Women's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - May Event

Women's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - May 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.

Size Matters!!! - Part 2 - Spider Guard

Size Matters!!! - Part 2 - Spider Guard

Part 2 of our new series on how size affects your martial arts. This is another one for BJJ - Spider Guard. There are some important…

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…

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.

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…

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.

[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…

Candy and Nuts - Necktie Counter to Omoplata

Candy and Nuts - Necktie Counter to Omoplata

"If, if's and but's were candy and nuts, my what a fine Xmas we'd have."

Spider Killer - The 3 S...Words to Kill Your Opponents Spider Guard

Spider Killer - The 3 S...Words to Kill Your Opponents Spider Guard

Here are some tips on how to deal with that opponent with a nasty spider guard. I use three S…words to remember these - Stuff, Stand, Step. Once we train them, we can bounce back and forth between them if the first one gets countered.

6 Positions of Side Control - How to Drill and Improve Side Mount

6 Positions of Side Control - How to Drill and Improve Side Mount

My Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teacher (Andre 'Dedeco' Almeida) showed me this awesome Side Control drill when I was a new White Belt. It is one of the best drills I've seen for…

Guest Appearance: Fight for a Happy Life with Sensei Ando

Guest Appearance: Fight for a Happy Life with Sensei Ando

I had the honor of being invited onto Fight for a Happy Life martial arts podcast with host Sensei Ando. The episode just released today. 

Check out our conversation on topics like - freedom, defining success, barriers to students progress, living life, and weird questions about what I want on my deathbed/tombstone (is this guy planning to kill me???), and lots of laughter.

Monkey Grips! How I Strengthen My Grips and Keep Them Healthy

Monkey Grips! How I Strengthen My Grips and Keep Them Healthy

Fingers hurt after training? Grips not strong enough to hold on when grappling? Check this out.

Grip strength and health can be a really important thing for martial artists. Grip intensive arts such as Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Shuai Jiao, and other Grappling Arts, all require/build grip strength, and put a great deal of wear and tear on the fingers. Today I'm going to show you the methods I use to keep my grips not only strong, but healthy. For strengthening: exercises like rope...

Guest Appearance: The Strenuous Life Podcast w/ Stephen Kesting

Guest Appearance: The Strenuous Life Podcast w/ Stephen Kesting

On the latest episode of his podcast - 'The Strenuous Life' - BJJ Black Belt and founder of Grapplearts, Stephen Kesting and I debate the value of Kung Fu, and if it can coexist with BJJ and MMA. I think you are going to like this! I highly recommend his channels if you haven't already found him!

"Can Kung Fu, BJJ and MMA coexist? Maybe they can, and maybe they can even learn from each other.

This is a conversation I had with with Kung Fu stylist (and BJJ brown belt) Randy Brown in which we touched on the history of Chinese martial arts and what made them less effective over time, what traditional martial arts look like when you start training them with resistance, and much more. I think you’ll like this one!"

'Sneaky' Americana - No-Gi

'Sneaky' Americana - No-Gi

Here is a No-Gi variation for the Sneaky Americana (Keylock) I've been using from under the head. Using the shoulder to crack open their frame, can help me pry my opponents arm up closer to their head, where I can snag ahold of it to go for the Sneaky Americana. 

Be sure to...

Ezekiel Choke to Americana Lock

Ezekiel Choke to Americana Lock

Here is another attack using the same sneaky Americana I've been using from under the head. In this example, we go from the Ezekiel Choke and our opponent defends it. Because my weight is side shifted, my savvy friend will feel my opposite leg go light, and try to push my knee into half guard to gain a better position. 

Rather than stay there and let them get half guard, we skip over to position 2 of Side Control. Now they defend the position by trying to build a frame. This presents the arm in a vulnerable position to grab it from...
 

How and When to Stand Up in a Fight

How and When to Stand Up in a Fight

Team Note: I know many of you who train with me will enjoy this video. Truth be told, I wish we had done it years ago because it is so fundamentally important. There isn't enough time in the day to practice everything, so feel free to take this and practice it whenever you can, and as much as you want.

Video Description: Whether we like it or not, sometimes we end up on the ground in a fight/altercation, or just a dangerous situation. When and how we stand up, can mean the difference between success and fail. Here are some tips for standing up when someone is waiting to pounce. 

Build a Mountain - Stop Your Opponents Crushing Side Control

Build a Mountain - Stop Your Opponents Crushing Side Control

Do you hate being crushed in your opponent's side control? Here's something I've been working on in my game that will hopefully help your game. Building a mountain under your opponents crushing side control can give you space and mobility for countering their attacks, and possibly bringing us to a better position.

Belt Ceremony | Dedeco Workshop - Dec 9th!

Belt Ceremony | Dedeco Workshop - Dec 9th!

Hello Team,

I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving this year! Welcome back to classes and our regular schedule this week. 

December 9th is coming up fast and one of the best times of the year: Belt Ceremony!!! Please join me in this amazing time honoring you and/or your peers for your hard work and dedication. This happens 2x per year only, and is such an amazing day...