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.