Top Three Armbar Mistakes

The straight arm-bar (juji-gatame) from the guard or mount is one of the most commonly used submissions in jiu-jitsu, judo, and submission wrestling. It is a high-percentage technique for both beginners and advanced students.  These three basic mistakes account for most of the failed armbar attempts. Fix these problems and your success rate will skyrocket. Read More …

Preventing Submission Lock Injuries

Injuries are an unfortunate a part of grappling sports. The odds of remaining completely injury free are not in your favor if you train for long periods of time. That said most injuries are minor and result in minimal loss of mat time. Injuries that result from joint locks are among the most preventable. Both 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 …

Bridging the Gap

  It seems that in many dojos the practice of standup techniques has fallen out of fashion. Oftentimes there is a reluctance to train them out of an unwarranted fear of injury, or just as common, the training environment to develop them is insufficient.  What is needed is a proper understanding of Judo principles, which Read More …

Winning the Scramble

Many people think of grappling a simply a series of well-defined positions. The guard, mount, back mount, north-south, etc. However, there is more to it than that. There is  small but significant part of each match during which no one has the advantage and no one has any thing that resembles a definable position. This Read More …

Perspective, Plateaus, and Progress

Grappling is a complex skillset with innumerable variables. In addition to technical complexity, grappling involves an ever-changing environment of training partners who each possess unique abilities and skillsets. Further compounding the issue is a skewed population of skill-levels: numerous beginners who lack perseverance and are transient, fewer intermediate practitioners, and lastly a minority of advanced Read More …

Grappling As Theatre

Good training partners must be good actors and good coaches good directors. In an ideal world we would have an infinite variety of training partners. We would get the opportunity to compete against people of all different sizes, body types, and grappling styles.  This would give us the experience to deal with any kind of Read More …