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.
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.
How to finish a Kimura from half guard top, when you have stepped over their head. Three distinct ways.
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 setting up and finishing the head and arm choke or arm triangle from the closed guard.
A brief BJJ tutorial on how to attack the Kimura from the bottom of half guard by black belt Andrew Smith.
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 with video and descriptions on how to set up the triangle choke from the scissor guard.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 outlining how to escape mount with the "stepover escape" and by catching the foot in general.
A brief tutorial written by BJJ black belt Andrew "Goatfury" Smith and with video from Daniel Frank at Revolution BJJ.
A brief tutorial on how to flatten and control your partner while passing the half guard, utilizing the crossface.
A brief BJJ tutorial on how to pass the half guard, using the classic "tripod" guard passing technique.
A tutorial with words and video, describing how to set up and finish the triangle choke from the back - but not the "back triangle."
How to pass half guard when your partner gets the underhook via the "hip-switch" half guard pass method.
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 BJJ instructional tutorial on how to pass the guard using the "knee cut" or "knee slide" guard pass technique.
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.
A basic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) tutorial on how to set up gi chokes from the back or rear mount position.
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 use butterfly guard in conjunction with overhooks in BJJ in order to have an effective and threatening sweep and submission game.
A brief tutorial on the "Carlson Gracie choke" or "head scissors" move for BJJ competition and training.
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 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.
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 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 finish the São Paulo (Tozi, Wilson) guard pass by "windshield wipering" your feet, and some other key details.
Two completely different approaches to setting up the triangle choke for BJJ - both from the open guard.
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.
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...
A brief Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tutorial (videos and text) about how to maintain your guard against a long range pass.
A brief tutorial on countering the ninja roll back take in BJJ by Andrew "Goatfury" Smith, instructor at Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.
A brief BJJ tutorial dealing with how to set up the triangle choke from side control (top.) Very high percentage stuff.
An advanced BJJ tutorial on passing the half guard using the Kimura grip by Andrew "Goatfury" Smith.
A brief BJJ tutorial featuring some alternatives to conventional defensive posture from the bottom of side control, and some sneaky ways out.
A very specific BJJ tutorial about how to defend a standing guard pass (toreando or "bull fight" pass).
A brief tutorial on three different defenses to the double under stack pass leading into triangle choke setups.
Martial arts is an important part of many people's lives. Find out what is the significance of training.
A brief BJJ tutorial on an advanced Kimura grip sequence in Andrew Smith's Kimura system called "the Trade."
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.
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...
A basic tutorial on how to do a sickle sweep for BJJ, and some different approaches to learning the position.
A brief BJJ tutorial on how to escape s-mounts and technical mounts while transitioning into leglocks.
Andrew "Goatfury" Smith shows how to deal with the most annoying armbar defenses in this BJJ tutorial.
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 dealing with double pants grips when you're playing guard and your partner is standing.
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 BJJ tutorial dealing with the late stage defenses to the knee cut guard pass with 2nd degree BJJ black belt Andrew Smith.
A brief tutorial on how to get to the "crucifix" position from the bottom during an over/under guard pass attempt.
How to not only pull guard safely, but also to attack immediately upon sitting down, either ending up on top or with a submission.
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.
How to use butterfly half guard to sweep or submit your opponent. Revolution BJJ black belt Andrew Smith shows high percentage moves.
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.
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.
A brief BJJ tutorial on setting up Shawn Williams guard and rubber guard, and a couple of high percentage submissions.
A quick tutorial on how to finish the armbar (from the "armbar finish position") using the "pocket grip."
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 pass the guard using the "leg staple" guard pass, or "same side knee drive" pass, when encountering some roadblocks.
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 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 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.
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.
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 escape side control in BJJ, including some brainstorming for different directions.
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).
The popularity of MMA as it has become a growing popular, misconceptions towards the sport continue to increase.
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.
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 BJJ tutorial on the Kimura Grip, utilizing the "trail arm catch" sequence, and a nifty triangle finish.
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 brief tutorial on how to stop someone from armbarring you from inside their guard, and some nifty counters.
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 by Revolution BJJ owner Andrew Smith on countering the all-too-common hip switch half guard pass.
A brief tutorial on several guillotine choke variations for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and grappling competitions and training.
A brief BJJ tutorial on setting up the armbar from the closed guard by using the lapel "brabo" grip.
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.
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.
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.
The teachings of Aikido are those of self-control and finding inner peace and confidence. Learn more about the basics of Aikido.
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 video tutorial (with a text breakdown) of stopping the takedown with the Kimura grip (and, ultimately, finishing).
Going from RDLR (Reverse De La Riva) to an inverted heel hook or leg drag position by spinning underneath.
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 quick BJJ tutorial on how to pass the reverse De la Riva guard, featuring our old friend, the X-pass.
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 brief BJJ Tutorial on how to take the back when you're on the bottom, but have your partner in your half guard.
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.
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 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!
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.
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 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.
Some tips on becoming a better Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor from BJJ black belt Andrew Smith, who runs Revolution BJJ in Richmond, VA.
The berimbolo is a tough move to counter, but here's one way to get past this tricky guard/sweep/back take combination!
Half guard is a valuable position in BJJ, one of the most common. Here, we cover fundamental bottom half guard concepts.
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 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.
A brief BJJ tutorial on how to finish armlocks, shoulderlocks, and wristlocks while you have the triangle position.
A brief tutorial on how to deal with a person standing up in your spider guard via the "Leandro Lo sweep" and other details.
How to get the guard open using biceps control and standing up, sometimes called the "logsplitter" guard opening.