“Just Tap Out When It Hurts.”

  “Just tap out when it hurts.” These are the first and only instructions that many new trainees get before being thrown into to the shark tank of live grappling. They are also responsible for many injuries. The ‘tap out’ or ‘submission’ in any form of grappling that has submission locks allows safe practice at Read More …

Grand Opening

  Let me start by saying that the Grand Opening of Valhalla Academy’s new location was an astounding success.  It truly exceeded my expectations. We had 22 people training hard on the mat – breaking it in with their sweat and effort. That is the best dedication ceremony I can think of. There were also Read More …

Chris Griffin Guest Instructor AAR

  Guest instructor Chris Griffin, head instructor of The Submission Academy (www.kentuckybjj), veteran mma fighter, and Carlson Gracie Jr. brown belt, covered some great material at Valhalla Grappling Academy during the Wednesday night no-gi class. Griffin has a unique and dynamic guard game and we were treated to a full series of attacks based on Read More …

Strong Foundations

  The beginner thinks, “I will attempt a technique”, and while thinking misses the opportunity. In a similar fashion the intermediate practitioner thinks, “I am doing a technique”, and being oriented in the present is sometimes successful. The expert, however, after felling an opponent thinks, “I have just completed a technique”. The above example illustrates Read More …

Helio Soneca Seminar @ Valhalla Grappling Academy

Valhalla Grappling Academy is honored to host a gi jiu-jitsu seminar by world champion Helio ‘Soneca’ Moreira. Soneca has coached some of the greatest grapplers and fighters in the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to train with a jiu-jitsu legend. For more information about Soneca please visit his website at www.heliosoneca.com. The seminar will run Read More …

The Element of Surprise

  Surprise provides a definite tactical advantage. Fairness dictates that we not ambush our training partners or other tournament competitors as they step onto the mat. So how then can we gain the element of surprise when the opponent knows where we are? We move when we aren’t supposed to. Each match has its own Read More …

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 …

Valhalla Grappling Academy Sponsoring Project Graduation

Valhalla Grappling Academy is sponsoring a hole at the fundraiser Golf Scramble to benefit Project Graduation in Frankfort, KY. Project Graduation is designed to provide alcohol and drug-free supervised activities for graduating seniors with the goal of reducing tragic DUI fatalities that are unfortunately so common during this time of year. Project Graduation is still Read More …