Check out this awesome open guard sweep from our friend Mark Cukro of Carolina BJJ!
It is a sweep that works effortlessly when your opponent tries to stop or counter the unstoppable sweep. When your opponent tries to maintain their base they give you exactly what you need to sweep them over, so you can go directly to the mount and then set up a slick darce choke.
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!
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.
Brand New video from BJJhacks.com 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)
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.
In the past you have seen our “Private Sessions” interviews, where we get to know various BJJ players. Now we will also be doing “Private Lessons” (you see what we did there?) videos featuring some of our favorite Jiu Jitsu personalities.
For this seventh installment of Private Lessons we are featuring Dainis Nguyen. Dainis is a Judo Black belt and a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown belt. He has sent us numerous videos of himself seamlessly linking his Judo and Jiu Jitsu. After pleading with him for long enough I was able to convince him to do a Private Lesson video demonstrating some of his secrets. I hope you find this technique to be as helpful as I have!
Below is an example of Dainis using this technique to win a BJJ competition in 15 seconds!
Thank you Dainis Nguyen for the technique! To preview the next technique that Dainis is going to teach (in action) click here!
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Many people who start practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu find themselves in academies where the sparring begins on the knees, versus standing up. This is because our art takes place primarily on the ground and it is also serves to prevent excessive injuries.
Because of this situation there exists somewhat of a stigma surrounding the art of the takedown for beginners in BJJ. Many who compete for the first time feel inclined to immediately “pull guard” and work for a sweep or a submission. Sometimes that stigma can be so intense that beginners who excel on the top, will pull guard out of fear, or lack of experience performing a proper takedown.
Here is a list of 5 safe and easy takedowns that you can begin to master right away. This list is intended for Jiu Jitsu in the gi. However, there is some technique spillover into no-gi for the “no-gi-centric” BJJ player. Enjoy!
1. The Double Leg Takedown
2. The Single Leg Takedown
3. The Foot Sweep
4. The Drop Seoi Nage
5. The Fake Guard Pull To Ankle Pick
There are hundreds of ways to take a fight to the floor. What are some of your favorites?
In this new video for beginners Adem Redzovic of Chicago Jiu Jitsu walks us through week 8 of his CORE Program. Included are:
– Headlock Escape #1 – Take The Back
– Headlock Escape #2 – Reverse Position
– Kesa Gatame Escape
(Bonus Video) While you are at it you should check out this video from Adem. It is literally one of the videos that has helped my open guard game the most.