Pull-Ups for Grapplers

Pullups for BJJ at Home

  I'm a huge believer in the importance of doing pull-ups if you're a grappler. Regardless of whether you're doing BJJ or Submission Grappling, Judo or Freestyle Wrestling, Sambo or Catchwrestling there's a lot of pulling, clinching and holding in grappling. There's no better exercise to develop your pulling that pull-ups, and you can do them anywhere: the gym, the park, on … [Read more...]

What to do when you’ve just had a really crappy BJJ class…

When you've had a really crappy BJJ class

  Have you ever have an absolutely terrible BJJ class? One of those days where your regular training partners - the guys and girls you're normally neck and neck with - basically had their way with you? Maybe even junior belts passed your guard, took your back, swept you repeatedly, dominated you positionally, and tapped you out again and again? This can be difficult to deal with; … [Read more...]

Blood, Sweat and… Sparta!!!

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This may sound a bit weird coming from a guy who runs a grappling site, but I want you to ask yourself a question: why on earth are you spending hours and hours rolling around on the ground with men wearing spandex and/or pajamas? Really… I mean it’s not the easiest of activities.  And it’s sweaty and sometimes it’s even painful… Obviously there are self defense benefits to training, but if … [Read more...]

Single Leg X Guard Masterclass Online

Welcome to the Single Leg X Guard Masterclass! Click on one of the tabs below to go to your section If you're new to this program I suggest you start with the 4 'QuickStart' Guide videos in the first tab. These videos are taken from the rest of the course and will give you the maximum bang for your buck. … [Read more...]

Training BJJ, Kicked out of Karate, Meeting Rick Flair, and the Movie ‘Logan’ with Masters World Champion James ‘300’ Foster

BJJ Black Belt Masters World Champion James '300' Foster

I think you'll like this Grapplearts Radio Podcast episode!   In it I talk to 280 lb BJJ Masters World Champion James '300' Foster who was fresh back from a pre Pan-Ams California training trip. Some of the things we talk about include... Getting kicked our of Karate after starting BJJ, The process of finding the correct mix of training that works best for you, Cutting weight in … [Read more...]

Four de la Riva Guard Grips You Need to Know

basic de la riva leg position

  The de la Riva guard is very powerful and effective form of guard, often used in modern BJJ.  It can be an intimidatingly complex position though, with a large number of grips, variations, sweeps, attacks and other techniques available for you to use. The point of today's article is to simplify the de la Riva guard for you.  The way we're going to do that is by breaking it down on the … [Read more...]

The Key to Getting Better and Tougher

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  BJJ makes you tougher because it’s a difficult activity that challenges you physically, mentally and emotionally. At first, when you’re getting slaughtered by a 2 stripe white belt, escaping from mount seems impossible. Yet a few years later, fighting your way out of the bottom of mount, passing the guard, and finishing with an armbar is just another day at the office. Over time … [Read more...]

How to do the Over-Under Guard Pass in No Gi

Bernardo Faria shows the over-under pass in no gi

Can you do the over-under guard pass in no gi? That's a good question, and there's nobody better to answer this question than my friend Bernardo Faria, a multiple time BJJ world champion known for his crushing over-under guard pass. As the name implies, the over-under involves getting one of your arms over  his legs and your other  arm under his legs.  In the gi you would typically grasp his … [Read more...]

Every Martial Art Consists of These 3 Things…

The 3 Components of Every Martial Art

I'm primarily known as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, but the reality is that I've trained in a lot of other martial arts too. These other martial arts include Combat Submission Wrestling, Kajukenbo Karate, Boxing, Wing Chun, Judo, Muay Thai, Hung Gar, Pekiti Tirsia Kali, Hsing I, Northern Shaolin, Maphalindo Silat, Capoeira, Tai Chi, Western Fencing, Freestyle Wrestling, Jun Fan/JKD, … [Read more...]

Top 10 Wrestling Moves for BJJ

wrestling moves for bjj

by Jeff Meszaros In many ways, wrestling and Brazilian jiu jitsu are total opposites. The core concepts of the two sports run against each other, and what's a great idea in one art is often a terrible idea in the other. In wrestling, you do anything you can to avoid having your back put on the mat. But in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, people will often fall to their backs immediately to "pull guard" … [Read more...]

The 10 Second Choke Fix (or How to Tap Out More People)

fixing the triangle choke

  How many times has a sparring partner told you "Man, I was SO close to tapping" after you'd been squeezing their neck like crazy in a desperate attempt to choke them, but then decided that it wasn't working and gave up on the submission? Frustrating, isn't it? Or have you ever held a choke for so long that you completely burn out your grips and have to fight the rest of the match … [Read more...]

BJJ, Judo, MMA and Brazil – a Black Belt Podcast Chat with Jeff Meszaros

Jeff-Mezaros-Podcast

This is a fun conversation on my Grapplearts Radio Podcast about BJJ, Judo and MMA with Jeff Meszaros.  Jeff is one of the guys that I first started training in BJJ with 23 years ago.  The conversation goes off the rails a number of times, but here's some of what we covered... Self defense applications of BJJ Russian team MMA events Judo, BJJ and the early days of the Uncle Willy's … [Read more...]

How to Break a Tight Sleeve Grip on Your Gi

how-to-break-any-sleeve-grip

The single best thing you can do to stop your opponent from dominating you in grappling is to get rid of his grips on you. But against someone with strong hands and a powerful grip this can be tough to do. That's why I want to share a super-powerful way to break a sleeve grip with you.  It's illegal in Judo but still totally allowed in BJJ. I've seen small women use … [Read more...]

Staying Fit During a BJJ Training Layoff

Staying fit during a training layoff

BJJ is a marathon, not a sprint.  The average Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt takes at least 10 years of hard training, so if you miss a week of training here or there it's not going to make a difference in the long run. But in some scenarios you're not looking at just missing a week of  training.  Let's say that you've got a sick kid at home, or that you have to recover from a surgery, or that … [Read more...]

The Training and Competition Strategies of Bernardo Faria

5-x-world-champion

  Bernardo Faria is a 5 x BJJ World Champion (and a good friend) so I was very excited to sit down with him and have an in-depth conversation about his competition, training and conditioning routine. The full transcript, audio and video are below on this page, but here's a quick preview of some of the things talked about: Exactly what a world champion's day to day training regimen … [Read more...]

Self Defense, Weapons, BJJ, and Mexican Prisons…

Live Self Defense Q&A

  BJJ is a great sport but ultimately - and even more important - it's also a martial art.  And the core of every martial art has to be about combat; the fitness, discipline, camaraderie and fun is great, but they're all bonuses. It's fantastic to have an awesome spinning triangle from spider guard, but you ALSO need to understand how to use your art in the streets, which might … [Read more...]

My New, Favourite Butterfly Guard Pass (Step-by-Step)

favorite butterfly guard pass

Here's my new favourite guard pass! It uses opposite corner control (shoulder and knee) to rotate the body of your opponent plus a kick to disengage his hooks and prevent him from following you.  I call it the 'Kung Fu' or the 'Punch, Pull, Kick Pass'. I've been pulling this off consistently for a couple of months now, both against butterfly guard and also against some other forms of open … [Read more...]

Which New Techniques Can You Learn the Fastest?

Which new BJJ techniques can you learn the fastest?

Note: The content in this article was drawn from a Youtube video and an audio podcast (Episode 042 on iTunes, Soundcloud and Stitcher) on the same topic.  Check those out if you prefer your information in video or audio form! After a friend of mine saw a cool Rafa Mendes highlight video I had posted my Facebook page he announced that he wanted to add a berimbolo attack to his game. (The … [Read more...]

How to Get Kicked Out of Your BJJ Club

How to get kicked out of your bjj club

by Jeff Meszaros So, you've been training at the same jiu-jitsu club for a while now and you've decided it's not for you. You've given it very careful consideration and concluded that it's time to move on to another club or quit altogether. But you don't want anyone to call you "a quitter" so instead of quitting, you've decided to take the high road and get kicked out. But how can you do … [Read more...]

Upcoming Facebook Live Q&A

Stephan Kesting on Facebook Live

The Next Grapplearts Facebook Live Broadcast Will Be On Monday, January 16th at 6 pm EST, 9 pm PST TOPIC: SELF DEFENSE What is Facebook Live?  Facebook live is when you get live streaming video on Facebook.  It usually shows up on your feed if you're on at just the right time, but it also shows up on the page that's broadcasting the video.  In this case it'll be on the Grapplearts Facebook … [Read more...]