We Defy Foundation Technique of the Day

We Defy Foundation

Grappling Mastery recently hosted a special event for our Disabled Veterans here in Lake County and Nationwide.  We had some good hard rolls and went over some great technique.  All proceeds went to We Defy Foundation which provides paid scholarships for disabled veterans who want to train their minds and bodies through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing.

Army Medic, Tony Tindell in Afghanistan
Army Medic, Sgt. Tony Tindell in Afghanistan

“You hear a lot of stories about returning Combat vets. They’re Angry, Drinking, Depressed or have PTSD; well I’m glad to say this isn’t me and there one very distinct reason for that, besides my wife; Grappling Mastery. I was still in Ghazni Afghanistan when I contacted Professor Ruscio initially. I explained my need for a coping mechanism upon my return and he offered to help. I’ve been training with Grappling Mastery for four months now, since returning from the battlefield. In addition to BJJ he taught me patience, diligence a bit of humility… Read More”

Various Finishes to the Double Leg Takedown

Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Academy

A double leg takedown has 3 parts that should be treated separately but performed sequentially without stopping.  The decision of which finish to use must be made on the spot based on our opponents reaction.  For this reason, it’s important to drill good double legs over and over with a cooperative partner giving you different realistic reactions.

3 Parts to a Double Leg Takedown:

  1. Setup
  2. Entry
  3. Finish

Today we will be looking at a few of the options for finishing a Double Leg Takedown.  These are nowhere near the only ways to finish a double leg.  Future posts will cover other setups and finishes.  We are assuming you know the proper way to shoot the double leg as well as it is only covered slightly in the following videos.  Subscribe to our website or our Youtube page to be notified of future technique videos as we post them.

BJJ Technique: Switching Armbar & Belly Down Armbar

Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Academy

Here are a couple slick submissions when your opponent defends your original armbar attempt by pulling his arm out.

We Defy Foundation – Training for Disabled Combat Veterans!

We Defy Foundation

We Defy Foundation Slogan LogoWe Defy Foundation and Grappling Mastery are dedicated to improving the lives of our military disabled combat veterans through the use of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Physical Fitness training. Our coaching staff and members are comprised of both military and non-military personnel. We understand how important it is to take care of our returning veterans. We are committed to giving them the tools to combat life’s challenges.  We exist to improve the lives of mentally and physically disabled combat veterans. Through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Fitness training we will provide combat veterans suffering from life-disabling injuries and/or PTSD a long term means to overcome their challenges.

Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Muay Thai Academy in Mount Dora was featured in the Orlando Sentinel for bringing We Defy Foundation to Lake County, Florida

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Veteran athlete qualifications

All veterans applying for sponsorship as an athlete must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be a veteran who served in an area of combat operations.
  2. Must be separated/retired from active duty status (National Guard/Reserve duty not included).
  3. Must be a disabled combat veteran (mental or physical).
  4. Must provide proof of honorable discharge from military service DD214.
  5. Must provide VA entitlement/rating letter.
  6. Must be willing to commit to training at least a minimum of one time per week at a We Defy Foundation Approved Training Facility for the duration of one year.
  7. A Special Criteria Waiver exists on a case by case basis for unique circumstances (e.g. training accident, sexual assault, other circumstances related to military service).

Our Approved Athletes will receive:

  1. One Year Free Grappling Mastery Membership
  2. One Year Weekly Private Lessons
  3. 2 Custom Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Uniforms

To Apply as a Grappling Mastery / We Defy Athlete Click Here

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Unorthodox Submissions from Back Control

Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Academy

Here are two slick submissions from the Back.  Everyone is expecting the Rear Naked Choke. Wait until you pull off one of these!

BJJ Technique: Superman Armbar

Superman Armbar

The “Superman Armbar” is a slick option from Guard that starts by performing a Tomoe Nage style sweep.

Become BullyProof at Grappling Mastery

Grappling Mastery Kids BJJ Team

“Bullying starts with the kids, and therefore, must end with the kids.” – Rener Gracie

This is the Best thing you can do for your Child TODAY to improve their Character and Create the Foundation for a Better Future!

Bang Muay Thai Central Florida Kid's Program
Grappling Mastery’s Little Ninjas!

At Grappling Mastery, we teach kids the confidence, respect and self esteem they need to handle themselves in social situations.  Bullyproof Kids Classes consist of a combination of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Bang Muay Thai Kickboxing Classes.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will teach your child, among many other things, how to defend themselves without resorting to punches or kicks. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Grappling style using joint locks and leverage rather than striking.  Our Bang Muay Thai, Little Ninjas Classes teach your child how to avoid strikes while effectively counterattacking.  Muay Thai Kickboxing IS a striking style and will teach how to properly punch and kick.

How to Submit a Wrestler with Judo and BJJ!

Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Academy

I have a hard time writing this post because I love Wrestling.  The truth is though, wrestling doesn’t have submissions.  Combining Wrestling with BJJ is the best combination for Grappling and Self Defense.  Add in Great Muay Thai Kickboxing and you have a lethal combination for MMA.  That being said submitting a wrestler can be hard.  They have a good understanding of balance, body mechanics and have a good base.  They are fast, athletic, and aggressive.  Every fight starts standing and they are masters of takedowns and takedown defense.

To better understand wrestlers, I believe you need to actually learn wrestling.  The same can be said about beating a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu artist.  It’s been said, “The only thing that beats Jiu Jitsu, is Jiu Jitsu.”  I believe to beat any martial art, you should have some understanding of that martial art and it’s strategies and intentions.  That being said, the debate of which martial art is best is an invalid argument no matter which side you are on.  I love BJJ, Wrestling, and Muay Thai equally.  I think they all offer something the others don’t.  BJJ for submissions; wrestling for takedowns, defense, and scrambles; and Muay Thai for the awesome striking that it offers.

So just for fun.  Let’s look at a couple ways to submit someone when they try to go for a single leg takedown!

Brian Ruscio NoGi Leglock Seminar to Benefit Team Jay

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NAGA Pan-American No Gi Expert Masters Champion, Brian Ruscio
NAGA Pan-American Expert

Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery hosted a Submission Wrestling Seminar focusing on Leglocks to Benefit Team Jay on Saturday, June 25th.

The seminar lasted over 3 hours and we raised almost $1000 for Team Jay!

Professor Brian Ruscio is currently undefeated in BJJ competition with and without the Gi.  His last major competition was the NAGA Pan-American Expert Division Championship.  He finished his finals match by way of Toehold from Deep Half Guard vs. Wanderlei Camilo of Brazilian Top Team, who is also a leglock expert and MMA Fighter.  Brian Ruscio loves the leglock game and has many unique setups and finishes that you’ll want to know as leglocks become ever more popular in the world of Grappling.

Team Jay: Jay is a 9 year old boy from Mount Dora, Florida who has battling leukemia since January 17, 2014. During that time he has had to overcome multiple setbacks beyond the expected challenges of chemotherapy. His treatments are ongoing still today, over 2 years later.  All donations will go directly to Jay Ryon, Jr. and his parents.  His parents stay with Jay each time he s in the hospital and drive form Lake County to Orlando multiple times each week when Jay is home. Please support him as he fights leukemia!

We will be combining the proceeds with our Jim Alers MMA Seminar both to benefit Team Jay!

UFC Fighter, Jim “The Beast” Alers MMA Seminar Review

Jim "The Beast" Alers MMA Seminar
Jim “The Beast” Alers MMA Seminar

This seminar has already happened, however you can see clips of it here:

Jim “The Beast” Alers will be teaching a seminar for charity at Grappling Mastery on June 18th.  Minimum Donation $25

This will happen before his next UFC Fight on July 23.  Jim Alers is a 13-2 MMA Fighter with a 69% Submission Win Percentage!

Jim is a old training partner and friend of Grappling Mastery Instructors, Professor Brian Ruscio and Mitchell Chamale.  Jim has an extensive background in Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and some Boxing.  He will be teaching how he uses his Grappling skills amidst striking to help him win in MMA.

This will be a No GI event.  If you’re a GI guy or girl, remember, anything you can do without the GI can be done with the GI barring some moves that may be illegal in your division.

This Seminar will be for Charity Only and will be added to our Team Jay Event on Saturday, June 25thDonations will be a minimum of $25.00

Team Jay: Jay is a 9 year old boy from Mount Dora, Florida who has battling leukemia since January 17, 2014. During that time he has had to overcome multiple setbacks beyond the expected challenges of chemotherapy. His treatments are ongoing still today, over 2 years later.  All donations will go directly to Jay Ryon, Jr. and his parents.  His parents stay with Jay each time he s in the hospital and drive form Lake County to Orlando multiple times each week when Jay is home. Please support him as he fights leukemia!