Entries by savarese

The secret to guard passing in BJJ

The secret to guard passing in BJJ BJJ practitioners are always looking for the secret to guard passing in BJJ. As far as guard passing, here are two directions for your game, There are a vast number of ways to pass an opponents guard, but at the end of the day they can be divided […]

Thinking of your next move in BJJ

Thinking of your next move in BJJ One should always be looking ahead and thinking of your next move in BJJ. The ability to slow down and think will help you plot your next move and start to put together moves in combinations. One of the great things about martial arts that focus on grappling […]

Breaking down your opponent in BJJ

Breaking down your opponent in BJJ Breaking down your opponent in BJJ is one of the “little things” that makes a big difference. If you can break an opponent down or make them stumble, whichever move you choose to perform next will be easy. There are many truly valuable combat skills, but the ability to […]

Tying sweeps and submissions together in BJJ

Tying sweeps and submissions together in BJJ A very important part during your rise up the ranks in Jiu-Jitsu is tying sweeps and submissions together in BJJ. Sweeps AND submissions! Very often, there is a natural tendency to divide our attacks from open guard into sweeps and submissions and to see them as as an […]

Arm Bar/Triangle combos from spiderweb position

Arm Bar/Triangle combos from spiderweb position Any BJJ practitioner will see great improvement once they understand the Arm Bar/Triangle combos from spiderweb position dynamic. Many times when you have an arm bar  in the spiderweb psoition, you also have a triangle available. Because, the positioning for arm bars and triangles is such that WHENEVER YOU […]

Make takedowns a priority in BJJ

Make takedowns a priority in BJJ If you want to be well-rounded in your Jiu-jitsu game, you have to make takedowns a priority in BJJ. So many BJJ practitioner are killers on the ground but not competent on the feet. Over the years, I’ve had the honor of working with, teaching and training with many […]

The importance of warmups in BJJ

The importance of warmups in BJJ The importance of warmups in BJJ is always a hot topic. But I want to take a second to explain why they are so important. As you move up the ladder rank wise in your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey, people seem to want to stop doing warmups. Upper belts think […]

If you want to understand something – teach it

If you want to understand something – teach it If you want to understand something – teach it: Little known fact is when someone becomes my student I always teach them two different skills. The first is the one everyone knows about, how to get good at BJJ and improve your mindset through Jiu-Jitsu. The […]

Reading your opponent in BJJ competition

Reading your opponent in BJJ competition Reading your opponent in BJJ competition: Competitive matches are a lot easier to win if you know what your opponent is going to do before he does it. Unfortunately, our opponents don’t tell us what they intend to do prior to doing it. Sometimes they even deceive us by […]

The value of sweeps in BJJ

The value of sweeps in BJJ The value of sweeps in BJJ cannot be understated. Sweeps can do more than sweep. When we go to sweep an opponent from guard position, we typically do so with the goal of getting up to to top position and scoring two points or just getting a better position. […]