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This is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu martial arts course that will give you the confidence you need to enter the mats knowing your basics are solid.
Why is this course different than all the other ones out there? The answer is simple: efficiency! Efficiency is a key element for Jiu Jitsu, and this is what we had in mind when we created this course for you. The average video lasts about 2 minutes!
The techniques are detailed yet the videos are quick and to the point. They were made to be watched multiple times according with your need to revisit them. So there is no need to waste time watching a 10 minute video covering a 1 minute technique!
If you suffer from gaps on the basics and do not feel confident with larger, stronger, faster opponents on the mat this course will help solve your doubts and allow you to start getting the success you deserve!
Not only for beginners... This course will also give any blue belt who doubts their knowledge or ability added confidence in class or competition, or an advanced student from a school that doesn't benefit from having an official curriculum. This course is for you!
If you are a parent who wants their child to have an extra edge in class or competitions use these videos to take them to the next level! In 2014 Professor Felipe created 5 World Champions in youth divisions in the most dense area for children's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the world: Southern California.
His team of 25 youth competitors has amassed over 200+ podium finishes during the last calendar year! These videos will give you and your child all you need to make sure they know the basics; because as we know the ones who make less mistakes wins.
Professor Felipe Guedes is a First Degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Prof. Flavio "Cachorrinho" Almeida, and Master Carlos Gracie Jr. He is a Pan American Absolute division champion, a Bronze medalist at the NoGi World Championship, and a 4 time American National Champion.
We are confident you will enjoy watching the high definition videos from this course and learning techniques that were recorded from 3 different angles with professional voice over technology. Check out the promo video and see for yourself!
This course covers techniques to be used in daily classes and regular tournaments for all ages and abilities, and is not intended to be a self defense instructional.
This is the number one take down that happens in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments!
Understanding how to position yourself, what leg to attack, and how to finish is crucial for our stand up game. Remember we always want to avoid being locked in our opponent's guard after finishing our take down. We prefer to finish in side mount control or mount. This allows us to stay in a dominate position and avoid having to deal with our opponent's guard.
This video shows the importance of posture for both positions.
If we have the guard we should always be looking to break our partners posture so we can control and build our attacks. On the other hand, if we are the ones inside our opponent's guard we must find ways to earn our posture so we could start to work on getting out and passing.
This is the first solid guard pass we will learn. Pay close attention to the advanced details of this famous basic technique. It is all about increasing the distance between our hip and our opponent's hip until he has no option other than open the guard.
Once the guard is open we must never allow our opponent to lock us back again in the guard. After the guard is open, "passing over the leg" is the preferred pass of the majority of Jiu Jitsu students.
This is a powerful pass if you have a good base. This is my favorite pass and starts with me keeping good posture by having a solid squat while maintaining one of my opponents arm's under control. The highlight is the hip twist movement that increases leverage. After the guard is open, "passing over the leg" is the preferred pass of the majority of Jiu Jitsu students.
This video show two chokes: a) the symmetrical choke, and b) asymmetrical choke. For any attack from the guard we must know how to create angles. This is especially true for beginners who are struggling with their guard attacks. Most of the time when we are having a hard time to accomplish a Jiu Jitsu move, we may think that we are not flexible enough, but most of the time we just need to fix our angle.
For us to have a strong arm bar from the guard we must know a few things:
We must create the correct angle, and we must control our opponent's posture. Most importantly, we must know that... "Nice guys don't get arm bars from the bottom" - Prof. Felipe Guedes. This is a famous phrase I use with my students to focus on the pressure they apply with their legs on their opponent's neck (and not to tell them to go hard on their opponent's arm). We must "not be nice" and add as much pressure as possible to our opponent's neck, and even getting them to touch their forehead on the mats. If that happens, they won't be able to recover and the tap will be eminent.
Like the name says, it is a tri-"angle" and not a tri-"square". So the angle is extremely important. We must close the gap between the back of our knee and the opponent's neck to build a powerful submission, and of course we must control our opponent's posture.
It is important that we go to war with two guns! Knowing the connection between the attacks will make us feel this way. The arm bar & triangle combination is the first combo attack from the guard a student should learn. It will increase the student's chances to finish his opponent and also it will lay a foundation to learn other endless combinations of attacks.
Are you tired yet of hearing how important creating angles is on guard attacks?
The kimura is not different! Beyond angles, understanding how to break the grips is very important for the submission. The kimura is one of the most powerful attacks we have in Jiu Jitsu because of the amount of leverage we can build towards our opponent's shoulder joint. My safety tip for you is to always apply this submission gradually, and with a lot of control. Stay alert for your opponent's tap.
This is definitely a must know! Simple and solid. We can't train without knowing our defenses or we will get caught!
"Be quick but don't hurry!" - J.W.
We must stay strong, believe in the technique, and prevent our arms for getting extended at all cost.
Let's say that this is the "first level" of a triangle escape where we still have a good posture. Our immediate reaction when we feel the legs over our shoulder is to keep good posture and use pressure for the pass. One thing we should keep in our mind is that our opponent is thinking about a "triangle" and we are thinking about a "square". He wants our shoulders as close as possible to each other, whereas, we want our shoulders as square and as far away as possible from each other.
Let's call this the "second level" of a triangle escape where we find ourselves in the worst position with our arm across our chest, and about to tap. This must be a very explosive escape with 100% commitment.
This is a great alternative from the traditional escapes. Small players will especially love this escape because of their abilitiy to sit back.
OK, don't overthink! We have to act fast while we can still get oxygen, and before our opponent decides to switch to the arm bar.
For sweeps, I always like to say that as important as it is to know the steps of the technique, it is just as important to know when the right time to apply it is too. For the scissor sweep, if our opponent has the head down or is not trying to move backwards we will have the chance to apply to sweep. At this point hip explosion is very important.
This video shows three different set ups we can use for the sit up sweep. Definitely the last one is the most advanced, but the one I have the most success with. Timing and commitment is very important.
Taking your opponent's back from the guard is also considered a sweep. It is really awesome because we could work with the hooks and back control after and connect with a choke right away. This is one of the techniques where we will be moving slowly but surely with speed not as important as being tight to our opponent.
The half guard use to be a very defensive position, where the bottom fighter would only think about stopping the pass and recover guard. Over time the half guard bottom became a very offensive position where fighters now use this position to use different sweeps and submissions. This video we will learn the proper position for half guard and the first sweep of the series covering taking our opponent's back.
This second sweep for half guard is a regular favorite for blue belts. Once you understand the mechanics of this sweep it will serve as our base for many other more elaborated types of sweeps.
For every action there must be a reaction. We have to always keep ourselves alert for what our opponent is giving us. In this case our opponent is basically giving us a chance for the reversal. Always be alert about the weight distribution of you and your opponent.
These are awesome techniques that you will use for the rest of your Jiu Jitsu career. These three techniques are very are very effective, and we should train them a lot before we choose our favorite.
Being able to control our opponent on the ground is an art itself, and we should understand the principle of adaptation. We should always try to recognize what our opponent is trying to do and then adapt. Most beginners think that it is about muscle and strength, but when they become advanced they start to realize that it is all about body weight distribution and keeping our hips low.
For this video I would like to remind us that in Jiu Jitsu speed is good as long as we are not skipping any steps. Every step has it's own importance, and if we skip one we may end up not achieving the desired goal.
In my opinion escaping from side mount is the hardest thing to learn over the first year of a Jiu Jitsu practitioner. That is because at the beginning we are not patient and we do not know how to use our frames. To learn how to escape from side mount is by far the most frequent request I receive from beginners when they sign up for private lessons. It is inspiring to see their games changing when they finally understand how to build and use their frames to open opportunities for escapes. This is definitely one of the most important videos, and when we know how to use our frames no one will hold us down anymore.
We have frames! So lets use them and recover guard or simply get out.
We have frames again! Now, pay attention to your opponent's position and recognize where the opportunity is they are giving to you to escape.
The key lock is one of the first submissions we learn in Jiu Jitsu. We see it happening a lot between the beginners, but once you have an advanced opponent in front of you it becomes hard to catch them with it. This video show us how to set up this basic submission in a way that you will be able to slowly and properly execute even on advanced opponents.
The paper cutter choke is one of the moves that becomes a game changer after learned. It is very powerful and hard to stop once you have that arm trapped. Definetely a strong finish for all practitioners.
There are many ways we can attack with a kimura. The extra tip this video has is that we should not be shy or a type of "Mr. Nice Guy" when controlling your opponent. Do it properly and you will succeed. And once again, my safety tip for the kimura attack is to always finish slowly since the kimura is one of the most devastating submission out there.
Professor Felipe Guedes is a highly skilled Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Prof. Flavio "Cachorrinho" Almeida, and Master Carlos Gracie Jr. He is a Pan American Absolute division champion, a Bronze medalist at the NoGi World Championship, and a 4 time American National Champion. Prof. Felipe is also a dentist from Brazil who decided to change careers and dedicate his life to serve others through Jiu Jitsu. His passion for the art is contagious and one of his biggest contributions is the positive impact he has caused in his community of San Clemente, California by helping the kids to stand up for themselves and fight against bullying.