Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cobra Kai Bjj With Marc Laimon

I am going to be reprinting some old classic entries from my previous blog called The Angry Grappler. It will chronicle the evolution in my understanding of martial arts.

27 February 2008 @ 02:52 am 
Strike first, strike hard, no mercy. This is Cobra Kai. I had the luck of being able to train with Marc Laimon (The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 BJJ Coach) and Simpson Go when I went. A lot of places the actual instructor doesn't teach the class. Luck was on my side.

Simpson and Laimon were both super technical and showed variations on moves I already knew. One was on a cross choke, the other on a side choke. I took their gi and no gi. Marc was super nice and so was Sim. I had a lot of fun and their guys are a good balance of rough and technique.

Bill Cooper was there too helping to run Marc's class. Glover is a teacher there, along with a host of others. It's murderer's row there. They don't know how lucky they are to have the level of talent that they have. Hope it lasts.
And I heard he's getting new mats in soon. They had 2 grappling rooms and tons of classes, even kettlebells.

Just tough tough guys, no place has easy guys to roll with. These guys though were highly technical. Must be the influence of all the good guys on the mat. Some osmosis effect. The more good guys you got on the mat, brings up everyone else's level.

That's Cobra Kai.
About the Author:

Sam Y. is a Master Personal Trainer, Certified Nutritionist, Coach, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Enhancement Specialist, Yoga and Pilates instructor, and holds multiple certifications. He is also an avid Martial Artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. He is also the author of the popular fitness blog All Out Effort as well as the popular martial arts blog Inner BJJ. You can find him in the Los Angeles area personal training his clients, or at home annoying his wife, or on Facebook at his personal fitness page.


  1. So bummed that Laimon moved from Vegas. As a white belt newb who would go down there in the summers and train part-time while I played poker, I never appreciated what a brilliant technician he is.

    1. Laimon was a mad scientist for sure.

  2. Sim Go (marc's 1st blackbelt) is now the owner and instructor. I got my bluebelt from him and all i can say is that he is bad ass! If your ever in town then it is worth it to stop by and have a roll.

  3. Yes I took one of his classes back in 2008. Kid is a beast!



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