Break The Guard To Stand Up

It is difficult to attack a person who uses the guard position against you. Conversely, when an opponent holds you in their closed guard you must improve your position or else risk being swept or submitted. The first step to passing their guard is to break open their interlocked feet.…

Defense Against The Front Bear Hug

An attacker grips you around the chest in a front bear hug. In this vulnerable clinch situation, it is important to create space between you and the attacker to escape their positional advantage over you. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa teaches how to defend against the front…

Pull To Close Guard

The “guard” position, when used correctly, can allow a person to control and finish a stronger opponent from a potentially vulnerable bottom position on the ground. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa demonstrates how to pull an opponent into the guard from a standing position.

Bull Fight Pass To Knee On Belly

When passing the guard it is important to control your opponent’s legs and hips to prevent them from regaining full guard. From a standing position in his opponent’s open guard, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa teaches the bull fight guard pass as a method for clearing the opponents legs to…

Defense Against Throat Grab

An attacker stands facing you and grabs your throat. In this lesson, BJJ World Silver Medalist Almiro Barros teaches how to counter this threatening attack by applying a versatile standing arm lock.

Upa Escape

In a fight there are few positions that are worse to find yourself in than being pinned on your back beneath an opponent’s mount. The person on top has virtually free reign to throw powerful punches and apply submissions, while the person on bottom has very few options to counter…

Defense Against Two Handed Front Choke

The two-handed front choke is a common street attack among unskilled aggressors. The technique can be intimidating, however the escape is relatively simple. In this lesson, BJJ World Silver Medalist Almiro Barros teaches a defense against a two handed front choke.

Escape From Single Handed Wrist Grab

An aggressor grabs your wrist with a strong palm up grip. In this lesson, BJJ World Silver Medalist Almiro Barros teaches a technique to free your arm from this hostile gesture.

Escape From Single Handed Wrist Grab – Palm Down

An aggressor grabs your wrist with a strong palm down grip. In this lesson, BJJ World Silver Medalist Almiro Barros teaches a technique to free your arm from this hostile gesture.

Elbow Escape From Side Control

The elbow escape is one of the most important moves from the bottom position. By using efficient movement of the hips in coordination with the arms, it can be used many ways to escape an opponent’s hold and improve your position. From the bottom in side control, BJJ World Champion…

Escape From Two Handed Wrist Grab

An aggressor grabs your wrist with two hands. In this lesson, BJJ World Silver Medalist Almiro Barros teaches a technique to free your arm from this hostile gesture.

Defense Against Single Hand Label Grip

Learn to defend against a standing attacker who grips your jacket with one hand. In this lesson, BJJ World Silver Medalist Almiro Barros teaches how to counter this aggressive behaviour by moving to the attacker’s back and applying a police lock.

Arm Bar From Guard

The “arm bar” is a straight arm lock that utilizes power in the hips and back muscles to apply pressure to the elbow joint of your opponent. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa demonstrates how to apply this versatile submission hold from the guard position.

Standing Rear Choke Defense

In this lesson, an attacker stands behind you and grabs you in a rear choke hold. BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa teaches how to defend against the choke, escape the disadvantageous position and throw the attacker to the ground.

Hip Escape Drill Backward Forward

Effectively managing the distance between you and your opponent is a central concept in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa demonstrates a hip escape drill that is useful as a warm-up and will train the essential hip movements that are commonly used in BJJ to create…

Escape From Bear Hug

In this lesson, an attacker stands behind you and grips you in a bear hug. BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa teaches how to quickly escape this dangerous position and throw your attacker to the ground.

Defense Against Standing Rear Choke

An attacker stands behind you and grabs you in a rear choke hold. In this lesson, BJJ No Gi World Champion Takeo Tani teaches an efficient method to defend against this dangerous choke and apply a forward throw to force the opponent out of their advantageous position behind you.

Safe Clinch From Cruzado Tani Oshi

BJJ is one of the world’s most effective disciplines for self defense.  Although it is not comprehensive, there are many great techniques from BJJ that can cross over into real world self defense.  In this video, BJJ No-Gi World Champion Takeo Tani teaches a self defense technique adapted from BJJ.

Osotogari

An important skill which gives you a great advantage in a fight is the ability to take your opponent down to the ground and land yourself in a good position on top. Osotogari is an outside leg sweep that allows you to throw your opponent to their back while maintaining…

Sliding Collar Choke

The sliding collar choke is an efficient gi choke using the opponent’s jacket collar. This choke can be used to great effect on its own or in combination with other choking techniques. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa teaches the basic application of this choke from a kneeling…

Arm Lock From Guard #2

The “arm bar” is a straight arm lock that utilizes power in the hips and back muscles to apply pressure to the elbow joint of your opponent. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa demonstrates how to apply this versatile submission hold from the guard position.

Escape From Side Control – Leg Over

The elbow escape from bottom position can create many opportunities to gain the upper hand in a fight as grapplers scramble and transition from one position to the next. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa teaches an escape from side control. The leg over position allows great control…

The Guillotine Choke

The guillotine choke is a fundamental submission hold that is relatively easy to apply. Despite it’s apparent simplicity, a well-applied guillotine choke can finish opponents at any skill level. In this lesson, BJJ World Silver Medalist Almiro Barros teaches an arm-in version of the guillotine choke from the guard position.

Guard Pass Variation

When passing the guard it is important to control an opponent’s legs and hips to prevent them from regaining full guard. From a standing position in his opponent’s open guard, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa teaches a variation of the bull fight guard pass as a method for obtaining side…