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Alpha Jiu Jitsu Seminar “What EXACTLY Happens when you get your Guard Passed?”

Here is a small part of my seminar from Alpha Jiu Jitsu in Woodstock, IL.

It was a great seminar thanks to Dan Hart for flying me out.

A few questions that get answered in this video.

What’s the most IMPORTANT detail while your guard is being passed to make sure you Recover?
What are the main […]

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The biggest lessons I learned from Rickson on how to train to get better at Jiu-Jitsu

“The training is all in your mind!”
For a long time in my training like most people I always thought I had to train with the best and the toughest guys to improve and get better.  Then one day after talking with Rickson I realized my strategy for how to get the most out of my […]

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Why You Should ALWAYS Go To Jiu Jitsu Class, Especially When You CAN’T Train.

The details are in the deep understanding of Jiu Jitsu.
People ask me a lot of times for advice on how to improve quicker at jiu-jitsu.  I was one of fastest black belt under Rickson Gracie.  I started training in 1995 and within 6 months I had my blue belt.  A year and a half after […]

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Can you be a complete martial artist only learning Jiu-Jitsu?

I remember one of my first exposures to Jiu-Jitsu was watching Royce Gracie fight in UFC 1 back in 1993 (a few months before that I had seen an old grainy vhs copy of a copy of Gracie in Action 1 and 2 so I knew who the Gracie family were and  who Royce was).  […]

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Street Defense: Grabbed from Behind Underneath Arms Around the Waist Pt. 1

Ever since attending Rickson’s Black Belt only JJGF Self Defense certification seminar. I have been flooded with people asking what he covered.

It was about 100 different Self Defense techniques that Rickson wanted to make sure were not forgotten in Gracie Jiu Jitsu. But the crazy part is with […]

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What was your biggest breakthrough in your Jiu Jitsu training?

I got asked this question the other day and I really had to put quite a bit of thought into it. I’ve had zillions of breakthroughs in training just like everyone else.  Sometimes it relates to a specific technique, a way to escape, a moment something is available to attack or just a concept and […]

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Becoming A Great Jiu Jitsu Teacher

I’ve been teaching jiu-jitsu now for over 17 years. I’m so passionate about jiu-jitsu and the positive effect it has in peoples lives that I’m constantly trying to improve and become a better teacher so I can serve others better. I’ve had a lot of people ask me about teaching so I just wanted to […]

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Legendary Master Pedro Sauer Invites Henry Akins To Teach At Grappler’s Escape

Legendary Master Pedro Sauer, Henry Akins, Jeff Curran and Rylan Lizares will be instructing, training and hanging out with grappler’s from around the world.
So grab your gi, sunglasses, and swimsuit and get ready to board with us.

Grapplers Escape is all inclusive!
•   6 days and over 30 hours of seminar training with Master Sauer, Akins, Curran and Lizares.
•   Long hours […]

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How to Develop your Jiu-Jitsu Game to a High Level

The importance of positional training, and why it should be at least 50% or more of your training.
I get a lot of questions about how to train Jiu Jitsu properly, whats the most effective use of time training and whats the best way to develop certain aspects of your game.
I’m a HUGE believer in positional […]

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Weight Distribution from Side Control By Henry Akins & Stephen Whittier


In this video I’m demonstrating how to use weight distribution from the cross side position.

Because it’s very difficult to see how much weight I’m applying on my partner, I have him humming and from the change in tone, it allows you to hear the effect my weight has on him and his ability to breathe.

I […]

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