Dedicated to helping people succeed in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappling

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My goal is to help people be successful in #BrazilianJiuJitsu or any form of self-defense for that matter. #BJJ is a very practical and effective art for protection in real world scenarios where a smaller individual is often attacked by a larger stronger person.

Although BJJ and Aikido are derived from Judo, BJJ requires students to live spar or “roll” against each other attempting to submit (allow partner to stop before any damage is done) or gain a dominant position on their partner.

Since the majority of real world altercations end up on the ground, BJJ focuses a large amount of time on learning to fight off your back.

U can read more on my bio page: http://www.grapplesmart.com/blog/about-jeff/

Feel free to hit me up w any questions u may have! Jeff

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Techniques: How Do I Prepare For My First Competition? PART 1: Learn Your Takedowns!

How do I prepare for my first competition? There were so many things that I learned the hard way that I wish I knew before I began competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappling tournaments.  I learned that live sparing during Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or submission grappling class did not completely prepare me for my first…

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Techniques: How do I prepare for a competition? PART 3: Practice makes permanent not perfect!

PART 3: PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT – NOT PERFECT! The great American investor Warren Buffet said it best “Practice makes permanent – not perfect.”  The same rule applies to everything you do to prepare for your first competition.   You can not expect to be able to effectively execute techniques and think clearly when you’re tired in…

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu techniques: How do I prepare fo my first competition? PART 4: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

PART 4: HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING (HIIT) I’m not going to lie to you, HIIT training is not fun, at least not for me.  It’s not fun like learning a cool Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique is fun.  But it is absolutely necessary to prepare your body for what it will go through in an actual submission…

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Techniques: How do I prepare for a competition? PART 2: When all else fails… pull guard!

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS… PULL GUARD! How I learned about it: I remember the first time someone ever jumped or pulled guard on me.  It happened really fast!  The gripped up on my gi and before I knew it I was pulled to the ground in his guard and he was already setting up his…

Grapple Smart Influences: Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu

Just wanted to take a moment to share a world champion BJJ player and grappler Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu. I’ve been studying this guys techniques during his Grapplers Quest matches and finally got his instructional DVD! Although Cyborg is clearly extremely strong his techniques seem to flow effortlessly as he sweeps and submits his opponents. I…

Grapple Thoughts: Play to Your STRENGTH and Away from your opponents

Watching Hendo (Dan Henderson) finish Fedor Emilianenko in Strikeforce reminded me of this of this simple yet easily forgotten maxim.  Play to Your STRENGTH and Away from your opponents. Anyone who’s seen Hendo fight knows that he has a Hulk size heart and Lead in his Right hand.  So it’s safe to say that Hendo…

“What were you thinking?!?” – Crazy Things Guys Do On The Mat PART 1: Slamming

Ok, this post is half rant and half warning to all of you budding BJJ players out there. In all the years I’ve been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sub Grappling, Muay Thai, and MMA I’ve seen, heard first hand accounts of, and been a victim of really bone headed things guys have done to their training…

Grapple Smart Q&A: Help Passing 1/2 Guard!

Jared Asks: “I need some advice on passing half guard. Any would be appreciated!” >GS Answer: Hi Jared, great question! Here are a few tips that you can implement immediately and hopefully immediately improve you’re ½ guard passing. 1. GET THEM FLAT ON THEIR BACK. Just imagine you’re in half guard the worst place u…

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Saves the Day! Cop, “Crazed” Fare Beater, and RNC!

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu saves the day as “crazed” fare beater attacks San Francisco Cop!