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…)
I know, I know, there have been a ton of delays in getting the Half Guard DVD ready…
Someone once defined insanity as “continuing to do the same thing and expecting different results“. This applies to grappling as well as the rest of life, and it is very true when you are in the half guard position. (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…)
If you try contesting a larger, stronger opponent using your strength against his strength you will probably lose.You need to fight the battle on your own terms, and two effective (and somewhat related) strategies to do this include:
1, Move quicker
2, Tire him out. (more…)