Tag Archive: submission wrestling

Here is a great partner set drill combo cardio workout from BB Renato Tavares and BB Tommy Wales.   This something that I lack in my own training and you can see how they put it to great use..



Twister submission fun….

I’m not that good with any of the 10th planet stuff, mainly because I’m old and not that flexible so I stick with the old stuff, but it doesn’t stop me from enjoying a good old fashion 10th planet submission.  Here is Josh Hinger pulling off the twister at Grappler’s Quest.  I think I’ve only pulled this off three times ever in training and onc of those times was a complete accident lol….

Some great Judo throws for you..

Just like the title says, here is a great compilation of judo throws….Some are just painful to watch!


Parallettes Fun for BJJ….

I definitely have to get me a set of parallettes and this video shows why. Like Ive said a million times before, Im always on the look out for better kdrills and workouts to help my sorry old ass stay competitive in BJJ and this routine is another great routine to add to any BJJ guys aresenal.

I Love how he incorporates passing drills into the routine using the parallette bars…


Great match here between two guys who have similar styles and are both great finishers…


Arm Bar Drills….

Here are some good Arm Bar drills to keep you sharp from instructor Juan Pablo Garcia.  I’m  all about drills and though these may seem basic to you they are the fundamental drills that you should do at least a couple of times a week for your entire Bjj career.



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 .

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…..


The number one thing that guys that have just joined BJJ ask me is “How do I get good at Jiu Jitsu?” Its always a funny question to me probably because I too had asked that question when I first started and the answer that I give is the same one that Renzo Gracie gave me years ago “It’s all in the numbers of your training.”

What that really boils down to is the amount you train.  How much many times do you rep out the moves. How times do you drill a position. How much rolling do you do in a week and what kind of quality is in that rolling?  There really isn’t any magic in it, its just a matter of getting your ass to class in a consistent manner enough for your body to develop an instinctual feel for the techniques.

From the beginners eyes all this can seem overwhelming, all the drills available or the combo’s of moves, the different modalities of training that are available can leave the beginner bewildered to the point of paralysis because they don’t know where to start. The problem is that what the new student doesn’t know is that there is so much information available about jiu jitsu training now that its almost impossible not to get good.

There are books , DVD’s, online classes, the list is endless but one thing that will never change in the pursuit of excellence in BJJ is the fact that you have to put in the time on the mat in order to use all that information to its fullest.

Everyone has a certain potential that, with time on the mat, they can reach, but its how you put that time to use that counts.    I’ve seen so many guys get good with a certain position and continue to just train that part of  their game because its so natural and they can beat a lot of people from that spot.  What they don’t realize they’re doing is developing a one dimensional game that some one will eventually take apart.

So when you do start to really get serious about training and start racking up the numbers in training make sure they are filled with as much quality as quantity.   In the end it really is simple to get good at BJJ,its the commitment thats the hard part.


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