Public service announcement: Save your LCL, with Lachlan Giles

Important public health announcement for leg lockers! You don’t want to rupture any part of your knee, but your LCL is particularly at risk in certain positions. Here physiotherapist and PhD knee specialist (and elite level BJJ practitioner) Lachlan Giles gives you the info you need to know about BJJ and knees.

Going from X Guard to 411

You know when you’ve just got a new gadget or software programme, that you need to get working, and the instruction manual goes over the most obvious and simple steps in excruciating detail, but then just glosses over the hardest bit? Yes, me too. Well for me, leg locks are just like that. It’s no…

The Idiot Sweep

Kron Gracie vs Marcleo Garcia at ADCC 2009 is one of my favourite BJJ matches of all time. Here it is:   There’s lots to talk about in this match, but one of the sweeps that Marcelo goes for time after time is his double knee push, a sweep that Stephan Kesting calls the Idiot…

The origins of Jiujitsu in Japan, a podcast

After the Tokugawa-era ended with the bloody Boshin war followed by the Meiji Restoration (1868), Japan slowly opened up to the outside world. Eventually, this opening up was embraced by the rulers and also reflected in a new spirit of openness within the martial arts. ‘Aliveness’ was back in fashion and innovators like Jigoro Kano…

How to escape side control like a pro

Jon Thomas has been dropping some excellent BJJ tutorials on YouTube recently. I really like his material on escaping side control specifically the use of the elbow as a frame, which he shows in the first clip. In fact, if you think about it, the sequence of events he uses – 1. Frame (making structure)…

3 non-standard armbars from side control you need to know

I’m a big fan of non-standard armbars from side control, especially ones that use your legs more than you arms. Getting past the obvious point that your legs are stronger than your arms, they also catch people by surprise and therefore you find them less defended than regular armbars. 1. One of my favourites is…

This Mendes brothers guard pass will change your game

Great video from Rafa Mendes on how he approaches guard passing. It’s all in Portuguese, but somebody in the comments has translated the essence of what he’s saying: “He’s advocating not gripping in order to stop your opponent gripping. Constant movement from side to side and turning knees inward to assist with trapping and lateral…

All the Marcelo Garcia escapes you need to know, in one place

As well as being the master of the Back attack, Guillotine and the North South choke, Marcelo Garcia is also a master of escapes. Let’s start with the Hip Roll escape instructional: Now here it is in action:   and:   Now the Elbow Push instructional: and: and in action:   Marcelo uses the similar concept…

Try this revolutionary Keenan Cornelius cross-grip pass

Keenan Cornelius is a stand out of our current generation of elite BJJ athletes. Getting a bronze medal in the 2017 ADCC he’s clearly at the top of his game. He’s constantly innovating in the art, creating new techniques like his worm guard, mantis guard and more, and pushing the boundaries of modern BJJ. He’s technology-literate,…