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!
MOST-WATCHED MMA TECHNIQUES VIDEO #1
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.
MOST-WATCHED MMA TECHNIQUES VIDEO #2
“Big” John McCarthy: Rear-Naked Choke
In this martial arts video exclusive to BlackBeltMag.com, famous MMA ref “Big” John McCarthy demonstrates this Brazilian jiu-jitsu move he learned from Royce Gracie. “This choke, when properly applied, can force a submission or knock the opponent out,” “Big” John 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.”
MOST-WATCHED MMA TECHNIQUES VIDEO #3
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.
MOST-WATCHED MMA TECHNIQUES VIDEO #4
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!
MOST-WATCHED MMA TECHNIQUES VIDEO #5
Ronda Rousey: “Juji Squish Roll”
Two Ronda Rousey martial arts videos? Yes! She ranked twice on our list! In this second martial arts video, Ronda Rousey demonstrates what she calls the “Juji Squish Roll” judo technique.
MOST-WATCHED MMA TECHNIQUES VIDEO #6
Chael Sonnen: Hook Kick to Spinning Backfist
UFC fighter Chael Sonnen demonstrates his “hook kick to a spinning backfist” move during a photo shoot for Black Belt magazine in this exclusive martial arts video! Start getting in shape like these guys by downloading our MMA Workouts 101 e-book for FREE!
MOST-WATCHED MMA TECHNIQUES VIDEO #7
Bas Rutten: Knee Strike
Bas Rutten is one of a small number of pioneers who were not only present and active during the birth of mixed martial arts but also successful and charismatic to boot. Hailing from Tilburg, the wool capital of Holland, Rutten has lived a colorful life as a model, then a nightclub bouncer, and then a competitive no-holds-barred fighter. In this exclusive presentation from early on in the BlackBeltMag.com martial arts video archive, Bas Rutten shows you how to execute a knee strike for MMA fighting. Download Bas Rutten’s Mental Strategies e-book for FREE!
MOST-WATCHED MMA TECHNIQUES VIDEO #8
Nick Diaz: Takedown Counter to Choke
Fans might think Nick Diaz is just another mixed-martial-arts brawler, but he has more than 20 years of experience in the traditional arts, including aikido, karate, escrima and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. In this exclusive in-studio martial arts video, he demonstrates how to counter an opponent’s takedown attempt and get him into a choke. Learn more about escrima by downloading our Stick Combat e-book for FREE!
MOST-WATCHED MMA TECHNIQUES VIDEO #9
Ralek Gracie: Countering the Kimura in BJJ and MMA
On May 29, 2010, at DREAM 14 held at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, Ralek Gracie defeated the “Gracie Hunter,” the famed Kazushi Sakuraba, via unanimous decision. In this exclusive martial arts video shot at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, California, Ralek Gracie demonstrates how he countered his opponent’s kimura. Download our e-book — The Rener Gracie Guide to the Facts on Bullying — for FREE!
MOST-WATCHED MMA TECHNIQUES VIDEO #10
Mac Danzig: Reverse Omo Plata
Mac Danzig, a veteran of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV, demonstrates why he’s got what it takes to win in the Ultimate Fighting Championship! In this martial arts video, Mac Danzig demonstrates how to roll into a reverse omo plata step by step and at full speed. An article about his mixed-martial arts training and fight history was featured in the August 2008 issue of Black Belt.