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Sunday School: The Asylum Choke

Written by Models and MMA. Posted in MMA Techniques


(video via Submissions101)

We are the first ones to admit, gi techniques and submissions are new to us. We were never big fans of it. Primarily because everytime we have tried to roll with a gi we have been tied up like a pretzel and choked out. However we are slowly learning some of the nuances between gi and no gi grappling. Once you get used to the gi it opens up a world of new submissions. This week we are bringing you the Asylum Choke as demonstrated by Piet "Tico" Wilhelm. A creative way to utilize the gi from the bottom position. Enjoy the new technique and let us know if it worked for you.

Get schooled! Xyience presents Firas Zahabi

Written by Models and MMA. Posted in MMA Techniques

(video via Xyience)

In the world of MMA there are few gyms that produce elite, world class level fighters and Tristar gym in Montreal in without a doubt one of the few that consistently puts out some of the best talent in the business. The gym is most famouly known for being the home gym of Georges St Pierre but the reason behind it's success is due to head trainer Firas Zahabi. A master technician, he can explain how to make even the most basic move more effective. So when we saw this demo he did for Xyience we had to bring to to you guys. For more info on their gym check out the official Tristar website.

Sunday School: Side Mount Counter to Armbar

Written by Models and MMA. Posted in MMA Techniques


(video via ConnectionRio)

This week we're bringing a different technigue as demonstrated by Dennis Asche of Connection Rio that can help you when you find yourself in sidemount on the bottom.   We found it to be quite effective several times during live rolling. When applied correctly it gets you a submission, at the very least it gets you into a better position. 

Props to Connection Rio and Evolve MMA.

Sunday School: Motivation

Written by Models and MMA. Posted in MMA Techniques

(video via Grapplers Quest)

There are all sorts of fans for the sport of MMA. Some that only watch it, others that like to participate in whatever capacity they are able to. Whether it's taking jiu jitsu, boxing, kickboxing we know what it's like to get in the gym and have good and bad days. Sometimes you're the hammer, other times you're the nail. As much as we love competition sometimes we're guilty of half assing it during practice especially when things aren't going our way. Well thanks to Grappler's Quest here's a bit of motivation that should make you quit your bitching next time you're thinking about giving yourself a pity party or when you're making up creative reasons for not going to the gym. 

Check out this clip of Matt Betzold from FightReady taking on Taylor McCorriston of FTCC in the No- Gi Advanced Division of the a recent Grappler's Quest tournament. Matt is the guy with ONE LEG who nails the submission! We salute you Mr. Betzold for showing us what true heart mixed in with some pretty boss submission skills gets you. 

Sunday School: Slam Counter

Written by Models and MMA. Posted in MMA Techniques

(video via Submissions 101)

If your BJJ practice goes anything like ours you are going to want to pay attention. Usually our opponents find a way to introduce our face to the mat via some sort of slam. Yeah it gets old and it's in danger of threatening our good looks. Well thanks to two-time World Gold medalist for Team USA Ricky Lundell and The University of Grappling we can share a practical escape when you find yourself about to be rear slammed. 

Ricky Lundell is the youngest American to earn a BJJ black belt and has worked with various UFC fighters including Frank Mir, Joe Lauzon, and many others. He is one of the most sought after grappling coaches in the game today. Be sure to follow him on his twitter and his official website.

Gracie Breakdown: Lauzon's Triangle Finish over Jamie Varner

Written by Models and MMA. Posted in MMA Techniques

(video via Gracie Breakdown)

Jamie Varner and Joe Lauzon put on the Fight of the Night at UFC on Fox 4 this Saturday. However it was Lauzon who came across as the big winner scoring $50,000 for Fight of the Night and an extra $50,000 for Submission of the night for finishing the very game Varner with a triangle choke in the third round. Rener Gracie and Brian Ortega are bringing this edition of The Gracie Breakdown to explain exactly how it went down. They also show you how to scare the living sh*t out of your teammates next time you have a little free time to kill at the dojo.

Sunday School: Silva vs Sonnen I - Gracie Breakdown

Written by Models and MMA. Posted in MMA Techniques

(video via Gracie Breakdown via Youtube)

Chael Sonnen is quoted as saying "In some parallel universe you can hit a man 300 times, he wraps his legs around your head for 8 seconds and they call HIM the winner." Well if by parallel universe you mean ANY mixed martial arts or jiu jitsu match then yeah, Silva won the fight. Sonnen tapped. It's the universal sign of surrendering a match. 

Here to explain how it all breaks down is Ryron and Rener Gracie from the Gracie Academy. The Gracie name is of course synomymous with jiu jitsu and their hugely popular Gracie Breakdon channel on YouTube always does an amazing job at explaining what happens during a fight. If it involves jiu jitsu they can probably explain it to you better than your girlfriend can explain what happened during the last episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Enjoy getting schooled.

Sunday School: Berimbolo/De La Riva Pass

Written by Models and MMA. Posted in MMA Techniques

(video via Cavalcanti Jiu Jitsu Youtube)

When we're not twitter stalking hot chicks on Twitter and finding creative ways to milk the clock while on company time, we actually do follow and participate in the sport we love. What beter way to get you guys involved and us off our ass than by taking you to school? We're going to be bringing you some techniques from various schools and insructors and we're sure you'll be well on your way to dominating the mats once you take note and start using some of our training tips.


This week we bring to you The Berimbolo/ De La Riva Sweep from the guard as demonstrated by Master Ricardo Calvacanti and Professor Anthony Galeano. To pick up more knowledge from them, check them out their official website: RCJiuJitsu.com