Category Archives: Jiu Jitsu World

The Arm Drag

The Arm Drag is one of the most versatile set ups in all of grappling.

IMG_9066Originally this move was used in freestyle wrestling as a set up to different takedowns, a transitionary position to other grips, etc. but it has found its way into modern day Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Marcelo Garcia is one of, if not the greatest BJJ competitor of all time and one of his signature moves is his arm drag.

In the most basic explanation of the move Arm Drags are used to make your way towards your opponents back. The reason why this technique is favored by tons of different grapplers today is because of its versatility. Transitions, scrambles, new positions, and more all become available. From wrestling and standup techniques to different guard positions the arm drag could quickly change the momentum of the match.
So why did this technique become so popular in recent years in grappling?

Well, in short, it’s a high reward technique. In a perfect world, the arm drag would bring you from in front of your partner to all the way to the back. In a wrestling/mma/self defense scenario being behind your partner in a stand up scenario allows for a variety of techniques. Takedowns from the back, standing chokes, and more are some of the great offensive
reasons to execute this technique. From a defensive standpoint, there are plenty of good things but mainly you are no longer in danger of strikes since you are behind your opponent.

From a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu perspective it’s all of the things I previously mentioned and more incentive. In competition the back position is worth the most points and is deemed the most dominant position in BJJ. Well, using the arm drag can take you from a bottom position like butte
rfly guard to the most dominant position in all of grappling in a matter of seconds.

The Arm Drag is an effective, highly versatile and important technique in my opinion. Some notable people to watch while perfecting this move are (again) Marcelo Garcia, Cobrinha, the Mendes Bros, and more to name a few in the BJJ community.

There are a variety of different grips and methods to doing this move. My suggestion for beginning grapplers is to learn any basic way to execute this move and drill it with a partner until it becomes second nature. While rolling, you’ll see this move pop up constantly- go for it and believe in it.

As I post this, it’s almost midnight on a Sunday evening. Tomorrow is Monday and I hope everyone has a good week of training ahead.

Happy rolling!

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Here’s Ryan Hall Doing Some Wizardry

Okay, if you didn’t know who Ryan Hall was before then this season of The Ultimate Fighter should’ve definitely made you pay attention. This is a video he posted on his Instagram (I suggest following him). Ryan’s ground work is absolutely incredible. Watching these transitions is getting me hyped to train this week. Enjoy!

2013 Nogi Worlds & Why You Need To Go To These

Yesterday & Today, the 2013 IBJJF Nogi Worlds Jiu Jitsu Tournament was held in Long Beach, CA at Long Beach State at the Walter Pyramid. This is the biggest grappling tournament for Nogi grapplers other than Metamoris and ADCC (which was last weekend).

Now, Long Beach is about an hour or so away from the San Fernando Valley, so as a team, all 10th Planet Van Nuys members met at the gym nice and early on Saturday morning and carpooled down there to watch all the great matches and support some of our teammates and friends who were competing. Now, 9 am on Saturday morning felt damn early to me but the second we got there and I heard people talking about coming from all over the world to compete, I quickly stopped complaining. Haha.

As we stood in line to get our tickets to enter the stadium, we saw the first of many familiar faces to the fight world in line, former UFC Lightweight Champion and BJJ Black Belt, Ben Henderson. As the day went on, we saw more stars of the game, everyone from Dean Lister, Cobrinha, Romulo Barral, Rafael Lovato Jr, Andre Galvao, Eddie Bravo,  Vinny Magalhaes, and many more.

The whole atmosphere was electric, twelve mats, big stadium, superstars around, cameras, the whole nine. We claimed a space on the bleachers and were joined up with a couple friends from other 10th Planets including Vista, Riverside, HQs, and more.

If you have never been to a World Jiu Jitsu tournament, it’s truly something special. I’ve been to Metamoris, Gracie Nationals, and tons of other tournaments over my years but seeing those yellow and blue mats at Worlds was breathtaking. We watched competitors slowly fill the mats and the referees dressed in suits would have them shake hands prior to the six minute clock starting. Moments later, we saw lots of high level grappling begin and heard the cheering from fans watching.

This truly inspirational experience gave me a lot. For one, meeting all these high level practitioners of our sport was so inspiring. To see them in person and to talk to them is something that’s always fun. Also, nothing gets your creative juices flowing like the atmosphere itself and watching the matches. The day definitely gave me some ideas to see what techniques and concepts were being applied by competitors and how it played out in their matches.

What standing techniques and takedowns worked the best? What guard passes had the highest success rate? What kind of back takes kept happening over and over? Were there any submissions that were constantly getting hit?

These are always questions that raced through my mind as I watched the Blues, Purples, Browns, and Black Belts go to battle.

At the end of the day, tournaments are always good. Whether you compete or not is your choice and you don’t really have to to reap the benefits. The example is in yesterday; I didn’t compete but still learned so much about the game and it gave me the inspiration to get back in the gym and go to work. And the truth is, that’s what you really want out of your competitions anyway. To everyone who competed, congratulations. Win or lose, going out there and giving it your all on that grand stage is what counts.

Anyway, happy training folks, let’s take from the experience of Worlds this year and get to working towards the next venture in all of our Jiu Jitsu journey.

Wrasslin’ @ 10PVN!

Hey guys, some schedule changes and new things goin on!

There is now Sunday Wrestling Class at 11am! This class used to be run by Coach Bhimer at 11:30 but now Coach Lobes will be running it about 30 minutes earlier. This class is great because it consists of a bunch of solid wrestling drills to get us able to execute them in a live scenario.

Wrestling is a huge part of the grappling game. Without a takedown of some kind, all the jiu jitsu in the world might not be able to really help.

Initiating Takedowns and Avoiding Takedowns is absolutely crucial. Definitely catch me in that class trying to up the standing part of my grappling game and you all should be too.

Not to mention, it’s a hell of a workout…

Anyway, come down to 10PVN on Sundays if you want to see some great wrestling techniques to add to your BJJ game!

 

Homer Sweep!

Hey  guys, this month at 10thPVN we’re going over Deep Half Guard!

Now, we got a bunch of killers from the DHG at our gym..unfortunately I am not one of them…

It’s okay though, through the teachings at the gym and researching vids like this one, I’ve been able to step my game up from this unique position quite a bit. Check it out and let me know what you think!