The Easiest Way to Teach (and Learn) the Armbar from Guard

Teaching the armbar from guard

The armbar from guard is one of those bread-and-butter techniques in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. A signature move, if you will. Unfortunately it can also be difficult for some people execute the mechanics of the armbar from the guard correctly. It's easy to get confused with all that gripping, shifting, adjusting and swivelling, and then completely botch the whole technique. But I've found a … [Read more...]

A Closed Guard Pass Direct From Brazil

Gordo Closed Guard Pass

I’m in the middle of trying something new at… The lion’s share of the BJJ videos in the article and technique section of this site have been produced by yours truly (Stephan Kesting). But recently one of my very first BJJ training partners also wanted to contribute some cool footage to the video vault. … [Read more...]

What Do White Belts Need to Learn in Their 1st Year of BJJ?

white belt

by guest author Mark Mullen I'm currently in Rio de Janeiro doing a little training in BJJ. While here I have met a number of white belts at the Connection Rio BJJ hostel. Sitting around the pool or over acai after training, inevitably the topic of conversation turns to BJJ and the struggles of the white belts trying to find their way in the art suave. … [Read more...]

How to Counter the Stupidest Closed Guard Break Ever – The Elbow Grind on the Inner Thighs

Elbow Grind-blog

Grinding away on your inner thighs is the favourite (and often only) closed guard breaking strategy of meathead grapplers everywhere. I don't know who originally came up with this bush league, Dim Mak wanna be, pressure point bull**** strategy, but for some reason you run into 'grinders' at almost every club. Like most pain compliance techniques the elbow grind is something that works … [Read more...]

My 2 Best Triangle Choke Escapes

Triangle Armbar 4

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's tip about escaping the armbar from guard. Today I want to continue exploring how to get out of submissions and share my two best triangle choke escapes with you. I've experimented with lots of different triangle escapes. Unfortunately I've found that many commonly-taught techniques … [Read more...]

How to Defend and Escape the Armbar from Guard

Armbar from Closed Guard Defense

If you've been grappling for any length of time then you know that anytime you're in the closed guard you've got to watch out for the armbar from guard. It's one of the most common and highest percentage submissions in all of BJJ, submission grappling and MMA. So if we're going to be running into a technique like the armbar from guard this frequently then we HAVE to have some good answers for … [Read more...]

The Easiest Triangle Choke Followup

Tapping out from Triangle Choke

One of my newsletter readers recently had an interesting question for me: Q: "Hi Stephan,  I have this training partner with a huge neck who is incredibly resistant to chokes.  Everybody in class has problems choking him.  The problem is that my favorite submission is the triangle choke - what's a simple way to finish the choke on someone like that?  Thanks - Dave from England." … [Read more...]

Roadmap for BJJ Package Now Available Again!


A few years ago I released the Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructional package. This is a multi-component product that focuses on the strategies, tactics, techniques and training methods of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It's basically a quick start guide for how to get good on the ground as fast as possible. … [Read more...]