Tuesday, March 31, 2009

tripod attacks/de la riva variations

- tripod sweep (lift foot)
- allan goes sweep
- x-guard transition
- marcelo hilarious sweep (take back


de la riva- vs. standing, and vs. crouching opponents: need to differentiate and solidify attack sequence

-spider de la riva
-de la riva to reverse de la riva transition (back door)
-de la riva to x-guard transition (back door)

reverse de la riva details- use thigh to load them, use leg to chop their leg, scoot body to create proper angle

need to work on sitting single leg guard

inverted de la riva= solid sweeping position

Monday, March 30, 2009

New areas of focus

sweep every time. pass immediately.

no gi- deep half, upside down guard
gi- cobrinha, de la riva, reverse de la riva

submissions to work on-

-triangle, darce, RNC. back to basics.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Pan Ams 2009

I did decent in Pan Ams.

I weighed in at 145(!) for the 154 division, which may have made a difference in my last match.

First match- Danny Hayes- Gracie Humaita (Megaton Oregon)

I pull guard right away and start working the tail game. I eventually get a triangle on him, and he tries to posture up, but I come up with him. I end up in flying triangle position for a minute or so, just hanging out up there. I look to the sidelines, and they keep telling me to pull the head, and I do and he comes down to the mat. He doesn't want to tap at all, and he eventually gets out. I think I swept him? I get on top and pass his half guard and end up in side control. I then put the knee on stomach, and he turns to expose his collar. I finish with the bow and arrow.

Second match- bye? Keith Fukumae from Guerilla Jiu Jitsu didn't show up.

Third match- Takatoshi Matsumo- Parestra (Tokyo).

Crazy match. Maybe one of the best guys in the division. We both try to pull guard, but I get up first for the sweep. I work to pass with knee slide, and he does some de la riva back door trickery and nearly takes my back. He starts choking the collar and I escape, and he shoots a triangle and I escape. He goes to upside down guard, so I go knee on face. He eventually gets out I think and goes back door trickery again, this time sweeping me. Score is tied. I get to my guard and get him in a triangle and sweep to mount. Should be 6 points (2 for sweep and 4 for mount), but I get robbed and get two advantages. We end somehow with him trying to pass my guard, which he does not do. I win the match. A hard, hard match. The first match I was losing momentum and about to get finished before coming back and winning.

Fourth match (to win the page 1 of the 8 page bracket)- Mark Diffley from Alliance Atlanta

He must have seen my matches and knows I'm going to jump guard. He jumps over my guard and lands in mount. 10 seconds in I'm down 7-0. Crap. I get back to half guard and then guard, and work to sweep with Cobrinha stuff, x-guard, lots of other stuff. Only thing is, this guy TRAINS with the guy, and I have only seen the dvds. Needless to say, it didn't work. He had excellent base, almost as if he had wrestled before. He ends up jumping guard and sweeping me with some Cobrinha thing. I work from reverse de la riva, try to come back door, but he faces me up. He eventually collar chokes me from half guard.


I felt I did well considering that I was way undersized for the division. I felt I got the two toughest guys in the whole 78 man bracket, but I'm proud of myself for what I accomplished.

A great experience. My gameplan is coming together and I'm focused on what I need to look into.

Pre-Pan Ams

I'm competing in the featherweight blue belt division (154 w/gi) this afternoon.

The division is very big (78 people), and I have 6 fights to gold.

I feel good. Depending on the draw, I think i can do very well. I feel like I will be one of the best in the entire bracket. Definitely a threat to win it.

There are no guarantees, however. I'm going to go out and execute my gameplan and hopefully do well. I found that if I focus more on being relaxed and performing well, I do much better.

One match at a time. I've prepared well. This will be a challenge, but I will enjoy it.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Grappler's Quest Del Mar

competed at 139 in men's intermediate and men's blue belt. won both divisions for two gold medals!

first match- clint from a gracie academy up north. i pull guard and try to sweep, eventually sweeping after some positioning. i work to pass with the knee slide and get to side control. he recovers, i pass again on the other side and lock a darce. i move to mounted darce, but my grip is slipping and i see i'm up a bunch of points. i am content to mount and ride it out, as the time is expiring soon. i think i score again.

second match- forgot his name from some place in the inland empire. i jump guard, he tried to double under pass me and i rip his arm out directly into triangle. i sit up and lock it up and cinch it for the finish.

one thing is key- the gameplan and mentality going into today was top notch. i felt relaxed, at ease, and confident in my abilities. i knew there was a good chance of winning, but i didn't put the pressure on myself to win it all from the start.



forgot his name from pinnacle- i jump guard after some grip fighting, and he works to pass. i catch him in a few triangles that he gets out of, and i replace guard nicely. i eventually sweep him from standing guard to double unders leg trip power move, and am up 2-0. i eventually sweep again with a tripod and get on top, working ot pass. i think i may have scored again somehow? anyways, really strong guy and a good match.


sweeps are critical in the game. gotta get completely dominating at sweeps!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

guard passing

1. pressure toriani- seems to work very well. gotta implement this into my game.
2. "paul pass"
3. knee slide
4. double unders


cobrinha stuff is working very well. gotta continue to develop it.

deep half seems stronger. gotta continue to work it. tidbit- trap the arm if possible and use to sweep over. also transition to reverse de la riva.

guard brabo works very well. if they resist the gi choke, look for triangle.

gi brabo from half guard is also coming together better. if they flatten self to escape brabo, mount them and choke from there.

options from saulo passing posture- knee slide, over/under, leg on shoulder, x-pass, pressure toriani, terere falling pass, star pass?

from back- they protect the bow and arrow- spin around underhook choke variation.

Friday, March 13, 2009

leg lasso/helicopter sweep

more details-

-de la riva- leg lasso omoplata sweep- insert leg lasso as deep as possible before sweep?
-leg lasso to omoplata sub- switch grips, open elbow, switch to omoplata
-helicopter sweep- hand goes to same side as bottom leg as you spin underneath
-helicopter sweep off guard pass
-helicopter sweep to knee bar
-spin drill

-deep half- front instep sweep- rock and sweep immediately. no more hanging out

-braulio de la riva sweep; helicopter armbar

-inverted de la riva entry/sweep


Thursday, March 12, 2009

drills/cobrinha tinkering

drill day. good cardio workout, and good opportunity to work on cobrinha stuff.

sticking points-

-de la riva to omoplata sweep
-helicopter sweep from half guard- lapel control, sleeve control
-brabo guard
-leg lasso to omoplata! aka the most common sense yet amazing combo ever.
-tripod to upside down kneebar position/sweep
-de la riva to spin under x-guard
-reverse de la riva
-monoplata from lots of places

the game is getting WIDE open.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

more kimuras

1. tripod to knee slide to kimura
2. goes sweep to knee slide to kimura
3. kimura vs. forearm in throat- rotate underneath, spin n/s, take the arm
4. leg scissor option from kimura

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

rough cobrinha notes

the new tape is amazing. i'll go in greater detail later.

-jumping guard
-overhook guard
-inside overhook guard
-brabo guard
-butterfly guard

something interesting- "helicopter" sweep. i saw this also later in the 2008 pan ams from half guard: spin underneath and use bottom leg to rock opponent up, controlling pants with hands. gotta work on this!


1. kimura from side control- rip arm straight up and then rotate over
2. if they grab- snatch away from grip and then rip up and rotate over
3. if you can't break grip- "dan henderson" step over and separate shoulder
4. belt/lapel trap- you can't break grip- weave belt or lapel to trap arm, circle around back and collar choke.


tricks and tips-

-starting to integrate a few things learned from the tapes i've been watching. lots of lapel skirt trickery.

from guard- take out lapel, trap over arm for armbar, switch to gi brabo over back if open. also lapel spider guard.

from side/half- gi brabo

from deep half- felipe costa deep half grip variation to cross choke back control

from mount- robson moura lapel ezekiel

Sunday, March 8, 2009

demian maia- half guard attacks

video notes

look for finishes- arm, neck, leg
prevent guard recovery, prevent sweeps


control- flatten opponent- if they can't move hips, they can't escape: drive pressure with shoulder, crossface, walk legs back, connect hips

trap knee outside, pinch to elbow

sideways posture- reverse kesa- keep hips connected- walk opponent to flat back with legs-

stop hip escape- confuse them by switching between postures

gi brabos- (w/ or w/o arm) as they hip escape, open and feed lapel to other hand. use reaction to set up sub. bottom hand choking/cutting, top hand stable


look for kimura from reverse kesa/marcelo control

taking the back- they bridge into you, backstep, control leg, pop over and take back

monoplata- from half- drive knee to floor, step other knee into armpit, post leg, push face, step over, pinch elbow, pull knee to finish

inverted half- put head to floor- backstep. hips high, not connected. transfer weight onto them- chest to chest. toe hold or knee bar. break lock with maia's elbow push on opposite side lock.

taking back from inverted half- from marcelo posture- lazy pressure- they bridge, wedge elbow, grab knee, transition to back

lockdown counters- hug legs, close elbows, sprawl leg back. work incrementally

vs. stiff arm- deflect power- roll over or under

lockdown counter- scorpion death lock- drop back, pull knee up, post foot, stand up, push knees to ground

more tinkering

talked over some deep half stuff with mike.

worked on robson's stuff and connected it to galvao's stuff.

key insights-

-back door- 2 on 1, not hand on hip

-leglocks- inside leg is the real target. other leg is just distraction.

-imanari toehold details

-leglock control- trap knee, pinch tight

-new combo- from de la riva- underhook spin around (similar to cobrinha) directly into robson/galvao deep half ankle position

the game is coming together!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

robson moura half guard bottom

lots of underhook half guard


deep half (he calls it "outside half"

1. trap arm, pass off to underhook arm, pull down collar, sweep over
2. leg scissor- come up like x-guard
3. back door- 2 on 1 on leg, back hook, swivel under and take back
4. galvao sweep variation- grab ankle, rock up, put knee in bend, underhook ankle, pendulum up, stand up and finish like x-guard
5. knee push- they block the sweep above by leaning forward- switch to spider guard in leg, shoulder roll and sweep over

one key concept for setup- swing knees from back- use outside leg to "sweep" their leg forward

robson moura half guard top

lots of fancy gi chokes

main sticking points-

gi brabo/variations

deep half pass- grab outside knee, bring them back on side, underhook, free leg, back to regular half guard

deep half pass 2- grab close knee, jump head, wedge elbow between your body and theirs, use free leg to push and pass.


deep half/half guard passing stuff works well. gotta implement it into my whole game.

footlock note- attack inside leg.

Galvao half guard

video notes

1. transitions into half guard top-

various entries- open guard, spider guard (toriani style), butterfly guard, etc.

most entries like marcelo's "walrus" sprawl

2. concepts

stiff arm
kick stand with toes (more pressure)
arm attacks
head position!
fighting the forearm in throat
strong crossface
collar crossface
head high in armpit to get arm out of posture
don't lock legs!
opposite side underhook to double unders

3. reverse kesa underhook/crossface leg sprawl

similar to marcelo pass, but with crossface. feed lapel to arm underhooking leg (deep). pop lock open by sprawling back trapped leg, walk back and trap like kneebar.

4. deep half- 2 on 1 same side leg

jump head
option 1- block out/wedge elbow for kimura
option 2- they underhook- wrestler's switch to back

5. deep half to leg locks

jump head
attack knee bar
adjust hips, straight ankle lock other leg
attack knee bar again
toe hold or ankle lock other leg

endless gauntlet

6. deep half- switch around pass

turn them to side- jump head
opposite side- push leg down
get hips out
sit out, turn hips down
walk and sprawl- heavy hips, arm switch to top leg
hips wipe/slow walk out
hips into them tight!

7. deep half vs. underhook

they seize underhook

weight back- push on hops w/overhook hand
nearside underhook, flatten tehm
knee to mount (drive to mat), double underhooks
pass to mount or knee slide opposite side

8. bottom concepts

use elbows to block
elbows to knees
block crossface/bicep/neck posture
to dive- bridge, frame, push, dive head
to dive under- left knee inside (shin spider guard?) to elbow, kick through

9. half guard sweep- back door to electric chair

back door to electric chair
elbow/knee kick through
switch to grip posted leg knee, take over, get hips out and roll them

10. knee slide counter- belly down sweep

from #9- they knee slide
switch grip from knee to underneath bend of knee to opposite leg
belly down sweep

11. deep half to back

grab ankle, kick up leg- drive with thigh, insert knee (knee to chest), switch to reverse bf guard, kick out and take back

entry from half or butterfly

Thursday, March 5, 2009


rolled with spencer in carlsbad.

things to look into-

-terere "falling" pass
-x-pass/negative x-pass
-freeing head/lapel control while passing (posture)
-pendulum legs more from deep half/hit hip with shoulder
-felipe costa deep half with coat tails
-sprawling mount
-instant armbar from mount to extended arms
-more effective cross choke from mount

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

loop choke

1. basic loop choke
2. they jump to same side- switch to dj throw- finish by sprawling on top from side control
3. they jump cross side- n/s chin strap roll
4. they don't let you stuff head- opposite side head tuck, grab belt, drive down with lat, finish.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

low single


from clinch- snap down, shoot, head inside, finish with shoulder pressure driving into knee. grab other ankle if necessary

from hand fighting- lead hands up (program) and shoot at opening.

from anticipated low single- re-shoot and go to opposite leg.


change levels, shoot, suck knees back in. stand up and finish from there if necessary.