Category Archive: Techniques

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

Sep 01

Hope still exists even when the underhook has been lost

Just another day playing half guard, and it happens. You lose the underhook. And then the guy proceeds to smash you without any mercy at all. Where is the consideration? It’s supposed to be the gentle art. But noooo. There’s nothing gentle about the pressure that’s raining on your chin. It sucks. I know. I’ve been there …

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Aug 09

Stacked on your head in the armbar no more

The strongest armbar setup grip I know for no-gi

For me, the closed guard armbar is the submission that I love most. Not because it’s easy though (there are a lot of submissions that are easier for me). It’s actually the complete opposite. I love it because it’s so difficult. Almost everyone recognizes the threat early and defends powerfully. And many times, I’ve lost …

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Aug 08

I have a preference for stupid simple solutions

On top of half guard, you have the underhook, and your position is dominant. All should be right with the world. The pass should be inevitable, and your opponent should be sweating bullets, worrying about how they’re going to reverse the situation. Alas! It’s not always the case. Sometimes they do something annoying. They lock …

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Jun 06

Flowing between closed guard attacks like a magician

In Jiu-jitsu, there are several techniques that you’re likely to learn early on, no matter where you train. One of them is the cross choke from closed guard. And it’s effective at all levels. But there’s a problem. Almost everyone learns it. That increases the chance that the threat will be recognized and addressed early. …

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May 19

Your lapel is my weapon, I will use it as I wish

Beyond honing your execution of technique to the highest level possible, you must also develop a deep understanding of strategy. In any situation, your opponent has ideal responses from their point of view. You have to expect them to choose their best course of action. And if you pay attention, you’ll be able to not only …

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May 03

Take a little Demara and add a bit of lapel to get devastation

Nowadays, closed guard isn’t given all that much fanfare. That isn’t because the position is obsolete. It’s still LETHAL. It’s just a question of your investment. If you put time into the position, you’ll get results from it. And I’m going to give you some more tools to play with. The three attacks you’ll learn in this …

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