Coach’s blog – To elbow or not to elbow, to heel hook or not to heel hook

Amateur MMA and the Pro ranks are similar but different in many ways. Some states like Kentucky and Tennessee have rules set in place to make the Amateur leagues a little safer than the Pro leagues. This is done to assist the Amateur who is new to the game, still learning, and not getting paid … Read more

Interview with “Coach’s Blog” author and SSF Submission Academy’s Ron Dayley

Here’s a very cool interview with our very own “Coach’s Blog” author, Ron Dayley. The guys from ATO talk to Ron about some of his past experiences within the sport, such as his time at the Lion’s Den, and cornering Australian fighter Brad Morris when he fought Cain Velasquez at “UFC 83: Serra vs. St. … Read more

Coach’s blog – Things I’ve seen over the years

When you travel to fight shows as much as I do, you see a lot of crazy stuff. One time, I was at a fight show in Ky. when I saw an overweight, out of shape fighter stick his head out of the ring and empty the contents of his stomach on a judge that was sitting ringside.

I and most of the people at the show laughed our asses off. I think the only two people not laughing were the fighter who was disqualified for puking and the judge who was covered in vomit.

This isn’t the only time I’ve seen this. My friend Ray Elbe posted a video of himself on YouTube where he is in a grappling match and he puked on his opponents head. Here is the video of Ray’s match http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7qTY1c0zd0

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Coach’s blog – follow up to ‘when to turn pro’

Thomas Campbell
SSF Fighter Thomas Campbell

Editor’s note: In Ron Dayley’s Oct. 19 “Coach’s blog” the subject was “how to know when a fighter is ready to turn pro.” This is a follow up to that article.

Thomas Campbell of SSF Submission Academy Clarksville, Tenn., and Steven Durr of SSF Murray, Ky., both fought in the HooknShoot 8 Man 145lbs Tournament.

We knew that the competition was going to be tough and we started training for it a month out.  Since we didn’t know who or what order they would be fighting we worked on everything, especially conditioning since the winner of the tournament could possibly fight a total of 9 rounds.

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Coach’s blog – promotion ethics in regional MMA

Regional promotions are the life blood of the sport.
Regional promotions are the life blood of MMA.

Don’t get tricked into becoming a silent partner.

I know guys that have been promoting MMA shows for years, we’ll call them “Friendly Promotions”, yet they buy the insurance for their shows from another promoter, we’ll call them “Liar Promotions”.

You can get an insurance policy for 10 shows for about what Liar Promotions charges other shows for one event. He isn’t doing you a favor, I’m not sure if it’s even legal. In fact, it isn’t, you have to be a licensed insurance agent to sell insurance, and it’s definitely illegal to allow someone else to use insurance that’s in your name for their event.

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Coach’s blog – things that go on at the gym

Class is in session at SSF Submission Academy.
Class is in session at SSF Submission Academy.

Blinky, 5 Miles, Grizzly Adams, Forrest Gump… Yeah, you all have nicknames that all the other guys in the gym know you by, but you have no idea you even have a nickname.  We don’t refer to you by your name when you aren’t around; only your nickname. To be honest, we don’t know your real name half the time.

I know this sounds a little shitty but hell, guys come and go all the time at the gym and we don’t have the time to memorize your name. Once you’ve been there a while and made some road trips with the team then we will start to memorize your name.

It’s kind of funny that now I am writing this blog for ProMMA.info some of the guys are worried they are the subject of my blog or that they will be the next subject matter. You will all eventually be mentioned. It’s not done out of spite, dislike, hatred or disrespect. I picked you or at least your characteristics because it’s an annoying trait that you have but don’t worry; every gym has a guy like you.

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Coach’s blog – how to know when a fighter is ready to turn pro

When is a fighter ready to turn Pro? I am sitting here thinking about two of my fighters, Thomas Campbell and Steven Durr, both of whom are 145 lbs.

Campbell came to me as a college wrestler with a 3-1 MMA record. When he first joined us it was after he had fought my guy Durr. Campbell won that fight via decision. He was a pure wrestler at the time. He is now 12-2; both losses have been to decisions.

He had his first Muay Thai match a couple of months ago and won that. He is training in BJJ and is a totally different fighter then when he came to us. Since joining us he has won the SSF Invitational and the KYFC 145 lbs. title.

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