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Eddie Bravo Seminar in Sydney

September 29, 2012

On Sunday 16th September, Fari Salievski  and KMA Champion Martial Arts in Liverpool hosted Eddie Bravo for a seminar while he was in Sydney, Australia.  And what a great seminar it was!!! The controversial No Gi Jiu Jitsu exponent taught a great seminar revolving around the half guard using the lockdown.

Eddie Bravo and Felipe Grez

Eddie’s teaching style was amazing! His system was taught in a very methodical and structured pattern that was easy to follow and surprisingly easy to get everyone going through the motions by the numbers! The focus of the seminar was Eddie’s Half Guard system using the infamous “Lockdown”.


Eddie Bravo took the time to answer all my questions! 🙂


The format of the seminar was interesting with Eddie teaching a  Sweep called the “Half and Half” from the “Dogfight” position after starting in a “Perfect Double Underhooks Lockdown” Half Guard position. From here he moved onto dealing with what he called “Shity Double Underhooks” which was any variation that was less than perfect and how to pummel and hand fight back into “Perfect Double Underhooks” position. From here we worked backwards to learn how to get into Half Guard against someone who knows what you are doing and doesn’t want to play in your half guard. The entry technique was called the “Black Mamba” and not only was it effective as an entry point, Eddie thoroughly dealt with the most common problems and attacks that you will encounter when using the technique. Eddie finally closed with the “Electric Chair” Submission and Sweep as a complement to the “Half and Half” sweep and when your opponent is really fighting to avoid the “Dogfight”.

Eddie Bravo Seminar 2012 (Sydney, Australia)

All in all a really great seminar, Eddie Bravo is a gifted teacher and I really liked the way the whole seminar was kind of taught in a reverse engineered pattern! Eddie Bravo definitely made a believer out of me with his Half Guard system, I cant wait to add them into my repertoire and our curriculum I look forward to his return!


Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

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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!


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