Lesson Plan for 2014-01-27: Omoplata On Demand

It’s a real pleasure to have students massing together and asking for one specific submission.  Like the Americana or the Ezekiel, the omoplata can easily take two classes to teach what I feel are the fundamentals of the attack.

Fail, Analyze, Fix

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my BJJ game, as well as methods to achieve my goals.  As always, efficiency in this pursuit is paramount.  To sum it up as simple as possible, the refinement of my jiu-jitsu is: Fail, Analyze, Fix.

Lesson Plan for 2014-01-22: Americana Redux

There was no way to cover everything I wanted to cover in the last class.  The Americana from scarf hold was a favorite that I heard more than one person say they were going to add that right away.  I introduced the concepts of the Americana and demonstrated half a dozen variations to start the […]

Lesson Plan for 2014-01-20: What is an Americana?

I’m excited about this one.  I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about Americanas lately.  After a roll last week I had a short discussion with a student about Americanas, then the following day my black belt taught the basic side control Americana, then two days later a brand newly promoted black belt at […]

Halfway To Halfway There

Today I went to a belt ceremony at Tai-Kai where one person I have sparred with (Chris Roach) earned his brown belt, and another person I saw at a bunch of NAGA competitions (Mike Bidwell, who runs bjjafter40) earned his black belt.  I had to drive a couple hours to get there, which means I had […]

Lesson Plan for 2014-01-15: Gi as Offensive Weapon

One of the things that’s really fun about BJJ is using the gi as a weapon in ways that your opponent does not anticipate.  No, I’m not talking as a biochemical offensive weapon.  Wash your gi after every class.  We are going to use our gi like a garrote, and use their gi like a […]

Lesson Plan for 2014-01-13: Mount Escapes – Upa & Elbow

Tonight we take a look at two variations of escaping the mount.  First, we have the classic Upa.  This is usually the first escape from mount that is taught.  Next, we will cover the elbow escape.  I’ve chosen these two escapes from mount because they demonstrate two different ways of thinking about a mount escape.