Saturday, May 26, 2018

The problem with training jiu jitsu for sport

One of the biggest problems with many sport Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools is because you aren't allowed to strike (e.g., punch, kick) in tournaments, instructors put little to no emphasis on street self-defense against common striking attacks in their schools. For this reason, I can't say enough about how impressed I am with the Gracie Jiu Jitsu curriculum as taught be Rener and Ryron Gracie at Gracie University. Their focus is 100% street survival, as taught by their grandfather, Grandmaster Helio Gracie. I recommend Gracie Jiu Jitsu to everyone who is interested in learning street self-defense and want to improve their physical and mental health.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Chantel meets E.L. James!

Guess who Chantel got to meet today in Fort Lauderdale, Florida? E.L. James, author of the famous Fifty Shades books!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Tip for defending against a toe hold

If you get caught in a toe hold, turn 90 degrees on the same angle as your big toe and then the toe hold is no longer effective.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Matt Trejo: Blast from the PAST!

Where does time go? This photo was taken almost 14 years ago after Matt Trejo won 2nd place in full-contact continuous fighting at the Canadian Open Martial Arts Championship in October 2004. One of the most exciting things about this particular division, however, was that Matt was a Green Belt in American Kenpo, and all other competitors were black belts. Matt took 2nd place in a very close final match, and really dominated one of his fights against a high-ranking Kung-Fu expert.

Today, I am 43 and Matt is 34. I'm totally fine with that, but don't we look the same age in the picture? I think I've aged!

Crossing your feet from the back mount

As a jiu jitsu practitioner, you need to avoid crossing your feet from the back mount. Crossing your feet allows your foot to get broken through the use of a figure-four foot-lock. In general, if the opponent's left foot is crossed on top, we use our left (top) foot to wrap over their foot (not ankle), before using our other leg to apply the figure-four position.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Establishing your back mount hooks from the turtle position

If your opponent is in the turtle position and you are having a tough time getting your hooks in on the opponent's legs, punches to the head, submission attempts to the neck, and spreading the opponent's base are three methods which should allow you to get your hooks in.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Strong side vs. weak side back mount

When you take someone's back and you have back mount control, falling to the over-hooked arm (strong side) generally means your control is not as strong, although it's better for chokes. Conversely, falling to the under-hooked arm (weak side) means that your control is better. Also, falling to the under-hooked arm means that you not only have chokes, but arm isolation techniques, triangles, and arm locks.