I’ve been using this setup for years
– and just like the previous move, it is easy to do, not used
often, and has a decoy distraction (the paintbrush). This is a
much easier move and gives your opponent the choice of getting
their arm broken by the paintbrush or by the armbar – both choices
equal victory for you! We developed this in our MMA gym in Miami, FL.
Perfect for you Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fans. Check out the video below:
This is David Avellan. I know that sometimes
1. Shadow Boxing
Use all of your strikes, move freely and mix in sprawls at your
2. Freestyle bag work on Heavy Bag
Strike the Heavy Bag using any strikes and mix in sprawls at
3. Freestyle bag work on Ground Dummy
Move freely from different positions, using any strikes
(punches, elbows and knees).
4. Focused power shots on Ground Dummy
The focus on this round is quality power shots. Throw only one
strike at a time. Give yourself 3-5 seconds between each strike.
Focus everything you have on each shot.
5. Repeated combinations on Ground Dummy
Pick one striking combination and focus your power on throwing
the combination. Give yourself 3 seconds between each combination.
Repeat the same combination at least 5 times.
6. 20s freestyle / 10s explosive power on Ground Dummy
Freestyle on the bag for 20 seconds, then use full power and
speed for 10 seconds. Then repeat this continuously.
7. Lifting Ground Dummy and slamming it every 15 seconds
Strike the bag as in the freestyle round. Every 15 seconds,
lift the bag over your head and slam it. Repeat.
8. Standing up and sprawling while working the Ground Dummy every 15 secs
Strike the bag as in the freestyle round. Every 15 seconds,
stand up and sprawl on the bag. Repeat.
9. Alternating between the Ground Dummy and the Heavy bag every 15 secs
Go freestyle between the ground dummy and the heavy bag.
10. Continuous striking on the ground dummy, then every 15 seconds
lift up the bag and sprint 20 ft then slam
Punch the ground dummy with no breaks. Just punch non stop.
After 15 seconds, lift the bag over your head and sprint 20 ft and
slam the bag. Repeat.
11. Power shots on the Ground Dummy, then every 15 seconds lift up
the bag and throw it as far as you can and run to it
Power shot on the ground dummy as in round 4, then lift the bag
and throw it as far as you can overhead. Then sprint to the bag.
12. Sprawl on the ground dummy, circle step all the way around the
dummy then sprawl again
From standing, sprawl on the bag and stand up. Then circle step
all the way around the bag full circle. Repeat.
This routine is challenging for even a seasoned pro. It also will
allow you to develop a lot of power on the ground, where most
people do not take the time to work. Having great technique and
power on the ground will make you an intimidating adversary to any
opponent. Sometimes I’m not able to make it to our MMA gym in Miami, FL
and I use this routine.
So use this routine the next time you train on your own
and enjoy the ground and pound!
I got a LOT of positive feedback about the knee
cut across pass – a.k.a. the Avellan Trademark Pass 🙂 Check
out the positive feedback on the comments section on the
bottom of this page here:
By the way, if you liked the video yourself, please go ahead
and drop a comment yourself! The comments help me out and
also motivate me to put out more and more videos!
I got so many requests about seeing variations to this pass
and learning more about the different techniques to use in
conjunction with it, that I decided to share one of my best
secondary attacks to use with the knee cut across pass…
which is the Prayer Heel Hook! Check it out below:
If you like it, all I ask for these free techniques is that
you drop a comment on the bottom of the page and share this
on facebook or twitter by clicking on the icon below the
video. Thanks a lot.
As you know, we train and test these moves out of my MMA gym in Miami, FL.
When I took my student, Jason Soares, to the 2011 FILA Submission Wrestling Team USA Trials in Las Vegas, I got to see something very special… I got to see Matt Betzold win the trials in dominant fashion… with ONE leg!
I was so impressed with his performance that I took out my flip camera and asked him for an interview. I recommend that you check it out:
Please feel free to forward this email to your friends and share his story on your facebook and twitter.
By the way, he ended up finishing 3rd in the World at the FILA World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. Out of 32 different countries being represented, he brought home Team USA the Bronze… congratulations Matt!
That is some serious discipline and dedication to mixed martial arts and grappling. As always, feel free to check out our mma gym in south florida.
Wow, I got a lot of positive feedback about my “Who is
carrying a gun” blog entry, I’m glad most of you liked it. I got
a couple of responses though inquiring about what is the
purpose of learning martial arts out of Miami, FL at all for self defense
with the existence of handguns?
In today’s gun-happy world, bare-handed self defense still
has a very powerful role. First of all, even with a concealed
weapons permit, most people are simply not going to be
walking around with a gun 24/7. But let’s assume that you
are one of the few always strapped with a gun. How can
bare-handed martial arts training help you?
First of all, training martial arts teaches CONTROL. The
ability to control your emotions and your adrenaline. For
those that train, the first time you grappled live or sparred,
it was probably a wild, out of control, spaz-fest… and you
probably tired extremely fast, and probably didn’t execute
a single technique you learned… and that is NORMAL.
For those of you that have never trained, you will see that
the first time you wrestle or do sparring live, that you will
go through an experience like I just described. I can
spend hours teaching you techniques that you will hit
flawlessly in a calm, classroom scenario – but the second
someone tries to hit you for real, depending on your
experience, you may blank out completely. For this, the
practice of bare-handed combat is priceless.
To an experienced martial artist with plenty of sparring
experience, adrenaline does not overtake the mind – you
can have an aggressive body but a passive mind in the
middle of a flight or fight situation. This can only be
developed by harnessing the emotions that come with
“flight or fight” and the mental conditioning of controlling
adrenaline. Once you learn this, not only is your mind more
clear and aware of what is going on – but you can also
execute any trained techniques with deadly precision.
There are MANY cases of people with guns unloading entire
magazines from almost point blank range and completely
missing their attackers… because of the adrenaline
over-taking their system. At the concealed weapons course I
took, the instructor specified to NOT aim for the legs or
arms of an attacker… that although it is a noble gesture
to try to injure your attacker without killing them, that
you should aim for CENTER OF MASS and although the odds
of killing them are much higher, the simple fact is that even
the best marksman will completely miss if aiming for the
legs and arms during a REAL situation… in other words,
when the adrenaline takes control, most people will spaz
out, firing wildly and without steady aim.
Another important aspect to realize is that even if you are
strapped with a gun, you may not always have access to your
gun… I have one student, who is a police officer, who was
attacked by surprise by a man with a hunting knife. When he
turned, the man was upon him with the knife in the air,
ready to stab him! There was no time to pull for his gun –
he unloaded with a ferocious two punches, jab and cross,
which dropped the attacker… his life was saved by his
martial arts training. This gentlemen is a 135 pound brown
belt under me, I leave his name out because he is shy and
I’m not sure if he wants me to reveal his story to the ten
thousand people on my email list, but his quick reactions
were developed via years of training. He told me himself,
if it wasn’t for his training, he would have froze and
probably just lifted his hands up in front of his face in a
flinching manner, like most people would have reacted, and
would have died. I have sent people to the Ultimate
Fighting Championship (UFC), BodogFight, WEC, EliteXC,
ADCC, and other promotions… and yet my biggest
accomplishment to date was knowing that my brown belt
and close friend was able to come home to his wife and kids
ALIVE while serving us on the streets.
Still not convinced? How about another TRUE story that
happened to one of my best friends, Master Lloyd Irvin.
Master Lloyd is one of the top black belts in the world.
Along with having an impressive resume, he has also
coached world class fighters. He coached one of his athletes
to the Olympics (Rhadi Ferguson) has coached a bunch of
UFC fighters such as Brandon Vera, Phil Davis, and UFC
world champion Dominic Cruz. Lloyd has been training
martial arts for years. As an MMA coach, a lot of fight gyms
poked a lot of fun at him for incorporating gun disarms in his
school curriculum… a lot of his rival instructors were
saying it was a waste of time, it wouldn’t work in a real
situation, you would just freeze up, etc. Well… a few years ago
Master Lloyd was sleeping on his couch in his home. He got
home late and forgot to turn on the alarm. Master Lloyd
owns a gun in his home. While sleeping on his couch, a man
woke him up with a gun in his face and told him to go to the
master bedroom. There, he found his wife, child, Brandon
Vera on the floor with another gunman pointinga gun at them.
Long story made short, these gunmen were pros… and the
situation did not look good for Master Lloyd and his family.
One gunman left the room to investigate the rest of the house,
this was the opportunity Master Lloyd was hoping for. He felt
an opening and reacted… he jumped on the now lone gunman
and utilized one of the gun disarms he has been practicing for
years, and successfully disarmed the man! He then grabbed
the gun, and the gunman, now without a gun, fled. Master Lloyd
didn’t catch them – but he successfully protected his family. I
spoke to him the following day, he told me how he had never
been that terrified in his life, that he truly believed his wife and
child were going to die, and that the fear was overwhelming…
however, he told me he focused on remembering his training
and when the opportunity came, he reacted. He said that when
he utilized the disarm, he remembered thinking, despite all the
craziness, “wow, it worked!” He used a technique that ejected
the magazine from the gun, giving the attacker possibly only
one shot (if there was a bullet in the chamber) and he
proceeded to disarm the weapon with textbook technique. See,
while the gunman was feeling the adrenaline and freezing up,
Master Lloyd was calm and acting out the technique he has
practiced over the years. He had an aggressive body but a
The disarm was so controversial that rival gyms and web
blogs were posting that it was fake – claiming that Master
Lloyd fabricated the story as a publicity stunt. Disgusted
by this, Master Lloyd responded publicly and even posted the
audio 911 call from his wife – you should check this out here:
Now think about this… how much value would you put on all
those years Master Lloyd spent training in the martial arts?
Why else learn bare-handed martial arts? You also have the
scenario of someone literally jumping on you and attacking
you without you seeing them coming – this happens as well.
I can go on and on with examples of the importance of
knowing bare-handed self defense.
Now obviously, if you are very serious about self-defense,
it is my humble opinion that you should own a firearm (that
is why I did get my concealed weapons permit). However, all
that being said, I think that every man, woman, and child
should know how to defend themselves with bare-handed
martial arts. Besides the fitness and mental benefits – I
think I have demonstrated in this email that the
self-defense applications are still priceless in this day
and age. The martial arts gives you a calmness under
pressure that you simply can’t get from shooting a target
over and over with a gun. And if you hate guns – then even
more reason for you to train… so if you aren’t a member of
a martial arts school, get your butt over to a good school
right now 🙂
apologies… but I could NOT take any chances… I had to make sure
that EVERYONE is familiar with this counter and TKO
finish… the Kimura Revenge!
Here is the video: http://www.MarcosAvellan.com/kimura-revenge
I taught the move for fighting – but if you are a grappling
competitor, you can use this move to counter and pass to side
control. Furthermore, if you keep the wrist as you pass, there are
a few nice submission setups you can get into. However, as I
mention in the video, don’t pass the guard if you are going to use
this for MMA or street fighting.
Ok Marcos, post a comment on the bottom of the page and
let me know what you think of the technique. Thank you and enjoy!