Private Lesson #8 – Armbar From The Mount w/ Mark Cukro




For this eighth installment of Private Lessons we are featuring Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Mark Cukro. I have been watching Mark’s BJJ videos since he was a Brown Belt. All of them are intellectually explained in a concise manner with an inordinate amount of detail!


The other day I was looking for an armbar from mount video to lead beginners to. There are some but they are all geared toward the more advanced player, or are No Gi specific. I knew that Mark would be the perfect person to ask to shed some light upon this most vital attack for BJJ beginners and those attempting to learn self-defense.



Thank you Mark Cukro for the technique!


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Matt Serra Teaching Hours Of Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals




If you are a BJJ beginner, these videos could be the best thing in the world for you. Contained is more than two hours of MMA/BJJ legend Matt Serra teaching Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals.


Matt Serra is a former UFC welterweight champion and a Renzo Gracie Black Belt. He is widely known for being one of the two people to defeat Georges St. Pierre, taking his belt in 2007.


Part 1 – 48 minutes


Part 2 – 35 minutes


Part 3 – 37 minutes


Part 4 – 23 minutes


Check out Matt Serra’s BJJ academy page here.


Okay I had to add this video as a bonus. Check out Matt Serra in a grappling battle with another BJJ legend, Jean Jacques Machado below.



BJ Penn – “My Whole Game Is Basics”




BJ “The Prodigy” Penn is a true BJJ and Mixed Martial Arts Legend. His list of achievements is too long to list and most of us already know of them anyway.


In this video series BJ explains that the secret to his meteoric rise was Brazilian Jiu Jitsu basics. In the video below he goes so far as to say that his entire game is basics.


For a fledgling white belt (and blue belts like myself), it is tremendously easy to get caught up in the flash of today’s BJJ. There is so much dynamic maneuvering going on and the advent of new and exciting guards, that it makes it difficult for a white belt to simply focus on the armbar from closed guard.


However white belt, this is a game of patience. There will plenty of time down the road to get as flashy as you would like. Take it from BJ Penn, fundamentals are your best friend!


I highly recommend reading his book Why I Fight: The Belt Is Just an Accessory


It is an incredible story if you are a Jiu Jitsu lover. BJ tells all about rising up from his struggles growing up in Hilo, Hawaii to going on to becoming the first American BJJ Black Belt to ever win the World Championship (Mundials). Check out that match here.




Leticia Ribeiro & Beatriz Mesquita Insane Drilling Routine



(Beatriz Mesquita and Leticia Ribeiro)


Brand New video from shows black belt champions Leticia Ribeiro and Beatriz Mesquita drilling to develop speed, flexibility and technique. If you were to begin doing these same drills (with the same intensity) with the people at your academy, your games would improve quickly!


Thank you BJJ Hacks for continuously bringing such excellent content from Brazil!



Finishing The Triangle (For People With Short Legs)




Finishing The Triangle (For People With Short Legs)


Everyone’s body type comes with inherent strengths and weaknesses. Unfortunately for people with shorter legs, or people with a larger opponent in their guard, finishing a triangle choke can prove quite difficult. The three videos below contain excellent details for helping you finish this enigmatic and elusive choke.