Sunday, June 28, 2009


The PAC SUB jiu-jitsu tournament was this weekend in beautiful Hawaii! Over 1000 people in attendance, this event hosted the best from the islands, California, and other global locations. There were appearances by Jason "Mayhem" Miller, Clay "The Carpenter", and Kendall Grove. Super-stoked that my instructor Jason Izaguirre was there to coach all of us. This was my first tournament fight as a purple belt. In my first match, I hit the Houdini Flip (see Houdini Flip instructional) with less than a minute left to take his back and secure a choke...Aloha...DRILL IT!!!

This match below was for 3rd place...I had just been submitted in the previous fight via toehold (a gnarly one!)...Another tough Relson student who liked to go hard!...However, I was able to play my game and submitted him with an arm-lock from the guard...ALOHA

This was a little intermission/treat for the spectators (and competitors). A ring girl bikini contest to raise an already insane testosterone level!!! ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Drop- Guillotine

This is a great variation of the guillotine choke. This submission can be applied from a sprawl in response to a takedown attempt, or when an opponent is in turtle... Also, can be performed with or without the gi!!... DRILL IT!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

HOUDINI FLIP (clip 1 of 2)

This is an exceptional technique for taking the back and applying rear mount hooks... DRILL IT!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Training at B.J. Penn Academy this weekend!!

Yeah guys...spent this weekend in Hilo on the BIG ISLAND of Hawaii!! It's just a comical 60 minute flight from here in Honolulu. Initially went there for a baby luau in Hilo town, but convinced my lovely girlfriend to let me slip over to B.J. Penn's academy.

B.J. is on the mainland in California training for his fight with Kenny Florian (go B.J.!) one of his brown belts (Chris Henriques) is teaching his classes. His jiu-jitsu is really sick, and he had us drilling some killer X-guard techniques!

F.Y.I...these boyz in Hilo are monsters!...they start sparring and end sparring!
Everyone was SUPER_COOL and DA BOYZ even took my girl and I out for a night on tha town! We went to a few bars and there were some locals singing their hearts out (karaoke)...B.J.s brother Reagan was cruising with us and a few other MMAers!..gotta send shouts out to Chris and Robby (crazy englishman)...By the way, everyone needs to check out the BIG ISLAND...Kalapana!!...oops!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Bad-ass fighting in the UFC

Alrighty...some of the time we focus on technique and friendly sparring, learning sense of touch, we can look at the effectiveness of THE ART under the circumstances of a real fight..not just a real fight , but the UFC!

Sunday, June 14, 2009


This video clip has stayed one of my favorites over time (for obvious reasons)...beginning with some of the Self-Defense techniques, it evolves into an encyclopedia of movements that have captivated the mixed martial arts world in addition to setting the bar for jiu-jitsu practitioners who someday wish their game to emulate the BEST (Rickson Gracie/Royler Gracie)...This arena is packed during this demonstration!..and you could hear a pin drop at the same time..GO TRAIN!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Technique#2 Omoplata Sweep from Guard

This is one of my favorite (gi) sweeps when an opponent is attempting to pass my guard by standing and backing out...has to be performed quickly to avoid it being detected. However, you end up in a great position...can either settle in the mount...or hit a rolling triangle like I would:)...DRILL IT!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Technique#1 Michael Jackson Triangle

This is an open guard movement to bait a pass and achieve a submission..via triangle choke...learned this variation from Aparecido Faria(Gracie Barra Black belt..2time World Champion)...DRILL IT!

First clip is a broken-down,step-by-step version..

second clip is straight through..

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Jiu-jitsu fluidity

Yeah boyz(and girlz),
This is a clip of Braulio Estima(super-pimp)playing around with some other jiu-jitsu practitioners after a seminar. He's got a super-sick style and technique!!
But, foremost you will notice his calm, flowy approach to applying his submissions in a more relaxed setting.(rather than a world championship tournament)