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: 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

Heel Hook
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!

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.

Grasshopper: Deaf and Disabled, Bullied as a Child; How Brazilian Jiu Jitsu helped!

Grasshopper: How one man overcame bullying and his disabilities with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

David Robarge’s life has been a battle since early childhood. The 33-year-old, deaf since he was 5, has endured multiple car accidents, survived brain surgery, and, most recently, severely injured his hip after falling off a roof.

In addition to this, Robarge has been targeted by bullies because of his short stature and physical disabilities. Robarge believed that wearing two hearing aids made him more likely to get picked on by bullies at school, so he would remove one in hopes that it would curb the harassment he endured. Not only did it not stop the bullies, but he caused permanent damage to his right ear by not wearing the hearing aid.

As an adult, he became afraid to go out by himself and grew depressed. His depression and anxiety would have continued had it not been for a chance encounter on Facebook with Brian Ruscio, owner of Grappling Mastery, a local gym specializing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Brian Ruscio sent Robarge a friend request and invited him to visit his facility and try out Jiu Jitsu.  A year later, Robarge credits Jiu Jitsu and the Grappling Mastery team with changing his life. He has become a more confident person and is giving back by helping young kids learn Jiu Jitsu as well as how to deal with bullies.

Grasshoper from Tom Benitez on Vimeo.

David Robarge’s life has been a battle since early childhood. The 33-year-old, deaf since he was 5, has endured multiple car accidents, survived brain surgery, and, most recently, severely injured his hip after falling off a roof. In addition to this, Robarge has been targeted by bullies because of his short stature and his disabilities. Robarge discusses how Jiu-Jitsu has improved his quality of life and made him a more confident man.

“Grasshopper” is part 2 of a 3 part series by 63 year Old Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Artist at Grappling Mastery, Tom Benitez recently put his skills in photography and his passion for BJJ together to create this enlightening piece on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and how it can help prevent or overcome Bullying Problems, Depression, Lack of Confidence, Self Esteem, and other issues.

Watch Part 1 “Doc”

Watch Part 3

Military Veterans, PTSD, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Ted "Doc" Kendall, Navy Field Medic
We Defy Foundation
We Defy Foundation supports Disabled Veterans by providing High Quality BJJ and Fitness Training

63 Year Old Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Artist at Grappling Mastery, Tom Benitez recently put his skills in photography and his passion for BJJ together to create this enlightening piece on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and how it can help Veterans overcome or deal with PTSD and other issues.  This is part 1 in a 2 part series.

Ted “Doc” Kendall, a veteran combat medic for the United States Navy, recently discovered that Jiu Jitsu is an effective and life-changing therapy to help him deal with the PTSD he incurred from an IED attack in Iraq. Kendall has been training at Grappling Mastery, in Mount Dora, Florida, where he often attends multiple classes a day. The martial art gives him a much-needed outlet for his depression, anger, and frustration.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 11-20% of veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. As a result, many veterans experience nightmares, flashbacks, and survivor’s guilt, along with a host of other symptoms. Veterans often have difficulty re-adjusting to civilian life after they are discharged. A report released in 2013 estimates that 22 veterans commit suicide per day.

Doc from Tom Benitez on Vimeo.

Ted “Doc” Kendall, a veteran of the United States Navy, discusses how Jiu Jitsu has allowed him to cope with PTSD he has as a result of being injured in an IED attack in Iraq.

Click here for Part 2 “Grasshopper”

Grappling Mastery is an Official We Defy Training Facility offering Free Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing Training to Disabled Veterans!

We were also featured in the Orlando Sentinel for being a pioneer of the We Defy Program in Lake County, Florida at our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Mount Dora.

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 month now, since returning from the battlefield. In addition to BJJ he taught me patience, diligence a bit of humility… Read More

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