappling and Jiu-Jitsu. ABOUT NEIL MELANSON Neil Melanson, the grappling coach at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, specializes in Jujutsu, catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. His style is born in the hybrid Hayastan Grappling System, which combines elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu as well as Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Melanson has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt). Throughout his career, Melanson has trained some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, including: UFC Hall of famer Randy Couture, three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee and Goran Reljic, among others.

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Ground Fighting Series: The Snare — for MMA, No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, Grappling

Ground Fighting Series: The Snare — for MMA, No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, Grappling

If you love grip-based moves on the mat, you’re going to enjoy this episode as Neil Melanson explains how to execute 'The Snare.' This move can develop during a session when your opponent won’t allow you to position their arm toward the outside of the mat. It can lead to what Melanson calls a Rev-Four, or Reverse Figure-Four. As always, practice this technique and let us know how it works for you. Never stop learning! ABOUT NEIL MELANSON Neil Melanson, the grappling coach at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, specializes in Jujutsu, catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. His style is born in the hybrid Hayastan Grappling System, which combines elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu as well as Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Melanson has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt). Throughout his career, Melanson has trained some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, including: UFC Hall of famer Randy Couture, three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee and Goran Reljic, among others.

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Ground Fighting Series: Modified Twister for MMA, No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, and Grappling

Ground Fighting Series: Modified Twister for MMA, No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, and Grappling

Neil Melanson opens the video by dropping great wisdom about maintaining and attacking from the back. He uses the double underhooks from the back, setting up the Figure Four body lock to coax your opponent into a modified twister position. Although the submission would work great for straight grappling, it works even better in an MMA scenario, where you can use strikes to advance the position. ABOUT NEIL MELANSON Neil Melanson, the grappling coach at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, specializes in Jujutsu, catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. His style is born in the hybrid Hayastan Grappling System, which combines elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu as well as Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Melanson has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt). Throughout his career, Melanson has trained some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, including: UFC Hall of famer Randy Couture, three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee and Goran Reljic, among others.

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Ground Fighting Series: Triangle Choke/Spine Lock from Butterfly Guard — No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, Grappling

Ground Fighting Series: Triangle Choke/Spine Lock from Butterfly Guard — No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, Grappling

Neil shows a very unique setup to the triangle choke from the butterfly guard. If the triangle choke fails, Neil shows how to carry on and finish with either a shoulder lock or a spine lock. ABOUT NEIL MELANSON Neil Melanson, the grappling coach at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, specializes in Jujutsu, catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. His style is born in the hybrid Hayastan Grappling System, which combines elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu as well as Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Melanson has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt). Throughout his career, Melanson has trained some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, including: UFC Hall of famer Randy Couture, three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee and Goran Reljic, among others.

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