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  1. There are people you meet in your life whom you may not to spend very much time around but leave a deep impression on you. My friend Chris Matakas is one of those people. A Ricardo Almeida brown belt and instructor, Chris is an amazing example of a man that has given himself completely to martial arts and become better for it.

    Every time I am lucky enough to see Chris, he ALWAYS has a smile and a hug for you, he is so genuinely happy to see you it’s contagious. I remember a long time ago I asked my hockey coach what makes a player great? His responded by saying “A player that makes everyone around him better.” That’s exactly what Chris is, that spark in the gym that makes everyone better because he wants to see everyone grow and live to their potential.

    Chis has now written a book titled "My Mastery" and I really want all of you to pick it up, not only because this is my friend and I want to see him driving around in a Maserati (Even if he had the money I doubt he would be caught dead in one) but because I think he can help you. He can help us, be happier, be better, be more courageous to follow our dreams. I just ordered my copy, I just hope he signs it for me when I see him!


  2. Before he steps into the cage tonight to take on ex-training partner Patrick Cummings, we follow Daniel Cormier during the last two days before his first weigh in at light heavyweight. Esther Lin does an amazing job capturing all the emotions that come into play during the final days before a fight. I love that she not only narrates these photo’s but also has little sound clips of what was actually happening during photo itself. 


  3. A great, simple shirt from the guys over at No Mas. This replica of Muhammad Ali, at the time Cassius Clay wore during his training for his upset victory over Sonny Liston. This was a huge fight for Clay, where he put it “I shook up the world!” This is such a great example of simple and clean shirts looking amazing. 


  4. For a while now Cornell and I have been talking about ways of making the Walking Alone podcast better and be able to take advantage of all the great guest’s knowledge we have available to us.This weekend we had on my friend Jamie Kilstein from Citizen Radio and we asked him to show us one of his favorite Jiu-Jitsu moves and here it is!

    Back in high school I was in TV Production class so it’s been a while since I’ve edited a video so I hope it isn’t too bad. Please take a second to “Thumbs Up” the video as well as subscribing to the Walking Alone Podcast channel, we will be doing these short video’s with a lot o our guests in the future as well as Cornell and I will do some together. Thank you guys so much for the support and kind words, keep training!


  5. So here’s some pretty great news for any athlete dealing with pre-performance “jitters”. I remember watching the Rickson Gracie documentary "Choke" where he is sitting on the couch and talking to the camera while his wife was making dinner. Rickson was describing his ritual before fights. As he explains he abstains from sex before competition to keep the body strong.

    Well this will probably be the only time I will ever say Rickson was wrong. Turns out keeping a healthy sex life will help in athletics and testosterone levels. You’re welcome my friends.  


  6. Walking Alone Book Club : 10 Minute Toughness

    Being able to not only step into the spot light, in whatever sport or facet is difficult enough but also having to go and practice for that event day in and day out is a test of passion and determination in itself. I have become fascinated by the mental side of training and competition for some time now and the more the more I learn about it the clearer the fog of mysticism lifts and the true idea reveals itself and it’s more about understanding where you stand and what needs to be done to get there.

    In "10 Minute Toughness" Jason Selk helps breakdown why people come up short on their performances before they ever step onto the stage. Through simple examples of success though his process we start to understand how obvious our mistakes in training and daily self talk (or lack of self talk) are.

    We don’t make the effort in the day to day training to know the specifics of what needs to get done to move forward in out skills. We mostly just show up and work hard. To be more conscience about the preparation with thought processes as well as actually writing them down will make all the difference.

    I really enjoyed this book and have recommended to everyone at my academy to help them grow as martial artist. This is the only book that I’ve read that comes with homework and it’s so important for continuing the structure of the system. It’s one of those things that after you learn about it you feel stupid for never looking into it before. I hope you guys pick this one up and it helps you become the best whatever it is you do, you could be.


  7. Hey stop looking at OK Cupid profiles trying to find a last minute date for Valentines Day and check out the trailer for the upcoming Manny Pacquiao documentary simply titled “Manny”.

    The Pac Man has had some amazing battles during his long career and with the help of his coach and friend Freddie Roach he might be able beat Timothy Bradley in his upcoming rematch.  


  8. It always surprises me how many people come out of the woodwork when someone strives towards a personal goal. To me these self presumed experts and commentators are subconsciously trying to hold other people down because of their own personal flaws or failures in the pursuit or even failure or trying to pursue dreams long past.

    Jake is a bad ass, he is working hard and doing what he loves and getting to spend more time with his father to boot. I know that when I was a young teen, athletics kept me out of trouble and healthy, I wanted to be the best I could be so I did the right things as often as possible.

    It’s funny, but mostly sad that people tell Jake power lifting at his age is unhealthy but no one is trying to stop kids from sitting in front of TV’s and computers, playing video games 6 hours a day while eating crap and developing terrible exercise an eating habits. Keep training bud!   


  9. There is a great, free learning tool at our disposal and most of use have never looked it as such. This tool is the UFC’s open work out video’s that are all over YouTube from many different MMA journalist’s and news site’s. 

    It’s quite a privilege to train along side some great fighters and see how they train but many of us may never get that opportunity so these video’s give us great insight of some the best fighters out there and what they work on with there coaches.

    I’ve been watching the work outs of fighters like Frankie Edgar, Canelo Alvarez, Ronda Rousey and Junior Dos Santos. Seeing the small details of how they do simple things helps understand how they do it so well in the grand stage. Watch the coaches, listen to their direction and corrections and see how the fighters take that direction.

    This is a great tool to use on “rest days” or after a hard days training. See if it helps you or in the least gives you some motivation for your own journey.   


  10. Walking Alone Product Review : C12 Recovery Supplement

    As I get more knowledgeable about nutrition in terms of athletics and performance the more I’m turning to simple plant foods and less processed foods to maximize the benefits of my hard day’s work on the mats. That being said I think there is still a good place for supplements in the daily training regiment. I think what is so helpful is that once you’re finished working out for the day, the anabolic window is really only open for 30-60 minutes prior to training so it’s so great to have something there on the spot to make sure your getting nutrition in while your body needs it most. The nice guys over at C12 asked me to try out and review their recovery supplement to see what I though about it.

    C12 Recovery is 4:1 powdered mix ratio of carbohydrate to protein that if taken immediately after working out will take advantage of the bodies anabolic window. Your muscle’s can rapidly absorb C12 before your liver or fat cells can and will reduce muscle soreness. We all talk about recovery being one of the most important factors in high quality training and supplementation can be a big factor in assisting this. 

    I usually will teach 4 hours then eat and finish the day by training 4 more hours. This type of schedule can be very taxing on my body so I was interested to test out C12 to see if it could help me. After a few times of drinking the supplement I started to notice it, but in a really interesting way. It wasn’t like I got this strange unnatural spike in energy or anything like that but I just felt refueled, strong again. It was really great to have this opportunity to take something in between training and getting home and eating.

    One of my biggest obstacles in being as healthy as possible is my post training hunger. I would be so tired and hungry from the days work out that the thought of walking to the market then home and preparing an entire meal seemed too tall of an order so I would sometime’s just pick up something on my way home, usually not the best idea for an athlete looking to preform his best. After taking C12 it would give me just enough nutrition that I could easily take on making a home cooked meal. 

    When I first looked at the serving size I was a little taken back, about 4-6 scoops, thinking once I add water this will be pretty chalky and difficult to chug down but it was surprisingly smooth and the chocolate flavor (they use real organic cocoa and palm sugar) wasn’t overly sweet. As for serving’s it comes out to about $3.28 per serving in the 1.2 lbs. container, not too bad considering the use all organic, non-GMO ingredients (Just 5 vegan ingredients) and is produced here in the USA makes this even more attractive. 

    I really like C12, I know that because the second the last round of sparring was over I would run to my gym bag and start slurping down this awesome mix, it helped and its a much “cleaner” option than most of those out there on the market today. I hope you guys try them out, they’re a small company trying to put out good stuff out there. Be sure to follow them on Twitter to see keep up to date on news and product releases!


  11. This week Cornell and I sat down with Jacob Klensin from 2.One.Fly productions. Jacob is a freelance photographer and filmmaker specializing in Muay Thai and MMA, he has been doing really cool stuff with the guys from Sitan gym in Philadelphia as well as in Thailand with Tiger Muay Thai.

    We talk about Thai boxing, photography and future projects for Jacob, how he got hooked up with Tiger MT, boxers in Mexico and a bunch of other stuff. I have so much fun talking to people in the “Fight Business” but not fighters, people who are on the outskirts of the sport who have a different point of view.

    Thanks for listening guys, again sorry for the quality of the audio, Cornell and I are doing our best while our tech buddy is on his quest to find himself in the jungles of Peru. Danny will be back in a couple of weeks and it will be back to normal soon.


  12. Does anyone enjoy these episode’s of Dog Judo more than I do? No, no there is not, I don’t know if it’s because my affinity for Monty Python and The Young One’s but this British humor really get’s me going. This month we shoot some pool with Rexley as he tries to explain his career and lack of monetary gains.

    If there ever is an episode where the dogs actually do Judo I don’t think it would ruin the show for me but it definitely wouldn’t be as funny as this. I think we all know a “Rexley” in our day to day life, and if we don’t, you’re probably him.


  13. I competed in my first BJJ tournament in almost two years this weekend, the AGL 7 in New Jersey. I’ve been so focused on my MMA fight’s I lost sight of not only how much fun these are but how helpful they are in advancing my game. This was the first time more than just one or two guys from our team competes together which was a lot of fun. Not just being there to help coach each other for our match’s but just doing something like this as a team, the road trip, the hanging out and talking while waiting for the matches to start was a fun experience.

    To compete and test yourself in front of your teammates really cultivates that team spirit. I know these guys better now because I watched them deal with adversity and danger and overcome it. I’m so proud of them not because of the medals but how we carried ourselves on and of the mats. Williamsburg MMA forever. 


  14. I’ve been impatiently waiting for BJJ Scout’s second installment to his Ronda Rousey vs Sara Mcmann takedown study. I wonder if either of these women’s coaches have any idea about these amazing breakdown video’s. Out of all of Ronda’s fights this is the most interesting to date, an Olympic medal winner in wrestler against an Olympic medal winner in Judo.

    Unfortunately I think many of the fans and press will over simplify this as simply that, a Judoka vs a wrestler, what martial art will conquer?!?!? It’s shouldn’t be boiled down to this, it should be just a a fight between two bad ass ladies and the development and evolution of MMA. i can’t wait for this fight, it’s gonna be a close one!


  15. So Under Armour has started this “Alter Ego’ compression shirt linea while back, at first they did Super Hero’s like Batman, Iron Man and Spiderman. Now they have released a limited edition of music group shirts. Including Kiss, AC/DC and my beloved Wu-Tang Clan. Still offering that great moisture transport system in a light weight compression shirt to help keep you dry and cool. A great option to wear under your gi!

    As GZA say’s "….Therefore your 52 hand-blocks was useless"