How to Attack Super-Defensive Opponents

Kimura from Guard

It's a fact: big guys don't like losing to smaller guys. That's why sometimes, when a bigger guy realizes he's not going to be able to actually win a match, he changes gears and uses all his strength and size for only one thing... … [Read more...]

How to Finish the Back Climb from Half Guard

Taking an opponent's back is a fundamental attack from half guard, but once your opponent has been caught in it a few times he will start blocking your back climb. Most typically he will wrap your arm with an overbook, also known as a 'whizzer.' Here's one way of my favorite ways to counter his counter and come out on top and behind your opponent. … [Read more...]

A Cool Trick for Finishing the Rear Naked Choke

When you’re attacking with the Rear NakedChoke (aka the RNC) you’ve got to have answers for when your opponent buries his chin in his own chest to hide his neck. Here’s a simple trick that Erik Paulson recently showed to me to get your opponent to lift his chin so you can sink the Rear Naked Choke properly. … [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...]

Marcelo Garcia Chokes Me Out Repeatedly


Marcelo Garcia is maybe the very best person in the world at attacking the turtle position. But before I tell you how I know this first hand, I should point out that as you get better you'll run into the turtle position more often.  … [Read more...]

A Roadmap for Grappling


When an uninitiated person sees grappling in action for the first time it seems very chaotic and confusing. There are limbs and bodies all over the place and then, all of a sudden and for ‘no reason’ someone taps out. This can be a very intimidating activity for beginners to launch themselves into. … [Read more...]