How to Avoid Guard

If getting stuck in your opponent’s guard is a problem for you (or even if it’s not), here’s some great advice from a great submission grappler and pro cage fighter. BTW, pay close attention to what James says at 00:54 of the video. I think it may change your perspective on side control a bit!…

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Necklock-from-headlock

I love simple, uncomplicated techniques that are going to work FAST for common self-defense situations. There’s no scenario much more common than being in a headlock, and this technique is simple and fast, the way I like them.  Steps to this technique are: 1 – You’re in a headlock 2 – “Run” toward your opponent…

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How To Avoid Your Opponent’s Guard

Hate getting stuck in your opponent’s guard? Then here’s a video showing you how to avoid it altogether. This is really smart stuff from James Brasco. He’s a consummate BJJ Black Belt, ADCC champion and pro cage fighter, so he knows what he’s talking about.  If you can manage to avoid your opponent’s guard altogether, you’re…

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Sneaky “Ghost” Escape From Side Control

Here’s a clip of my friend, BJJ Black Belt James Brasco, demonstrating a slick “ghost” escape from under side control. After he demo’s it, I’ll show you a quick clip of someone using it perfectly in a live competition! The steps to this technique are: 1 – Move hand from his hip to under his…

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Emiliano’s Unstoppable Side Control Escape

A while back, I asked my friend Emiliano Cardona (Gracie Certified Instructor at Central City Jiu Jitsu in Tampa) a single question… “What is your favorite, nearly unstoppable, escape from under side-control?” I filmed his response… Here’s the key points from the video… This move is done when opponent leans back or his weight is closer…

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Parkinson’s Law, The Less You Know, Training Partners

  Ever heard of Parkinsons Law? It’s a principle that states “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.” In other words, we drag out whatever we’re doing to fill up the time we give ourselves to do it. So, if your goal is to do X number of techniques today, you’ll take up…

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Barriers, Being Vague, Reps Not Techniques

  A simple secret to success is to simply remove barriers to succeeding. Here’s some examples: If the gym is next door, are you more likely to go every day than if it’s 20 miles away? 10 miles away? 1 mile away?  If you dislike an instructor’s personality, are you more or less likely to attend…

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Training Hard, Curriculum, In The Moment

  The benefits of pushing yourself past your comfort zone go way beyond just improving your physical attributes. So many times I’ve seen people failing in martial arts (and life) because of their lack of self-discipline and mental strength. They wish they had the discipline to follow through with what they start, but they quit… and it…

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Better Weapons, Conditioning, 50 Reps

  At any given moment, you’re surrounded by weapons that are easier or more effective to use than your fists, feet or submissions.  Where I’m sitting right now, I’ve got access to kitchen knives, salt & pepper shakers, chairs, cooking pots, rocks, a glass blender and tons of other objects that would be easier to…

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Adrenaline, Goals, Constant Improvement

Hey guys – below are 3 quick ideas for you that you may not have considered before.  I’ve got plenty more insights I’ve gathered from my nearly 43 years of training, so let me know if you find any helpful and I’ll continue to share them! Think about this – the instinct to survive is the strongest instinct we’ve got, so…

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