Jan 10/16 Sun Morning BJJ

Got to LEMMA around 9:00 am this past Sunday…

Boy did I ever feel great… coffee, tones of H2O.

Weird though, a fellow by the name of Keith came in shortly after I turned on the lights. He mentioned his shifts got switched around and that his only available time to train was at 9 am… great, I replied…

I believe he mentioned that he was a paramedic? which makes sense, random shifts and hours. I told him I’m in every Sunday at 9 am should always be open… so see you here again.


You bet… I hit the rowing machine.

4 sets of 2km.

Ouch… my 1st 2km set was the best. Slowly, very slowly improving lol Stretching then BJJ soon!!! Ossss

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Got some stretching and a few other things done before all the homies started showing up.

Boy did a few people show up!

Astonishing on how many homies we got… the mat was full.

A lot of new faces and a visiting face from Kenora…


Its slowly growing!!

All you guys and gals gotta do is show up!



Warm-up was standard, a bunch of partner drills, then the positional sweep drilling.

We reviewed a knee push sweep I ripped off of Emily Kwok and Stephen Kesting… one of my top 2 favourite online black belt resources. Differentiation of hers with mine starting from closed guard, then transitioning to the seated guard and then the knee push.

Cute fast clip of us doing our thing below…


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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!




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.