Olympic Greco Highlights 2008
Team Machado Utah flashing their new bling.
Team Machado Utah had a very successful tournament at the NAGA Utah held March 3, 2012. The UCTC athletes lead by instructor Dave Johnson brought home a hoard of new awards along with some great memories. Below are the team and individual results. Congratulations go to Dave and the UCTC Team Machado Utah athletes!
Total Gold: 8
2 Golds - Tommy Wagner Gold Medal GI (White) / Gold NO Gi Beginner
1 Gold - Vyginitas "Vig" Gold Medal GI (White)
2 Gold - Joe Martinez Gold GI (Blue) / Gold NO GI - Intermediate
1 Gold 1 Silver - Nick Lokeni (Stidham) Gold No GI / Silver GI (white)
1 Gold 1 Bronze - Eric Gold No Gi Expert / Bronze Gi
1 Gold - Mike Stidham No GI Expert
2 Silver - Carter No Gi Beginner / GI (white)
1 Silver - AJ Stidham GI (white)
1 Silver - Loran Brumley No GI Expert
1 Silver - JT (Jeremiah) GI (Blue)
1 Silver - Dominico No Gi Intermediate
1 Bronze - Angel Gi (purple)
1 Bronze - Ma'fu Fosita No Gi expert (super heavy)
If you would be great study greatness. Too many people study the loser and why they lost.
They study how not to lose. They try to figure out how they can avoid making the same
mistakes as the loser. Historians tell us the falsehood of “those who do not study history
are bound to repeat it.” I have yet to see anyone who has studied history not repeat it.
Human nature is a repeat phenomenon. Studying the history of losing will teach you that
there have been some major failures in the past.
This is fine if you want to continue to lose. You can’t study losing and
expect to win.
Your mind cannot dwell on the reverse of a thing. You cannot dwell on losing
and expect to win.
If you want to have more success in your endeavors study those who are
already successful. Study how they won. Figure out how you can repeat similar
successes as to what they have created. Borrow their ingenuity and example.
Develop the next step from where they left off.
If you think that studying history will help you for heaven’s sake study the
winning team! Study the dominant figures and systems of the past. Understand
what they did and why they did it.
Spending too much time on trying to understand someone else’s mistakes is the
surest way to avoid fixing your own. I would rather fix the holes in my own game
first. Jesus said ‘first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt
thou see clearly to cast out the mote of thy brother’s eye.’
As you study successful strategies you will start to see the world
differently. You will start to do things differently. You will find greater
effectiveness and efficiency. You will find more and better solutions to
problems both big and small. Your mind will expand and you will ask better
questions. When you start asking better questions you will start getting better
Look for the way things are being approached. Look for the setups. Look for
transitions. Look for the finishes. Look for subtle things like timing and
Learn from the successes of the past and you will have a successful future.
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If you haven’t noticed there are a lot of mainstream products in the market
today marketed directly at “athletes”. I remember a few years ago, ok over a
decade ago, when Gatorade and Powerade were actually still useful as a sports
drink and a way to increase your hydration during and after exercise.
I guess if you’re into high fructose corn syrup and a lot of other junk in
your ‘sports drink’ they could still qualify. I see more and more of them that
are zero calorie or diet. Most of today’s major brand ‘sports drinks’ are
nothing more than soft drinks posing as something sporty.
As an athlete I need something that is going to provide more than just a
crappy sweetener and a ‘mega-brand’ label on the bottle.
Do I drink Gatorade and Powerade? Sure when I want a non-carbonated soft
drink that I consider about on the same level as drinking a soda.
Do I drink it during or after competition? No. It just doesn’t deliver in
regards to being a ‘sports drink’ for electrolyte replacement or rehydration.
So what do I drink? I drink Advocare Rehydrate.
I drink Advocare Rehydrate because it genuinely does make a difference in my
performance. It is the only electrolyte replacement drink that I have actually
felt a physical difference from when I use it.
I want you to be a more successful athlete. It is why I share so much of my
technical knowledge for free on YouTube.
If you’re not looking for the best products and using them then you’re
wasting time and money. I don’t have enough time or money to waste on junk that
is advertised on the bodybuildingdotcoms of the world. I don’t have time to fail
a drug test because the company that makes products doesn’t care about its end
consumers. I don’t have the patience to keep on sifting through all the garbage
out there and I doubt that you do either.
Advocare tests all of their products and they are safe to take if you’re
worried about being drug tested. Advocare products are allowed by the NCAA and
other sports organizing bodies, they have been used safely and successfully in
World and Olympic competition which are routinely tested by WADA (World
Rehydrate uses a low glycemic index sugar, has a balanced 1:1 ratio of sodium
and potassium to replace electrolytes, contains essential minerals, antioxidants
and contains the amino acids L-Glutamine and L-Arginine.
Gatorade gives you a crappy high fructose corn syrup based mix of sugar, a
crazy 4:1 ratio of sodium and potassium, no minerals, no antioxidants and no
amino acids. The only redeeming qualities that I see for drinking Gatorade are
that it is sweet and cheap.
Rehydrate is not a cheap product. It delivers results. If I have to choose
between buying a cheap soft drink versus a quality product that will improve my
performance I’m going to pick quality every time.
My wife did me a huge favor when she sent me off to the 2011 FILA Grappling
World Champinoships. She packed plenty of Advocare’s Rehydrate, Post Workout
Recovery and Meal Replacement Bars in my bag.
All I have to say is I’m glad she did.
Grappling vs Chess...which is tougher?
Studying Chess to Improve Your Grappling?
Though at first glance chess and grappling may not appear all that similar they are both indeed a game of strategy and creativity. I found some very insightful thoughts on chess that I was able to relate to my grappling game by watching a chess video on YouTube.
I have no idea who the video’s creator is but he left me thinking about
several things that I can implement into my grappling game.
Here are the thoughts I took from it:
• Always look for the space left behind.
• In strange situations both players tend to miss things because they are playing types of positions
that they both unfamiliar with.
• You have to flow with the moment. Be open to every possibility. Don’t be flustered with the unknown. Move with the struggle. Enjoy the chaos. Trust yourself. You can figure everything out.
How can these be applied more specifically to grappling?
In grappling there is always a certain amount of space
necessary for every technique to be performed. This space always allows for new
opportunities to attack or defend. The better you are at controlling the space
the better your chances are of successfully attacking and defending. The best
attackers and defenders know exactly how to create openings for attack and how
to simultaneously shut down space to nullify attacks.
Where are the spaces that you are leaving behind? Where does your opponent
have an opportunity? Where is your opponent leaving you an opening? Is there an
easier submission available?
Start looking for that “space left behind” and you will see new
One of my core philosophies is: The faster you can
recognize positions the faster you can turn it into an opportunity to attack or
defend. So much of what we do absolutely depends on recognition of body
positioning, yet how often do you actually train that? How often has anyone even
talked about that? In my experience it has been minimal. Most coaches often
overlook this all important philosophy.
If you look at the best athletes they are masters of understanding where they
are at all times and the accompanying pitfalls and opportunities. This is why
you will see some athletes naturally gravitate toward a control game or wide
open game. There are few that can or prefer to do both. This is due in large
part because recognition is different for everyone. Some do it by feel, some do
it by sight, some do it by mental calculation. No matter how you do it
recognition has to become a large focal point of your game.
You can only flow in grappling once you have the ability to control
space and recognize positions and opportunities. Without those first two skills
trying to flow will often be like riding down the river on the way to a
waterfall. There are so many great grapplers out there who just like the chess
master can predict 3,4 and 5 moves ahead because they understand openings and
recognize positions so well. There is always a little ‘key’ that they find and
unlock your whole game. You can learn to do the same thing. All it takes is
time, patience, practice and a little creativity.
Every time I try to figure out a black belt’s guard game I
have to ask myself; “Where are my arms? Where is my base? Keep the pressure
here. Look for the opening at this point.” Etc. I have to trust that my
abilities to execute are as good or better than his in the areas in which I plan
to attempt my techniques.
It is very much a situation of knowing where you want to go and looking for
the best path to get there because there is no ‘right’ or ‘perfect’ path. It
comes down to trusting in your physical and mental abilities as an athlete. You
have to believe that you can solve the problem and unlock the riddle that your
For anyone interested in watching the actual original chess video and seeing
what you can glean for yourself here is the link.
ChessMaster GrandMaster Edition: Kogan A vs Waitzkin J
Until next time good luck and good training!
Brandon Ruiz locks up a Kimura vs Mikael Knutsson
Quick Tip -Takedown to Submission
Here is a little tidbit that I thought might be helpful to you.
Capitalizing on Takedowns from both offense and defense. Whenever there is a takedown there is a possibility for submission both for the attacker (the one doing the takedown) and the defender (the one defending the takedown).
The takedown more than any other position lends itself to big openings. The
fact that both fighters go from their feet to hip, side or back leaves a lot of
wiggle room. Look for the openings available for your submissions the next time
someone takes you down. Look for openings the next time you take someone down.
My short list: (From my takedowns)
• Achilles Lock (Standing and
• Step Over to Boston Crab
• Step Around Arm Bar
My short list: (From being taken down)
• Triangle Choke
• Arm Bar
• Straight Arm Bar (you push yourself off to the side and arm lock with his thumb pointed down)
Look for these opportunities more often and you’ll start finding more
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The Lion King Roars
February 24, 2012 Koffi "The Lion King" Adzitso took on UFC Veteran Josh Burkman in a three round battle that Burkman won by unanimous decision. Koffi put on a great fight and had moments of greatness in his first fight since recovering from an injury he sustained in February of 2011.
Koffi has been making steady progress this past year. In September he won the expert division at 180 lbs. at the NAGA West Coast Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. I expect more good things coming from Koffi in the future.
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