Fri May 29/15 Open Mat

Got to LEMMA around 5:30 pm…


Holy-shamoly tonnes of home boys OTM…


lets see, if my memory serves correctly:

  1. Brock
  2. Nathan
  3. Luke
  4. Morgan
  5. Aria
  6. Travis
  7. Katrina
  8. Alex
  9. Scotty
  10. Some random guy with a brand new blue GI and fresh white belt
  11. Another random guy with a brand new blue GI and fresh white belt
  12. Patrick the collar bone glass
  13. Marco
  14. Hassan

Anyone else?

8 mins rounds was set up!


No lifting…

No time had to get out by 6:45 to get the wife and baby…

Yes priorities, the PHO with some BJJers…


Lets just say my first roll he brought the thunder lol…

Thunder from Thunder Bay BOOM!

No warm up roll for me lol…

Heck I should have did some squats…


Rolling: (8 min rounds)

  1. Justin the Beast Sillyman
  2. Aria the pitbull
  3. Katrina the beast sushi
  4. Morgan King Razor Frazer
  5. Marco Polo
  6. Some random new guy white belt, with a brand new GI and fresh whit belt.. fan-frecken-tastic
  7. Patrick the collar bone glass

Wow some of our white belts have picked up their game… awesome, or is it just me and lack of sleep…?


Naw, its our crew evolving… always getting better!


Wed May 27/15 BJJ

Oooh boy, got to LEMMA around 6:00 pm was sooo frecken drained lol



5 month old baby?

Wife that needs to get out of the house?

Doggy that wants your attention?

Work keeping you busy?


Let just say I had a few tough rolls ahem 5 rounds?

5 min burners with a very athletic fellow who has been off the mat for over a month.


Oh boy duder is still as strong. Oh Justin St Amand… you do know I’m talking about you. Your drive is what makes you excel above others. Keep at it brother. You are a force to be reckoned with.


Morgan was in, even with his broken toe… noticed Nathan leaving while pulling in. Scotty too hotty was just on his way out. Morgan was helping Katrina with various issues. Yep I got the beast of a white belt waiting to gobble me up. lol

Morgan ran a short warm-up with a positional drilling exercise.

Coach got us to drill on a few self-defense back take defense variations. I Partnered with Justin the beast Sillyman. First from the head lock when your attacker misses the head strike. Then second from a body lock from behind.

Below is a good clip of what was reviewed yesterday for a head lock escape…

Stephan Kesting does it best with his video below…

Coach then got us to drill a closed guard, with double belt grip break, to an over hook, then London guard with a collar grip, then omaplata, with even strikes.


Great class for those of you that didn’t show…


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Sun 11am BJJ May 24/15

Beautiful morning, I suspected no one would show up for the grind.

Picked up a coffee at Tims, grabbed Professor Shat Hatton and got to LEMMA at roughly 9:30 am.

Nathan has been away for about a month. I guess traveling with his girlfriend was more important then training BJJ. LOL

Lifting: (135 lbs)
1. Squats,13 reps, 5 sets
2. Bench Press, 13 reps, 5 sets

Surprisingly new guy Travis, Brittany, Katrina, & even Ugo showed up  for the morning BJJ…


Warm up:

A few laps jogging, 1 lap lunges, 1 lap bear crawls forwards 

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

Quick clip below…

Drilling: (1 min each)

  1. Arm bars from closed guard, alternating sides
  2. Hip bump sweeps from closed guard, alternating sides
  3. Kimuras from closed guard, alternating sides
  4. Marcelotine’s, from closed guard, alternating sides
  5. Omaplata’s, with over hook, from closed guard, alternating sides
  6. Scissor sweeps, with cross collar grip, alternating sides
  7. Spider guard switches, from closed guard, alternating sides
  8. Side control switches guard, alternating sides
  9. Turtle guard switches, alternating sides


1. Reviewed the wing choke, bow choke, sliding collar choke, and even some defenses.

Quick clip below…

Rolling: (5 min Rnds, 45 sec break)

  1. Nathan
  2. Katrina
  3. Newer Travis

Wow some tough rounds with these guys lol… great job!


Got Nathan to run the cool down and stretch!



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Sat May 23/15 S&C morning then 2pm BJJ

My boy is 5 months today… crazy lol. TIME flies. Soon he’ll be crawling or standing. Grabbed my coffee at 8:30 am. Got to the Complex at 8:40 am.

The little guy was restless. Must have been excited to see the girls.

Didn’t even have my coffee was too damn hot and left it in the car lol.

Honestly, I didn’t want to train…

Especially without my medium black coffee…

I pushed through though, lol.

I even upped the stakes…


Lifting: (135 lbs)

1. Squats, 5 sets, 14 Reps
2. Bench Press, 5 sets, 13 Reps
3. Vanity Crunches, 5 sets, 100 Reps

Conditioning: (10 mins, L6)

1. 1660 m
2. 1756 m


Morgan was in Minneapolis for the Submission Challenge so I covered the Saturday rundown….

Alex the bear grizzly, Jesse the machine doogle, and Katrina showed up… I really can’t blame anyone for not showing up. It was sunny and beautiful out.


The rest… lets just say in BJJ your partners and coaches will push you to make you better!

Warm Up: (Drilling)

  1. Arm bars from closed guard, 20 reps alternating sides
  2. Hip bump sweep from closed guard, 20 reps alternating sides
  3. Kimura from closed guard, 20 reps alternating sides
  4. Marcelotine’s, from closed guard, 20 reps alternating sides
  5. Omaplata’s, with over hook, from closed guard, 20 reps alternating sides
  6. Spider guard switches, from closed guard, 20 reps alternating sides
  7. Side control switches guard, 20 reps alternating sides


1. Cross collar grip, from closed guard, shave the chin, or wait for your opponent to grab your forearm in their defense, pop the elbow, then transition into arm bar using heel in the far side and hips really high. 20 reps alternating sides.

Great clip below showing this technique as well as finishing other choke variants…

2. Cross collar grip knuckle on the mat, from mount, pop the elbow,  slap the mat, shave the chin, or wait for your opponent to grab your forearm in their defense then pop the elbow, switch to s-mount, switch arm hooks, hook a leg or grab pant Gi, leg over the head then finish on top or seat down extending arm bar. 20 reps alternating sides.

The following clip discusses the topside cross collar with both the over and under grips… he even touches on the transition for the topside arm bar…

Great clip discussing the seated arm bar from s-mount…

I got the guys to rep this out multiple times… and even reviewed the finer points on making sure you slapping the mat and shaving the face on the top, and shaving the face while someone is in  your guard .


I want to congratulate Morgan, Hassan, and Jesse on their performances SAT at Submission Hunt in Minneapolis…

The fact that you went and competed, I wish I could have been there…

Always successful in my eyes!

Everything else is just icing on the cake…?


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Fri May 22/15 Open Mat

Home boys and galls were at the gym early Friday for early Open mat…

Sorry about the delay…

Suprised that no one else with was out that had keys...

Work… gotta pay the bills. Unfortunate, but BJJ doesn’t pay mine at the moment…

In due time I guess!


Was at the gym for 5:30 pm. Travis, Scotty Hall, Luke, Katrina, Juneau were on site to get some rolling in…

NO S & C tonight… no time.

A quick clip below… not that this is actually going 30 times faster then normal…

Warm Up: 

Drilled, armbars & passing techniques with Travis for 5 to 10 mins

Rolling: (5 min rnds, 45 sec break)

  1. Katrina, 2 rnds
  2. Lukasz, 2 rnds
  3. Travis, 1 rnd
  4. Juneau, 1 rnd
  5. Scotty Hall, 2 rnds



Me and my boy Lukasz Jan below… just playing around with video editing.

Sashimi at the Sushi Station after was also bomb.!



BJJ Wed May 20/15

Got to the gym around 6:25 pm… Brown Belt Mikey ran the warm up…


Coach got us to drill a self-defense mount escape variation while your attacker grabs both wrist above your head. In this scenario the path to least resistance is side to side. Move your elbows to you hips one way, then switch to moving to the other side. keeping the momentum while moving to to the other side turning your attackers hand outward with a circular windshield hand washer movement to break the grip and execute a tight arm drag. With the free hand, hold your attacker down maintaining the trapped arm, only to bridge at the same moment towards the trapped arm “similar to and arm drag butterfly sweep”, along with blocking the same side leg.

I partnered with Brown Belt Mikey to drill the escape like 30 times lol…

Yay mount escapes…

Sooo many variations and scenarios. you can never be to ready no?

Below is a nice clip by Roy Dean with multiple mount escapes, with similar concepts by trapping or blocking the leg as well as trapping or blocking the arm on the same side preventing your attacker from basing out or posting. Posting or basing out will prevent you from bridging or turning over, so you need to take that away from your attacker… Roy Dean actually reviews escapes to re-guarding as well which is also very nice for other worst case and applicable scenarios…

Coach then got us to drill a take down which involves a same side lapel grip by pulling your opponent towards you, with an inside same leg sweep, to a ankle pick on the far heel while punching through with maintaining momentum and lapel grip to include a leg drag pass.

Below is a clip a ankle pick put together by Jiu jitsu Mag, by Luis “Limao” Heredia with a variation from an under hook scenario including the inside leg sweep…

Below is the same setup, with a double pull down lapel grip, this time with no inside sweep and attacking the same side leg…

“Food for thought… does ankle picking have to start from standing?”

Below is a clip from Jason Scully discussing it from the seated position…

“Coach then reviewed a few of my favorite chokes from Guard. Cross collar, both palms up. The cross collar with palm up, palm down, to counter the arm block defense by turning an angle. Then a same side lapel grip to cross collar, top grip thumb in… all was fantastic love working these. Lets be honest there are so many variation to this submission. Keys being, to use your wrist as a fulcrum, your legs, hips to break your opponents posture, keep them down and controlled . If your wrist hurt while doing this, your doing it wrong. This submission is gentle, applied to cut off blood flow to the brain by restricting flow in the carotid artery in the sides of the neck. It should be a non compliant choke.”

These are my favorite submissions BTW…


Coach then got us to roll, 5 min rounds… I sat out the first round. then rolled with Ugo, who is a 240 pound 6ft 5in White Belt with a Yellow Belt in Judo…


“hahahah, thought my head was gonna pop off at one point.”


Left to right: Tony, Ugo, me, then Marc… my boy Travis is on the cam.

Yes furious he was lol.

“Thanks Morgan!”

furious ewok

Then I rolled with Marc.

“I’ll tell you after working from 6 am to 6 pm for a long day in the office, with 2 hours of driving… its nothing like have a good solid hard roll to put things behind you and forget about what happened through out the day.”

Food for thought… defending chokes?

Below is a nice clip from Stephan Kesting on a few cross collar counters…

Love collar chokes…


Hope to see you Friday for Open mat!


Victoria Day Long Weekend, Open Mat, 1 to 3 pm

Got to the gym around 1:05 pm… wow tones of peoples out. Horrible weather out. Snow and even rain… ridiculous.

Tonnes of guys OTM for some random rolling!

Rolling: (5 min rounds, 45 sec Breaks)

  1. Katrina, 4 rounds
  2. Travis Duncan, 1 round
  3. Morgan Frazer, 2 rounds
  4. Lukasz Jan, 1 round


BJJ is my addiction

My goals… achievable, attainable and realistic


Promised Windy, I will complete 100 push-ups as close as possible in a row.. Completed my 100 push-ups in roughly 2:08 mins…

  • 50, super easy, (0:20 to 0:55)
  • 30, easy, (1:19 to 1:42)
  • 15, meh, (1:59 to 2:12)
  • 5, I was really struggling, (2:22 to 2:28)

Short clip below…

I used to train this with 25 reps 4 sets… I will start focusing again to hit 100 in a row with no breaks… 

My goals,achievable, attainable and realistic.

Surround yourself with like minded people with similar goals and dreams. 

Having a great support system will push you further to better yourself.


Hopefully we see you out sometime this week OTM!!



11am Sun BJJ May 17/15

Yes… my anniversary today… got married May 17/2014 lol.

Still gotta train BJJ Brother
… or Sister.




Got to the gym round 9:00 am… got some S & C training in.

Felt good real good.

Box jumps however, lol them shins bro.

Them shins… lol

Weights: (12 Reps, 5 Set, 135 lbs)

  1. Squats
  2. Bench Press


  1. Crunches, 5 sets, 100 reps
  2. Box Jumps, 5 sets, 12 reps


Got me box jumping below lol…

Great crew out Sunday Morning. Hassan, Britney, Katrina, and Scotty Hall showed up for a grinder.


We completed our standard warm up with jogging, rolling across the mat-front/back/side, break-falls to technical stand forwards/backwards, butt scoots forwards/backwards, and shrimping forwards/backwards.

I forgot to set the setting to my phone to 15 times faster… freck that lol… a 16 minute video on us warming up.



  1. Arm bars’
  2. Hip bump sweeps’
  3. Kimuras’
  4. Marcelotines’
  5. Omaplatas’
  6. Spider guard switches’
  7. Side control switches’


We reviewed the wing choke/strangle, transitioning to the bow choke strangle, focusing on the angle and grips for the finish.

Positional Drilling:

Then I got the guys to work on the positional drilling with one person on the back with full harness and hooks. Submit or escape then reset for 4 minutes each. Everyone went with each other.

Looked like everyone was having fun… you be the judge below…


We finished off with some stretching. Clip below.

I hope everyone enjoyed themselves… next weekend strangling as well…