Kimura from Mount

This week, the Alpha crew spent its focus on attacking from mount.  This really flows since the last few weeks have been about sweeping and getting mount.   Attacking from mount must be done AFTER one understands how to maintain it.  Position is the key to any submission.


This particular recap goes to how we deal with a partner grabbing and closing distance from the bottom.  This can be a difficult situation since many athletically based efforts to overcome the grip can lead to losing position.  This particular tactic uses leverage and geometry to create the pressure we need to defeat the grips of an opponent and put us in superior attacking position.


For these attacks, we’ll start with the kumura:


Training with the Gi for Self Defense

Today, the third and final installment of my Q and A with Nik posts.  The final topic of conversation is the importance of the gi to BJJ and how it’s relevant even for JKD or self defense oriented grapplers.

Check it out below:

Dealing with the Bigger, Stronger Grappler

Dealing with the bigger, stronger opponent is one of the hardest thing to do in jiu jitsu.  Particularly early in one’s education.  For those who think that these attributes don’t matter, they haven’t been smashed by a gorilla of a fighter while fighting to survive.  That said, there are ways built into the technique and training methods of jiu jitsu to deal with this.

Here is Part 2 of my conversations about Sifu Nik about the intersection of BJJ and JKD:


Martial Conversations with Sifu Nik

This past week, I sat down with Sifu Nik of the Xtreme Training Academy, a Jeet Kune Do facility in Bartlett, to talk about jiu jitsu and it’s application in JKD and self defense.  Specifically, he wanted to ask some questions about using BJJ to deal with certain problems that one might face when defending one’s self.

For those that don’t know, JKD is a concept and style developed by the late Bruce Lee and advanced in the last few decades by several high level practitioners.  It’s an eclectic art that is always looking for answers to about any combat questions you could ask from anyone that has answers.  It’s this mindset that has really expanded it and made members of it’s practice very formidable individuals.

Nik’s first question deals with grappling the strong, fast, and athletic individual.  Here were my thoughts:


Ball and Chain Sweep

This week, we drilled the theme of sweeping from the guard.  Most of our work was done from the closed guard, but we also took the opportunity to move through the Spider Guard from last week and then onto new material.  Our final sweep of the week was the Ball and Chain.  Below is the link to check out our recap on it.

Just as important as the sweep is the positional control as we move through positions.  Don’t phone in the early phases of this. The motions of moving from the scissor sweep to this are so important in the development of your game.


Continuing Education in the BJJ and the Martial Arts

One of the unique things about BJJ is that it is such a vast organism.  It has application from self defense to sport all based off a single, large art form.  One can see it tournament competition, MMA, and law enforcement/ military application.  It’s big, and depending on one’s focus, you might not see all of it.

If your focus is IBJJF gold, how often do you defend punches in the guard?  If you’re doing MMA, how often do you train in gi?  If you’re out of a positional lineage, how often are you practicing inverted guard?  See how easy it can be to focus on a single aspect of the art?

Making sure that you’re looking outside those handful of things you are good at it key to exploring the larger world of jiu jitsu and developing a complete game.  Beyond that, it’s easy as BJJ practitioners to get locked in to looking solely at our art and ignoring the fact that the martial arts as a whole are even wider, and more vast, than just our corner of it.

Continually educating oneself about some of these is not just a fun intellectual exercise, but part of your growth as a fighter and martial artist.  Understanding how BJJ stacks it’s strengths and weaknesses against those same factors in other arts helps you make informed decisions on tool and tactic selection.  To use my friend and PTK coaches word, it validates what we do.

One of my out lets for doing this is chatting with other martial artist of all stripes on line at Karate Forums:


It’s a multidisciplinary site with lots of activity by well informed individuals.  It’s a pleasure to discuss martial arts with these people.  This year, I was honored to be nominated for a couple of the annual awards:

One of the categories that I was honored in was contribution to the Jiu Jitsu and Grappling Arts.  This is a real validation (thanks Paul) for our training methods, understanding of the art, and motivations at Alpha BJJ!  It is recognition by our well informed peers for our thoughtfulness and comprehension of this wonderful art that is jiu jitsu.

Thanks to the guys and gals at KF who nominated me, and thanks to everyone with the Alpha crew who lets me deepen my understanding of this art everyday so I can do my part to share it for others continuing education.

Thanks everyone!



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