Tuesday, July 26, 2011


There are many bad situations in life that can be traced back to a series of material F-ups.  Off the top of my head, getting knocked in high school, flunking out of school, getting involved with hard drugs and getting arrested/going to prison top of the list.  Getting face tattoo has to be up there too - not sure how much good can come of that.  But, we can't help you with that stuff here.  We just do grappling.

On that note, being stuck in side control after your opponent secures his/her position and becomes entrenched is a magically screwed position.  It can be discouraging and can exhaust you if you fail to escape.  Logically, the best defense is to avoid the mistakes that got you there in the first place.  But, we know that isn't always possible.  So, we're here to help.

You need to watch this video from Kurt Osiander, Ralph Gracie black belt and veteran grappler/fighter, on escaping side control.  Kurt not only has the finest hair style in jiu jitz, he's funnier than we are and seems like the kind of burly, gnarly dude we'd roll with.  More importantly, his technique and instruction is flawless.  This is basic stuff that you must know (as we often say).  Take it to heart and learn it.  It will save you some pain in the future.


  1. It's like Mark Coleman and Clay Guida had a BJJ baby!

  2. I love this dude, he's like the Kieth Morris of BJJ

  3. JMS - that's one of the greatest things I have ever heard.

  4. This is what happens when you ask Kurt Osiander about his hair. He should also do a hair-off with Clark Gracie.

    Such a quote machine. I always looked forward to the bits of 'Ask a Black Belt' when Osiander was on, like this.

    Or there was this interesting comment on a white belt class he taught earlier that day, and how some students are more talented than others:

    "The last four are retarded. They don't know how to use their body. They've never moved their hips, they've never had a girlfriend. They don't even know what their fucking body parts are - they stopped teaching anatomy in school. [...]

    I think my students like me. You're going to train hard and you're going to like it. You won't get any sissy jiu jitsu here."

  5. That's Triple H's more metal brother.

  6. Thank you for the technique! What do I do if the guy's duct taped me to railroad tracks and there is a train coming in 10 seconds?



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