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Podcast Episode 74 – Analysis of Leglock Game with Rob Biernacki

An 80/20 analysis of the leglocking game based on high level no gi competition, leglock safety, how to learn BJJ efficiently, best practises when teaching jiu-jitsu, and a ton more with BJJ black belt Rob Biernacki, my co-author of The Modern Leglock Formula available now at Grapplearts.com/leglocks

You can listen to this as Episode 74 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

Have a listen, and a subscription, rating, and review on whatever podcast platform you use is always super appreciated!

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Advanced Omoplata Finish

Jiu-jitsu is so cool! As you might know, the omoplata armlock is one of my very favorite techniques. But even after 10 years of studying this position, I’m still learning new stuff about it…

Today I want to share a variation of the omoplata that I learned this summer working with Brandon Mullins. Of course this finish works great on larger people, but even though I’m 6’2′ and 215 lbs I’m gonna ‘hijack’ it and use it in my own game as well.

This 3:22 omoplata video provides powerful answers to a couple of common omoplata problems.

Like what to do if a bigger, stronger opponent rolls forward to escape from your omoplata, and how to finish the omoplata if you end up ‘stuck’ on the bottom with your opponent resting his weight on you.

It’s really cool, check it out

P.S. If you’re interested in more from BJJ black belt world champion Brandon Mullins please make sure to check out the two instructionals I did with him available on this site, including

How to Defeat the Bigger, Stronger Opponent Series 2, and Non-Stop Jiu-Jitsu with Brandon Mullins

Both sets are available on DVD, as online streaming instructionals, and as a series of apps for Android and iOS devices!

 

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Podcast Episode 80 – When Should Leglock Training Start?

What belt level should you start training leg locks at?  It depends a little bit on what your goals are and whether you’re doing gi or no gi, but it’s a lot sooner than you think EVEN if you’re competing only in the IBJJF rule set.  This podcast episode is excerpted from a 17 minute long Youtube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GQZPtpsg_U which takes you through how to do the actual leglocks and demonstrates some of the techniques that will instantly get you disqualified from an IBJJF tournament.

You can listen to this as Episode 80 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

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Podcast Episode #73 – Grappling VS Striking

If you could only do one which would be better for self defense: striking or grappling?  The answer is grappling of course, but the reasons why might surprise you…

You can listen to this as Episode 73 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

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Podcast Episode #71 – BJJ and Training Q&A With Stephan

What would I do different as a white belt if I could go back in time?  What are the best guards that go together with the butterfly guard?  Can you become an elite level grappler if you have both a job and a family?  And you’ve choked someone out in a streetfight… what now?  All this and more in today’s Q&A episode.

In this episode I make reference to articles on Grapplearts which can be found here: http://www.grapplearts.com/articles and also to my main youtube channel which is here: http://www.youtube.com/stephankesting

But I also make reference to my second website (http://www.selfdefensetutorials.com) and to my second youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/selfdefensetutorials).

So there, now you’ve got all the urls you need for additional info on the topics we discussed.

You can listen to this as Episode 71 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

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Podcast Episode 68 – Post Workout Routine: Staying in Shape While Travelling

Recorded right after my hotel room workout, this episode talks about the 3 things you need to do to stay in jiu-jitsu shape when you’re travelling so you don’t suck as bad when you get back to your regular training schedule.

You can listen to this as episode 66 of the Strenuous Life podcast, available on  iTunesStitcherSoundcloud and Google Play.

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As always, a subscription, rating, and review on whatever podcast platform you use is always super appreciated!

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Podcast Episode #66 – Functional Training

Regardless of whether you train BJJ, MMA or a self-defense oriented martial art you’re faced with the same dilemma: how do you take a technique you’re shown in class and actually make it work against someone who is resisting you 100%?  The key is progressive resistance, and in this episode I go into the 5 training modalities you should use to functionalise your techniques.

You can listen to this as episode 66 of the Strenuous Life podcast, available on  iTunesStitcherSoundcloud and Google Play.

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Podcast Episode 55 – Interview with James Foster on the Spartan Underground

I really enjoyed being on James ‘300’ Foster’s podcast where we talked about figuring out grappling from scratch, why fighters fight injured, PEDs in the MMA, how jiu-jitsu will always be there for you after a long layoff, and a lot more!  I hope you enjoy it too!

Check out Jame’s podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-spartan-underground/id1070092297?mt=2

You can listen to this as Episode 55 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

Enjoy, and as always, a subscription, rating, and review on whatever podcast platform you use is always super appreciated!

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Podcast Episode 56 – Interview with Budo Jake Discussing Training Around the World, Advice to Newbies, and More…

This is a really good episode in which I talk to my friend, BJJ black belt, and world traveller Budo Jake. We cover a ton of topics including the evolution of Japanese ju-jutsu into BJJ, getting choked unconscious, the effectiveness of wrist locks in grappling, brain damage from striking, yoga and other recover methods, training at different academies, and advice for newbies.  Enjoy!

You can listen to this as Episode 56 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

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Podcast Episode 62 – Rant: It is NOT About the Colour of the BELT!

I’m on fire for this one because it really gets under my skin when people focus on the wrong thing in their martial arts training.  Boys and girls, it’s about skill acquisition and NOT about the color of your belt.  Get this wrong and it will destroy your relationship to the martial arts!

You can watch a video I did about this on You Tube below:

Alternately, you can listen to this as Episode 62 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

As always, a subscription, rating, and review on whatever podcast platform you use is always super appreciated!

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Five Triangle Chokes You Should Know

This video and article was inspired after a run of triangle chokes in MMA in 2010, including those used by Fabricio Werdum against Fedor Emelianenko, Chris Lytle against Matt Brown, and Brock Lesnar against Shane Carwin.

But the term ‘triangle choke’ can be used for several different submissions, and this can be confusing to the novice or intermediate-level grappler. So to make sense of the five major types of triangles check out my latest Youtube video.  I’ve put some really good stuff in here!

The triangle chokes shown include

The forward triangle, definitely the most common triangle choke in BJJ, also known as “mae-sankaku-jime” in Judo The rear triangle which you usually set up from rear mount, also known as “ushiro-sankaku-jime” in Judo The side triangle (“yoko-sankaku-jime” in Judo), used more in Judo than in BJJ because it’s such an effective attack against the turtle position, but I really like applying it from an armbar position. The upside down triangle which I was first shown by Erik Paulson.  If it has a name in Judo I am unaware of it! The arm triangle (“kata gatame” in Judo) in which you use your arms and not your legs to close the loop around your opponent’s head and arm.

To view the same Triangle Chokes video on YouTube, click here.

Article updated May 19, 2018

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