BJJ Notes

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu challenges you mentally and physically.
 It is one of the hardest things I have ever tried to do.  
Some day I hope to make it my own.  
Right now I just practice it and hope to survive the journey.    

I wrote a new web site to help with this effort. I simply wanted to capture a way to document some notes about a BJJ class, seminar, tournament or open matt. I did this with the new web site I named  It is simply meant to capture note that I have about BJJ related items.  

Frontend is written in Angular 4

Backend is written in Java using Spring Boot hosting restful services

The underlying database is MongoDB

The site itself is being served on AWS EC2 instances.  

If anyone has any question or wants to know more reach out to me dirtectly.  I can also share the github with all associated code if anyone desires that as well.  



Post date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 15:52

Amazing class. Taught by a BB named Chris.

1. Simply warm-up of snap down to back take. Cup the chin first before snap. Positioning of arms on the back of the head was emphasized.

2. X-Guard entry. We worked on traditional x-guard entry with a twist of keeping the foot in the armpit instead of over the shoulder. Much easier and it seems as effective.

3. Single leg x-guard. Top foot must not pass the hip or it is considered reaping the knee (need to ask ref about this). Bottom leg of the x-guard is low against the inside of the knee.

4. Take down from single leg x-guard is grabbing the ankle with your opposite side hand. Bridge slightly and push your opponent's knee with your inside lower knee.

5. Land in take down to a straight ankle-lock position. Or,... grab other foot and escape to side control immediately.

6. 40 minutes of No-Gi rolling with some real warriors. I was toast afterward having run 5 miles in the morning already. I really over did it. A few breaks were involved I must admit. 6 rolls overall.

Post date: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 10:00

Morning class with Roberto Maia (awesome start it being him)

I need to work on better warmups when I try and teach class.  Below is what Prof. Roberto had us do.

1)     Laps

a)     Simple Run intervals

b)     Heels up/Knees up

c)     Face inside/outside

d)     Hip Switch inside/outside

2)     20x Jumping Jacks, Squats, Push ups, Sit-ups

3)     Shrimps across the gym

4)     Break falls and tactical standup across the gym

5)     Forward Shrimp across the gym

6)     In a circle from the back various leg/abdomen exercises

a)     Feet circle in/out

b)     Scissor kicks

c)     Both legs side to side


We then worked on escape from side control with four separate variations. 

1)     Opponent facing. 

a)     Bridge to paper cutter

b)     Other hand to under-hook

c)     Bridge to escape

2)     Opponent transitions to leg facing.  Before they establish push off and escape

3)     Opponent facing

a)     Bridge to top hand under-hook

b)     Second bridge to swim with same hook to knee.  Try and control same side leg

4.  Simple frame with arms

1)    Knee in

2)    Far leg to foot hook of opponent’s leg.

3)    Recover guard 


30 minutes of rolling.  (Dog tired afterward)


1)    No submission allowed. 

2)    First 5 minutes were at 70% and focus on flowing with your opponent

3)    I tried Lots of open guard practice.  (Hands on both my legs at or below the knees is game over for open guard in all cases)

4)    Need to play with more scissor/foot hook sweeps.  Seems very effective (or affective… I always get these confused).

5)    Played dela heva guard with one brown belt for our entire roll.  Awesome experience to sweep or have him escape and reset in that position every time.  Great practice with someone I never met formally.  

Post date: Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 18:10

Taught class tonight.

  1. Brief warmup
  2. Erik asked to show two recent de la riva sweeps.  Both sides 5x each
  3. Sweep to side control demo. Both sides 5x each
  4. Showed ezekiel choke from side control.  Both sides 5x each
  5. Erik asked to demo the Paper Cutter choke.  Both sides 5x each
  6. Showed simple North-South choke.  Key point taught and asked about was amount of squeeze.  Told bigger guy that no squeeze at all.  Simply try and bring the top of the shoulder to the ground.  Seems to help him.  
  7. Ended session with 3x 5 minute roll.  Need to work on better pairing as I did not like how it worked out overall.

Overall good class.  6-7 out of 10 

Post date: Friday, January 27, 2017 - 10:52

Post date: Friday, September 2, 2016 - 20:26

We went over and drilled the Clock Choke Escape this past week at Charlotte Gracie Barra. Pretty straightforward. One great thing was that during specific training the instructor went with each of us and forced us the exercise the escape. Great reinforcement of the technique portion of the class that day. Sounds obvious but I had never before seen an instructor do that and was impressed. Great class.

Video example of the Clock Choke Escape:

Post date: Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 18:10

Last week I learned the Clock Choke.  I may have gone over it before in class but I don't think so.  It was pretty easy concept.  


Here is a video explaining:


Post date: Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 18:01

Just when I started to feel a bit comfortable with a submission I encountered someone that had a good omoplata escape.

Great video below that captures how my opponent countered the omoplata I had him in. "Omoplata Escape with Robson Moura"


Post date: Friday, February 28, 2014 - 14:05

Learned the Peruvian Necktie with the Gi last night. Starting with the opponent turtled on all fours.

Pressure on the back to stop opponent from moving as much as possible. So both actors are facing the same way. Opposite side hand goes to lapel at the neck. Step up with same side leg as hand on lapel. Opposite side leg goes around opponent's back to face away. Sit on opponent as if they were a chair and lean back to apply choke.

The below video is the closest I could find. However, the setup is different as the opponent would be on all fours and only a single hand to the lapel for the choke. Standing, spin and execution is very similar though.


Post date: Friday, February 21, 2014 - 12:39

I think this Clark Gracie video covers what we went over last night. Concept to gain Omoplata from full guard. Dominant one side of opponent. Hook the leg and same side arm and leg swing to Omoplata. Sit up to collar grab. If opponent stands reach between your own legs and grab lapel to prevent separation. If opponent sits back reach under opposite side arm to grab lapel. If an omoplata cannot be finished feed lapel to other hand and choke. All are covered in the below Clark Gracie video.

Post date: Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 14:06



Reference: Best Online Notebook for BJJ I have found on the web is by David Thomas in Austin Texas (link  here). 

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