Diego Sanchez will fight with one cornerman, and he's ... unique

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Jackson/Wink MMA is arguably the best fight gym on Earth. Three weeks before his fight with Michael Chiesa at UFC 239, Diego Sanchez left, and will be cornered by Josh Fabia, founder of the School of Self-Awareness Worldwide.

Sanchez is #2 all time in the UFC for head strikes received, with 1,239, behind only B.J. Penn (1.358). And on Saturday Sanchez is fighting Michael Chiesa, who is coming off a win over Carlos Condit. So Fabia's self-description, which would otherwise be funny, isn't:

Apart from his innate understanding of the human body, Joshua has extensive specialized experience in defense, protection, human rights, and physical therapy. He holds certifications in martial arts, personal training, several military fields, stretch training, breathing and more. Additionally, Joshua has sought out experiential wisdom from elders and wise leaders all over the world. From them, in the depths of forests, jungles, and deserts, he learned universal, ancient concepts that enable us to reconnect, heal, and take control of our lives. Through these remarkable experiences, Joshua fully realized his calling to be a guide, leader, and trainer. He has used his knowledge of health, fitness, and healing to help thousands reach their goals, from Olympic-level athletes and special operations, military and law enforcement officials to individuals simply looking to better themselves. Joshua established School of Self-Awareness to share what he has learned with an even larger community.

Fabia has never worked a corner in the UFC, and he will be the sole cornerman for Sanchez.

"I don’t foresee needing to do the in-between-the-rounds thing,” said Fabia to Mike Bohn and Farah Hannoun for MMA Junkie. “It’s during the fight. He’s going to need to hear me in that first round.”

“Yeah, we do mitts. Yeah, I’m wrestling with him. I’m the one cooking the meals. I’m the one handling the bodywork. I’m the one doing nine jobs. So, yeah, it’s a little different than ‘Wink’ and Greg and any other trainer, coach in the world. There’s nobody else doing all that. There’s nobody else that can do all that because they’ve compartmentalized it, and they got their degrees in one area.”

Fabia also offered his personal observations on Jackson-Wink.

“This thing of everybody putting them up on a pedestal and me going into that gym and seeing no f***ing training happening, I’m mind blown. Mind blown,” explained Fabia. “The amount of respect they expect and demand from the fight community and world when you didn’t give me a ‘hello.’ You couldn’t shake my hand? You’re going to act like I don’t exist?”

"A lot of people go to school 10 years, 15 years, you got all these degrees on the wall. How many of these people know how to breathe? So, you don’t know how to do the basic physiological functions of your body, but you want to run your mouth?”

"You can invest the time and energy in yourself and create yourself into something special. You can enhance your senses. You can create an energy in you that is non-comparable by anybody else.”

“What I’ve done is I’ve revived ancient wisdom with modern technology. It’s very unique; it’s very different. I have my own message. It is not like anything else out there. I’m addressing things that start at the time of earth and last to the day you die. So, yes, I have valuable martial and combative context to help Diego [with MMA], but on another level. I’m teaching him how to control himself and how to become aware of himself by becoming aware of everything around him."

So on Saturday night, what's going to be around Diego Sanchez is Josh Fabia.

Here's one of his adepts working the heavy bag:

Solo bag work SoS Style 😜💪🏽 We all have seen heavy bag work from heavy hits and smooth slips.. Get ready for our solo bag training video coming in January Learn how to use the bag in endless ways to move in limitless ways and react and counter anytime anyplace 👌🏽 #footwork #schoolofself #awareness #coach #fitnessmotivation #martialarts #combatives #selfdefense #striking #health #movement #boxing #heavybag #mma #muaythai #solotraining

Posted by School of Self-Awareness on Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Diego only has to fight one guy, here's instruction about fighting two men. Note: I don't know why the coach has underpants on his head.

Two men fighting one

Learning how to fight more than one person. Using your whole body in a fight, and positing yourself correctly so that you stay out of danger. Watch and learn. ;) DISCLAIMER: Do not try this at home. All School of Self techniques must be practiced with a certified School of Self trainer. #throatattack, #twomenfightingone, #movement, #fightingtwopeople, #fightingmorethanonepersonatatime, #fightingmorethanoneperson, #findingbalancewithyourpartner, #learninginagroup, #movinginarelaxedstate, #awareness, #breathing, #changing, #exercise, #selfaware, #survival, #closequartercombat, #joshfabia, #joshuafabia, #kravmaga, #militarycombatives, #muythai, #personalselfdefense, #schoolofself, #schoolofselfworldwide, #sos, #sportfitness, #systema

Posted by School of Self-Awareness on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Sponge Josh Underpants Head in training:

Feel stable in a continuously unstable World.. Stability ball training video course coming soon🌅🌎 DM for info and details #gforce #wrestling #coaching #trainer #functionalfitness #fitness #wieghtloss #newyear #2017 #goals #tooeasy

Posted by School of Self-Awareness on Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Remember, DON'T be on your toes:

Energy disconnects from the earth

Our energy disconnects from the earth when our feet aren't fully on the ground. How can we be strong if our roots don't run deep? DISCLAIMER: Do not try this at home. All School of Self techniques must be practiced with a certified School of Self trainer. To learn more about School of Self and the teachings of Josh Fabia visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC6I_8ic-aATySKLy1R1eGw #schoolofself, #joshfabia, #sos, #joshuafabia, #energydisconnectsfromearth, #movingwithapartner, #teaching, #learning, #growing, #alignment

Posted by School of Self-Awareness on Thursday, January 18, 2018

But do use The Rhino elbow!

The elbows can be deceiving

Appearing not to attack someone averts attention and you can take your partner down before they even realize what's happening. Can you be this sneaky? DISCLAIMER: Do not try this at home. All School of Self techniques must be practiced with a certified School of Self trainer. For more on sneak attacks visit the School of Self Worldwide youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC6I_8ic-aATySKLy1R1eGw #schoolofself, #schoolofselfworldwide, #sos, #joshfabia, #joshuafabia, #elbowscanbedeceiving, #partnertakedowns, #exercise, #closequartercombat, #kravmaga, #muythai, #militarycombatives, #personalselfdefense

Posted by School of Self-Awareness on Saturday, February 3, 2018

Ground fighting: How to yo-yo the throat and balls:

Yo-yo the throat and balls

If you REALLY want to win a fight...well keep watching and you will know what I mean. DISCLAIMER: Do not try this at home. All School of Self techniques must be practiced with a certified School of Self trainer. For more information on School of Self and all that we teach visit our Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC6I_8ic-aATySKLy1R1eGw #survival, #learning, #growing, #schoolofself, #schoolofselfworldwide, #sos, #joshfabia, #joshuafabia, #yoyothroatandballs, #brazilianjujitsu, #bjj, #takingcontrolofyourpartner, #shortmovements, #closequartercombat, #kravmaga, #militarycombatives, #personalselfdefense, #systema, #westernwrestling

Posted by School of Self-Awareness on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

And The Hummingbird technique:

Try it!!! Hummingbird movement is for real 😆 This is how to get full muscle activation without any risk of injury 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 I k ow it looks easy but I promise you will break a sweat 💦 Weather you want a more defined abs or explosive power this move is for you #ripped #movementtherapy #movement #fitness #painfree #fitnessmodel #abs #muscleactivation #crossfit #mma #ufc @thefitprodigy @diegonightmaresanchezufc @crossfitzephyr @dewaltent @karagpetersen @ajafrary

Posted by School of Self-Awareness on Wednesday, March 27, 2019

This would in any other context be funny. But it's not.