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.

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…

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…

Spider Guard Drill

Another style for controlling your opponent from the guard is known as spider guard. Not only is spider guard an effective method for setting up submissions and sweeps, but it also makes attack very difficult for your opponent. In this lesson BJJ No Gi World Champion Bruno Pucci teaches a…

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.

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…

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…

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…

Spider Guard To Scissor Sweep

The spider guard allows great control of your opponent’s arms and opens up many opportunities to sweep. In this lesson, BJJ No Gi World Champion Bruno Pucci teaches how to sweep a kneeling opponent with the scissors sweep from spider guard and take the mount position.

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…

Passing The Guard Scissor Step

When passing the guard it is important to methodically control an opponent’s legs and hips to prevent them from regaining full guard. The scissor step technique allows you to maintain control over these key areas as you progress from within your opponent’s guard to a well established side control position.…

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,…

Guard Pass With Double Underhooks

Another important skill for passing guard is stacking your opponent to prevent them from attacking or defending. From a kneeling position, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa teaches a guard pass technique using double underhooks to stack and control the opponent while moving into side control.

Spider Guard To Spring Sweep

The spider guard not only provides excellent control of your opponent’s arms but also affords great freedom of movement in your hips. In this lesson, BJJ No Gi World Champion Bruno Pucci teaches how use hip movement in the spider guard to swing beneath a standing opponent and execute the…

Defense Against The Shoulder Grab

An attacker stands facing you and grips your shoulder. In this lesson, BJJ World Silver Medalist Almiro Barros teaches how to counter this threatening gesture by applying a standing joint lock.

Passing The Half Guard Sit Back

As you and your training partners improve at both passing guard and retaining guard, you will increasingly find yourself in the half-guard position. From top position in half guard there are submissions that can be attempted, however the better option is usually to pass the half guard into side control…

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…