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BJJ: 47 Leg Locks

Posted by on Dec 7, 2013 in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Class Notes, Grappling, Submissions | 0 comments

BJJ: 47 Leg Locks

47 Leg Lock Techniques In Just 4 Minutes – Jason Scully This video demonstrates 47 different leg lock techniques including kneebars, ankle locks, heel hooks, toe holds, and calf slicers.  

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BJJ: 23 Transitions

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Class Notes, Escapes & Counters, Grappling | 0 comments

BJJ: 23 Transitions

23 BJJ Transitions, Scrambles, and Counters in Less Than 8 Min – Jason Scully  

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BJJ: 24 Gi Chokes

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Class Notes, Grappling, Submissions | 0 comments

BJJ: 24 Gi Chokes

24 Gi Chokes in Less Than 5 Minutes In this video you’ll video 24 Gi Choke techniques to help you get more ideas to expand you attacking game with the gi on. The great thing about the gi is that you can not only choke your opponent with their collar but you can also feed your lapel, and their lapel as well to set up a lot of attacks and for additional positional control as well....

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42 Takedowns

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Class Notes, Grappling, Throws & Takedowns | 0 comments

42 Takedowns

42 Takedown Techniques in Just 6 Minutes BJJ Grappling – Jason Scully In this video you will find MY favorite takedown techniques that I personally use successfully on a regular basis in training and in competition. These technique reflect my game and are all high percentage for me. Hopefully they can hey with some ideas and concepts to improve your grappling in some way....

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Fencing Concepts

Posted by on Dec 1, 2013 in Class Notes, Curriculum, Filipino Martial Arts, Trapping, Wednesday Workshop Topics | 0 comments

Fencing Concepts

Class 1 – Fencing Concepts While there are many perspectives on the use of a long staff or short staff in fighting, like most other aspects of Martial Arts, in terms of combat, simpler is often better. There are a great many ways in which to wield a staff. Some cultures and traditions use an end grip, with a majority of the staff used to strike with, others use a thirds grip, effectively dividing the staff in three pieces, which tends to focus on using both ends of the staff. While in certain circumstances each of these maybe appropriate and necessary, it is often true that a simple direct line of attack, that being a thrust, is the best tactic, as this type of attack is both immediate and direct, and as such can take the initiative away from your opponent with a stop-hit. In this sense, the concepts we’ll discuss below are identical to fencing theory, and also JKD trapping and Centerline theory. While considering these principles, ask yourself when other methods of using the staff as a weapon would be appropriate.   Fencing Concepts Starting from a Right-hand Dominant Position (gripping the staff with the right hand forward, left hand at the hip, both thumbs pointed towards the offensive end of the staff), we place our staff against that of our opponent from a distance at which we would need to enter in order to strike. Let’s refer to this as Largo Mano with an engagement. Our opponent has adopted an identical stance, both people with their right hand and right foot forward, identical grips. The staves cross at the last 1/4 of the shaft. This represents a fairly neutral position, and we are presented with a conundrum. If I attempt to thrust at my opponent’s torso or throat, their staff sufficiently occupies Centerline, that I cannot get a direct line to the target. Therefore I must create an opportunity (or seize upon an opportunity if it should arise). If the opponent rears his weapon back to strike at me, we have a situation not unlike trapping “In absence of resistance, we strike.” Knowing this, therefore, and having this engagement of one staff against the other, we must find a way to create that opening without becoming vulnerable to our opponent’s thrust. Stage 1 – The Beat First, we attempt, with a quick sharp strike to the opponent’s weapon, to move their weapon off of Centerline, and create our opportunity to thrust. We must be sure to not create too great an opening in winding up for that beat. Practice this with the thrust. The empty-hand trapping equivalent of this is a simple Gnoy Pak Da from an outside forearm reference point. Stage 2 – The Recovery As we Beat the opponent’s weapon off of Centerline and thrust, they recover Centerline and block the thrust. Practice this to develop the timing for the recovery. In empty-hand trapping, this would be the equivalent of switching to a Biu Sao outside parry to deflect the Chung Choy that follows the Gnoy Pak Da. Stage 3 – Positive to Negative As our opponent recovers Centerline from the Beat, we retract the tip of our staff, to allow their recovery to pass Centerline, opening a line for our thrust on the...

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BJJ: No Gi Chokes

Posted by on Dec 1, 2013 in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Class Notes, Curriculum, Submissions | 0 comments

BJJ: No Gi Chokes

A Lot of High Percentage No Gi Chokes and Variations in Just 8 Minutes – Jason Scully In this video you will see a lot of no-gi choke options such as the Brabo choke situations, hug choke, Anaconda choke situations, North/South choke situations, Guillotine variations, rear naked choke variations, and paper cutter choke. Chokes are submissions where the strength of your opponent plays even less of a factor because as it is much harder for them and most of the time not possible for them to muscle out of a choke when you start to set in with it....

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Doce Pares Amarras

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Class Notes, Curriculum, Doce Pares, Kids Program | 0 comments

Doce Pares Amarras

Among the signature aspects of Doce Pares that we teach at Sage are the Amarras (sometimes spelled Amerras). Amarras are twirling patterns consisting of striking combinations which require proper body mechanics and illustrate fighting tactics that are particular to this system of Escrima. Doce Pares has many Amarras, and many of the movements in them are similar. Students learn these the hard way, through gross repetition, and in doing so, program their muscle memory to deliver useful combinations with proper body mechanics.   Basic Amarras The first 6 Amarras were taught to us by Grandmaster Sipin. The basic Amarras all connect, where one ends, the next one begins. The first four Amarras are required for Yellow Belt. Amarra #1 (Bend your knees on the Reverse Arko) Arko – Reverse Arko Up Twice Arko – Reverse Arko Bartikal Redoble (Lean Backward) 2 Flywheels (Hulog) Reverse Arko Amarra #2 (Deeper Stance) Upward Diagonal Slash – Downward Diagonal Slash (Bulan) Up Twice Upward Diagonal Slash – Reverse Arko (Bulan) Songkite – Reverse Arko Plansa – Reverse Arko Amarra #3 (Upright, shallow stance) Arko – Reverse Arko Plansa – Medya 2 Level Backhand Kurbado Strikes Reverse Arko (to floor) Straight Thrust to Solar Plexus (Thrust off the bounce) Amarra #4 (Deep stance to upright) Air Flip (They block the thrust, you trap their hand and roll the stick) Upward Figure 8 Strikes at the Knees Upward Figure 8 Strikes at the Hands 2 Abaniko Strikes to the Head (Open – Closed) Downward Punyo to Head Upward Punyo to Ribs/Elbow Flip Down Vertical Backhand Abaniko to Face Reverse Arko   Sparring Amarras Amarras #5 and 6 are shorter sparring combinations that illustrate tactics in the Corto Kurbado style. They have 5 strikes and 6 strikes respectively. These are required for Orange Belt. Amarra #5 Downward Diagonal Slash to Head Flip Downward Vertical Abaniko Strike to Face (Hand Low – Tip High) Flip Low Vertical Abaniko Strike to Groin/Hands (Hand High – Tip Low) Level Forehand Abaniko Strike to Temple (Open) Level Backhand Abaniko Strike to Temple (Closed) Amarra #6 Downward Diagonal Slash to Head (Forehand) Downward Diagonal Slash to Head (Backhand) Downward Diagonal Slash to Head (Forehand) Flip Downward Vertical Abaniko Strike to Face (Hand Low – Tip High) Level Backhand Abaniko Strike to Temple (Closed) Downward Diagonal Slash to Head (Forehand)   15 Count Amarra The 15 Count Amarra is a recent convention that requires deeper stances, the simultaneous use of the live hand while striking, and introduces the “Sidewinder” strike. We typically break this down into three parts until the students memorize the pattern. The 15 Count Amarra is required for Green Belt. Part 1 1. Forehand Diagonal Downward Slash (Trap Inward) 2. Backhand Diagonal Downward Slash (Trap Backhand) 3. Forehand Level Slash (Trap Inward) 4. Backhand Level Slash (Trap Backhand) 5. Sidewinder Strike Part 2 6. Forehand Kurbado Strike Low (Waist/Elbow) 7. Forehand Kurbado Strike High (Temple/Back of Head) 8. Plansa 9. Backhand Kurbado Strike Low (Waist/Elbow) 10. Backhand Kurbado Strike High (Temple/Back of Head) 11. Sidewinder Strike Part 3 12. Half-Strike 13. Forehand Redondo 14. Songkite (Tip/Punyo/Elbow Strike) 15. Flywheel/Backhand Redondo From the 15 Count, we also get other derivative Amarras (which are taught, but not required for promotion – shown in class): 2 Count Amarra 6 then 5 Count...

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BJJ: 49 Kimura/Americana Attacks

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Class Notes, Curriculum, Grappling, Submissions | 0 comments

BJJ: 49 Kimura/Americana Attacks

49 Kimura and Americana Attacks in Less Than 6 Min – Jason Scully In this video you will find 49 different Americana and Kimura style attacks from many different situations in less than 6 minutes.  

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San Miguel Sets

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013 in Class Notes, Curriculum, Doce Pares, Kids Program | 0 comments

San Miguel Sets

At Sage we teach the signature aspects of Doce Pares. Students are exposed first and foremost to the Amarras, San Miguel Sets, Sinawali and basic Abecedario at novice levels. From these students can begin to emulate the stylistic characteristics of movement integral to that system. At intermediate levels, the focus changes towards training the live hand, developing sensitivity and ingraining fluidity and economy of motion. At advanced levels, it has to do with flow and speed, and making previously learned skills intuitive. One of the most important aspects we train in are the San Miguel sets. Specifically, these are patterns of movement, striking, footwork and body mechanics that are used in the 12th form in the Doce Pares system referred to as ‘San Miguel.’ Even though the 12th form is not required until 3rd Degree Black Belt in this system, the reason I teach this first is because the memes that these sets represent will be seen over and over again throughout all the other forms and amarras. By being exposed to this first, students develop a familiarization with the core movements of this system, which in turn, helps them learn the other material more quickly. Each set uses the same basic footwork, specifically a back step which turns the hips, a hooking step to evade a strike at the leg or body, replacing that foot forward, then an advancing step which again turns the hips. In the San Miguel Sets each set begins with an opening strike or series of strikes, which are followed by a pattern of strikes and footwork. The end of each set is identical, the only thing that changes are the opening strikes. Beginning with the weapon in the rear hand, each set begins defensively, by stepping back: 1. Step Back [opening strike] 2. Plansa or Songkite (Turn the hips) 3. Hulog (Hook step) 4. Medya & Retract 5. Hulog (Replacement step) 6. Reverse Arko (Advance, turn the hips)   San Miguel Sets The following are the terms we use to refer to each set, and what opening strike each has. These are terms that we use, and are not universal to Doce Pares. Saka – Upward Slash Hulog – Downward Slash Bala-Bala – Downward Figure 8’s Dali-Dali – Down-Down-Up-Down Cha-Cha – Thrust-Down-Up-Medya Plansa – 5 Horizontal Slashes Abaniko – 4 Abanikos-Plansa 3 Down-Bridge-Payong – Step Back 3 Downward Strikes (Inward, backhand, vertical) – Upward slash/overhead parry – Step Forward Roof Block – Step Back Plansa Arko & Step – Step Back Arko – Step Forward Reverse – Step Back Bartikal Redoble (2 Upward Figure 8’s – Plansa) Arko & Pivot – Arko to Rear – Reverse to Front – Up Twice – Arko – Reverse – Songkite     Testing Requirements: For White thru Green Belts, we use these sets as a way to judge a student’s body mechanics. We are particularly concerned with the turning of the feet and hips as they strike, the timing of the strike with their footwork, and consistency in the accuracy of their strikes. For intermediate and advanced students, we are looking for speed and fluidity as well as intuitive body mechanics.   Essential Vocabulary:   Abaniko – A fanning strike, generating power from the wrist. Arko – A forehand flourish, two inward strikes, circling overhead. Bartikal...

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BJJ: 52 Triangle Choke Setups

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013 in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Class Notes, Grappling, Submissions | 0 comments

BJJ: 52 Triangle Choke Setups

52 Triangle Choke Set Ups In Just 8 Minutes – Jason Scully In this video you’ll find 52 different set ups for the triangle choke which is one of the most effective submission in grappling. I hope it helps give you some ideas on how to expand your game and your attacks.  

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BJJ: 39 Armlocks

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Class Notes, Grappling, Submissions | 0 comments

BJJ: 39 Armlocks

39 Armbars & Arm Locks in Less Than 4 Minutes – Jason Scully In this video you’ll see a demonstrations of 39 Armbars and Armlocks in less than 4 minutes.  

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BJJ: Closed Guard Combinations

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Class Notes, Grappling, Ne Waza, Submissions, Sweeps | 0 comments

BJJ: Closed Guard Combinations

38 Closed Guard BJJ Combinations Everyone Should Know in 4 Minutes – Jason Scully Just like any other position the closed guard is extremely effective if you know what to go for. By knowing core combinations you will be set up much better to attack your opponent at a faster pace and have a better chance of being steps ahead of your opponent. If you are steps ahead of them, then there is a good chance that you will win. It is with combinations and understanding transitions that you start elevating your game to the higher level. There are many set-ups to start a lot of these submission and that is just the beginning. Combinations are what get you much closer to the end....

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BJJ: Animal Drills

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Class Notes, Ginastica Natural, Grappling, Kids Program | 0 comments

BJJ: Animal Drills

30 Animal Grappling Solo Drills in Less Than 7 Min – Jason Scully  

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The Black Belt Test

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Class Notes, Curriculum, Professor Sauer | 0 comments

The Black Belt Test

Justin Angelos tests for his Brazilian/Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under 8th Degree Red/Black Belt Pedro Sauer at Ultimate Jiu-Jitsu in Boise, Idaho. Saturday, May 14th, 2011

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BJJ: 29 Escapes

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Class Notes, Escapes & Counters, Grappling | 0 comments

BJJ: 29 Escapes

29 BJJ Submission Escapes and Defenses in Just 8 Min – Jason Scully In this video I talk about some high percentage submission escapes and defenses to common attacks that many people come across.  

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The Brown Belt Test

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Class Notes, Curriculum, Professor Sauer | 0 comments

The Brown Belt Test

Here’s a rough video of Coach Jim Bundy’s Brown Belt exam under Tony Rinaldi (Pedro Sauer Association).

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The Purple Belt Test

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Class Notes, Curriculum, Professor Sauer | 0 comments

The Purple Belt Test

Testing for Purple Belt under Team Pedro Sauer and Gracie Technics with OSS athlete Rylan Lizares.

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The Blue Belt Test

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Class Notes, Curriculum, Professor Sauer | 0 comments

The Blue Belt Test

Pedro Sauer is an 8th degree Red and Black Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu under the legendary Rickson Gracie. Watch Pedro as he teaches the Blue Belt Test to his class at the Pedro Sauer Total Self Defense Academy. The Blue Belt curriculum was shown by Pedro after belt testing was conducted. Among some of the students that were promoted that evening (Nov. 3, 2010) were three new purple belts in the Pedro Sauer Association. Part 1 Part...

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