July 20th Women’s BJJ Class, Triangle choke for more than sport.

July 20th Women’s BJJ Class

Monday night class was an introduction to the triangle choke; Did basic drills then the technique, but for the women’s class I usually try to spend some time talking about how it’s applicable in a fight/self defense situation. We went over the difference between and sport and fight; how to control the opponents arm when someone is striking you as well as finding the openings to strike back using hammer fists and elbows and eye gouging. The goal isn’t to finish with the strikes (though not going to complain if they do knock out their assailant) , but to survive long enough to finish the choke. “You can fight of you’re arm is broken, you can’t fight when you’re asleep.”

We included the Triangle Armbar as well, not because we want them to tap out, but to go for the break, to cause enough pain and damage that it allows you to create an opening in order to readjust for the choke.  On the mat; for sport you go for the win, you get the tap and shake hands and it’s done. For survival, you need to keep fighting, give it everything you’ve got in order to be able to survive and escape that situation.

I love the sport of BJJ, but sometimes we forget the fight aspect, get caught up in the fun of competition, the points, the challenges of competing against other players the shiny medals. You have to remember that no matter what the reason is that you train; health, fun, exercise, competition or whatever is that if you are learning Jiu-Jitsu you are learning to fight and somewhere in the back of your mind that thought should always be there.

Next weeks class is all sport!



July 17th, Good Rolls…

July 17th, Good Rolls…

It’s always great to roll with friends, especially when they are visiting from out of town. One of these guys is Ben Lenyard; he comes to town a couple times a year, and is always a blast to roll with. Very competitive, hard worker and the right amount of attitude that means he’s never satisfied with where he’s at. He’s been training at Brazilian Top Team in San Antonio and self admittedly has two speeds, 80% and a 100%. Needless to say I know I’ll be in for a scrap whenever we train and always never fails to motivate me.

As his first BJJ coach I’m extremely proud to see his progress eveytime he comes back. Plus he gets some payback on his early years with me. As he put it “Don’t think I forgot what you used to do to me.”

Bring it!



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Kitten therapy/massage after a harsh BJJ workout.

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July 8th, Thoughts on tonights BJJ class

I usually like to teach things in progressions; but there are times you can just throw out fun stuff or teach something that maybe the less advanced students would normally not be ready for.

So for fun we did a lot of movement drills for the Omoplata; with the focus just being on movement and not even looking at how to finish the submission. The drill for the evening was setting up the Omoplata from the mount postion, leaving mount and retaining the arm and flowing back to mount, (may be hard to visualize). We worked our way to a series of rolling Omy’s; forward, backward  and to the side, and by the end of the night, everyone could do the drill and play and move between the setup fairly well.

Sometimes just have to show things like that just for fun and see what they make of it.


BJJ girls are tough...
BJJ girls are tough…

Omoplata flow drills

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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!



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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Midwest Center For Movement

Midwest Center For Movement

Had a great time teaching teaching at the Midwest Center for Movement this friday,

Had the oppotunity to guest coach at MCFM on Friday June 26th. We worked on some fun Kimura attacks, of course I had to throw an Omoplata in the mix and my patented fall away ankle lock! Ok, its not really patented but it is a fun one to play with none the less.

Big thanks to Micheal Ellefson (you cam call him Elle) for having me out to share some techniques and to check out his awesome new digs.

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On 6/22/15

What’s a Jiu-Jitsu guy to do when the wife is out of town? You go find Awesome people to train with!

I went to Cellar Kickboxing in St. Anthony and got some time to roll with Marcelo Nunes a Black Belt from Zenith BJJ.

Even though bigger than me (by only a little, really) it was a great technical roll, I always tell my students, “no strength, no muscle, no power, only technique.” which made for a great experience.

Keep an eye out for Marcelo as he moves to Las Vegas to pursue his MMA fightcarreer.