15.4.14

BJJ / Grappling Tips: Open Guard Passing with tips from Stephan Kesting, David Onuma and Rico Vieira

Pass the open guard!

Dealing with the open guard in jiujitsu is a challenge, but it's also an inescapable challenge. Without a guard passing game, there is no jiujitsu.

In this first video, Stephan Kesting of GrappleArts.com share his 4 top tips to passing any guard. These tips are:

1. Grip fight, Grip fight, Grip fight.
2. Don't be a one trick pony
3. Be fast for mobility or heavy for pressure
4. Stabilize the pass



Stephan is a great jiujitsu communicator and his words and video really sum up his valuable grappling advice very well.


10.4.14

Self Defence Judo: Store Clerk hip throws robber!



The major hip throw - aka O Goshi in Japanese - is one of the corner stones of both judo, Gracie jiujitsu and in fact most self defence systems. The following is one of the most charismatic judo instructors I've ever seen: 65 year old, 7th dan Korean judo master, Go Cheong Pil:



Here's the beautiful and deadly Ronda Rousey demonstrating an interesting variation on a completely unsuspecting Renato Laranja:


7.4.14

BJJ / Grappling tips: How to defend against the Darce choke

The latest Metamoris III event was a great event full of submission threats and excitement. One that caught my eyes was Babalu's Darce attacks against Dean Lister which he, successfully, defended.

Renzo Gracie 3rd degree black belt Joe D'Arce,
the man behind the famous arm triangle choke

I love defence, especially technical and intelligent defence. I've included below a few technical tips by some high level black belts on how to prevent and defend the Darce choke.


2.4.14

Ralph Gracie Beating Up Lloyd Irvin and a bunch of other people


In this blast from the past Vale Tudo instructional, we see Ralph "The PitBull" Gracie demonstrate techniques of Gracie Jiu Jitsu to defend against and defeat punches, knees, headbutts and headlocks. His demo partners are a blue belt Lloyd Irvin and three others I've not heard of before (which doesn't mean they are not awesome practitioners by now!)



One More Time: Bye Bye Baby!

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ZHOO ZHITSU IS FOR EVERYONE!

28.3.14

BJJ tips: Double guard pull berimbolo armbar triangle


What to do when you pull guard and your opponent pulls guard at the same time? This is the famous double guard pull hated by many of the sport's and the martial art's legends such as Xande and Saulo Ribiero:



If I ever find myself in a position like that, I either attack immediately or just get off my butt and work to pass. If I get swept or passed, then the guy's guard is better than my passing / attacks and it highlights a weakness in my game I need to work on, but hey that's just me.

Obviously, not all double guard pulling is stalling. Check out this neat attacks from people who know far more than you and I:

Here's the best instructional ever on how to do the Berimbolo attack:




26.3.14

Gi Review: 93 brand - Charlie - BJJ Goes Chocolate!

93 Brand is a relatively new American fight apparel company. They real seem to have done their homework though as the gis are both beautiful, aesthetically designed and seems very sturdy.

The Charlie is light enough to train in and do comps as, currently, black gis are still IBJJF legal.


Disclosure and cost:
The fantastic guys at RollMore.com sent me this gi to review. RollMore.com sell the 93 Brand Charlie gi for $139.99 which works out to around £92. 


22.3.14

Sparring with Rickson Gracie and other rare footage

Rickson Gracie, the ultimate expression of jiujitsu
This is a quick post about some rare Rickson Gracie footage I've recently discovered.

I'm sure many of you have already seen this, but I had not.

In the first one, the legend Rickson Gracie is "sparring" with Dr Lewis Friedlander:




20.3.14

Gi Review: 93 Brand - Tau - BJJ's Softest Gi

 93 Brand is a relatively new American fight apparel company. The "TAU" is their latest white model. Super soft. Soft soft soft.

http://www.martialartssupplies.com/93brand-tau.html


 Disclosure and cost:
The fantastic guys at MartialArtsSupplies.com sent me this gi to review. MartialArtsSupplies.com sell the 93 Brand Tau gi for $139.99 which works out to around £92. 


17.3.14

BJJ Gi Review: MKIII by Predator - Black Eagle. The new design


http://www.black-eagle.co.uk/predatormk3competitionbjjgiblue-p-3518.html

Gi Review: MKIII by Black Eagle. The new design
Disclaimer: The Part Time Grappler is sponsored by Black Eagle & Predator Fightwear. Having said that, this did not affect the objectivity of my review for the simple reason that Black Eagle ASKED for a review. They wanted to know what was good and what they could do even better.

Short BJJ gi review: This is a very good competition gi. It's sparsely decorated, even less than before, which allows addition of team and club patches without it becoming too much of the good thing. The gi jacket has been re-designed to offer a wider skirt (for loopin chokes) but maintained the nice collar and sleeves. The gi pants are still ripstop and uber-light. The gi feels very soft and nice to roll in. Take it to a comp and you won't regret it. It is currently priced at £94.99 (approx. $158 or€114) for the blue and £84.99 for the white model on 


13.3.14

BJJ tips: Using the belt or the tip of the gi jacket in passing the half guard pass



Almost 4 years ago I made this short video on a method of using the opponent's belt (or tip of the gi jacket for that matter) to trap the arm and facilitate the half guard pass: