Today is a very exciting day! For the past few months I’ve been working like crazy to get my new DVD series finished. In these videos I’m collaborating with my friend, and former teammate, Emily Kwok.
She’s one of the best known competitive grapplers out there! For a lot of different reasons. (more…)
Emily Kwok is a BJJ black belt who has trained with some of the best people in the world. And she’s been very successful at the highest levels of competition in BJJ, Submission Grappling and Women’s MMA. And she recently choked me silly for the camera…
The common headlock is often overlooked in BJJ – it’s just not considered to be a very technical pinning position.
But not training your headlock escapes is a HUGE mistake! (more…)
There’s no doubt in my mind that this is my very best instructional product; after all, it took an entire year of all-out work to create. (more…)
In the past few years I’ve made some big changes to my omoplata armlock attacks. The omoplata has always been one of my bread and butter moves, but these racent changes have doubled my success rate, especially when going against bigger and/or skilled opponents. (more…)
A reader recently asked me “I haven’t heard from you in a long time. Did you get double arm-barred and can’t type?”
I’m glad that both my arms are great and I can type just fine! (more…)
I used to think that if I just learned enough ways to pass the guard, mastered enough submissions, memorized enough pin escapes, pick up enough guard sweeps, received enough tactics and just had enough techniques at my fingertips, then… someday… I would master the art of grappling.
The X Guard is a really powerful open guard position that creates a whole world of trouble for your opponents. Here’s an excerpt from my DVD “13 Techniques You Can Use On The Mat Today” which takes you through the most important points of the X Guard… (more…)
To celebrate my upcoming 40th birthday I’m organizing and hosting a great big grappling get-together. Grapplecamp will be in Vancouver BC on Saturday July 11th and Sunday July 12th. (more…)
Recently I had a contest where readers sent in their best video tips for BJJ newbies on video. An absolute TON of great tips, techniques, and concepts got sent in, and I was amazed at how little overlap there was. (more…)
Recently I taught a seminar on Unorthodox BJJ Positions. The success of this seminar inspired me to write a series of newsletters on how touse unusual positions to confuse, frustrate and ultimately submit your opponent. (more…)
The first time I saw the Reverse Mount I was at an Erik Paulson seminar. My reaction was something like “yeah, right….”
I honestly thought that Erik had run out of high percentage things to teach and was now just making stuff up. (more…)
Kesa Gatame (what the guy in the white gi is using in the photo above) is the Judo name for a position that is also known as the Scarf Hold or the Head and Arm pin. (more…)
I’ve been down in the laboratory recently, cooking up the latest Grapplearts offering. Since we’re in the final stages of production now, and because I thought you might be interested, I’ll whip off the veil of secrecy and tell you about what’s going on. (more…)
When you’re doing a leglock a tiny adjustment can have a huge effect. And if you’re doing something wrong then it can totally shut down your attack.
Leglocks are no different – if you can simply avoid making these common mistakes then you’ll put the power of your leglock attacks through the roof. (more…)
by guest author Nicolai Geeza Holt
Stephan’s note: today’s guest author shares his thoughts about a topic near and dear to my own heart: learning from instructional material. Nicolai trains with Niko Han and currently has 47 wins by submission in competition. (more…)
As I was heading home from a workout recently, someone mentioned that their butterfly guard just wasn’t working for them. I put down my bag, got back on the mat, and started trying to metamorphose his butterfly guard. (more…)