GSP vs Hardy UFC111 – Analysis of Juji Gatame Submission Attempt

February 20th, 2013

[...]Georges . . . had tried a juji gatame (cross arm lock) at the end of round one and a Kimura (ude garami – entangled arm lock) in round three, neither of which were successful.[...]

It’s The Little Things – Pt 1

February 1st, 2013

When learning anything new, there can be times when you’ve got sensory overload — too much to remember: do this, do that, don’t do that, watch how I do it or he does it. When you’ve finally learned how to do a technique, a throw or arm bar or other technique, there are still things [...]

…Little Things Pt 2 Addendum

February 1st, 2013

[...]Chris was demonstrating koshi jime (hip choke). Basically uke is in a loose turtle. Tori reaches over uke’s shoulder – the shoulder right beside him – and grabs the opposite lapel. With his other hand, tori goes under uke’s opposite arm and grabs uke’s other lapel.[...]

It’s The Little Things – Pt 3

January 30th, 2013

When learning a new sport or martial art, your previous experience may help; at other times that experience may hinder you [...]

It’s The Little Things – Pt 2

January 29th, 2013

Ground holds look relatively simple: one guy is on the bottom, another on the top, and the guy on top holds an arm or squashes a chest or some other body part.  In reality, they are complex placements of tori’s body on uke’s. If one or more of the placements is wrong, the ground hold [...]

How to Escape from Kesa Gatame (Scarf Hold) – Escape #1

July 5th, 2012

There are quite a few effective methods of escaping kesa gatame (scarf hold). All of them require some effort on your part and lots of practice.[...]

How to do Kesa Gatame (Scarf Hold)

June 30th, 2012

Kesa gatame (scarf hold) looks as though you are doing virtually nothing, but, if applied correctly, is very strong and difficult to escape from.[...]

Simple Takedown from the Ground

June 26th, 2012

Our classes are unusual: we begin by grappling for about an hour. A match could be five minutes or forty-five, if the pair want to keep at it.[. . .]

Judo Throws for the Non-Judo Practitioner – Pt 2

June 25th, 2012

[...]The key to Tani Otoshi, particularly when used as a counter to a forward throw such as koshi guruma (or most any other forward throw), is a very strong and pre-emptive hip thrust coupled with[...]

It’s The Little Things – Pt 4

June 25th, 2012

[...]This fellow is not especially tall, but really muscular and strong. The throws which he favours involve big movements – o goshi, koshi guruma, etc. – and which do not involve the little movements of many of the others.[...]