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Friday, August 31, 2012

YOU'VE GOT LEGS, SO LEARN HOW TO KEEP THEM.



Your legs are important, they not only help you move from Point A to point B on a daily basis, but they allow you to stand, walk, run, jump, kick and prance your way around the gym. So, if you ask me I'd like to keep them intact rather than have them explode with the fury of Hector Lombard

Check out the guys from Big John McCarthy's Gym detailing a variety of heel hook defenses that common and better ways to do them. 


Thursday, August 30, 2012

THIS ANACONDA CHOKE IS MADE WITH FRESH MENDES. SO, IT'S BETTER.


Maybe you think you already know this choke, the anaconda, because you drilled it that one time in class and you are pretty good at catching those two 14-year old boys at your academy with it.  Plus, you've watched a fair amount of Jason Miller videos and you're an avid UFC fan.  So, you pretty got it covered, right?  Nope.

If you've paying attention at all, you know the Brothers Mendes, Rafael and Guillermo, are writing the book on ΓΌber technical, extremely well planned out and highly effective sport Jiu Jitsu.   At this stage in the BJJ game, their guard passing and sweeps games are pretty much da'shit.  They recently opened their flagship Art of Jiu Jitsu academy in Costa Mesa (Orange County), CA and are blowing people's minds with their advanced technique.  Suffice it to say, when Rafa Mendes shows you his take on the anaconda, you listen up.  And, so you shall ...


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WHEN AIKIDO MET SAMBO.


Sambo's development stemmed from the efforts of two men Vasili Oschepkov and Victor Spiridonov. There independent goals were to formulate techniques that could stop an armed or unarmed adversary in the least time possible.

Now, as most of your probably already know, Sambo integrates techniques from judo, jujitsu, and other foreign martial arts into native wrestling styles. Oschepkov was one of the first foreigners to learn Judo in Japan and had earned his second degree black belt from Jigoro Kano. Oschepkov also had a background in karate that he integrated into his teachings of the Red Army. On the other hand Spiridonov specialized in indigenous martial arts from various Soviet regions. Spiridonov had severely injured his arm durning World War and he heavily relied on movement over strength in his training. His style was often referred to as more Aikido like since it relied on utilizing the opponents energy against themselves. So when the best techniques from both of these men were combined something beautiful was created, and his name is Sambo.

Today we bring you this sweet grappling demonstration of both Russian Sambo and Japanese Aikido that took place earlier this month at Navy Friendship Day in Kanagawa Japan.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

IN CASE YOU MISSED BRAULIO ESTIMA'S PRO MMA DEBUT ... HE HANDLED IT.

Get it, grappler? Because he's sponsored by Storm Kimonos.  Clever, huh?
Maybe you can't afford proper cable television or maybe you were busy meeting up with your quilting posse or scrapbooking club.  I don't know you, so I don't know the correct excuse.  Somehow, you missed Braulio Estima's big MMA debut at Titan Fighting Championship 24 this past Firday.  Either way, most or all of any such excuses are pretty much invalid (there are a few exceptions, but most involve life threatening crises and/or nudity).

Let's just say you had something really important to do and it didn't involve bathing your Yorkie or  teacup sized dog (or any cat-related activity).  We absolve you of this lapse in judgement and are here to help.  Braulio, without your support, had solid showing against Chris Holland. 

Check him out:

Monday, August 27, 2012

OPEN THE GUARD, AND THE KNEE SHALL PASS.



You may think getting those legs open was they hardest thing you've done in a while. Well, unfortunately those white belts have been doing their homework. All too often, you'll get stopped dead in your tracks with all those crazy fancy guards named after animals or Portuguese nicknames you can't find the origin of.

The point is - that shit ain't fun. So, how do we beat it? Just listen to Jeremy Arel, he shows us two very simple, yet effective open guard passes. Both utilize the knee drive, and Jeremy is nice enough to show us two variations: the first with an underhook and the second without.

 


Friday, August 24, 2012

IT'S ALL IN THE HIPS.


We all know that warming up is an essential part of exercise and martial arts, but all to often fighters and athletes neglect this important aspect of training. Think of warming up as the foreplay to your grappling game or the tater skins to your burger - life's essentials!

As of right now you, might be able to get away with a limited or non-existant warmup, but, soon enough, those joints and ligaments are gonna get angry and demand you do so. So, since our hips, core and legs are such an essential part of grappling, why not concentrate on a Lower Body Warm-up that's dynamic and mimics the movements that you'll be doing in a few minutes (hopefully.?

Check out DieslSC and their Amped Warm up system that will undoubtedly get you all limbered up for your fancy guard.

*Note grappling master and fitness guro Steve Maxwell makes a cameo!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

SPEAKING OF ROGER GRACIE, THIS IS HOW HE CHOKES PEOPLE.


Maybe you haven't been paying attention lately, but Roger Gracie's been making news recently.  First, he made a strong showing at Strikeforce last month beating Keith Jardine, and just this week he announced that he's facing Buchecha in a BJJ superfight in October.  Roger, of just Rog as we like to call him, is pretty much the man when it comes to being a legendary badass of Jiu Jitsu. So, none of this is surprising.

Now that we got you all Rogered up, it's time for your knowledge drop.  Roger's game is deceptively simple.  If you've seen him in action at Worlds or ADCC, you know - he keeps thinks basic.  Pass the guy's guard, get to mount, establish dominance and then collar choke him the sh*t our of him.  They all know it's coming and they do everything in their power to fight it off, but most of his opponents go down exactly this way (with some exceptions, we know). 

Check out a really succinct and precise demo of this choke from mount by Prof. Olavo Abreu, head BJJ coach at Phuket Top Team (our favorite team in Phuket).  Variations included!  Grapplers, this is real deal stuff; you've probably seen some of these techniques before or have even been coached in them.  Either way, this is excellent review with some quality pointers on the details. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

THE JUDO CHOP - FACT OR FICTION?


We have all heard of it. We have all tried it on our friends, loved ones and family members. But is the Judo chop real? Isn't it just a Karate chop that dudes use to break bricks with? As we all know, it's been called a lot of things: Austin Powers Judo chop, karate chop, knife hand, axe hand, edge of hand blow.  In actuality, it's highly effective and have been used for hundreds of years to neutralize opponents and sometimes even used to setup locks. So why is the chop a thing of urban legend especially within grappling?

Well, grapplers it is real and it's origins are from Jujutsu (also known as Jiu Jitsu and Judo later on.) Yes, the chop existed before the Japanese started using it, but today we are talking strictly about jiujitsu and you. 

Some of you are probably fidgeting in your recliners, readying your fat fingers to type in all caps and respond to this post saying something like "My Sensei told me it's from ...." or "Well, a friend of a friend  trains with Eddie Bravo and he says he created it" or maybe my favorite "The Gracie family has created  jiujitsu and more than 60% of it is new and unique to them."  Sorry, grapplers.   But, there's about as much truth in these kinds of claims as the assertion that humans roamed the earth with dinosaurs (yes, even though the "Flintstones" seems so real).

Traditional Japanese jujutsu (jiujitsu) is a complete art that has combative aspects that cover standing techniques, throws, ground grappling, weapons and yes strikes. Edge of hand blows were used extensively in jiujitsu, not only to deliver debilitating and possibly lethal strikes, but they were also used to weaken your opponent and open them up for locks, chokes and throws.

Why it's so effective? Well the thought behind it is that closed hand punches are often unreliable and often lead to broken hands and wrists and a closed fist also has a much larger surface area. The edge of hand strike has much less surface area and concentrates the blow to a precise area. It can also target vital spots on the body such as the neck much more efficiently than a punch.

What what does this mean for you? Well I suggest you play with the edge of hand technique and maybe pick up a book to read more about prewar Judo and Jujutsu. It also might be fun to chop the crap out of that whitebelt that won't let go of his grips.

*Word of caution: as any strike it can be dangerous and possibly lethal so don't be stupid!




Tuesday, August 21, 2012

JIU JITSU KNOWS NO BOUNDS, AND THIS IS PROOF.


We're going to put aside our normally sarcastic and ridiculously charismatic sense of humor to keep this simple, because it really needs no introduction.  Watch this 2.5 minute video and we guarantee you'll be inspired to train harder and appreciate everyone you have even more.

(Notes: Hugo Leanardo, of team CheckMat, is paralyzed from the waist down and does not have the use of his legs.  We're humbled by this guy's courage.  Props to GracieMag [the Portuguese version] for this video.)

GRAPPLER, YOU'RE ABOUT TO SPEND SOME QUALITY TIME WITH RICARDO VIEIRA.


RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY

I, ________________ [random grappling guy] do hereby acknowledge that I am about to watch a kickass documentary about the BJJ black belt, athlete and renowned coach known as Ricardo Vieira produced by JITS Magazine.  As such, I am aware that this film, being of two parts, lasts approximately 29 minutes in duration.  I further realize that, while watching the film will enhance my Jiu Jitsu spirit and motivate me to choke and attack the joints of others in a more aggressive and effective manner and otherwise make me a "better" person, I incur the risk of (a) losing my job, (b) losing my girlfriend/wife/significant other and/or (c) being a bad parent to my children.  I assume full responsibility for such risks and the damages I may suffer as the result of viewing this film.

I hereby release, discharge waive and covenant not to sue DSTRYR/SG.  I further acknowledge that DSTRYR/SG is the coolest, most dope (bascially the same as being the coolest) grappling website in the universe (both charted and uncharted), and agree to visit the site every day and to tell all my friends about it.

I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS AND HAVE SIGNED IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT, ASSURANCE OR GUARANTEE BEING MADE TO ME AND INTEND MY SIGNATURE TO BE A COMPLETEAND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF ALL LIABILITY TO THE GREATEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW.  LONG LIVE JIU JITSU.

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[Sign Your Name Here, e.g., Omar Plata]





RONDA ROUSEY'S ARMBAR? YEAH, IT'S PRETTY GOOD.


Putting aside your bizarrely unrealistic (and possibly slightly creepy) fantasy of meeting Ronda Rousey, her falling madly in love with you and the two of your settling down together, we can all agree this Ronda's got some seriously world glass grappling chops.  Say what you will about the pool of women in professional MMA, Ronda's risen quickly to the top of the heap and she's relied primarily on submission grapping (and that's all we do here) to get there.

Although our bros at Middle Easy beat us to the punch (or should we say, armlock), we're sharing anyway.  Check out a very precise and well stated explanation of Ronda's arm attack from a grappler who needs no explanation, Mr. Eddie Bravo (along with sidekick, UFC fighter Alan Belcher).  Really good stuff.

Monday, August 20, 2012

THE GRAPPLER'S INTERROGATORIES (CASE NO. 0005.1): DSTRYR/SG VS. DAMARAQUES JOHNSON.


Heads up, grappler. This is the good stuff.  The Jiu Jitsu comedy cup really doth overfloweth.  Like a lotith (we promise to cut down on Old English buffoonery for at least a month now).   

Here's what going on: We always knew we liked DaMarques Johnson, both as a fighter and an overall cool dude.  We watched him during his season on TUF: US vs. UK, a season in which he kicked everyone's ass and went on to the finale.  We got to know him ... on television.  We laughed together and cried together too.  That's how reality TV works.  But, we didn't know he could be funnier than us.  Now, we hate him.

DaMarques came up with his very own Grappler's Interrogatories (he literally copied and pasted the GI's for Shoyoroll, and answered away), and we couldn't be any more stoked.   Thanks, DaMarques - you made our week!

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1. How did you get your start in BJJ?
I was bored in barracks room while in the Army, and would do nothing but watch the old Pride fights and UFC's.  Then, some of my buddies and I got drunk and all ended up fighting each other "Fight Club" style. lol  I ended up winning the buddie battle royale, so they took me to the local Jiu Jitsu school where I did pretty well, until the instructor popped my elbow. I swore to myself that I was gonna get good enough to catch that guy once my arm healed, and i did. Been addicted to Jiu Jitsu since 2001

2. How did Shoyoroll get its start?
I pretty sure i dont even know what your talking about right now. Being that I just copied and pasted this interview out of boredom, I don't feel its my place to explain how Shoyoroll got its start out of respect to the guys who started it. But, it sounds like something you would hear in a night club in downtown ATL

3. How has your experience in BJJ influenced your approach to Shoyoroll as a business?
Well I'm not very versed in Shoyoroll. But, basically my BJJ influenced my business this way: Find someone that knows more than you and who's been tested in high pressure situations, where they have had to prove what they are selling you actually works. If you trust the system, get after it and plan on taking over the world.

4. Do you have any advice for someone who has a business idea in a niche market like yours?
Plan on taking your lumps. It's a learning curve. Don't get discouraged and learn from those prior to you.   And, be open minded to new ideas and multiple approaches.

5. Favorite BJJ Fighter of All Time?
 As far as a "BJJ" fighters go, I have many ... and, for many different reasons.  But, a quick run down -  Nog, Jeremy Horn, Nick and 
Nate Diaz, 

Sport BJJ, I would have to say Jeff Glover, Marcelo Garcia and Robson Mora 

6. Closed Guard, Open Guard or Fancy Guard? 
1/2 guard or open

7. Fauxhawk, Mohawk, Mullet or Fabio?
 Well, I would have to say full on anti-establishment mohawk  - "Taxi Driver" style a la Dan Hardy.
8. Fight/Board Shorts, Vale Tudo Shorts, or Spats (i.e., tights)?
My lack of gratutious amounts of ass prevent me from rocking full on vale tudo shorts. I would jus look silly saggin some spandex.  I am gonna go with the shorter striker's cut board shorts like the Venum ones I was rockin'.

9. Triangle, RNC, Armbar or Other? If other than triangle, please explain. .
 A lot of things have to go right to finish a Triangle, so I'm gonna go with that.

10. What Animal Best Defines You as a Grappler (e.g., I am like a snail. I am slow and get smashed a lot)? Note: Answering with Fictional Animals (e.g., Unicorns, Sasquatch) Not Permitted.
Well, I'm not very big or strong so the typical gorillas, sharks, and beastly, scary strong animals are out. I'm not really smart, fast, or agile vicious either, and it would seem comical, slightly stereotypical and mildly racialist to call myself a monkey, a fox, or pitbull   lol  I'm more of a grappling scavenger opportunist; witty, clever and scary.   If i see the wounded animal, I will kill it.  If it's left behind, I will take it. So, yeah like a hyena, raccoon, or vulture.

11. Favorite Gracie? If other than Rickson, please explain.
Kyra Gracie. I have a thing for beautiful woman who could kick my ass in real life.

Note from DSTRYR/SG:  DaMarques has legit grappling chops.  Check him out just handling a really buff dude in a grappling tournament a few years back:

Friday, August 17, 2012

REMEMBER WHEN FRANK SHAMROCK WAS THE GREATEST FIGHTER IN THE WORLD? WE DO.

I'm not trying to out-fanboy anyone (not ever), but I distinctly remember watching Frank Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz live at UFC 22 on DirecTV when it went down on September 24, 1999. And, it was glorious.

Maybe your were still an aspiring beach volleyball player or rhythmic gymnast back in '99 or maybe you were like 12 years old.  Either way, if you weren't watching NHB (now MMA) back then, you might have missed out on Frank's legendary and storied career.  It was great time for MMA and Frank was at the top of the heap.  And, back then, people were watching MMA for the pure love of it.  It wasn't particularly cool to be in to it and definitely the chicks weren't digging it.  The fighters didn't go on Leno or get profiled on TMZ (which didn't exist, of course).  Overall, it didn't get a ton of attention like it does now.  It was just pure awesome, and it was great.

Frank Juarez a/k/a Frank Shamrock is a special fighter to us here at DSTRYR/SG.  He bridged the gap between Japanese CACC style hybrid fighting, complete with a legit submission game, and what a lot of people now consider to be modern MMA.  And, he won in dramatic fashion.  Many people only know him by his most recent fights from later in his career.  That doesn't do the man justice.  He's a legend.

Now, check out his recently release HL reel.  You'll see what we mean.

TRY TRI WAYS TO TRI ANGLE.



Come on we all loved the song. The late 90's and early 2000's were a great time to be around, not only musically, but grappling-wise as well. For example, BJ Penn was the first American Black Belt to win an IBJJF World Championship in Brazil and both of Melissa Etheridge's children were fathered by David Crosby.  Hoorah and gross and the same time.

You know what else is gross?  Your guard game.  And, Professors Renato and Vinnie from Sampa Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA know that. So they are here to show us three ways to set up that pesky triangle.
 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

THE HEAD AND ARM ARE CONNECTED TO THE BACK.



As long time readers and followers know, I'm a huge fan of Erik Paulson and CSW. His system has changed the way I grapple and, when I get a chance to, it doesn't hurt to throw some questions at the grappling master (especially since he has encyclopedia-like knowledge of martial arts and grappling.) Check out this video with one of Paulson's students, MMA Fighter Jason South, as he share two sweet variations of a head and arm choke from the back.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

NEW FROM STUART COOPER FILMS: LUCIO SERGIO DOS SANTOS.


Hey, grapplers.  We've elected to refrain from our typical overly clever stylings in order to be relatively serious for a brief moment.  It feels kind of weird to be holding back this way, when all we really want to do is mock your guard passing skills and your excessive Shoyoroll (and/or other Guam and/or other island based/related kimono companies) buying habits.  You also still say "Oss" way too much and it needs to stop.

Today we we're announcing that commencing now and going forward, we'll be presenting all of the Stuart Cooper Films ("SCF") productions here on DSTRYR/SG as part of an on going relationship with SCF.  That means you'll be the first to catch all of the amazing content Stuart creates for the BJJ and grappling community. 

So, here we go.  Below is another fine production from SCF focusing on the talented black belt, Lucio Sergio Dos Santos, who coaches at GB Preston (i.e., in England somewhere) alongside Lucio "Lagarto" Rodrigues.  As an American, I wasn't familiar with Dos Santos and I'm happy to say I'm now fully acquainted with him.   Excellent skills on Dos Santos' part and excellent filmmaking on Stuart's part.  

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

OH, YOUR TOE HURTS? TAPE IT AND KEEP TRAINING.


God, grappler.  Sometimes you just frustrate us and it makes it very difficult to continue to be your "go to" badass BJJ/submission grappling website.  We try to love you unconditionally, to nurture your "talents" and support you.  Yes, we do.  But, then you go and "take time off"  because of a so-called injury. You say ACL tear, and we say schmay-cee-el tear.  Whatever you do, if at all possible, continue to train, despite varying degrees of injuries (you can always vary your level of training, but we should not have to tell you this).

Kurt Osiander knows what we're talking about.  He even made a video about taping your toe up real good, so you can stay on the mat and keep training (which is what you're supposed to do).  Check it out and learn from a master of real-deal, pipe hitting, glass eating BJJ.  Believe me, this dude doesn't take time off to heal up when he gets little nagging injuries.

[Side Note:  If you are sitting there in your Aeron chair with a funny offended look on your face, then chill out.  We may be exaggerating slightly.  Ever so slightly.  If you have a real injury and training will likely make it worse, then stop.  At the same time, don't be a wimp.]

Monday, August 13, 2012

WHAT CAN KUDO DO FOR YOU?


And, now, a general stereotype - the Japanese may not be the best drivers, but they sure as hell know how to fight. The Japanese are a fighting culture to whom you could attribute countless martial arts and styles, including Kudo.

The art of Kudo was founded in 1981 and migrated to Russia soon after. There has been a martial and grappling cross pollination between Russia and Japan for years and it still continues to flourish. You can easily draw similarities between Kudo, Shooto, Combat Sambo, Russian-All-Around fighting and even MMA.

So, tell us more about Kudo please. Of course we will - Daido Juku otherwise known as Kudo, which translates as "hollow way," incorporates a wide variety of fighting arts including Kyokushin karate, judo, and boxing. The rules? Pretty lose, the sport of Kudo allows almost everything with the exception punches to the back and neck.

If you want to watch the Cliff Notes version highlight reel, including a ton of knockouts, subs, and a spectacular headbutt at the 36 second mark, take a look here. Otherwise, check out these scary ass Russians Kudoing for 35 minutes. Hope you have your Rosetta Stone ready.

Friday, August 10, 2012

CLOCKS, CHOKES AND CAVALCANTI.

The amazing work of RONLEWHORN
If were to say "What time is it!?" to you and you fail to respond that it's "Adventure Time," well, then you probably deserve to be choked.  If you still don't know what I'm talking about, you really need to hang out with more 12-year olds.  They know what's up, and your guaranteed to be about to choke the crap out of them with no problem (i.e., because they are all small and weak and you're, most likely, a grown man).

We're talking about chokes.  But, not just any chokes.  The clock choke.  It's elusive and, dare I say, sometimes not so easy to get.  You gotta drill this one, grapplers, and often. 

Master Ricardo Cavalcanti knows what time it is, and he's about to shows us how to finish an opponent from side control with a particularly cruel and sneaky clock choke.  Queue the video ...



Thursday, August 9, 2012

WAIT. DID YOU JUST TRIANGLE CHOKE ME?


The gods of Jiu Jitsu created each and every submission technique for a reason.  They're all great in their own way, and no one technique is better than the other.  Like snowflakes or children (unless they're jerks).

But, the tricky ones - those are special.  Those techniques that leads you down a long avenue of sneakiness only to finally break your arm or choke you unconscious.  That's beautiful.

Check out this little masterpiece from Francisco "Sinistro" Iturralde (from Rolled Up Episode 34).  We think Sinistro is badass and we also really like his name (Francisco, that is).  ++ for the trickiness.

SMPL D-FNSE 4 EZ SWPS.


Does getting swept day in, day out make you angry? We understand.  It's probably 'cause you suck horribly and your mat time should be spent in the kids class.

As simple as some sweeps are, they tend to continue to cause issues for many a grappler. Today, Jeremy Arel once again give use a very detailed tutorial on how to keep your balance and not lose position when you fight white belt girls. Check it out and learn how to defend the open guard ankle hook.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

YEAH, YOU'RE WATCHING MARCELO GARCIA AND HIS SKATEBOARD.


Grapplers, you're just going to have to file this one in the "Should I and/or Do I Really Care?" file.  It's a choice you're going to have to make for yourself, after some deep contemplative thought.  Do I really care to watch a 3 minute video of Marcelo Garcia, arguably one of the best (if not the best) submission grapplers to ever compete with or without a gi, tooling around with his students at skate park?  Does that say something about me as a person?  If so, what?  When you arrive at the answer, I'm sure it will be profound and you'll be a better person for it. 

Now, in the meantime, watch the video and waste a few minutes you won't get back ... ever.  Still, we're pretty certain you'll minimally be mildly entertained.

Side note:  I'm no expert, but it appears Marcelo is a bit tentative on his skateboard.  At the same time, he's showing some basic, staying on the board-type skills.  You'd know better than I.  I'm just a simple grappler with no skating skills to speak of. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

THE GRAPPLER'S INTERROGATORIES (CASE NO. 0005): DSTRYR/SG VS. SHOYOROLL.


Grappler, just this week a group of really smart people managed to fly an SUV from Earth to Mars.  They used a supersonic parashute and rockets and radar and all their fancy brain powers to make it happen.  It really makes creating and running a sweet and moderately humorous Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Submission Grappling website seem, kind of, insignificant.  It's times like this when the wisdom of Helio kicks in.  I believe he once said "Trust your doubt. Always fight for your beliefs. That is the path beyond thought."  That's deep.

OK.  That's actually Steven Seagal, but it makes a lot of sense here, so we're going with it.  Onward and upward. 

Behold Grappler's Interrogs Case No. 0005, as responded to by our friend and colleague in BJJ, Vince "Bear" Quitugua a/k/a the man behind Shoyoroll.

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1. How did you get your start in BJJ?
I started BJJ like most people watching Royce Gracie tap everybody in the early UFC'S.  When I moved to California from Guam in the end 1999, I was on my quest to find a jiu-jitsu gym and learn the art.  I started at Gracie Torrance for a couple months and trained on and off at a few different places since then.  I'm currently a brown belt and just like anybody who is in BJJ long term just trying to consistently learn and get better.   THE NEVER ENDING QUEST OF LEARNING THE GENTLE ART!  OSSS.

2. How did Shoyoroll get its start?
Shoyoroll started as an idea to start clothing brand to add our own flavor and ideas to apparel back in 1999.   We got motivated back in 1999 and 2000 to get it going to sponsor a good friend and one of the sickest body boarders on island by the name of Brian "Ripper" Cruz who was a phenom body boarder from the islands.  He was by far the most talented people in the water at a very young age and was a personal friend.  So, that kinda got us going to produce goods and give some support a talented kid who also so happened to be a personal friend.

We basically took our interest at the time which was Surf, Grappling, and Skateboard influence and used it as  the base of the brands direction in the early days.  Just like any other kids who want to start a clothing brand, we did not know much and we were learning as we went along and also made zero to no money for a very long time.   It was almost a hobby brand for the most part in the very beginning with just friends wearing our product and also some people in the grappling community.

Then we started to develop a kimono at the time that blended aspects of a gi and made our gi.

3. How has your experience in BJJ influenced your approach to Shoyoroll as a business?
In my opinion, it's probably using timing and being patient.   In my opinion, those are two things you learn from jiu-jitsu that transfer over to any business.

4. Do you have any advice for someone who has a business idea in a niche market like yours?
Do a lot of research and make sure you are in it for the right reasons.

5. Favorite BJJ Fighter of All Time?
MMA BJJ FIGHTER:  MURILO BUSTAMANTE

SPORT BJJ FIGHTER: Either Leozinho or Margarida

6. Closed Guard, Open Guard or Fancy Guard? Halfguard, if that counts.

7. Fauxhawk, Mohawk, Mullet or Fabio? Mullet's are pretty much the coolest things on earth.  I wish I could pull it off.  JOE DIRT IS THE MAN.

8. Fight/Board Shorts, Vale Tudo Shorts, or Spats (i.e., tights)? BOARDSHORTS W/ Tights.  Japan style.

9. Triangle, RNC, Armbar or Other?  If other than triangle, please explain. Triangle to win.   I think you get a better overall feeling when landing triangles and finishing.

10. What Animal Best Defines You as a Grappler (e.g., I am like a snail.  I am slow and get smashed a lot)?  Note:  Answering with Fictional Animals (e.g., Unicorns, Sasquatch) Not Permitted.
Possum.  Like to play dead then boom :)  Defense is offense.

11.  Favorite Gracie?  If other than Rickson, please explain.
I really dig Roger Gracie because he uses the simple things of jiu-jitsu and makes it work.   It's awesome to watch.

[A Note from DSTRYR/SG:  Much appreciation to Bear and Shoyoroll for participating and having some fun with us.  Let's roll sometime!]

ROBSON DOESN'T LIKE YOUR DE LA RIVA, SO HE'LL PASS.



Earlier this week, we brought you the wonderfully stupendous De la Riva Mind Map. Of course it's a great guide and map to almost everything you can do within that guard. Well, what if your on the other end of that? It's no fun getting swept - quite frankly it's embarassing, and sometimes painful when you hit the mat face first. How do we resolve this issue? We listen to Master Robson Moura or, as I like to call him, the human Mind Map.

So WWMR Do?

Of course the answer is pass your DLR hooks with ease. Learn how he does it and bust up those dudes who have the mind map written on the back of their hands.


Monday, August 6, 2012

MORE MIND MAPPING: HOW TO FALL ON YOUR BUTT IN NEW AND INTERESTING WAYS (EXPLORING THE DLR GUARD.)


Grapplers, here's another badass and extremely well-crafted mind map from the BJJ mind map maestro himself, Matt Corley. Check out his blog for more great BJJ bloggery. 
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Here’s what I know about De La Riva guard. It’s named after this guy, involves the dude on the bottom wrapping his leg around my front leg like vine of ivy and I end up on my butt about 2 seconds later. Luckily, you don’t have to rely on my incredibly detailed account of the effectiveness of the de la Riva guard. The gentlemen at Jiu Jitsu Lab have put together a series of instructional posts for those looking to expand their game:

DLR Part 1
DLR Part 2
DLR Back Attack
DLR Inverted Sweeps
Reverse DLR mini-instructional
Reverse DLR Part 1
Reverse DLR Part 2

Linked below is the interactive map that I’ve put together detailing the DLR guard and also several passes to do when you’re stuck in it. All said there are over 20 techniques demonstrated and well over an hour of instruction.

Special thanks to Demolisher and DSTRYR at DSTRYRSG for hosting the map. I’d also like to thanks Noah Karbach at Summit City Submissions (purple belt under Marcello Monteiro and the DLR lineage) for suggestions on where to research videos. I’ve been helping Noah organize the DLR curriculum for his students. Expect to see the full requirements for promotion to blue belt under Master DLR next week.

[Note from DSTRYR/SG:  So, GO HERE to experience the kickass interactive DLR mind map in all its splendor, and geek the f*ck out.]






Saturday, August 4, 2012

GROUNDIN', POUNDIN', AND PASSIN'

Art by the great John K.
Listen up.  If your going to find out how to defend yourself from someones fist flying at your face while your playing "Get in my guard," then learn to do it correctly. As I always teach my students, the best way to learn something is to learn both sides or approaches to a technique - offense and defense. So learn the best way to crack your training partners in the face in order to open there guard and keep smashing. (Thus you'll learn how to defend it also)

So lets have Liam of VT1 Gym Sydney shows us how it's done with this great GnP tutorial.

Friday, August 3, 2012

CHICKS THAT CAN KICK YOUR ASS - USA'S FIRST OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL IN JUDO.


We hope most of you caught the amazing grappling event that took place yesterday. Twenty two year old Kayla Harrison is not only is the first woman, from the US, to win Gold in Judo, but she won USA's first Olympic Gold in the sport EVER. Six years ago, Kayla moved to Massachusetts to continue her Judo training and learn from grappling god and four time Olympian, Jimmy Pedro. Kayla was an unexpected finalist despite her #2 ranking entering the games. Yesterday she took on Britain's best, Gemma Gibbons, and beat her 2-0 for the gold medal in the women's under 78-kilogram division. So what's next for Ms. Harrison? More Judo? Maybe she could even follow in the footsteps of former Olympic Medalist Rowdy Ronda Rousey. Only time will tell. So while youe waiting around to find out what will happen, stay informed and watch some of the worlds best here. You can watch Kayla putting in the work pre-Olympics here:




And check out her win for the Gold here (since NBC blocked embedding) or you can watch the bootleg version below.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

HOW CROOKED ARE YOUR HEAD SCISSORS?



The head scissor is an old time staple of catch wrestling. It was most often used in catch in order to aid in pinning your opponent for a fall. It was also sometimes used in conjunction with a figure four or an armbar. So, you might be asking yourself, "how relevant or effective is this in modern grappling?" With a lot of practice and sensitivity training, we assure you that you'll be armbaring and cranking the hell out of those newbies in no time. So check out the details of the armbar from side control with a head scissor finish brought to us by Jamie Taylor of Middlesbrough Fight Academy.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

YOU SHOULD WATCH THIS SCRAMBLE-PRODUCED SHORT ON OLI GEDDES, IF YOU LIKE INTERESTING AND WELL PRODUCED BJJ FILMS ... WHICH YOU SHOULD.


Scramble has a knack for being cool and we support that.  But, they need to cool their jets a bit and let the rest of us catch up.  First, they make a sweet kimono in the Ichiban and then they consistently put out all kinds of super slick designs for tees, caps and other regalia.  Plus, they're way more English than we are, and we can't even try to compete with that. 

Putting our petty envy aside momentarily, Scramble not only makes really cool apparel for the discriminating Brazilian Jiu Jitsuer, they also produce excellent films focusing on some of the world's best and most interesting grapplers.  Case in point - the short film below featuring elite grappler, Oli Geddes. 

If you don't know him already, Geddes is a badass British BJJ pro and a black belt under Roger Gracie, who's making great strides the grappling world stage.   Yet, like you and me, most of his friends and family still think he's doing Karate.  I'll bet he even gets the periodic Karate chop hand gesture and/or "hai-ya" sound effect thing. 

Check it out.  And, watch out Scramble.  We'll soon be releasing our very own kimono - El Primero!