Fuji Sports Australia Sponsorship

Very happy to announce I have some new sponsors and have been selected to be a part of the Fuji Sports Australia Fight Team for 2014. Ever since I got back Read more...

Eternal MMA - Feb 21st 2014

I will be going up a weight class in my next fight which will be on Feb 21st on the Gold Coast, QLD Australia on Eternal MMA against Reece Read more...

BJJ Black Belt

So I was awarded my BJJ Black Belt a week ago and being such a monumental milestone I have been meaning to take the time to write some words Read more...

One FC: Warriors and Champions

I'll be making my One FC debut on September 13th on their "Champions & Warriors" card being held in Jakarta, Indonesia. And it wouldn't be fitting if I wasn't Read more...

Cabra Kai Mixed Martial Arts

So an idea which was embarked on about 10 months ago and a journey which started about 8 years ago I'm proud to say that my own little gym Read more...


Tiger Muay Thai

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Decided to drop everything and head overseas to train for a bit and ended up at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket for a couple weeks. Was tossing up between TMT and Phuket Top Team and though TMT is a bit more expensive, you get what you pay for and was happy with my choice. Whole facility is much bigger and spacious, the indoor MMA/grappling room was pretty slick and the training was pretty good too.  Read more…

OneFC: Return of Warriors

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Been a while since I’ve posted but much going on and even this is a delayed post. Was lucky enough earlier in the month to attend OneFC: Return of Warriors in Malaysia helping out with cornering duties for fellow Aussie Viet – Thanh “Alladin” Vu who was fighting for a place in the semi finals for the Bantamweight eliminator. OneFC run things like clockwork and was a great show to be apart of, even if this time I was there as more a trainer/spectator than a fighter. I’ll get my change on OneFC soon enough. :) Read more…

Advanced Fight Gear Technique of the Week

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I was up in Queensland the other week and was able to catch up with my sponsors – Advanced Fight Gear. While I was there I had some time to do an “Advanced Fight Gear Technique of the Week”. Check out the video below and check out their website for MMA products while you’re at it.

Advanced Fight Gear Website

Essential Knowledge When Starting Out In BJJ

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Found this pic on the net and every word rings true about BJJ. If you can accept a lot of this when starting out as a white belt in BJJ then you will have a much better chance at succeeding in it. Becoming a good grappler takes years and years of work and as the picture says, takes a lot of mistakes and failures, but to come out at the end of the tunnel is truly a rewarding feeling and that is why BJJ is one of the best forms of martial arts there is.

Conan Silveira

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With CFC 16 around the corner and Hector Lombard fighting as the main event, Hector’s Coach, Conan Silveira spared some time to come down the Lion’s Den to take us through a few things.

We went through a few armbars and triangles from the ground point of view, as well as some takedown tips from the feet. All in all it was a great session and everything was valuable coming from the coach of some of the best MMA fighters in the world. Read more…

BJJ Training Retrospective

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Found this on a forum about BJJ and found it to be very true (and amusing too because of its truth).

* 90% of the folks that you start with at white belt will never make it to black belt.
* You will be one of those 90 percent that never reaches black belt unless you really want it.
* Injury is 100 percent guaranteed at each belt level.
* Family members will try to talk you into quitting after each injury, especially if surgery is required. and if you really don’t want to be a black belt, their comments will make sense and you will quit.
* Listen to your body and rest when you’re hurt. BJJ is a marathon race, not a sprint.
* There’s a thin line between being hurt and injured. Don’t ignore the warning signs.
* BJJ is ALL EGO, regardless of the old “leave your ego at the door” mantra.
* Keep a flower pot at the office large enough to soak my sore wrists, hands and elbows during the day.
* Never train hard without a good warm-up first. if you’re intentionally skipping warm-ups so you can save energy for your matches, you’re going to pay for it someday.
* To not listen to training advice from other white belts over my instructor.
* Everyone online sounds smarter and better equipped to teach you than your instructor.
* Too much bjj info (e.g. DVDs, books, magazines, etc.) is just as bad as not enough bjj info.
* Good grapplers are training, not spending all day posting about who’s the best grappler or where they train.
* If you don’t have training goals in the beginning, someone will give you their agenda for what they want you to be and you may not like it.
* The grappler that thinks “drilling is a waste of time” will be an average grappler at best.
* You don’t have to be at the gym to train.
* Competitions will reveal all your bad habits that you can either hide or ignore in the gym.
* Start learning takedowns as a white belt. that way, you won’t be a blue/purple/brown belt that can only jump guard or butt scoot.
* The paintbrush and every other basic technique that you think is useless will work if you take time to learn how to set them up and execute them correctly.
* If you have to think about doing a technique, you don’t know it.
* Drill at least 10-15 mins after class every day on the technique you just learned to help reinforce it in your muscle memory.
* Trust your coach to build you as a grappler, not strangers that you only talk to online.
* White belts don’t have a style, regardless of what they think.
* Never let anyone intimidate you on the mat.
* Remember to breathe when sparring. if you run out of gas too quickly every time you roll, you’re probably holding your breath.
* Never be afraid to tap with a partner, it’s really not that important

Fight Life: MMA Documentary by James Z. Feng

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Came across this in some MMA news. Looks like a very interesting documentary made which goes through the stuff people don’t see and know about MMA fighters. Something I would be keen to watch in full when it comes out in 2010.

Harder, Better, Stronger, Faster*…

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So the year is winding to an end, but I’ve already started thinking about the new year. I took about 2 months off after my last fight to heal a chronic groin injury and I’ve been back in training for a number of weeks now and just going through the motions. Not as intense as training would get when preparing for a fight, but still very good and hard sessions.

I’ve mapped out the next 6 months, and the basic goal is to get better at every aspect of the MMA game. To focus on increasing the knowledge and skills and to be a much better athlete. There’s always room to improve for myself, and I can still get better in everything I do. What has helped is the fact that I am quite small in stature. My training partners are always physically bigger and it adds as a driving factor for me to balance the playing field and get better in other aspects.

So for strength, I’ve started hitting the gym again for weights. Need to win every battle when it comes down to that. For my immediate goals for wrestling it will be to always remain on top when I get top position and always scramble to the advantage position first. Will have to just focus on the ground component of wrestling for now as most of my wrestling partners are training in Japan.

For my BJJ, I’m just increasing my repertoire of techniques from all positions. When I changed gyms about a year ago, I essentially stopped increasing my skills in this field from not attending any proper classes. I’m back to three classes a week at the Lion’s Den with a proper black belt instructor, and so far it’s been helping my game heaps on a week to week basis, especailly rolling with the instructor every class, and with the other browns and purples. Lastly, for striking, am having 1 on 1 muay thai sessions with my trainer three mornings a week to round off my striking. Will get back to the weekly sparring sessions once the new year starts with the rest of the team back.

So that’s the plan. Harder, better, stronger, faster*. Not really looking for any fights in the next 6 months, as holiday season is approaching and I’m off to my own holiday break in March. When I get back from that, i’ll have a training camp and look to return to the cage Harder, Better, Stronger and Faster…

*Taken from the title of the Daft Punk song. =)

Off Season, not Time-Off Season

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I’ve recently returned to training and have been telling people I’m in my “off season” but by no means am I taking time off or that I’m training much less than I was before. My injuries are all healed up, and with no fights line up in sight, I could easily take off the next few months. However my off-season will consist of possibly as much training as I could fit in, just without the intensity I normally would apply if I was leading up to a fight or a competition.

MMA in Australia is still very young, and my own level of experience is relatively young as well, and so my off-season will comprise of building my skillsets more. More striking. More BJJ. More Wrestling. I still have a lot to learn in all areas, so will just look to fatten the knowledge areas up in all aspects, and then when I decide to make a return to fight again, i’ll pick the intensity up, move to less technique and more drilling, which should gear me back towards fight condition.

Well that’s the goal anyway. We’ll see how much of an impact work and the upcoming holidays will have. But at least I’ve got some short term goals I can aim towards.

Groin Injury

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I haven’t trained since my last fight and that would make it two weeks straight of no training activity at all. I don’t think I can remember the last time since I started martial arts 3 and a half years ago where I didn’t train for a period of two weeks. Even when i went on holidays 2 years ago, i was able to still train.

However this time a groin injury that i got about 6 weeks ago has lead me to take some time off to heal. After my last fight i decided to take some off, both physically and mentally, and get this groin checked out too. Have been going to physio, and it’s getting better. I still have some treatment next week, so this streak of not training is continuing.

Going to enjoy the weekend with Father’s Day on Sunday, so some nice R&R with family for the mental break. I’ll see how the groin feels on Monday, and might start some boxing training to slowly get back into things. I’ll see how the groin pulls up next week before i start grappling or wrestling again. Until next time, have a great weekend folks…