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"Today I want to talk to you about one of the most misunderstood positions in grappling and Jiu-Jitsu.
And that position is the scarf hold position, also known as Kesa Gatame in Judo, or the “Soul Stealer” in my inner circles.
So what's crazy about this position is it's used in every other grappling art.
It's used in Sambo.
It's used in Judo.
It's used in catch wrestling.
It's used in wrestling...
But for some reason, it's not really ever used much in Jiu Jitsu, unless you're talking about some of the more common self-defense situations.
And so there's a reason for this.
Read on to find out how to NEVER make this mistake yourself, and what to do instead: As many of you guys already know there's a lot of techniques taught in Jiu-Jitsu that are just not practical for fighting because they either leave you exposed to strikes or are so risky that if you mess up or if your opponent counters, it could literally cost you your life. Unfortunately at Bellator 208 this past weekend Chael Sonnen had to learn that the hard way against one of the most dangerous and devastating fighters of all time Fedor Emelianenko.
The technique is commonly taught when you have someone's back and you secure a seatbelt grip. In order to help get your hooks you then do a forward dive roll over their shoulder and hopefully, if they decide to cooperate, they roll with you and allow you to get your hooks. Unfortunately most the times in a fight your opponent will not be trying to cooperate with you and this leaves you flat on your back with your head right underneath your...
One of the main principles to understand in “Staying Safe” is how to effectively manage distance. In fighting there is a very specific range that is needed to be effective with strikes, knowing this, one of the fundamental principles of Jiu-Jitsu is: Anytime we are fighting, we either want to be too far away or too close for our opponent to be able to do damage.
One of amazing skills that Maywether was able to employ to help him stay safe was his understanding of how to manage distance to neutralize danger. After the fight Conor mentioned he had a very difficult time dealing with Mayweather who was constantly in his face fighting him at a range where he was not effective with his strikes.
This is the reason in Jiu-Jitsu, from the feet, we are always looking to safely get to the clinch where it's much harder to throw effective strikes. Throughout the fight Mayweather and McGregor would clinch, throw ineffective...
In August of 2017 the world got to witness one of the most incredible sporting events of all time. A clash of superstars from 2 different combat sports met in a boxing ring in Las Vegas for what was arguably the biggest boxing event of all time. Conor McGregor the 2 division champion in the UFC with impressive knockout wins over the 145lb champion Jose Aldo and the 155lb champion Eddie Alverez took on Floyd Mayweather Jr, the greatest boxer of this generation and arguably of all time.
This event was the most hyped sporting event of 2017. Although many people did not give Conor McGregor a chance, never having fought a pro boxing fight before and fighting someone many consider one of the greatest of all time, he had a lot of factors to his advantage coming into the fight. Conor was definitely the bigger, stronger and younger fighter. Floyd was coming off a 2 year retirement and being 40 years old acknowledged that he was feeling the effects of his years...
Happy Holidays everyone! I had a member of my special Mind Blown Club ask me what some of my biggest learning for the year have been. One of the amazing things about life and Jiu-Jitsu is you never stop learning and there's always more room to grow and improve.
Besides the Matt Jones footlock which we did a long video on and is included in the Hidden Jiu-Jitsu VIP section, this is one of my favorite new techniques I've been playing around with. It is a very simple set up for the Von Flue choke that makes it extremely difficult to get out.
For those that have seen my cross-side escapes series, I'm really big on establishing an under-hook so I can get back to my knees and go for a take down. Lots of times though, people will grab my neck to attempt a Guillotine. By blocking their knees and taking them down not only end up on top but we have this super simple finish!
It's a great technique any time you end up cross side and they have your head wrapped for a Guillotine. I also...
I had a few of my HJJ Mind Blown Club members send me video clips of the final match from the EBI Combat Jiu-Jitsu tournament where Vagnar Rocha tko'd 10th planet stand out Nathan Orchard with slaps from the mount position.
I've shared a post and video about this before but thought it would be helpful to share another video with a write up explaining why our natural reaction to dealing with strikes from the mount is one of the worst things we can do.
In fighting and MMA the mount is probably the most devastating position to strike from because the person on the bottom is not able to close distance, back away or create an angle to stay safe from strikes and the person on top can come down with the help of gravity and bodyweight with punches and elbows at countless angles to deal a massive amount of damage.
There's a reason in all of Rickson's fights he gets on top and mounts. With nowhere to move, many times the person on the bottom is left to try to use their arms to protect them...
Over the past few years, leg attacks have become quite popular in jiu-jitsu because many teachers and competitors recognized it as a weakness in most jiu-jitsu practitioners games.
I recently had my great friend Matt Jones of Iso BJJ in Adelaide Australia in town visiting me. Matt and his team are extremely well known in Australia for their proficiency with leg attacks. What peaked my interest in his approach to the footlock, or straight ankle lock as it's also called, was seeing how fast it came on.
Matt was training with one of my students who has been focusing most of his time the past year on developing his leg attack game. While Matt was trying to pass guard my student started to entangle Matt's leg and off balance him in an a tempt to go for a heel hook. As Matt was falling he grabbed the straight footlock and tapped my student as soon as his butt hit the ground even though my student initiated the heel hook first.
The amount of force Matt was able to...
Rickson Gracie Red Belt
On July 6 2017 the Jiu-Jitsu world got to witness a truly spectacular moment in Martial Arts history.
The promotion of Rickson Gracie to Red Belt. The Red Belt is the highest rank and honor anyone can achieve in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and it can be argued that after Helio Gracie, no one has done more for the art of Jiu-Jitsu then Rickson.
Regarded by other family members as the Champion of the Gracie Family, he retired in 2000, undefeated in Jiu-Jitsu and MMA competition. Technically, I don't think anyone would disagree on the scale and depth of Rickson’s knowledge in Jiu-Jitsu. He's known by the best teachers as the Masters Master. I myself have seen him teach multiple time world champions how to do beginner level techniques more effectively and with so much precision it's almost as if they had never seen the technique before. This happens with so much frequency that it's common for many highly accomplished black belts to mention they felt...
I once asked Rickson, what he felt was the weakest part of his game and it wasn't so much his answer that surprised me but his explanation that made a tremendous impact in how I still train myself to this day.
He told me he has no weaknesses in his game, he's trained all the weaknesses out so that anywhere the fight goes he’s comfortable. He explained to me anytime he felt like one area of his game was weaker than the others he would work on it until he felt completely comfortable there.
I apply this principle to my training to this day.
I love training Jiu-Jitsu, and although just “rolling” is fun, it's not the type of training I really do to help my game improve. For me rolling is better for getting a workout and although there will still be some improvement over time, it's is not as beneficial for me as focusing on a specific aspect of my game to develop.
When I'm focusing on improving my Jiu-Jitsu, I usually ask myself what part of my game do I currently...
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The word LEVERAGE gets thrown around a lot in Jiu-Jitsu but it is just one small element that helps us to be able to over come bigger stronger opponents.
What is also important to understand is proper body mechanics, how we can engage the larger stronger muscles in our body to do the work of smaller muscles and how to use the whole body as one for maximum efficiency.
Another element that helps us deal with strength is angles. Understanding the proper angle to engage our opponent where they are weak not strong. We never want to fight strength, we want to use it against...
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