Coachella | Episode 2 | Dan’s the Man | ROYDEAN.TV


[dramatic Music] – (voiceover) Palm Springs, California. Coachella Valley. My name is Roy Dean, and I came to the desert to train. I’ve been coming here a long time, since my blue belt days. My friends Stan and Anthony
were also blue belts back then. We were hungry young students. Now we’re third degree black belts, and we’re still on the path. Come. Take a look. – (Man in blue) Couple of easy options, and he’s on my gi, I break the grip. Position. For me, I like to attack here, I circle, and I try to block his foot with mine, and then I just drop to a single. And I really like that. So if he’s on the gi, like most people are
with breaking the grip, pull in, and here if
that leg’s already there, makes an easy snatch, right,
I can just drop to it. I can put his hand on the floor, and go behind. Alright, or I can get him to step, block, and he’s now disabled. One more time, here we break, and again, if it’s there, take it. If I can put his hand on
the floor, I’ll drop back. Or. Block it. You guys got it? (agreement) Let’s go, one, two, three. (clap) Way back in defense I can
step back like a judo entry, I step with right leg, and I kick, and throw his arm forward, and I can catch his back from there. Okay? Let’s keep going. Alright, break, get to my position, it’s really defensive, that leg’s back and I step back, I throw. He rolls, that’s fine. Maybe be wants to give up
the two more than the back. Again, break. Here, that leg’s back, step behind. Kick, as I throw, try to jump to the back. If you have a really defensive
guy, what should you do? So I’ve got a post on my
head, or shoulder there, and try to square up with me, and take away that side
that I’m controlling. Okay? So again, when I’m here and
I feel that, I go with it. I use this, clear it by, and
then like that from this side. Okay, again. Here, he’s posting squaring, clear. Round the back side. Alright, one more time. You guys got it? (agreement) Let’s go, one, two, three. (clap) Arm bar, gogoplata, knee bar. So we’ll say he stands up? When he stands up I’m gonna cross grip, pass the sleeve to this hand. Then I’m going here. You can climb with a foot on the hip. Climb for one, arm bar,
he pulls the arm out I shoot my hips up, gogoplata,
he pulls his arm out, I’m gonna post my hand, come
back for that star sweep, come right up, switch hands, finish. Okay? So that’ll be what most people will work on. Again, he stands up, I pass the sleeve, I hook, elbow deep,
pass, sleeve, and climb. Pulls the arm out, hips up, climb. Pulls the arm out, post, back roll over the
shoulder closest to him, come up, you have to switch grips to finish the take down. Okay. Red belt guys can add the knee bar. You guys got it? (agreement) Let’s go, one, two, three. (clap) Just dive under him. – (male voice) Yeah. – (man in blue) They’d
practice it, though. – Here, I just dive under him. – (male voice) Yeah,
yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Dude, that was nice. – (man in blue) Tell me if
that’s what it looks like, yeah? How the kids do it. And this hand I put here. – (Male voice) Awesome. (background voices chattering) – Alright, I’m Daniel McCown, I actually started training
a little bit of karate when I was in sixth grade, didn’t really enjoy it all that much. Tried a little bit of
boxing in middle school. It was okay, and then
high school came around, I was kinda getting in trouble, you know, looking for something to
do, stay out of trouble, I found judo, I fell in love with it. Jiu jitsu, that was back in 1996, and I started wrestling my
senior year of high school. It was late, but, I really
started to learn wrestling after high school, was
really when I learned it. So, I was helping the coach out, and doing stuff like that. – (Interviewer) And what’s
your current rank in jiu jitsu? – (McCown) Uh, I just got my third degree. You know. – (Interviewer) And then, or, and you’re black belt in judo also? – (McCown) Yup, got my
black belt in judo in 2000, and then got into jiu jitsu,
and then got that 2007. The hard part was, I had to
travel two hours each way to train with Cleber, it’s hard to get the instruction out here, so I had to make the travel in
order to get the techniques. – (Interviewer) Yeah. – (McCown) Frustrating. – (Interviewer) Training in those days versus training today, what’s the… – (McCown) Well it’s definitely
a different game now, a sport game compared to, I think jiu jitsu back in the day was more for self defense and realistic scenarios, now it’s more, points game
and different techniques. – (Interviewer) Do you like
one more than the other? – (McCown) I prefer the old style. That’s kinda what I do. You know, trying to implicate
more of the newer techniques but I stick to what I like to do. – (Interviewer) Yeah. Just, what’s it done for you? – (McCown) Well I think it’s
been very positive for me, I don’t know where I would be
if it wasn’t for jiu jitsu, I don’t like having a boss,
I don’t wanna have a job working nine to five, you know. And I was actually getting
in a lot of trouble, wasn’t going to school,
started martial arts, and it really got me
something to focus on. – (Interviewer) This is a pretty non-political atmosphere here. Instructors from other
academies come train. How did you make that? Like, what’s the secret sauce? – (McCown) Yeah, I don’t know. I think maybe ’cause I
grew up out in this area, and a lot of the students
are guys I grew up with and we just built a good friendship, and it’s very family environment, and, you know, we have an open
door for anyone to come in, but if they don’t have the
right attitude, they don’t fit. – (Interviewer) Yeah. What’s going on with your body? What kind of injuries have
you had over the years? – (McCown) Well I got a
herniated C5, C6 in my neck, I have a torn ACL and
meniscus in this knee, I dislocated this elbow
really bad, and uh, yeah. Lot of other little
things, shoulders hurting, but those are the main ones. – (Interviewer) Can you
talk about the elbow? – (McCown) I was actually at
the Pan Ams as a purple belt, and a guy tried to go X-guard sweep on me, and I posted my arm out, and
the arm just snapped in half, and that was it. That put me out for a while. – (Interviewer) Did you
ever think of quitting? – (McCown) No, but it was discouraging, ’cause I thought I was competing
at a pretty high level, and then I was out for seven months. It’s hard to get back. I’d lost momentum, and it’s tough. – (Interviewer) What
would you say to people that are struggling with jiu jitsu, like, they’re struggling with their own club, or you know, it’s not, I don’t
know, they’re discouraged, they’re thinking of quitting. What’s your advice? – (McCown) Well, I don’t
know if it’s the club that’s the problem, or if it’s
they’re not fitting in. I’d say stick with the jiu jitsu, but if it’s not the right fit, maybe you’ve gotta try somewhere else. (dramatic music)

5 thoughts on “Coachella | Episode 2 | Dan’s the Man | ROYDEAN.TV

  1. High quality instruction, video and audio make it easy to hear and see what they're doing, great examples of bjj family… and a nice advert for the beauty of SoCal. 🙂 Thank you, professor!

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