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…

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.

Lapel Choke From Side Control

The lapel choke is another gi submission that involves manipulating the jacket or gi to strangle and submit an opponent. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa demonstrates how to apply a lapel choke when the opponent turns away in an attempt to avoid side control.

Collar Choke From Full Mount Position

The collar choke can be applied from multiple positions. As you will see, this choke works well as a direct attack or in combination with the arm bar. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa demonstrates the collar choke from the full mount position.

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.

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.

Double Attack From Full Mount Position

When attacking the neck with the collar choke from the full mount position, the person on bottom is forced to either submit or defend the choke with their hands. This creates the opportunity for an arm bar attack. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa demonstrates how to use…

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.…

Single Leg Takedown

An important skill which gives you 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. The single leg takedown is an effective way to methodically capture control of the opponent’s leg and take them…

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…

Standing Guillotine Escape To North-South Position

The guillotine choke is when an opponent pulls your head down and grabs around your neck. It is a common move among street fighters and seasoned grapplers alike. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa teaches how to escape the standing guillotine choke by taking the attacker to the…

Collar Choke From Close Guard

The collar choke involves manipulating the jacket or gi collar as a method for making an opponent submit. It will render a person unconscious if the choke is not released. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa demonstrates how to apply the collar choke 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.

Double Leg Takedown With Gi Grips

An opponent may attempt to restrict your movement by gripping your clothing or gi. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa teaches how to set-up the double leg takedown when starting from the sleeve and lapel gi grips.

Turtle Position Escape To Side Control

Learning to escape from potentially vulnerable positions gives a BJJ practitioner great confidence. One such position is when a person turtles up to avoid an attack. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa teaches how to escape from turtle position and obtain side control.

Elbow Escape From Side Control – Mount

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…

Turtle Position Escape Variation

Learning to escape from potentially vulnerable positions gives a BJJ practitioner great confidence. One such position is when a person turtles up to avoid an attack. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa teaches how to escape from turtle position and take the opponent’s back.

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…

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…

Elbow Escape

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 mount, BJJ World Champion Leandro…

Circling The Leg Drill

Developing an impassable guard takes time and practice. By drilling efficient movement of the hips and building dexterity with your legs, you will begin to react quickly and intelligently to your opponent’s attempts to pass your guard. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa teaches a useful drill for…

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 Side Headlock

An attacker stands beside you and holds you in a headlock. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa teaches how to maintain proper posture to control your opponent, defend the headlock and throw the attacker to the ground.

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…