Friday, December 31, 2010

triangle from closed guard

posture control over back of neck- top of head is better
sleeve control
hip out and switch to wrist control with one handed baseball bat grip
push arm to chest and jump to catch the elbow
shimmy up and get to triangle
calf hits back of neck

*wrist lock vs. defense
*sweep fake to remove the hand
*switch to opposite shoulder clamp vs. tough elbow posture

**elbow tight to body- frame trapping their arm
**weave inside to shin guard to elbow trap vs. hands in biceps

always control the posture

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Butterfly telephone armlock

Double unders butterfly
Telephone arm lock
They defend- Americana with heavy knee on shoulder
Kick out far knee to topple
Finish or cross sleeve to the back

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Telephone arm lock from closed and butterfly guard
Chicken wing setups from closed guard

Armlock- must create hollow space below joint. Hip out and angle

Chicken wing- from Tozi pass- omoplata, chicken wing, kimura, telephone arm lock, guillotine, no arm darce, triangle

Monday, December 27, 2010

More arm locks and chicken wing from guard

Arm lock- blade of wrist- near wrist, not elbow

Guard posture break
Hip out, grab wrist and feed the position
Triangle or chicken wing depending on what they do
Sweep backwards

Back take from underhook chicken wing

More far side arm attacks; berimbolo to calf lock

Far side arm attacks from deep half and side.

Some details-
Heavy pressure on the tricep
Head far from theirs
Hips on chest

Triangle from chicken wing- switch instep hook and grab own foot

Berimbolo from footlock- cross over and go inverted dlr- outward pressure and throw them towards trapped leg
From standing- inverted dlr to calf lock

Mendes belt grab dlr to back or 50/50 or spin under if they try to stuff the leg

Friday, December 24, 2010

Far side arm attacks

From half guard or side control.

1. Step over kimura. Suck wrist in. Finish with step over.
2. Telephone arm lock- from underhook- put forehead on mat, block head and slide knee over, slide other leg over to 4 on 1. Leg order of step over depends on half guard or side control beginning
3. From #2- block near arm with instep, step over head and weave instep over bicep. Fall to guard. Start pressure on tricep and slide down. Can switch to omoplata, can weave opposite leg under arm for chicken wing arm bar, can go to triangle. From omoplata- get on hands and scoot hips back.

Can also do arm trap from guard.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Darce and anaconda

Darce from turtle
Anaconda from turtle
Darce power half to darce

Half passing

Reverse kesa half guard counter- pinch knees and bring toes of trapped leg to mat and then tip opponent. Push armpit away and go to 50/50 or leglocks

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Open elbows with hips and elbow.
Use bicep block to redirect elbow and then scoot hips into elbow.

Rickson paper cutter
Darce from side with nearside arm out of posture and far arm trapped in kimura grip.
Sit out counter

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Over under to Marcelo half guard pass

Over under setups.

Marcelo pass. If they track the hand, flip to reverse kesa. Trap both arms and scoot hip up. Pass and drop ribs on opponent's head.

Back take option- give them bottom leg, grab knee, roll and kick legs.

Other back take option- scoot hip out from the pass. Give bottom leg. Jump over and insert the choke.

Adjustments vs shaking sweep- sprawl out.

Adjustments vs recovered half- switch hips and kesa.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Over/under variation

From butterfly- trap shin by grabbing belt. Adjust so crook of elbow is on instep.

Insert free hand- dive deep underneath. Back walk to clear hook. Elevate hips and prop lower back on posted leg. Pressure down. Head next to hand.

Go for crossface. If they block, go to reverse kesa.

Entries from half guard and standing as well.

Saturday, December 18, 2010


1. Deep underhook on arm. Prop them up on side and trap arm. Lift bottom sleeve and trap that arm as you step over. Pinch knees tight and finish.

2. Take out tail and feed over wrist to pistol grip. Prop opponent on side and choke or take the back.

Friday, December 17, 2010

some cross guard adjustments

-enter the sweep from either the foot on hip or omoplata position.

-at the end of the sweep, straighten the leg and insert deeper.

-from top- omoplata- tuck wrist and roll. grab bicep to finish. roll back counter vs. posture.

-from top- armlock- trap bicep, tug sleeve up and armlock.

-from top- triangle- spin and keep it all tight, finish off back.

-from sweep position- modified leg lasso sweep.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

no gi x/foot lock

1. pull x-guard from 2 on 1 (they are standing)- go to tripod, weave knee in and pull x. sweep backwards and go to double under pass immediately.

2. pull x-guard from one knee up- if they put hands down- kick out and stand for the sweep.

3. pull footlock to x-guard (baseball slide in from standing and one knee up).

4. reaping heel hook- weave opposite leg across and hook the leg so you can follow the roll. a) use to sweep and leg drag pass immediately.


berimbolo detail- plant toes for the follow-up. do not release underhook and go to reverse hooks. underhook is stronger.

Friday, December 10, 2010

cross guard

-3 guard attacks

I. foot on hip, leg extended (triangle, control position)
II. foot in hip pocket, leg extended (omoplata and sweep position)

1. triangle- extend leg, jump hips and close the triangle

2. omoplata- from foot in hip pocket- stay tight (near shoulder, not elbow) and hit the omoplata

3. armlock- they grab free knee- grab over the tricep near the elbow, kick leg to break grip, control the arm, use free leg to reposition and drive their head to the ground, extend and finish.

3b. armlock variation- you can't throw the leg over- pinch knees and extend away from them. need to keep the wrist trapped tight.


sweep series-
-start with foot in hip pocket

1. throw leg over and come to toes. keep grip on pants, switch hips and tug their leg out. attack options- omoplata, armlock, triangle.

2. they defend the sweep- roll back and omoplata or triangle.


-50/50 entry- they stand in cross guard- leg on hip goes between the legs, invert and aim free arm for opposite leg. get armpit deep with both arms and shoot the 50/50.

can also go to DLR options

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

50/50 entry and details

*cobrinha drill
*cobrinha around the world
*50/50 stand up battle
*50/50 vs. standing opponent drill

1. entry from berimbolo position- insert one leg, get armpit-deep behind opponent's legs, kick up and lock up the 50/50.

2. basic sweep control (did not get taught this but picked it up)- control sleeve and tricep on sweeping side.

3. standing details- get opponent's trapped leg on ground, stand up and base.

4. counter to stand- grab belt, grab pant cuff, insert hook behind entangled leg. as they stand, bring knee to chest and insert hook. a) if they sit there- take the back. b) if they try to sit hip on mat- 1. berimbolo half roll, kick them out and take the back (use belt to help). 2. extend hook and come to knees for the sweep.

5. more control- control same side 50/50 sleeve with cross sleeve. pass off to your hand underneath opponent's 50/50. start to take the back, sweep, etc.


need to work on- half roll follow-up if they sit to the mat. need to get hip off the mat more? bring head towards hips? must figure it out.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Berimbolo details

-with two knees on the mat- enter from X posture, grab shin, kick leg down and pendelum, land in tornado guard situation. open knee up, lift opponent near bend of knee, guide foot with free hand and insert knee.

-they try and face you from the initial back take- they will turn towards side they you don't have the leg underhooked. prepare to spin underneath again. reposition head towards their hips (the key- still need to tinker) and spin underneath. possibly land with them floating on top. switch to 4 on 1- pressure in bend of knee and chuck them away from you (need to figure out exact pressure). come up and seize the hips. attack the back.

-50/50 entry from initial roll- need to insert leg mid-move. must figure out.

-50/50 roll under- insert bottom hook and roll underneath. prepare to ride them out and take back.

never stop rolling. always stay active from the bottom.

Monday, December 6, 2010

under the legs back taking

clock drill
cobrinha drill
capture leg and then cobrinha drill

1. entry from opponent standing
2. entry from opponent with one leg posted- aim knee for entangled leg, not for the back right away.
3. entry from opponent kneeling- block crossface with X. grab shin, push opponent's armpit away (like marcelo x-guard entry) as you simultaneously pendulum leg and then come underneath. lift opponent near thigh/bend of knee, not in center (they are too heavy)
4. entry from opponent smashing top leg during pass- entangle leg and roll under to modified X, back take, 50/50, etc. many options.

**must figure out the infinite roll. something to do with switching your legs/insteps/bringing the legs inside. keep alternating sides until you can get something. sweep, back take, etc.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Leite half guard variations

1. underhook with lapel. opponent overhooks. grab opponent's pants at knee (palm up). switch leg positioning and force quarter guard. bridge hips into knee to prevent mount and secure the position/torque knee. get to elbow and then both knees. base off leg and drive into them, pull leg out from underneath them. pass many ways. back, side, dope mount, etc. *drive in short bursts to disrupt base. **stay TIGHT to them- no space.

2. they drive into you and prevent you from sweeping- dive underneath, pull lapel down, extend arm, bridge hips and take them over. keep knees tight.

**if they ever abandon the overhook to base, go to the back.

3. they try to switch hips and go reverse half guard. once you feel it, switch to the butterfly hook and underhook on the same side. sweep them over. can also set up from static reverse half, but it is much more difficult than catching the transition.


other stuff-

*starting- grip something with the hands- do not play on back unless you have grips. you can start on back and wait for them to touch you and then get grips off that, but it is risky.

**sit up guard- drag shoulder to the mat and sweep once you have the arm trapped.

***playing off the back- develop spider guard.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


1. pull x-variation sweep from standing- "2 points guaranteed sweep"
2. shoulder roll sweep from standing. key- do not insert bottom leg like deep half. keep shin there to support opponent's weight.
3. shoulder roll sweep from knees. kick opponent over and use reaction to sweep them.
4. 2 on 1 arm drag from half guard with the shin across- a) take down to have guard b) take the back and choke. for the setup- arm drag with one arm, redirect bicep and guide them to the RNC as you arm drag.

next phase-
-strength up
-assertiveness up

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

deep half to x-variation

1. leg on shoulder deep half- opponent has knee on mat next to your head. swing legs to mat, try to load waiter sweep- grab foot. bring knee in outside semicircle, kick up and insert knee underneath. retain foot grip, stretch opponent out with shin (transition from leg on shoulder to kneecap as you kick them out). switch feet and kick opponent out, stand up and base away from opponent, look up to the ceiling (keep leg secure)rotate kneecap with grip, sweep. do everything in one continuous motion.

2. pull #1 from standing- go directly to shin position, kick out immediately and stand for the sweep.


*keep posture- look up tall to secure the leg
*rotate kneecap out for more secure grip

Monday, November 29, 2010

deep half

from leg on shoulder grip-

1. enter, put arm on mat, swing knees to mat, load the waiter sweep, grab the arm/sleeve, pendulum and point knee to mat, get up, feed lapel and pass. scoot lower if they can close triangle.

2. they try to sit to mat- open tail, grab 2 tails, swing legs towards them, extend arms, get to knees and double under pass.

from 4 on 1 grip-

1. swing legs to mat, come to knees, back door and take the back.
2. they block #1- spin back underneath, rotate kneecap and come on top
(can do homer simpson move off of this)

from 4 on 1 grip- switch to celso vinicius grip- feed lapel deep to underhooking hand (almost at armpit).

1. extend arm and take back
2. drag collar down and sweep backward. better to trap the arm also. can wrap up the arm if they try to base.

other stuff-
-deep half counter- crucifix/back take counter from top
-deep half pass- grab belt and sink low

-removing the underhook- switch from leg on shoulder to 4 on 1. in transition, bump them up and sink lower. use free arm to trap sleeve momentarily and swim underhook back.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Half guard stuff

1. Side control bottom basics. Block bicep. Forearm in throat. Weave forearm to underhook. Knee bumps own elbow, pendulum up to back. Opponent rolls back to guard. Repeat.

2. Half guard to the back like #1. Insert hooks. Opponent removes one hook and goes back to half guard. Repeat drill.

3. Start to underhook and opponent overhooks and grabs collar. Pendulum up and get to elbow. Try to push opponent over or they try to uchi mata. Roll back under and post on hip, sweep. If they post hand to block sweep, take the back.

From #3- enter by catching wrist as they try to overhook. Weave elbow over and clamp down. Roll.
-or grab wrist from hand fighting and roll.
-or control sleeves, tuck elbow, roll.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

crossface removal

1. they isolate arm and you can't get forearm in throat- suck bottom arm in, grab in front of thigh, other hand grabs across back. extend arms, head and shoulders away, and sink head under the crossface. get half guard and then closed guard.

2. unable to suck arm in- elbow to mat, roll wrist in and get forearm in throat. hands on both side of arm- tricep/bicep. heels dig in to ground, lift elbows, scoot down and free head. hand comes in to block bicep. recover guard.

1+2 from half guard as well. take the back from there.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

advanced recovery

1. guard recovery from posture- can put foot in hip if they are too far. can also come to feet.
2. spin underneath- be sure to block bicep. spin only if they are almost passed your guard- do not go inverted unnecessarily.
3. double under break to triangle
4. twisting double under counter- bridge up and enter side pivot before they put you there, shrimp out and attack

gi darce- ezekiel grip
or grab ezekiel grip first and then weave around head. switch hips and put weight on head with ribs.

Monday, November 22, 2010

back taking from turtle

-harness from turtle- keep tight to back!
-chin tight- look towards opponent
-different grip- use hand to pry under chin

1. from harness- jump over turtle and spin to get the hooks. choke during the spin.
2. re-take from bottom hook removal- remember- face down, knee next to head, roll back.
3. re-take from no hooks- belly down, sit with knee next to hip, hook rolls in, other hook rolls in.
4. diving back take from them sitting butterfly (better if the arm is clear?)- clear shoulder, wrap harness, get head tight, LEAP. land and roll opponent towards head side to expose neck.

-defense from turtle- nearside hand grabs nearside leg. come to side control.
-escape from half back with choke? knee slide? have to review notes.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

recovery stuff

from pass-
1. elbow/knee connect, come up on toes like butterfly sweep, hold knee with other pant grip, shoot leg in and recover guard.

2. they go n/s from #1- spin inverted and recover

other adjustments-
-shrimp, cross leg over, gramby roll over shoulders
-side control escape- bridge, get knee to elbow- "thinking man"- and recover or spin inverted

follow-up-they go double-unders after you recover-
-walk shoulders out- brace arms, bridge up, sink hips back down and go spider guard
-kick legs down one at a time and angle to break hands apart, recover spider
-over/under and kick leg straight- triangle
-they start to come around- bridge and plant toes on the mat, push elbow and hip escape out, recover.

must drill all of these.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

north county class- sunday 11/14


mountain climbers
sit out
break fall to technical stand
hip escapes
stack left/right
butterfly to base

-20 arm bars
-20 triangles
-20 kimuras

one minute toreando
one minute head push
one minute under the leg
one minute knee on stomach switch
one minute knee on stomach around the head


1. posture fundamentals
*around the world drill

2. recovery fundamentals
*recovery drill
-half guard
-side control [partner picks any pass and does 5 times on each side]

Friday, November 12, 2010

rollover sweep

1. collar/sleeve grip. same as earlier today. load them on to your shins, stuff wrist, bring shoulder/elbow to mat, kick legs up and sweep.

2. they grab your collar- break (2 hands over the wrist- bring in to you like wristlock, shrug away). redirect hand to opposite side, grab knee, spread out their base, load on top of shins, tuck them in suddenly (like shrugging out a blanket) and kick up. gotta work on this one. still have some issues.

3. pull half guard and sweep immediately- pull reverse dlr, sweep immediately. must practice this one. stuffing the hand is key.

AG private

so many things.

1. over/under pass- opponent doesn't commit fully, but still grabs belt or draws in tightly with underhooked leg. plant foot on mat (leg in half guard) and shift hips to tip them over. grab nearside leg to prevent them from getting up. switch to farside leg, nearside loop choke. pull knee towards you, sit back, finish the choke.

2. nearside loop choke. grab near lapel, weave over head, choke.

3. back take- pin wrist to hip, bridge into them, weave instep over head, spin under, switch other leg to control opposite leg, hips heavy on their arm, take leg off of arm, grab belt and take the back.

4. from #3- take opposite leg out and go to crucifix. can finish there or roll to inverted omoplata. sweep and grab both knees. triangle legs, both knees to mat, hip away to finish.

5. rollover sweep details- both shins involved (supporting weight on bottom and top shins from z guard). knees to chest. shoulder and elbow to mat, kick up hard and finish the sweep.

6. from #5 with collar/sleeve- collar drags them on top, sleeve gets stuffed to the hip.

7. reverse kesa half guard- elbows tight, pull out tail and feed to both hands. switch leg position and weave other leg. butterfly sweep movement and come to mount (hop and bounce off foot). if they resist- take the back.

*rollover sweep possible, need to practice

8. reverse kesa half guard- first move- pinch knees tight and heels to butt, shift hips to dump them over. go to leg lock/x-guard series.

9. foot lock x-guard- 4 on 1 limb, free hand pulls ankle towards you, hips bridge up and force knee the other way. after the sweep, cross the ankle to the pocket, knee to mat, pass.

10. reverse half guard- tail grip from #7, weave instep, try to come to mount. they resist- take the back.

passing stuff-
they sit up and insist on butterfly guard- *head in chest, angle out and pass guard. if they remain sitting up, it is because of the posted arm. collapse the arm. if you can't collapse, start working the leg drag game.

head placement is key- switch head to hip/shoulder/etc depending how they resist. pin bottom leg, grab collar, head spears into them. terere pass, whatever works.

guard ambidexterity- develop both sides

weak side passing- force them to the weak side

RNC finish detail- prop up on elbow and suck in (similar to collar choke)

leg drag pass- knee always to mat

collar grip break- one hand grabs bottom part of cuff, top hand on wrist. pull wrist into body, shrug down and away quickly.

keys to progressing- specific drilling, *staying tight on top, *not losing the dominant position

Thursday, November 11, 2010

adjustments from yesterday

some points to highlight-

grip over armpit- must be very tight- this gives you more torque

leg cocked back all the way- maximum potential strength

hand blocks bicep, elbow rests on mat (use structure to support weight, not strength)

leg kicks straight, head and shoulders away, knees pinch together and swing in, other arm redirects bicep to help the move. (this motion is new, but it is the whole key to this move series)

possible crucifix if they react a certain way

they weave the head to counter the move- weave the leg over the face, shin in shoulder/bicep- go to 2 on 1 arm drag series (otherwise keep the elbow tight to prevent them from weaving the head)

verified- if they withdraw from your over/under counter- go to collar/sleeve rollover

other move- if they sit reverse kesa- elbow/opposite knee rollover. must practice and figure out.

possible counter to the arm drag series- switch over/under sides and pass again?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

over/under counters

shrimp/recovery detail- hips away, head and shoulders away, BOTTOM FOOT PLANTS IN MIDDLE OF THEIR LEGS, square up with hips.

posture with hand in bicep/forearm blocking neck. elbow on mat (do not exert energy)

1. switch arm across neck to grabbing the back of tricep/armpit in between their head and the inside of your thigh. kick leg straight and pull armpit (deep grip)- like arm drag from weeks ago. head and shoulders away, redirect bicep with other arm. pinch knees together. immediately come up and grab belt with arm that was blocking bicep. pinch elbow tight across nearside shoulder. grab leg/head (scoop head), come to knees, land in half guard.

2. from #1- after arm drag/trap, go immediately to RNC. hip out and up and insert hook while you are already choking.

3. back and forth rocking. think about the V motion. push them away, draw them in, repeat to get them moving. roll over sweep. land in deep half- crossface, sprawl leg down and tuck in close to other leg (almost like marcelo pass- nearly reverse kesa gatame). point knees away with free hand, switch crossface to belt grip (clamp over arm). get low (think about crossface on bicep almost), free leg, and pass.

think about-
-if they withdraw from over/under pass- grab collar/sleeve and force roll over sweep? it worked today, gotta tinker.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


I was looking at all of Andre's gold medals and asking him about his accomplishments. He recalled how hard he had worked to be so successful- training several times a day, taking 6 hour bus rides to tournaments, competing by himself every single weekend, etc. I mentioned how it must have taken a lot of commitment and discipline. He replied, "yes, but discipline comes from love. If you love what you are doing, you will find the discipline."

An important lesson.

vieira hip clamp pass variation

entry- from opponent sitting butterfly.

over/under on same leg. get chest underneath thigh (key). use shoulder to almost crossface the leg and adjust it so that it's in position. hips crowding their hips. andre entered from the knees, but he said that you can also be on the balls of your feet. hands not joined, but both hugging knee/thigh to chest. chest puffed forward.

1. pass if they don't resist.

2. they throw leg over- puff chest out and pass.

3. they throw leg over (but have a difficult guard to pass)- withdraw slightly and bottom arm comes out and grabs top of opposite knee. backside pass to the back. look for cobra control. look to get knee up and ride the hip to take the back. RNC detail- andre uses different grip from marcelo- hands to hands so that you can pry under the chin for the finish.

4. they throw leg over- step up with leg nearest the ankle, switch grip to the ankle (pin to hip). turn hips away by walking them out and driving the knee to the mat. backside pass.

key to the position- chest on the thigh. key to escaping- hipping out and freeing the thigh (pointing knee to mat?)

*reminder from the other day- vs. reverse dlr- diagonal back to set up the pass.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Passing stuff

Bottom leg grip- start with thumb towards opponent and then twist out and try to put palm on the mat. Stiffarm and look to pass. Cobrinha walk vs knee or dope mount.

Double unders- don't scoop into lap. Get knee under back in center.

Wrist push counter- grab wrists, pin to mat, and arm under back pass.

Can't join hands- lift via pants pockets. Squat with knees under opponent's back. Prepare to deadlift and hockey shirt them.

Friday, November 5, 2010

back stuff- double chokes, n/s series

1. choke on both sides- if they defend choke, sneak other arm over shoulder and switch sides. back and forth as needed.

2. from n/s- isolate arm on near side (in between elbow/hip) and use hand near hip to pull out tail of gi. hand to crossface arm. 2 on 1 on tail, pull taunt. hoist opponent up on side, insert nearside hook, drag them to the back. options--> RNC, crucifix, crucifix armlock with legs, arm triangle, etc. many attacks.

crucifix finishes- shift hips under them and get opponent's head on the mat to expose neck. attack neck. or attack arm with legs. must switch legs depending on straight arm vs. bent arm resistance.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

guillotine/head and arm setups

1. from clinch- deep underhook and neck tie, forehead to temple- snap down and get chest over head. head and arm control from feet or to knees. guillotine option.

2. from #1- they exchange head position- snap into guillotine (ten finger).

3. from head and arm control (opp. on knees)- guillotine, head and arm choke (darce or anaconda), or take the back. to take the back- snap deeper, shoot knee across (prevents defense) and attack the back.

4. from flattened butterfly- forearm in throat, use forearm and bf hooks to load them on top of you (new detail) and then kick back. foot in hip (same side as forearm in throat). snap into guillotine (redirect them off-center- KEY), take foot off hip and tuck under you (base- weight shifts to foot on hip/guillotine side), jump up to head/arm control or guillotine. do not use hands to get up.

Monday, November 1, 2010

spider guard

*toreando recovery- bridge and push head to floor
*backside pass recovery- hand in collar and scoot hips out, square up

1. spider recovery- leg cross- keep sleeve on freed foot, post freed foot on mat, roll of shoulders and square up. replace spider.

2. omoplata off spider- hand in hip pocket, hips up, chop down and finish.

3. spider control- lasso drill. extend leg on side where they are passing and lasso the near side arm.

4. spider lasso to triangle- unwind lasso, plant freed lasso foot on hip, snatch the triangle.

5. spider control- lasso and bring knees to chest. they can't back out by standing tall- they end up carrying your weight. if you extend legs, they can easily back out by standing up.

6. spider recovery- they sit you up by backing away- keep one foot in bicep, one between legs- forcefully kick them over your head and into spider/foot lock x-guard. take foot off bicep, switch hand to collar, both feet on hips- tomo nage. if they posture up- ankle sweep.

connections- cobrinha elbow attacks. spider/dlr?

ask about later- double unders

Thursday, October 28, 2010

more half guard/posture stuff

*elbows in tight from side control recovery/half guard posture
*move them with elbows/knees structure, don't push and engage muscles (least effort/most efficient)
*hips away and then shoulders away!
*posture always on bicep and shoulder, never hand on hip

inverted roll drill
inverted roll to triangle
inverted roll to omoplata
(inverted roll to arm drag)

inverted roll off of 2 on 1 and off of leg lasso pass

1. half guard recovery to omoplata- hips away, shoulders away. plant feet on hips (if they stuff the foot on hip, omoplata won't work) and sandwich shoulder. HEAD AND SHOULDERS AWAY and chop knee down on shoulder and sit up/straighten legs. hip scoot out and finish. OR if they base up- triangle legs and underhook opposite armpit with instep and walk on hands to scoot hips out. OR if they post opposite leg, hook that leg with your instep. NASTY omoplata.

2. arm lock from #1- they keep head on mat and tuck arm to opposite hip. both feet go across back, instep down, turn towards knees and armlock. instep on neck and other foot comes across face once you flip them (legs end up crossed). look to underhook the leg.

3. they retreat out of the omoplata early- slice knee in, flare knee out (2 on 1 arm drag position). 2 on 1 arm drag. back series. OR if you are not in half guard with bottom leg (mid- guard recovery/shin across belly)- go directly to crucifix.

other stuff to note-
-from crossface must shuck underneath them and replace posture (shoulder action?). gotta figure out specifics and drill.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

no gi half guard

half guard recovery to full guard drill
side control recovery to full guard drill
around the world n/s drill to posture on both sides

general posture- support their weight with knees/elbows. do not use power, use frame. elbows inside knees.

1. posture to back: from half guard- posture with arms- knee cuts in and then knee flares out. elbow inside. knee kicks up as you pummel the underhook, use pendulum motion to get hip off mat and come to knees and take the back.

2. they retreat out of #1 and lean weight back on heels- 2 on 1 arm drag- use shin and kick leg straight while dragging with 2 hands (angle towards wrist if you encounter resistance). trap arm between your legs. squeeze tight with thighs and keep their shoulder/elbow glued to your chest (4 on 1). switch hands to thigh and head control (like guillotine). step up and take them down. land in half guard (side control is too risky) and then pass.

3. same as #2 but they post leg and you can't take them down- grab hip across back, post hand, scoot hip out, take back (their arm will get trapped) and RNC.

no gi stuff- think about arm drags, butterfly, x-guard, deep half guard. that's it.

general adjustment- stay tighter with half guard stuff. i'm too loose generally. giving up space and creating openings for the escape.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

inverted guard recovery/turtle roll/leg locks

1. guard recovery- as they pass, posture with arms and knee to chest. weave leg inside arm (the key). elevate hips like butterfly sweep, duck head underneath (defend crossface at all costs) and spin back to guard. triangle or arm drag.

2. turtle roll- they smash top leg when passing. invert and grab both knees. helicopter to knee bar. they defend- ankle lock/reverse ankle lock? not sure of name/knee bar/heel hook/toe hold gauntlet. they roll to the wrong side- toe hold/knee bar combo.

3. they body lock around hips from turtle but don't have hooks- insert middle leg and trap their leg with instep. turtle roll inward towards legs (grab both knees) and take the kneebar combo.

4. neto roll from top position in knee bar gauntlet- elbow in armpit, trap foot with other hand, roll over kick legs straight, take back.


foot lock stuff- adjustment- blade of wrist needs to be precisely placed.

knee bar position- scoot hip out and shin goes parallel to opponent's thigh almost. on finish- kick both legs straight, squeeze knees together and point towards knee while extending.

knee bar/foot lock gauntlet- make sure to trap both legs. use free leg to trap their free leg at the knee. don't go 2 on 1 or you lose some combos/control.

inverted stuff with gi- must break grips before you roll.

helicopter detail- if they lean weight on you, you can sweep them. if they sit back, kick them back with your legs and get up to knee bar. possible key- roll into them first to get them to come back into you (cobrinha detail coming back)

helicopter to the back- if they base hard by sitting heels to butt, open knee with free hand and use to insert knee/go to x-guard/take the back. sick!

Monday, October 25, 2010

defending the back (and some passing stuff)

1. double unders with hooks (lapel grips)- easiest to escape. bridge hard and get head and then both shoulders on mat. shimmy down and prepare to take half guard or stand to base.

2. they lock over/under, but you catch early- bridge opposite choking side. get head and then both shoulders on the mat. clear hook by kicking down, pointing knee to ceiling, and then stepping over the hook. prepare to go deep half as they come up.

3. they lock the choke, but you catch early- same as #2, but you grab outside fabric on wrist sleeve and at tricep (baseball bat grip). keep tension. question- which side to look towards? head and shoudlers on mat, shimmy, escape to deep half.

4. they lock choke on strong side- grips on choking arm are key. keep tension. look towards mat on choking side? need to double check. bring knee to chest, momentarily take hand off choking arm (wrist grip) to cup the bottom of the near hook foot and remove. close elbow and knee. shift hips and put knee on ground where hip used to be (almost like knee slide). use top hook as butterfly hook to remove bottom hook. slide through. keep tension on the choking arm to prevent them coming up to turtle. pressure on shoulder and then chest and then move to underhook/side control. OR- once you clear the hooks- grab nearside leg, knee pivot over (glover transition), and take opposite side control (better for little guys).

5. taking the back from the back!: they go for the choke- you go 2 on 1 and duck under the choking arm. clear top hook. shimmy out to the side and keep wrist. entangle ankle. key- knee needs to be close to their knee (deeper hook, not shallow at ankle) or it won't work. keep arm (this is the key to controlling the position and not making it a 50/50). bring arm either towards your ear or stuff at their hip (need to double check on the second option). triangle own legs. kick legs straight and transition to the back.

passing stuff-

-terere pass- 2 grips- near side knee and collar when passing (hand on hip toreando follow-up) or opposite leg (knee or pants?) and nearside collar. flip hips and transition to head position passing. key- head at hip, torso, and then in chin. use head to turn their head (crossface with head, essentially) and pass.

-hand on hip toreando- weight all on hands. concentrate on far hip and flatten their hips. leg detail- close leg is not like jacare walk for balance, but back leg is staggered to prevent half guard.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Rickson's revelation to AG

it went something like this:

"Andre, I love your game. But when I watch your fights, you pass like 100 times and you keep letting them get the guard back. You should only have to pass once. Don't lose the position. Once you get there, it should be over."

AG passing

1. from failed butterfly sweep- weave arm and grab bottom knee. heavy pressure with shoulder. grab collar and walk around and then towards hips. head position is critical- in jaw is optimal.

2. mendes 2 on 1 pin- pin ankle with palm facing opponent (anti-arm drag) and knee with other hand. enter off crouch (stay mobile- not on knees). only need to be slightly off-center. grab collar and drive head in shoulder. head position is key! if they try to stay up on elbow, collapse elbow and suck in. walk back into hips and finish the pass. stay off knees, but keep low. drive through them to flatten. "pancake."

3. same as #2 but grips change to the pants. start with ankle/knee, but they resist. use knee to pin down leg and switch grip to pants. much more secure.

4. didn't fully teach it, but terere pass. hit off of half guard. for some reason he had grabbed the nearside leg instead of the far leg.


-windshield wiper theory. always weave legs out of half guard. especially vs. z-guard- you can always take your leg out with a precise windshield wiper move. lots of variations and trickery switching back and forth, using instep, etc. ridiculous galvao stuff.

-guard theory- inside of legs=guard. outside of legs=almost passed. need to illustrate in person to have the full effect, but this was an excellent demonstration.

-passing- pinning the bottom leg is the key. limit movement.

-all the toreando passes- head positioning is critical. always spear with the head, never drive with chest. you start to lose the pass once you go chest to chest if you don't fully have the pass.

-hip walk details- don't drop hips to floor. always walk back into hips to prevent them from recovering guard. insert knee below thigh. stay as low to the mat as possible when walking back into hips.

-extra hip walk detail- grab pant leg (leg weave) and yank up and use to set up the hip walk.

-head push to ground/hop over detail- not a huge cartwheel, just a small hop. too big of a hop will create space. always lock the hips down.

-start from 2 on 1 leg
-start from hand on knee, hand on collar

Thursday, October 14, 2010

no gi- guillotine defense

1. from standing- hands in hips, butterfly sweep over, turn into them and get on top.
2. from sprawl (head and arm)- sit out towards trapped arm, continue spin and put pressure on back of shoulder with back of head. spin out and lock front head and arm.
3. from sprawl (head and arm)- sit to half guard, come around to back.
4. from guillotine, they start to pull guard- hands in hips- front flip over to feet plant, turn into them and get on top.
5. from locked guillotine (arm in)- shoulder pressure into chest, twist hips out and look away from them. tripod up and don't let them stretch you out. weight more in stomach area to avoid off-balance. head pressure on back of elbow, pry open the lock. pin arm to mat immediately.
6. from locked guillotine (no arm)- crossface, twist hip out, pry wrist, pin wrist to mat.

some double leg details-
-retract arms back quickly during shot to avoid getting underhooked
-step outside and block outside leg with your knee on the takedown

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hand on hip toreando

some details-

-elbow always inside- never let top leg come underneath
-lean forearm on thigh
-pin knee to mat
-stagger sprawl immediately with leg between your legs (or knee line pointing between)
-hand on knee stuffs knees across as you pass

-from standing guard opener
-from sitting butterfly

-dive hand in hip and hand to knee, sprawl legs back
-keep in mind which leg is the half guard leg and trail it behind (lead leg slightly more forward)

vs. resistance-
-switch hand on hip to same side knee (2 on 1 knee momentarily), and then hand reaches for collar
-head in hip or shoulder (hip is better here)

-half guard pull stuff (give leg)
-vs. sitting butterfly entry
-vs. sitting butterfly with resistance (switch to counter)

-hand on hip pressure
-staggered sprawl
-do not give legs- passing becomes much harder
-weight more on hands
-quick entry- fast move- take them by surprise
-don't allow them to have a guard
-one step ahead
-can do with or without grips- can place heel of palm on hip pocket instead of getting the pants grip if you are trying to enter quickly

-counters? seems like the hand on the knee is the one to block and do the roll over reversal?
-follow up if they throw the leg over? leg on shoulder?

drills to practice-
-sitting butterfly entry (both sides)
-sitting butterfly entry vs. resistance (switch to counter)
-hitting the pass immediately off of the guard pull

Monday, October 11, 2010

Opening the guard

1. Knee opening. Hands in hips, knee in butt, open base, open second knee and straighten arms to open.
Hand on hip toreando. Push knee down to mat, sprawl low (adjustment-hips were too high). Stuff knee and spin to pass the guard. Knee under thigh. Grab head.

2. Two standing opening variations. Hand on collar or sleeve grip. Knee in to counter lumberjack sweep.

*lumberjack sweep- push off mat with hand.

Elbows always in.

In grip battle- always have arm on top. Break down posture.

Friday, October 1, 2010

dlr and sit up guard

putting it together.

1. dlr cross sleeve grip to back.
2. same side leg lasso (robson/cobrinha move) to sweep. can armlock to finish.
3. they counter #2 by ripping arm partway out, you apply pressure to back of elbow with knee and sweep. can armlock to finish.

others that i missed yesterday-
-they stuff dlr far leg- waiter sweep
-omoplata off of dlr

*closed eyes sensitivity/timing drill

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Reverse half

They jump to reverse half from sit up series.

Grab nearside collar and stiffarm knuckles into throat. Hip of and come to knees.

If they counter by planting hand and trying to jump back, track with hand and redirect to other side. Come up for the sweep.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sit up guard with butterfly hook

Same positions as yesterday with butterfly hook addition.

Back take- go for drag down with hook. They base with hand- extend hook and take back. Choke depends on side you have. Choking hand wrong- collar choke with leg over shoulder. Choking side correct- tight shoulder.

Can sit into hook from botched single leg.

Random- finish back collar choke with leg over shoulder. Angle knee inward to increase pressure.

Must work on single leg/ankle pick.

Must get back to x-guard vs certain styles.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sit up guard

1. Far arm sweep. Ankle sweep entry. Feed same side arm to dlr side hand. Sit up with push off. Grab tricep and push out knee as you pull them down. Switch knee pass to crossface to dope mount. Ezekiel finish.

2. Near side arm sweep. Cross sleeve grip, feed underneath to oher hand. Grab for opposite knee palm up, roll under with knees to chest. Bump them in butt with knee to break balance. Roll over. Push knee to mat and pass backside. Grab underhook collar. Take back or pass.

3. Single leg. You go for number 2 but they backstep you or have knee too far to grab. Put hand down and stand to base. Ankle pick to leg drag with foot in hip pocket. Knee on mat, stay tight, backside pass to back.

4. Knee slide cross choke counter. They go for knee slide cross choke ad you go for number 2 sweep. Bump with knee and take over. If they base with both hands, go to back. Roll them to the side they go.

Friday, September 24, 2010

dlr roll under counters

-catch the foot and hold footlock
-catch the elbow and prevent them from rolling under
-scoot out
-jump to reverse half

-allow them to roll, stuff leg between your legs, kick and take back (similar to twister roll)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

defending the back

1. turtle roll- look away from opponent and roll to guard. time so that you catch it before they lock you down with arm across back. eyes closed drill- sensitivity.

2. turtle to side control top, mount, ezekiel. control wrist of arm across back, nearside knee. sit out and come on top. bj penn mount, cross ankles under mount, ezekiel.

3. leo vieira guard recovery- opponent behind you. close leg comes up, put instep across. can use to track them if they try to take your back- shuts off one side. recover guard.

4. helicopter variation- opponent trapping one leg behind you. you weave and trap leg closest to you with your toes on mat. grab other knee and keep sleeve of arm across back. look towards (or was it away from?-need to double check) opponent and roll to an omoplata-like position (chop down). continue the helicopter roll to the top. weight on them. lock down and control.

**no leg omoplata variation

-retaining back- tight harness. "chin in bowl"
-pay attention to where opponent looks. they look away= attempting to roll back to guard. follow and jump all the way across to 270 back take. they look towards you=half guard recovery. hop around to back side.

-on the back- always attack the neck. prioritize the submission over the points.
-if you are smaller- you need to be faster. arm drag, take the back, etc.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

back 2

-re-taking off of them freeing bottom hook

-taking back off of no hooks (belly down, get to knees, sit into a hook)

-inserting top hook off of half back

-hip drag to mat

-review of yesterday

*TIGHT HARNESS and head position

**1:30 drill

***look for the choke as you put the hooks or even before

the key to back control is switching between the positions

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

back taking

1. from turtle- nearside knee goes in, far leg hooks ankle, take nearside hook. triangle legs. body lock stretch and put other hook. crossface if necessary to get choke.

2. from them trying to recover half guard- hop to other side, hop back, and then let them get part of half guard, jump all the way over and take back similar to #1.

3. break their posture down from opposite hand over back to cross lapel, nearside hand pulls sleeve out so they topple over. hip ride with knee. they get back to knees, you insert near hook and then far hook.

4. they escape out proper side- keep harness grip and correct head placement. shift them over to their side, bring knee up near head, roll back over and re-take back. repeat.

Friday, September 17, 2010

AG training

first update in awhile. was on a tear with training this summer.

Key things tonight-

-knee on stomach switches around the head
-flow drill on top of KoS
-loose/tight drill from top
-submission combo drill

key insight- defending the hand on hip/knee toreando- stuff the hand on the knee (detail i definitely got) and possibly force n/s and try to roll them (detail i'm not sure about)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Roll over nearside shoulder. Angle out. Walk shoulders to replace guard.

Pull butterfly. Nearside arm grabs far knee. Shin on thigh, pressure towards them. Spin and sit to guard

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Still at it

Slowed down due to schedule, but have been picking stuff up lately. Went to Drysdale's- got some stuff from Leite half guard and passing z guard. Also scambling stuff.

Today we worked on back control.

Underhook escape counters-
-forward shrimp roll back
-force belly down to roll back under.
-come to knees and retake back.

Lately I've been working on closed guard, spider, and dlr. Lots to tinker with.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Grappling x

3 matches. Got first. Was sick.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Jeff Baldwin

Hand in collar
get on top
timing and reactions

Monday, February 8, 2010

Braulio Estima seminar

Closed guard
tail game
lots more

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Knee slide
toreando- vieira style
knee on shoulder
double unders
hip flip

felt good to roll after a 10 day hiatus. Will ramp up training soon.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Marcelo stuff

Choking stuff-
-wedge wrist to Dan Severn
-turtle back take shoulder stuff head roll
-turtle sprawl to knee penetrate

leg step-
-quarter guard
-x guard to saulo pass
-cobrinha spider pass

underhook escape counter-
-step leg around head and take back

combo all together

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Gramby roll

Practice it.

Also remember to practice butterfly and x.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Had a blast rolling tonight. Almost forgot how much I love this sport!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

S mount escape to footlock x to vieira pass

Lots of mount escapes, but this was a good sticking point.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

No gi

X guard entry to sweep.
Vieira passing series.

"jiu jitsu is a series of specific movements performed at the precise time."
or something like that

BJ Penn passing

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Fine tuning

Work on-
reverse dlr- develop A game moves

spider- skip hips under

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Lapel passing

Look into lapel and pants grip.

X pass
rev dlr pass
toriani variation

Mid range idea- force butterfly and look to vieira pass