X-guard

X-guard

Sometimes when I start an article, I wonder what can I tell about the technique history. In fact, not all the guard have a clear background like the DLR, for example. They have been more or less always there, from the very beginning, like the closed guard. Today’s... read more
Cross Collar Choke

Cross Collar Choke

Today we will speak about three chokes you might have seen already. Especially if you practice judo. They are all chokeholds made with the gi, so useless for MMA or No-gi, but, they are still useful if well executed. They are part of the first chokes I learned while... read more
De La Riva Guard

De La Riva Guard

Another day, another guard and this one is very famous! At first, it was named the “pudding guard” before taking the name from the BJJ player who made it famous: De La Riva. Before introducing this guard, I would like to do a BJJ culture moment and introduce you to... read more
Ko Soto Gari

Ko Soto Gari

We have seen O Soto Gari, Ko Uchi Gari and O Uchi Gari, for today, I would like to finish on what I believe is the last of the four fundamental standing techniques: Ko Soto Gari (small outer reap). This technique doesn’t have a huge amplitude. Meaning: you don’t need... read more
Lasso guard

Lasso guard

Let’s see one guard that became very famous over the years in Brazilian jiu jitsu : the lasso guard. Used in loads of competitions, it’s important to understand how it works, either to play it, or to defend it. This guard is an excellent one not to be smashed when you... read more
O Uchi Gari and Ko Uchi Gari

O Uchi Gari and Ko Uchi Gari

Today let’s study two leg techniques, basic for white belt, efficient in BJJ or even wrestling. O uchi gari and Ko uchi gari. They are two of the 40 original throws from Jigoro Kano (founder of judo), classified among the ashi-waza (foot technique)   O Uchi Gari... read more