Feb 21

This world deserves a better class of grappler

“This city needs a better class of criminal.
And I’m going to give it to them.”

– The Joker in the Dark Knight

In the comic book world, there are countless villains. Most of them have incredible powers and the pure carnage they can unleash with ease is simply astonishing.

But one in particular looms larger than life.

He’s a bit of an oddity though.

He can’t shoot beams out of his eyes, move at the speed of light, or do any other extraordinary feat of power.


But with everything he does, love him or hate him, he commands the stage. All eyes swivel to watch his every move. And friend and foe alike, fear him. Hell, it can even be said that he is one of the most dangerous villains of all.

He’s the Joker.

And I’ll tell you something that may seem ridiculous at first.

You should study him.

Wait, wait.

I’m not saying that you should aspire to be a psychopath or a wanton murderer of countless innocents. But there are, indeed, lessons that can be outright stolen from the Joker that will make you far more dangerous on the mat.

Let’s name a few.


…imbue humor into everything you do. Having fun on the mat makes the experience better, and that’s true for more than just you. It can make those hard training days enjoyable and increase the bonds of your team which is definitely to your benefit and the benefit of your game.


…make you enemies react to you. Lead them around by the nose like a puppet master directs his puppets. Their very best response in any situation should be exactly the one you want them to make, and it should lead directly to their doom with them being none the wiser. And whenever you wish, change the rules on a dime, and keep them all dancing to your beat.


…keep expanding your ambitions. This game is endless, and there is always something more to aspire to. Escalate, escalate and escalate, and reach as far as you can. Excellence is the goal and nothing less.


..think deeper than anyone else. Your plans should be elaborate and impossible to figure out. While others are thinking one or two moves ahead, and you should be planning their demise from beginning to end even if 50 moves are required for that outcome to be achieved.


…fear nothing. There are times when you will fail but it is better to do so in the arena than on the sidelines. Embrace all the challenges and conquer them one after the other. That’s the only way to stand above all the riff raff and common criminals.

These and other attributes are the reasons why Joker is considered to be one of the most dangerous villains in the history of comics.

And just like Gotham deserved a better class of criminal, this world deserves a better class of grappler.

It’s time for you to give it to them.

And in addition to studying the Joker and learning the best of his wicked ways, I encourage you to focus on the endgame in jiu-jitsu.

Just like chess, when you understand the endgame, it gives your overall strategy greater depth and complexity. You know what you want to achieve, and you can reverse engineer the steps to get there.

That’s what Joker does when he sets in motion elaborate and complex plans for creating mayhem and chaos. He starts with the goal and then approaches the execution with unorthodox and unpredictable tactics.

And that is the core objective of the Submission Proof course.

…to increase your understanding of submissions and improve your ability to recognize threats, escape danger and also improve your ability to attack as well by showing you more offensive possibilities.

In short, it’s not for the run-of-the-mill kind of grappler.

But if you’re not about that life, here’s where to get started:

Feb 14

I sense a great disturbance on this, the most sinister of days

“I felt a great disturbance in the force. As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I feel something terrible has happened.”

– Obi-Won Kenobi

Yes, it has.

On this, the most sinister of days, countless men are being dragged kicking and screaming away from training. No drilling. No rolling. No, not on this day.

And KB will also be spending some time away from my precious (let Smeagol reign) mats.

But no worries.

It’s still possible to improve.

For most of my early years training, I had significant demands on my time. I was in school full time, working almost full time, and traveling one hour each way to my home gym.

So time was precious.

And when I couldn’t train, I studied tape and drilled technique in my mind. Hell, it wasn’t even something that I did for significant periods of time. But those little mental reminders were like magic.

They helped me to remember what I was learning.

And they kept me excited about learning.

Which, in turn, made it easier to learn.

But if you’re one of the lucky sods who will be training on this day, I just have this to say.

Your days are numbered.

The mats have special powers. As you train and improve, you just become more and more attractive, and you may not know it yet but the noose is tightening. Soon, soon, you too will be boo’d up on Valentine’s Day.

Yes, yes.

Cuffing season always rears its seductive head, and you’re going to have to be slick to avoid it.

Here’s a suggestion though.

Sign up for KB’s Submission Proof course. If nothing else, it will give you loads of material to think about in the coming weeks and months for the days when you can’t train.

And while I can’t promise that it will stop you from getting cuffed up, it might help.

Who knows…

Seeing attacks coming on the mat might up your awareness overall, and you might start noticing innuendo, flirtatious glances and other overt signs of attraction as well.

Of course, I make no such claim.

You might be doomed to obliviousness for all time.

At least though, you won’t be so when it comes to seeing and preventing submissions. And that’s awesome enough.

Here’s where to get your lovin’ (for your game only, homie don’t play that):

Feb 08

Deep half players need triangle love too

This might seem a little flashy at first.

But it’s part of a sequence offense for the deep half that begins with the waiter sweep. A common reaction when going for that sweep is that opponents shift their weight forward. That’s when the knee comes into play to add extra leverage to the sweep.

But this is also an option. And the whole sequence will be added to the Trickery course soon.

Find out all about it here:

Jan 27

One of the simplest flow drills for underhook half guard

The connection between the kneetap sweep and the dope mount transition is just magic. They flow together so seamlessly, and it has worked so well for me.

Learn more of the game here:

Jan 25

A sequence of offense for the scissor sweep in closed guard

Since this is a quick demonstration, I’ll break down the principles a bit.

Before any scissor sweep can occur, you must damage the structure of an opponent’s position. Generally, that’s done by loading the person’s weight forward. That brings their hips off of their heels and creates a lightness in the lower body.

But, one thing that can always be counted on is resistance.

Opponents will widen their base or sit back more, and that’s where the kick out comes in. It’s another way (and perhaps a better way against larger opponents) to run roughshod over structure and sweep to mount.

The resistance doesn’t stop there though.

Sometimes, people also base out on their foot. And when that happens, it creates an opportunity, because they have shifted their base to one quadrant and left a massive hole behind. Towards the direction where the foot is planted, their base is strong, but that’s not so true the other fact.

In fact, it’s easy to off balance them in that direction. And that leaves them with a choice. They either base out on the hand or they get swept. Either you win, because if they base, your grip is already in the collar.

And now their posture makes the transition to the loop choke almost effortless (if you’ve spent time working on its execution).