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Winning on the ground is all about connections, says 1984 world judo champion AnnMaria De Mars and international judo coach James Pedro Sr. Find out what they're talking about in this exclusive book excerpt!

The secret to winning on the ground is connections. In fact, we were going to call this book Mat-Work Connections, but our editors suggested Winning on the Ground: Training and Techniques for Judo and MMA Fighters because, they pointed out, no one would know what we meant by mat-work connections unless they read the book, and people usually don't buy books when they don't understand what they are about. Everyone knows what winning on the ground means, and most people want to do it. Mat-work connections are the secret to winning on the ground. You connect several techniques that you do very well, linking them in ways that are a little different each time. So if your opponent blocks your half nelson by putting a hand out, you grab the wrist and do the wrist-control series. If he or she is on top of you, you can "collect the arm," go into the mount (either pin in judo or start punching in mixed martial arts) and then execute the armbar. If your opponent rolls to his or her stomach to escape the armbar, go for the half nelson.

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"One of the toughest things you're going to run into is going empty-hand against a knife," knife-fighting and H2HC expert Michael Janich says in this exclusive video showing you how to handle such a high-risk situation.

With more than 30 years of martial arts and H2HC experience, Michael Janich is widely recognized as one of America's top knife-fighting experts, authorities on edged-weapon design and instructors of self-defense moves. Michael Janich was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as the 2010 Weapons Instructor of the Year. "One of the toughest things you're going to run into is going empty-hand against a knife," knife-fighting and H2HC expert Michael Janich says. "It's one of the scariest situations you can possibly imagine. And of the different situations you could be in, one of the most committed attacks and one of the most common attacks is [an attacker] thrusting straight at [you].

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Submission grappling expert David Meyer shows you five armbar setups from Jean Jacques Machado, Rigan Machado and John B. Will!

If you grapple, you know that when you’re battling an opponent with a similar skill level, maneuvering him into a finishing hold such as the cross-body armbar can be difficult because he knows what you know — namely, that he should keep his arms in tight to avoid getting caught. How then can you advance to the next level and teach yourself to trap a skilled opponent and finish him on the ground? There are three ways:

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IN STOCK NOW! -- Winning on the Ground: Training and Techniques for Judo and MMA Fighters by Dr. AnnMaria De Mars and James Pedro Sr. features Ronda Rousey and Kayla Harrison demonstrating techniques for taking your MMA and/or judo game to the next level!

Black Belt is proud to announce a NEW BOOK addressing judo techniques, MMA techniques and training strategies for ground fighters in both styles! In Winning on the Ground: Training and Techniques for Judo and MMA Fighters (IN STOCK NOW!), authors Dr. AnnMaria De Mars (1984 world judo champion) and James Pedro Sr. (coach of international judo medalists) present a variety of judo techniques and MMA techniques. Their coaching has helped MMA fighter Ronda Rousey (the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in judo) and Kayla Harrison (the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in judo) take their ground-fighting games to new levels. With in-depth technique demonstrations by both these Olympic judo champions, Winning on the Ground: Training and Techniques for Judo and MMA Fighters can help YOU overcome any opponent — even from positions that may seem hopeless! Winning on the Ground: Training and Techniques for Judo and MMA Fighters includes detailed discussion of the following topics:
  • six secrets to better mat work (and mistakes to avoid)
  • coaching tips from the authors
  • a dozen quick ways to gain an opponent’s submission
  • how to do the perfect armbar and half nelson
  • smarter training: drills for connecting techniques for the win
… and MUCH MORE!