Don't Panic, This is Normal!

I often hear from people distraught about some area of their jiu-jitsu lagging behind.

It might be their sweeps from the closed guard, their submissions from side mount, their escapes from rear mount, or their butterfly guard passes, but in that that one specific area they’re just not as good at as they should be.

Here’s the thing though: there will ALWAYS be areas where you are lagging behind! (more…)

Jiu-Jitsu for the Zombie Apocalypse

I’ve just put the most important video I’ve ever shot onto Youtube: Jiu-Jitsu for the Zombie Apocalypse.

A lot of people will tell you that jiu-jitsu will be useless when the Zombie Apocalypse hits.  But those people have an agenda: usually they’re trying to sell you flamethrowers, or have stocks in the big arms companies. (more…)

Tap Out Less Often! The 'Submission Defense' App for Android...

After a ton of planning and working with video editors and Android app programers, I’m thrilled to announce that Submission Defense – the latest Grapplearts app for the Android platform – is finally ready!!

This app was designed with one single-minded purpose: to help you tap out much less often. (more…)

The 3 Fanciest Leglocks That Actually Work

Some leglocks are simple, straight-ahead, super-effective submissions that should be in every grappler’s arsenal.

Other leglock attacks, by contrast, are super-complicated multi-step techniques. And once you actually manoeuvre everybody into place you’re left with something that resembles an octopus orgy: arms, legs, and other body parts tangled together in a giant Gordian knot. (more…)

Fifty Ways to Improve Your Grappling Almost Immediately

Sometimes the best way to get better is simply to stop doing things wrong.

Over the years I’ve shot quite a few guerilla-style videos breaking down many of the most common mistakes that I see for different positions and submissions. (more…)

Kneebar Leglock Q & A

Should I attack the top or the bottom leg when doing a kneebar? New Question June 2006

When you are doing a kneebar, 90% of the time you will be on your side, attacking either the top or the bottom leg. Say you are attacking your opponent’s right leg with a kneebar: (more…)

Kneebar Mastery: Fixing the Most Common Mistakes

I consider the kneebar to be the king of leg submissions: you are attacking one of the largest joints in the body and demonstrating mastery over your opponent. Unlike heelhooks and toeholds, which often have to be applied gently in training to avoid injury, a successful kneebar leaves no doubt or debate as to its effectiveness. The kneebar is a fairly safe submission when applied properly, but is also a potentially devastating lock.

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Congratulations to a Leglock Master

Oleg Taktarov was one of the early pioneers in the UFC.  Coming from a sambo background he had a very distinctive skill set.

And nobody had more heart!!

I’m delighted that Oleg recently stepped back into the cage and defeated Mark Kerr with a kneebar, which has always been one of Oleg’s signature moves. Oleg was very influential on my leglock game development (more…)