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Chop that stiff arm from blocking your Stack Pass

The stack pass series is a powerful way of passing with pressure. It doesn’t require speed – just solid technique and massive amounts of pressure to melt your opponent. When stacking (either double or single), a common defense is to post their arm on your hip. This makes it difficult go generate the amount of […]

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Lost the Half Guard Under Hook Battle from Top? Good!

Winning the Under Hook battle from half guard is an important part of controlling the position. As the bottom player, your sweep game opens up, submissions, and escapes are all possible with that under hook. As the top player, it always you to easily flatten your opponent and passing becomes much easier. BUT, it is […]

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Inside Trip from Russian 2 on 1 + Podcast with STA

The Inside Trip is a great take down that when hit right will floor your opponent and remove any possibility of scrambling out. Why? Because you will land inside their guard, so it is very difficult for the bottom person to scramble when you are between their hips. While it might be the highest scoring […]

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Throw by from the Russian 2 on 1

Most clinches in wrestling come naturally. Head and arm, Over Under, and Under Hooks are pretty easy to get by accident. The Russian 2 on 1, however, is not something you stumble upon by accident. Untrained people generally have no idea what it is and how to deal with it, so it gives you that […]

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Cross Knee Block from Over Under

I remember when I first learned this back in high school I thought it was a bull crap move. It looked like it wouldn’t work. That is until I actually drilled it and quickly learned it works quite well! The key to the Cross Knee Block is to get the opponent to move towards the […]

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A More Powerful Way To Pummel From Over Under

Pretty much everyone who trains has pummeled before. Usually during warm ups, where it is more of a dance than it is a technique. 🙂 The likelihood of you using that flowing style of pummeling against a resisting opponent is close to nil – at least from my experience. Instead, I like to use a […]

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Rolling with my friend Kevin

Kevin was in town to celebrate a friend’s wedding, and being a smart man wanted to maximize the awesomeness of Vegas and do a private lesson with me. 🙂 Fortunately, we were able to make it happen. Normally, I have my students tell me what they want to work on and I create a lesson […]

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The Under Hook is great until it sucks…

As much as I love under hooks, they can also suck – if you let your opponent dominate you with a strong whizzer or over hook. There are a variety of counter techniques from the over hook, but one of the more devastating moves you can do is a hip throw. There are quite a […]

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Snatch Single Leg from the Under Hook

The Snatch Single is a great take down for people who don’t like to expose themselves to risk. Dropping to your knees can be dangerous, as you expose your head to chokes, head locks, and strikes that can end you. The Snatch Single avoids all that by keeping you on your feet and simply “snatching” […]

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High Crotch from the Under Hook

The Under Hook is my favorite clinch. It can easily transition to other clinches, lots of take downs, great for MMA and striking, and easy to disengage. In fact, I have scored two major take downs that helped me win against BJJ legends Alexande “Xande” Ribeiro and Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu. Today I will be showing […]

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