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  • Technique of the Week - Tim Sledd : The Leg Drag Workshop DVD Review

    Whether encountering situations from offense or defense, having a strategy is key to becoming an evolving Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Guard Passing tactics are no exception as it plays an important role in moving from one point to another in the pursuit to enforcing complete dominance over the opponent.

    With more than a decade of participation in BJJ, Atos black belt, Tim Sledd, has accumulated a vast amount of practice on the mat and in competition configuring his game. A modern Jiu-Jitsu position that satisfies the principal customs of traditional BJJ, the leg-drag, has become a new style of guard passing used by some of the top players in our sport today. Using this groundbreaking new approach, Sledd has applied this guard passing style into his arsenal which has expanded to endless possibilities which he publicly presents in his new DVD instructional “The Leg Drag Workshop”.

  • Rafael Lovato Jr. the Devastating Kimura Lock

    Allow me to ask you a foolish question: Do you know who Rafael Lovato Jr is?  Of course you do!  Alright, now that we have that out of the way, let’s proceed with this entry.  Lovato, a world renowned grappler  has been doing amazing things on the mat for many years now. 

    The Carlos Machado black belt has done almost everything imaginable when it comes to grappling; World Championships, NoGi World Championships, Pan Am’s, Brazilian National Championships, Metamoris, ADCC, Grapplers Quest…the list can go on and on.

  • Davi Ramos - The Future of Leg Locks

    In a Jiu-Jitsu match, it can end in the blink of an eye.  When two extremely talented grapplers are waging war in the human game of chess, all it takes is one brief opening for one man to make a move and end the match, even if it had just started.

    This analysis was on full display when I recently watched Davi Ramos match up against Team Renzo Gracie member, Warren Stout.  It was The Ultimate Absolute in New York City and as I mentioned in the opening statement, all it took was one little opening.

  • Knee Bar Escape to Arm Triangle Transition with Alan Belcher

    Alan Belcher is a top UFC competitor and is recognized as one of the best submission grapplers in America. His new "Immunity Course" is built to teach ANYONE how to beat more experience grapplers. Get in on his Free video series at:

    I’ve been on my tagent lately with this AWESOME Alan Belcher technique videos.  Thus far they’ve mainly focusing on moves in which you’re the aggressor, or in somewhat of an advantageous position.  While it’s always good to know how the fight can end when you’re in the right spot to do so, it’s equally as important to know how to get yourself out of a tough spot.

    This entry will be focusing on defending the one thing every grappler cringes at: leg locks.

  • Marcin Held and the Incredible Leg Lock!

    For the past few years now there has been a red hot prospect in the MMA world stashed away in Poland.  A slick BJJ whiz kid, Marcin Held was considered by many MMA geeks to be one to watch for.  Boasting an impressive 11-2 record, the 21-year-old has shown signs of vast improvement and has since transitioned from obscure fights in European organizations to gracing our TV screens for Bellator.

  • Wrestling Technique Spotlight: Finishing A Cross-Face Cradle

    In wrestling you hear the phrase “work smarter, not harder”, meaning to complete skills with fundamentally sound technique. A wrestler whom completes moves fundamentally sound will be able to accomplish more, and finish opponents quicker using less energy.

    One particular skill that tends to be commonly used where wrestlers seem to struggle when finishing off foes is the cradle. Cradles are a very effective wrestling technique that often only produces near-fall points. When done properly a cradle is an extremely tough move to escape from, and leads to pin-falls ending the match.

  • USCS Wrestling Technique Spotlight: How to Perform The Slide-By and Improve Your Wrestling Repertoire

    Wrestling season is upon us as conference duals and rivalry matches start coming together before the holiday. And while the possible outcomes are endless, one thing for certain is there will be a winner and a loser. As matches start forming and takedowns become harder, technique becomes crucial to success.

    A fairly simple move I really enjoyed during my high school and college career was a slide-by. This can be used at all weights in wrestling, as many people have this thought in their minds that they're "big guy" moves and "small guys" moves. I never believe that to be true and never will. A skilled wrestler can perform any skill he or she desires. It takes dedication, time, hard work, and a passion to become a better wrestler.

    The Slide-by is an excellent move that catches many wrestlers when they are becoming lazy in a match. During the six minutes, or seven in college, a wrestler when tired will tend to tie-up while in a neutral position. While tying-up, they also usually forget to circle, which means they are pushing into or pulling you. When this happens they are practically setting up the slide-by for you.

  • Wrestling Technique Spotlight: Sprawling To Defend A Takedown

    Once the 2012 London Games ended wrestlers everywhere have the desire to learn how to perform a blast double like the Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs. But he has more than a great double leg takedown. He has excellent defense against the same shot that he is known so well for.

    In wrestling, knowing how to defend a shot is just as important as being able to successfully complete one. There are a couple of lines of defense that will help avoid an opponent getting deep on their shot. When in the neutral stance, be sure not to reach with the same arm as your lead leg. Reach with the non-lead leg arm.

    Hands, head, and hips are your first three lines of defense against a shot. Hands to push away or snap down on an opponent shooting can prevent them from penetrating a solid stance. Using your head, keeping it in front of the offensive wrestler makes it difficult for an opponent to get deep when your head is in their way while trying to get inside.

  • USCS Technique of the Week: James Lee Shows Basic Heel Hook for MMA and BJJ

    No matter if the sport is Mixed Martial Arts or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the heel hook is one of the most dangerous and most effective moves at a competitor's disposal.

    Watch as longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship, PRIDE, Pancrase, and King Of The Cage veteran James Lee shows off how to properly pull off a heel hook submission in this week's USCS Technique of the Week.

  • USCS Technique of the Week: Dan Henderson Shows His Most Effective Strikes from the Clinch

    In what could play a major role in the near future of the UFC light heavyweight title picture, Dan Henderson demonstrates his favorite striking techniques that he likes to use while in the clinch.

    Watch along with the USCS Technique of the Week as the living legend shows you how to control the fight once clinched with the opponent. This is one USCS Technique video that you don't want to miss.

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