Weight Transfer: First Shift

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Variation in horizontal vertical planes of attack and the shifting of momentum between hard and subtle shifts in angle play is what the embodiment of the shift is based on. Without knowing how to do all of those things and recognizing when it’s being done to you means your being set up for death as Joe Rogan likes to say. If you need a visual check out Tiff Time Bomb or any of her fights she is the best I’ve seen at doing it with no side effects of getting countered while using the shift from southpaw to orthodox before after and while in the midst of exchange or combination.

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Shifting can be done in many ways there’s no ceiling on it, everything is based on the mechanics you’re capable of using certain shifts people see all time is the downshift touched on by Jack Slack something that TJ Dillashaw And Dominick Cruz the two poster children for Neo Footwork  do all the time. Using a sudden stutter step to force the superior angle and extend what looks like a jab or a less dangerous punch or a snappy Tommy Hearns style jab, in reality its a heavy cross or hook that is setting up a even more devastating kick or knee to the body. Shifting is something that is easy to see in boxing and people recognize it as really extending on the punches versus a small subtle shift of weight unless it’s Mike Tyson throwing a hook head hook body hop off to the outside angle uppercut from hell combination. In Muay-Thai it’s a skill that has to be learned so learning advanced combinations is possible, as you can view being demonstrated and not being demonstrated by the Cowboy in blatant usage, watch the Till fight to see him not do it and then the Matt Brown and Myles Jury fights to see him shift in a academic way with little to no spice added that’s the zero fat option.

So what is shifting and how do you apply it, well I’ll start with examples. Take your classic 1 , 2, low kick combination like Aldo’s dutchie, every part of that combination is made more powerful and faster by adding weight shifting. When you retract that lead 1 drive that shoulder back forcing the body to extend sharply and with purpose on the 2 from the 2 your coiled up like  a loaded spring and ready to whip off a kick, that kick is hid behind the 2 and when you’re pulling the 2 back like the 1 the shoulder is driving the opposite side of the body through adding to the hips turning over on the strike. Everything can gain from simple weight shifts and carrying on with momentum. Another example is the Edson Barbosa body kick switch, leg kick, body kick learning to to transfer is what makes him that much faster and powerful.  

Being able to transfer is what makes switching stance so wonderful. From orthodox to southpaw is the  forgotten or glanced over piece to making switching in a Neo-foot work or my personal favorite Funk standing. What that is for example take the classic 1,2 from boxing why does it work? Well because when BLADED with zero chance of the take down you can focus on the timing distance etc. of striking. Now for say MMA or Kickboxing that’s not possible because of variables like the TD, or kicks, and knees in the clinch etc. So the piece to the puzzle was the stance change because the new angles involved and the ability to sidestep or pivot into your opponent’s blind spot as they shoot. The knock however us that you end up square and that’s the worst place to be when your opponent is is trying to counter with strikes of a knee tap, double, single, or whatever. Mighty Mouses biggest footwork issue was getting caught on the switch when in the pocket (mind you, you can always switch from distance the entire Alpha Male Team does it all the time and the drop shift is best done from distance to cause a reaction) he would get caught or dropped by John Dodson when he hit the switch in the pocket.

So hows it done

Well it’s a weight transfer

  1. Start by hitting a 1, 2 ;
  2. Then on the 2 step forward or through
  3. Re-fire that 2 so it looks like  1 but carries like a solid 2
  4. Then pivot or step through again layering that 1, 2 Combination
  5. So it now carries like a 1, 2, 2, 2 but looks like a solid 1, 2, step, 1, 2, step, 1, 2

That’s the premise of the weight transfer because the step is the shift it makes it quick and combines a feint with a strike with an angle change.

Try it out experiment with combinations watch some youtube videos Brendan Dormans Channel above and The Modern Martial Artist as well as reading Jack Slack’s post on Vice. Then all you have to do is drill, drill, drill, and go ahead and rest and keep drilling after that folks.

 

-Posse Out Cruise the Coast line Folks

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Pettis vs Tony Ferguson

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People seem to not believe in Pettis as they did circa WEC absorbed by the Zuffa era UFC. A slew of loses using the same game plan RDA made famous pressure high volume striking and a nonstop wrestling shot. You don’t really want to hit the mats with Pettis because his arm-bar and triangle game is legit, just ask Benson and Gilbert about that. However he hasn’t been loose in the cage since that RDA fight, he’s just now getting back to his old ways the confidence booster in my eyes was the Jim Miller fight some might say the Oliveria fight but in my opinion that was a fight he should have one Jim was a real should I still be doing this kind of opponent that would let us know if Anthony still has it. His last bout against Chiesa was another step towards getting back to where he was before the RDA fight back to being the best striker in MMA. People discuss top strikers but in my mind, Edson and Pettis are the top strikers at 155 since Jorge left for 170 and I will hear no rebuttal against this. Pettis has better hands and more dexterity in both legs while Edson is as fast as DJ with a Pro-Kickboxer level understanding of timing, not the best hands but not bad either. So Pettis is no slouch at all his still got fights in him.

Back to Pettis and Ferguson, the interesting thing about this fight is not how Ferg bounces back from injury because he is an outside the square thinker about recovery and conditioning. Tony is always the wild card in the cage his only close battle was against Lando for as long as it lasted seeing how Lando took the bout on short notice but he still caught Tony more off guard than any opponent Tony faced on that 14 fight win streak. Pettis lives in that same world because he’s loose and funky but its built on sound striking taught to him by Duke Roufus, I said Duke Roufus. Pettis hits the showtime kick he has iced guys with the lead leg roundhouse he lands the sidekick flush he can box and has seamless elbows. He’s the closest to Gaston Balonos, and nobody wants to be in the cage with that butcher. The GIF is just a showcase of the brilliant dexterity and fundamental skills involved in landing a kick so crisp and flush. He can catch anyone with that. Now can Tony Ferguson eat that shot maybe, we know Tony has a beard on him and he can keep a blistering pace that gets faster and faster following a snappy d’arce that will suck the life out of you. Tony is no bum boys and girls this is an interesting fight between to guys that sit atop the elite still one off an injury the other off a rough patch in his career.

Having these two on the card leaves room for a drop out from the main event the fights that could be set up garner similar or the same acclaim, Conor vs Pettis or Conor vs Ferg and for my money Ferg vs Khabib. Pettis has the potential to make another run and a win over Ferg puts him in Tony’s current spot or the spot he was in pre-injury, a win for Tony lets everyone know he’s still here and laying in wait while chomping at the bit. Both men respect each other and in this current circus its a nice reprieve to be able to concentrate solely on the skills presented. I’m taking Pettis with heavy nerves just because I know Ferguson can snap it down and catch you anywhere.

Find what’s useful

 

Expanded thoughts lead to nonsense and brilliant innovation, take a look at Pat and Rose. They literally as a couple live the thesis of MMA, it’s a Musashi, Bruce Lee, etc quote. Utilize what is useful and set aside the nonsense. You see this in the way Rose lives her life she gets rid of the crazy nonsense with Joanna she just didn’t entertain her stuff, she is still doing that now. Pat discussed this idea on the JRE and from looking at the video the proof is there. The drill focuses just from my eye as a coach on getting full extension, accuracy, and recovery from the shots thrown. Full extension on accurate punches is more difficult than it seems because the eyes and body have to react as one so tracking the target and then rotating through said target, but the target is traveling at a rate of speed making throwing with the full body behind the strike were the bulk of training is happening. Now recovery is not based on cardio it’s the recovery of the limb thrown back to the guard and while tracking the next target. I’m sure Pat is looking for these things off the top but he more than likely has other looks he gauging like speed on lateral foot work to and from as well as off angle.

Will this help in the fight, thats a bad question whether it helps in this fight is odd this will help in all fights. I through this drill into the spectrum of on the line between sport specific and developing pure athleticism. Rose is a explosive athlete with breakneck cardio, her athletic ability is damn near tied with her skill level. She is the closest to Mighty Mouse in that regard, it’s uncanny. Now will this help in the JJ rematch, yes because the most basic punches hit Joanna and forced her back, those being 123. The jab opened her up or rather showed Rose the needle hole in which to throw the 2 which cracked her and the straights logically opened the way for the lead 3 its know different from middleweight Roy Jones or young Mayweather in boxing thank Trevor Wittman for that added sauce. With better accuracy Rose should be able to deliver everyone of these shots with more power because tracking Joanna body is simple comparison to a tennis ball. Big object of mass moving at lesser rate of speed is easier locate. I think this is one of those drills that will be copied at every camp moving forward.

Garry Tonon

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Garry Tonons is the hope of the BJJ based grappler or the newest glitch in the matrix I’m hoping for both folks both. Garry is a phenom grappler if you don’t know please do yourself a favour and watch the link here ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJv01Wz3-L8 ). This was a master class in beginning striking levels you can cross compare Garry and Kron and you see how vast and calm Garry translated the similarities from how to move explosively and evasive with footwork from grappling. Now what Garry showed was sharp basics his straight punches were true and straight his timing for the hook was based on the GSP level change for the reaction and then strike. Evade to create space than close space faster than the opponent can react with 2 or 3 option don’t overload yourself overload their mind. The matrix that is MMA should be scrambling because the performance Garry put on is a roadmap to the needed level of striking you need to translate to MMA, not just footwork or touching shots but power and set up punches and kicks that you expect to see from your standard striker at any of the big Teams like ATT.

 

What I consider the basics, his hands are up he V Steps and mirrors to cut off the exist and cut off the ring. His jab was TRUE AS MATH, the kicks where chambered on the initial steps, patients was evident from the jump. Switch stepping to look at the angles and force a change from distance and not in the pocket where he can be hit, knee up foot flat to check kicks hands up elbow down to guard against small gloves not just an open palm to catch a fist which never works (SMALL GLOVES FOLKS THIS IS VALE TUDO). Lastly timing power, Garry has taken more grappling shots than most humans on this earth he knows how to explode and he translates that into a straight punch A to B is the quickest path and he set it up with a jab like a JOCK. This is very simple but its hard if you don’t have patients in the fire, people grappler or beginner whatever they lose their mind in the cage and the game plan and training goes out the door. Through Garry’s years of high level grappling experience against the killers at Renzos (Danaher DEATH SQUAD!!!) he stays calm under the most exhausting and fierce circumstances which makes MMA just a normal day in a somewhat different lane. I’m happy OneFC made this pick up and I can’t wait to see the growth to come.  

Humanities Forge

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Humanities forge is Martial Arts, that may or may not be an esoteric statement to some, however, that idea is still challenged by a large majority of people sighting that idea as toxic and masculine. To that I say, Mackenzie Dern and Holly Holm, like Frankie Edgar and heart you can find people as centred and kind but you will not find anyone kinder. Let us just nip this now, martial arts are not in themselves masculine or feminine it’s a study in optimizing your human existence. Much like Rogans quote about martial arts being the vehicle for developing your human potential which is very true. What I’m expressing is the journey that martial arts buts you on is one in which you can do nothing more difficult over your lifetime other than war or fighting fires. The physical part is where the masculine gets injected by people just looking from the outside, why because that is all surface. Martial Arts in itself is a full body exercise that has been tried and tested forever and with steady results. You’re forging your body now that sound crude but its very artistic, a Katana is a beautiful piece of metal work as well as the deadliest eastern blade type of all time. The path is the path and its non-discriminant on background nor gender or self-identification. Why state that well because the martial arts path or teaching is simple these things work and you can test it and figure that out fast does keeping your hands up in the pocket work well test it with your hands down and get hit in the face experiment done. There is a built-in immediate testing phase in martial arts. A punch, kick, choke, and endurance only gets better with work and there is no distinction other than speed and power when comparing in gender and from there within weight and height (ie Cyborg and Rose or Mighty Mouse and Francis).

 

Now, what’s the forging process that’s the simple process that is very difficult double negative I know, it’s a simple process that beginners make difficult, why? The forging begins when you walk in the door for the first time, then the heat starts under increased stress that is actually minimal but seen as very intense when compared to how easy regular life is today. The stressor is the shock you system gets put in on those initial first days. However after you tough it out a couple of times it gets very easy and you wonder why you were complaining only 2 days ago. Next is the levels at which you progress things get more detailed and the learning builds and builds like anything else. The impurities are constantly getting burned off and reformed when new tactics and understanding of techniques are introduced and built on. The blade or armour etc is never really finished it’s constantly being worked on the smelting and forming will eventually be done but the polishing and sharpening are never done. The journey is for perfection which bleeds over into how you live your life outside of martial arts. Knowing that you will always be the farthest thing from perfect is the endless wheel we run on because you dream and reach high and if you come up short you still lept.  

Cris Cyborg is the GOAT move on

Let me just start by saying I hate bullies I’ve been 5’4 basically all my life and hated it then and hate it to this day, I have to address it when it takes place in the community of martial arts where the idea of bullying is a weakness and a response to inflicted pain on the bully versus the recipient of that pain. More specifically what this whole thing is about is when you decide to praise someone, while on the same hand saying that they did this and that which is not okay and may have attributed to their win. However, when you don’t do that for other people your stance becomes exposed for what it is at its core, an underhanded comment.

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Okay so the other day I posted an Instagram highlight video of Cris Cyborgs recent win and some asshole decides to post that the Dana White and the UFC need to get rid of Cris ( while calling her a man) due to her failed a test in 2012 insisting that’s she’s still on gear. Of course, I deleted the comment and will do so every time because I have no need for it in my life. My biggest issue is simple and basically, none of the people coming after Cris are testing her, nor do they have a degree or a history in endocrinology. Cyborg failed a drug test, yes she did fail one test in 2012, and since then she has invited in-depth testing from USADA and VADA called out Dana and Ronda and everyone else saying either test me or stop bring up my name for your promotional needs allah Mayweather. The issue isn’t the bringing up of the test due to the history, just be consistent with everyone that popped. Give a name when talking about the subject in the negative versus the nostalgic moments of the Pride and early UFC discussions, because nobody thinks young Vitor, Coleman or the great one Bob Sapp was anything but PEDS. My issue is that you can’t praise and adore the performance of Overreem, Vitor, Rothwell, Barnett, Henderson, Chael, Sheilds, Gilbert, etc. who all do damage to their opponent’s pre and post serving their punishment. If you praise these individuals without saying they failed a drug test every 5 seconds what’s the difference in what Cris did and what they did?

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Why this piece also hit a nerve for me is because I’ve followed Cris’s journey from Thailand to LA from Jason Perillo, Kru Daeng, and Boyd Clarke. She puts in ridiculous amounts of work to get down to 140 and has gone through that upper threshold to develop better skills in each area by taking the challenge in facing a Muay Thai world better in Muay Thai as well as straight BJJ comps and developing a more throughout a complete striking game. That UFC 222 performance didn’t just happen that stuff wasn’t just power which is a misnomer at best. It was because of speed and technical ability she is strong but strength means nothing when striking power is concerned that only matters when you’re trying to blitzkrieg someone. What Cyborg did was more like a young Aldo or the proto Nova fighter more so then old Chute Boxe Wandi striking and bite down and let the leather fly. This idea that because she’s tested positive, shes big means she’s more dangerous is using the idea that once a cheater always a cheater which is crazy. Why, because women fighting Cris have fought at 152 and 155 as a boxer and kickboxer. However, if the weight is made and she tested clean the arguments stop there because there is nothing more to be discussed after someone signs that bout agreement.

The real discussion that should be at the top of the list is this weird torture idea of making her make 135 or 140 if she fights in the UFC. Lockhart could get her down but why torture her like that you brought her in at 140 145 is already established, why continue to kill the women. We saw in the lead up how she makes the weight while still being a mom and significant other and keeping a smile throughout the process, cut the shit what’s the real purpose of cutting her down is out to diminish her or what. When you are trying to move away from hard weight cuts in the sport to literally force and single out a fighter who fights in already established weight class at 145 which like Rogan said has been around since Strikeforce seeing how Meisha Tate was the 145 lb Strikeforce champion. Explain to me how that makes sense they are looking to add more weight classes for the women’s divisions at 125 but they won’t add a 145 while knowing that adding more weight classes doesn’t hurt anything because if you build it they will come from everywhere. Look at 115 Joanna and Claudia from to opposite ends of the world and are already build up to a massive fight. Just because Cyborgs a bigger threat now doesn’t exclude her from participating because of what happened once in her past the past is exactly that if you have changed your ways and moved forward, she has done that and deserves the chance just like everyone else that got popped and returned afterwards in her case its years after now and the same one mistake is being brought up to incriminate her for something that has occurred since 2012. In my heart of hearts I can’t understand why Robin would do that when he’s never done that to other fighters and any time has come close to this it was all comical references to horse meat of TRT days or Pride days as nostalgia, now it just seems like bullying.

So what has this bullying really revealed, just that there’s a double standard and showed that perception isn’t the reality. Something I will leave with everyone is don’t be loud and wrong, because condemning someone’s passed based on a past mistake is casting a stone through a canon at a glass house, when you yourself have struggled throughout your life with mistakes which everyone is guilty of.

 

-Later everyone and congrats to Cris Cyborg

First Steps

 

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Mackenzie Dern is in the UFC so now what, well hopefully the UFC doesn’t Paige Vanzant her. I really just mean that her progression is the most important thing her because exposure is just easier on the women’s side because of the more recent advent of female fighting in MMA. Dern has a grass root following from BJJ that translates over to MMA along with the UFC vehicle that will post and re-post on social media platforms and then from there she will most likely explode.

 

I  would hate to see her next couple of fights lead her into a bout against a Cat, Sara, or anyone else in the top 10 for that matter. My two cents from looking at the push kind of destroying some prospects is that Dern fight another prospect like herself with 2 or 0 fights in the UFC and then we start her work at the number 15 ranked fighter before we even discuss the top 10 of the division. I take a cautious approach because much like Paige at straw-weight she was on the fast track after her wins although the fights were close and her skills weren’t there and we found that out versus Rose who smashed Paige. For Dern, that path is there if she chokes or women handles her competition and get fast-tracked to the top 10 she could meet a rude awakening in similar fashion against a far more experienced and skilled MMA fighter in a Cat or Sara. So slow and steady position over submission build the skills correctly before we take over the world ya know. So that’s that Dern is high on my list for prospects that could be champ and to be super honest she could win at 135 lbs and 125 lbs no question at all.

 

-Later