Aug 09

Stacked on your head in the armbar no more


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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Jul 30

Technique has no respect, regardless of your belt


I’m doing a little mental review from a seminar  I just attended. There were some SERIOUS gems of knowledge dropped on that mat, and I can say without a doubt that it was more than worth the investment. And if there was an opportunity to learn from David Onuma again, I would jump on it …

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Jul 28

There’s no such thing as a mistake on the mat


Two roared out onto the mat, slapped hands, and then after a flurry of activity, only one hand was raised. That was a familiar scene at the New York Open. It happened countless times, and it is the one thing that you can predict in competition. There will be a result. And when you’re in …

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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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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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