Archive for September, 2012

Quick video of Garcia tearing it up….




So a little over five weeks ago I blew out my knee at work. My ladder went one way, I went the other and the end result was a torn meniscus. So as fun as thats been, what was even more fun was going to the Orthopedic surgeon to get the bad news that I have to have my knee scoped.

Now I know in the world of knee injuries this isn’t such a big deal. The surgery is pretty non-invasive and the rehab and recovery are relatively quick.  What got me bent was what the doctor said to me during the consultation. Just to give you a little background about me(if you havent read the bio),I’m 42 and have been training in BJJ since before the first Ultimate Fight.  Now I’m not a spring chicken but Im not an old fart either.

So there I was going over the MRI with the doctor when he says the following “Well if this injury happend to you when you were in twenties than that would be a problem, but since your in your forties its not like your going to be all that active when your in your fifties when arthritis might set in”  Now I know he thought he was saying something positive to me, but all I could think was “F@*K YOU!”

I plan on training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu until I cant breathe anymore.  I’ve know guys who have joined Bjj in there 50’s. 60’s, even 70’s so you cant say to me that I wont be active in my fifties, hell I’m only eight years away from fifty now!!!  I know the old guys like me who train in Bjj feel the same way, but unless a stroke or some other kind of disaster happens to me you will find me on the mat trying to deal with the crazy twenty and thirty somethings that will be making my life hell!

Remember , we old guys may not be that quick anymore, we may not be that flexible, and maybe our cardio isn’t what it use to be, but we are crafty and patient and worst of all, we have nothing to lose…lmao

If you havent heard about Miyao brothers yet then give it time, you will. These two brothers have been burning up the tournament circuit and dazzling people with their use of De la Riva Guard, reverse De la Riva guard and Berimbolo sweep.   Its been hard to find opponents that can stop their onslaught, but in this video we get to see the rare individual that can in Marcio Andre.

This is a great match to watch for anyone who is having trouble dealing with these kinds of attacks as you get to see how Andre stifles a lot of the techniques that usually work for the Miyao brothers .

Full body exercise for jiu jitsu…

This is from the guys over at  I really like a lot of their workouts,they are one of the few out there that have really good sport specific routines for the BJJ players.  This is just a small example of some of the types of exercises that they have to offer.  I like how they make standing up in a base position  into a core exercise….

Keeping with the theme of Butterfly guard, heres the great Bill Cooper with a really good Butterfly guard pass.  This is just another technique that I cant wait to drill when I get my knee back to working order!!!!!


I really like Pedro Sauer and his teaching style. He’s very detail oriented and is very good at breaking down the  positional moves.  In this video he goes over some common problems you run into when in someones butterfly guard and how to avoid them….


Arm drag work out….

This is a great idea this Youtube user put up. The only thing I would change in this exercise is the speed of movement. Arm drags are meant to be explosive as is if you are trying to rip your opponent off their feet so you can go straight to their backs.   You dont need a tire to do this routine.  I use factory made rubber bands for this. You can also use a pull down machine if your at a gym..

Not too many things to add to this video it speaks for itself. Garcia is great at getting the double leg from all positions.  You’ll notice how he always makes is techniques flow in threes when he’s teaching.  That is a great way to learn how to string moves together when your above the white belt level…..

This is taken from Marcelo Garcias first instructional DVD.  I’m not big on learning from DVDs, but I will say that I learned a lot from all Garcia’s DVD’s.  Even though this is a basic butterfly guard pass, its in Garcias details that make it even more effective.  If any of you have watched him roll in both tournaments and a class environment then you know this is still amongst his go-to butterfly guard pass.  I know I’m repeating myself in a lot of these posts, but its important to repeat: Its how much you drill the techniques you already know, not how many moves you know, that really matters…


This is one of my absolute favorite combo attacks from the Butterfly guard.  The first time you drill this combo it seems very awkward to do.   After a little while you realize that these two moves really flow nicely together.  Most of the time this just ends up being a sweep for me ending with me mounted or in the cross-sides position. I’m not very good with the reverse-arm bar (mainly cause I never drill it) so I just go for the lead in to the sweep.

Work this one to the bone, this is a great combo…


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