Thursday, December 8, 2011


so, as shown in this post on the face forum, injuries are prevalent in bjj.

You almost always hear about someone having to pull out of a major tournament due to injuries and having a replacement competitor go in his/her place.

I believe that although it is not optimal, there is definitely at least a few things you can do to take advantage of your time.

1) Watch a lot of videos online.
2) Go to class still and watch/video tape people roll
3) Post online and ask other experienced instructors questions about positions/moves you have trouble with. Chances are they will probably answer it for free.

BJJ should be approached no differently than a class you are serious about doing well in. Difference would be that hopefully you care about BJJ more than that class... lol.

Anyways, if you wanna discuss some more BJJ related topics, check out the BJJ thread over at the face forum.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Pedro Sauer Guard pass

This is another short technique, shown by Pedro Sauer. He demonstrates how to break open a closed guard methodically. Notice the "sliding" pressure he exerts, which can easily be overlooked.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Drop Seionage

This is a popular throw that is a bit risky, but lands you right in side mount or north south if you hit it. Technically originated from Judo, but commonly seen all around in the BJJ tournament scene.

Watch as Brad Court demonstrates.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Wilson Reis back take from half guard

This is a somewhat advanced movement from Wilson Reis.

It begins in the deep half guard position (top) and is a pretty excellent unorthodox attack that gives you the back.

As the skill level of competitors goes up, the value of taking the back also goes up as well. I believe it is the position with the most amount of leverage that is the most difficult to defend against, and is fought for so fiercely because of this.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ramon Lamos (Atos head coach) triangle defense

A simple technique for today. Atos is one of the most prestigious BJJ teams out there today. As I referred to in an earlier post, champions are performing techniques with greater precision, more details, and better timing. When you observe even something simple/basic done by an average black belt, and a mundials champion, there are most likely several important things that will differ. This can be easily seen in the video above.

How to defeat larger opponents

One thing that I've constantly been discussing with people is having separate game plans for different types of opponents.

If you are rolling with someone much larger or stronger, there are certain moves that may not work.

If you are rolling with someone the same size as you or weaker, there are a whole new set of moves opened up for you.

Knowing both ideally is the goal, but if you could only master one, the first style/set of moves are the most important ones.

Marcelo Garcia Discusses this (addressing larger opponents) in the following video:

Monday, August 29, 2011

black belt level moves

So often times, you will see someone in the tournament scene tear it up with a single move. The precision and technicality of the move is near perfect, akin to a black belt's. However, the athlete may be a purple or brown belt.

Although some coaches value competition wins, other's want their students to be well rounded.

Take a look at purple belt Mundial's champion (and current brown belt) Andris Bruonvskis as an example.