Monday, 30 March 2015

The Chilean Neck Tie with Jeremy Arel

One of my favourite submissions from side control; I'm a big fan of lapel chokes, you can hit the tap with the lapel, be it your own or your opponent's from all positions, just let your imagination run riot and experiment with your training partners, that's what it's all about.

Fake black belts exposed!

Nice work from the guys over in East Europe, keeping a vigilant eye out for fake black belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu............keep up the good work guys! 

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Strength Training for BJJ

Here's a neat little video by Joe Garcia of Arena Fitness in LA, showing an exercise routine that's great for BJJ'ers looking to make gains in improving strength and conditioning; in addition to the exercises, what made me smile is the resident gym dog, just walking on by, casual as you like :)


Get planking!

I had the great pleasure of training with Sebastian Brosche at Gordo's in Rio back in 2010, he's a beast on the mats and a very funny one off them; check out this short clip of Sebastian demonstrating a plank sequence that one can easily intergrate into one's training programme.

(No trees were harmed during the filming of this video)


Friday, 27 March 2015

London Fight Factory review!

Don't take my word for it, check out this review of London Fight Factory and if you like what you read, why not drop in and take a class?

Eat Films Presents: Jackson Sousa

A double helping of Jackson Sousa, what better way to end the week?  Brutal lapel submission from Jeremy Arel, sound advice on reducing injuries, a triple treat from Kurt Osiander rounded off with a triple helping of Checkmat related goodies.

It don't get much better than this.

Hope you've all had a good week on the mats, have a great weekend and remember, keep training and keep smiling.

Spider Lasso Guard to Spinning Omoplata Sweep by Jackson Sousa!

Here's a video of one of my favourite open guard sweeps, ably demonstrated by Checkmat black belt Jackson Sousa. I was living and training in Sweden way back in 2003, not long after receiving my blue belt and was training with Richard Bohlenius and this was the first time I was introduced to the Lasso guard.  At the time, this position didn't have a name and I was swept time and time again by Richard and his students, as well as being submitted from some crazy upside down spinning positions.
Back then, there weren't many people spinning upside down and catching submissions, so it came as quite a shock when Richard kept firing one leg over my arm and spinning onto his back to look for submissions and it was very disorienting when it happpened and by the time I'd figured out what he was trying to do, it was too late.
After a few days of them all having fun and using me as a test dummy, they showed me the technique and it's now one of my all time favourite moves, both used as a sweep and to spin in for submissions, so thanks to Richard and all the crazy spinning Scandinavians for showing me such a super cool technique.
No go train!