Get Up, Stand Up!

Why getting off the ground is a critical skills in grappling!
(originally published in Black Belt Magazine)

When mixed martial arts competition exploded in North America, martial artists quickly learned that most fights end up on the ground. And for years the prevailing wisdom was that groundfighting was inevitable, and if a fight went to the ground it would most likely stay there. (more…)

How to Defend Strikes on the Ground

You’re walking down the street, someone bumps you, words are exchanged, you get pushed to the ground, and now some big gorilla is trying to knock your teeth down your throat.  No matter how focused you are on the sportive aspects of grappling you’ve still GOTTA know how to defend strikes on the ground!!! (more…)

Countering the Double Leg with a Sitout & Switch

I respect most grappling arts, not just BJJ.  Freestyle and collegiate wrestling, in particular, have a lot to offer to submission grapplers and BJJ practitioners.  Obviously we can get a lot of good throws and takedowns from wrestling, but we can also ‘steal’ some very powerful moves on the ground as well. (more…)

Free Book About the Guard for Grapplearts Readers

Heres’s a really cool resource for you, something that I’ve received a TON of positive feedback on.  It’s a free, downloadable book that breaks down the many different variations of the Guard position with detailed descriptions and lots of pretty pictures!  And you can grab it super easily, for free… (more…)

When people first learn the Von Flue choke they often find that their opponent can bridge them over and then they end up on the bottom.

If this is happening to you and you’re getting rolled into a bad position when trying this choke then first check that your legs are perpendicular (more…)