One of my favorite instructors and mentors in this wonderful sport is Josh Lauber. He's the instructor/owner of Relson Gracie San Antonio, and I'm lucky to call him my friend as well. Josh is a little guy, so he always has some useful tidbits to share with me about fighting bigger opponents. Not that I can't learn from long-limbed peeps as well-- but there's a certain amount of street cred when the advice is coming from someone who feels my pain.
Josh in the middle... Relson on the right, and Relson's son Rhalan on the left.
Josh focuses on old school, traditional, core basic techniques and the number one thing I hear from him when he corners me at tournaments is "Close your guard Georgette!" I love having him corner me because I can always hear his voice and he's always very encouraging. And-- he taught me my first sweep. (Not the first sweep I was taught... but the first sweep I truly incorporated and pulled off with regularity.)
Mike Calimbas of TXMMA.com just did a really nice interview with Josh about getting his blackbelt from Relson. You should definitely check it out.
Congrats, Josh, on being Relson's blackbelt number 29!!! :) :)