Choked Out on the Mat

  BJJ, Judo, and Submission wrestling allow you to apply chokeholds to your opponent either using your arms, legs, or the gi. Occasionally this results in temporary unconsciousness. The time it takes to render an opponent unconscious depends on how well the technique is applied and various physiological factors. There has never been a death Read More …

Positional Flow Drilling

  Several months ago I put together some positional flow charts for our competition team. They describe which positional transitions score points in the typical Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament. This provides a roadmap of where to go next in order to build up a score and play the submission game while you are ahead on points. Read More …

Judo for BJJ

  Several years ago my friend Aaron Little of Performance Edge (www.truthincombat.com) and I put together a DVD on the application of common judo throws for jiu-jitsu practitioners. The DVD is still available for sale at his site, but has made the rounds, both in part and whole, onto the internet. This is one portion Read More …

What is the Valhalla Academy?

The Valhalla Academy, aka the Valhalla Grappling Academy, is a grappling school located in Frankfort, Ky. VGA teaches Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo, submission wrestling, and self-defense in a blended curriculum. This blog will deal with issues of grappling, strength & conditioning, and the philosophy of training. Although it is affiliated directly with VGA, I hope the Read More …