Size Matters!!! - Part 1 - Turtle Position

Size Matters!!! - Part 1 - Turtle Position

New series we're releasing on size matters. When doing martial arts of any kind, size is a determining factor in what moves will work, and what…

Countering the Clinch (Lǒu 摟) - FRAME! FRAME!! FRAME!!!

Countering the Clinch (Lǒu 摟) - FRAME! FRAME!! FRAME!!!

The clinch can be a nasty place to be stuck. When our opponent is larger, and/or stronger, and has their hooks on our neck, some of our escapes can be difficult to…

Kids Immersion Camp - Summer 2019

Dive deep into your martial arts for one week of awesome training over the summer of 2019!!! The first camp of its kind that is designed just for you.

Watch your skills ‘rocket off of this world’ in a concentrated training environment surrounded by teammates and friends, new and old.

Train with one another to learn, improve, and grow your skills like you’ve never seen before. In between training blocks, play challenge games that include capture/hunt & stealth/evasion. Woodland exploration. Learn archery, staff fighting and more.

Tear Down the Monkey

Tear Down the Monkey

A critical analysis of the fighting stance we've been using for years. And why I got rid of it.

I recently went through some changes in my teaching and practice. One of these recent changes was in our fighting stance. The reasons for these are many, and too lengthy to explain for these purposes. However, the root of any changes I make are always born of a desire to improve things for myself and my students.

Let’s compare the stance we were using for years, the Monkey Stance, with the…

6 Submission for 6 Positions - Side Control

6 Submission for 6 Positions - Side Control

Part of your journey in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the transition from surviving, to defending, to getting to a dominant position. Position before submission is crucial for getting a successful submission on our opponent. But what happens when we first…

Women's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Event

Women's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Event

This is a special event for women. Holly (our first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt), will be running an open mat session for women/girls/teens to come in and train BJJ.

Mantis Captures Prey Takedowns

Mantis Captures Prey Takedowns

Trapping the elbow as our opponent shoots for the underhook. They go for the position under the arm to try and set up a variety of throws, or gain positional control. What we have lying in wait for them…

Essay: Rise from the Ruins

Essay: Rise from the Ruins

An Essay on my Early Years in Chinese Boxing Dance

Martial arts forms (kata, tào lù) are more plentiful today than in any time in history. They are widely disseminated in a variety of martial arts schools/styles across the United States, and around the world. A majority of ‘traditional martial arts’ competitions today, are centered around stylists competing with their form of choice. One is hard pressed to enter a school of karate, kung fu; kempo, tae kwon do; or tang soo do, etc. that isn’t consumed by a curricula filled with form after form. Once you complete one form, you’ve earned the ‘privilege’ to learn another...and another...and another.

Years into my training, I went on to scorn these empty shells. For quite some time actually. One reason I held such admonishment toward ‘forms’, was having…

Needle the Tiger - Using 'Needle to Sea Bottom' to setup 'Embrace Tiger'

Needle the Tiger - Using 'Needle to Sea Bottom' to setup 'Embrace Tiger'

Yang's Cotton Boxing has innumerable combinations of moves that transition from one to another. Here, Vincent and I will show the use of 'Needle to Sea Bottom', to setup 'Embrace Tiger Return to…

The CHAINS of CLOSED GUARD - An Attack Strategy for Resistant Opponents

The CHAINS of CLOSED GUARD - An Attack Strategy for Resistant Opponents

The closed guard is considered a dominant position in BJJ. Unfortunately, for most of us as we progress in the art, it devolves into nothing more than holding someone in place. We try the basic attacks we learn, but someone with very little knowledge can…

Grasp Sparrow Tail, REVEALED!!! - Yang Lu Chan's Masterpiece

Grasp Sparrow Tail, REVEALED!!! - Yang Lu Chan's Masterpiece

Grasp Sparrow Tail, the one and only. Yang Lu Chan's masterpiece sequence from Qing dynasty Chinese Boxing. This is Yang's Cotton Boxing (miánquán 棉拳), or more widely known as Taijiquan (Tai Chi). The Yang style long form is riddled with this move. I have spent years trying to figure out how this move worked, and it is one of the handful of Cotton Boxing techniques that has continued to elude me. Until now…

COMING SOON!!! - Grasp Sparrow Tail REVEAL!!!

COMING SOON!!! - Grasp Sparrow Tail REVEAL!!!

Mantis Boxers, I am stoked to release this next video. The application of the Grasp Sparrow Tail move from Yang Lu Chan's Cotton Boxing (known more commonly as Tai Chi). This is AMAZING stuff!!! Can't wait to show you all. A Qing dynasty masterpiece for sure!

Women's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Event

Women's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Event

The first event was a hit, so we’re offering another one in February for those who want to try again,or if you missed the first one.

This is a special event for women. Holly (our first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt), will be running an open mat session for women/girls/teens to come in and train BJJ.

Pat Horse Method - Yang's Kick Defense

Pat Horse Method - Yang's Kick Defense

There are two variations of this move found in Yang's Cotton Boxing style (now known as Taijiquan). After another round of kick defense training, I recalled the hand pattern preceding the…

Change Moon

Change Moon

Change Moon is an alternate throw from the clinch. Sometimes our attempts at…

Diagonal Flying

Diagonal Flying

When grappling in the flank position, and tied up, Flying Diagonal showed up as a good counter to our opponent’s counter for Double Seal Hands, or in general -

B.E.E.P. - The Best Martial Art for Kids

“If we need to play all these games with kids to get them to keep coming back to class, then maybe, just maybe, we’re a giant B-O-R-E!!!”

Double Seal Hands

Double Seal Hands

It may not happen often, but when it does, it's good to have an answer for it. We're in the flank position, and our opponent is holding our wrists to shut down strikes. We're not in a good position for knees, elbows, or kicks. Many of the throws (Shuāi 摔) in our arsenal are shut down. What do we do?

[Wicked] Clock Choke

[Wicked] Clock Choke

I spent some time last year adding the clock choke into my game. It's an awesome submission and one I had never really used until early last year. It became quite useful when attacking people's turtle defense.

After using it repeatedly, I ended up in side control with…