Here’s me Coach Alder, showing my absolute favorite sweep in the world, the Homer Simpson from deep half guard. Jeff Glover originally showed me this back in the day at the original Legends MMA on La Brea in Hollywood, CA. Several years later, I’m still sweeping everybody I can with it. Thank you Mr. Glover for creating a monster!
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The arm drag is a versitile move, both on the ground and from standing. It can be used to set up finishes, or set up takedowns. Ever since learning it after Marcello Garcia crushed everybody with it, it has been a staple of my game. Below is one of my favorite ways to get the RNC.
I don’t talke too much about it in this article, but hand fighting is a huge part of getting the armdrag. Without winner the hand fight, it’ll be very difficult to be able to just grab the arm straight forward. Now days, the set up to the armdrag is just as important as the armdrag itself.
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This month at 10th Planet Van Nuys, we’re working on different strategies for passing the half guard position. One of my favorite passes from this position is the “No Hand,” “Smash,” “101 Pass.” I’ve heard this move called by several different names, but the theme is always the same. The idea behind it is this:
- Starting from half guard, using a head and arm control, pin your opponents shoulder’s to the matt
- Bring the knees to the side, pinning them to the matt.
- Pin the bottom leg with your free leg.
- Pull the trapped leg out using pressure and gravity
- Once free, Drop the knee to the mat and kick the legs, freeing the ankle from the 1/4 guard
Move into side control
Because this move is so popular, the downside is that it can be countered easily as well. That doesn’t mean it’s not effective, it just means you better know what your oppoent’s response is going to be before he does it, so you can beat him to the position. Here are some tips and details to getting this pass.
- Twist your opponent up! Have the knees facing 90 degrees from the torso. Don’t let his knees go towards the ceiling, you want to make sure you don’t allow him to move around.
- Keep your head on the matt, and keep your shoulder pressure heavy. This will also keep them from being too comfortable to want to even think about a counter or escape.
- Stay high on your opponent. Don’t let him get his hand on your hip and push you down the body. It will make it harder to get your weight down.
- Keep your weight off to the side. Never let them control where your weight distribution goes. If your opponent can get underneath you, he can determine where he wants to take you. Keep your hips as low as possible.
- After you pass, use shoulder pressure as to not allow your opponent to turn into you. You want to be solid like a rock. No swaying, no momentum. Also, don’t put all your weight on the mat our knee, put it on your oppoent as much as possible.
- Always Smash, Smash, Smash!!!
Over the last month, at 10th Planet Van Nuys, we’ve been working hard on our guard passing. If you have been keeping up with my blog, you’ll know how important I consider guard passing to be in our sport. See my post “Passing the Guard is 80% of Jiu Jitsu.” While working on our passing, many students will start to come up with combinations, details and even sometimes never before seen techniques on their own. This represents the “art” portion of the “martial arts.” I promote students to come up with a style that is unique to them. That way, they can express themselves as individuals. If we didn’t, we’d just see a bunch of robots, all doing the same moves night in and night out. I could see that getting boring really quick. There’s many kinds of shapes, sizes, attitudes, philosophies, techniques, likes, dislikes, and different attributes that can go into making up your style. The sheer number of possibilites in Jiu Jitsu can be mind boggling. This is what makes it exciting.
Below is a cool combination of 2 techniques that flow right into each other. Mr. Mike “Lobes” Frausto and his training partner, Huge, go over one of the guard passes we’ve been working in class. He added to that one of his favorite submission set ups that he learned from the Mendes Brothers, the flyover anaconda choke. Some moves work better together than others. When done right, they can flow seamlessly. Other moves take more tweaking to make them work as a sequence. It’s all a process of seeing what works.
This technique below just so happened to be one of those moves that worked out well. We were excited to show it off after its discovery during a brain storming session, one sunny afternoon in the San Fernando Valley. I hope you enjoy it!
Coach Alder Hampel
10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys
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Maybe you were like me and always tried to figure for leg lock your friends when you were younger. The disappointment came when I got older and I couldn’t pull it off in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes. Well, that was until recently, over at the mad science lab that is 10th Planet Van Nuys, we’ve come up with another crazy technique. This time its 93 guard, to the Ham Sandwich, to the Ric Flair figure four. I want testimonials if you guys can pull this one off!
Here’s a quick and simple way to use the high crotch take down to get the fight to the ground. Many of my fighters and students have had success with this. Enjoy!
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This is a Submission Chain is a flow drill for my colored belts. It gets you in the habit of chaining your submissions together in a series. Use this as a guide, and start putting together your own chains! Right now I’m developing a HUGE chain that will cover many of your favorite 10th Planet submissions! Practice this now, and I’ll start adding on to this at a later date. Subscribe to my channel or this blog to make sure you don’t miss it.
As many people know, Rhonda Rousey has been training at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu with Eddie Bravo. Watch and learn the exact same armbar, Undefeated Strikeforce Champion, Rhonda Rousey used to submit Sara Kaufman in under a minute. Enjoy!
Rani Yahya used a north south choke to submit Josh Grispi on UFC on Fuel, the prelims to UFC on Fox 4, August 4th. Joe Rogan was thoroughly impressed, as Grispi was forced to tap to Yahya from a variation of the choke, called the Monson Choke, named after fighter, Jeff Monson. In this variation the choke, a special grip is used to bring the opponents neck up off the mat into the lat. It doesn’t matter if the arm is in or out. Here’s an example of the grip he used, I show it without the arm in, but it makes no difference, the choke works exactly the same. Take a look!
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