Category Archive: Techniques

I'm going to share some technique with you. Hopefully you'll find something that it is helpful.

Feb 01

3 Effective Mount Escape Variations That Will Get You Out

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I remember being stuck under mount when I was a white belt. It was HORRIBLE. That was especially true when it happened with certain people at Evolve, who will be left unnamed (to protect the guilty). They would utterly crush me there. And escape seemed so impossible at the time. Against anyone good being stuck …

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Jan 24

Back Control – A Simple Transition That Will Increase Your Domination

Seatbelt Control

Getting on someone’s back in Jiu-jitsu is such a magical moment. Right then, you know you have control. They’re in YOUR world. They have to respond to what you do. But there are few things worse than getting there only to lose it before you can capitalize on your advantage. I want to help you address …

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Dec 06

4 Effective Side Control Escapes All White Belts Should Know

I wish I knew side control escapes right now

“I can’t breathe. He’s too heavy. This sucks. I need space.” All those thoughts and more go through your mind when you’re trapped under side control. It’s rough. Especially when you’re rolling with someone who understands pressure. They know how to make you feel every last bit of discomfort. They know how to make you …

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Jun 21

Technique Brainstorms – Armbar, Triangle and Canto Strangle

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Last week at Randori, we set a drilling challenge for the students. They had to perform at least 100 armbars from closed guard outside of class. It’s a high goal but interesting things happen when you aim high. That was true in my case. I joined in on the challenge, and to make it more fun …

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Sep 11

Making the No-Gi Ezekiel Choke Effective

When I was a white belt, I was often paired up with a brown belt at Evolve, who was known for his brutal ezekiel chokes. It didn’t matter the position or the situation, it was always a threat, and I lost count of how many times I tapped. I consider that a formative experience because …

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Aug 29

The Fatboy Triangle (It Will Make Your Finishes More Lethal)

Several years ago, I learned this technique from Roberto Torralbas during a seminar he taught at Crazy 88. It was immediately relevant to me since I compete at Ultra Heavy, and I ran into a lot of guys who had no respect for triangles. I wanted to change that. If you’ve ever had the desire to …

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