Jon Fitch and the decline of the closed guard in MMA

Earlier this year Jon Fitch declared that “the closed guard is dead,” following Nate Marquardt’s unexpected loss to wrestler Chael Sonnen. No less than ground-wizard Shinya Aoki backed up the claim. This is the basic closed guard (with gi) in BJJ: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoJ5noSl3Rs&fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0] More recently, USA Today interviewed Fitch following the announcement of his upcoming match with B.J. Penn, and Fitch got …

Shawn “Pain” Peters to head Saturday MMA classes

Kombat Arts is proud to announce that MMA veteran Shawn “Pain” Peters will be taking over the Saturday MMA classes starting next Saturday, Nov. 6. Pain’s fight experience goes back to 1997, when he KO’d  his first opponent in just 32 seconds. Since then, up until he went on hiatus in 2003, he’s been in the mix with some of …

Training at KB-1

So I have been having some fun training here at KB-1, doing some grappling and Muay Thai. It’s actually a lot of material and it may take me some time to sift through it and apply it. Today I worked on some set ups with Mehdi in the ring. We worked on some aggressive offensive combos and some anti-clinch drills. …