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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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!


Wed BJJ May 13/15


Got to LEMMA around  6pm… got a couple rounds in for open mat with Juneau… he’s still tough as a bug, strong and starting move more efficiently. Great job buddy!

Scotty too hotty, ran the warm up with the standard laps, forward/backwards break fall’s to a technical stand, forward/backward shrimps, the forward/backward butt scoots.

First, Coach got us to drill some self-defense scenarios with someone attacking us while fallen on the ground and your attacker comes in with a downward over hook. All you do is guard your face with your forearms, set up knee shield with one foot on the hip, shrimp/scoot backwards, square up, then an up kick to the face. Then your attacker throws another over hook from the opposite side, again moving forward with a punch, only for you to drill his again once across the mat.

Second, Coach got us to work a scenario where we were on the ground and your attacker comes in for a soccer kick to your face. Block with your elbow  or forearm to protect your face. Grab their heel, you hip inward, up kick and heel kick to the groin area then a hook/tri-pod sweep, heel kick to the groin, leg drag, and what ever other approach to subdue your attacker.

Great reference from Stephan Kesting on a Street Defense proximity and Panic…

Great reference from Stephan Kesting on a Street Defense Guard approach below…

Great reference from Stephan Kesting on the Technical Stand below…

Third, Coach got us to work on our close guard. He got us to have our partner to be inside our close guard. He had them using of hand on hips or the inside arm, while the bottom person maintained the closed guard to get everyone use to standing and being able to maintain closed guard. From there he got everyone to work on a variation of a waiter sweep, mount then submission.

Fourth, Coach got us to play king of the mat, where the first person to sweep, submit, pass, stays OTM. Love this game, always fun and challenge… great drill for the bottom guy to work their sweeps that were reviewed during class. Had a few tough rounds with some bigger boys… hilarious lol.

Live Rolling… I’ll be honest I believe we only completed a few rounds after the king of the mat session. I rolled with Scotty too hotty then Big Red, or was it Juneau?

Great night!




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




Hah… got to the 6:30 pm class a little early lol… rolled with a little kid… the way he moves, if he continues with it, he will be a beast… plus he was my height hahaha…image

I actually don’t mind self-defense at all. It’s where BJJ began… the roots. Jiu Jitsu was fun last night… Big Tony ran a small warm-up.  Pretty short and standard. Loved the one drill with the backwards walking and shoulder throw with the sleeve and lapel grip… I will steal this for my Sundays warm-up drilling lol.


Coach went through a few self-defense techniques with front grip breaks when someone grabs both your wrist with a break to an under hook/shoulder bringing your opponent to the ground, using your free hand to direct the head and set up a Muay Thai style knee to the head. Then there was a sweep with while getting your back taken, as well as ground stuff to negate getting punched in the face with a variation of up-kicking & shrimping. Thought it was funny though… 2 similar body types lol… short stubby legs, arms, big shoulder, barrels for chest and both husky. Me being smaller of the 2 lol… yes hilarious.


After the self-defense,  Coach had us work on 2 kinds of arm-bar swings, with no sleeve grips. 2 sets, 1 min each, swinging and alternating sides. First, was the standard arm-bar swings using the inside of your leg to push you to the other side. The second,  I call the lazy man arm-bar with placement of your foot onto your partners hip, while with the other leg moving it upward using your inside thigh to redirect while inside their armpit, and pivoting your body towards that leg. Lets just say lazy once you get a hang of it. Doing this drill slowly and technical really works on the inside of your thighs lol.


1. Closed guard retention, with control using your legs and elbow popping or pop and chops.

2. Closed guard, with a sit-up bait sweep to break a grip posture, reach over to grab the belt, trap the arm on one side to prevent the post and sweep to that side. Genius lol shear genius hah, word…

3. Closed guard, like above… then if your opponent gets there arm free to post, set up “the London Guard” or “the Williams Guard” on the already free arm, for control then attack for the oma-plata, back-take, shoulder lock or even inverted arm bar.

Below is a nice link for further reference on the London guard…

Eddie Bravo discusses a reason why he removed it from his system… with your own arms being caught while someone disengages while cartwheeling to the other side to escape, which is a good argument.

Below is a video link for further reference…

That being said, to me it’s more of a transitional guard. Not saying I’m a Black Belt or anything but hey, like with everything in BJJ there is always a lock and a key, nothing is ever a sure thing in BJJ… being adverse to all of it would be idea given the circumstances.


Hope to see you out at open mat Fri! can’t wait to get some lifting, rowing, and rolling in tomorrow… this week has been a bruiser mentally. Work I’ve been biting my tongue and trying my best to be professional, also the Contractor want to start up ASAP to get out and elsewhere on my project… yes gonna get busy for the little while… oh and the little guy is going through a growth spurt, nuff said, lol baby brain…


Self Defense and Sport BJJ

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 Purple Belt lol.

That being said what if you didn’t have a choice? what if you got jumped… a beer bottle crack over on the side of the head, your laying on the ground, your slightly conscious, your attacker is about to make a final blow? wouldn’t being familiar with these positions definitely help increase your probability to survive, guessing its not completely useful given the synario or context?? lol. That being said…

Food for thought below is a video of BJJ in the streets lol… not condoning it, violence and fighting is bad, but it does happen… knowing something is better then nothing?