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Technique Video of the Day: How to Mangle A Leg in Ten Seconds or Less

Happy Friday, Nation. For today’s tech vid, we’ve selected one of our favorite submission coaches, Erik Paulson. The catch wrestling guru has been torquing and pulling on limbs for a long time, and seeing him in one of his early DVDs looking all young and svelte is good for some of you damn TUF n00bs. (Just kidding, guys, we love you, too.)

Watch as Paulson walks you through the first few techniques from his Quick Kills instructional, focusing on quick submission setups directly from the free-movement phase of fighting. Paulson closes the distance quickly, takes his opponent down, and moves swiftly through submission chains targeting toes, ankles, and knees — pretty much all the stuff that you want to keep functional not just for athletic competition, but for quality of life. You know, like walking the dog, or supporting your own weight without assistance.

What we enjoy about Paulson’s work is how well he explains what he’s doing, and how well it’s illustrated. With leg submissions, it’s not always easy to follow what’s being attacked and how to maximize the potential of the hold. Not so here; when Paulson applies a toe hold, he articulates exactly how to twist and tweak that foot until the bad guy is ready to cry uncle (or lose a toe).

Watch this video three times, then go Palhares somebody. Not some random somebody, though — make sure they were asking for it. We’re speaking of that one guy at the bar with the shirt and the tattoo. You know the one.



Technique Video of the Day: Sub Me? SUB YOU!

VidProps: JoslinEnt/YouTube

We asked yesterday if the Potato Nation was interested in seeing more technique videos, and the answer via Facebook was a resounding affirmative. Which is good, because we were going to start sharing these anyway, because we were interested ourselves. Also because it’s easy to post videos and let you entertain yourselves, sort of like buying your kid a game console so you don’t have to talk to them so much.

What? We’re great parents. Except Ben; his kid always tries to interrupt when we’re taping The Bum Rush. (True story.)

Anyway, we had one fan who’s a CIA agent, and he requested some stuff from catch wrestling. Since we happen to enjoy the homegrown American flavor of submission grappling (and we don’t want to be erased by the government), we are happy to oblige with this video from catch wrestling icon Erik Paulson. Check out his counter to the chicken wing from guard (AKA kimura attack from guard), and try it on your small child tonight. Just don’t break anything. And don’t mention our names when Child Services shows up.