From Side Control To Mount Hip Switching Method

Advancing from one position to a better position is a central theme in BJJ. However, these transitions are also opportunities for your opponent to escape your control. Maintaining control of the opponent while improving your position requires carefully applied technique. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Zorobabel Moreira demonstrates the…

From Side Control To Mount Knee Slide Method

Advancing from one position to a better position is a central theme in BJJ, however these transitions are also opportunities for your opponent to escape your control. Maintaining control of the opponent while improving your position requires carefully applied technique. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Zorobabel Moreira demonstrates the…

Half Guard Sweep Using Lapel Grip

The half guard is a useful transitional position from the bottom used commonly to defend as well as attack. From this position it is possible to apply a complex variety of sweeps as well as apply submission holds. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion Zorobabel Moreira teaches a half guard…

Half Guard To Hook Sweep

The half guard is a useful transitional position from the bottom used commonly to defend as well as attack. From the half guard position, the hook sweep enables the person on bottom to rotate their opponent onto their back and transition to a dominant across-side top position. BJJ World Champion…

Ankle Lock From Open Guard

If an opponent stands up when attempting to pass your guard, you can attack with an ankle lock. In this instance, the opponent’s legs are closer than the arms or neck, therefore a direct attack on the ankle may be the easier option to finish the opponent. For training purposes,…

Stacking The Guard To Ankle Lock

Ankle locks can be used from a variety of positions and are among the few submissions achievable from within your opponent’s guard. When held inside the guard of a skilled opponent, seizing the opportunity to attack with an ankle lock can sometimes be your best option. In this lesson, BJJ…

Taking The Back From North South Position

Advancing from the north south position to taking the opponent’s back is another example of constantly seeking a better position. As a fundamental concept in BJJ, improving your position provides greater control of your opponent and opens up more opportunities for submission holds. In this lesson, BJJ No Gi World…

The Achilles Ankle Lock

Ankle locks can be used from a variety of positions and are among the few submissions achievable from within your opponent’s guard. When held inside the guard of a skilled opponent, seizing the opportunity to attack with an ankle lock can sometimes be your best option. In this lesson, BJJ…

Toe Hold From North South Position

When controlling an opponent from a dominant position, opportunities for submissions often arise when the opponent tries to escape. In this lesson, BJJ No Gi World Champion Takeo Tani demonstrates how to attack with a toe hold submission when the opponent attempts to escape from the north south position.

The Handstand Sweep

From the closed guard position, the handstand sweep allows you to sweep a standing opponent without having to first open your guard. When applied intelligently, this technique will completely unbalance the opponent and allow you to take the full mount position. In this lesson, BJJ No Gi World Champion Takeo…

Knee Bar From Side Control

Many opportunities for submissions become available when you control your opponent from a dominant position. This is particularly true when the opponent tries to escape your control or block your attempts at improving your position. From side control, the person on bottom will commonly position their leg in such a…

Lapel Choke From Side Control

From the top position in side control, there are a wide array of submission holds you can use to finish an opponent. As you gain experience, you will begin to see more submission opportunities as they arise based on the movements of your opponent. In this lesson, BJJ World Champion…

Pressing Arm Lock From Side Control

Another method for attacking the elbow joint is to immobilize the wrist and press down on the elbow with both hands. This straight arm lock can be applied from various positions, and it works best when the opponent’s arm is in a vulnerable position across your shoulder. In this lesson,…

Samurai Choke From Knee On Stomach Position

The knee on stomach position is an advantageous position which allows the person on top to apply great downward pressure on an opponent. Often, this pressure will provoke reactions that become opportunities for submission attacks. In this lesson, BJJ No Gi World Champion Takeo Tani demonstrates how to apply the…

Counter To Rear Mount Foot Lock

When an opponent controls your back and holds you in the rear mount position, your options for attacking them are greatly limited. However, if your opponent makes the mistake of crossing their ankles while in this position, you can use this opportunity to attack with a foot lock. In this…

Helicopter Armbar

Commonly when an attacker stands up inside your guard, they will lean down and forward. Tomoenage is a sweep we have covered in earlier lessons, and and this lesson, BJJ World Champion Zorobabel Moreira teaches how to use the tomoenage to sweep to set up an attack with a helicopter…

Headlock Escape To Armbar

In this head lock escape lesson, an attacker pins you to the ground and holds you in a headlock. BJJ World Champion Zorobabel Moreira teaches how to escape this dangerous position, break the head lock and finish the fight with an arm bar.

Defense Against The Arm Inside Guillotine Choke

A common counter to the double leg takedown is the guillotine choke. The guillotine choke is common in many situations from street attacks to high level competitions, and therefore it is important to learn defense against this attack from multiple positions. In this lesson, BJJ No Gi World Champion Bruno…

Kimura From North South Position

The “kimura” is a powerful bent arm lock that puts pressure on the elbow and shoulder joints of your opponent. In this lesson, BJJ No Gi World Champion Bruno Pucci demonstrates how to apply this versatile submission hold from the north south position.

Knee On Belly Position

The knee on belly position is a versatile top position that puts great downward pressure on your opponent. It presents you with a vast number of options to either transition to a new position or finish the fight. In a street self-defense situation, attacking with the knee on belly position…

Collar Choke From Side Control

The collar choke from side control is a great example of a submission hold attack from a dominant top position. From a well established side control you can attack with this collar choke, and even if the choke attempt fails, your risk of losing your dominant top position will be…

Arm Inside Armbar

The “arm bar” is a straight arm lock that can be applied from multiple positions, and combines easily with many other techniques. In this lesson, BJJ No Gi World Champion Bruno Pucci demonstrates how to apply the arm bar from the guard position when your opponent blocks your attempt at…

Arm Inside Sweep

From the guard position, your attacking options are generally either to apply a submission hold, or to sweep your opponent onto their back. In this lesson, BJJ No Gi World Champion Bruno Pucci demonstrates how to apply the arm inside sweep while simultaneously setting up the arm inside arm bar.

Defense Against Hands On Chest

A physical aggressor will often try to intimidate a target by placing a hand on that person’s chest, invading their personal space. In this lesson, BJJ No Gi World Champion Bruno Pucci demonstrates how to counter this hostile gesture by applying a wrist lock.