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4 Submissions No Beginning Grappler Should Go Without

Lately, we have had lots of new faces at the gym and every grappler that’s just starting up has things they need to work on and it can be a bit overwhelming. But by focusing on core fundamental movements, jiu jitsu can be much easier to handle. These are four basic submissions Coach Alder and I thought would be perfect for any beginner to learn. If mastered, these basic submissions work at the highest levels of jiu jitsu. Also, in order to successfully defend submission attempts, you need to to know what the submissions are. So here are the four basic subs that beginning grapplers should focus on understanding and mastering.

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This Month at 10th Planet Van Nuys! Darce Chokes!

In this video, from Submissions 101, we’re shown the basic Darce Choke.

The Darce Choke is a blood choke in Nogi grappling often hit from side control, turtle, or even the Half Guard position. This is an extremely effective choke for Nogi Competition, MMA, and Submission Wrestling.

I  personally love this move and all of the attacks off of it (Ninja Choke, Guillotine, etc.).

This month at 10th Planet Van Nuys, we’ll be covering the Darce Choke, Anaconda Choke, Japanese Necktie, and plenty of other variations! Come down to 10th Planet Van Nuys and check out a class! See you on the mats! 😉

Kimura & Failed Kimura- Guillotine Combo

Check this video out! Here, my training partner at 10th Planet Van Nuys, Ammy MMA Fighter Mike “Lobes” Frausto, uses me as his grappling dummy to demonstrate two super effective techniques. The basic Kimura from the closed guard and the second video explains how to snatch the guillotine off the failed Kimura.

For more techniques like this, check out 10thPlanetwatch.com, Like Us on Facebook, or come on down to the gym and try a class!

Week of 12/19 Training Log

Logging another week in the books, I’m glad to say trainings going great.

Monday Morning Sesh, Monday Night, Tuesday Night, and Wednesday Morning, and a private w/ Coach Alder in the afternoon.

One thing to especially notice is how big classes are getting at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys. It’s great to see tons of new faces, old faces, experienced guys, and people who are stepping onto the mats for the first time. With the influx of people training, we’ve all had more training partners which results in more rolls, drilling, and just an even better team atmosphere.

All week long, we’ve been drilling guillotines all week. Finishing the one arm guillotine from standing has given all the students the fundamentals to finish the choke from anywhere. We’ve repped the one arm a few times, the standard standing guillotine, the Marcelo Grip Guillotine, and the Ten Finger Guillotine.

Personally, I love the Marcelo Grip guillotine. The leverage that you get from using their back as a lever is incredible. You can really crank the neck and create a ton of pressure with this specific technique. I absolutely love it.

Today was my last private with Coach Alder and looking back, it was definitely money well spent. Each Private session, he answered every last question I had, gave me more details on techniques, and specific movements to drill. He’s helped me fill up holes in my half guard, deep half, and full guard game. More importantly, he’s given me the whole process of how to look at my game in a brutally honest perspective and develop a plan of attack to become a  better grappler.

On a side note, I signed up for Thor Skanckes Wrestling Clinic that’ll be held January 14 at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys. Thor is our resident Pro MMA fighter and overall badass. He’ll go over a bunch of wrestling techniques specifically for MMA/Nogi Grappling. So, not a bunch of wrestling pins but rather how to use wrestling to gain an advantageous position for your nogi game.

Anyway, with four sessions and a private this week, I think I’m almost done for the week. Tomorrow morning, I’ll probably go for a run and I should be good.

And, remember, through this Holiday season, enjoy your time with your family and friends but don’t forget about training. Enjoy your eggnog and have fun but don’t stop coming to the gym/ training! It’ll be that much harder to get back into it. So, let’s all try to be consistent! Happy Holidays to all my readers and fellow 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys grapplers!


UFC 140! Great night of Jiu Jitsu


Last night at UFC 140, two of the three main fights ended in submission, capping off another great night for jiu jitsu in MMA.
Frank Mir displayed incredible ground skills by transitioning beautifully to finish Big Nog with a Kimura that ended up snapping his arm. He used a setup similar to the one we’ve been working on in class at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys. Mir locked up the figure four grip and tried to finish Nogueira but when Big Mog tried to come up on top, Mir continued the momentum and landed in dominant top position. He finished the submission by stepping over the head and finishing the Kimura “Fedor Style.”

The main event of UFC 140 was the fight between Light heavyweight champ, Jon Jones and contender Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida. After a big first round for Lyoto, the second round started and JBJ knew he needed to change the tide of things. After a good exchange, they ended up against the cage wall and Jones used his extremely long arms to lock up a guillotine grip on Lyotos neck. After cranking it to the regular point most people can synch up a guillotine, Jones switched his grip so he could press up with his bottom hand. By using this method to tighten the grip, he put The Dragon to sleep due to lack of blood flow to the brain.
All in all, some tremendous fights and really inspires you to get back in the gym and train hard. See you guys this week at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys!