Category Archive: Drills

This section is focused on jiu-jitsu drills. They will be compiled from as many sources as possible.

Jan 20

A lot of work went into learning how to granby

More than eight years ago, I got my grubby hands on Chuck Anzalone’s Tornado Guard instructional (now out of print and hard to get). And it was filled with all kinds of inversions and roly poly guard tricks. But I couldn’t do any of them. Hell, every time I tried to granby, it was like …

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Nov 23

Side control better ready itself for oblivion

  There’s some monsters out there that know how to make side control one of the most horrendous of experiences. They settle their weight just right. They drive off their feet into the side of your ribs just right. And they smash their shoulder into your chin just right. It’s almost seems like they putting …

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Jul 02

I’m escaping from this and you can’t stop me

I’m going to share a chain drill with you that connects the back escape with a rolling back take. There’s two techniques in the flow. So by the standards of chain drills, it’s a simple drill. And it also combines a basic technique with a more advanced one, which can make things a little more …

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Feb 17

A tornado is raging and no mercy will be shown

One of things that many people have said to me over the years is that I shouldn’t be able to move the way I do. The way I move is unexpected because of my size. And it all started with a desire to learn a cool technique when I was a white belt. I wanted …

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Nov 21

Three basic armbar drills that must be learned

Every technique begins with movement. And even the most basic technique isn’t always easily learned. It takes time to develop the correct movement because Jiu-jitsu is so different than most common activities. That’s the reason why drills exist. They allow us to isolate specific movements and repeat them over and over again until they’re mastered. That’s …

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Sep 16

Shrimping ain’t easy (but perfecting it will boost your skills)

Shrimping is one of the first movements you learn in Jiu-jitsu. It’s also often included in warmups in gyms all across the world. You’re told how important it is but it is often hard to see the relevance in the beginning. The movement also doesn’t come naturally to everyone. In fact, I remember struggling with …

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