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  • Half guard is a valuable position in BJJ, one of the most common. Here, we cover fundamental bottom half guard concepts.

    Basic Half Guard Tutorial

    Basic Half Guard Tutorial

    by Andrew Smith6

  • The teachings of Aikido are those of self-control and finding inner peace and confidence. Learn more about the basics of Aikido.

    Aikido Basics for Beginners

    Aikido Basics for Beginners

    by Hal Gall8

  • A brief tutorial outlining several ways to combine and flow in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

    Combinations in BJJ

    Combinations in BJJ

    by Andrew Smith0

  • A brief tutorial on some interesting conceptual variations on the "duck under" technique, adapted from amateur wrestling and utilized in jiu jitsu.

    3 Ways to Use a Duckunder in BJJ

    3 Ways to Use a Duckunder in BJJ

    by Andrew Smith1

  • A brief BJJ tutorial on a few different ways to establish S-mount (and get the submission), featuring BJJ black belt Andrew Smith from Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.

    How to Establish S-Mount: A BJJ Tutorial

    How to Establish S-Mount: A BJJ Tutorial

    by Andrew Smith0

  • A brief tutorial by Andrew "Goatfury" Smith on the cross grip arm drag series from closed guard. Andrew is one of the owners of Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.

    How to do Closed Guard Arm Drags in BJJ

    How to do Closed Guard Arm Drags in BJJ

    by Andrew Smith0

  • A brief tutorial on how to escape side control in BJJ, including some brainstorming for different directions.

    7 Ways to Escape Side Control

    7 Ways to Escape Side Control

    by Andrew Smith0

  • A brief tutorial on a hip throw, a trip, and a back throw you can use for BJJ.

    3 Judo Throws for BJJ

    3 Judo Throws for BJJ

    by Andrew Smith2

  • A brief tutorial on countering the ninja roll back take in BJJ by Andrew "Goatfury" Smith, instructor at Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.

    How to Counter a Ninja Roll in BJJ

    How to Counter a Ninja Roll in BJJ

    by Andrew Smith0

  • 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.

    Omoplata Troubleshooting

    Omoplata Troubleshooting

    by Andrew Smith0

  • A brief tutorial on how to do the "loop choke" in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, including some variations.

    The Loop Choke

    The Loop Choke

    by Andrew Smith2

  • How to set up heel hooks, kneebars, and straight ankle locks from X-guard!

    X-Guard Leglocks

    X-Guard Leglocks

    by Andrew Smith0

  • A brief BJJ tutorial on the "cheap sweep", AKA the easiest sweep in all of BJJ.

    The Easiest BJJ Sweep

    The Easiest BJJ Sweep

    by Andrew Smith0

  • A brief BJJ tutorial on how to take the back using the Kimura grip from standing, and some troubleshooting details from 2nd degree BJJ black belt Andrew "Goatfury" Smith from Richmond, VA.

    BJJ Kimura Grip Rolling Back Take

    BJJ Kimura Grip Rolling Back Take

    by Andrew Smith0

  • 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.

    How to Do an Inverted Heel Hook

    How to Do an Inverted Heel Hook

    by Andrew Smith0

  • A brief BJJ tutorial on how to do the cross collar choke in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Featuring instruction from 1st degree black belt Trey Martin of Revolution BJJ.

    How to Cross Choke from the Mount in BJJ

    How to Cross Choke from the Mount in BJJ

    by Andrew Smith0

  • A brief tutorial on how to use judo sacrifice throws successfully in BJJ competition or at the gym.

    Sacrifice Throws for BJJ

    Sacrifice Throws for BJJ

    by Andrew Smith1

  • A basic breakdown of the pendulum sweep for BJJ (definitely not a "flower sweep" since there are no flowers in jiu jitsu).

    How to Do a Pendulum Sweep

    How to Do a Pendulum Sweep

    by Andrew Smith0

  • A brief tutorial on three options from technical mount, and some conceptual considerations.

    Technical Mount

    Technical Mount

    by Andrew Smith0

  • There are three key principles of no-nonsense self defense. Knowing these principles will help you chose the right self defense program and keep you safe.

    3 Secrets of No-Nonsense Self-Defense

    3 Secrets of No-Nonsense Self-Defense

    by Bob_Fightfast5

  • 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.

    Taking a Stand for Equality in the Ring

    Taking a Stand for Equality in the Ring

    by Terry L Wilson2

  • Once upon a time, I was a bada$$. Look over here!! --> I was in a magazine!! I did Kung-Fu and I played with a big stick!! I had wicked muscle definition in my arms!! Good times. At the time this picture was taken, I'd been doing martial...

    How to Keep Your Knees Healthy in Martial Arts

    How to Keep Your Knees Healthy in Martial Arts

    by MoRita7

  • How to pass the guard using the "leg staple" guard pass, or "same side knee drive" pass, when encountering some roadblocks.

    Leg Staple Guard Pass Combinations

    Leg Staple Guard Pass Combinations

    by Andrew Smith0

  • A brief tutorial on how to "dig out" the Kimura against an unwilling opponent.

    How to Dig Out a Kimura

    How to Dig Out a Kimura

    by Andrew Smith0

  • A brief tutorial on how to execute a spinning armbar from knee on stomach, and while defending the Kimura grip.

    How to Do a Spinning Armbar

    How to Do a Spinning Armbar

    by Andrew Smith0

  • If you’ve studied any variety of martial arts or self-defense options, chances are you’ve learned how to do a hip throw. The hip throw is designed primarily to avoid injury and get an attacker away from you quickly. As I grow older, I find...

    How to Do a Hip Throw Correctly

    How to Do a Hip Throw Correctly

    by Cameron Corniuk5

  • Although known as the peaceful martial art, Aikido does incorporate weapons training in it's curriculum, most notably the Jo Staff. Discover some of the history behind the Jo.

    Aikido Training With Jo Staffs

    Aikido Training With Jo Staffs

    by Hal Gall30

  • A brief tutorial on how to pass spider guard for BJJ, with focus on 3 fundamental approaches.

    How to Pass Spider Guard

    How to Pass Spider Guard

    by Andrew Smith0

  • A brief BJJ tutorial on how to do the X-pass in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Lessons by BJJ black belt Andrew "Goatfury" Smith of Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.

    How to Do an X-Pass in BJJ

    How to Do an X-Pass in BJJ

    by Andrew Smith2

  • When choosing a martial art for self-defense, obviously, you want one that has practical application in the street and other situations in which real-life attacks occur. You want a system that takes into account a good range of scenarios and uses...

    Best Martial Arts for Self Defense in the Streets

    Best Martial Arts for Self Defense in the Streets

    by Nathan Bernardo14

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  • A brief tutorial on how to do the brabo choke from the knee cut guard pass.

    Brabo Choke

    Brabo Choke

    by Andrew Smith0

  • Aikido is a peaceful martial art that focuses on using your mind in concert with your body in such a way that harnessing Ki energy becomes second nature.

    Aikido Principles and Philosophy

    Aikido Principles and Philosophy

    by Hal Gall19

  • How to use butterfly half guard to sweep or submit your opponent. Revolution BJJ black belt Andrew Smith shows high percentage moves.

    Butterfly Half Guard

    Butterfly Half Guard

    by Andrew Smith2

  • A brief BJJ tutorial on how to reverse armbar from butterfly guard, featuring instruction by Andrew Silber, Daniel Frank, and Andrew Smith of Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.

    How to Reverse Armbar in BJJ (Butterfly Guard)

    How to Reverse Armbar in BJJ (Butterfly Guard)

    by Andrew Smith0

  • These tips and techniques, and a little preparation, could save your life. Reduce your chance of being a victim and know what to do in the event of an attack.

    Self Defense Every Girl Should Know

    Self Defense Every Girl Should Know

    by kbdressman14

  • BJJ is a fun sport that takes many years to master. Finding the right balance between training enough to build muscle memory, but taking enough time to recover & avoid injury is essential to success.

    How Often Should You Train in BJJ?

    How Often Should You Train in BJJ?

    by MMA Life0

  • Martial arts is an important part of many people's lives. Find out what is the significance of training.

    Why Is Martial Arts Important?

    Why Is Martial Arts Important?

    by Nathan Bernardo5

  • How to not only pull guard safely, but also to attack immediately upon sitting down, either ending up on top or with a submission.

    Attacking From the Guard Pull in BJJ

    Attacking From the Guard Pull in BJJ

    by Andrew Smith0

  • A brief tutorial on several guillotine choke variations for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and grappling competitions and training.

    BJJ Guillotine Variations

    BJJ Guillotine Variations

    by Andrew Smith0

  • I think it goes without saying that our Founding Fathers were all for fighting for your rights and standing up to bullies. After all, they went up against an empire to secure their own rights and the rights of Americans. So, it might not be, or...

    US Presidents Who Practiced Martial Arts

    US Presidents Who Practiced Martial Arts

    by Nathan Bernardo6

  • Many parents have opted to put their children into martial arts classes as a positive activity for their personal growth and development. Find out why martial arts is good for kids.

    Why is Martial Arts Good for Kids

    Why is Martial Arts Good for Kids

    by Nathan Bernardo0

  • Here we explore the use of math in martial arts: Geometry and use of angles and shapes such as circles and triangles for movement and footwork, and physics for movement, power and energy.

    Martial Arts Mathematics

    Martial Arts Mathematics

    by Nathan Bernardo4

  • How to use spider guard for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, starting from the knees.

    Spider Guard for BJJ

    Spider Guard for BJJ

    by Andrew Smith0

  • A brief tutorial on passing butterfly guard in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by BJJ black belt Andrew Smith, owner of Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.

    How to Pass Butterfly Guard in BJJ

    How to Pass Butterfly Guard in BJJ

    by Andrew Smith0

  • 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.

    How to Do a Kneebar in BJJ

    How to Do a Kneebar in BJJ

    by Andrew Smith0

  • A nice combination based on the tripod sweep. Instruction by Revolution BJJ black belt instructors Daniel Frank and Andrew Smith.

    How to Do a Tripod Sweep in BJJ

    How to Do a Tripod Sweep in BJJ

    by Andrew Smith0

  • A brief BJJ tutorial on X-guard, how to use it to set up submissions off the sweep. Instruction by black belts Daniel Frank and Andrew Smith of Revolution BJJ.

    X-guard Sweeps Into Submissions for BJJ

    X-guard Sweeps Into Submissions for BJJ

    by Andrew Smith0

  • Some tips on becoming a better Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor from BJJ black belt Andrew Smith, who runs Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.

    Becoming a Better BJJ Instructor

    Becoming a Better BJJ Instructor

    by Andrew Smith0

  • The omoplata is a classic shoulder lock submission most students learn at white belt. Here are some highly effective, nasty submissions from the omoplata.

    Three Nasty Omoplata Finishes

    Three Nasty Omoplata Finishes

    by Andrew Smith0

  • Without the ability to take a punch, the most talented MMA fighter would not be successful for long. Fortunately for them, these ten fighters had chins that bordered on legendary.

    Who Has the Best Chin in MMA?

    Who Has the Best Chin in MMA?

    by CJMcAllister3

  • A brief BJJ tutorial on how to switch the Kimura on someone to your own Kimura, AKA the "re-Kimura."

    The Re-Kimura:  a BJJ Tutorial

    The Re-Kimura: a BJJ Tutorial

    by Andrew Smith0

  • A basic tutorial on how to do a sickle sweep for BJJ, and some different approaches to learning the position.

    The Sickle Sweep for BJJ

    The Sickle Sweep for BJJ

    by Andrew Smith0

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