Chokes for Beginners

I’m frequently asked which techniques I prefer to teach to beginners, in what order, etc. I believe in the principle of position over submission. Beginners should spend their time working on escapes and position dominance. There are too many newbies who specialize in a few unusual submissions early on but have no fundamentals to fall Read More …

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 …

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 …

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense

  Grappling in general, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu in particular, is an excellent nucleus for solid defensive tactics, combatives, and self-defense. Certainly striking is a large component of a complete approach but the fundamental control of balance and position can help see you through most situations. The main difference between sport and street martial arts is Read More …