Fri Open Mat

Numm… num… went to Quizno’s right after I got home with the wife prior to going out to a friend’s house tonight with the baba… ordered the a 12 inch steakhouse beef dip… love the side of good oh wonderful aus jus, man I love aus jus… fast quick and delish, I could drink it at room temperature. TRUTH.

Been popping ibuprofen since Wednesday like candy… tweaked my lower back somehow… not even sure what happened. Got to to LEMMA at roughly 3:45 pm… Jesse, Brock were on the mat… Jesse was talking about the truck and other 10PJJ stuff stuff with Brock. Marc was reviewing some notes.

Warmed up with the first few rounds with Marc Perrier for about 3 x 10 min rounds… he wanted to work on a few things he picked up from the CD Morgan lent him with Liera Jr who trains with Atos… and the arm drag to back take from closed guard.

His movements and positioning slowly intensified… I always have to match… dude continues to have gas. The mat was dirty yet again… kept getting hair in the eyes… Respect the mat homie’s, it’s where we train.

Below is a viddy of me and Scotty too hotty rolling at supa speed x 4… from tonight

1. Marc Perrier, warm up & hard rounds, 3 x 10 min rounds, gas man… he wanted to work on some de la riva stuff lol

2. Alex Wawia, technical flow round, 1 x 10 min rounds

3. Brock Peters, hard round, 1 x 10 min rounds. Dude was out for blood… I was in defense mode the whole time especially with the back.

4. Scott Paradis, some fun and some technical hard rounds, 3 x 10 min rounds

Below is another viddy of me and Scotty too hotty rolling at supa speed x 4… from tonight

The guys may have been taking it easy on me… Got some stretching in with my lower back and legs for about 20 mins.. My lower back issue may be mainly due to the lack of stretching in which I have been avoiding lately to get home as quick as I can to hang out with the baba. Figured today would be the best day to restart my stretching routine as opposed to leaving right away… just means less rolling… I’m not getting any younger.

Got the big boys to roll with each other… wanted to watch some big boy technique lol… Alex rolling with Steve Ward, Philippe roll with Alex, then Philippe with big red. It was a pleasure to see Steve Ward out tonight. Hadn’t seen him since the Submission Challenge tournament in Minni we attended together…

Below is a small viddy of some of the other boys light speed x 7… Steve/Scott, Scott/Phillipe, Steve/Big Red, & Phillipe/Alex… notice me stretching lol… yes stretching… from tonight.

Philippe wanted a few corrections on execution of an escape while rolling with Mike for the front head lock escape with a sit out… I explained to him that he needed to execute the escape earlier and before Mike sprawled to maintain top side position, more development of his sensitivity.

Below is a small viddy of Philippe and Big Red rolling recorded x 6 times the normal speed lol… enjoy

Left LEMMA at roughly 7:05 pm. Overall, tonight was a good night considering my back the past few days… hopefully the condition remains minimal.

Below is a viddy compilation of 15 top BJJ matches found on Youtube…

Maybe we’ll see you out for tomorrow’s BJJ class Saturday 2:00 pm or even Sunday’s 10:00 am BJJ jam for those that are determined!

Enjoy your Friday night


Self Defense and Sport BJJ

Sport Jiu-Jitsu in a Street Fight! (Gracie Breakdown)

BJJFourLife... #BJJ4LIFE

Ironically there still is controversy on how people view sport BJJ not being a realistic part of BJJ as a whole… Sport BJJ obviously is a small facet of what BJJ has to offer… pulling berimbolo or 50/50 obviously isn’t the greatest choice initially as a defense during initial confrontation or while trying to neutralize the situation and disengaging obviously.

Below is a nice discussion between Budo Jake with Rafa and Gui Mendes to talking about their school with BJJ and their take on teaching sport BJJ and self defense BJJ.

Interesting analysis regarding a recent incident on a basketball court who a buddy of mine knows that trains at Alliance Jiu-Jitsu in Minneapolis.

Below is a rant by a Gracie Black Belt… its a free country and everyone is allowed to have an opinion…  personally I thought this was a little disrespectful and a little out of place… but who am I, just a lowly…

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20 Ways to Finish an Arm bar By Stephan Kesting

A nice reference on 10 way to finish an arm bar found on YouTube by Stephan Kesting

Also, 10 more ways by Stephan Kesting

I’ve been trying the double arm pry, and stripping with my leg or foot lately…

Not sure in a BJJ tournament though for the hammer fist lol… Enjoy.

Tues 8pm BJJ


A pleasant surprise tonight with the amount of guys and gals that turned up, especially with this horribly cold weather… truth!! the gym is super warm though!! the memories from last year lol… brrr. socks while warm up. ewwww.

Got to LEMMA at roughly 7:30pm had three newbies show up… Liz, Ryan, & Devon I believe. Got them to put on a loaner GI, and belt… yes… introduction to belt tying… love it guys… just love it.

Below is a video clip on how to tie a belt by Stephan Kesting… enjoy hahaha.

Brittany, Gary, Jared, Jayden, John, Alex, & Hector, showed up shortly after…

Warm-up Consisted of the Following Drills:

  1. Arm bars from closed guard, 10 reps alternating sides
  2. Hip bump sweep from closed guard, 10 reps alternating sides
  3. Omaplata’s with over hook, from closed guard, 10 reps alternating sides
  4. Scissor sweeps, with cross lapel from closed guard, 10 reps alternating sides
  5. Triangles from closed guard, 10 reps alternating sides
  6. Spider guard switches, 10 reps alternating sides
  7. Marcellotines, 10 reps alternating sides
  8. Side control switches, 10 reps alternating sides
  9. Butterfly guard sweeps to kesa gatame side control, 10 reps alternating sides


  1. Arm bar from bottom closed guard

I’ve attached a video found on YouTube by Stephan Kesting for further reference.

  1. Flower sweep to mount from closed guard

Below is a cool clip of Braulio Estima showing this sweep from BJJ Weekly Issue 113 found on YouTube for further reference.


  • 6- 5 min rounds tonight

To the newbies… be patient nothing wrong with rolling slower… it’s not a fight to the death! Ryan and Liz I hope you continue your journey with us… thanks for trying it out!!


Devon, the new guy to rolling in a GI… I hope you continue your journey with us… you got some grappling skills. If your reading this I’ve attached a reference video I found on YouTube of defending strangles and chokes with a GI… Below… enjoy hahahahah!


Sun 10 am BJJ

-30 c out this morning, had my coffee, walked the dog… honestly didn’t expect much people out this morning, but Gary showed up about 10:10 am, Justin St Amand, Philipp Jecker, Rupert Klein, and Chris Gaspar decided to join at roughly 10:15 am

9 am training consisted of tabata styled movements with the grappling dummy. 60 secs per movement, with 5, different exercises as hard and as fast as possible. 5 sets total 60 sec breaks between sets.

Had a few issues rolling with someone bigger again today, especially when being man handled to be put on your back, strength can be the difference I guess… this time however, I made a few modifications and faster adjustments… once on top, focused on trying to string a few attacks to complete a submission… being a 10 min round takes tolls on the bigger guys, which is kinda nice… weather the storm, focus on being technical, and efficient with movements.  210 pound is still 210 pounds on top of you… especially when its controlled and well distributed. Fight and move like a mouse as I read regarding advice coming from Rickson Gracie, sometimes its just real hard once they get a hold of you…lol.

big guy

5 Sets of: 
1. 60 sec, knee belly switches
2. 60 sec, side control switches
3. 60 sec, mount to s-mount, alternating sides
4. 60 sec, standing up side control switches
5. 60 sec, side control, push-ups to knee belly, alternating knees

Below is a 1-2 min sped up video clip x 4, of me drilling with the grappling dummy at 9 am this morning enjoy!

 15 min Warm-up:

1. Forward shoulder rolls, alternating shoulders, 2 x across mat

2. Reverse shoulder rolls, alternating shoulders, 2 x across mat

3. Side shoulder rolls, 1 x across mat left side & 1 x across mat right side

4. Forward butt scoots, 2 x across mat

5. Reverse butt scoots, 2 x across mat

6. Backwards shrimping, 2 x across mat

8. Forward shrimping, 2 x across mat

9. Backwards break fall to technical stand, 2 x across mat

10. Forward break falls to technical stand, 2 x across mat

11. Inside Z walks, 1 x across mat forward

12. Outside Z walks, 1 x across mat forward

13. Single knee drops, 2 x across mat

14. Tri-angles, 2 x across mat

Below is sped up clip x 4 of the class warm we did this morning enjoy…

 Positional Resistance Drilling:

  1. Passing, x-passing with partner working on guard retention, 2 mins each
  2. Modified single leg takedown (chest pressure & heal pick, from cross-lapel double fist grip break, maintain the lapel grip once placing between partner), to leg drag to leg drag mount, side control, mount, bait the cross collar choke the partner defends then pop the elbow into S-mount and hooking the arm for the arm bar, switch the arm and hook the leg with the far arm to execute an arm bar while your partner is still on his side. 2 mins each
  3. Modified Judo hip throw, retaining the far side arm hook with a deep under hook, set up a north south head mount kimura to a spinning arm bar. 2 mins each
  4. Side Control escapes, 60 sec rounds, 3 rounds on top, and 3 on the bottom alternating partners

Reviewed issues on leg lock defense, arm bar set ups from closed guard, and side control defenses.

Rolling: (2 x 10 mins Rounds)

  1. Philippe Decker, hard round
  2. Rupert Klein, hard round

European Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Sunday) from Youtube below from Jan 25/15

Hope to everyone sometime this week!



Fri LEMMA 5 pm Open Mat

Didn’t get to bed till roughly 1 or 2 am last night… Baba was up… poor little guy… I ended going to bed with the dog in the living… need sleep to work… up at 6 am… at the office by 6:30 am… yep… things just seem sooo much easier to get completed earlier… left at roughly 2:00 pm… I was tired as hell. I had to get a nap in before open mat at LEMMA.

Some of the guys wanted to go in for 4:00 pm… I was absolutely interested… just had to get a nap in.

Had a blast tonight… had rolled since Tuesday. Definitely had a few issues, which I will have to modify for the next session. Being on the bottom with bigger stronger guys is not where I should be period… especially with similar technical abilities.

Attendance was fantastic… had about 12 or 13 guys OTM… haven’t seen that many guys OTM since new years… yes 12 or 13 guys in a GI… BJJ is still growing here in Thunder Bay lol… Hard to give a Friday night up, I guess to do some training from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm… Especially after a hard day at work. Guess they haven’t figured out this secret to life yet lol… once they do… yes when they do… they will know… all the worries all your sorrows remain OTM after a long hard week from work, school, home life whatever… the stress is in remission. lol


Me, Marc Perrier, Steven Maley, Scott Paradis, and Morgan Frazer arrived at roughly 4:00 pm… Weird, the door was jarred open, as there was someone their doing a personal training session there when I arrived. I’m still not used to having other people around while we train… doing weights, cardio, personal training or whatever… usually it’s just been me and a select few others in early to lift and drill prior to open mat.

Rolled with Marc Perrier for about 3 x 10 min rounds… first few were a good warm up… I could feel his movements and positioning intensify… I definitely needed to match… man dude has gas. I was a little perturbed… the mat had dirt all over it, getting dirt and hair in my mouth while I rolled with Marc, GROSS… grabbed the broom and swept while Steve and Scott rolled and Morgan stretched… Irritating though… seems like only the BJJ guys sweep the damn mat… Respect the mat homie’s, it’s where we train.

My homeboy Marc… I’m hoping a few girls sign up after this… lol


Trina, Justin, Travis, Gary, Jared, Mike, and then Luke arrived sometime after 5 pm, while I started rolling with Morgan to warm him up after his stretching lol… #hipflexorproblems hahahah… I believe we did 2 x 10 rounds, intensity did increase gradually.

Friday 5pm BJJ Open Mat is slowly growing… I remember when there was a select few of us… lol… rolled with the same guy like 4 times?? lol


1. Marc Perrier, warm up & hard rounds, 3 x 10 min rounds, dudes got gas lol

2. Morgan Frazer, hard technical flow rounds, 2 x 10 min rounds

3. Scott Paradis, hard flow rounds, 1 x 10 min rounds

4. Travis Duncan, hard rounds, 2 x 10 min rounds, calve cramped from defending with Travis in my guard and on top the whole time lol

5. Luke Augustine (Albino Rhino), hard round, 2 x 10 min rounds

6. Mike Hinsperger (Big Red), hard round, 1 x 10 min rounds, by this point I was checking the timer every 2 mins lol… dudes a beast.

Me and Big Red


Left LEMMA at roughly 6:50 pm.

Maybe we’ll see you out for tomorrow’s BJJ class Saturday 2:00 pm or even Sunday’s 10:00 am BJJ jam for those that are determined!

Morgan… hopefully a few of you giggle!!


Enjoy your Friday night


Wahhh!! Metamoris Is Holding Secret Tourny this Weekend in California??

Joke… Kimbo and grappling?

Rumors’ have it that there are secret matches happening this coming weekend… with round robin styled matches… with posting of the matches till Metamoris 6??

kinda excited, something I will most definitely be blabbing about…

I’ve attached the link…

Interested I most definitely am… winner to face Josh Barnett?? cool.