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 …

Warming Up Properly

  It seems that many grappling coaches and athletes simply miss the point when it comes to class warm-ups. Warm-ups are physical and mental preparation for the upcoming training session. By raising body temperature, blood flow, and breathing rate they provide an optimal physiological environment for muscle contraction and metabolic processes. In addition, they allow Read More …

Valhalla Beginner Program Online

  There are no secrets or secret techniques at Valhalla Academy. We train a solid fundamentals game and incorporate more advanced moves only much later in training. I have decided to put our entire beginner curriculum on the Youtube channel for access by everyone. This is primarily designed as an easy reference for those students 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 …

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 …