I know I’ve been lucky, but most of my martial arts instructors have encouraged questions.
For example, my BJJ coach, Marcus Soares, is known for his killer conditioning sessions (‘warmups,’ he calls them…).
But right after putting his class through hell he always starts the technical part of class by asking, “Are there any questions.” He then takes time to answer each and every question, regardless of whether it applies to BJJ, MMA or self defense. (more…)
How a single ‘quick fix’ can triple the power of your gi choke attacks
Gi chokes are a fundamental and effective strategy in BJJ. Maybe the two best known gi choke are the cross collar choke from guard and the cross collar choke from mount. We’ll explore that choke in more detail below, but rest assured that it has been used to submit world class competitors at the highest levels of competition. (more…)
Should you pull guard in competition? And if you decide to pull guard, then how do you do it correctly?
In a certain sense, I am uniquely unqualified to answer these questions…
Marcus and Denis demonstrate the reverse shoulder lock. (more…)
A demonstration of the Reverse Clock Choke against the Turtle Position by Denis Kang and Marcus Soares (more…)
Marcus Soares and Denis Kang demonstrate a Half Guard Pass and a Cervical Choke. (more…)
Marcus Soares demonstrates the Kimura from the Open Guard (more…)
Here’s how the Kimura can help you transition from the Closed Guard, to the Mount, and then to your opponent tapping out. (more…)
Marcus Soares demonstrates a basic attack from the guard: Closed Guard to Kimura (more…)
By Stephan Kesting and Marcus Soares
Originally published in Grappling Magazine, May 2002
The Kimura lock is one of the most important submission holds in Jiu-jitsu. It is also found in many other grappling systems, where it might be called a hammerlock, a chickenwing, or ude-garami. (more…)
By Stephan Kesting
Originally published in Grappling Magazine, August 2001 (more…)
by Marcus Soares and Stephan Kesting
Originally published in Grappling Magazine
It’s January and all the gyms are packed with newly-inspired fitness junkies. But you can’t always get to a gym, and sometimes the weather makes it tough to go for a run. The beauty of bodyweight, however, means that you can work out almost anywhere. (more…)
When it comes variations of the guard position grapplers tend to fall into one of two categories: ‘lumpers’ and ‘splitters’. (more…)
Last week I discussed the differences between standing and kneeling guard passes. One thing I pointed out was that some schools tend use only kneeling guard passes whereas other schools tend to mix up their guard passing and use both standing and kneeling passes. (more…)
There are two basic games in grappling: the ‘mobility game’ and the ‘position game’.
The mobility game is based on speed and movement – transitions between positions, attacks and reversals are accomplished with speed. (more…)