Valhalla Grappling Academy Sponsoring Project Graduation

Valhalla Grappling Academy is sponsoring a hole at the fundraiser Golf Scramble to benefit Project Graduation in Frankfort, KY. Project Graduation is designed to provide alcohol and drug-free supervised activities for graduating seniors with the goal of reducing tragic DUI fatalities that are unfortunately so common during this time of year. Project Graduation is still Read More …

Police and Grappling

First off – I would like to state that this article is merely to create a point of discussion. I am not a police officer and I respect those whose jobs put them in harm’s way. The point is to discuss the usefullness of grappling and defensive tactics training for police after the basics learned in Read More …

Mutual Welfare and Benefit

Jita Kyoei (mutual welfare and benefit) is one of the governing principles of Judo. It acknowledges the innate interconnectedness of our lives and the consequences of our actions on others. Failure to understand this principle is the source of many problems both in the dojo and in our everyday lives. We live in an individualistic Read More …

A Guide To Defense

The fundamental idea behind defense in grappling is to stop one of the necessary steps in the completion of the technique. This is true whether you are talking about a submission, sweep, or takedown.  Offense can be thought of a set of sequential steps much like a string of Christmas lights. If you take out Read More …

Daki Age or the Guard Slam

Everyone who trains jiu-jitsu or submission grappling should watch this video and consider what it means for the application of grappling to self-defense. The guard slam is prohibited in judo competitions and in most bjj tournaments. This tournament is an exception. Daki Age (aka the High Lift or Guard Slam) is an officially recognized Kodokan judo throw Read More …