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Did some kickboxing sparring today with my good friend @thomasstokesboyle . It had been a while since both of us sparred. At least a year for me and even longer for him, and this is the first time we both have sparred with each other since we trained for his last fight almost 3 years ago. It felt great to get out there and throw some strikes again. We both felt good and we both made some mistakes that we can improve on. This was the last minute last of the 6 rounds we sparred today. I almost feel like I want to fight again. And that's an exciting feeling. #mastermind #mastermindmartialarts #muaythai #kickboxingsparring #muaythailife #muaythaifighter #muaythaisparring #kickboxinglife #fightlife #sparring #fighting #kickboxing #throwinghands #kicksandpunches#thaiboxing #striking #boxing

Brazilian jiu jitsu technique of the week #2: side smash/ dope mount pass from butterfly guard. One of the most versatile passes out there is the side smash/ dope mount pass. This version works very well. Just control the head and weave your arm through. Keep pressure on with your body and you'll pass easy. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsulifestyle #bjj #bjj👊 #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjjforlife #butterflyguard #butterflyguardpass #sidesmashpass #mastermindmartialarts #mastermindbjj

Huge congrats to this week's student of the week Liam. Liam has grown a lot since training with me. He shows improvements constantly and despite being one of the smaller kids in class, he continues to test himself against the bigger kids in class. He has great instincts and once he gets a little older, he is going to be amazing. Can't wait to see it. #mastermindmartialarts #mastermindkids #kidsbjj #kidsboxing #kids #kidsclasses #kidsclass #kidsmuaythai #kidsmartialarts #muaythaikids #kickboxingkids #jiujitsukids #brazilianjiujitsukids #bjjkids #kidsbjj #kidskickboxing

TUTORIAL: When you have a bigger opponent in your guard.

Thanks to @mastermindmartialarts for being my practice dummy. Hope I wasn't too rough on you.

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Brazilian jiu jitsu technique of the week #2: ankle grab sweep from deep butterfly guard. Instead of the traditional butterfly guard sweep where you have one hook in on each leg, with this one, you have both legs under one of your opponents legs. This works particularly well when opponents stand above you. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #bjj #bjj👊 #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjj4life #bjjforlife #mastermindmartialarts #techniqueoftheweek #butterflyguard #butterflyguardsweeps #grappling

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

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

Another week, another voyage to a different gym to train at. One of my new years goals was to travel to train at a different gym as much as possible. Its great way to meet new people, get great training in, and network a bit. This week's voyage brought me to @ralphgraciechino . I must confess this is not my first trip down here. I've been coming down here consistently since I was a purple belt in 2009. I am very proud to say that I received both my brown and black belts from this school. I was asked to teach this morning which was a great honor as well. Super tough training partners as usual. I've been loyal to this gym and it has been loyal to me back. Very high level training partners here. Until next time. #jiujitsufamily #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #jiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #bjj #bjjlife #bjjlifestyle #bjj4life #ralphgraciechinohills #mastermindmartialarts #mastermindbjj #traveltotrain #traveltogetbetter #training #trainhard

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Did some kickboxing sparring today with my good friend @thomasstokesboyle . It had been a while since both of us sparred. At least a year for me and even longer for him, and this is the first time we both have sparred with each other since we trained for his last fight almost 3 years ago. It felt great to get out there and throw some strikes again. We both felt good and we both made some mistakes that we can improve on. This was the last minute last of the 6 rounds we sparred today. I almost feel like I want to fight again. And that's an exciting feeling. #mastermind #mastermindmartialarts #muaythai #kickboxingsparring #muaythailife #muaythaifighter #muaythaisparring #kickboxinglife #fightlife #sparring #fighting #kickboxing #throwinghands #kicksandpunches#thaiboxing #striking #boxing

Long night tonight at mastermind martial arts. After my scheduled classes were over, I worked with my close friend @gunslingermma and his friend @grumpycattactical on some applicable ground fighting techniques for a combatives program they will be teaching. Both of these guys are former active duty marines and I was honored that reached out to me for my opinions on how to approach ground fighting from a combat perspective. Even though I was offering insight, I was a student as well, learning quite a bit in our few hours of brainstorming and practicing. Can't wait to work with these guys again. #jiujitsu #bjj #brazilianjiujitsu #mastermindbjj #mastermindmartialarts #combat #combatives #martialarts #martialartscombatives #jiujitsucombatives #bjjcombatives #bjjcombat #combatgrappling #grumpycattactical #jiujitsulife #bjjlife

Spent the evening at @mastermindmartialarts with @gunslingermma... working on weapons retention in kit. Give them both a follow. They're both masters at the jits and awesome dudes.

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Flashback Friday: flashback to October 2005 and me competing at an in house judo tournament in Long beach. I started judo at 21 and because of that relatively late age to start in that art, in competition I was forced to go against more experienced competitors most of the time. At this tournament, every competitor I went against had a higher belt rank than I did. I walked away from this tournament with 3 victories in 3 matches. Including a win against a Brown belt, all while I was a white belt. I enjoyed more initial competition success in judo than in other combat sports I've competed in. It took me a while to start winning in jiu jitsu. I lost my first kickboxing fight. The taste of victory makes every second spent in training worth it. It's a moment's glory that lasts forever. Because you look back in admiration. #mastermind #mastermindmartialarts #compete #competitor #competition #judo #judotournament #judocompetition #winning #victory #training #sacrifice #sweettasteofsuccess ccess #tasteofvictory #trainhardfighteasy #jiujitsu #judokas #judoka #flashbackfriday

Throwback Thursday: throwback to early 2011. This pic was taken after a bunch of us got together for some competition training. For me on this particular day, this training session marked the end of an epic 3 hour plus training/coaching session. Hour of jiu jitsu followed by an hour of teaching jiu jitsu, then an hour of judo, then this session. I Was exhausted by the end and was very likely 10 pounds lighter. A lot of familiar faces in this photo: @thelegcollector and @manimalbjj both Brown belts at the time. @joshboxing, @lost_found_lost among others. Crazy times. #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjj4life #bjjforlife #jiujitsu #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #jiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsufamily #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #mastermindmartialarts #throwbackthursday #throwback #hardtraining #epictraining #oldfriends

I'm very proud that my business: Mastermind martial arts and fitness, comes up first in most yelp searches for martial arts in this area. I'm ranked ahead of many other more high profile schools and it shows that the hard work that I have put into this place has payed off somewhat. Running a business is not an easy thing to do, especially when you do every single aspect of the business yourself. But I am very happy that people like my business so much and gives me hope that the future will be brighter. #yelpelite #yelp #yelphelps #mastermindmartialarts #hardworkpaysoff #keepworkinghard #keepgrinding #peoplelovemybusiness #yelpsearch #business #martialarts #yelpmartialarts

Brazilian jiu jitsu technique of the week #2: guillotine choke from side guard. This is one of my favorite techniques from this position. No one will expect this technique from this position, every one will be expecting a back take or some other back attack. A guillotine is the last thing that would be expected. Practice this technique and let me know how it works for you. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsilife #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsublackbelt #mastermindmartialarts #mastermindbjj #guillotine #guillotinechoke #techniqueoftheweek

Throwback Thursday: throwback to 2014 and some amazing garage training with my good friend @thomasstokesboyle . Before I opened my own business, I did The majority of my training in garages, either my own or those of others. The training Tommy and I had in his garage that year was some of the best ever. I helped him train for two MMA title fights. I helped him with his kickboxing and jiu jitsu where I could and he showed me a lot of wrestling. I credit the majority of my growth in wrestling to him. He never let me get away with bad technique or being lazy. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love training but I also enjoy training others just as much. In this picture, he and I are working shootboxing drills (strike setups into takedowns). We never got a chance to showcase this skill as much as we would have liked but we will train together more in the future. I can't wait. #throwbackthursday #throwback #tbt #shootboxing #training #teaching #brazilianjiujitsu #bjj #jiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #wrestling #mma #mmatraining #wrestlingtraining #kickboxing #jiujitsutraining #mastermindmartialarts #garagetraining #garagetrainingisthebesttraining

Brazilian jiu jitsu technique of the week # 2: pendulum sweep from side guard. Another variation on a very basic jiu jitsu sweep. I find this variation a little better than the traditional one because of the trapped arm after the arm drag. Opponent had no base and they are swept easy. #brazilianjiujitsubasics #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsilife #jiujitsulifestyle #bjjlifestyle #bjj #bjj👊 #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjjforlife #bjj4life #mastermindbjj #mastermindmartialarts #guard #sweeps

Flashback Friday: flashback to this weekend 5 years ago. I had just finished competing at the copa Pacifica jiu jitsu tournament where I had a decent, but disappointing showing. Winning one match by submission and losing my other match by submission. Highlight of that day though was competing along side my close friend Tom @carlsongracieteam . He and I are very close friends and it's always better to compete along side those that support you the most. He did great that day taking first place. I was a Brown belt here and Tom was a purple. Seems like yesterday. Looking forward to more battles on the mat with Tom there to offer insight and support. #flashback #flashbackfridays #flashbackfriday #mastermindbjj #mastermindmartialarts #carlsongracietemecula #brazilianjiujitsufamily #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #bjjcompetition #bjj #bjj👊 #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjjforlife #bjj4life

Huge congrats to this week's student of the week Eli. Eli has I my been with me a few weeks but his behavior and attitude in class are amazing. He takes direction well and learns very fast. He has a wonderful positive attitude as well. #mastermindmartialarts #mastermind #mastermindkids #kidsbjj #kidsboxing #kids #kidsmartialarts #kidsmuaythai #kids❤️ #kidskickboxing #kidsmartialarts #bjjkids #jiujitsukids #studentoftheweek #kidsclass #kidsclasses #kidsarethefuture

Huge congrats to this week's student of the week Liam. Liam has grown a lot since training with me. He shows improvements constantly and despite being one of the smaller kids in class, he continues to test himself against the bigger kids in class. He has great instincts and once he gets a little older, he is going to be amazing. Can't wait to see it. #mastermindmartialarts #mastermindkids #kidsbjj #kidsboxing #kids #kidsclasses #kidsclass #kidsmuaythai #kidsmartialarts #muaythaikids #kickboxingkids #jiujitsukids #brazilianjiujitsukids #bjjkids #kidsbjj #kidskickboxing

Had an amazing weightlifting session this afternoon. I am steadily closing in on my goal of a 500lb deadlift. Today I took one step closer as I was able to get one clean rep at 486.3lbs. That's a 5lb improvement over last week's deadlift session and a new personal best for me. Part of me wanted to go for 500lbs after this rep but lifting with ones brain and not ones ego is essential. I'd rather wait to hit that goal and get it than hurt myself trying. Regardless, I am within a stone's throw of my goal and an excited to get there soon. #powerlift #powerlifter #powerlifting #powerlifts #powerliftingisamazing #powerliftinglife #deadlifts #deadliftsaremyfavorite #deadliftsfordays #deadlift #deadliftday #deadlifter #goals💯 #goals #500lbclub #mastermindmartialarts #liftingweights #weightlifting #gainz #setgoals #setgoalsandsmashthem

Brazilian jiu jitsu technique of the week #2: side smash/ dope mount pass from butterfly guard. One of the most versatile passes out there is the side smash/ dope mount pass. This version works very well. Just control the head and weave your arm through. Keep pressure on with your body and you'll pass easy. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsulife #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsulifestyle #bjj #bjj👊 #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjjforlife #butterflyguard #butterflyguardpass #sidesmashpass #mastermindmartialarts #mastermindbjj

For the second time in less than a week, I have hit a personal best on a powerlift. Today I was able to hit 271.5 on the bench press for one clean rep ( form could have been better though). My previous best on the bench was 265. Before this rep, I hit 266.5 for 3 reps, so most of my reps today we're well above my previous best. While I am still a distance away from my goal 315lbs, this is a step in the right direction. This shows that my workouts and diet are paying off because I continue to make gains. #gainz #gains #gains💪 #powerlift #powerlifter #powerlifting #benchpress #benchpressing #goals #reachinggoals #strength #gettingstronger #mastermindmartialarts #fitness #weights #liftingweights #lifting #powerliftingmotivation

Brazilian jiu jitsu technique of the week #2: ankle grab sweep from deep butterfly guard. Instead of the traditional butterfly guard sweep where you have one hook in on each leg, with this one, you have both legs under one of your opponents legs. This works particularly well when opponents stand above you. #brazilianjiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsulifestyle #brazilianjiujitsu4life #brazilianjiujitsuforlife #jiujitsu4life #jiujitsu #jiujitsuforlife #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsulife #bjj #bjj👊 #bjjlifestyle #bjjlife #bjj4life #bjjforlife #mastermindmartialarts #techniqueoftheweek #butterflyguard #butterflyguardsweeps #grappling

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