And so ends one of the longest, most entertaining winning streaks in UFC history...

And so ends one of the longest, most entertaining winning streaks in UFC history…

UFC president Dana White once said that Anderson Silva was, pound-for-pound, the best fighter in the world. After successfully defending his title ten times in a row (ten!!!!), Silva had pretty much verified the claim. He’d taken down pretty much every top contender of UFC’s middleweight division, including a very dramatic rematch against Sonnen, and the only one left who stood a chance at taking the coveted belt from Silva was Chris Weidman. The result of that fight, Silva’s 11th title defense, was a startling upset.

Though Weidman started the show with a promising takedown, he lost his momentum after a rather sad ankle lock attempt. Silva escaped and proceeded to toy with him, clearly having little respect for Weidman. It was that lack of respect, however, that toppled Silva. While Silva displayed his trademark style of taunting and slipping punches Muhammad Ali-style, Weidman caught him with a series of solid hooks that knocked Silva out cold.

Pride comes before the fall, so it would seem…

I think it’s a shame Silva lost, though at the same time I like it. On one hand, I rather enjoy Silva’s flashy style, and he’s undisputedly one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. On the other hand, who would want the same guy as champion forever? And isn’t it kind of appropriate that Silva be knocked out when he purposefully lowers his hands in mockery?

To some it all up, I simply can’t wait for the rematch, which Dana White says might be in the near future. That’s assuming, of course, that Weidman is still the king of the mountain when it happens. Now everyone will be gunning for him, and judging by his apparently lucky-punch victory over Silva, he might have a harder time reaching title defense #11 than Silva did.

Who’s your favorite UFC fighter?


Patrick Who?

Patrick ASAY! That’s who! In Brian Brock’s previous post, he pretty much summed up everything in terms of who exactly we are and why we are doing what we are doing.

I’m definitely a work in progress! And Brian Brock has not only been an invaluable tool to the cause of Applied Martial Arts/Asay Jiujitsu (which is most important), but he has also made my game much better than if I had never met him.

This is the weird thing about Brian Brock: I have Black Belts in 3 styles, one in which is a 2nd Degree Black Belt…AND an unhealthy amount of experience in real-life violence…

…And I don’t think I have ever really taught him anything useful hahaha! It seems as though he does so much more for me than the reverse.

Also, if you hear me call him “Brock,” it’s not because it’s a formality thing…I just know too many Brians to care about confusing myself (which happens often) 😉

Thanks for getting on this blog!


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Now that we’ve had some posts and a few readers, I think it’s only fair to take a little time to reintroduce us, the writers, to you, the readers. As we’ve discussed before, there is a lot of pressure in martial arts for the instructors to be seen as legitimate or authentic. The first step of that, of course, is to let you guys know who we are and why we’re writing.

The interesting thing about this is as part of this post I’m going to be introducing Patrick, the guy who posted the last video. Unfortunately, I can’t get a hold of him since he dropped his phone in a river, so I’m going to have to summarize his pedigree and background as best I can and let him correct me later.

As for me, I’m Brian Brock, also known by beforethefire on my blog. I’m a black belt instructor in Applied Martial Arts, a mixed-discipline self defense style. Applied Martial Arts is a flexible, adaptable self defense system for helping people develop the martial skills required to survive a wide range of violent scenarios, from simple one-on-one encounters to the more complex, high stakes situations often only encountered by law enforcement and warfighters. As an instructor for the system, I can also be seen as a researcher. I try to develop my understanding of interpersonal violence and fighting from case studies and my training in other disciplines. I’m belt-ranked in both Taekwondo and Gracie Jiu-jitsu. Another one of my responsibilities is to continue developing Asay Jiu-jitsu, a basic grappling and ground defense program in Applied Martial Arts.

Left to right: Jared Emfield (Gracie Jiu-jitsu black belt), me, Ryron Gracie

Left to right: Jared Emfield (Gracie Jiu-jitsu black belt), me, Ryron Gracie

Outside of martial arts, I’m a father of three and a dedicated husband. I’m also an English teacher, hence the insane amount of writing I seem to be comfortable with. I live in Idaho.

Patrick Asay, the other contributor to this blog, is a black belt in Taekwondo, Kung-fu, Uchudo, and the creator of Applied Martial Arts. Patrick developed Applied Martial Arts as a way to find practical applications for the martial skills he developed in his traditional martial arts training. He was motivated by his need to protect himself while living in Hawaii, where he became engaged in numerous street fights. Patrick crossed-trained with numerous martial artists and law enforcement professionals on his quest to refine his system. As a result, Applied Martial Arts is a system that covers many ranges and conditions that occur in real-world violence, such as striking, grappling, ground fighting, weapons, obstacles, and injury.

Patrick is currently looking for a new phone.

There you have it, the men behind the proverbial curtain. The last thing you need to know about us is the reason for our blog. Our vision when we first started posting was to create a community of martial artists who could discuss training and application of martial arts in a respectful, objective manner. So far, we’ve had great input from some of our readers on everything from belt ranks to training journals. Check out the comments on our posts to read them! We hope to see more people following this blog and responding to the posts (especially if they disagree), and I look forward to reading your responses.

What is your martial arts background?

The arm bar from open guard and the knee guard shield scissor sweep from guard. Also, distancing yourself from the opponent’s punches all the while controlling him along the way.

This is the way we teach the stuff in Applied Martial Arts and Asay Jiujitsu, and I have found these techniques to be very effective. This is NOT THE ONLY WAY to get the job done, for there are many great grapplers who may teach things differently than we do, but that does not mean their way is wrong at all. I just teach what I’m good at and don’t attempt to teach things I’m not good at…yet. So keep that in mind and have an open mind.


So remember, if you’re in any other bottom position than bottom guard, either sweep them from your inferior position to achieve a dominant top position…or pull guard.

One thing I want y’all’s opinion on is this: Do you think that developing a strong guard game is of a lesser importance, equal importance, or greater importance than developing (and spend most your energy on) an either strong maintenance of superior positions to set up submissions and/or learning sweeps from the bottom position instead of going into guard?

What are your thoughts?

By the way I LOVE OPEN GUARD!!! Even though staying on my knees I am more confident with my strong base that very few can sweep gives me a stronger opportunity to either pass their guard or sweep them from the kneeling position to gain a dominant top position. I still use my guard a lot because I think it is a very powerful position to set up great sweeps and submissions…and also to prevent punches!…as demonstrated in the video.

Patrick Asay

Applied Martial Arts/Asay Jiujitsu

Video  —  Posted: July 5, 2013 by patrickasay in Uncategorized

There are some parts of martial arts culture that I will sometimes criticize, but naming your style after an animal will never be among them. I sometimes get jealous of the Kung fu guys that get to say they use crane or tiger or monkey technique (I would hate to fight monkey style, because chimpanzees scare me). Being a Gracie Jiu-jitsu practitioner, I kinda miss out on the whole animal mascot thing, but maybe it’s not too late to change. So that gets me thinking, which creature of the animal kingdom best represents Jiu-jitsu as I know it?

Snakes are okay, or maybe even great. They strike. They constrict. They’re definitely grapplers with potent striking power. But snakes have been done to death (thanks a lot, Kobra Kai Dojo). So what is another animal with a reputation for constricting and grappling with its prey?

This is what I want my opponents to see when I settle into side mount...

This is what I want my opponents to see when I settle into side mount…

Behold the mighty octopus! Seriously, I don’t think this real-life Krakken gets enough face time on martial arts tee shirts or academy logos. And if you think about it, this is an animal totally dedicated to grappling, and has a famous reputation for its stealth and intelligence. Though the Muay Thai guys might be miffed that I’m claiming a truly eight-limbed animal, I lay my claim to the wise, mighty octopus as the mascot of my Jiu-jitsu style!

What animal best represents your martial art?

Martial arts culture is full of rivalries and dichotomies: traditional training vs. sport training, eastern arts vs. western arts, hard vs. soft. The list goes on. One rivalry, however, is one I’d eventually like to see put to rest. I’m talking about strikers vs. grapplers. In my mind, striking techniques and grappling techniques are but tools for achieving an objective. I began my martial arts training in the striking arts: Kenpo, Karate, and Taekwondo. Now I train Gracie Jiu-jitsu. Very seldom did these two different strategies meet for me in class, but now I see a little of one in the other can make a good fighter great.
Since I usually talk about the many virtues of Jiu-jitsu, I want to point out the incredible usefulness and versatility of strikes. I do agree that grappling is more appropriate for all levels of violence, since grappling techniques can be as gentle as they are effective. Strikes, however, are useful tools for opening opportunities, disrupting your opponent’s movements, and causing some quick, obvious damage. This is assuming, of course, that your opponent has become assaultive, and you are legally justified in hitting him.
Striking has so many great uses besides simply knocking someone out. One is to simply cause your opponent to move. Throwing jabs and crosses at your opponent’s face, for example, can cause him to cover his face with his hands and even change his posture, thus making him easier to approach and grapple. Mounting your opponent and striking him from above can, besides causing him to surrender, force him to raise his arms in defense, opening the way for an armbar or a shoulder lock.
Strikes can also cause your opponent to hesitate, stumble, or otherwise abandon their intended movement. Is he rushing towards you with his fist raised, ready to strike? A simple push kick to his leg or hip can stop his movement dead in its tracks, or even cause him to stumble and fall. Is he trying to grab your groin when you’ve mounted him (don’t laugh, we’re all adults here!)? A simple elbow to his face, even if it doesn’t connect, can convince him that such an exchange would not be in his favor.
I like how many things you can achieve through a little blunt force trauma. I’ve never been confident in knockout strategies. Knockouts are harder to get than most people think. As a grappler, however, I highly value any tactic that can help me close the distance with my opponent or illicit a predictable reaction from them. Though Gracie Jiu-jitsu takes up the bulk of my training, I sometimes pull out the target mitts and drill a few combos and my footwork.
Grapplers: how do you incorporate striking into your training?
Strikers: how do you incorporate grappling into your training?

A Wing Chun Kung Fu practitioner teaches that his style can defeat grapplers by only using Kung Fu techniques.

DISCLAIMER:  Before you watch my response video, understand that I am a black belt/sash in Wing Chun Kung Fu and I absolutely love the art!  I am not trying to belittle Kung Fu.  It has a great place in combat training.  I also LOVE grappling.  I study both arts.  I am here to show you that you cannot substitute one style for another and/or put it in another medium and expect it to be effective.

Everything is pretty self-explanatory if you watch the videos.  Feedback welcome!!!!

patrick asay


(p.s. Why does he call himself “KerrMMA?” Doesn’t MMA actually have more grappling than Wing Chun Kung Fu???)

Video  —  Posted: June 30, 2013 by patrickasay in Uncategorized