The X Guard Position


The 'X guard' is a position that I've been using a lot recently. Depending on your point of view, it's either a form of the open guard or the half guard, but whatever you call it, it's effective as hell! You end up in X Guard a lot when you use the Butterfly Guard, especially when your opponent posts his foot to stop your sweeps. … [Read more...]

How to Defeat the Bigger Stronger Opponent NOW AVAILABLE


It's here! The How to Defeat the Bigger, Stronger Opponent DVD set is in stock, and ready to ship right now. Emily Kwok and I have been crafting this 5 DVD set for a long time, and it's one of the best instructional sets I have ever seen. … [Read more...]

How To Stop Someone From Passing Your Guard

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A reader writes: Hi Stephan, Thank you for the newsletters!  I started training BJJ and MMA about 5 months ago - it's been life changing for me.  Do you have any tips for keeping someone in your guard and not letting them pass? Sincerely, R.W. ======== My Answer ======== Hi R, First of all, congratulations for jumping into such a challenging and hugely rewarding sport.  Most of the … [Read more...]

How Marcelo Garcia Defeats Larger, Stronger Opponents


There's nothing quite like watching a smaller, lighter, weaker person use their technique to defeat a bigger, heavier, stronger opponent. And  when it comes to tapping out bigger, stronger, heavier opponents there's nobody quite like Marcelo Garcia. … [Read more...]