10/21/18: Daily JJ Epiphany #7: Trapping the Arm from Cross-Side bottom when between your legs

To counter my underhook from cross-sides bottom, a buddy put his arm between my legs.  To re-counter I made a frame on his jaw to push his head up, which he turned into an underhook of his own! =(

What I needed to do was make sure to trap his arm between my legs with a knee squeeze in order to buy enough time to get the jaw frame in place, and get his head up to capture with far-side leg to go for a Reverse Triangle and/or Guard recovery.




10/16/18: Daily Jiu-Jitsu Epiphany #5: Pull up on the head before using the Car-jack

The car-jack counter, used to expose the throat area when your opponent tucks their chin to defend the cross-collar choke, doesn’t work from mount the training partners’ head is down on the mat…

The car-jack counter works by opening your elbow against the opponents jaw, and repeatedly ratcheting to get under their chin.  Was trying to do this from mount, but it didn’t work because my training partner’s head didn’t have room to move backward.

Need to pull up the bottom player up like Ralek Gracie does here, although not really looking to shake the person like Ralek does.  It’s more of a subtle, digging, foream movement:


10/11/18: Daily JJ Epiphany #2: Limping

‘Limping’ is a technique I’ve termed as such because it’s the opposite of shrimping:  you’re on your side, and going back to flat…

Why the hell would you want to go back flat after getting/being on your side you ask?

Well, it’s used when your opponent has a figure-four grip on your arm, and is setting up an armlock or kimura for north south.  Your ‘limping’ your arm out to break that lock and free your ‘bow.

The technique itself is Henry Akins,’ and not mine to give, but you can find it here, or search:  ‘Henry Akin’s Ultimate Armlocks Escape Course (see Unit #10 & 26):





10/10/18 Daily JJ Epiphany #1

When using underhooks to frame against the body and escape:  You’re primarily using the underhook to shrug your opposite shoulder back and away before getting to your knees.  This shrug creates an angle that makes it difficult if not impossible to flat-back you on a re-counter.

Application: Getting Back to Process & Tactile Mantras

It’s human nature to get sucked out of the present and into our heads.  Thoughts come out of nowhere demanding our attention.  Welcome to humanity. =)

In the context of Jiu-Jitsu, our mantra is tactile.  This could be breathing, focusing the ab-crunch portion of a shrimp, or point of connection to a training partner.  They key is it is specific.

The more our mind is taking us for a ride, the more specific this tactile mantra needs to be, especially during drilling.

Get tactile, do Jiu-Jitsu.


‘Feeling’ the Balance Between Process & Goals

Goals give us process, but focusing too much on end results takes us out of said process.

The thing with process is we never know what it’s going to give us.  You just have to relax and be open to it.

Also, the end result isn’t the goal, because another goal will fill it’s space once achieved.

Lastly, we can tell we are too ‘attached’ to end results based on the amount of tension we feel.  This is normal if we’re trying to get somewhere, but self-sabotaging to the degree we forsake the moment.

Relax, breathe, and try not to use any more tension than you need to achieve a given result.

This is Jiu-Jitsu. =)

September 2018 Journal

Trails ridden:  McKenzie River Trail, Firelane 10-Newton-BPA-Firelane 12-Firelane 15-Skyline lollipop, Brice Creek, Waldo Lake loop, Holman-Firelane 1 Loop, Timberline 2 Town, Fifteen Mile-Cedar Creek loop, FL 10-Newton-BPA-Skyline Lollipop, Patterson Mtn Rd.-Lawler loop, Alsea Falls Super D Loop.

Books finished:  ‘Dead Men Can’t Complain + Other Stories’ by Peter Clines.

Movies/TV:  ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ @ Mission Theater, ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ @ Mission Theater.

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‘Gary Fisher on the Past, Present, and Future of Mountain Biking:’  https://player.fm/series/1336034/216109590

‘Mountain Bike Skills for Descending:’  https://player.fm/series/1336034/216955991

‘The #1 Skill Mountain Bikers Need to Work On:’ https://player.fm/series/1336034/205771327

‘Tips for Climbing on a Mountain Bike:’  https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-podcast/listen-tips-for-climbing-on-a-mountain-bike/

Jiu-Jitsu:  Technical stand-up, and coming forward, Rickson/Akins warm-up drills, Turtle bottom (backing out and moving in, short drag, trap and roll, guillotine defenses).

Bike skills:  Manual, Goofy-foot Track-stands, Braking.

Back to BJJ writing: Effortless Discipline

Long layoff on trainin’ writin!!’

Having been doing a ton of mountain biking this summer, something I’ve realized is that the more joyful we are, the less ‘discipline’ it takes to do things we’d otherwise consider ‘tedious.’

If fact, doing such tedious things becomes more of a joy than ‘spoiling’ ourselves with something.

Trust joy, trust lightness of heart.

Guess on the flip-side you never know where these things will take you (gleefully closing in on 50 mountain bike rides this summer, something I’d never dreamed was possible without some degree of grim discipline and focus).


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