I have to share this footage of one of my instructors, Dan Inosanto, doing some BJJ sparring.
This incredible man is now in his 70′s, and I hope I learn to move that smoothly some day… (more…)
Over the last few years there has been an explosion of great blogs devoted to jiu-jitsu, submission grappling and MMA…
Now obviously these things change all the time, and any list is bound to be incomplete. Nevertheless I thought I’d share some of my favorite blogs-de-jour with you today in this list: (more…)
A reader writes:
Q: I would like to own a grappling dummy but all the ones I have looked at are very expensive. Do you have any suggestions?
A: There are many commercially available throwing and grappling dummies available on the market (more…)
At first I thought that this particular question was going to be simple. Someone, let’s call him ‘Bob’, wrote me about extreme claustrophobia when trapped in a bad position:
“I am hoping that you can help me with problems of extreme claustrophobia while grappling. (more…)
Every couple of weeks I get an email from a reader asking if there are any good BJJ, MMA or submission grappling schools close to where they live.
Unfortunately I rarely have specific advice for them, because there are just too many good schools out there. (more…)
A reader writes:
Q: “I would like to hear you address grappling with no formal teacher or school. What are the benefits/downsides to this? What should we be careful to avoid? This is the situation I am in now, I get to practice with some good guys but have actually never had formal training. ” (more…)
A reader writes:
Q: “How does one best utilize instructional video tapes and what are the best out there.”
A: Let me preface my answer by saying that as someone who spends a lot of time producing and selling instructional grappling DVDs I am not exactly a neutral party! (more…)
A reader writes:
Q: “Do you have any advice on how to deal with guys who are ridiculously strong? I’m not necessarily referring to grapplers who are bigger than you, I’m referring to guys that are so strong that when they grab you it’s like a death grip.” (more…)
My newsletter last week about grappling with an aging body generated a fair bit of feedback. Some respondents thanked me for the article (you’re welcome). Others called me a candy-ass and that I should work harder and complain less (they were joking, I think). (more…)
The following question was submitted by a subscriber of the Grapplearts newsletter.
Q: Why did grappling dominate early NHB / MMA events, but now striking seems to have the edge”
A: I think that the increased emphasis on striking is due to several factors. (more…)
When I was a young man I was approached by a friend with an unusual proposition. Would I be interested, he asked, in training from 6 to 7 am? He was so busy with work and family obligations that he simply had no other open time slots in his schedule. (more…)
On June 4th Denis Kang did it again. Fighting in the Pride Middleweight Grand Prix he took on feared striker Murilo “Ninja” Rua from the Chuteboxe Academy. The fight did not go long: he KO’d Ninja in 12 seconds! (more…)
Last Saturday night Matt Hughes decisively defeated Royce Gracie in a much promoted UFC matchup. One of the most interesting things about this fight was that mixed martial arts have come full circle, with Matt defeating Royce using a strategy first popularized by Royce himself. (more…)
In my recent sparring sessions with the gi I’ve been having great success with a technique I learned on the internet. Actually to be a little more precise, I learned a critical detail about a technique I already knew on the internet, and this has made all the difference to successfully applying this technique. (more…)
When people start new activities they like the reassurance of being able to know how they are progressing in that activity. In the martial arts, including most grappling arts, this is typically done by awarding stripes, belts, and other measures of rank. (more…)
Last week we started a conversation about how to make yourself feel heavier while pinning your opponent. One way to do this is to take any weight you’re placing directly on the ground, and to place it on your opponent. (more…)
Sometimes when you’re grappling you might want to play ‘crush the bug’, totally immobilizing your opponent with your bodyweight and making it difficult for him to even breath. Obviously this is easier to do if you weigh 300 pounds, but most grapplers don’t position themselves properly to maximize the bodyweight they do have (more…)
Every once in a while a discussion/arguement breaks out as to whether you can learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu from a blue belt instructor. My short answer to this question is “absolutely!” (more…)
Over the last couple of months I have written about various pieces of training gear, ranging from wrestling shoes to mouthguards. Looking over these tips I realized I had left out the single most important, completely indispensable training gear of all: your partner! (more…)