This article will be a brief tutorial on the concept of the "yogafoot" for BJJ, including a breakdown of the mechanics of the move and various examples of situations in which to use it.
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 on an advanced Kimura grip sequence in Andrew Smith's Kimura system called "the Trade."
Two completely different approaches to setting up the triangle choke for BJJ: both from the open guard.
A brief tutorial on how to flatten and control your partner while passing the half guard, utilizing the crossface.
The omoplata is a classic shoulder lock submission most students learn at white belt. Here are some highly effective, nasty submissions from the omoplata.
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 very specific BJJ tutorial about how to defend a standing guard pass (toreando or "bullfight" pass).
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.
Turning your back to your opponent and still winning, having low posture in the guard, and more violations of standard Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu rules!
The triangle choke is devastating and notoriously difficult to escape. Here are two high percentage escapes late in the game, plus one set up.
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 finish armlocks, shoulderlocks, and wristlocks while you have the triangle position.
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 tutorial on how to stop someone from armbarring you from inside their guard, and some nifty counters.
A brief BJJ tutorial featuring some alternatives to conventional defensive posture from the bottom of side control, and some sneaky ways out.
This article will show a brief tutorial on "shin-on-shin" guard and provide some examples of situations where it can be particularly effective.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the "monoplata" submission by BJJ black belts Andrew Smith and Daniel Frank of Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.
A brief tutorial on how to get to the "crucifix" position from the bottom during an over/under guard pass attempt.
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?
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 basic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) tutorial on how to set up gi chokes from the back or rear mount position.
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 nice combination based on the tripod sweep. Instruction by Revolution BJJ black belt instructors Daniel Frank and Andrew Smith.
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 Brazilian jiu-jitsu tutorial outlining uncrossing the feet from the closed guard when executing the Tozi or Sao Paulo or Wilson guard pass!
A brief BJJ tutorial dealing with how to set up the triangle choke from side control (top.) Very high percentage stuff.
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 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.
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 tutorial on how to escape side control in BJJ, including some brainstorming for different directions.
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 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tutorial (videos and text) about how to maintain your guard against a long range pass.
The benefits of training in martial arts far outweigh potential risks. Martial arts are inclusive, good for your character, and could even save your life. With the growing popularity of events like UFC and Olympic martial arts, there has never been a better time to get involved!
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 quick BJJ tutorial on how to pass the reverse De la Riva guard, featuring our old friend, the X-pass.
A brief tutorial on how to setup an omoplata from a triangle, from closed guard, and from lasso guard.
A brief BJJ tutorial on setting up Shawn Williams guard and rubber guard, and a couple of high percentage submissions.
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.
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 how to do the X-pass in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Lessons by BJJ black belt Andrew "Goatfury" Smith of Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.
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 escape s-mounts and technical mounts while transitioning into leglocks.
The teachings of Aikido are those of self-control and finding inner peace and confidence. Learn more about the basics of Aikido.
A tutorial with words and video, describing how to set up and finish the triangle choke from the back - but not the "back triangle."
Some quick advice on how to use your initial grips to bring your opponent into your guard for sport BJJ competition.
Karate is a great art for both kids and adults that the entire family can enjoy. What do new students have to look forward to in rank, and what do their new belts mean?
Going from RDLR (Reverse De La Riva) to an inverted heel hook or leg drag position by spinning underneath.
Andrew "Goatfury" Smith shows how to deal with the most annoying armbar defenses in this BJJ tutorial.
Half guard is a valuable position in BJJ, one of the most common. Here, we cover fundamental bottom half-guard concepts.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
How to use butterfly half guard to sweep or submit your opponent. Revolution BJJ black belt Andrew Smith shows high percentage moves.
An advanced BJJ tutorial on passing the half guard using the Kimura grip by Andrew "Goatfury" Smith.
A basic tutorial on how to do a sickle sweep for BJJ, and some different approaches to learning the position.
A brief BJJ tutorial outlining how to escape mount with the "stepover escape" and by catching the foot in general.
A description on how to get the guard open, and then how to start passing, with proper base and posture.
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. Some of them also happened to practice martial arts. Read on to find out more.
How to pass half guard when your partner gets the underhook via the "hip-switch" half guard pass method.
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 3rd-degree black belt based 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 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.
A brief BJJ tutorial with video and descriptions on how to set up the triangle choke from the scissor guard.
A brief BJJ tutorial dealing with the late stage defenses to the knee cut guard pass with 2nd degree BJJ black belt Andrew Smith.
How to get the guard open using biceps control and standing up, sometimes called the "logsplitter" guard opening.
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 attack the Kimura from the bottom of half guard by black belt Andrew Smith.
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 different way to pass the leg lasso guard, especially when your partner has a deep lasso hook and is holding on for dear life.
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.
A brief BJJ tutorial on setting up the armbar from the closed guard by using the lapel "brabo" grip.
Martial arts is an important part of many people's lives. Find out what is the significance of training.
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 the guard using the "leg staple" guard pass, or "same side knee drive" pass, when encountering some roadblocks.
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 video tutorial (with a text breakdown) of stopping the takedown with the Kimura grip (and ultimately finishing).
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!
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.
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 BJJ tutorial on dealing with double pants grips when you're playing guard and your partner is standing.
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...
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.
Knees are vulnerable and hard to heal. Learn how to prevent injury and maintain strength while doing martial arts.
A basic breakdown of the pendulum sweep for BJJ (definitely not a "flower sweep" since there are no flowers in jiu-jitsu).
A brief BJJ tutorial on how to switch the Kimura on someone to your own Kimura, AKA the "re-Kimura."
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 basic BJJ tutorial on how to set up worm guard using the lapel and how to do a quick sweep to mount, featuring Daniel Frank from Revolution BJJ.
A brief BJJ tutorial on X-guard and how to use it to set up submissions off the sweep. Instruction by black belts Daniel Frank and Andrew Smith of Revolution BJJ.
A brief BJJ tutorial on setting up and finishing the head-and-arm choke or arm triangle from the closed guard.
A way to utilize your open guard to get a cross-choke submission, while simultaneously threatening the sweep and baiting the guard pass.
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.
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.
A brief tutorial on the "Carlson Gracie choke" or "head scissors" move for BJJ competition and training.
A brief tutorial written by BJJ black belt Andrew "Goatfury" Smith and with video from Daniel Frank at Revolution BJJ.
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 some late stage defenses to the "stack pass" or "double under" guard pass in Brazilian jiu jitsu.
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.
A brief BJJ tutorial by Andrew "Goatfury" Smith on doing a cross-grip standing sweep into a couple of different armbar entries.
A BJJ tutorial on attacking the Kimura from half guard bottom, and some surprisingly sneaky ways to get the upper hand.
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 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 tutorial on how to finish the reverse armlock from the full mount, taught by 3rd-degree black belt Andrew "Goatfury" Smith.
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.
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.
How to use butterfly guard in conjunction with overhooks in BJJ in order to have an effective and threatening sweep and submission game.
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.
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.