Wednesday, September 10, 2014


After many years of covering grappling from around the world we feel we have done at least a tiny bit in helping to expose the importance and influence of Luta Livre on both BJJ and MMA. We've covered the history of LL and it's roots it Catch Wrestling and Judo, several times before. There really is no need to do it again, but we will leave you with a few broad points to ponder (which of course will make some people angry.)

1. Catch Wrestling (the father of LL) is the catalyst in the "creation" of BJJ.
2. You would not be attacking ankles in the gym if it wasn't for Luta Livre.
3. LL has had more influence on modern MMA than any other art.

Now that we have made you irate, its time to enjoy a video from Luta Livre Blackbelt and ADCC vet Nicolas Renier, NR Fight Productions brings us Luta Livre Spirit featuring Roberto Leitao. Watch and enjoy some of the greatest and most influential grapplers in the world.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


What happens when arguably the best and most innovative grappler in the world faces off against, hands down, the most unique and colorful grappler of our day?  You get this nutty and also incredible match between Keenan Cornelius and Eduardo Telles.  I'm trying to think of a good analogy.  Maybe it's like Salvador Dali or Pablo Picasso vs. The Pythagorean theorem.

What ensues is as beautiful and complex as it is confusing and frustrating.  Eduardo Telles is no stranger to making matches awkward, and he does plenty of that here.  Keenan, a young master of adaptability and creativity, is workmanlike in seeking out the weaknesses in Telles' turtle guard flow game.

If you know (and love) competitive Jiu Jitsu, you will appreciate the flexibility, grips, movement and subtly of this match.  If you want to hate, you're going to complain about this being the very example of the problems with modern BJJ (and you'll be wrong). 

Bravo to Keenan and the legend, Eduardo Telles.

[Notes:  2014 American National Black Belt Adult Male Medium Heavy Final]

Friday, September 5, 2014


Clinching. Clinching is one of the most important aspects in the grappling arts - regardless of your style or ruleset. Some styles dominate in the clinch, while others are scared to engage in it. Whether you are a sport grappler or just know some basics for self defense, clinch fighting is one the most important areas you can train.

Wrestlers and Judokas/Sambists have no problem clinching up, finding a weakness in their opponent and then exploiting it. BJJ players pretty much avoid it all together and try to establish control on the legs or torso. One martial art that gets very little credit for their hard nosed, yet very technical clinching, is Muay Thai. The clinch in used in traditional Muay Thai to wear an opponent down, setup throws and sweep and also knees and elbows. A Muay Thai specialist has an almost upright posture with strong emphasis on having their hips set in front of their spine and their head up. A posture that almost mimics old school Judo's upright clinching and grip fighting. If you haven't had the opportunity to personally train 1v1 with a high-level kickboxer, we suggest you do. And if you just happen to be a grappler, even more of a reason to do so. There is no doubt how valuable this particular style is and it can add a new aspect of in-fighting that might surprise your opponents.

Check out the Ruskies from Blood & Sweat Russia and there clinch tutorial at Combat Muay Thai Moscow.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Nothing is more fitting than Catch Wrestling in Deutschland. They go together like beer and pretzels, in a harmonious balance of pain and pleasure.

Alright, enough bullshit. Today, German Cacc Wrestler, Police officer and ISWA Coach Kristijan Simeunovic shows us a series of unbelievably painful submissions. As Kristijan states in his video, some may consider these holds "Show Holds," but like everything, we at DSTRYRsg take techniques with an open mind. If you put enough time in, your "Show Holds" might actually become part of your game and an essential part of your submission holds in live sparring. The same could be said for fancy guards, there is a very small number of people that are able to cleanly pull off berimbolo sweeps and submissions, compared to the total number of BJJ practitioners.

So, if you find yourself in Germany one day, try your hardest to not do anything stupid, otherwise Kristijan might just be waiting to stretch you out, and test out his show holds.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


I'm claiming close to total, if not total, ignorance here.  I know very little about Kabaddi, other than it's an ancient Indian game that involves wrestling like throws and takedowns and what looks very much like a handball court-type field (we don't have that in the US either).  And, it's fu*king incredible.

OK.  I know bit more than that.  It's complicated.  It involves inhaling and holding your breath and then "raiding" the other team's territory to get points by tagging other players.  In the process you could easily get taken down hard.  It looks gnarly and it's definitely a kind of the crazy-ass grappling game we could grow to love.  Too bad no one plays here in the US (and probably most have never heard of it).  Check out a video created by the Wall Street Journal recently on the Kabaddi "craze."  Then watch some recent World Kabaddi League action.

The world is awesome.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Utilizing lockflows in your training regime can be a priceless method for improvement. They teach you patterns of movement to recognize when your opponent is actively resisting. Lockflows are heavily ingrained within Cacc and Cacc inspired arts including todays art of choice - Luta Livre.

Today, Nico Welko, LL Brown Belt and National Coach of RFT Deutschland (Renovação Fight Team) shows us more than a handful of powerful submissions that are chained together in a nasty lockflow.

Take some notes and enjoy the video!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Since we are on a Sambo kick this week, we of course bring you more Sambo. We don't need to reiterate the benefits of Sambo, since we have done that several times before. So today, we want you to watch and enjoy some high level Russian Grappling in the comfort of your beanbag chain.

The Japan East Sambo Championships took place in April, but only recently videos of the event have been posted online. As usual we are here to provide with the vids, so check out these two matches with nasty finishes and some amazing throws and takedowns.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


We've probably explained a dozen times why we think Са́мбо (aka Sambo) is a badass grappling art on par with our style, BJJ.  So much of the technique is similar or the same, yet Са́мбо remains distinctive.

One thing we love about Sambo is the emphasis on quick submissions and lock-flow type joint attacks.  Unlike BJJ, which, in its current state as a sport, emphasizes extensive guard-play (and minimal little takedowns), Са́мбо is fast, guard-play is minimized, and the subs are quick and sometimes violent. Of course, BJJ is about quick subs as well, but it's also a lot about sweeps from guard and guard passing (especially at the world class level).

Check out this very tight flow from an americana-type sub to an armbar. Then check out another that illustrates a reverse armbar to a gnarly wrist attack.  You've seen all of this before, but not quite like this. 

Sidenote: is a pretty burly site with great original content.  Too bad my Russian language skills don't exist.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Is the world a better place than it was 10 or 20 years ago?  We say yes.

Sure, you've got Islamic extremists beheading ethnic minorities in Iraq, Russian empire building in in Eastern Europe and a continuous cycle of violence and death in Gaza.  Even worse, the price of a decent açaí bowl has really gotten out of control. But, the children are learning Jiu Jitsu, and that's what really matters.

Ten years ago, I could not have imagined watching a video on YouTube featuring a 22-year black belt World Champion phenom teaching a seminar to very little children on one of the more elegant and nuanced open guard techniques in BJJ.  God bless our modern society and Jiu Jitsu!

Monday, August 11, 2014


Ladies and gents, for those of you privileged enough to watch Metamoris this past weekend, you were in for a huge surprise. Yes, this is a spoiler alert - meaning that if you skip over reading this, you'll be angry. As far as I am concerned, M4 surpassed all the other M's combined. We are pretty sure this event left a lot of BJJ practitioners scratching their heads and pondering not only the outcomes and styles within the event, but also trying to figure out WTF Ryron Gracie is talking about.

So the matchups and the winners:

Garry Tonen v Kit Dale:
A quick back and forth with Kit on top, Tonnen scrambles for the back and grabs a sneaky front choke in the transition. Kit flips over to escape, but Tonnen lands in mount to finish the Aussie in seconds!

Saulo Ribeiro vs Rodrigo "Comprido" Medeiros:
A super technical standup match between two legends of the game. Obviously the kimonos slowed the overall match down, but for us it was truly entertaining. Technique for technique each man fought for grips for well over half the match. Saulo hit a beautiful drop seonage about 10mins into the fight, but soon after it was back on the feet. The match ended with some exciting sweeps back and forth and ended in a draw. We are pretty sure this match left a lot of BJJ players confused as to why both men didn't flying scissor each other.

Secret Match Glover v Yoshida:
In the secret match, neither opponent knew who they would face until they stepped on the mat. Hardcore fans cheered when Shoot Wrestler Yoshida was announced, and out of know where Jeff Glover jumped on the mats to face him after removing his headset and suit. The match was a display of unbelievable grappling positions, control and technique, that left us in awe. Of course Glover clowned around and gave up position several times to somehow wind up in threatening spots. The back and forth was both entertaining and super technical. Ryron Gracie made a surprise cameo to add his two cents and fill in for Glover, whom he did not have a whole lot of nice things to say about. What topped off the match was Ryron scolding Glover for "running away' and saying "We need to keep it realistic." Now most of you, by this point have heard the "Let's keep it fun" propaganda or the "It's about survival" speech. As with most things Gracie, I'm tired of hearing it. Keeping it realistic and survival really have no place in a submission only grappling tourneys. It's a sport, and as a sport it's not realistic, and if sports were about survival everyone would be the winner.

Keenan v Vinny:
I was super excited for this match. Both guys are incredibly strong yet very flexible and both strike with laser like precision. That was the opposite of this match. Vinny kept top pressure with a bit of hesitation to engage in the spinny-spinny-worm-abolo. Vinny quickly locked up a nasty heelhook in transition that would have tapped 99% of people. I guess Keenan is that 1%. Anyway, Keenan played footsies for the remainder of the match until he established mount and went for an armbar triangle when time ran out. Total action can be encompassed in less than a minutes time. Two high level guys who unfortunately didn't match up well and it disappointed us, aw-shucks.

Galvao v Sonnen:
The much anticipated match that we all knew would end in submission. This fight was hyped from the start and rehyped with the possibility of the NSAC, intervening. In the end Sonnen landed a beautiful low single that dropped Galvao to his butt. From that point on Sonnen played patty cake until Galvao established a deathgrip and double unders to take his back and finish with the RNC.

Barnett v Lister:
By far, two of my favorite grapplers aside from Sakuraba. My thoughts initially were that Lister was going to have his hands full and his leg lock game would be far from dominant vs a competitor that was not only significantly heavier than him, but also had an equal leg game. It played out just like that, Lister avoided the standup game of Barnett and pulled butterfly to guard. From here Barnett would dominate on top with incredible pressure and passing. Lister stayed strong through several bent arm lock attack and a crooked-head-scissor. With 30 seconds left, Barnett passes Lister's guard again, stops him from turning away and baits him for the head and arm kesa position. From there it's game over, Barnet locks his hands and sits out for the tap and thousands of BJJ player's heads explode. It was an incredible match that utilized pure catch wrestling for the win.

Quick Overview:
Tonnen is a beast, Throws do exist in BJJ, Surprise match was amazing, Keenan and Vinny disappoint,  Yoshida and Glover are awe inspiring, Barnett uses old school wrestling to sub Lister for the first time in 16 years.

M4 did not disappoint,  our highlights include a diversity in style match ups as well as thinking outside the confines of just BJJ. If Metamoris continues down this path we will see more and more amazing matches with grapplers (young and old) from all disciplines participating. Events like M4 will hopefully continue to grow grappling arts for the best and make them known in the mainstream.

**And as a side note, earlier I replaced Sato for Yoshida. Yes it was a mistake, yes he is "another asian guy," but in my defense they have almost an identical background, game, and fight at the same weight. And for those idiots that still don't know who I am talking about - its Rumina Sato. Shit happens, oh well...