Friday, September 19, 2014


We have featured Riley on our site before and he is possibly one of the most technical American leg lock instructors in the US. He is a product of Sambo Steve in NYC and now teaches out of NoLa BJJ in Louisiana. He is releasing a No Kurtka DVD with tons of techniques that you can start using immediately. Riley teaches in a manner that goes above and beyond just showing the move. He details and breaks down each move and includes theory behind each. Take a look at this clip from his DVD that shows you how to escape one of the worst positions in submission grappling - the sambo heelhook.

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.