Archive for October, 2009

Jiu-jitsu Universtiy… Required reading for All students of the art!

October 28, 2009

I’d like to take a few minutes to talk you about a fantastic book that EVERYONE who trains Jiu jitsu should own. It’s called “Jiu-jitsu University” and it’s written by Six time World Jiu jitsu Champion and Two time ADCC World Submission Wrestling Champion Saulo Ribeiro! Saulo Ribeiro is known as a fierce competitor on the mats, a superb technician and brilliant tactician with a never say die attitude! In his book “Jiu-jitsu University”, Saulo share his own unique thoughts about techniques, concepts, training, strategy, the belt system and the very essence of his Jiu jitsu!

Saulo is a gifted teacher and has a brilliant mind for Jiu jitsu. His ability to break down and analyse the various styles and techniques have become legendary. Saulo’s brother, Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro credits Saulo for his phenomenal success in Jiu jitsu and ADCC, himself earning Seven World Jiu jitsu Championships including two Open Weight(Absolute) in which he defeated Roger Gracie, as well as Two ADCC World Championships! Xande features prominently in the book as well! Saulo is known for his precise and methodical execution of technique and strategy. Saulo’s attention to the detail is flawless and very evident in “Jiu-jitsu University”!

In the first chapter “The Goal of the White Belt: Survival” Saulo explains the art as he understands it, in which the first thing a student needs to learn is to survive on the mat. Learning to protect yourself and survive, through the use of leverage and good position is of fundamental importance and Saulo often gives reference to Helio Gracie as being the Master of survival! Saulo believes as does Helio Gracie, that all progress in the art is built around solid and impenetrable defense and as such the focus is on good tactical position to protect yourself. If your opponent can not beat you, eventually they will make a mistake and you will be able to capitalise on it!

In the second chapter “The Blue Belt’s Secret Weapon: Escapes” Saulo talks about developing the timing and ability to escape from any position. Saulo goes in to explicit detail on how he sets up and escapes from various positions and submissions as well as some common misconceptions and mistakes students make while attempting these escapes! This is by far the best explanation of on escapes that I have ever seen and I am still learning so much from it! Saulo constantly reminds you about the correct leverage and timing to make these escapes work, as well as what mistakes to look out for.

In the third chapter “Perfecting the Purple Belt: The Guard” Saulo talks about the purpose of the guard and how to use it effectively. Saulo goes through numerous sweeps, submissions, grips/controls, guard pass defenses and recoveries from all the major guard types as well as key points to keep in mind while playing from the guard. Very detailed technique and instruction!

The fourth chapter is about “The Brown Belt’s Mission: Passing The Guard” and is by far my favourite chapter, as Saulo is known as one of the greatest guard passers of all time! Saulo takes the concept of guard passing to a whole other level and teaches the secrets of his game to control, shut down and pass anyone’s guard. You will learn the most important details that make his techniques more efficient as well as more than a few techniques that you have probably never seen before!

In the final chapter “The Black Belt’s Focus: Submission” Saulo talks about what it means to become a black belt, how to train, learn and progress in the art and how to sharpen the most dangerous skill in Jiu jitsu, submissions! And Saulo is a submission master! There are loads of sneaky tricks  and tips to set up and submit your opponent from all the major positions! Learn from the best and watch your game soar to new heights! So if you haven’t yet got a copy of “Jiu-jitsu University” please do yourself a favour, go to Saulo’s site and order it now or swing by your local book store and make a purchase… You wont regret it!

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!


Jiu jitsu Kingdom


Stop your guard getting passed! Inside Secrets of great guard players!

October 26, 2009

Having a great guard is so important in Jiu jitsu. It gives you confidence to play against bigger, stronger and more powerful opponents by utilising your legs and hips as a great equalizer! Developing a solid guard that’s tough to pass revolves around a few key principles such as:

-Breaking your opponent’s posture

-Establishing and maintaining dominant grips or tie ups

-Controlling your opponent’s balance and placement of weight

-Undersatnding the 4 key components of a good guard (Sweeps, Submissions, Ability to get back to your feet and Damage control)

-Setting up your opponent and creating confusion!

-Developing a solid base of movements from each guard and understanding when to transition to the next position or if necessary, escape!

For this article we’ll focus on defense, maintaining and replacing your guard. When playing guard it is important to understand the various guard positions such as closed guard, butterfly/seated guard, half guard, and other open guard positions. You must develop a familiarity with the basic submissions and sweeps available from each as well as the limitations and vulnerabilities of each type of guard.

For example, the half guard is more vulnerable against leg locks than the butterfly/seated guard. However the butterfly/seated guard becomes a lot more limited if your opponent is able to force you flat onto your back, in the sense that it will be a lot easier for him to either pass into your half guard or possibly pass altogether! So with the intro out of the way I will share a few key principles that should help make your guard a lot harder to pass!

1st Principle: Always try and face your opponent! If you can keep his centreline in front of yours, he will have the furthest possible distance to travel to pass your guard and establish side control. If your opponent begins to pass your guard and starts getting a good angle towards one side, one of the first things that you should do is look to square up to him again by either moving your body back or escaping your hips and  repositioning him straight in front of you (you do not want your opponent perpendicular to you or he only has a small way to go to pass!). Disrupt their passing attempt at every opportunity, try and create an angle where they have to change-up their attack and possibly go to the other side!

2nd Principle: Understand the importance of head control! Do not EVER let your opponent control your head! There’s an old adage “where the head goes, the body follows” and it is so true in Jiu jitsu. If your opponent is able to secure a cross face, it will greatly increase their chances of passing your guard as you will be limited in your ability to move your body and hips to defend! Fight tooth and nail to not let your opponent get the cross face! Another way to use the principle of head control is to use it against your opponent as they are trying to pass your guard .If your opponent is passing your guard to your left then generally if you push their head to that side you are able to thwart their pass or at least force them to move and reposition themselves before continuing. Below legendary Jiu jitsu fighter Demian Maia does a great job of explaining the first two concepts!

Principle 3: Keep your hips and legs MOBILE! You absolutely must develop good hip and leg movement, it is critical to good guard work! Learn to use your feet, legs and hips just like you use your hands, strive for that level of dexterity with your lower body limbs! Do not allow your opponent to control and shut down your legs and hips. If your opponent is able to control your legs and hips then he is most likely only moments away from passing your guard! MOVE, escape your hips, use your feet to control the distance to one where you are comfortable playing and that gives you options and plenty of time to react. Put as many blocks as possible (such as your  feet, knees, arms etc) up in front your opponent so that he has to change directions and technique when attempting to pass! If your opponent is able to gain some control over your legs, ensure that you are still able to move your hips and keep your knees free or at least free them. as your knees are often one of your last lines of defense from getting your guard passed!

Principle 4: Understand when a position is lost and when to transition! When playing various guards it is important to know when you have control, when you are losing control and when it is time to transition to a different guard position or escape. For example when playing closed guard it is important to realise when your opponent begins to gain control and is about to open your guard. It’s much better to open your guard on your terms and transition into one of the various open guard styles than have your opponent bust open your legs in good position to pass. You must develop a thorough understanding of the limits of each guard, how to seemlessly transition to another more favourable guard position and sometimes when to begin pre-empting your escape to recover and replace your guard! When playing guard there’s a point of no return when your opponent has got past your legs and is about to lock down your head and body to solidify his pass and establish good position. This is your time to escape your hips, move, roll, go to your knees and/or replace your guard, BEFORE your opponent has shut down your defense and locked in his position! If you learn how to transition to various guard types and when to transition into your escapes your guard defense and retention will go through the roof!

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!


Jiu jitsu Kingdom

Discover 2 vital tips on how to choke like Marcelo Garcia!

October 23, 2009

I’m sure you have watched in awe, as I have, when Marcelo Garcia takes the back of a bigger, stronger opponent, sinks the rear naked choke and effortlessly forced the brute to tap! It’s amazing! Why is it that some people have the ability to tap anyone whenever they sink a choke, where as others strain and struggle only to have their opponent break free and escape their hold! From a quick glance it often appears their technique is the same or similar, so what is it?

Is it their physical attributes? Size, strength, power, leverage etc… Not likely as someone like Marcelo fights at 76kg and routinely defeats opponents 20+kg heavier in the absolute (open) division with the most basic of chokes. Watch below as he submits the 95kg behemoth Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira!

How about some secret hidden technique that no one is aware of? No, I dont think that’s it either. Marcelo usually submits his opponents with basic techniques, such as the Rear Naked Choke, the Guillotine Choke and the North South Choke. Below is a ruthlessly quick display of Marcel’s legendary choking ability against Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro!

I was lucky enough to spend a week training with Marcelo in September 2008 and have been studying his game for over a year now in the hopes of uncovering some of his secrets! This is what I have come up with so far. Firstly Marcelo’s technique with his chokes is flawless! By that I mean that EVERY single time he choked me from any position, it was always a blood choke(closing carotid arteries). Not an air choke (closing of the windpipe and pain from crushing your Adam’s apple), not a neck crank where your head felt like it was being twisted off! His arms were ALWAYS in the right spot, which usually meant that either his forearm, bicep or both were perfectly positioned to isolate my head from my body and dig directly into my carotid arteries! LESSON 1, Learn to feel for the carotid arteries! Develop an instinctive feel for when your arms are in correct position for a blood choke.

The second thing that I discovered is that when Marcelo wrapped his arms around my neck, it was like having a giant anaconda wrap itself around its prey in attempt to squeeze the life out of it!!! His ability to squeeze your neck is out of this world and I must say I have never had the pleasure of feeling any other like it! No one else’s squeeze come close! Not body builder’s or other big, strong guys, NO ONE! LESSON 2, develop your squeeze! Here is a clip of Eddie Bravo talking about the squeeze, its importance and one way of developing it, enjoy!

Try these simple concepts out for a couple of months and marvel at how much more efficient your chokes will become! If you put in the time  you will become a choking machine and be well on your way to developing vice like chokes! As Eddie says, “you must be like Marcelo”!

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!


Jiu jitsu Kingdom

Let’s get Luke “Iron Duke” Picklum into the UFC!

October 21, 2009

Recently it has been announced that the UFC is coming to  Australia next year on the 21st February 2010. From what I hear UFC 111 will be held at the Acer Arena right here in Sydney! Now I am going to ask a small favour. Please watch the MMA highlight reel of training partner and coach Luke “Iron Duke” Picklum, rate it (5 Stars of course 🙂 ), leave a comment, share it with your friends and training partners and let’s get Luke into the UFC!!!

Luke Picklum is one of the most talented MMA fighters in the country, he’s fought in Brazil Superfight representing Brazilian Top Team (BTT) with Murilo Bustamante in his corner, fought in Extreme Fighting in America, fought in King of the Cage, fought in Cage Fighting Championships (CFC) right here in Australia as well as numerous other shows and always put on one hell of a good show! He’s travelled he world building his formidable skill set, is a BTT and Gracie Jiu jitsu black belt, has trained and fought Muay Thai in Thailand, fought numerous Jiu jitsu tournaments both here and in Brazil, used to fight amateur boxing as a youngster and has Knock Out power in both hands! Bottom line, Luke always puts on a good show and he has paid his dues with blood, sweat and tears over the last decade or more. Luke deserves his shot especially right here in his own back yard! So let’s try and help him fulfill this life long dream!

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!


Jiu jitsu Kingdom

A couple of updates!

October 20, 2009

Hi people, how are we? I hope everyone is great and loving life! I thought I’d post a quick note to talk about some recent updates and what I have in store for you in the very near future with the blog! Well I’d like to start by thanking everyone for their support with the blog, your feedback has been great and really appreciated! The whole point of the blog in the first place was to offer some tips and help make your journey through the art a little easier and more fun! However I never realised just how much fun I would have doing so or how much I would learn myself! 🙂

Anyway, I am in the process of applying some of the ideas that you have shared with me. To start with I have delved in to some of my training albums and added a few photos to some of the posts to break up the writing a little! I am also in the process of filming and photographing a few techniques for the blog. This is something that I had planned to do from day one but hadn’t yet gotten around to… Rest assured you will start to see these very soon! I am also contemplating putting up a few interviews with various BJJ/MMA fighters, please let me know if that is something that interests you? Finally if there is anything in particular that you’d like to read about please leave me a comment and I’ll see what I can do! 🙂 Thanks for your input and I look forward to the future!

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!


Jiu jitsu Kingdom

Keeping a Training Journal

October 19, 2009

One of the best things that you can do to rapidly increase your learning curve is keep a training journal (also known as a training diary)! A training journal is a fantastic resource that is generally neglected by most Jiu jitsu students and instructors! A training journal is useful to track your progress in the art, remember  important details which make techniques work, improve memory and retention of techniques, provide a handy reference of material taught in class,  helps you to trouble shoot the techniques that you are working on and much more!

Think about it. All through school, high school, university etc you are taught to take notes to help you remember and study various subjects that you learn about. Now how many of you would have passed all your classes if you just sat in class, listened and tried to put into practise what you had learnt? Not many I guess! And that is also true of Jiu jitsu training. Don get me wrong, it’s not absolutely necessary, but it sure will help you more than you could imagine! Think about this, most of you went to school probably out of obligation (this is probably a good thing), but Jiu jitsu training is a choice, your choice. And if you choose to learn the art and pay for classes, well then I’d say all the more reason to take it seriously and take notes! Believe me, you’ll thank me when gradings come around, you’re stuck in a tough position in a competition and cant remember what to do to escape, or even when you cant pull off that new sweep against your training partners in a competitive roll! If you take notes in school to learn subjects that you may not even be interested, why are you not taking notes when learning one of the toughest martial arts in the world that you really want to learn and get good at???

This doesn’t just apply to Jiu jitsu. Look at most professional athletes and you will find that the best of them generally have one thing in common, a training journal in which they take detailed notes about theirs skills, techniques, progress, strength & conditioning training, diet etc. I would bet that almost every Olympic level athlete has a training journal or several which goes into more detail about their training than most books and dvds!!! Training journal’s are extremely useful to shar with your coach as it can help him see where you’re a in terms of your training and understanding of the art! Even gym junkies and week end warriors appreciate the value of a training journal to track progress and see a visual representation of their improvements… Dont let them reap all the benefits! 🙂 Especially if you plan to compete/fight, it is important to stack the deck in your favour and get every competitive advantage possible and the training journal is one of these! Try is for a month or two, see how it helps you and then let me know how much your game has improved!

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!


Jiu jitsu Kingdom


October 16, 2009

Focus. What is it? What does it mean in the context of Jiu jitsu training? The best definition I have found for focus is: “the concentration of attention or energy on something” . That sums it up nicely for me. Now, how we could apply this to your Jiu jitsu training? I like to think that when you are training Jiu jitsu, whether it be warming up, drilling techniques, rolling, competing or cooling down that you give your complete and undivided attention to the task at hand. This may sound relatively easy but it’s much, much harder than it sounds!  Now let’s think about applying “focus” to your Jiu jitsu training and how it can help you.

Before you walk into class and step onto the mat, it’s great if you can take a few minutes at some point in the day to “focus” on what you wish to learn, work on, or improve in your training. It might sound like a waste of time at first but believe me, taking a few minutes to think about what you need to work on (be it a technique, concept or strategy) will rapidly enhance your learning, give your mind some direction and most likely improve your retention of techniques and skills learned. Your mind directs your body and by “focusing” your mind on a particular goal, you set the tone for a more productive training session. As you get more experienced, you may come to training with a couple of points to “focus” on. For example it could be something as simple as “focusing” on using technique and leverage over strength and power, or working on your escapes from a particular position. You could even “focus” on keeping in mind a few key points when passing the guard, such as:

-Keep your head up and back straight with good posture

-Take strong grips and maintain hand control

-Always look to establish good, stable base before moving

-Keep your elbows in and close to your body

-Always strive to move with balance and purpose. 

If you have done this and thought about what you wish to “focus” on for th day, then the warm up is the perfect time to think about your “focus” as you get your body warm and ready to practise your Jiu jitsu skills. Breathe, relax and think about keeping your “focus” in mind through out the session. Getting your mind into a good state to train and learn is just as important as warming up the muscles in your body. When your instructor teaches a technique, really try to “focus” and pay attention to:

-What are the key points that make the technique work?

-Why are they moving the way they are?

-How are they placing head, hips, body and limbs in relation to their partner?

-How is their weight distributed?

-Where does the leverage for the technique come from?

-When are they changing their grips and or shifting their weight?

Then when drilling the technique, keep these key points in mind. Strive to execute the technique with minimal effort and as smoothly as possible. Aim for perfect execution of technique, focus on being technical. When you start to feel like you are executing the technique smoothly ask about the timing and set up for the movement, that way you have something to “focus” on when you begin to apply the technique in a live roll! It may sound like a lot to think about at first but no one said you have to master it all at once. Relax, take your time and “focus” on what you can. As you practise and get better you will slowly begin to “focus” on more and more details and concepts. This is great because it generally means that you are starting to understand the technique on a deeper level!


One of the most focused Instructors and competitors of all time!

One of the most focused Instructors and competitors of all time!



When rolling, the first point I like my students to “focus” on is being technical! Always try to relax and use your technique. Another point I like my students to “focus” on is breathing. Relax, breathe and think, if you do this you will begin to feel your opponent’s movements and what is available to you. From there it is up to the individual to have his own goals and points of “focus” depending on what stage of the journey he/she is at in their training as well as what they are working on and trying to improve. One day you may “focus” on your escapes by letting your partners put you in some bad positions so you can work on your survival and defense. Another day you may “focus” on sweeping from various guard positions and attack openly with submissions from the top as it wont matter if you get put on your back because that gives you another chance to sweep! 🙂 Your “focus” is entirely up to you but generally speaking you get a lot more mileage out of improving your weaknesses than just always playing your strengths!

Generally speaking, in competition your “focus” will change. You will still “focus” on being technical and breathing but if your like most your “focus” will probably be on trying to win! To give yourself the best chance of wining, it is still important to set your “focus” prior to your match. Some key things to “focus” on could include:

-Playing your game and bringing your opponent into the strongest areas of your game (eg pulling closed guard)

-Scoring points and putting pressure on your opponent

-Setting up and attacking for submissions(particularly your best techniques) from both top and bottom 

-Establishing dominant grips and controlling positions

-Having a solid game plan and strategy for victory as well as a back up

-Focus on your game for the entire match until the referee pulls you up! I dont know how many times I’ve seen someone easily controlling their opponent and winning the match, lose “focus” for a few second and get submitted or have the tide of the match turn on them and get beaten by their opponent.

Lastly even when cooling down and stretching after training, it’s always helpful to think about what you learnt that day and “focus” on remembering the key points and details. This is a great time to write in your training journal(topic of a future post) if you have one because it will really help you remember the techniques that you have learnt, improve your retention and even allow you to brush up on a few key points if you forget! So next time you go to training, take a few moments to “focus” on what you want to achieve that session, direct your full undivided “focus” on what you are learning, “focus” on key points, timing and principles while rolling and “focus” on remembering the details for next time when you finish training! Try it for a couple of months and watch your game improve dramatically!!!

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!


Jiu jitsu Kingdom

Teaching Jiu jitsu… The dream Job… The dream Life!

October 14, 2009

Another great day at the office… By office I mean gym. About 6 months ago I decided to give up my old job in security and focus on teaching Jiu jitsu five to six days a week and this was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made! I mean really, how many people get to work in their dream job? I guess I am one of the lucky ones and am grateful that I am able to make a living teaching the wonderful art of Jiu jitsu!!! If you ever get the opportunity to do so, I highly recommend that you take it as may well be one of the greatest decisions you ever make. Dont get me wrong, it can be tough in the beginning while you are building your student base and teaching your students the fundamentals but if you are able to persevere, teach from your heart and have fun doing so, the reward is well worth the effort!

Teaching Jiu jitsu has been very fun and rewarding for me as well as a huge learning experience! I really enjoy the fact that I get to wake up everyday, head to the gym to teach and train, then come home tired, sore but happy with new ideas and problems/questions to think about and answer! For example today has been a great day in that I was able to teach two private classes this morning which both went great! I really enjoy seeing my students learn, grasp the concepts of Jiu jitsu and put new moves/refinements into their game! I know this sounds like a little bit of a sale’s pitch but private classes really do help students improve faster as you can pinpoint mistakes and weaknesses easier and work together to correct and or improve their games quicker! My private classes were followed by my regular lunchtime class where again, I take great satisfaction in seeing students learn and improve their Jiu jitsu skills. It’s always amazing to me just how quickly some people are able to pick up the techniques even with very limited training experience… I love it! 🙂


Some of the guys and me (centre) after a class

Some of the guys and me (centre) after a class



Later on after class I was lucky to have two great friends and training partners Luke Picklum and Alex Chew come in for a closed door training session! Well let me be a little more accurate… Although Luke is a good friend and he considers me as a training partner for both Jiu jitsu and also, when he is preparing for his mma fights, I still learn a heck of a lot from him and consider him one of my main coaches. He’s a BTT and Gracie Jiu jitsu black belt as well as a pro mma fighter so I really do learn a lot from him technically, strategically and from his vast experience! He’s also nearly 20 kg lighter than me so he’s very fast and smooth to train with! I also had the pleasure of raining with another friend Alex who is an absolute monster on the mat! He’s a heavyweight who’s nationally ranked as a black belt in Judo as well as a brown belt in Jiu jitsu. He has a very tight, controlling and methodical game that is always tough to deal with, so that makes for a great contrast in training partners and a tough work out! Since Alex is preparing for the ADCC Gi qualifying tournament we just came in and banged out 6 minute rolls for over an hour going two on, one off for the entire time! A very solid session and I was able to put into practise a lot of the stuff that I have been working on very diligently for the past six months. I love days like this! I learnt a lot and could use a little extra work on my omoplata defense! 🙂 An hour after training I felt so tired all I could think about was eating and sleeping! And although living this lifestyle allows me to do this, I choose not to because I have some kettlebell training to do tonight as well as some more Jiu jitsu study! I hope that one day some of you can enjoy the wonderful experience of teaching Jiu jitsu for a living! I look forward to tomorrow and “another day at the office”!

A tough day of training!

I dug up an old training photo to help you put some names to faces! The above photo was taken after a training session in January 2006 when Jon Olav Einemo was in Australia preparing for his mma fight in Pride 31, against Fabricio Werdum. Unfortunately he lost that fight by decision, but what a war it was! Also Jon Olav Einemo is another example of one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet! In the photo from left to right are: Alex Chew, Jon Olav Einemo(veteran mma/pride fighter, former adcc champion), Luke Picklum, Felipe Grez (me:-) )

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!


Jiu jitsu Kingdom

Head Position and its use as an extra limb in training!

October 13, 2009

When training with a skilled Jiu jitsu player it always seems to feel like they have more limbs than you, kind of like your fighting an octopus! Good Jiu jitsu players are able to keep all four limbs in play whether they are passing or defending the guard and this is one of the key attributes that sets Jiu jitsu apart from some of the other grappling arts. Jiu jitsu training develops and requires tremendous coordination throughout your whole body.

It is common knowledge to most Jiu jitsu students, that they should try to effectively use both arms and legs, and limit or isolate their opponent’s limbs to create openings for both offensive and defensive manouvers. What a lot of people dont understand is how they can use their head as an extra limb to wreak havoc on their opponents! And let’s face it, we’d all like to have a few extra little secrets up our sleeve and good head position/movement is one of them!


Head position is one of the most critical yet overlooked concepts in Jiu jitsu. With good head position/movement:

-You generally have good posture both on top and on bottom

-Are often able to nullify your opponent’s attacks eg. You can use your head to defend your opponent’s kimura attacks from inside his closed guard

-You can trap and control your opponent’s limbs (generally an arm) to set up your own attacks (such as head arm chokes, armlocks etc)

-You can use your head as a post to defend certain sweeps or just control and limit their movement

-It is possible to set up certain passes using your head as a post, brace, block or whatever you need for the particular situation!


So you see it’s really important that you start to think outside the box and use your head as an extra tool in your arsenal. I mean think about it… It’s a lot harder to defend five limbs simultaneously than four! Generally speaking most people only have two to four limbs available at any one time so the more we are able to stack the odds in our favour the better it is for us. And the more problems we create for our opponents to deal with the better.

Jiu jitsu training is all about creating and solving problems. The goal is to create as many problems for our opponent as possible and to capitolise on their mistakes amidst the chaos! On the flipside when facing another Jiu jitsu player, our mind is directed towards problem solving. We must attempt to solve the riddle of their particular game/skill set and bring them into our game where we are able to utilise our best and strongest techniques against them!!! From now on when you train, really think about “using your head” both physically and mentally and you will start to give your training partners and opponents all sorts of head aches, frustation and night mares! 🙂

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!


Jiu jitsu Kingdom

Escape training…

October 6, 2009

Training your escapes from all the major positions and submissions is one of the most important yet neglected parts of most new (and even advanced) student’s Jiu jitsu training. It is important that you learn and drill your escapes relentlessly at all levels of your progression. Being able to relax, breathe, think and escape from tough and dangerous positions is one of the hallmarks of Good Jiu jitsu! I’ve seen far too many good Jiu jitsu players get taken down and held by good wrestlers and judoka in competition. Not that there’s anything wrong with developing excellent throws, takedowns and hold downs but I believe the essence of Jiu jitsu is survival, escape and turning the momentum of the fight around through the use of technique, leverage and timimg!

I believe that escape training should be practiced more than anything else in your Jiu jitsu training. Train it daily if you can! At the very least, drill your hips escapes, bridges and solo drills whenever you train. It is important to drill constantly. Experiment and put yourself in tough situations when you roll/grapple. Work out how to conserve your energy, survive and escape using good technique and leverage. Tighten up your defence, seal all your holes, find the best leverage points and make your opponent over exert himself when attacking due to frustration. The more he gets frustrated, the more he makes mistakes, forces his techniues by using too much power and opens the door to your superior escape techniques.

Just remember when working on your submission escapes there is no room for ego!!! If you are drilling your escapes, work your technique but always be ready to tap or even scream just in case a submission is too tight or comes on too quickly. Generally speaking I suggest you err on the side of caution and tap a little early to save injury or discomfort and if possible try and work your submission escapes with higher grades who have better control and are less likely to crank a submission on just to get the tap! Start slow when drilling your escapes and gradually increase the speed and resistance until you are working near full speed and resistance. If you are disciplined with this, your escapes will come that much smoother when you are rolling live!

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!


Jiu jitsu Kingdom