July 10/16 Sunday BJJ



What can I say… had a couple Saturday night watching the MMA fights, lol just a couple. The fights were decent, guys and gal putting it on the line. To be honest haven’t watched too much UFC since I started training BJJ seriously.


Getting punched in the face for a living sucks. Either you give it, or your going to get it… that’s why I started BJJ to not continue getting punched in the face. It sucks, believe me lol. Training jiu-jitsu you can either be the hammer, the nail or just flow and tap. Striking, its either the one or the other, can’t really tap to striking with someone, especially in an MMA, kick-boxing or even boxing training session, getting punched in the face is all kinda part of it.





15 min warm up run by my hoime Dr Shat Hatton!! Then I got us to do 45 mins of drilling self-defense tactics with a counter from a right hook with a back take sacrifice takedown & a counter from right round house to the leg with a inside leg sweep to an Estima foot lock. Nathan then got us to review a few deadly school yard headlock escapes. After that we reviewed a closed guard cross collar strangle variation. We then had a couple 10 min rounds of rolling, with just positional stuff for one of the girls to improve her mount and turtling sensitivity.

Sweeping and mat cleanliness,  with some stretching before the homies showed up… 

Great class!

With a great smaller group of people who just want to train!


See you OTM next Saturday, hopefully lol!!

July 3/16 Sunday Morning BJJ





Actually suprised at the attendance, especially with the beautiful weather…

Great stuff homies!!

15 min warm-up run by my homie Nathan. 45 mins of a torreando passing variation transitioning to knee-belly, then to a spinning arm-bar, kimura, and then an arm-bar with the same kimura grip control. Then we reviewed a closed guard lapel cross collar choke. Finished with 5×5 min rounds of rolling.

Quick clip with our mat cleanliness, random stretching, then the class… enjoy lol!


3 days in a row… been a while.

Missed those days lol

June 26/16 11 am Sunday Morning BJJ




We trained… beautiful day as well. Didn’t expect many, but a hey a few did show up!!! Ossssss!!

Congrats to Jrock on his weekend success!! 

Hope my kid takes to BJJ like him… he’s grown so much. Love watching him grow!!

Beast!! he takes after his dad in size… heavyweight!
Him and his dad barely miss the Sunday Jams!! train train train, your work will show!! shity with my working out of town in the summers…. but hey, I work so I can train lol. Winter is when I can train.


Even got some stretching, mat cleanliness and b-balling… yep always fun times when you have the gym to your self at 9:00 am lol…

Then the class…


But again good…

We did a 15 min warm-up, then got the homies to rep out micro movements for the x-pass/knee-belly/spinning arm-bar, then reviewed a typical closed guard x-collar strangle, and then we rolled 2×10 min rounds.




Sun June 7/15

Got to LEMMA around 8:30 am…

Yes had G with me lol…

Liftings: (135 lbs, 5 Sets, 14 Reps)

  1. Squats
  2. Bench
  3. Crunches, 5 Sets,100 Reps

Nathan was in at 9:30 am, Fantastic… got him to run a warm up.

Daddy Day care says Brittany…lol when she got in lol…

Nathan got the guys to do a standard rolling around and stuff.

The Frenchman, Justin St Man Crusher was in as well.

Drilling: (1 min each, then switch)

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

Technique: (15 min)

Reviewed the rear back GI chokes with the homies, the closed guard cross collar from last week, then discussed a variation with the thumb in, while waiting for your opponent to pop their head out while attempting an escape.

Nice clip below found on Youtube…


Positional Drills: (50% & 75% resistance)

Everyone had an opportunity to work this with everyone, and then they alternated between being in the closed guard, defending, or attacking with only cross collars.


We then discussed a few defenses to the collar choke… a nice video below by Stephan Kesting discussing other potential defenses…

Rolling: (5 min rounds, 30 sec break)

I only rolled with my boy lol… sorry no video. Next time!


See you next time!!


Sun May 31/15 BJJ


Beautiful sunny morning…

Got my Java, of course… Timmy who who’s?

Got to the gym at roughly 9:30 am…

Nathan, Scotty P, and even my boy Justin St Amand showed up earlier wow… fellow lifters!


Lifting: (135 lbs)

  1. Squats, 14 reps, 5 sets
  2. Bench, 14 reps, 5 sets


  1. Box jumps, 12 reps, 4 sets
  2. Crunches, 100 reps, 4 sets

 OMG last set banged my shin on the BOX again…

DAFCK same shin arrrggghhhh!!


 Nice to see a larger crew out, today…

Brittany, Hassan, Katrina, Scotty, Travis, Justin St Amand, New Travis,, and Nathan Shat Hatton.

Warm Up: 

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

  1. Forward shoulder rolls, alternating shoulders, 1 x across mat
  2. Reverse shoulder rolls, alternating shoulders, 1 x across mat
  3. Side shoulder rolls, 1 x across mat left side & 1 x across mat right side
  4. Forward butt scoots, 1 x across mat
  5. Reverse butt scoots, 1 x across mat
  6. Backwards shrimping, 2 x across mat
  7. Forward shrimping, 2 x across mat
  8. Backwards break fall to technical stand, 2 x across mat
  9. Forward break falls to technical stand, 2 x across mat

Drilling: (1 min each, then switch)

  1. Arm bars’, 1 min each, then switch
  2. Hip bump sweeps’, 1 min each, then switch
  3. Kimuras’, 1 min each, then switch
  4. Triangles’, 1 min each, then switch
  5. Marcelotines’, 1 min each, then switch
  6. Omaplatas’, 1 min each, then switch
  7. Scissor sweeps, 1 min each, then switch
  8. Spider guard switches’, 1 min each, then switch
  9. Side control switches’, 1 min each, then switch
  10. Modified single leg, with a lapel grip break, 2 min each, then switch
  11. Modified hip judo throw, 2 min each, then switch
  12. Guard pull with one foot on hip, 2 min each, then switch

A quick clip below with us warming up and drilling…



We continued to work on collar chokes, diving into further details on the cross collar while your attacker is in your guard. details discussing the wrist, and shaving the face if you couldn’t attacked with both palms up and not to use strength.

A quick clip below working tech below…

Rolling: (5 min rounds, 30 sec break)

  1. Hassan
  2. Katrina
  3. New Travis
  4. Brittany

Clip of us rolling below…

Great rolling guys…

Scotty P ran a quick stretch…

Then off to get some dim sum at a place I’ve never been to…



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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Wed May 6th BJJ


Yep… went to Jitz… Arrived at round 6:00 pm.

Awesome!! got some rolling in for Open Mat.

Rolling: (5 min rounds)

  1. Steve, 3 rounds
  2. Micheal Maronese, 1 round

Class Warm Up:

Matt Thorburn ran the warm up with stationary shrimping, forward shrimping, break falls, technical stands, arches, and quite a few neck exercises.

Class Technique:

1. Self Defense, collar grip/rape choke break to a standing or take down arm bar using your armpit as a fulcrum.

2. Closed Guard, lapel, cross collar choke, with an arm-bar option. Quick clip below found on Youtube with no armbar. If you can see the arm, its right there…

Published on Apr 5, 2012

Gracie Barra World Class Instructor Victor Estima chokes his opponent with a cross choke using his opponents Lapel from the closed guard position at the 2012 IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championships

Class Rolling: (5 min rounds)

  1. Hassan Hashmi, 1 round
  2. Justin Sillman, 1 round