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July 4th Random Guard Passing Reflection

So, after some 4th of July rolls in the morning and a walk around Lake Nokomis, guard passing entered my mind, between Tom Oberhue June 2014 and Chris Haueter twice,  its been a pretty good year.

I got to work on on my pressure pressure and mobile passing with Tom and the steady stay on top approach of Haueter.

Patient Persistent Pressure!  Having guard and passing guard are an important part of the game, being able to have to have options to deal with different types of guards and people’s games is a must!  I like a lot of mobile passing cause it’s fun, love the movement game; works great on larger or a little slower opponents; however, sometimes you get stuck with those little squirrelly  dudes with sick guard recovery and playing the mobile game is just ridiculous  and take too long, so you need to shut that down with pressure and patience. Follow the Chris Haueter rule number 1. Get on top, stay on top!


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Ben Lenyard

I started learning BJJ from Fabio as a white belt, with no grappling experience. His clear, concise, and technically clean instruction made it easy for me to build a strong fundamental understanding of BJJ. 7 years later, I am a one stripe brown belt competitor and Mixed Marital Artist at Brazilian Top Team, and I am confident to say Fabio’s coaching has been instrumental in my beginning knowledge of the art.

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Dick Davis Associate Director Blind Inc

Fabio Morescalchi taught Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the students in our PREP summer program for blind teenagers.  He was a wonderful instructor.  His classes were informative, he put the students’ fears at rest, and he taught in a manner that was respectful to both men and women.  There was no problem with the fact that our students were blind; he treated them like normal people.  We recommend him highly as an instructor and as a friend.  –

Dick Davis, Associate Director, Blindness: Learning In New Dimensions (BLIND), Inc. 


Pendulum Drills

Pendulum drills are a great way to work hip movement; which will help with your guard game, understanding momentum, using it for guard recovery, sweeps and attacks.

In the below; my students are using a pendulum drill to help start learning the spinning armbar from the Guard position.

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A big emphasis  for the women’s program is self defense, so a big part of that is learning to choke your opponent in a lot of different ways and from different positions focusing on technique rather than trying to match strength with bigger opponents.

Below, they are working on cross choke from the guard position.

“When it comes to chokes, there are no tough guys. Everybody goes to sleep.” – Grand Master Helio Gracie

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If you are learning Jiu-Jitsu; you are learning how to fight, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun training.

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