MMA 101

MMA 101

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As the sons of Vale Tudo legend Francisco “Master Indio” Silva, brothers Danillo and Yuri Villefort come from a prestigious fighting pedigree. Born and raised in Brazil, Danillo and Yuri have been training judo and BJJ since they were young boys. Now, both Blackzilians make their living in the cage—Yuri is signed with the UFC, while Danillo is on the WSOF roster.

This month, Danillo shows readers one of his favorite judo throws at the JACO Hybrid Training Center in Delray Beach, Florida.

1) Yuri (left) and Danillo (right) square off in orthodox stances.
2) Danillo closes the distance by throwing an overhand right.
3) Danillo digs an underhook with his right arm and grabs wrist control with his left hand. Danillo will maintain the underhook and wrist control throughout the throw.
4) Danillo begins to work knees to Yuri’s midsection.
5) Danillo maintains his underhook and wrist control. To keep Yuri in bad position, Danillo uses his head to block Yuri’s head.
6) Instead of throwing another knee, Danillo steps with his left foot to the outside of Yuri’s right foot and uses his underhook to drive Yuri off balance.
7) Danillo continues to drive forward, forcing Yuri to put all of his weight on his right leg. Danillo lifts his right leg off the mat to move into position to attack Yuri’s right leg.
8) Danillo slides his right leg to the outside of Yuri’s right leg, while popping his hips and sending Yuri airborne.
9) Danillo lands in full control, keeping the underhook and sliding his left hand from wrist control to elbow control.

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As the new striking coach for Team Alpha Male, former UFC fighter Duane “Bang” Ludwig has come out of the gate firing. Three of his Team Alpha Male fighters (Joseph Benavidez, Chad Mendes, and TJ Dillashaw) earned knockouts on the UFC on Fox 7 card, while Urijah Faber’s crisp striking helped him earn a submission win at the TUF 17 Finale.

With more than 50 kickboxing bouts and 30 MMA fights under his belt, Ludwig knows a thing or two about the striking game, and his BANG Muay Thai affiliate gyms (www.303kickboxing.com) are popping up all over the country. “The team is doing all the hard work,” says Ludwig. “BMT is just helping them become even more badass ninjas.”

This month, Ludwig and Team Alpha Male bantamweight TJ Dillashaw show readers a combo from the BMT System. Follow closely, as BANG Muay Thai has its own terminology. Leave it to Ludwig to create his own codes.

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1) Duane and TJ square off in orthodox stances.

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2) TJ begins his BANG Muay Thai “3-Shake-Fit In” combo by throwing a left jab. The goal is to get your opponent’s attention by attacking upstairs. It’s important to keep your feet in sync with your hands.

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3) TJ throws a right cross, while protecting his chin with his left hand.
4) TJ finishes his initial combo with a left hook.
5) TJ changes levels and begins his “shake” (shaking his head to the outside) and “fit in” (stepping with his left leg to the outside of Duane’s right leg for a fake shot). Now TJ’s head is to the outside and “off the tracks,” which keeps Duane from connecting with a cross or overhand.

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6) As Duane’s hands drop to counter/defend the shot, TJ drives forward in a southpaw stance, as if he is finishing the double-leg takedown.
7) TJ explodes upward and throws a left cross.
8) TJ finishes the combo by throwing a right hook.

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Optional Double-Leg Finish

If Duane doesn’t counter/defend the shot correctly in #6, TJ can finish the double-leg by cutting the angle and driving Duane 45 degrees to end up in mount or side control.

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There are a lot of benefits to being in side control. You can knee the body, drop elbows to the face, work toward full mount, and hunt submissions. This month, Robert Drysdale—2007 ADCC World Champion and undefeated professional mixed martial artists (6-0, with 6 submissions)—shows readers a slick armlock from side control.

1) I begin by holding my opponent in side control.

2) As he pummels to get his left arm underneath me, I snake my right arm through and put the back of my right hand on his biceps.

3) As he turns into me, I let him push his left arm all the way through. When he does, I trap his arm by placing my right hand on my left pectoral. I keep his arm trapped here during the entire sequence.

4) As he turns to his side, I keep my weight on him. The more weight, the better. I don’t want to stop him from turning, I just want to slow him down and keep him in my control. I spin clockwise by bringing my knees toward his head and putting my left elbow on the ground at his gut, which blocks his right thigh.

5) I pop my hips up and begin to take a big step with my right leg over the top of his head, almost like I’m doing a sit-out. His arm is still trapped in my armpit.

6) I put my right foot on the mat, and pinch my right elbow toward my hip, forcing him to tap.

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photos: Paul Thatcher

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