Training in Puerto Rico with Georges St Pierre

Training in Puerto Rico with Georges St Pierre: OG squad founding member Georges St Pierre stopped by for training. It’s amazing to see how well he does just in pure grappling against specialists. The squad is getting ready for big upcoming matches in Texas at the end of the month for Whose Number One @flograppling Having Mr St Pierre always adds some electricity to the training room - and of course, his great standing grappling skills and takedowns! Looking forward to more hard work in preparation for Texas!


I am very happy to announce the release of the first instructional video of the NEW WAVE JIU JITSU

I am very happy to announce the release of the first instructional video of the NEW WAVE JIU JITSU series A NEW PHILOSOPHY OF POSITIONAL ESCAPES which focus on the escape skills that enable my students to attack with total confidence - knowing that if their attacks ever compromise their position they can easily escape and get right back into attack. Many people were shocked to see how squad stars like Garry Tonon and Gordon Ryan escaped easily from the best attacking positions in Jiu Jitsu to dominate EBI Overtime in competition even against much larger and more experienced opponents. In addition I show my maximizing approach to escape, which strongly emphasizes immediate submission counter attack after escape as one of the best ways to increase your submission percentages and keep the momentum in your favor at all times. Check it out at BJJ Fanatic.


NEW WAVE JIU JITSU

I am very happy to announce the release of the first instructional video of the NEW WAVE JIU JITSU series A NEW PHILOSOPHY OF POSITIONAL ESCAPES which focus on the escape skills that enable my students to attack with total confidence - knowing that if their attacks ever compromise their position they can easily escape and get right back into attack. Many people were shocked to see how squad stars like Garry Tonon and Gordon Ryan escaped easily from the best attacking positions in Jiu Jitsu to dominate EBI Overtime in competition even against much larger and more experienced opponents. In addition I show my maximizing approach to escape, which strongly emphasizes immediate submission counter attack after escape as one of the best ways to increase your submission percentages and keep the momentum in your favor at all times. Check it out at BJJ Fanatics 🤗


When the work is done

When the work is done: One of the clearest signs that you have a sustainable training environment is the clarity of the division between work time and playtime in the training. When it’s go time everyone has to be all in. No bullshit, all focus - you’re there to be the best athlete you can. But when it’s done there has to be some clown time to make it an enjoyable part of your day. If it’s all seriousness and suffering even the most disciplined people will eventual tire of it and find another way to live. If it’s all spring break then nothing gets done. Finding the right compromise between beneficial suffering and delayed gratification versus happiness and play is the key to longevity in the sport. We take a stance of hard work time but very relaxed playtime afterwards with lots of poking fun at each other and off limits humor - the best antidote to the biggest problem of long term development - burnout. Everyone has their own correct balance - somewhere you have to find yours


Back up buddy

Back up buddy: There are many ways to get hurt in combat sports but one of the most unnecessary comes in situations where two athletes are sparring in a crowded room and crash into another couple of athletes sparring next to them. This kind of incident is usually dismissed as part of the game and laughed off. I never took this approach. In the heyday of the blue basement when Georges St Pierre was getting ready for a big MMA show or the squad was getting ready for ADCC we would often have well over a hundred people working out in a class. In this type of situation it is absolutely crucial that everyone in the room have a good sense of where they are on the mat relative to the people around them. Nothing is more frustrating than an athlete getting ready for a show and getting injured with a cut from a elbow or a joint injury from someone rolling into their arm or leg at an inopportune time - I have myself been knocked out cold twice from heel kicks to the back of the head while sparring next to athletes whose enthusiasm exceeded their sense of distancing. When you start getting close to other people - make a point of quickly and fluidly rolling away from them and start where you left off. Keep a sense of your surroundings. I teach this in terms of self defense training - just as tunnel vision can be a very dangerous thing in self defense scenarios, so too it can be dangerous in a crowded training room. Train yourself to pay attention as you grapple in training and it will help you pay attention to your surroundings if you have to defend yourself outside the dojo. There are more than enough ways in Jiu jitsu to get injured without adding this easily avoided method to the list. Students - be the one who keeps awareness of your surroundings and does not injure or annoy those around you. Teachers - run a tight ship. Make students aware of the potential danger of collision and build a culture in your dojo that takes pride in being professional and courteous and I promise you your injury rate will drop and class camaraderie will increase.


The example of Georges St Pierre

The example of Georges St Pierre: I have had the honor of coaching many truly outstanding athletes of more than two decades. None surpassed the incredible achievements of Mr St Pierre. Everyone knows his achievements - far fewer know what it was like to train with him in the gym - yet a brief discussion of this could be very beneficial to your own progress. The first thing to note was that Mr St Pierre was fully capable of beating the crap out of any of us any time he felt like it, but he came in to the gym only to play our game of grappling rather than fighting. He knew that grappling expertise was an important part of fighting expertise and would not try to use any of his great advantages in standing grappling and striking (or even mention them) but instead play our submission game. He would almost always pull guard and start of positions of disadvantage to remove his advantages and work on his weaknesses. His only goal was improvement in the area we were best suited to help it. If he wanted to he could have simply disengaged and stalled to avoid our strengths. He never did. He went directly into our strengths and tried to improve his performance in those areas. He did the same thing in every boxing, Muay Thai and wrestling workout i ever saw him do. Every workout must have seemed a nightmare as it was him playing against the best people in the world in their strongest area, on their terms. If someone followed him around for a year and watched his workouts they might see him struggling the whole time - until it was fight night. Then they would see the result of all that work against specialists in their domain. Now it was time to put it all together in HIS domain - the cage - under MMA rules - and you all know how that went! DON’T FOCUS IN WINNING IN THE GYM - FOCUS ON IMPROVEMENT AND SKILL ACQUISITION - worry about WINNING when it counts - when you learn to divide those two concerns your progress will be astounding


FEET TO FLOOR series

I am very happy to announce the release today of the third and final instructional video of the FEET TO FLOOR series. This series focuses on the standing game of Jiu Jitsu in gi. This third volume focuses on aspects of the Jiu jitsu game that are of particular importance to the unique rules and demands of Jiu jitsu and which are either absent or downplayed in most grappling arts. Skills such as standing submission entries (pull to submission rather than pull to guard), a new approach to guard pulling where is it used to aggressively score rather than passively used to avoid being scored upon. How to counter guard pulls and pass in response to an opponent pulling guard. Takedown counters that put you in position to score on the ground. Remember that takedowns are only part of the standing game - there are other skills that can get better outcomes with much less risk and which can be learned very quickly - skills that can give you an effective standing game for Jiu jitsu in a short time. Check it out if you’re interested


Who is this tiny terror??

Who is this tiny terror?? It’s BABY NICKY RYAN!! His Mom is in Puerto Rico and was proudly showing baby photos of her sons to the squad when this one came up!! Looks to me like that little demon is getting ready to slide into ashi garami from standing and break some poor souls leg!! Garry Tonon thinks he practicing toddler single legs in the play pen. Was this little maniac practicing the dark arts of leg locking at age 1? Damn! No wonder he got so good so quickly!!


HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE SQUAD!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE SQUAD!! Wishing you all the best for 2021!! Thank you all for your interest in the incredible work of my students and our philosophy of Jiu jitsu. We hope to show much more of our work around the Jiu jitsu world in the coming year - hopefully fate proves kinder to Jiu Jitsu this year than last, but whatever happens, dedication and determination will always prevail over hard times - wishing you all a great night and an even better year!


A day to say goodbye

A day to say goodbye: Today was the funeral for Big Gord. It was a day to remember the father who raised two strong grapplers, who gave what he had to see his sons pursue their dreams; who took greater pleasure in their successes than anything in his own life. He was a character who quietly suffered through great physical pains from more than twenty surgeries over his life and some private demons in his soul, but who nonetheless faced every dawn with resolve to help his family and friends any way he could. He was taken peacefully in his sleep secure in the knowledge that he was loved by those around him and that his sons had climbed to the top of their profession despite many disadvantages early in their lives. Tonight we will talk old stories and laugh and cry and then get set for a new day and a chance to give him more reason to be proud out into the future.