How to do the Single Leg Take Down or Shot

You have watched others do the single leg takedown or shot. Here it is step by step. As you watch it you will catch things you didn’t know or need to improve on. It has been viewed over 159,000 times on YouTube.

The Fastest Way to BJJ Black Belt

belt-ranksEvery student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has the desire to get a black belt.  The truth is the highest drop out rate is from blue to purple.  I can attest to that.  I’m struggling right now toward my purple belt.&#160… Continue reading | 6 Comments

Pedro Sauer Online Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training


I got an e-mail the other day inviting me to renew my membership with the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association (PSBJJA).  They are touting a new online training regimen.  As an incentive to get me back they are… Continue reading

Lung Capacity and Breathing Training Mask for BJJ


In June 2012 I wrote a post entitled “Increasing Your Lung Capacity and Breathing for Better BJJ”  I talked about Freediving

Thank You Mark Johnson – BJJ Instructor and Mentor


I have been training at West Side for 2+ years now.  BJJ has always been there for me because Mark Johnson has kept… Continue reading

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Simple Body Mechanics – Hips 1

Cross Choke from Mount – Pedro Sauer

The other day in class we were working on a cross choke from mount.  The exact technique is shown in this video by Pedro Saurer.  We were working from a position in between what Roger Gracie is showing in the below video and what… Continue reading

How Do You Toughen Skin to Stop Getting Skinned Toes


I skinned by toes at Jiu-Jitsu last night.  The picture says it all.  How do I toughen up the skin to stop it from happening?  I got a smaller one on my other foot a month ago.  I did not… Continue reading | 1 Comment

The West Side Band of Brothers in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

West Side Tue Class 14-MAY-2013 (1)

The Triangle Choke and Agile Development

I am a software developer.  We use SCRUM as our agile development methodology.  I hope I have not lost your interest already.  A Retrospective meeting is used to look back on our last period of work and think over what went well and what we could improve on.  I realized the agile development process can be applied to more then software development last week after Brazilian… Continue reading

Back On The Mat and Removing The Cobwebs

Last night was the first night back to BJJ after a 2 year sabbatical.  It was great.  I felt like turning in my blue belt for a white again though.  My technique was rusty but in some ways it was like ridding a bike.  The old moves and feelings came flooding back.  I am hoping to be in the swing of things again in a few months time.  I remember… Continue reading