10th Planet Van Nuys Jan ’13 Curriculum: Arm Drag to Rear Naked Choke (RNC)

January 8th, 2013 In Techniques, Uncategorized | Comments Off

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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The Best Rear Nake Choke (rnc) Finish Ever: 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys

August 25th, 2012 In Techniques | Comments Off

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Trapping the Arm From the Back. Gracie Style!

May 21st, 2011 In Techniques | Comments Off

This video goes right into what we’ve been learning at 10th Planet Jiu JItsu Van Nuys lately. My strategy as of late is so basic, it gets me sick. It’s to get on to the chest to the back, get the hooks, maintain and recover my positioning if necessary, trap an arm, get under the chin, and finish the RNC! You’d think it was just that easy, but it seems like most people want to immediately get the choke. Position + Patients is usually the key for me.

I always love watching the new generation Gracie boys. They’re passion and enthusiastic about the sport. It is a refreshing change from some of the dry, super serious instructors out there. It’s Jiu Jitsu, have some fun!

Here, Ryron and Rener are teaching an awesome way to chain two (3 if you count the lapel choke) common attacks. IMHO, repping moves like this over and over lead to a high rate of success. I’m all about efficiency.

10th Planet Van Nuys Highlights!

January 23rd, 2011 In Tournaments | 4 Comments

The video in which you are about to view is how Van Nuys rolls up to competitions. If you’re looking to compete, and looking to win, we have what you need. All the footage on here was filmed and edited by Aldo Parenti.

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9-Year Old Saves Girl, Puts Dog in Rear Naked Choke

January 15th, 2009 In News | 5 Comments

January 5th, Bakersfield, CA – A 9-year-old Bakersfield boy is getting a lot of attention after saving a girl from a vicious pit bull.

Drew Heredia and his female friend were walking the girl’s small dog when the pit bull attacked it. The girl tried to intervene but then the pit bull turned the attack on her.

Heredia didn’t run away but instead he jumped on the pit bull and applied a choke hold that he learned at a local Brazilian jiu-jitsu studio.

Heredia held the dog in the chokehold until an animal control officer arrived.

The girl was taken to the hospital with numerous puncture wounds. She and her dog are expected to recover.


DEVELOPING THE SQUEEZE By Scott “Einstein” Epstein

December 24th, 2008 In Theory | 18 Comments



In the sport or art of submission wrestling , Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ,Judo, Sambo and some others I forgot or don’t feel like remembering, one of the main objectives and the most important, in my educated opinion is to submit your opponent. In my sport/art of preference (Brazilian jiu jitsu minus the gi), once one has developed a game plan to set up submissions the next step, if your opponent has decent or good defense is squeezing.

Squeezing your opponent and getting the victory is not as simple as it sounds. If done correctly, its not to difficult either. How many times have you had someone in a tight rear naked choke or to save me time RNC and you put 100% of all your squeezing powers into it but for some reason she didn’t tap or pass out? Now you let go of the sub, you’re trying to catch your breath and let you muscles recover from the wasted energy. Yes your biceps might look like the ultimate warriors did in 1989, but the gods of thunder are not on your side because you do not wear face paint. Think about what happened. Was your submission shit? Maybe her defense was dope son! If you were a little more patient I bet you could have got the tap.

I know your thinking “If I have the sub then finish why be patient?” Well, in this case your sub didn’t work, that’s why. I want you to start to think of and use your squeeze in increments from 1% to 100%. In the situation I just gave, you set up the RNC and immediately squeezed at 100% then held on as tight as possible for a few more moments before failing mentally and physically . I want to attempt to help you fix this because I am a kind giving person who loves you. Go get your Grandma and apply the RNC, if she is already dead then use a volleyball, a stuffed animal, a very sharp meat clever, something you can simulate a choke on. Once you have everything in order , apply the RNC but just give about 20% of pressure now slowly start to add more pressure let it take about 1 minute till you have applied 100% . When you have 100% squeeze going, I want you to hold it for about another 30 seconds to a minute. This drill will help you develop stamina and strength with your squeeze . Try it with other simulated submissions, maybe the triangle?

To learn to squeeze in increments or percentages will help greatly. In a real session when you have your opponent locked into an RNC try applying pressure the same way I told you to practice except start the squeeze @ 40% ..to maintain this percent for an extended amount of time should not be very taxing on your body. Start to squeeze tighter you will find that by the time you are @ about 70% your opponent has given up. If for some reason its not done then, you can lighten your squeeze to readjust. When you are squeezing with 70% of your strength and you have not won, there is no need to try to go to 100%, your technique is just off. You are most likely doing something wrong. The beauty is you did not have to let go cause you were so tired. This like everything else needs practice. When you practice, try to never hold your breath and try to keep your face relaxed, these two things will burn you out quickly.

Eddie Bravo: Getting The Back To Spiderweb

December 20th, 2008 In Techniques | 1 Comment

Chicagoan Jason Chambers Makes Successful Return To Fighting

September 25th, 2008 In MMA | Comments Off

Written by LJ Tabano
Tuesday, 23 September 2008 19:41

Before gaining fame as the co-host of the popular History Channel show “Human Weapon” Jason Chambers was an up and coming MMA fighter who started out in Chicago. Chambers made a successful return to action in the Chicagoland area by facing Dan New in the co-main event of Total Fight Challenge 13.

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10th Planet Jiu Jitsu DFW’s, Aaron Martin’s pro debut!

August 10th, 2008 In MMA | 3 Comments

Aaron Martin’s pro debut! XP3 Promotions. 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu DFW.

Congrats Aaron!