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Worlds 2016 - Schedule and Brackets

Kid Peligro's Mat - Wed, 2016-06-01 01:59

IBJJF Worlds 2016

The 2016 Worlds begins this Thursday, June 2, at the Walter Pyramid located at the Cal State Long Beach Campus. This event gathers the best in the planet competing for Jiu-Jitsu’s most prestigious title.

The IBJJF has just released the schedule and the brackets for the event (read more)
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An uptick in happiness …

John Will's Personal Blog - Mon, 2016-05-30 15:41
Sometimes we are happy, sometimes, we are less so.Think about what those things are, that make you happy. Sometimes they are small things; things that can easily go unnoticed. 
Identify those small things that give us an ‘uptick’ in happiness; do them more often and attend to them them mindfully. 
We often ignore those small - unnoticed achievements that we make every day. I see this on the mat all the time. People tend to notice the big accomplishments, the grand victories; which happen with much less frequency than the myriad small improvements/victories we hit every day.
You might escape an armbar, stuff a sweep attempt, turn from being flat on your back to being on your side once your partner has passed your guard … small things, but victories nonetheless. 
An uptick in happiness or an uptick in our sense of achievement often starts with noticing the small victories. And large victories themselves of course, are most often the result of the successful stringing together of a series of smaller achievements.

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Worlds 2016 All Black Belt Brackets

Kid Peligro's Mat - Sun, 2016-05-29 17:36
Complete brackets for every division will be released on the 31st but thanks to Andre Galvao we have the Black belt brackets for the 2016 Worlds:

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The Latest and Greatest ...

John Will's Personal Blog - Sat, 2016-05-28 18:51
There are some out there who may remember when the highly entertaining and very talented boxer, Prince Naseem, became world champion. Naseem was a cocky fighter, to say the least, and used to fight much of the time with his hands down next to his hips, or even, behind his back. His style was based on his immense (Ali-like) skill at slipping, bobbing, weaving and using unusual angles to avoid punches. Entertaining? Yes. Fundamental boxing? Hardly. 
And here is where the problem lies … not for Naseem; but for those who were starting out in boxing and were trying to emulate his methods.
Today, we have more information at our fingertips than at any other time in history. With all that Youtube and other forms of media can offer, it is difficult for the novice to keep everything in perspective. Once upon a time, when we wanted to learn Boxing, Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, TKD or Kung Fu … we had to seek out an instructor who (hopefully) would instill in us a good grounding of the fundamentals, before moving on to more advanced techniques and concepts. Now though, we can see a world champion using his favorite technique on Youtube, and make the mistake of thinking ‘well … it’s good enough for him – and he’s world champion – so it must be just what I need to do myself’. Clearly, this kind of thinking is very flawed!
The latest and greatest technique that this or that ‘champion’ has used in competition, may be the result of decades of training; it may be exactly what that champion needs to do, to counter his highly skilled opponent’s strategy – in other words – it has it’s place; but that place should in no way be confused with what is needed to create a good, workable set of basic skills.
We do have a tendency, to want to ‘get there’; a desire to ‘arrive’, to ‘achieve’ our goals. This is why it’s easy to look at those we wish to emulate and ‘do’ what they are doing; thinking that this will get us ‘there’ sooner. 
The actuality is this – we also need to walk the path; we need to walk the same path that our ‘heroes’ have walked, if we want to achieve the things they have achieved. And yes, we should be able, with the right guidance, avoid some of the pitfalls that our heroes had to deal with, after all, we sometimes have the luxury of being forewarned – but we still need to ‘do the work’. 
The owner of Red Corner Gym in Coventry (UK) once remarked to me, after Prince Naseem won the world title, kids were coming in to the gym fighting with their hands down by their sides. He told me more kids were getting knocked out then, that at any other time in recent history. I am sure it was a surprise to many of them; after all, their hero was fighting that way – and winning world titles no less.
What they failed to understand (those unfortunate who found themselves lying on the canvas) was that Prince Naseem has trained classic boxing for many years (with his hands held up and protecting his face) before mastering his ‘hands down’, slipping and awkward angle oriented style.
We can liken the idea to playing music perhaps, or painting, or cooking. We need to start out with a solid grounding in the fundamentals before we can legitimately and effectively let go of ‘the rules’ and take a more creative approach. There is a large difference between a monkey dabbing random strokes on a canvas and someone who has had decades of fine art experience making the transition into the abstract. 
So before embarking on a mission to copy the ‘latest and greatest’ thing; perhaps we should ask, have we done enough work on the mainstream fundamentals yet. Everything has it’s place – and remember this; the race is long’. 
Final thought ... Don't try to model the end result ... model the behaviour that led to that result.


Sad News: Grandmaster Dr Pedro Valente Passes

Kid Peligro's Mat - Sat, 2016-05-28 16:15

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Grandmaster Dr Pedro Valente. The news came from the Valente Brothers FB announcing the loss of their father. Dr Pedro Valente (read more)
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Review: Lucas Lepri, Knee on Belly

Meerkatsu - Sat, 2016-05-28 12:18

Lucas Lepri explains his knee on belly techniques. It is a position, he states, that he arrives at often after passing his opponent's guard. From knee on belly, Lepri showcases the large array of attacking options available, especially once you have succeeded in making the opponent extremely uncomfortable with your position.

Available: Digitsu website and app store.

I have seen knee on belly techniques in many instructional sets but there are usually only 3 or 4 at most. Here World Champion Lepri gives us an entire two-disc DVD set of knee on belly goodies to gorge on. Clearly, he values this position as a great system for controlling and then finishing off his opponent.

The last gi-instructional Lepri produced was his guard passing set so this knee on belly set follows on nicely. Viewers will also note a marked improvement in the production and filming, there is far less of the video gimmickry that plagued the guard passing set. The knee on belly set is cleanly shot, with zooms and alternative viewpoints added only when needed.

You can see Lepri move swiftly to knee on belly (10:28) following the guard pass over JT Torres in this video below:

Disc One
KOB Concepts
Mounted Triangle w/ Armbar
Forcing The Triangle
Step Over Choke
North South Collar Choke
Baseball Bat Choke
Step Over Choke 2
Cross Choke w/ Lapel
North South Choke w/ Lapel
Lapel Choke vs North-South Escape
Backtake Vs Turtling

The set begins with a great chapter where Lepri breaks down in detail the placement of every part of his body when playing knee on belly. Of particular interest is the way he uses the grip around the ribcage which, when coupled with the knee placed angled towards the opponent's shoulder and his own hip weight placed above the opponent's hip, makes for an aggressive stance that can react to movements and attack quickly with submissions. This opening chapter alone is worth the money in my opinion – Lepri’s guidance on grip placement and body posture led me to immediately improve my own knee on belly stability and effectiveness while sparring against a variety of different sized training partners.

The next chapters deal with submission attacks once you have established a stable (and frankly uncomfortable) knee on belly position. Many of these attacks (such as the baseball bat choke, step over choke etc) will be familiar go-to attacks to knee on belly enthusiasts but it is the very large amount of attention to detail that Lepri provides that ensure the success rate of these attacks.

One interesting aside - I notice Lepri does not show the farside armbar from knee on belly. It is the one that almost all students first learn when being taught knee on belly. My assumption is that Lepri is offering in this DVD a set of techniques that have been honed against high level black belt opponents...and high level black belt opponents simply do not put their opposite hand and try to push the knee away.

Disc Two
KOB Strategies: Step Over Triangle/Armbar 
KOB Strategies: Back Take 
KOB Strategies: Step Over Armlock 
KOB Strategies: Wrist Lock 
KOB Strategies: Wrist Lock / Ezekiel Choke 
KOB Strategies: Wrist Lock / Flavio Canto Choke Lapel Control 
KOB: Triangle Lapel Control 
KOB: Cross Choke Lapel Control 
KOB: Double Lapel Choke Lapel Control 
KOB: Reverse Arm Bar Lapel Control 
KOB: Kimura/Arm Bar Lapel Control 
KOB: Cross Choke 2 Lapel Control 
KOB: Arm Triangle Lapel Control 
KOB: Arm Triangle 2 Lapel Control 
KOB: One Handed Choke Lapel Control 
KOB: Ezekiel Choke Lapel Control 
KOB: Arm Bar

Disc two is divided roughly into half, the first half titled knee on belly strategies and the second half focusing on using the lapel and collar as part of the controlling tools. The KOB strategies focus on using the knee on belly as a bait that elicits a reaction from your opponent, which then allows you to segue into a secondary attack. The three techniques involving wrist locks are particularly nasty!

Of the lapel control techniques, Lepri uses the opponent's own gi jacket to smother and disable the defending arm, then proceeds to submission.

Overall, disc two includes techniques that are a little more involved and perhaps less suitable to raw beginners, but they are worth viewing since the scenarios presented are much more realistic against a resisting opponent.
Lepri has excellent command of English and explains every detail thoroughly, often repeating concepts and key points he already explained in previous techniques. Viewers who are used to the high speed delivery of a Gianni Grippo or Ryan Hall tape however might take a little getting used to Lepri’s slower delivery. Regardless, it is the content that is what matters most and here, with a World Champion at the helm, rarely has the knee on belly been explored to such intricate depth. I thoroughly recommend it to top game players looking for a high percentage controlling position after they pass the guard.


A mind stretched ...

John Will's Personal Blog - Wed, 2016-05-25 22:04
Someone once said ‘A mind stretched by a new idea never gains it’s original shape’. 
I love diving into a new training idea. Over the past thirty years of BJJ training, I have had the pleasure of doing so, many, many times. 
I recall with fondness, being guided down many a rabbit-hole …Crucifix, Half-guard, Spider-guard, Omoplata, ect, etc. Quite often, it was my second or third excursion that ultimately revealed just how far a particular rabbit-hole went. 
My first introduction to the world of leg locks was through my coach Rigan Machado, who back in 1993, was preparing to compete in both the National and World Sambo Championships. We spent a couple of months working on various entries, transitions and combinations of leg-bars, foot-locks and heel-hooks. It was early on in my BJJ training; I was a purple belt at the time.
Recently I have taken another excursion down that particular rabbit-hole; this time with the help of Reilly Bodycomb, a Sambo and BJJ instructor who specialises in the ‘leg’ game. And again, the trip was both fun and enlightening.
As a young martial artist, I was never satisfied with ‘status quo’ that traditional martial arts offered. I always craved more; I always wondered what was over the next rise, what was just around the corner, what others were doing in strange and foreign lands. 
I think that we are explorers at heart. Almost every one of us, at least when we were kids, couldn’t help but wonder what was over that hill, around that corner, etc. Sadly though, for many, life gets in the way and our old explorer hat get’s lost amidst a pile of bills, and the stresses of day-to-day work. 
Training, at least for me, takes me once again into that magical world of uncertainty and discovery. What’s not to love about that?

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Worlds 2016: Breaking News- Event Starts June 2

Kid Peligro's Mat - Wed, 2016-05-25 18:52
IBJJF Worlds 2016

The IBJJF has just released an updated pre-schedule and the event dates have been confirmed! The event will be begin on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 and will conclude on Sunday, June 5th.

Pre schedule updated on May 25th 2016: (read more)
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Worlds 2016: Marcus "Buchecha" is in!!!

Kid Peligro's Mat - Wed, 2016-05-25 14:56
“Buchecha” winning another Black Belt Absolute – photo: Kid Peligro
The Worlds 2016 starts in a week and the latest big news is that multiple times World Absolute (read more)
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We evolve ...

John Will's Personal Blog - Mon, 2016-05-23 15:34
As life unfolds - we all change. Out reasons for doing the things we do, also change.
When I began my martial arts training, I trained in the hope I would develop magical powers that would see me prevail over the bullies that were making my life a living hell.
My training continued because I liked the feeling of confidence that came with my gradual development as a martial artist. I enjoyed feeling of being more sure of myself; I wanted to walk upright in the world.
Later on I wanted to be emulate some of my martial arts heroes; I saw them for more than what they actually were, and felt if I could be like them, that I would live an extraordinary life.
Later still, I continued training for the pure challenge of it. If it wasn’t easy, I was drawn to it. The puzzle of it all fascinated me. The more deeply I delved, the more I discovered; and quite abruptly, I realised that it was the intellectual challenge that really fascinated me.
Nowadays I train for a set of reasons that differ greatly from those that initially drove me. 
I love the puzzles. I love drawing analogies between the complexity of martial arts training/learning/study and the living of life. I love creating order out of chaos. I love designing structured training models. I love leading others to learning and to an understanding of things. I love seeing things; noticing details, and revelling in the process of discovery. I love achieving outcomes through the art of teaching. I love the opportunity of being able to effect positive changes in how people view and live their lives through the sharing some of my own more meaningful discoveries. 
As we go through life we all change, grow and evolve; and although many of us may be fortunate enough to maintain a passionate pursuit throughout the course of our lifetime, our reasons for entertaining those pursuits will also change and evolve over time. There is wonderful joy in change. 

BJJ / Grappling Tips: How to take the back from closed guard

The Part Time Grappler - Mon, 2016-05-23 08:21
Taking the back from the closed guard is a basic transition that no one in jiujitsu should get to blue belt without learning properly. It features in sports jiujitsu (gi and no gi), MMA and of course when defending yourself against a bigger, stronger aggressor who managed to take you down in an altercation.

Below are three version of how to take the back from the closed guard that I really like:

Getting their arm across your belt line, as demonstrated by Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida:

Pushing their arm sideways when they're attempting to pressure your throat, as demonstrated by Rener and Ryron Gracie:

Off the under-overhook control from closed guard, as demonstrated by Machado black belt Dave Johnson from Machado Utah*:

Experiment with these back takes from the closed guard and make your guard a lethal platform of attack.

*There's a fantastic and very detailed explanation of this technique on Saulo's Freestyle Revolution - NoGI series. In fact I later learnt this technique from Master Rickson Gracie in Amsterdam in 2013 and Saulo's breakdown was incredibly detailed.



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Dealing with a knee injury

BJJ and Fitness - Mon, 2016-05-23 05:50
So it's been a while since I posted. A lot of things have happened since March. For some time I have been plagued with a knee injury. It is probably due to wear and tear over the years. My knee felt quite loose whenever I would spar and I kept re-injuring it. Every time I squatted down low the knee would move out of alignment so that I had to extend my leg to "pop" it back into place again. It felt like a dislocation.

Along with the knee problem I have also had a neck injury for over a year. After each training session I could barely lift my head from the pillow when waking up the next day. The muscles in my neck were so strained. With these two injuries holding me back I just felt my body was falling apart so decided to take a long time off training. In the past, I've only ever taken a few weeks off training and that was when I broke my foot. I decided to take 2 to 3 months off this time to let my body heal. 3 weeks into the recuperation, I believe it was the best decision and I should have done it much sooner.

I've also subscribed to, which I will write a review on later down the line. Suffice it to say that it has really helped my recovery and I stretch almost every night.

Today I went to the hospital that has a reputation as the best knee specialist in Nagoya. My son also has knee problems so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and get us both sorted out. The doctor said that I have probably stretched my MCL but no tear. My bones are fine but I will get an MRI next week. My son on the other hand has problems with his meniscus, it is either too large or is impeding the movement of his knee, which prevents him from fully extending his leg. He will probably need an operation.

Each day I feel better in my body and hope to recover fully to resume training as soon as possible. I really miss how stimulating BJJ is and how fun it is to roll around on the floor with another human being!

Worlds 2016 Pre-Schedule

Kid Peligro's Mat - Sun, 2016-05-22 20:16

The Worlds 2016 is 10 days away and the IBJJF has released the event pre-schedule. The Worlds begins on June 1, 2016 (*) at the Walter Pyramid located at 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd in the Long Beach State University Campus in Long Beach, California.(read more)
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Grappling Central Podcast with Kid Peligro

Kid Peligro's Mat - Fri, 2016-05-20 12:37
Super stoked to be a guest for the Grappling Central Podcast. Check it out:

In this episode, we are joined by Professor Kid Peligro. One of the most trusted sources of information in the BJJ community, Kid reflects on his time spent with various Gracies, his days surfing in Brazil and his deep appreciation for self defense.
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Review: BJJ Rings

Meerkatsu - Thu, 2016-05-19 13:03

BJJ Rings sent me a sample pack of their silicone training rings. These items are intended to be used for people who can’t wear their wedding (or other decorative metal) ring on their fingers while training in a sports activity yet still wish to wear a ring.

Available to purchase:
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In my particular case, I’ve been married over ten years and although I have a lovely wedding ring, I never wear it since taking on and off many times a week proved to be a pain to do and I was scared I would lose the ring somewhere along the way. I also have increasingly gnarly knuckles which makes pulling off my wedding ring harder each time. Needless to say, I would never wear the ring during training – you only have to Google image ‘degloving’ to see what could happen!

Before shipping my ring, in had to select my ring size. The BJJ Rings website offers a handy online guide. You will need to have your own wedding ring available and compare it to the circles shown on screen. The company does not offer half sizes so the recommendation is to buy the size up. I’ve been wearing the black and red BJJ Rings model for a fortnight now and have to say it’s been holding up really well. The soft pliable nature of the silicone material means it feels comfortable to wear. The size I chose seemed to be a perfect fit.

During BJJ training the ring did not impede my grip pulling/pushing, nor did it snag or feel uncomfortable when my fingers are squeezed under pressure of an opponent. In fact, I barely noticed I was wearing a ring at all. After an hour or so of sparring however, I did notice that the sweat/moisture buildup on the skin of my fingers caused the ring to be more prone to slipping. It didn’t actually ever slip off my finger, but was looser and it felt could be removed. Most importantly, I did not feel I was in any danger of it hurting me or my opponent, which a metal ring could possibly do.

When I first posted a photo of the ring on my social media, it was very interesting to note the reactions, which fell into two camps: those that responded with wow I want one, to those who asked what was the point? I guess married folk who have wedding rings instantly get the concept and anyone else, they don’t see the point. [I’m making broad assumptions here.]

For those who train yet still want to wear a ring, the silicone ring offers a practical compromise. The snazzy BJJ belt colours are also a kind of fashion accessory when worn outside the gym. A little symbol of your marriage to the mats, so to speak!


Worlds 2016 To Weeks Away - More top names added

Kid Peligro's Mat - Tue, 2016-05-17 14:25
IBJJF Worlds 2016

The most prestigious IBJJF and arguably BJJ tournament is just two weeks away. With the event nearing more top names are added to the competitors list.
The IBJJF Worlds takes place on June 1 through 5, 2016 at the Walter Pyramid located at Long Beach State University 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd. in Long Beach.

Tops like Bruno Malfacine,  Koji Shibamoto (read more)
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Stress ... the way forward!

John Will's Personal Blog - Mon, 2016-05-16 21:33
Stress is not good - it’s the stress-response that is good!
When we place stress on our musculature, we are uncomfortable - it doesn’t feel good. But then the brain/body does it’s adaptation-thing and our musculature changes (e.g.: gets stronger) in order to cope with that stress when it comes again. 
The same goes for all kinds of biological (also read: neurological) stimuli … we get a small dose of that vaccine (disease) and it triggers a response that builds/improves our immune system (immune response). When people talk crap about you on the internet, over time you develop an immune response, and become more emotionally robust. 
On the mat, we get squashed, arm-barred, choked - but over time, develop the ability to stave off these things and survive - even prevail. What was once extraordinarily ‘uncomfortable’ becomes ‘palatable’. We develop ‘toughness’. 
In short, you need a dose of the ‘bad stuff’ in order to get the ‘good stuff’. So next time, you experience discomfort/stress, remember, that you are essentially an ‘adaptive’ machine - and the ‘good’ stuff will soon follow.

Leao Teixeira Kids For Jiu-Jitsu Course For Instructors

Kid Peligro's Mat - Mon, 2016-05-16 11:42

Prof. Leao Teixiera is one of the leaders in teaching Kids. He will be conducting two classes for instrutors onJune 12, 2016 at Paragon Jiu-Jitsu.

More info on the poster above or email

Choice follows on the heels of knowledge

John Will's Personal Blog - Mon, 2016-05-09 21:07
The more information we have the more choice we have. Knowledge is ‘potential power’; having specific knowledge about a thing does not, in an of itself, guarantee that we make progress or improve our lot; we still need to take action and do something; but having knowledge gives us a larger pool of resources from which to draw; in short, it gives us more choice.
Choice is wonderful things; something that many of us take for granted. Most of us have a choice in where we live, what clothes we wear and what food we want to eat … all choices that are not available to many other people on this planet. 
Most of us are born into circumstances that allow for a plentitude of choice. But, so much more is available (again, largely due tot he circumstances of where and when we were born) to us; we can learn more about almost any topic we wish to become more expert in; and very often, that opportunity to learn comes at virtually zero cost.
Learning is exciting - it can be a lot of fun - it is something that comes naturally to children and is often seen as a chore to adults. The trick is to see it for what it really is - an opportunity for self-improvement. And it’s right there - every day; right on front of us. 
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