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Category Archives for Technique

Hip Post Kimura Counter

If you are a Kimura fiend, this move is for you. If you need to be able to attack with the Kimura from all angles, this is just a cool way of attacking that your opponent would never suspect. This particular setup starts from side control, when your opponent posts on your hip to make […]

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Circle Pass

A lot of people like working a seated guard, especially with the rise of the leg lock game and submission only tournaments. I enjoy working against it, because it makes setting up a lot of submissions and passes much easier for me. The Circle Pass is just a simple way of circling around the seated […]

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Russian Arm Drag to Eagle Claw Pass

My friend Kit Dale has been showing a lot of techniques using a variety of Russian 2 on 1 grips, so I figured I would show a simple one you could use from your feet and tie it into a guard pass. This Russian Arm Drag is similar to your conventional arm drag, but in reverse […]

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You have the back from standing, but can’t bring them down?

A person with a good base can be hard to bring down to the mat, even when you have their back. I have seen plenty of people just let go after a while in frustration – which happens a lot against me because my Kimura counter. 🙂 But this simple Lateral Foot Sweep can get them to […]

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Over Hook Mounted Triangle Choke

Last time we used the over hook from our guard to setup a triangle, but did you know you could use the over hook from the mount to setup a triangle as well? The over hook creates a very strong mount, as your opponent will be pulled sideways with their shoulder trapped – giving you […]

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A Triangle Choke for people that suck at Triangles – the Over Hook Triangle Pin

There are three types of closed guards I will play: Double Under Hooks, Reverse Kimura or Russian 2-on-1, and the Over Hook Guard. I like the Over Hook, because it removes your opponent’s capability to effectively strike, gives you solid striking options, opens up a bunch of submissions, and it is very easy to setup. […]

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North South Back Take

North South is a great position in a fight, as your most powerful limbs are right next to your opponent’s most vulnerable body part – their head. Unfortunately, rules have handicapped this position (no knees or kicks to a downed opponent), and have changed the way MMA is approached. BUT, there are a lot of […]

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The Under Hook Pin

This is one of my favorite ways of pinning someone from top half guard! It is easy, and comes right off your passing game. When done right, it can also lead into a guard pass and an even stronger pin – the Crucifix. This is just one of the pins that we cover from my […]

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Smash the Z-Guard and Pass

Often times when you go to Knee Cut, your opponent will put up the China Wall or Shin Shield to block you. Other times, you are just fighting against a Z-Guard that can be really frustrating to work against. My solution – the Sprawl Pass. The goal here is to detach and pin his shield […]

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The Weirdest Way to Open Guard – The Rolling Cartwheel

This is probably the weirdest way to open guard that I know of. You might watch this and think, “That will never work!” But it does. I have done this in competition against a BJJ Black Belt to open his guard en route to a heel hook victory. It is one of those moves I […]

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