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.
A brief BJJ tutorial on setting up the armbar from the closed guard by using the lapel "brabo" grip.
How to use butterfly half guard to sweep or submit your opponent. Revolution BJJ black belt Andrew Smith shows high percentage moves.
Deep half guard tutorial - how to get into the position for sport BJJ, and how to sweep with it, including the very simple hook sweep and the waiter sweep!
A brief tutorial on passing butterfly guard in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by BJJ black belt Andrew Smith, owner of Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.
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.
A brief BJJ tutorial with video and descriptions on how to set up the triangle choke from the scissor guard.
Half guard is a valuable position in BJJ, one of the most common. Here, we cover fundamental bottom half guard concepts.
How to touch up on the basic armbar from the guard, and make the finish much tighter. Taught by Andrew "Goatfury" Smith, owner of Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.
How to pass half guard when your partner gets the underhook via the "hip-switch" half guard pass method.
Leglocks from the knee cut position are high percentage, diverse, and accessible. Here's a quick tutorial of some of my favorite leg locks from the knee cut guard passs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The triangle choke is devastating and notoriously difficult to escape. Here are two high percentage escapes late in the game, plus one set up.
A brief Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tutorial (videos and text) about how to maintain your guard against a long range pass.
A brief BJJ tutorial by Andrew "Goatfury" Smith on doing a cross grip standing sweep into a couple of different armbar entries.
A brief BJJ tutorial dealing with how to set up the triangle choke from side control (top.) Very high percentage stuff.
Going to a BJJ class for the first time can be scary, but everyone was a beginner once! These tips will help you to get the most out of your first session.
Kickboxing is a physically demanding sport. Whilst there is no substitute for spending hours in the gym working on your kickboxing technique, you can use these 5 exercises to supplement your training and give you the competitive edge.
A brief BJJ Tutorial on how to take the back when you're on the bottom, but have your partner in your half guard.
A brief tutorial on how to set up an omoplata from a triangle, from closed guard, and from lasso guard.
The gi vs no-gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu debate is one that has passionate advocates on both sides. No-gi advocates say gi is boring and slow. Gi lovers say that no-gi is less technical. Who is right?
An advanced BJJ tutorial on the Kimura grip involving "the trade" and catching the trial arm by 2nd degree black belt Andrew Smith.
A brief BJJ tutorial on how to finish the São Paulo (Tozi, Wilson) guard pass by "windshield wipering" your feet, and some other key details.
A way to utilize your open guard to get a cross choke submission, while simultaneously threatening the sweep and baiting the guard pass.
Andrew "Goatfury" Smith (second degree BJJ black belt) shows some basics for a leg drag guard pass to the back.
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 BJJ tutorial (and the second of multiple parts) outlining uncrossing the feet from the closed guard when executing the Tozi or Sao Paulo or Wilson guard pass!
A brief BJJ tutorial on setting up and finishing the head and arm choke or arm triangle from the closed guard.
A basic breakdown of the pendulum sweep for BJJ (definitely not a "flower sweep" since there are no flowers in jiu jitsu).
For convenience, we'll call this the "middle finger defense." Andrew Goatfury Smith shows two ways to break this grip and finish the armbar.
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...
An advanced BJJ tutorial on passing the half guard using the Kimura grip by Andrew "Goatfury" Smith.
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.
A brief BJJ tutorial on escaping "twister side control" in transition, and taking the back in your own right.
How to get the guard open using biceps control and standing up, sometimes called the "logsplitter" guard opening.
A brief lesson on how to take the back from deep half guard with Andrew "Goatfury" Smith, BJJ black belt from Richmond, VA (Revolution BJJ).
A brief tutorial on how to finish the reverse armlock from the full mount, taught by 2nd degree black belt Andrew "goatfury" Smith.
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.
A video tutorial (with a text breakdown) of stopping the takedown with the Kimura grip (and, ultimately, finishing).
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.
A brief BJJ tutorial by Revolution BJJ owner Andrew Smith on countering the all-too-common hip switch half guard pass.
Many top level Kickboxers have successfully crossed over to the world of Mixed Martial Arts but only a small number have had lasting success in the top tier of the UFC.
A brief BJJ tutorial on how to finish armlocks, shoulderlocks, and wristlocks while you have the triangle position.
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...
A brief tutorial on the "Carlson Gracie choke" or "head scissors" move for BJJ competition and training.
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.
Andrew "Goatfury" Smith shows how to hit a belly down armbar when the person stacks you from guard, and a second sneaky way to set it up.
A brief BJJ tutorial on setting up Shawn Williams guard and rubber guard, and a couple of high percentage submissions.
A basic BJJ tutorial on how to set up worm guard using the lapel, and a quick sweep to mount. Featuring Daniel Frank from Revolution BJJ.
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 tutorial on how to stop someone from armbarring you from inside their guard, and some nifty counters.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Some sneaky set ups for the triangle choke with the overhook from closed guard, featuring BJJ black belt Andrew "Goatfury" Smith of Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.
A brief tutorial on some interesting conceptual variations on the "duck under" technique, adapted from amateur wrestling and utilized in jiu jitsu.
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.
A quick BJJ tutorial on how to pass the reverse De la Riva guard, featuring our old friend, the X-pass.
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.
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 BJJ tutorial on the Kimura Grip, utilizing the "trail arm catch" sequence, and a nifty triangle finish.
A brief BJJ tutorial outlining how to escape mount with the "stepover escape" and by catching the foot in general.
A brief tutorial on how to deal with a person standing up in your spider guard via the "Leandro Lo sweep" and other details.
A brief BJJ tutorial on how to switch the Kimura on someone to your own Kimura, AKA the "re-Kimura."
A brief BJJ tutorial dealing with the late stage defenses to the knee cut guard pass with 2nd degree BJJ black belt Andrew Smith.
The berimbolo is a tough move to counter, but here's one way to get past this tricky guard/sweep/back take combination!
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.
How to use butterfly guard in conjunction with overhooks in BJJ in order to have an effective and threatening sweep and submission game.
A quick tutorial on how to finish the armbar (from the "armbar finish position") using the "pocket grip."
A brief tutorial with videos and explanations on how to set up (and finish) outside and inverted heel hooks from a variety of positions.
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.
The UFC has introduced leg reaches in their tale of the tape. Though not crucial, they can still have a slight influence on how a fight will play out.
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.
This guide tells you how to set up and perform the rear naked choke to submit or KO your opponent. It's useful for martial artists and also people that want to learn a great self defence move!
How to do a wristlock in BJJ when your partner grabs their lapel. Instruction by Andrew "Goatfury" Smith, instructor and owner at Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.
A brief tutorial on how to flatten and control your partner while passing the half guard, utilizing the crossface.
The popularity of MMA as it has become a growing popular, misconceptions towards the sport continue to increase.
Three mainstays of Aikido weapons training are the Jo staff, Tanto knife and Bokken sword. Join me as we take a look at all three.
A tutorial with words and video, describing how to set up and finish the triangle choke from the back - but not the "back triangle."
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.
A brief tutorial on how to get to the "crucifix" position from the bottom during an over/under guard pass attempt.
A basic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) tutorial on how to set up gi chokes from the back or rear mount position.
How to not only pull guard safely, but also to attack immediately upon sitting down, either ending up on top or with a submission.
A nice combination based on the tripod sweep. Instruction by Revolution BJJ black belt instructors Daniel Frank and Andrew Smith.
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.
A description on how to get the guard open, and then how to start passing, with proper base and posture.
A basic BJJ instructional tutorial on how to pass the guard using the "knee cut" or "knee slide" guard pass technique.
A brief BJJ tutorial on the early stages of defense for the "double under stack" guard pass for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
A brief BJJ tutorial on the Kimura from bottom half guard - stepping over to finish, and the ensuing roll.
Some quick advice on how to use your initial grips to bring your opponent into your guard for sport BJJ competition.
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.
The teachings of Aikido are those of self-control and finding inner peace and confidence. Learn more about the basics of Aikido.
Karate is a great art for both kids and adults, which the entire family can enjoy. What do new students have to look forward to in rank, and what do their new belts mean?
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.
A brief BJJ tutorial on how to attack the Kimura from the bottom of half guard by black belt Andrew Smith.
A brief BJJ tutorial on some late stage defenses to the "stack pass" or "double under" guard pass in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
"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.
A brief BJJ tutorial on dealing with double pants grips when you're playing guard and your partner is standing.
A brief tutorial on how to escape side control in BJJ, including some brainstorming for different directions.
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.
A brief BJJ tutorial on an eclectic leg lock set up, the "bear trap" calf slicer, with Andrew Smith.
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.
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.
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 basic tutorial on how to do a sickle sweep for BJJ, and some different approaches to learning the position.
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...
Kenjutsu is a comprehensive study of Japanese swordsmanship having ties to the Samurai warrior class. Find out how it compares to Kendo.
A brief tutorial by Andrew Smith on how to counter the spinning armbar when you have a Kimura grip on the bottom.
A brief tutorial written by BJJ black belt Andrew "Goatfury" Smith and with video from Daniel Frank at Revolution BJJ.
How to pass the guard using the "leg staple" guard pass, or "same side knee drive" pass, when encountering some roadblocks.
Protecting yourself from the heebie-jeebies is absolutely crucial when training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The onus is on gym owners, as well as on individual practitioners, to prevent skin infections.
A brief BJJ tutorial on how to escape s-mounts and technical mounts while transitioning into leglocks.
A brief tutorial on how to deal with a person doing the "backstep pass" from deep half guard in BJJ. Instruction by 2nd degree BJJ black belt Andrew Smith, owner of Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.