How to pass the open guard

How to pass the open guard...

How to pass the open guard – “A mini Lesson”

In this video you will learn how to pass the open guard when your opponent has De La Riva with the pants grip. One of the hardest things to do in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is pass the guard (especially when you are going against high level Jiu-Jitsu players with technical guards).

The key to passing any guard is to take away your opponents key grips put yourself in a position where they have very limited angles to attack, seep or submit.

Watch this video where you learn how to pass a few variations of the open guard that often gives even high level Jiu-Jitsu practitioners problems.

If you live in the Lehigh Valley are (Allentown, Bethlehem or Easton) and want to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, please visit us at 

1801 Union Blvd, Suite H2, Allentown, PA 18109

5 Reasons Why Jiu-Jitsu Will Help You Stick to Your New Year Goals

5 Ways Jiu-Jitsu Will Help You Reach Your Goals

A new year means another attempt at all those same old resolutions. You know the ones…

  • Lose weight.
  • Get in shape.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Stop drinking.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Get better sleep.
  • Start a hobby.
  • Reduce stress.

How many years have you made a list like that?

How did that work out for you?

If you’re like most people, you’ve struggled and failed to keep your resolutions. There’s no shame in that. It happens to everyone.

You wake up on January 1st and tell yourself “This is the year I really do it.”

You write down your goals and stick them on the fridge. But by the middle of the month, you’re back to your old routine, and now that note is just a reminder of your failure every time you go to grab a snack.

Don’t beat yourself up over it. New year’s resolutions are notoriously hard to keep.

It’s not because you’re lazy or weak minded. To understand why resolutions succeed or fail, you need to understand how your mind works when you are trying to break old habits and form new ones.

Once you understand how habits are formed or broken, you’ll see how Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a fantastic system for helping you achieve many of your health and lifestyle goals. I have seen BJJ transform lives, my own included, and I want you to enjoy these benefits too.

Let’s talk about how habits are built.

You didn’t gain all your habits overnight. They were formed over a lifetime, and shaped by your daily circumstances — where you live, where you work, who you hang out with. Trying to make big changes just because the calendar rolled over to a new year fails because nothing else in your life has changed.

When you try to change your habits without changing your daily routines or surroundings, the odds are stacked against you. This is where BJJ gives you a chance to break this pattern. By starting a new activity, one that will encourage healthy habits and social interaction, you can.

Here are 5 ways you can make your new year’s resolutions stick by starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:

1. BJJ helps you focus on what you gain, not what you lose.

With most resolutions, there is a tendency to cut something out — stop eating junk food, stop drinking so much, quit smoking — without replacing it with something equally satisfying. You’re left with a hole that needs to be filled. You will fill this vacuum somehow, even if that means returning to your old habits.

BJJ can become your ally by allowing you to see how the changes you’ve made result in tangible improvements. Examples of healthy habits improved by BJJ:

  • See yourself not just getting in shape, but learning to truly use your body.
  • Quit smoking more easily, because you will notice how much better your cardio is when you stop.
  • Eat clean, because you see the benefits of it in your performance on the mats.
  • Follow a balanced sleep schedule more easily because it improves your performance.
  • Use your time more wisely, rather than wasting it to hang out and eat junk food.

2. Use the motivation of learning BJJ to reinforce new good habits.

New year’s resolutions often fail because they aren’t backed by a real passion for change. What is going to motivate you to stick to the new habit the first time it is challenged?

Once you catch the “BJJ bug,” you’ll find yourself thinking about it every spare minute — in the shower, waiting at red lights, laying down to sleep. Talk to anyone who does BJJ and you’ll quickly discover how endlessly interesting and challenging BJJ is.

To really enjoy BJJ training and improve fastest, you need a sharp mind and healthy body. This naturally means eating well, getting enough sleep, and cutting down on unhealthy habits like drinking and smoking.

When you’re faced with a choice between falling back to an old bad habit or doing the better new one, you can ask yourself:

“Will this help me improve my jiu-jitsu, or will I regret this next time I step on the mats?”

Making the right choice is easier when you see the connection to activities you enjoy. The desire to improve yourself and your BJJ skills can be a big motivator.

3. Make a real commitment and let others know to hold you to it.

When we half-heartedly set a goal or make a resolution, but don’t tell anyone else, we make it too easy for us to quit without feeling an outside pressure to not give up. By signing up at a BJJ school, you are making a real world commitment, and that is important for sticking to a resolution.

Your instructors want to see you training regularly and improving, and we notice when you aren’t showing up. And once you’ve trained for a few weeks and made friends at the school, they will want to see you on the mats, improving too.

4. Join a community that shares your goals for self-improvement.

Whether we like it or not, we all trend toward whatever behavior is normal around us. You can call it peer pressure or conformity, but it’s the natural way we tend to copy what we see around us.

We have known for a long time now that if your friends are overweight, you are likely to become obese too. That is because we tend to share the activities and diets of the people around us. If all your friends want to do is watch TV and eat junk food, that’s what you’ll do too when you hang out.

Through BJJ, your social network of friends will expand to include people who live active, healthy lifestyles. You are all united by your passion for BJJ, and the choices you make will be motivated by what will allow you to be more fit, physically and mentally.

5. Do more than just workout — challenge yourself mentally.

Many students find BJJ because they want to get in shape but the fitness gym is too boring. If you are going to burn calories either way, why run on a boring treadmill when you can learn a skill instead? BJJ provides a workout that teaches self defense skills and builds functional strength.

BJJ takes a lifetime to learn, and you will always be presented with new and interesting challenges. Most people are stuck in the traditional dull routine: wake up, go to work, go home, watch TV, go to sleep, repeat. BJJ lets you break this dead pattern and find a passion.


The key to resolutions is to understand that it is hard to change all of your habits at once, but if you can find a way to change your daily patterns, you have an opportunity to build new habits. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gives you a big opportunity to make this change, and I truly believe you will not regret stepping on the mats for your first class.

9 Reasons Why All Women Should Know Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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Looking for an effective self defense system?

Want to get a good workout without running on a treadmill?

Looking for fun way to burning off stress? Then Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for you.

Here are the top reasons why every woman should do BJJ:

1) Learn to defend yourself against a bigger, stronger attacker.

Most women discover BJJ because they are interested in defending themselves. The skills you learn in BJJ are designed to enable a smaller, weaker person to defend themselves against a larger, more powerful attacker.

You do not need to be fast, strong, or explosive to perform BJJ techniques effectively (which is not true of martial arts that rely on punches and kicks.) Through the use of superior leverage, fluid movements, and body positioning, you can use BJJ to control and even defeat a physically superior attacker.

Once you feel the effectiveness firsthand, you will be hooked.

2) Overcome your fear of being grabbed or held down.

“What if I get dragged away? What if someone pins me down?”

When talking to women about self defense, these are the two concerns you hear most. Thankfully, BJJ is especially well suited to address these. The core of BJJ is built around handling someone who trying to throw you to the ground and get on top of you.

BJJ is unique amongst martial arts because it trains ground fighting extensively, even teaching how to use seemingly bad positions (like being on your back with someone between your legs) as highly offensive positions where you can end fights with chokes and armlocks.

By becoming skilled in ground fighting, you conquer the fear of finding yourself there. This gives you a huge advantage over the untrained attacker.

3) Develop the awareness to protect yourself and stay safe.

In addition to fighting skills, through BJJ you will develop your ability to spot dangerous situations and ideally resolve them before conflict is necessary. The best defense is to be aware of your surroundings and the intentions of those around you.

The self defense system we teach includes psychological and awareness training. BJJ will allow you calmly assess the situation, knowing you can defend yourself if needed, instead of living in a state of constant fear. This confidence boost is one of the top benefits my students tell me they gained from learning BJJ.

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4) Gain the confidence to handle life’s stressful situations.

As you train BJJ and gain experience dealing with its physical and mental challenges, it is common to feel more composed and in control of stressful situations off the mats. BJJ teaches you to control your breathing, suppress your fight-or-flight instinct, and calm your emotions.

These same skills can be transferred to a stressful day at work, school, or home, allowing you to keep your cool under pressure. What’s a simple job interview or a nagging coworker compared to a BJJ sparring match?

5) Discover a great way to burn off steam and relieve stress.

Ever had a crappy that made you feel like choking someone? At BJJ, that’s encouraged! All the time, I have students tell me that they were having a bad day until they got on the mats, and after learning new techniques, training with some friends, and breaking a sweat, they went home happy.

The benefits go beyond that. Scientific researchers have even found that moderate-to-intense exercises, especially when lead by an instructor who makes sure you see it through to completion, has many mental benefits, including reducing or even protecting against depression. Many individually have used BJJ to help themselves deal with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health problems.

6) Get in shape and stay healthy while having fun.

Many people get into BJJ because they are looking for a way to get in shape without doing a boring workout like running on a treadmill. A BJJ class is a full body workout that burns tons of calories while building functional strength. Especially once you get into live training, you will learn to use your body in ways that most people can hardly dream of.

No matter how unathletic or uncoordinated you think you are, we have teaching and training methods that will get you to that level. BJJ is full of success stories of unlikely students becoming world champions.

7) Appreciate your body for what it can do instead of what it looks like.

Media and pop culture bombards women with unrealistic and unhealthy standards of beauty. In BJJ, all that matters is if you did the technique right. Who you are and what you look like does not matter. BJJ will enable you to fully express yourself physically and use your body to its full potential.

8) Unleash your competitive side by in BJJ tournaments.

BJJ has an active competition scene, with grappling tournaments being run all over the USA (and the entire world). Many students discover they love the depth of BJJ techniques and thrive on the thrill of testing themselves in competition.

Many people who liked sports in high school and college feel something is missing once they graduate and no longer have the competitive outlet. BJJ gives that back to you. You always have one more skill to improve and one more way to test yourself.

9) Build a social network of positive friends.

In the BJJ community, we have what’s called “living the jiu-jitsu lifestyle.” To build your life around jiu-jitsu means to constantly seek to improve your body, mind, and spirit. When you enter into the BJJ community, you are instantly surrounded by friends who share your goals of living better and helping others. BJJ has a special way of creating bonds of friendship that last a lifetime. Sign up for a class today and experience what the BJJ lifestyle has to offer you.

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3 Ways To Get Better at Jiu-Jitsu Faster

3 Ways To Get Better at Jiu-Jitsu Faster

There are no secrets on how to get better at jiujitsu, you just have to train, but these three things will help you get better faster.

Positional Sparring

Everyone loves to roll, but when you roll you are hitting so many positions and most of the time you will choose to play the positions that you are most comfortable.

With positional sparing its different, this will force you to work on one position the whole time even if you are not good at this position.
This can single handedly improve your game leaps and bounds by forcing you to improve the holes in your game.
Use your open mat time to do positional sparing or set up a training schedule with a dedicated partner.
Take one position and work on it for 20 minute sessions broken down into 4-5minute sessions.
For example if you’re constantly getting stuck in bottom side control, implement positional sparing and start on bottom side control and work on escaping once you escape, start back over in the same position.
Positional sparing is the time where you can take chances, try variations and see what works best for you. This is the time where you can figure out what your game plan is, you can discover your favorite escape, sweep and submission from each position. You’ll figure out what you’ve been doing wrong and you can fix those little mistakes. Positional training is by far one of the most helpful ways to getting better faster.

Chain drills

One of the key factors in becoming great at Jiu-Jitsu is being able to flow or “transition” from submission or position to the next seamlessly.
We’ve all have had that sense of being lost when rolling with someone and they escape our submission leaving us scrambling for the answer on what to do next.
Chain drills are the key to fixing this feeling of being lost. I know many of us have drilled a chain drill called the three brothers, where you transition to three different submissions. If you haven’t, check out the video below…

Chain drills make you combine one move after another, which can lead to a series of different techniques that all CHAIN together.

This is the reason why higher belts are so dangerous, because they can CHAIN different moves one after another without even thinking. If one technique in their submission chain fails they switch it to another and the chain continues.
Drilling this way will help train your body and mind to flow through different techniques naturally and will help you be ahead of your opponent. Knowing what you can do next will give you the upper hand, and chain drills will aid you in becoming better faster.

Speed Drills

When we first learn a new technique and try to use it while rolling it can be difficult to apply it.

With speed drills it’ll help us learn the control and speed that you need to make the technique work. Speed drilling is just drilling one move over and over, but doing it fast with proper form.

We do a drill here at Zombie BJJ from side control called the underhook switch. This drill is a perfect example of speed drilling.

Adding this to your training can help you during live rolling, it’ll help you stop over thinking, and help smoothen your technique as you apply use it. This one form of drilling can make your technique sharper, and most importantly help you improve faster.