Category Archive: Concepts

This section is all about concepts that can be applied to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. If you understand the concept, you can create the methods.

May 03

The sleeve drag deceives and destroys all

Oh boy, let’s talk about the sleeve drag. It’s one of many grips that I like to use in the closed guard, and I call it that instead of other names that others use because I always want to remind myself of the primary intent behind using it. Once I establish it, I must always …

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Apr 19

Solid side control Isnever static

I’m in the process of developing several defensive sequences for escaping side control. Frankly, I’ve gotten tired of seeing so many people struggle helplessly, and the reason behind that is that most often escapes are taught only for the most ideal of circumstances. The most flagrant example is when the person on top is just …

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Apr 07

Two simple improvements to the knee cut pass

The other day, a student asked me about a problem he’s been having often during rolls. Over and over again, he gets to one of the very best positions for finishing the knee cut pass (deep underhook and head tight against the ear on the other side), but yet (get this) he goes noooowhere. His …

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Mar 30

Hip tilt setup to the hand gun choke

A few days ago, a pal of mine sent me a link to a video. He immediately notices some similarities between its execution and the principles I stress when teaching the loop choke. So immediately he thought I might want to check it out. He’s a good guy. And I appreciate that because he was …

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Mar 02

3 rules of thumb for making the loop choke more effective

Over the last few months, a change has been happening in my game. Out of nowhere, the loop choke just started clicking for me, and I’ve been terrorizing the mat with it left and right. Hell, it’s gotten so bad that I’ve hit the same setup on three different people in one night even after …

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Jan 15

Psh, I don’t need no arms for this armbar

Somewhere in some far flung corner of the interwebz, this was written: “As a blue belt I’m horrified at my own armbar ability. Horrified. I know how to execute from all relevant positions, but I must have hit about 10 from guard ever. I see people locking up beautiful armbars from the back and catching …

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