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Chris Haueter double under pass (videos)

October 30, 2011

Chris is a master of the double under pass.  It’s an awesome approach that takes away so many guard bottom options.  Planning on a private covering this very subject the next time he’s in town.  Here is a paticular part of this progression that to my knowledge he made up.

Rated R for langauge and adult content=):

Competition footage of Chris’s passing game:

One of Chris’s favorite movie clips you pansies:


Article: ‘Positive fantasies’ have negative effect

August 27, 2011

From the Oregonian Living section by way of Washington Post-Bloomberg:

It’s a mantra for leadership coaches and self-help gurus:  Picture yourself achieving your goals, and you’ll have a better chance of reaching them.  But, doing so could make it harder to reach your target.

Studies over the years have shown that people who engage in ‘positive fantasies,’ or idealized images of future outcomes, are less likely to achieve them.  And a new study by researchers at New York University’s Motivation Lab takes a stab at why:  Imagining these successful outcomes saps our energy from doing the hard work it takes to get there.

In four studies, researchers looked at the effect on systolic blood pressure by a variety of ‘positive fantasies,’ from students who imagined winning an essay contest to women who visualized themselves looking good in high heels. (Yes, really.)

Each imagining of success resulted in lower systolic blood pressure.  In other words:  When the visualization increased, people’s energy decreased.

This is not to say positive reinforcement is bad.  People must be reminded that a goal is possible.  And idealized images do have a time and place.  As the researchers note, if relaxation is a goal, positive images can help you lower the energy your exerting and potentially perform better.

Video: My two coaches rolling after seminar

August 23, 2011

Outside of looking for favorite movie scenes you can tell I spend a lot of time on youtube, as this video has been up for over a year and I didn’t see it until today. 

On a side note I’m in the background rolling from :30 to 3:30 or so.

Eric says his goal with Chris first and foremost is to try to get into every position possible, as Chris comes up from Cali only every so often.  Wise chops for a punk!



Bonus footage of some of Eric’s violin work, accompanied by Rick Fernandez on guitar and Dan-O on gong:





Rickson interview link

July 22, 2011

The wisdom in the following interview is worth hundreds of hours of privates.  Why?  Because these approaches are hardly taught anymore.  Yes, some people, some of the time, talk about fundamentals, but how many people talk about dealing with some one with 50 lbs. + on you when tired?  How well does your technique work then?

Rickson is a dying breed.

Watch it, learn it, live it:

Roger Gracie quote on patience

July 9, 2011

Roger Gracie question and answer on posture and patience from

Question: “Your elegant posture makes it look almost like an English sport, although it’s called Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  It reveals a lot of coolness and patience during fights, a lot different from the more agitated Jiu-Jitsu that we see a lot of these days.  Does that posture help you defend?

Answer:  “Patience is the key to Jiu-Jitsu.  I like the metaphor about the guy that is drowning.  If he starts to flap his arms and legs, he is going to lose oxygen quicker and won’t think straight.  To swim like that will make him sink to the bottom, but if he is calm he can come to surface easily.  The same applies to Jiu-Jitsu.  If the guy that is being attacked starts to move randomly trying to escape, he may simply be moving to adjust the position for his opponent, to tighten the move.” (falling deeper into the position)

Awareness vs. Mechanics

June 29, 2011

The most important jiu-jitsu principle is taking what the person in front of you gives you. 

The mechanics of a move, posture, or position are designed to support awareness based principles.  Without awareness of momentum and energy in real-time I don’t care how good your mechanics are, your doing jiu-jitsu moves not jiu-jitsu. 

A pitfall of intermediate and advanced levels is you can force things on lesser experienced grapplers that seasoned veterans and people with size, speed, and strength will nullify or take advantage of.

I did a web search to reference the following quote that has always stuck with me to no avail before Chris’s comment below revealed it came out of Saulo Ribeiro’s ‘Jiu-Jitsu Revolution’ DVDs :

“There is no proper position without the proper time.”

Details and inches: Video of Marcelo breaking down a signature move

June 10, 2011

Outside the north-south choke so much of what I try to get across in this blog is demonstrated here:

Kesting spent 4-5 years experimenting with this choke, likewise his questions are brilliant.  Based on my experience a lot of people don’t have any questions entering a private (never mind good ones), or worse yet want me to calibrate where they are belt wise.

Marcelo is on the mat 3-4 a day, so 5 years of him working this choke is equivalent to the 15-20 years the average 3-4x a week grappler puts in.  Based Kesting and Garcia’s time invested this 10 minutes of FREE info is worth hundreds of dollars yet people commented on the poor audio.  Like Danaher wrote below: ‘Many will look, but few will see.’ ;o)

I didn’t necessarily like Kesting’s question about body types as 95% of the time this is an excuse not to even try.  Marcelo alluded to this as well.  You can make almost anything work if your willing to give it time, though, and practice.  To me genius isn’t about what you think, but how you think.

Chuck Norris is a BJJ Black Belt…

June 2, 2011

…so I’m hoping at the ‘black belt’ seminar this Saturday Eric can and will show us the breakdown, schematics and all around finer points of the following technique:

Are people stupid?

May 13, 2011

The most fundamental and brilliant psychological principle I’ve heard to date comes from the noted family therapist Virginia Satir.  It’s stated as follows:

‘The strongest human instinct is to do what’s familiar.’

I think this is huge concept for a teacher to understand.  That people behave in counter-productive ways not because they are stupid, but out of habit because they are human.

This is real world compassion.

This leads into another awesome quote/passage I read this morning from the ‘Tao of Leadership’ by John Heider:

‘To know how other people behave takes intelligence, but to know myself takes wisdom.  To manage other people’s lives takes strength, but to manage my own life takes true power.’

Great passage on Principles

April 8, 2011

From the book ‘The Enlightened Garndener’ by Sydney Banks:

“…She (Mrs. Horner) taught algebra with an unyielding belief that none of her students should ever try to memorize her lectures, saying that her students should be trying to understand the principles behind what she was trying to convey.  Throughout the entire semester, she would say with a very gracious manner, ‘Memorizing this material may get you through your exam, but you will soon forget it.  Do you know why?  Because you won’t understand the very foundation of algebra.’  Then she would say, ‘Only if you try to understand the fundamental principles will you understand my words; only then will the logic of algebra remain with you for the rest of your life.'”