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!

BJJ Technique: Omoplata Attacks and Counterattacks

Setting up Omoplata at the NAGA Pan American Championship finals against Brazilian Top Team MMA Instructor Wanderlei Camilo

The omoplata is a versatile submission that can be used to finish a fight or simply to regain position and turn the tides of a match. It can be used as an attack or a counterattack.  In the following videos, Professor Brian Ruscio demonstrates a few of the options that the Omoplata offers.  There are many more options and we will explore those in the future.  Remember to subscribe to our Youtube channel so you get to be the first to see our newest technique videos.

Gracie Barra Black Belt Seminar “Fighting for a Cure”

Windermere Police Chief's Special Award to Brian Ruscio

Credit to Fight Sports Photos for the many great shots

Over 20 Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts will be joining forces to help Fight for a Cure, raise awareness and monies for families and children affected with rare terminal illnesses. This year Orlando Florida will be the site of the 38th Annual NTSAD Family Conference that will take place April 7 – 10th 2016. For these families the National Tay Sachs and Allied Disease Association is their Hope to finding their way through the most treacherous times in their lives and we’ve assembled the toughest guys in Orlando to show how we can make a difference.

These families come here for support, to learn the latest medical research and how to best care for their children. Gracie Barra Orlando wants to create an amazing experience for the 20-25 siblings during the conference by getting them away from the daily grind and making their stay memorable. We will be taking a trip to Sea World and visiting the Orlando Science Center and paying for it all. Any proceeds left over will go the NTSAD medical research and family support.

Gracie Barra Fight for a Cure
February 6, 2016
Kids Seminar: 11:00 – 12:00 pm $20
Adults Seminar: 12:00 – 2:00 pm $25
Location: 923 N. Mills Avenue Orlando, FL. 32803

You can read more about the NTSAD and the family conference here: http://www.ntsad.org/index.php/event-listings/family-conference/2016-family-conference

 

BJJ Techniques: Back Takes from Stack Passing the Guard

Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Academy

Here are two Leg Reaping or “Scorpion” style back takes when passing the guard.  Most times when you are in the guard your focus is to pass or attack footlocks.  The Scorpion Leg Reap and Rolling Scorpion are two unorthodox back takes that give you an alternative to passing the guard.  You can skip the pass and go directly for the back and the submissions that it yields!  These are advanced techniques and require significant drilling to master the movements.  These back takes are a part of a much larger game and not for everyone.  Give them a try and let us know what you think.

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BJJ Technique: Choke to Armbar Transition from Back Control

Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Academy

This is a great option when it is difficult to secure a choke from behind an opponent.  Every learns that once you have their back it’s time to defend chokes while trying to escape.  The armbar from the back is an unexpected, yet effective option.  Here Professor Brian Ruscio demonstrates in detail how to apply the armbar when you have the opponents back.

BJJ Technique: Bow and Arrow Choke with GI from the Back

Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Academy

The Bow & Arrow Choke in BJJ is one of the most powerful and effective chokes.  Holding the opponents pant leg near the knee and using your entire body weight to lean back and apply the choke makes it very difficult to escape.

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BJJ Technique: Crossbow Choke (Bow & Arrow with your Shin behind the Neck)

Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Academy

Here is the Crossbow Choke or Bow & Arrow using your shin. It can be applied when the opponent turns away from you and is simply protecting themselves and waiting to catch you in a half guard when you try to mount.  Higher Belts like to turn away and simply defend or wait for you to mount when in side control.  Try this Bow and Arrow choke as an alternate to simply trying to mount them.

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What are the Basic Positions and ways to Score Points in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)?

Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Academy

The philosophy of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu positioning is to improve your position while preventing your opponents from improving theirs.  “Position BEFORE Submission” is the mantra.  Most positioning revolves around use of the legs. Points are scored when we improve our position and are also explained below. There are many variations, however the most basic positions are as follows:

  1. Takedown (2 points)
  2. Guard (no points, however we can avoid the 2 point takedown if we “Pull Guard”)
  3. Mount (4 points)
  4. Side Control (3 points for passing the opponents Guard to this position)
  5. Back Control (4 points)
  6. Half Guard (no points, prevents opponent from scoring 3 points for passing)
  7. Passing the Guard (3 points) (additional points can be scored from “Knee on Belly” and “Mount”)
  8. Advantage Points (can be scored with takedown attempts, submission attempts, sweep and passing attempts, dominant top half guard, and forcing an opponent to turtle.

Here is a video reviewing the basic positions in BJJ.  These positions are also important aspects of MMA and Self Defense in addition to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Stayed tuned for future videos when we will show more advanced positions in detail including:

Caitlin “Meathook” Kelley training with Kai “The Hammer” Staton

Kai "The Hammer" Staton and Caitlin "Meathook"

Caitlin “Meathook” Kelley is an 11 yr old Mixed Martial Artist.  She didn’t speak until she was 5 and has dyslexia but doesn’t let that stop her! She competes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, MMA, and is a RMA ambassador against bullying. Caitlin has been training with Mike Sgroi in Muay Thai Kickboxing at Grappling Mastery and has found a unique training partner in Kai “The Hammer” Staton who has an impressive Boxing and Kickboxing record himself. Below are some videos of the training.

2013 IKF World Classic Jr. Novice Girls Welterweight International Rules Champion Tiger Schulmann First Degree Black Belt 2012 November Fightergirl of the month 2012 Nationally Ranked 1st State of Florida 2012 Nationally Ranked 4th South 2012 Nationally Ranked 47th Nation 2011 Nationally Ranked 1st State of Florida 2011 Nationally Ranked 2nd South 2011 Nationally Ranked 13th Nation 2011 1st place COPA Sport MMA 2011 2nd place COPA Sport MMA

Caitlin: “I have been a fighter since the day I was born. Like Ronda Rousey, one of the female fighters I want to be like one day, I was born with the cord around my neck. I did not speak until I was 5 or 6. I have dyslexia but will not allow any of it to keep me from reaching my goals!! I love to train and compete. My mom says if I’m not training I’m not happy. I work to be a great role model for other kids and other girls. I end each fight with a smile and a hug. I believe that anyone who gets out there should be proud.”

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Jeff Glover Seminar Review

Jeff Glover Seminar

Jeff Glover is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt with wins over 7-time World BJJ Black Belt Champion, Caio Terra and a submission win over 6-time BJJ Black Belt World Champion, Robson Moura at the 2011 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship. Jeff Glover is known for his unique and often humorous grappling style and personality.  Jeff performed a seminar in Orlando, Florida and Professor Brian Ruscio had the opportunity to attend.

BJJ Black Belts Brian Ruscio and Jeff Glover
BJJ Black Belts Brian Ruscio and Jeff Glover

The seminar began with Jeff Glover introducing himself in an expectedly humorous way.  He had two major things to point out before he began showing some great techniques and strategies.

  1. Even though he has no problem finding great training partners at nearby schools where he lives, he pointed out that his main focus is making his teammates into great training partners.  If you see a teammate performing even one detail wrong, correct them and that will go far in making everyone on your team very good.
  2. Everybody is different and has their own game.  Some are have strong, powerful bodies while others have strong, powerful minds.  Some have both.  Adopt moves and techniques that work for your own body and personality.  Create a style that is your own.  What are you doing that is different than everyone else?

The techniques taught were based on the Deep Half Guard, the Guillotine Choke, and the Triangle Choke.

Jeff Glover demonstrating a Deep Half Guard Drill with Brian Ruscio
Jeff Glover demonstrating a Deep Half Guard Drill with Brian Ruscio

Deep Half Guard:

  1. Getting to Half Guard from various positions
  2. Over the Falls
  3. Out the Back Door
  4. Coming up on the Single
  5. Deep Half Counters

See Professor Brian Ruscio winning the NAGA Pan-American Expert Light Heavyweight Division using a Toe-Hold from Deep Half Guard

 

Jeff Glover demonstrating an Arm in Guillotine with Brian Ruscio
Jeff Glover demonstrating an Arm in Guillotine with Brian Ruscio

Guillotine:

  1. One Handed Guillotine
  2. Arm in Guillotine
  3. Guillotine Setup and Finish Strategies

Triangle Choke

  1. Setting up the Triangle Choke Strategies
Jeff Glover Orlando Florida Seminar
Jeff Glover Orlando Florida Seminar

We will be reviewing the techniques demonstrated over the next couple weeks here at Grappling Mastery: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA.