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Brazilian jiu jitsu technique of the week # 2: rear naked choke using the arm trap. ( variation 2) . Expanding on last week's arm trap, this weeks arm trap is a little more unorthodox but just as effective. Want the details ? Come take a class from me. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsubasics #brazilianjiujitsublackbelt #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #mastermindmartialarts #mastermindbjj #jiujitsuforlife #bjjbasics #bjj #bjj👊 #bjjlifestyle #bjj #techniqueoftheweek #backtaking #rearnakedchoke #armtrap

Found an old interview from 2010 with a friend of mine, former UFC middleweight Mark Munoz. At the end of this interview, he thanks all of his training partners who helped him prepare for his fight against kendall grove. And among the list of mma royalty that includes Fabrico Werdum, Antonio Rodrigo nogueira, junior dos Santos and few members of the Gracie family, he found time to thank the only unknown guys helping him train, me and my friend Tom Bunbury @thomasbritishbodyguard . It was such a pleasure to help Mark train for that fight and the fact that he emerged victorious made it that much sweeter. That is the kind of guy Mark is, loyal and super nice. Definitely the nicest guy ever in MMA and one of the nicest in the world regardless. @mark_munoz , you're the best! Miss you my friend. #mastermindmartialarts #markmunoz #markmunozufc #markmunozmma #loyalty #friendship #trainingpartner #nicestguyever

Great training this morning at #MasterMindMartialArts ! I remember when Sensei Daniel starter JuiJitsu, so awesome to see him in his own studio! Thanks Daniel!

This is @riseagainbjj, @seanrobertsbjj and me after training this morning. While we all have trained frequently with each other over the years, this is the first time since we all competed against each other back in May 2009 that we all have been on the same mat at the same time with each other. Today was a lot of fun. And while we have all improved a lot since 2009, the results today we're pretty much the same. For me anyways. Lol. Thanks For the training you guys. We will do it again soon. #brazilianjiujitsufamily #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsublackbelt #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsulife #jiujitsu #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjjforlife #bjjfamily #bjj4life #ralphgraciechinohills #mastermindmartialarts #trainingbuildsbonds #trainingbuddies #trainingpartners #grappling

Congrats to my student of the week: Mikayla. She's one of the newer students in my class but she has been learning fast and is very helpful to the newer students in class. Her ability to learn and adapt to the new techniques she is learning is awesome to see. I'm very proud of her. Excited to see where she will be in six months. #kidsbjj #kidsboxing #kids #kids❤️ #kidskickboxing #kidsmuaythai #kidsmartialarts #kidsjiujitsu #kidsclasses #kidsclass #boxingkids #kickboxingkids #jiujitsukids #brazilianjiujitsukids #mastermindmartialarts #kidsarethefuture

Another "Big guy" open mat today. Each guy in this pic is 240lbs or higher. It's so rare that guys our size have others the same size to train with, so today was a real treat. We exchanged techniques and ideas and we all learned something new, which is the whole point of training. Of course, any one if any size is welcome to come and train at my gym, we are definitely not limited to big guys. #jiujitsu #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsulife #jiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsu4life #bjj #bjjlife #bjjlifestyle #bigguybjj #bigguyjiujitsu #openmat #grappling #mastermindmartialarts

This is me and my friend/mentor Emilio today after training. I've known Emilio for many years now. Very time I've trained with him, I always walk away having learned something new about myself. As a teacher/trainer myself, I'm very good at breaking down mechanics and weaknesses of those around me. When I'm around Emilio, I always learn little technical details that I am missing in my game. Little details that make all the difference. He noticed my breathing was off while drilling techniques today, something that I hadn't noticed myself at all. I appreciate the smart critiquing on his part, be sure it will make me better. Thanks again Emilio. Leta train again soon. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsublackbelt #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjj4life #bjjforlife #bjjblackbelt #tinguinhabjj #mastermindbjj #mastermindmartialarts #teaching #detailsmakeallthedifference

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After training last night, I noticed my belt on the mat and decided to take a picture. After Being a black belt for 5 years now, I still get excited to step on the mat and train, the thought of learning something new and refining what I already know excites me a lot. Coming up through the belts in jiu-jitsu, it's easy to stay motivated because there is always the next belt to look forward to. Once one reaches black belt, the motivation can go away because black belt is the one belt we have forever. And there is really no next belt to set a goal for. So for many , once they reach black belt, they tend to lose motivation, that has never been the case with me. Just one look at my belt in this picture is motivation enough for me: my black belt has nearly turned white through years of training in it. White belt is the beginning belt, signifying many years of learning and discovery ahead. Even at black belt, that is still the case. #bjjforlife #bjjlifestyle #bjj #bjjlife #bjjblackbelt #jiujitsu #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #jiujitsublackbelt #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsublackbelt #blackbelt #blackbeltlife #alwayslearning #neverstoplearning #whitebeltmentality #goals #hardwork #mastermindmartialarts

Congratulations to my student of the week Dustin. He's made me proud lately. Doing all techniques asked of him and more importantly helping the other kids in class when asked. Being able to help out fellow students is very important and it says a lot about his ability and his character. He continues to improve with each class and I can't wait to see where he'll be in another few months. #mastermindmartialarts #kidsbjj #kidsgrappling #kids #kidsclasses #kidsclass #studentoftheweek #bjjkids #kidsjiujitsu #jiujitsukids #brazilianjiujitsukids #kidsmartialarts #martialartskids #kidsbrazilianjiujitsu

My good buddy @ruler.da stopped by the gym this morning to do some fasted cardio. He's training for a men's physique competition. He's about 3 weeks out now and already looking good. He's gonna look amazing come showtime. Fred has a work ethic unlike most others; he doesn't stop until he reaches whatever goal he sets out to accomplish. So I have no doubt that come December 9th, he'll do amazing at his competition. Happy to help him in anyway I can. #mastermindmartialarts #mensphysique #bodybuilding #hardworkanddedication #hardworkpaysoff #cardio #fastedcardio #train #trainhard #goalsetting #goals #setgoals #cantstopwontstop #bodybuilding #gym

Good turnout today for open training. Today was special; everyone on the mat was well over 200lbs, it's rare that you can get a group of big guys together in one room like this. Everyone got a lot of rounds in and left the mat better than when they'd stepped on it. Something else of note that the majority of those pictured traveled well over 30-40 miles to come train today. That says a lot about their dedication and the training they get here. Every Saturday at 11am, come down and train. All are welcome. Thanks @seaboosie , @camjitsu @bigskeebdog @jerbearstare_big_bjj_nerd for making it out. #bjjforlife #bjjlifestyle #bjj #bjj4life #bigguybjj #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #jiujitsu4life #mastermindmartialarts #openmat #bigguyjiujitsu

New mastermind shirts are done! I'm really excited about these new shirts. Played with the design and logo a bit and these look sharp. I should have these at the gym by Monday or Tuesday at the latest. These will go fast so if you want one, come in and pick one up. Take a free class while you're at it. #bjj #bjjshirts #bjjshirt #jiujitsu #jiujitsushirt #jiujitsushirts #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsushirt #mastermindmartialarts #tshirt #tshirts #tshirtdesign #tshirtdesigns #mastermindmartialarts #bjjgear #jiujitsugear #brazilianjiujitsugear #newshirt #newshirts

Nogi this morning with this manimal. Always fun to roll with @mastermindmartialarts. I have learned a lot from training with him over the years. All my dam training partners are too dam crafty. They never let me rest lol. Especially @bezerk8. He is the biggest dam cheat. 😐😂😂😂 #bjj, #jiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsu #bjjgirls #jiujitsugirls #grappling #grapple #manimal #wrestling #nogi #mastermindmartialarts #ralphgracie #rgch #guillotine #cheaters

Had a nice visit from a long time friend/training partner @darce_vader922452 . I've known Mike since he started in jiu jitsu many years ago. We hadn't trained in years before this mornings session. It's rare I get to train with someone who is my height. I'm used to always being the tallest guy on the mat, but Mike offers a different dynamic that I'm not used to, dealing with that length and reach. I wasn't able to do some of the techniques that I can do on everyone else, so training with Mike forced me to re- evaluate techniques and adapt them to make them work on him. That is jiu-jitsu evolution for you, it's there every day every time you train, you adjust for each person you train with, forcing you to stay sharp or risk falling behind. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsulife #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsuforlife #bjjforlife #bjjlifestyle #bjj #bjj4life #trainingpartner #trainingbuddies #bigguybjj #training #grappling #mastermindmartialarts

Small but tough group this morning for training. Got a lot of good rounds in with these guys. It's great to see everyone bring it and leave it all on the mat. And we all left the mat better than we were when we stepped on it. That's what jiu-jitsu is all about. Big shout out to @nicolasreber and @sethdikun for coming, you two are beasts to train with and it's a heck of a lot of fun watching you two train with each other. Every Saturday morning at 11 is training for those who want to train. Come through. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #jiujitsu #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #bjjforlife #bjjlifestyle #bjj #bjj4life #openmat #toughtraining #mastermindmartialarts #grappling

A congratulations is in order for my student of the week this week, Freddie. He's done great from his first day training with me and continues to improve with every class. Being one of the older kids in class, he also sets a great example for the younger kids. He's the perfect student. #mastermindmartialarts #kidsbjj #kidsjiujitsu #kidsmartialarts #kidsmuaythai #jiujitsukids #brazilianjiujitsukids #bjjkids #martialartskids #muaythaikids #kickboxingkids #studentoftheweek #kidsclasses #kidsclass #kidsboxing #kids

Throwback Thursday : throwback to 2007 and my first appearance in a magazine. In 2007 I was pretty active in the competition scene, and one of my tournament placings put me in the pages of the now defunct Tapout magazine. What made this tournament get the coverage it got was because it was a submission tournament sponsored by USA wrestling. At the time they were pushing hard to get submission wrestling in the Olympics. When these pictures were taken, I had no idea that they were going to be in a magazine. I figured they would end up on a website somewhere like most competition photos. You can imagine my surprise when I went to Barnes and Noble and opened up the magazine to see my picture! It was a surreal moment. I'm planning on competing again and I will enjoy the feeling of that podium again. If I make it into another magazine, that's cool too. #mastermindmartialarts #bjjforlife #bjjlifestyle #bjj #bjjforlife #bjj4life #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #brazilianjiujitsulife #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #jiujitsu4life #magazine #tapoutmagazine #tournament #competition #throwbackthursday #throwback #tbt #grappling

Flashback Friday : flashback to July 2008 and my first (and to this date only) professional MMA fight. I remember training for this fight, working two jobs, going to school, trying to find times to squeeze in training sessions when I could. Some days I could train, some days I couldn't, the days I could train I would put in as much work as humanly possible. Craziness. Worst part were the 10pm sprints in the 100 degree Las Vegas heat! !believe it or not it was still that hot that late at night. It was all worth it to have my hand raised, all the hard work and sacrifice for a fight that lasted 8 Minutes. The feeling of accomplishment when you've worked hard towards something is amazing. Can't describe it. Watching my fight again today motivated me again (not that I lack motivation). But I will certainly be competing again, I've been training a lot and am looking forward to getting my hand raised again in the future. #bjjforlife #bjjlifestyle #bjj #mma #mmafighter #training #traininghard #hardwork #sacrifice #victory #victoryissweet #jiujitsu #fighting #cagefighter #cagefight #mastermindmartialarts #tasteofvictory #hardworkanddedication #flashback #flashbackfriday #fbf

Here I am showing some of the details of a choke to two students in my kids class. I believe as an instructor /teacher that one should be hands on and give as much personal attention as the class size allows. I pride myself on helping each student that I teach as much as I can. I think it is one of the reasons that my students continue to progress on a consistent basis. When I came up through martial arts, I had many instructors, and I learned a lot from them. However, some of them were not very hands on and they had a relaxed approach to teaching, and while I still learned from them, I feel I could have learned more had they been more hands on and interactive. So I make it a point to work with everyone in each class I teach, whether it's adults or kids, jiu-jitsu or kickboxing, or even personal training. You pay for me, you get me. Simple as that. #bjjforlife #bjj #jiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsu #kidsbjj #kidsjiujitsu #kidsclasses #kidsclass #iloveteaching #teacher #teachers #teachingmartialarts #teachingjiujitsu #teachingkids #martialarts #kidsmartialarts #mastermindmartialarts #teachingisrewarding

Big congrats to this week's students of the week: Tiana and Jacob. I'm extremely proud of both of these kids, they've been with me a short time but have shown a remarkable learning ability and ability to use the techniques I teach them. In addition to them being newer kids to my class, they are the smaller kids in class but are able to use what they've learned against the bigger and stronger kids in class. I'm Very proud of them and excited to see where they can take their training. #bjj #bjjkids #kidsbjj #jiujitsu #jiujitsukids #kidsjiujitsu #kidsbrazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsukids #kidsclasses #kidsclass #kids #studentoftheweek #kidsmartialarts #mastermindmartialarts #proudofthem #martialartskids #kidsgrappling #grapplingkids

Had a visit this morning from old friend @bigskeebdog . He and I hadn't trained in a few years and was great to have him back on the mat. It's good to have a bigger guy closer to my size that can push me around a bit. As usual, I came away learning new things about jiu jitsu. He didn't actually show me techniques, but his approach to jiu-jitsu and they way he expresses it makes me find new ways to alter my technique to make it work on him. To constantly evolve, one has to adapt. I have to adapt my techniques differently when I train with Josh because his reactions to my techniques are different than other people's reactions. The same technique can work on anyone, you just have to adjust it a little for each person. #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsuforlife #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #bjjforlife #bjjlifestyle #bjj #bjj4life #bjjfriends #bjjbuildsbonds #oldfriends #alwaysevolving #bjjlife #grappling #mastermindmartialarts

Here I am doing belt squats at the end of my leg workout today. Not many people are aware of belt squats or how beneficial they are. For those that fear back squats or can't do them because of injuries, belt squats are a great option. Belt squats put all of the weight being moved on the quadriceps, taking the lower back and glutes out almost completely. I use them as an accessory to my back squat because my quads are the weakest area of my squat. Ever since I started doing these, my Back squat has consistently been going up. All one needs is a dip belt and a pulley system to attach it to. Give these a try. #fitness #legs #quads #squats #squat #legday #legday #beltsquats #mastermindmartialarts #powerlifitng #strong #liftingweights #powerlifter #fitlife #heavysquats

Big congrats to the student of the week this week: Aiden. He has been doing great in class, not only with the techniques, but he's also been helping the newer kids in class as well. His ability after a few months of training is impressive. Very proud of him. #bjjkids #kidsbjj #kidsclasses #kidsclass #kickboxingkids #kidskickboxing #mastermindmartialarts #kidsboxing #boxingkids #kidsmuaythai #kids #kidmartialarts #martialartskids #studentoftheweek #jiujitsukids #kidsjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsukids #kidsbrazilianjiujitsu

Some action from today's kids class. Despite today being a holiday, a handful of dedicated kids still manged to show up today. The kids all did exceptional today, showing grit, determination, heart, and a lot of technique. I love seeing their continual progress. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsukids #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsulife #jiujitsuforlife #mastermindmartialarts #bjj #bjjforlife #bjjlifestyle #bjj4life #bjjkids #kidsbjj #jiujitsukids #kids #kidsclass #kidsclasses

This is me and my good buddy @djdewada. He and I hadn't seen each other since 2012, we were both still brown belts. We hadn't trained in even longer than that. Today we had some tough rounds on the mat, probably the best rounds we've ever had. It was a really good push for both of us, hope we get to do it again really soon. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsublackbelt #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsublackbelt #bjjlife #bjjlifestyle #bjj #mastermindmartialarts #bjjbuildsbonds #training #trainingtravels #trainingbuddies

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