A nice combination based on the tripod sweep. Instruction by Revolution BJJ black belt instructors Daniel Frank and Andrew Smith.
Half guard is a valuable position in BJJ, one of the most common. Here, we cover fundamental bottom half-guard concepts.
Is modern wrestling suffering from too many clean finishes? This question may sound crazy at first sight, but let’s at least consider it.
How a young man from Pittsburgh, a legend from Gómez Palacio, and a 25-year-old rivalry led to the hottest feud of CMLL's summer.
An advanced BJJ tutorial on the Kimura grip involving "the trade" and catching the trial arm by 2nd degree black belt Andrew Smith.
Andrew "Goatfury" Smith shows how to deal with the most annoying armbar defenses in this BJJ tutorial.
For convenience, we'll call this the "middle finger defense." Andrew Goatfury Smith shows two ways to break this grip and finish the armbar.
A brief BJJ tutorial by Revolution BJJ owner Andrew Smith on countering the all-too-common hip switch half guard pass.
A brief tutorial on how to finish the reverse armlock from the full mount, taught by 3rd-degree black belt Andrew "Goatfury" Smith.
A description on how to get the guard open, and then how to start passing, with proper base and posture.
How to use butterfly guard in conjunction with overhooks in BJJ in order to have an effective and threatening sweep and submission game.
If you've ever had trouble finishing an omoplata, this tutorial may help. Andrew Smith troubleshoots some of the most frustrating situations you'll find yourself in.
If you are studying martial arts, you are learning a lot. What you learn gives you confidence in yourself, especially in terms of self-defense. However, you'll find that you'll probably never ever use the self-defense techniques you've learned...
Honor is more than what you saw in The Last Samurai. An opponent who practices a traditional style doesn't necessarily fight traditionally when the stakes are high. Yet many people often assume that. So what is it?
A brief BJJ tutorial on how to set up the mounted triangle while using the lapel to trap the arm, with Daniel Charles Frank, Revolution BJJ black belt in Richmond, VA.
A brief tutorial on how to do a kneebar leg lock in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Instruction by Andrew Smith, 2nd degree black belt in Richmond, VA, and owner of Revolution BJJ.
Professional cycling is now a truly international sport, but many terms used in the sport—and especially commentary upon it—are words from the French vocabulary, with words such as Peloton, Domestiques and Bidons commonly used.
A brief BJJ tutorial on how to escape s-mounts and technical mounts while transitioning into leglocks.
This is the story of a boxing jester who went toe to toe with a bear, a kangaroo, and an octopus. A man who once ate 52 hot dogs right before a fight and even dropped the immortal Joe Louis to the canvas with a left hook. Oh, there's more!
Two completely different approaches to setting up the triangle choke for BJJ: both from the open guard.
With four months to go till the big show, I look at ten bouts that could headline the biggest show in lucha libre.
A brief BJJ tutorial on how to switch the Kimura on someone to your own Kimura, AKA the "re-Kimura."
A brief BJJ tutorial on escaping the back to deep half guard (a follow up on the "crunch and turn" escape tutorial).
There have been many wrestlers that have competed in the squared circle in the WWF/WWE. Here are five of the most memorable wrestlers of all time.
This article will show a brief tutorial on "shin-on-shin" guard and provide some examples of situations where it can be particularly effective.
Most critics seem to agree that "Smackdown" was the winner of the Superstar Shake-up back in April. Why hasn't it capitalized on it?
We think that the wrestlers portray themselves as really nice people while meeting with fans, but that is not the case. Some of these entries might surprise you.
How to finish a Kimura from half guard top, when you have stepped over their head. Three distinct ways.
Does AAA have a hot-worked-shoot angle on their hands? Or, are they being hit with another self-inflicted scandal?
We turn back the clock and re-visit Konnan's cult promotion that influenced modern AAA and featured one of the greatest rosters ever
In the fake world of wrestling, things don't always go according to plan. A lot of the unplanned incidents go unnoticed by the fans. However, some of the incidents are so big, they cannot be ignored.
As AAA appears to be on the verge of collapse following several defections, I look back on what exactly led this former giant to the brink.
I begin a new series looking at the history of wrestling's oldest promotion, including a look at the origin of lucha libre itself.
Two different "low" style butterfly guard passes for sport Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition and rolling. Lessons by Andrew Smith and Trey Martin of Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.
These are some observations I saw during the fight. I personally enjoyed it and here are some notes you should consider.
How to do a clock choke, with video instruction by Daniel Charles Frank, and description by Andrew "Goatfury" Smith of Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.
Fighting systems are often used for entertainment and extreme combat situations. The number of disciplines is as large as the various societies they come from. There is opportunity here that many tools don't offer.
A basic tutorial on how to do a sickle sweep for BJJ, and some different approaches to learning the position.
A video tutorial (with a text breakdown) of stopping the takedown with the Kimura grip (and ultimately finishing).
How to not only pull guard safely, but also to attack immediately upon sitting down, either ending up on top or with a submission.
We conclude our trek through the history of WCW lucha with the five best matches in WCW lucha libre history.
A very specific BJJ tutorial about how to defend a standing guard pass (toreando or "bullfight" pass).
The History of CMLL concludes with a look at the promotion from 2000 up to last night's Aniversario.
A brief BJJ tutorial on how to pass the half guard, using the classic "tripod" guard passing technique.
WWE has run some cartoonish storylines over the years, but few can top the time the Undertaker died and flew to the heavens after losing to Yokozuna at Royal Rumble 1994.
A three-part series remembering one of WCW's greatest feuds kicks off with a look at what led to the feud to Savage and DDP's great first encounter at Spring Stampede 1997.
A BJJ tutorial on attacking the Kimura from half guard bottom, and some surprisingly sneaky ways to get the upper hand.
Everything you wanted to know about CMLL's new scandal, what it means for the main players, and how it could affect lucha libre.
Kang Kyung Won is one of the most recognizable figures in Korean bodybuilding. This veteran Asian bodybuilder has been winning competitions for nearly 25 years with no signs of slowing down.
A brief BJJ tutorial outlining how to escape mount with the "stepover escape" and by catching the foot in general.
A brief BJJ tutorial with video and descriptions on how to set up the triangle choke from the scissor guard.
A way to utilize your open guard to get a cross-choke submission, while simultaneously threatening the sweep and baiting the guard pass.
A brief tutorial with videos and explanations on how to set up (and finish) outside and inverted heel hooks from a variety of positions.
On the 32nd Anniversary of his death, I remember El Santo, the most iconic figure in the history of lucha libre.
A brief BJJ tutorial on the Kimura Grip, utilizing the "trail arm catch" sequence, and a nifty triangle finish.
A brief tutorial on several guillotine choke variations for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling competitions and training.
"Kneebah!" This is likely one of the first leg attacks you're going to learn, and one of the last to master. Here's a quick tutorial on how to hit this submission from the bottom.
Stuck in side control? This may help. Andrew Smith from Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA shows some effective and efficient escapes from modified kesa gatame.
The berimbolo is a tough move to counter, but here's one way to get past this tricky guard/sweep/back take combination!
Martial arts is often seen as a competitive sport, entertainment event, or spiritual exercise. Some practitioners feel this has taken away from its legitimacy as combat art.
Turning your back to your opponent and still winning, having low posture in the guard, and more violations of standard Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu rules!
A brief Brazilian jiu-jitsu tutorial outlining uncrossing the feet from the closed guard when executing the Tozi or Sao Paulo or Wilson guard pass!
The UWA falls, AAA rises, El Hijo del Santo and Negro Casas feud, and EMLL becomes CMLL as the lucha promotion approaches the new millennium.
A brief tutorial on how to set up heel hooks from the bottom of deep half guard. Instruction by black belts Andrew Smith and Jarrett Church of Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.
As the dust finally settles, I look back on CMLL's masterpiece of 2015 and the feud that launched the careers of two men you'll be hearing about for years.
Some sneaky setups for the triangle choke with the overhook from closed guard, featuring BJJ black belt Andrew "Goatfury" Smith of Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.
How to do the "waiter sweep" for BJJ, plus some more advanced options from 2nd degree BJJ black belt Andrew Smith (Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA).
A brief BJJ tutorial on the early stages of defense for the "double under stack" guard pass for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
How to do a "reverse heel hook" or "inverted heel hook" via a few different entries. We examine both the over/under and 50/50 varieites.
A brief tutorial on how to stop someone from armbarring you from inside their guard, and some nifty counters.
We begin a trek through the best in the history of WCW's lucha libre division. It's gonna be serious fun!
A brief tutorial on how to get to the "crucifix" position from the bottom during an over/under guard pass attempt.
A quick tutorial with photos and video on the ways to set up heel hooks from the "combat base" position in no-gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
A brief tutorial on how to execute a spinning armbar from knee on stomach, and while defending the Kimura grip.
When it was first released, many thought the 80s martial arts classic 'Kickboxer' starring John Claude Van Damme was based on a true story. Was it though? Join me as I take a look at some of the early kickboxing vs muay thai fights that may have inspired the story.
Ron Lyle was one of the most powerful punchers in boxing history. He never won a title, but he has a rich and complex story.
A brief tutorial on three different defenses to the double under stack pass leading into triangle choke setups.
If you’re training Judo or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, then you will be spending time in close proximity to your training partners. Taking good care of yourself and your gi is essential to prevent infection.
A different way to pass the leg lasso guard, especially when your partner has a deep lasso hook and is holding on for dear life.
From its beginnings in the woods of the old south to the high bank ovals and some road courses, one thing seems to remain constant in its funding source.
Going from RDLR (Reverse De La Riva) to an inverted heel hook or leg drag position by spinning underneath.
A look at a luchador who has wowed fans in CMLL, AAA, Pro Wrestling NOAH, Lucha Underground, and all across the globe.
Novak Djokovic is on top of the tennis world. Fresh off of his third consecutive Australian Open Tennis title, Djokovic is currently the top ranked player in the world.
The United States Championship is a shell of its formerly prestigious self. Here are a few ways to fix that.
Rafael Nadal's record-setting seventh French Open title broke Bjorn Borg's record and gives Rafael 11 Grand Slam titles.
Decades before the L.B.G.T.Q and the Me Too movement made its presence known to the world, a youngster from a small village in Thailand took a stand for equality that shocked a nation. A woman trapped in a man's body bravely fought the odds in the ring and in society to take a stand for equality.
A basic breakdown of the pendulum sweep for BJJ (definitely not a "flower sweep" since there are no flowers in jiu-jitsu).
How to pass half guard when your partner gets the underhook via the "hip-switch" half guard pass method.
Do you get dizzy? How do you get started in figure skating? How do figure skaters jump and spin? Get answers to these questions and more.
A brief BJJ tutorial on how to use the Kimura when you have the grip, but are caught on the bottom of the turtle position.
In this article, I share my recent experience of joining a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class to give you some friendly advice from one beginner to another about what to expect when starting Brazilian jiu jitsu.
A look at CMLL as it enters its second decade, where the Lucha de Apuesta bout was conceived and El Santo began to carve out his legacy.
A brief tutorial on the "Carlson Gracie choke" or "head scissors" move for BJJ competition and training.
People train in martial arts for a variety of reasons, but deep down, most are concerned with the subject of self-defence. Here is my top 5 list of martial arts for self-defence.
A brief BJJ tutorial (video and descriptions) of how to deal with the "hand in the collar" or "turning the corner" pass when your opponent is caught in your triangle choke.
A brief BJJ tutorial on the Kimura from bottom half guard, including stepping over to finish and the ensuing roll.
A brief Brazilian jiu-jitsu tutorial on how to finish the São Paulo (Tozi, Wilson) guard pass by "windshield wipering" your feet, and some other key details.
There have been a lot of great showdowns in boxing history. Then there was Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
The story of Mascara Dorada/Gran Metalik, the former CMLL/WWE CWC star who now can't buy a booking in the biggest promotion in the world.