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...]

What is the Spider Guard?

What is the Spider Guard

What is the Spider Guard? The Spider Guard is a form of Open Guard where you grip your opponent's wrists or sleeves and have at least one foot controlling at least one of his arms.  Typically the sole of your foot will be placed against his biceps, or your leg will spiral around his elbow with your toes hiding underneath his upper arm. … [Read more...]

What is the Butterfly Guard?

What is the Butterfly Guard

The Butterfly Guard is one of my very favorite positions these days. Regardless of whether you're rolling with or without the gi, the Butterfly Guard keeps your opponent's weight off of you, it gives you unparalleled mobility on the bottom, and it allows you to unleash blistering combinations of some of the most powerful sweeps and reversals in all of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. … [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...]

Fifty Ways to Improve Your Grappling Almost Immediately


Sometimes the best way to get better is simply to stop doing things wrong. Over the years I've shot quite a few guerilla-style videos breaking down many of the most common mistakes that I see for different positions and submissions. … [Read more...]

The Jab-Cross of Open Guard Sweeps

Open Guard Sweep

Let's talk about two of my favorite sweeps from the open guard.  These are high percentage techniques that are used again and again at every level, by novice whitebelts and world-class blackbelts. When learning a new position I think it's important to learn the high percentage stuff right away.   … [Read more...]

Stabilizing and Attacking Larger Opponents from Sidemount

Attacking from the Sidemount

Many battles are lost by not sufficiently stabilizing sidemount, and/or choosing the wrong attacks to use from that otherwise dominant position. Let's say that you've done everything right and cut through the guard of a bigger stronger opponent. … [Read more...]

BJJ Training Strategies

Breaking down the concept of gameplans

Having the right assortment of techniques is pretty darn important in BJJ. But having the right training strategies is even more important... By 'training strategies' I'm talking about the big picture. Like knowing which techniques to use, when to use them, and how to correctly train those techniques in the first place. … [Read more...]

Defending Stupid Big Guy Attacks (and the Honor of Jiu-Jitsu)

Defending a big guy attack

It's amazing what some big guys will do when they get frustrated. In fact, sometimes they'll try stuff so stupid that it'll take you completely by surprise! Now, many BJJ instructors never bother to teach you what to do against these 'stupid attacks.' … [Read more...]

What a Spider Guard Fail Teaches You About How to Train Any Technique!


Today's tip comes was inspired from some training I did with a smaller grappler, let's call him 'Stu.' Stu wanted to learn some sweeps from the Spider Guard (an open guard position where you control both of your opponent's sleeves and have one or both feet on his biceps). … [Read more...]

4 Mistakes That’ll KILL Your Half Guard…


Whether you want to or not, you ARE going to end up in the half guard! Some people simply use the half guard as a last resort when their guard is being passed. Their opponent is blasting around their guard, so without even thinking about it they lash out with their legs and trap one of his legs between their own. … [Read more...]