Warming Up Properly

  It seems that many grappling coaches and athletes simply miss the point when it comes to class warm-ups. Warm-ups are physical and mental preparation for the upcoming training session. By raising body temperature, blood flow, and breathing rate they provide an optimal physiological environment for muscle contraction and metabolic processes. In addition, they allow Read More …

Improve Your Coaching Ability

  The newest Mat Chat video on the Valhalla Youtube channel address the three most common errors in grappling coaching: (1) negative coaching cues, (2) overcoaching, and (3) undercoaching. Although this video is specifically dealing with grappling these problems exist when people teach any type of martial art, sport, or complex motor skill. I hope Read More …

Tight vs Loose Control

  Once you have achieved a dominant ground position there are two basic ways of controlling your opponent – tight or loose. Tight control can be thought of as ‘pinning’. There is an attempt to essentially immobilize your opponent by applying mount, cross side, or an equivalent top position. It emphasizes heaviness, stability, and tends Read More …