Perhaps the best way to get to know Greg Jackson is to review the names of the MMA fighters he's coached: Holly Holm, Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones, etc. Now you can learn mixed martial arts from this Black Belt Hall of Famer on your tablet or smartphone!
Greg Jackson on the cover of the June/July 2015 Black Belt
Greg Jackson signing autographs at the 2015 Martial Arts SuperShowGreg Jackson’s approach is refreshing. It teaches that most MMA moves were borrowed from the traditional martial arts. It teaches that many of the moves that work in MMA are also great for self-defense while others are not so useful. It also teaches that not all traditional techniques are still relevant for self-defense because of the way society and technology have evolved. So why not cherry-pick the best techniques of MMA and teach them in a progressive manner while reinfusing them with all those treasured intangible qualities?
Greg Jackson enters the Black Belt Hall of FameScores of schools are already on board, and more are sure to follow in their footsteps. For all that he’s done and continues to do to advance the martial arts — both traditional and mixed — Greg Jackson is Black Belt’s 2015 Instructor of the Year.
— J. TorresPart 2: Greg Jackson Featured in New Online Course From Black Belt! As you know from reading the first half of this post, Greg Jackson has developed a systematic approach to teaching mixed martial arts that parallels the one that’s often used in the traditional martial arts. In other words, it’s not a random sampling of techniques. It’s a progression that lays a foundation of exercises, drills and basic techniques, then adds more challenging moves. It’s all about taking time to build a skill base that makes sense within the confines of competition and self-defense.
Greg Jackson (top) and Joe Stevenson in a Black Belt photo shootWe, the people who bring you Black Belt, managed to corral the in-demand coach in our studio, where we had a crew point three video cameras at him. After a lengthy editing session, we ended up with a polished online-education program we’re calling the Greg Jackson Mixed Martial Arts Core Curriculum. The advantages associated with this set of streaming-video lessons are several. First, every video features Jackson, the talented coach who’s trained Holly Holm, Jon Jones, Tim Kennedy, Rashad Evans, Frank Mir, Keith Jardine and Clay Guida, to name a few.
Greg Jackson tying up the arms of Joe Stevenson before executing an elbow strikeSecond, the course uses 21st-century digital technology to beam the lessons to your smartphone, tablet or computer. That means you can learn new techniques or review the ones you already know anytime and anyplace. There are no VCRs or DVD players to lug around and no tapes or discs to keep track of. As long as you have your digital device and an Internet connection, you’re ready to throw down. To sign up for this cutting-edge course, go here now.
— Robert W. Young
(Studio Photos by Ian Spanier)