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Dan Faggella at NAGA Hartford

This article was contributed to this blog by Dan Faggella. Dan studied skill development at the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to win the No Gi Pan Ams.   Learn from the insights he gained by studying with skill development experts and BJJ world champions by clicking the following link: BJJ Skill Development.

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Are You CHICKEN? Do You Have The Guts To Do This…

Do you have the GUTS to do what I’m about to do now… which is write down your goals and make it public!  Even if it isn’t to the whole world – to at least one other person… so there will be a record that you made a promise to do something more than what...

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You’re a HATER!

This message has nothing to do with your training – or maybe it does? I wrote this message out to my email list but I thought I’d share it on my blog too. This advice that has helped me and has helped a lot of other people.

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Super Combat Recovery Techniques

Recovery is a huge part of training and combat. Fights can take minutes, even hours, and yet nobody can truly hit a straight out five minute sprint with everything they got… it is during lulls in combat that one can recover. In training, we have rest periods. Rest periods could be a simulation of resting...

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*VIDEO* Smuggled Cuban Boxing Secrets!

Last year I had traveled to Cuba to train boxing (I did so legally from Miami to Havana).  Since 1972, Cuba has earned more Olympic medals in boxing than any other country in the world. The United States is a boxing powerhouse – but due to the embargo, Cuba’s boxing techniques and training concepts are...

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BlackBeltPsychology.com Launched!

The title says it all!  Check out www.BlackBeltPsychology.com and subscribe to get emails about the psychology of training, competition, and combat!

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“Genchi-Tine” Seminar on Saturday, March 10, 2012!

Joao Moncaio is an awesome and legit Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) black belt under Pablo Popovitch who has many grappling titles and victories.  Devin Genchi, at the time a FFA blue belt, pulled off a huge win with his patented “Genchi-tine” guillotine setup!  In FFA history, we’ve had three blue belts defeat a black belt in grappling competition – but this was the first time via submission.

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Pics Of The New Expansion Upstairs At FFA Miami!

Here is a picture of one of our two new rooms upstairs for our Miami Fitness Program!  This marks our sixth expansion in the past ten years in business!

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FFA Miami MMA Testing Results!

Our FFA Miami MMA Gym had an excellent testing last week!  We had four epic promotions in Shah Bobonis (Brown Belt), Cesar Jordan (Purple Belt), Frank Espinosa (Blue Belt), and Napoleon Vilaboa (Blue Belt)!  We broke out a bottle of Dom Perignon to celebrate!  I’ll have a video up soon showing the promotions.  Below is a list of all the grades… CONGRATULATIONS to all those that tested!

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Welcome Marcos Jr. and Lloyd Avellan!

I’m super excited and proud to announce the birth of my twin boys, Marcos Jr. and Lloyd!  Both boys weighed in at 6 pounds 12 ounces and 6 pounds 14 ounces at an even 19 inches long!

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*VIDEO* Marcos Avellan Shows Wrestling Switch!

I’ve been showing weekly Free MMA Videos and this week I’m showing the Wrestling Switch!  This is a very common move in wrestling but should definitely be more popular in Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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*VIDEO* Boy Saves Sister’s Life With Jiu-Jitsu Training!

It is NEVER too early to start training… not only does training at a young age fight childhood obesity, develop motor skills, create confidence, boost self esteem, teach social skills, teach discipline, and much more… but it can SAVE your child’s life.

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*VIDEO* My #1 Armbar Setup From Mount For MMA Or BJJ

Here is my #1 armbar setup from mount… the neck crank armbar! I’ve been executing this vicious technique for years… it is an amazing technique because it has all the ingredients required for a successful move: easy to do, uncommon, and has a decoy distraction (the neck crank).  I’ve been teaching this move all month at our Miami MMA gym.

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FFA Miami MMA Testing Results!

Great testing today at the FFA Miami Mixed Martial Arts School! I’m very proud of my students today, here are the top scores of the day: Jorge Alvarez = A Luis Mendes Jr. = A- Vicky Fernandez = A Edwin Sarria = A Franklin Martinez = A- Charles Fils-Aime = A Sergio Mesa...

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FFA Grappling Tournament Results!

We had an inner school tournament last weekend at our Miami MMA gym and it was a big success!  We had over seventy competitors jump into the tournament – plus a whole squad of spectators!  Our students gained valuable competition experience, and most importantly… everyone enjoyed themselves and had a lot of fun.

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FFA MMA Miami & Davie Toy and Food Drive

It’s that time of year again everybody!  The Freestyle Fighting Academy takes a lot of pride in its charitable activities – and every December we always organize a MASSIVE toy and food drive for the needy.

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New Look To MarcosAvellan.com!

Hey guys and girls, I went ahead and changed the format of the page and made it into a blog. If you came on here to subscribe to my email list to get Free MMA Videos, click on the link.

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FFA Plans Return To Thailand – Both Davie And Miami MMA Gyms!

Both Davie and Miami MMA gyms are sending fighters and instructors to practice Muay Thai Kickboxing in Thailand!  Jason Soares, Devin Genchi, Rey Suarez, and Miguel Baeza are going to representing FFA in their second trip to Thailand!  They will be training in Thailand’s largest Muay Thai camp in Tiger Muay Thai.  Tiger is world renowned for it’s impressive facility and all-star lineup of world champion Thai Fighters.

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