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Vladimir Matyushenko MMA Techniques Video: How to Stop a Kick and Execute a Takedown

MMA techniques expert Vladimir Matyushenko, photographed for Black Belt magazine.Vladimir Matyushenko discovered wrestling by necessity. He had to defend himself, had to get stronger. Wrestling has never been a recreational activity for the man from Belarus. Growing up in the former Soviet Union was a struggle, and the young athlete viewed the sport as his ticket to a better life.

“I got [beaten up] in school a couple times, then said that was enough,” he recalls. By the time he was 15, the young Belarusian had moved out of his parents’ home into a specialized school for athletes.

Family and school lost their priority as wrestling dominated his focus and his training intensified to several hours daily. Before turning 18, Vladimir Matyushenko had already beaten two Olympic wrestlers — Dave Schultz and Kevin Jackson — in the same year.


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Vladimir Matyushenko eventually debuted in the cage in September 1997, easily beating three opponents in one night, employing upper-body MMA techniques in each fight (neck crank in the first; punches in the second two). “I got $5,000 and I didn’t get hurt,” he says of his first fight for the International Fighting Championships, “so it kind of got me addicted.”

The Belarusian’s love of — and proficiency in — the sport hasn’t waned in the 15 years since his professional debut, as evidenced by the number of MMA techniques he demonstrated during his visit to the Black Belt studio. He plowed through a series of MMA techniques, one leading into another. We decided to keep it simple and start at the beginning with his demonstration of taking a kick defense to a takedown in this exclusive MMA techniques video:

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Vladimir Matyushenko Demonstrates How to Go From Kick Defense to a Takedown


Vladimir Matyushenko’s Quick Explanation of His MMA Techniques Video Demonstration of the Takedown

“When he kicks — [using a] low kick or high kick — you use normal-type technique,” Vladimir Matyushenko explains. “So when he kicks, I block him [with] my foot. And I move my foot back so I’m ready to shoot. In order for him to strike again, he’ll have to bring his foot back. But I’m not going to wait until he puts his foot down. I’m gonna go back with his foot and I’m already [in position].

“With a takedown, a lot of people make the mistake of driving forward without putting pressure [on their opponent]. You want to tilt over this leg, so you put pressure on it so [your opponent] can’t jump on it and push forward.”

As you push your opponent toward the ground, Vladimir Matyushenko explains, you have two choices: You can go with him to the ground, or you can keep standing and resituate on his side to launch a strike from above.

Vladimir Matyushenko Has a Long History of Experience With MMA Techniques

Building a 9-1 record in smaller MMA promotions, Vladimir Matyushenko debuted his formidable MMA techniques in the UFC at UFC 32: Showdown in the Meadowloands in New Jersey. He faced Yuki Kondo and won by unanimous decision, which opened up the opportunity to face Tito Ortiz for a light-heavyweight championship title shot — which he lost by unanimous decision. Other opponents during his first run with the UFC included Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Travis Wiuff, Pedro Rizzo and Andrei Arlovski.

Vladimir Matyushenko later went on to display his powerful MMA techniques in the International Fight League. Vladimir Matyushenko’s defeat of Alex Schoenauer on November 3, 2007, made him the organization’s first-ever light-heavyweight champion.

Returning to the UFC in 2009, Vladimir Matyushenko has faced Igor Pokrajac, Eliot Marshall, Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. In September 2012, he tore his Achilles tendon while training and had to pull out of a scheduled bout against Matt Hamill.

Vladimir Matyushenko faced Joey Beltran in April 2014 at Bellator 116. Despite winning the first two rounds, he lost the fight in the third round due to submission after winning the first two rounds. Following this loss, Vladimir Matyushenko retired from MMA competition.


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How to Do a Shoulder Lock From Inside the Closed Guard | Jean Jacques Machado Shows You an MMA Technique From His New Grappling DVDs!

Grappling master Jean Jacques Machado in action at Black Belt magazine.“Training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and feeling comfortable on the ground will allow you to see things that your opponent may not even imagine,” says Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert Jean Jacques Machado in this preview from the Mixed Martial Arts section of DVD 3 in his three-disc martial arts DVD set The Grappler’s Handbook: Gi and No-Gi Techniques. These martial arts DVDs, which feature a total of more than 60 Brazilian jiu-jitsu techniques, submission grappling techniques and MMA techniques, serve as a martial arts multimedia companion to the acclaimed Brazilian jiu-jitsu/submission grappling/mixed-martial arts book (also titled The Grappler’s Handbook: Gi and No-Gi Techniques) written by Jean Jacques Machado and Jay Zeballos.

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In this free preview for the three-DVD set The Grappler’s Handbook: Gi and No-Gi Techniques, Jean Jacques Machado explains how to do a shoulder lock from inside the closed guard. “When you are on top,” Jean Jacques Machado says, “your first object is to escape from your opponent’s legs. And sometimes one aggressive way to submit your opponent might be the best way out from his legs because, technically, he’s the one that will be in charge.”

As the video switches to the overhead view to clearly depict Jean Jacques Machado’s BJJ technique demonstration in action, the grappling expert continues: “But here, in that position, I will reverse that by trying to apply a technique on [my opponent]. If I cannot escape from his legs, it’s very difficult for me to improve [my position] or even submit him. I’ve really limited myself to strikes only. [And] now he can strike and do a lot of joint locks [and reversals].”

Continuing his ground-fighting demonstration, Jean Jacques Machado explains, “I’m basing myself and right away [I] control his wrists and push against the ground. I will turn my body sideways to be able to slide through his leg, and I’m shooting my elbow as far as I can.”

The elegant counterattack puts Jean Jacques Machado in position to go after his opponent’s arm with enough physical leverage to improve his own situation. “I’m going around his arm and I’m pushing my hip to the side,” Jean Jacques Machado explains. “As [my opponent] tries to push me or do anything with his legs, I’m able now to retreat here and be on his side. Not only that, now I have his arm in a submission position here.”

Not only does the Brazilian jiu-jitsu red belt hold his opponent’s arm in a submission position, but he also can bring his leg over the opponent’s head for maximum domination. And the entire process started with a very simple idea. “By attacking him instead of him attacking me,” Jean Jacques Machado explains, “I put [my opponent] in a defensive situation [in which there’s] not much he can do. [There will] be a surprise element there. And it will succeed with a submission — and, for sure, passing his guard.”

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Mark Hatmaker: The Importance of Drilling for Traditional and Mixed Martial Proficiency

Drilling is repetition, plain and simple. The very word implies performing a task so often it’s “drilled” into your skull. The word “training” carries the same sort of single-focused connotation — a train gets to its destination by staying on the tracks. It makes no unnecessary side trips; there are no detours. To do anything other than what’s absolutely necessary to stay on track is to literally and metaphorically derail.

Drilling and training are composed of the actual skill work needed to improve the technical expression of the combat art. We should see drilling as separate from conditioning in that conditioning may contain zero apparent correlation with the sport being conditioned for.


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In other words, we may run, lift weights and hit the plyometric box to condition for fight training even though these activities don’t specifically resemble the technical expression of the target sport. We must condition elements outside the physical correlates of our sport. Example: Does anyone really think an NFL lineman gets that large and powerful simply by playing football? No, he must engage in auxiliary sports (running, lifting, etc.) to improve an altogether separate game.

Conversely, drilling, which is all about the technical cultivation of the sport in question, can (and should) contribute to the conditioning effect by shear physical intensity. Pure conditioning and drilling contribute to the conditioning effect, but we should never allow the conditioning effect contributed by drilling alone to stand in for the necessary supplemental work.

A number of roadblocks may prevent us from embracing drilling as it’s meant — and needs — to be. The excuses fall into two broad categories: lack of discipline and lack of mission perspective.

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There are essentially five punches in boxing (jab, cross, hook, uppercut and overhand), yet the sport thrives. All successful boxers work on those five punches for their entire careers without the need for “intellectual novelty.” They’re confident that thousands of reps of those techniques will serve them well — and it does. We’d find it ludicrous to hear of a boxer who threw only a few hundred punches and then decided to go pro.


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That strikes us as absurd because we recognize that the imaginary athlete is missing what his sport is all about. It’s about doing a handful of activities exceptionally well. To do something well, we must be either gifted or exceptionally disciplined.

Genetic exceptionalism is rare, so that leaves the rest of us to cultivate self-discipline.

The second mistake, lack of mission perspective, can afflict even the supremely disciplined. It’s not enough to drill with intensity and mental focus; we must match the drills to the game at hand.

Back to our boxing example: If a fighter recognizes that a lead hook drops most opponents and he works that punch to the exclusion of all others, he’s making a mistake. Yes, the hook may be a dropper, but the jab sets up all else, the cross has a high drop rate, too, and so on. We can immediately see that such a limited strategy is unwise.

By the same token, the combat athlete who invests drilling time in unlikely, or even impossible, scenarios is not much better off than the undisciplined athlete.

Where conditioning may draw on multi-sport activities that bear little resemblance to the target sport, drilling must be fine-tuned to reflect what the sport entails, not what we want it to be, not what we wish it to be, not what we surmise it to be, not what this or that authority says it is but what it actually is. We must scrutinize each drill to see whether it correlates with the game in question — if not, we may be wasting precious conditioning and drilling time.


About the Author:
Mark Hatmaker is a Knoxville, Tennessee-based practitioner of boxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu and muay Thai and the founder of Extreme Self-Protection. He is also the author of the best-selling No Holds Barred Fighting series, Boxing Mastery and No Second Chance: A Reality-Based Guide to Self-Defense, as well as a highly regarded coach of professional and amateur fighters, law-enforcement officials and security personnel.…

Learn 5 MMA Techniques From MMA Ref “Big” John McCarthy

Have you wondered exactly how to become a MMA fighter? Have you asked yourself how the fighters know all those MMA techniques? Do they take MMA fighting classes? If yes, then where? If you’ve been asking these questions, then you have come to the right place.

In his book, Let’s Get It On! The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee, pioneering ref “Big” John McCarthy gives you as close a look as you can get of the rise of the sport of mixed martial arts without having to take a punch.

As MMA’s original official, McCarthy’s opening command of “Let’s get it on!” is the battle cry that has sent countless MMA fighters charging headlong toward glorious victory and agonizing defeat.

From his unique vantage point just inches from the action, McCarthy has witnessed all the ligament-stretching, bone-breaking, unconsciousness-inducing MMA techniques that are behind the sport’s greatest victories.

He’s seen the best of the best duke it out for that coveted W inside the cage. If you’re looking for answers as to how to become a MMA fighter, watch McCarthy demonstrate five of his favorite MMA techniques in these five exclusive videos shot at his Ultimate Training Academy in Valencia, California, where MMA fighting classes show a wide variety of students how to become a MMA fighter!

“Big” John McCarthy’s Favorite MMA Techniques #1: Rear-Naked Choke

Style: Brazilian jiu-jitsu | Learn it from: Royce Gracie

“This choke, when properly applied, can force a submission or knock the opponent out,” McCarthy says. “Royce effectively used the technique against larger and stronger opponents time and time again to prove that size doesn’t matter when you have a weapon like this in your arsenal.”

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“Big” John McCarthy Shows You the Rear-Naked Choke



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“Big” John McCarthy’s Favorite MMA Techniques #2:
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“A good jab can go a long way in MMA, but it’s still very underutilized,” McCarthy says. “The jab in MMA is not the same as boxing and needs to be employed differently, but it remains the quickest and straightest punch a fighter has in their tool kit. Having a good jab helps you maintain the proper distance and can keep your opponent off-balance, disrupting their striking game and takedown attempts.”

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“Big” John McCarthy’s Favorite MMA Techniques #3: Double-Leg Takedown

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“This basic wrestling technique is usually taught on the first day of practice, and its importance in MMA is huge,” McCarthy says. “Having a good double-leg can keep you in position to control the fight by giving you the ability to bring your opponent to the ground when you want to go there.”

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“Big” John McCarthy’s Favorite MMA Techniques #4:
The Clinch

Style: Wrestling | Learn it from: Randy Couture

“Randy set up many of his attacks by using the clinch and often combined it with his superior grappling skills to grind his opponents down,” McCarthy says. “It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but there’s a lot going on when two fighters end up in this position. The clinch is tiring and causes you to use excess energy to defend against it if you’re not as accomplished in the technique as your opponent. Having a good clinch can easily be the difference between winning and losing in the cage.”

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“Big” John McCarthy Shows You the Clinch


“Big” John McCarthy’s Favorite MMA Techniques #5: Roundhouse Kick

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“Jose Aldo showed what a good roundhouse kick can do against Urijah Faber,” McCarthy says. “He attacked from all angles, and the power he generated and the damage he caused with his roundhouse eventually eliminated Urijah’s takedown ability — and ultimately Urijah’s ability to even move in the fight. A properly delivered roundhouse kick is like being hit with a baseball bat.”

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Black Belt Magazine’s Top 10 Videos: MMA Techniques — Featuring Mac Danzig, Karo Parisyan, Ronda Rousey, Chael Sonnen and More!

At last count, more than 400 martial arts videos were available at BlackBeltMag.com!

That’s a lot of footage to sift through, so we decided to do present BlackBeltMag.com’s Top 10 most-watched MMA-technique videos as a primer for those who are new to our website — and for those who’ve been with us for a while but may have missed some of these classics along the way.

There are 400-plus videos on our site, after all — so falling behind as they’re posted each week is completely within the realm of possibility.

If this proves popular, we’ll be glad to assemble similar lists for other styles. Let us know what you think in the comments section!

Enjoy our Top 10 most-watched MMA-technique videos, featuring Ronda Rousey, Chael Sonnen, Bas Rutten, Mac Danzig, Karo Parisyan and others!

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Ronda Rousey: Arm Lock (Bent-Arm to Straight-Arm)

In this exclusive martial arts video filmed at the Black Belt magazine studios, MMA powerhouse Ronda Rousey demonstrates one of her judo techniques for contending with arm locks. At the 2004 Olympics, the then-17-year-old Ronda Rousey was the youngest judoka competing. She placed ninth, which was the highest place attained by an American female judoka. At the 2004 World Junior Judo Championships,Ronda Rousey won a gold medal. At the 2006 World Junior Judo Championships, Ronda Rousey took home a bronze medal. At the 2008 Olympics, Ronda Rousey was awarded bronze. Ronda Rousey’s MMA debut took place in 2010. As of April 2013, Ronda Rousey’s professional MMA record stands at 7-0.



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Karo Parisyan MMA Moves: 2 Arm Locks + Triangle

Love him or hate him, Karo Parisyan is a force to be reckoned with in the mixed martial arts. A veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, King of the Cage, World Extreme Cagefighting and several other promotions, he counts Matt Serra, Nick Diaz, Chris Lytle and Shonie Carter among his vanquished foes. This MMA techniques was deemed worthy of facing Georges St-Pierre and Diego Sanchez — and although he lost both bouts on the scorecards, merely being granted a shot at either one would be a huge accomplishment for any fighter. In this exclusive MMA techniques video, Karo Parisyan shows you three of his favorite MMA moves: two arm-lock techniques and the triangle choke.


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Vladimir Matyushenko: MMA Takedown

In this exclusive martial arts video featuring Vladimir Matyushenko, the UFC fighter from Belarus shows you how to stop a kick and turn that defense into a takedown and counterstrike!


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MOST-WATCHED MMA TECHNIQUES VIDEO #6
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Bas Rutten: Knee Strike

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