Single Underhook Pass

  The single underhook pass was one of the first guard passes that I ever learned. Over the years I have modified it and made it my own. This personalization process happens with everyone as they figure out the unique entry and hand positions that suit them best. In the following video I demonstrate my Read More …

Improve Your Coaching Ability

  The newest Mat Chat video on the Valhalla Youtube channel address the three most common errors in grappling coaching: (1) negative coaching cues, (2) overcoaching, and (3) undercoaching. Although this video is specifically dealing with grappling these problems exist when people teach any type of martial art, sport, or complex motor skill. I hope Read More …

Tight vs Loose Control

  Once you have achieved a dominant ground position there are two basic ways of controlling your opponent – tight or loose. Tight control can be thought of as ‘pinning’. There is an attempt to essentially immobilize your opponent by applying mount, cross side, or an equivalent top position. It emphasizes heaviness, stability, and tends Read More …