Half guard is a valuable position in BJJ, one of the most common. Here, we cover fundamental bottom half guard concepts.
If you want to stop a fight before it has even started, then learning how to deliver a good and devastating hit in one strike will help. This article is about how to practice hitting the solar plexus to finish things quickly.
The teachings of Aikido are those of self-control and finding inner peace and confidence. Learn more about the basics of Aikido.
A brief BJJ tutorial on how to attack the Kimura from the bottom of half guard by black belt Andrew Smith.
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 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.
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 by Revolution BJJ owner Andrew Smith on countering the all-too-common hip switch half guard pass.
A brief BJJ tutorial dealing with the late stage defenses to the knee cut guard pass with 2nd degree BJJ black belt Andrew Smith.
Going from RDLR (Reverse De La Riva) to an inverted heel hook or leg drag position by spinning underneath.
A brief BJJ tutorial dealing with how to set up the triangle choke from side control (top.) Very high percentage stuff.
A brief tutorial on how to transition to S-mount and finish the reverse armbar and straight "juji gatame" style armbar by Andrew Smith, a 2nd degree black belt based 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 (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 tutorial on how to finish the reverse armlock from the full mount, taught by 2nd degree black belt Andrew "goatfury" Smith.
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 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.
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 tutorial on how to deal with a person standing up in your spider guard via the "Leandro Lo sweep" and other details.
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 the "waiter sweep" for BJJ, plus some more advanced options from 2nd degree BJJ black belt Andrew Smith (Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA).
A basic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) tutorial on how to set up gi chokes from the back or rear mount position.
A brief tutorial on how to escape side control in BJJ, including some brainstorming for different directions.
A brief tutorial on the "Carlson Gracie choke" or "head scissors" move for BJJ competition and training.
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!
Two completely different approaches to setting up the triangle choke for BJJ - both from the open guard.
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 do a clock choke, with video instruction by Daniel Charles Frank, and description by Andrew "Goatfury" Smith of Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.
A tutorial with words and video, describing how to set up and finish the triangle choke from the back - but not the "back triangle."
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.
The berimbolo is a tough move to counter, but here's one way to get past this tricky guard/sweep/back take combination!
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.
A brief BJJ tutorial on an advanced Kimura grip sequence in Andrew Smith's Kimura system called "the Trade."
A brief BJJ tutorial on setting up Shawn Williams guard and rubber guard, and a couple of high percentage submissions.
A brief BJJ tutorial on setting up and finishing the head and arm choke or arm triangle from the closed guard.
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.
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.
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!
A brief BJJ tutorial on setting up the armbar from the closed guard by using the lapel "brabo" grip.
The popularity of MMA as it has become a growing popular, misconceptions towards the sport continue to increase.
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.
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 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 pass half guard when your partner gets the underhook via the "hip-switch" half guard pass method.
A basic breakdown of the pendulum sweep for BJJ (definitely not a "flower sweep" since there are no flowers in jiu jitsu).
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.
Kenjutsu is a comprehensive study of Japanese swordsmanship having ties to the Samurai warrior class. Find out how it compares to Kendo.
A brief BJJ Tutorial on how to take the back when you're on the bottom, but have your partner in your half guard.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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A brief BJJ tutorial on how to finish armlocks, shoulderlocks, and wristlocks while you have the triangle position.
A video tutorial (with a text breakdown) of stopping the takedown with the Kimura grip (and, ultimately, finishing).
A brief BJJ tutorial on dealing with double pants grips when you're playing guard and your partner is standing.
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.
How to pass the guard using the "leg staple" guard pass, or "same side knee drive" pass, when encountering some roadblocks.
A brief tutorial on how to execute a spinning armbar from knee on stomach, and while defending the Kimura grip.
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.
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...
For convenience, we'll call this the "middle finger defense." Andrew Goatfury Smith shows two ways to break this grip and finish the armbar.
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.
A brief BJJ tutorial on the Kimura from bottom half guard - stepping over to finish, and the ensuing roll.
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 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.
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...
A brief BJJ tutorial featuring some alternatives to conventional defensive posture from the bottom of side control, and some sneaky ways out.
A brief tutorial with videos and explanations on how to set up (and finish) outside and inverted heel hooks from a variety of positions.
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).
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.
Some quick advice on how to use your initial grips to bring your opponent into your guard for sport BJJ competition.
An advanced BJJ tutorial on the Kimura grip involving "the trade" and catching the trial arm by 2nd degree black belt Andrew Smith.
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?
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 an eclectic leg lock set up, the "bear trap" calf slicer, with Andrew Smith.
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.
A description on how to get the guard open, and then how to start passing, with proper base and posture.
A brief Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tutorial (videos and text) about how to maintain your guard against a long range pass.
How to use butterfly half guard to sweep or submit your opponent. Revolution BJJ black belt Andrew Smith shows high percentage moves.
A brief BJJ tutorial on escaping the back to deep half guard (a follow up on the "crunch and turn" escape tutorial).
How to use butterfly guard in conjunction with overhooks in BJJ in order to have an effective and threatening sweep and submission game.
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.
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.
Andrew "Goatfury" Smith (second degree BJJ black belt) shows some basics for a leg drag guard pass to the back.
An advanced BJJ tutorial on passing the half guard using the Kimura grip by Andrew "Goatfury" 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 brief BJJ tutorial on how to pass the half guard, using the classic "tripod" guard passing technique.
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 brief tutorial on how to get to the "crucifix" position from the bottom during an over/under guard pass attempt.
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.
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.
The triangle choke is devastating and notoriously difficult to escape. Here are two high percentage escapes late in the game, plus one set up.
Martial arts is an important part of many people's lives. Find out what is the significance of training.
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 brief tutorial on several guillotine choke variations for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and grappling competitions and training.
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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.
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.
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 passing butterfly guard in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by BJJ black belt Andrew Smith, owner of Revolution BJJ 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.
A nice combination based on the tripod sweep. Instruction by Revolution BJJ black belt instructors Daniel Frank and Andrew Smith.
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.
Some tips on becoming a better Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor from BJJ black belt Andrew Smith, who runs Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.
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.
How to get the guard open using biceps control and standing up, sometimes called the "logsplitter" guard opening.
The omoplata is a classic shoulder lock submission most students learn at white belt. Here are some highly effective, nasty submissions from the omoplata.
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.
A brief tutorial on how to set up an omoplata from a triangle, from closed guard, and from lasso guard.
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 how to hit a spinning armbar from the bottom when the person tries the Kimura, and how to counter it.
A basic tutorial on how to do a sickle sweep for BJJ, and some different approaches to learning the position.