There are six major positions in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts and Submission Grappling. If you learn these positions you’ll be off to a great start, but you’ll also be a bit predictable…
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How many times has someone almost gotten past your guard…
…You’re just about pinned; it’s just a matter of time…
…So you mentally relax, concede the position and prepare for the battle to get out of sidemount using your pin escape techniques. (more…)
Many of the most powerful guard sweeps rely on your hips being underneath your opponent’s center of gravity.
This makes him very unstable – think of the difference between
1. standing on the floor beside one of those stability balls, and
2. trying to stand on top of that same stability ball. (more…)
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…
I’ve got to be quick with this blog post. We’ve been in studio almost continuously for three days, filming what might be my most ambitious video project ever.
And we’ve got to get back at it really soon. (I’m super excited about this project btw. (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…)
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.
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…)
One of the tenets of JKD is that one should keep an open mind with regard to other styles. After all, “absorb what is useful, reject what is useless” is a classic Bruce Lee quote.
In general, I find that most BJJ practitioners are relatively open minded when it comes to learning from other styles. (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…)
Jumping into a leg lock is a great alternative to pulling guard! Here’s a technique to go from standing directly into a leglock that I’ve used successfully multiple times, both in competition and in sparring.
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…)
The rolling toehold is a very powerful, very surprising attack. Here’s a way to counter it and shut it down when your opponent tries to do it to you. (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…)