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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Listen, the instinct to survive is the strongest instinct we’ve got… so your body has a very powerful response to a threat to your life. Unfortunately, it’s based on prehistoric needs, and that means it can sometimes force you to “freeze” so you aren’t seen by a predator. That’s really bad in a fight. I…

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Trigger Positions for Faster Reactions

Ever wish you could react faster with your grappling submissions? If so, here’s a secret. You can’t simply practice moves. To have fast reactions, you have to practice REACTING, not just “performing” techniques. Otherwise you’re practicing grappling “movements”, but not creating reactions. But the question is… …what do you practice reacting TO? To have fast reactions, you want to practice…

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A Strategy to Becoming a Killer Submission Grappler

Here’s a strategy I learned TWICE… … once from the most skilled athlete I have ever met, and then again later from the most skilled musician I’ve ever met. Both have really jaw-dropping abilities, and it’s safe to say when they speak about “how to get good at something”, they’re worth listening to.  Here’s what they suggest:…

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Cool Kneebar from Half Guard

Here’s a cool kneebar from half-guard. It’s a move that will come out of nowhere, as far as your opponent’s concerned.  I think this move is a great one to have in your bag. When your opponent’s focused on passing your half-guard, he’s not likely to be anywhere near thinking about this move. Try it out!…

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3 Easy Headlock Escapes

Anybody can do a headlock… it’s a natural reaction in a fight. Hell, even I put a headlock on a guy who attacked me when I was 18 years old. That means you, too, are likely to end up in a headlock in a fight. So… …you need to be very good at escaping them. Here’s…

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How To Unlock ALL Your Skills

How To Unlock ALL Your Skills I’ve been training martial arts for over 42 years and grappling for 25 of them. As you can imagine, I’ve seen a lot of things and trained with a lot of people. In all that time, I’ve found that there’s really just one skill that is absolutely necessary for you…

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Knee Bar Half Guard

Knee Bar From Half-Guard Here’s a slick knee bar from the half-guard. It’s demonstrated by James Brasco, a BJJ Black Belt, Cage Fighter and NCAA Division 1 Champion. Your browser does not support the video tag. The steps are: 1 – Start in half guard on bottom 2 – Get opponent to post his knee…

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Tempo Trick

The “Tempo” Trick… Here’s a “tempo” trick that high level boxers use that you can apply to your submission grappling. The trick is to alternate between TWO SPEEDS. 1 – The first speed is SLOW & RELAXED 2 – The second speed is FAST & EXPLOSIVE Now, the reason a boxer uses this trick is because…

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