The Most Detailed Butterfly Guard Sweep Tutorial Ever




The Most Detailed Butterfly Guard Sweep Tutorial Ever


Firas Zahabi just released another incredible tutorial. This one covers the powerful butterfly guard “hook sweep”.


“The Butterfly Guard is one of my favourite Guards because it is so dynamic, but be careful it is an advanced Guard, not only are the moves more technically sensitive they also require a lot of timing. Even though I consider this Guard more advanced I like to teach it early on. Starting from blue belt, I definitely teach a lot of open Guard and the Butterfly Guard is a must know.” -Firas Zahabi



“Road to Pan Ams” – A New Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Documentary




“Road to Pan Ams” – A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Documentary


This new documentary featuring BJJ competitor Justin Court is filled with wisdom in terms of competition mindset and training Jiu Jitsu in general. The cinematography and editing look fantastic too. Not only will you learn from this video, but it also contains a cameo from our black belt bud, Nick “Chewjitsu” Albin!


Hope you enjoy!



Prof. Pedro Sauer’s Daughter Groped, Attacker Pays The Price (Wristlock Tutorial)




Prof. Pedro Sauer’s Daughter Groped, Attacker Pays The Price (Wristlock Tutorial)


Via Gracie Academy:


Professor Pedro Sauer was on vacation in Greece and he just texted me this video! Back story: A crackhead gropes his daughter in the crowd and flees. Pedro’s wife points the guy out sitting on a curb. Pedro wrist locks him until he cries and makes him apologize to his daughter. Left hook to the body was just a bonus reminder not to do it again! Learn self-defense, their are crazy people everywhere and unless Professor Sauer is your father, you will have to fend for yourself!


Click the player below to watch the events unfold!


Professor Pedro Sauer was on vacation in Greece and he just texted me this video! Back story: A crackhead gropes his…

Posted by Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy on Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Here is a standing wristlock tutorial taught by Professor Sauer himself.



5 Videos That Demystify And Explain The BJJ Belt System




5 Videos That Demystify And Explain The BJJ Belt System


“What distinguishes the Brazilian system from others is its extreme INFORMALITY. There is no precise, agreed upon set of rules that determines who is a blue belt, who is a purple belt, and so forth. Part of the reason for this is the complete lack of forms, or kata (pre-arranged, choreographed sets of movements containing the idealised movements of the style in question, typically a collection of kicks, punches, blocks, and the like performed solo), in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu system. Most Martial Arts put a lot of emphasis upon learning these katas, this is often taken to be indicative of progress. One might try to differentiate grades in terms of numbers of moves that a student knows. Such a method is clearly inadequate.


It is often pointed out that a purple belt knows almost as many moves as a black belt – he simply does not perform them as well, or combine them as well, or at the correct time. Also, some fighters do very well with a small collection of moves that they can apply well in any situation – should they be ranked lower that another fighter who knows a lot of moves but applies none of them well? A more objective method is to test fighting skill. If one fighter always defeats another when they grapple, this might be taken as firm evidence that he deserves the higher rank. Yet it is not always so simple. What if he is far heavier and stronger and this is the only reason that he prevails in sparring sessions? What if he is technically inferior? You can see that there are no easy answers to the question of what criteria we can offer for a given belt ranking.


Rather, the extreme informality of the Brazilian style is a direct reflection of the fact that it is impossible to provide clear cut rules as to how people ought to be graded. The most we can do is to provide very general criteria. The individual decision must be left to an experienced instructor who will take a range of criteria into account. For example, the size and strength of the student, depth of technical knowledge, ability to apply it in sparring sessions and competition, how he compares with students of other ranks both inside and outside his school, his ability to teach and so on. In general Brazilian Jiu Jitsu takes a very CONSERVATIVE stance toward promotion. This is a direct reflection of the fact that it is primarily a fighting style. It makes no sense to promote someone to a high rank if they cannot fight well – after all, should a highly ranked fighter be defeated it is a bad reflection on the school. So then, the two principle features of the Brazilian ranking system are its INFORMALITY and its CONSERVATISM.


To really know a given move one needs to learn not just the basic movements, but be able to perform them on an opponent who is resisting as hard as he can. This comes not from a book, but from time spent on the mat in hard training. A true sense of your level of development is had by training and competing with other practitioners and drawing comparisons with your own game.” – John Danaher (as written in Renzo and Royler Gracie’s book “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Theory and Technique”)







BJ Penn, Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg Joke About Fighting Each Other




BJ Penn, Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg Joke About Fighting Each Other


MMA legends and Hall of Famers BJ Penn, Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg candidly discuss their fights during the golden age of the UFC. BJ Penn poked fun at Frank and Matt’s rear naked choke technique. This epic video made my day! Hope you all enjoy!


Click the player below to watch!



UFC Fighter Tarec Saffedine’s Painful Black Belt Promotion




UFC Fighter Tarec Saffedine’s Painful Black Belt Promotion


There are many Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academies. Some promote their students via “the gauntlet” and others do not. The BJJ promotion gauntlet consists of fellow students whipping the newly promoted with their cloth belts.


In the video below UFC welterweight Tarec Saffedine receives the gauntlet treatment by his fellow teammates as he is promoted to Jiu Jitsu black belt!



What do you think? Is the BJJ gauntlet abusive? Or does it serve as a symbol of the pain involved in achieving a new belt rank?.


5 Difficult Concepts For BJJ Beginners To Grasp




5 Difficult Concepts For BJJ Beginners To Grasp


BJJ is a mass of concepts, techniques, strategies and positions, but there are some key techniques that are pretty tough to get a hold of (and keep hold of when rolling) when you first start.


1. Don’t roll over.


The first time I rolled after having been doing BJJ for 45 minutes total, I found myself trying to barrel roll to escape a side control or a mount. Almost every time I did, it ended up with me gifting the guy my back. I got rear naked choked time and time again. It took a blue belt I was sparring with to tell me to stop trying to roll out, be more patient, and not to panic. My instinct was to roll away, but after a few classes I’ve stopped myself from doing it and am working on sweeps and escapes instead.


2. Protecting my arms when in someone’s guard.


Another recurring problem I faced (and am still facing), was when I was in someone’s guard I wanted to grab hold of their gi or arms, but my posture was not correct. I was too close to them, so when I grabbed their lapel, I found myself in triangles and armbars often. My instructor saw me doing this and showed me how easy it was to put on a triangle when the person sticks their arm out thoughtlessly when in your guard. I’m now working on keeping better posture while in my opponent’s guard, and being more careful with where I put my arms to try avoid some of those easy triangles and armbars.


3. Going on offense way too early.


You practice a new choke or lock, and want to get to it as soon as you have a barely semi-dominant position. I was going for lapel chokes and armbars when I had barely got halfway through a pass, and couldn’t land them obviously. Even worse, I ended up compromising my defense completely by not thinking about where my weight and limbs were. I’m not there yet, but have been trying to ensure that I worry more about position and control, rather than going full out for a lock or choke and ending up getting tapped needlessly.


4. Push and pulling.


A guy has me in side-control, and to get him off me, I’m pushing him this way and pulling him the other. Two minutes later he still has me in side-control and I’m f-ing exhausted and my grips are half numb. I wasn’t getting anywhere by simply applying force with zero leverage or understanding, but at the time I didn’t know what else to do. I still don’t have a good idea how to get someone off me easily, but I’m learning to wait and think and move, not just push and pull until I can’t breathe.


5. Thinking a tap means I’m good.


The first session, I managed to get someone slightly more experienced to tap with a forced guillotine. It wasn’t clean a clean choke at all. It was not technical and it barely worked. But I took it as a sign that I could push through and force submissions. It worked occasionally, but almost every time I roll, it’s an endless rhythm of me tapping that damn mat. I make sure now (4 classes in) that I remember that pretty much everyone there, weaker or less athletic, can play with me with impunity. It keeps me grounded in a way I think is very important for being accepted to the group.




This article was written by Joe Thorpe. You can check out his new BJJ Blog here.


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