“The Complete Guide to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Made Simple”

Learning should be educational, fun and the deepest and most satisfying way to learn is taking what your teachers and coaches give you and enhance it by being self taught. That is exactly what I did here. I have been studying BJJ since 2005 and joined Sensei Josh Griffiths as my first BJJ coach and have been with him ever since. Not a day goes by that after we learn and train the lesson plans in class, I stay after class for a period of time with a few other guys and we tweak those lesson plans for our bodies and styles. It is said that BJJ should conform to you and that is exactly what I have done here. The lessons you see are what I have learned at Clockwork BJJ in NYC and decided to capture those pictures so I can further understand the movements by writing my own notes around it. The words I use are almost in code and unless you have trained BJJ before, it might seen foreign to you, so don’t worry. Enjoy and keep coming back as these lesson plans will continue to grow as I grow with BJJ. The blog posts are in an order of how the BJJ match plays out, or as we call it “our logic tree.”

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Pull Guard Arm Bar

The most rewarding technique so far. In fact, this is exactly what I am teaching my first student, Angel, to do when he competes for the first time. He is blind and this is what many of the blind BJJ players do when starting. I had 2 of our judo black belts at Clockwork BJJ approve and tweak this move last week and it seems to be Angel’s go to. Click the page to view all pages.
Pull Guard Arm Bar

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Pulling Half Guard To Sweep

A great and simple sweep from the standing position. Click the page to view all pages.
Pulling Half Guard to Sweep

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Pull Guard 4 Techniques

Great sequence. Click the page to view all pages.
Pull Guard 4 Techniques

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Guard Pull Defense

Great defense to your opponent pulling guard. Click the page to view all pages.
Guard Pull Defense

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Takedown Duck Under

Great move from standing and actually comes from a Kata. Click page to view all pages.
Takedown Duck Under

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Knee Cut Pass To North South Choke

This is Tom’s unstoppable knee cut pass. Guaranteed you are getting passed into side control and then a submission from there. Click the page to see all pages.North South Choke

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Standing Guard Passes

Marcelo Garcia in action. One of the best pound for pound BJJ players and this works. Click the page to see all pages.MG Standing Step Passes

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Long Step Pass

One of the worlds greatest competitors shows his long step pass. I visualize this similar to our “flop pass” from half guard that we do at Clockwork BJJ in NYC. Click the page to see all pages.Long Step Pass

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BJJ Lapel Choke

High percentage Gi choke using your opponents lapel that takes very little strength, very little speed, very little athleticism…get the point. All it takes is the ability to follow a step by step process called “technical proficiency. I get this lapel choke often at the age of 64 on much younger, stronger and faster training partners. That is the point of my posts. The ability to train in BJJ at any age or any physical condition. In fact, we have a blind student at Clockwork BJJ in NYC and after training with me for a few months in addition to taking the white belt class, he is hitting many of these moves. Enjoy.
Galvo Lapel Choke

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