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Marcelo Garcia On the Mat!!!

    Sat, 2010-05-15 07:09 — Gumby

    MGInAction.com & OnTheMat.com are proud to host a live chat with Marcelo Garcia on Saturday, May 15th at 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EST (11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. PST).

     

    This is your chance to ask champion fighter and trainer Marcelo Garcia about www.MGInAction.com, training tips, and what it takes to be a champion fighter.

     

    Regardless of if you are training for fitness or training for the next UFC, you will want to be a part of this live chat. Join us in the www.OnTheMat.com forums at the day and time listed above!

     

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    KibunInc's picture

    Just wanted to say hello and

    Just wanted to say hello and good luck at the worlds this year. BJJ has changed the face of fighting world wide so I would like to say thanks. Take care....oh yeah remember
    Train Hard
    Fight Hard
    Party Hard

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    Marcelo Garcia's picture

    Thanks guys!

    Thanks Everybody!!  I hope you have more of an understanding of my Jiu Jitsu and my way of thinking. You are all welcome to come by my school in NYC anytime and train with me--I am always on the mats. I'd also like to give all of you a 2 week free pass to my online academy www.mginaction.com. If you put in the promo code MG14 you can have 14 days unlimited access to daily instructionals and rolling sessions from my NYC academy. See you soon!

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    Amphibian's picture

    Butterfly Guard

    Do you believe that buttefly guard is the most versatile guard to use in competiton. In MMA it can help you get back to your feet quicker, but in Grappling you use it to set up sweeps and arm drags.
     
    Along with the X-Guard and Butterfly Guard, what guards do you find the most effective for competition?

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    Marcelo Garcia's picture

    @Amphibian Butterfly and X Guard

    I train so much butterfly guard because I believe this is a game not many people know how to defend yet. It is a pretty new game. People have not developed an undestanding of all the possibilities--there are so many sweeps and defenses that no one knows about. It is also an excellent guard to resist the pressure of someone bigger because my legs and arms can control the range of the fight. It is a good place to receive pressure and react. A big part of my style is to explore new terrain. Here are some links to my butterfly and x guard games--
    x guard
    http://www.mginaction.com/Search.aspx?Mode=Search&Category2=BOTH&Level_Fundamental=True&Level_Intermediate=True&Level_Advanced=True&q=x+guard
    butterfly,
    http://www.mginaction.com/Search.aspx?Mode=Search&Category2=BOTH&Level_Fundamental=True&Level_Intermediate=True&Level_Advanced=True&q=x+guard

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    BeanTownBrawler's picture

    Ralek Gracie is fighting Sakuraba

    I saw Rorions son Ralek is fighting Sakuraba on May 30th in Japan. If you had to bet your academy on the fight, who would you go with?

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    thebrownster's picture

    Your inspirations

    Marcelo, you have inspired so many people with your jiu jitsu, but which fighters do you still look to for inspiration, and from who do you think you have learned the most?

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    fm90211's picture

    Competiting

    Do you think its smarter when your competing for go for submissions or points?

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    Marcelo Garcia's picture

    @fm90211

    Both. Whatever he gives first. And then always look to finish the match. Then rest for the next fight.

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    BeanTownBrawler's picture

    Will we ever see you doing MMA again?

    I'd love to see you in the cage against some of these MMA fighters. Will we ever see you back in MMA?

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    Marcelo Garcia's picture

    @beantownbrawler MMA

    I trained a year at American Top Team after my first fight and during that time my fights in Japan kept getting postponed. It was so brutal on my body and so frustrating and I realzed that in order to do what I love most which is Jiu Jitsu I would have to stop MMA.

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    beowulf's picture

    Top Control

    Marcelo, I also had a question about top control. What are some tips that will help you control your opponent from the top position, which will prevent them from putting you back in their guard? Is there a drill or technique that can help improve hip pressure and staying tight, especially when you are on top in side control?

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    Marcelo Garcia's picture

    @beowolf--TOP

    You gotta try to use your whole body to control somebody. Your weight, your arms, your legs, the tips of your toes. Sometime you don't have your arms to establish somebody, but you have your knees to control their stomach. Sometimes you just have to balance your weight without grips. Sometimes I try to put all of my weight on the part of his body that is moving. This is important.

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    Scotty's picture

    Just wanted to say HI!!

    How is the new school and NYC?  I understand you have our good friend Paul there teaching!?!  Paul and i lived in brazil together for years.  I never saw anyone get as good as him so fast.  NYC is lucky to have him! Cant wait to get out there and train.
    Abraco!
    Scotty

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    Scotty's picture

    :) yes for sure!  see you

    :) yes for sure!  see you there!  and in NYC soon!

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    Marcelo Garcia's picture

    Hey Scotty!

    The school in NY is great! We've been having fun with Paul--he always tries to surprise me with a trust fall! We are thrilled to have him with us and the students all love him!  Our new school schedule is at www.marcelogarciajj.com   I look forward to seeing you at Mundials Scotty!

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    BlackBelt's picture

    Are you fighting?

     Will you be fighting in the Worlds this year?

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    Deanna's picture

    training kids

    what are your thoughts on training kids. some think your style of fighting is too dangerous for kids to know. some think kids shouldn't learn things like chokes and arm bars. do you think its ok for kids to learn this stuff and what age is the right age.

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    Marcelo Garcia's picture

    @Deanna

    We are actually starting our youth program in NY in September. We have a big youth program in Florida and never had a problem. It is very important to teach the children about much more than jiu jitsu. If they learn  a technique they also have to be taught how to be responsible for it. There must always be enough teachers on the mats so that each child is monitored closely and they only learn what they are ready to learn. Conceptual learning is critical for students. Go to www.theartoflearningproject.org to get a sense for Josh's take on this and how we will be building our nyc youth program.

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    drake woodson's picture

    Randori

    Hey Marcelo I've been doing jiu jitsu for about two months. I wanted to ask you about Randori when do you think it would be a good time to start rolling? And also do you think knowing at least two attacks and two escapes from each position would be a good base before randori?
     
    Thanks Drake

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    @drake when beginners should start rolling

    At my school in NY I get beginners started with specific training. For example I'll have them spend a whole class working on holding and escaping side control. Usually I have 3 people rotating together so no one gets too tired to learn. By focusing on small parts of the game one at a time, beginners can incrementally build their game.

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    Amphibian's picture

    Setting up Arm Drags and Chokes

    Marcelo, you have an unbelievable ability at setting up arm drags to take people's backs. What are your favorite ways to set up your arm drags in competition?
     
    Also, the choke you used to submit Jake Shields at L.A. Sub X in November 2006 appears to be one of your favorite and most effective chokes. It looks like a mounted guillotine at first glance. What is your name for that choke, what hand grip do you use when locking it in, and what are some of the best ways to set it up?

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    @Amphibian Arm Drags and chokes

    Whenever I control an arm with a grip there is a good chance for an armdrag. Grip fighting is a huge part of my game. Here are some links to arm drags and that guillotine you mentioned.
    Guillotine
    http://www.mginaction.com/Search.aspx?Mode=Search&Category2=BOTH&Level_Fundamental=True&Level_Intermediate=True&Level_Advanced=True&q=guillotine

    Armdrag
    http://www.mginaction.com/Search.aspx?Mode=Search&Category2=BOTH&Level_Fundamental=True&Level_Intermediate=True&Level_Advanced=True&q=Armdrag

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    BeanTownBrawler's picture

    10th Planet Jiu Jitsu

    What is your opinon of the 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu system, its pros and cons?
    When you went against Ricco Rogriguez, he did a very cheap slam seeming to intentionally hurt you. I thought it was the most cowardly act I'd ever seen in a high level tournament. What kept you from breaking his arm when you eventually got the tap. Did he talk to you at all after that match?

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    mfd146's picture

    New Book....

    Marcelo, when visiting your academy I found that some of your warm ups and drills are a workout in themselves, and I enjoy them a lot. Have you ever thought about putting out a book on nothing but drills? Or is there some way to put them in to MGinaction.com?
     

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    Marcelo Garcia's picture

    @mfd146--my warmups

    Yes! Actually we are planning to start posting footage of my warmups on www.mginaction.com. I'm opening up all elements of my game on the program, so please come check it out!

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    @mfd146--my warmups

    A main idea of my warm ups is to help people stretch their bodies and minds so that they can spontaneously do things while rolling that they would not have thought of before.

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    mfd146's picture

    On line Store...

    I watch MGinaction all the time and have noticed the clinch gear shorts. They look great by the way. When will the store be up and running? I'm in need of some new shorts and t-shirts!!

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    shorts

    I love those clinch gear shorts by the way! I received a pair after Abu Dhabi 2005 and since then they have become one of my favorites.

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    mfd146's picture

    My last one...

    If those shorts are available at your store I'll be getting a pair Monday!!!
    Say hi to Tati and good luck at the worlds!!!!!!!
    I'll be at the Academy in July or August...
    Thanks for your time....
    Steve

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    Marcelo Garcia's picture

    @mfd146 Our online store

    Our online store will be up on www.mginaction.com on Monday!!

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    mfd146's picture

    You know I'll be there!

    You know I'll be there!

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    BeanTownBrawler's picture

    Keeping Balance to Training

    A lot of people say "Train Jiu Jitsu" but there are so many different meanings to that. For instance, there are standard classes, there are times for drilling flows with a training partner, other days for positional drills. Whats the best way to break that up in a way that will keep me at optimal performance?

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    Marcelo Garcia's picture

    @ BeantownBrawler--how I train

    You gotta try to take a little piece from all the components you just mentioned. Sometimes I let my opponent move to maximize my time in transitions. Other times I go straight for the finish when I feel a big challenge. Sometimes if I feel someone doesn't want to give the back, I'll fight very hard to make him make a mistake and give the back. Sometimes I might just train my squeeze for a session. Other times I'll work on my grips. My whole life I have learned how to make my own training by creating little challenges no matter who I am rolling with. This is very important.

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    Sheena Lee's picture

    Women in Jiu-Jitsu

    Marcelo,
     
    Do you have any suggestions on what women should focus on when training jiu-jitsu for self-defense? Also, what are some tips for women who train mostly with much bigger, stronger, and technical men?

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    BJJgirlworld's picture

    Self Defense for Women

    I guess my question is is like Sheena's, is using Mginaction.com for training effect for girls who are trying to learn self-defense and if so, what are the best moves to learn to protect yourself from an attacker. I really like bjj but i am not sure if its really the best self defense for woman on the street?

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    Marcelo Garcia's picture

    @ Sheena Lee

    JJ is most technical way to defend yourself against a bigger and stronger opponent. I believe the techniques of my arsenal can be used against someone bigger than you. In fact that is one of my main principles--to only use techniques that will work against any body type. For example I don't use the kimura or head and arm chokes becasue I much bigger guy could resist. So even against a small opponent I will not use them because that would slow down my growth.

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    charliechoke's picture

    Marcelo & Josh

    How did you two come together for mginaction? How do you make a connection between chess and the art of hand to hand combat grappling?

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    Marcelo Garcia's picture

    @charliechoke--from Marcelo and Josh

    We've been friends for a while now--since the beginnnig of 2007. As for making connections, that is evolving every day with fierce conversations! On and off the mats.

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    Bevois's picture

    Takedowns

    Hi Marcelo,
     
    In your opinion, which takedowns do you prefer or find more effective in the following sports: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Grappling, and Mixed Martial Arts?

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    @ Bevois takedowns

    I realize wrestling combines really well with gi, no gi and mma. Most of my takedowns involve, arm drags, singles, and doubles.

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    Spoon's picture

    Marcelo, I was wondering how

    Marcelo,
    I was wondering how you deal with the pressure of competition. Is there any specific way you alleviate the stress associated with competing? Thanks.

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    Marcelo Garcia's picture

    I just like to try to train

    I just like to try to train as much as I can before the tournament. And during the tournament I gotta feel like I'm at my gym. Every day I train as hard as I can. Every day I practice with as much intensity and focus as possible--that way tournament pressure feels natural. When you know you have given your best, there is nothing to worry about.

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    beowulf's picture

    Cool

    I guess I will ask a question here before the start time.
     
    In striking arts, such as Boxing and Muay Thai, people can train by themselves with punching bags. Are there any useful training methods for grappling and jiu-jitsu that people can do when they on their own?

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    Marcelo Garcia's picture

    I believe there are some

    I believe there are some exercises you can do on the mat--some gymnastica natural exercises can really help you when you don't have anyone to train with. The warm ups at my school are specific exercises designed to help my students' Jiu Jitsu.

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    mfd146's picture

    Extra training...

    Hey Marcelo
    It's Steve "the fireman" from Iowa... How are you buddy?
    Do you do any other forms of training such as weight lifting, cardio, or plyos?
    And what does your diet consist of?
     

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    @ mfd146

    Hi Steve! I just like to do a good warmup--crossfit, gymnastica natural movements as part of the warm up during class. And the diet just depends on making weight before competition. I truly believe that to become great at Jiu Jitsu you just have to do Jiu Jitsu as much as you can. If you can choose between Jiu Jitsu training and weights, always choose Jiu Jitsu.

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