Fightin Bigger Folks

Welcome to the program! Let’s begin. The way this works is pretty simple… read the stuff that I write until you get to a video… then you watch the video… it’s hard to go wrong. You might have seen the first couple of videos in the program, but the beginning is the beginning, and that is where we start.

There's lessons stashed throughout this entire course...
Keep an eye out for extra videos on each page.

I don't want you to miss anything...

Striking Foundations

If you need to review your basic strikes, this page will give you the foundation that you need to build your fighting skills.  The details in these lessons should be kept in mind with every strike that you throw, and every step that you take.

A Quick Introduction Fighting Bigger People, Distancing, and my buddy "Shovel Head"

Long Distance Weapons

  This video teaches you how to use your front kick to control larger opponents... and knock their wind out.

Elusive Tactics

  These footwork drills and movement patterns can get you out of dodge!

“Now that you’ve established your distance, you need to LEARN as much about your opponent as possible (in a short amount of time).”

There are a few simple things that you can learn about your opponent, which might give you some important information (if you know what you’re looking for.) Being able to find one single bad habit within your opponent can lead you to a knockout victory.

Using A "Scouting Report"

  Learn about your opponent... then use the knowledge against him.

If there’s anything that you notice about your opponent that you can take advantage of, it is wise to do it.
One of the most common questions that I get is “Hey Trav… how do I stop a charging opponent?” Well, the front kick is a great option, but there might be times where your opponent gets inside the range of your front kick. You need to have a couple of options for those circumstance, and the moves in the following video will cause MASSIVE amounts of damage to an opponent who gets too close.

Once you develop these moves, we will use them regularly to do take out your opponent.

The "Rude Awakening"

  The perfect 'wake up call' for someone trying to charge at you, over-aggressively.

Front kicks, knees, and elbows are some savage weapons. If you had been in a horrible accident where you lost your forearms from the elbow down, you could use the techniques on this one single page and still have an incredibly bad-ass martial style of your own.

Your life would still be incredibly difficult and probably sad at times without the use of your hands, but you could beat up a lot of people.

So what’s next…

As previously stated, our first path to potential victory is getting in close and doing damage. YOU are going to have to pick the moment you want to do that. If the guy you’re fighting is VERY big, you might want to keep distance for a while… let his heart struggle to pump blood (while you kick him in the body). When he is visibly fatigued, your entry will be less risky.

This is “slow-playing” it, so to speak…

…and you might find that you don’t like waiting around. It might be easier for you to just go right for your take-down, and depending on who you’re fighting, it might be less risky. Still, all fights start on your feet, so a mastering the stand-up portion of this game is where you should start as well.

Speaking of beating people up…

You’ve established your distance and given your opponent something to think about other than attacking. He’s probably worried about getting kicked in the stomach… he might have taken an elbow or two to the face and chest, and in reality, he probably wants to stop fighting. This is the moment where you see his pace slow down… he doesn’t even try to get so close to you any longer.

You might notice that the look on his face has completely changed; and you might actually be able to detect a different person behind all of the size. This is the common look of a who has been hurt, has gotten tired, and has felt his own vulnerability… it’s the face that you see when someone is forced to suck a little harder to get air into his lungs.

The more clueless that guy is about fighting, the more desperate that face is gonna look.

It feels like I should insert some super-tough cliche saying that you might find on a starving MMA clothing company’s T-Shirt. To compensate for my lack of ownership of such shirts, I will brazenly made up a fortune-cookie-esque bit of martial arts word-fodder:

“Damage is real. Shit-talking is fake. Courage melts away in the face of fatigue and the presence of danger.”

Not bad for my first try at disappointingly  tough word-fodder.


You’ll learn a lot about your opponent the first moment that you kick him in the stomach… most times you learn that he’s not as tough as he thought he was.

Next week I’m going to teach you how to move to the next step of your strategy… “Closing Distance… and Doing Damage.”

Regarding The Email Training Schedule

As you may or may not be aware, this course is set up to be mailed out to you on a schedule (which would allow you to complete this thing in 3 months).  Now as you'll find, it's an aggressive training schedule... most people quite simply don't keep up... and that's ok.

There are years worth of martial arts training in this program.  You can take your time with it, or you can immerse yourself.  It's totally up to you.  Regardless, I put this little feature together to make training as simple as possible for you.

If you fill out the following form, you will get frequent emails (every day for the first week), and you'll have every video, every download, and every link sent to you as you're supposed to go through it in real time.

If that sounds good to you, fill out the following form:

Here's the 'Choke' Lessons I Mentioned:

In my super sweet sales materials...

fma-drop-seio-nage.00_02_09_03.Still005How to Defend Yourself Against a Choke

This is part of a seminar day that we filmed in the 'Fighting Multiple Attackers' program... so that may be mentioned a few times.  This will help you if you get choked from behind, or if you feel like learning some sweet throws.

fma-best-way-to-choke.00_00_40_03.Still001How to Choke People Properly

If you execute a choke correctly, your opponent should not be able to escape. Here's a way to choke your opponent powerfully, as you drag him across the floor.

***Before you click to advance to the next week***

Please be aware that this is a WEEKLY course... which means that new stuff unlocks for you every week, and you can't access it until then.  I find that the folks who skip ahead usually don't end up learning anything... because they don't practice the stuff that they need to!

You have at least a Week's worth of work to do before you start moving on to the next stuff.

Be patient... and if you would like to appeal this decision and ask for full access, you can feel free to email me: [email protected]

Fightin’ Bigger Folks Week 2

"Closing distance is an essential part of fighting larger opponents."

Ok... the guy is under control and he's no longer charging.  Now you need to get inside his range and smash him up a bit without getting hit.  That's going to require some Head Movement.  Otherwise, your face will be an easy target to punch.

Penguin Slipping In Close

This technique is the basis for our distance closing movements.

"Tyson Slipping" into a "Shovel Hook"

Here's a more athletic option for closing distance that I highly recommend you add to your stash of movement techniques. I end up doing this all the time, without even realizing it.

Now at this point, you have the basics of closing distance covered, and you have some workouts to do which will build the general footwork and core strength necessary to move like this.

However, we need to add some extra techniques to really freeze the guy up on your way in, and to helps us deal with hooks more effectively.

Penguin slips don't always work against hooks (as you're about to see) and more importantly, we need some variation.

“Variation in your head movement might be the most important part of closing distance.”

Adding Variation and "U-Slips"

This will give you the ability to roll under hooks while closing distance, and also give you the ability to be UNPREDICTABLE while you're closing distance.

At this point, there’s a limitless amount of work that you can do to build your ability to get inside your opponents range… you could train this for 20 minutes per day and be insanely difficult to hit in a matter of a few weeks.

Be prepared… this is hard work. 20 seconds of free-styling slip variation while moving forward is going to be exhausting. That said, you will be on your way to sharpening body movements specific to fighting larger people.

A Brief Note From Trav...

I remember when fighting was exhausting. It didn’t matter what I was doing; shadow boxing on the air would put me wayyy out of breath. After all, when you’re first starting out with martial arts technique, all your body is working with is the muscle memory and physical development from every other sport you’ve played.

Unfortunately, all the years I spent running around on a field didn’t prepare my body to effectively use the muscles needed in MMA training.

Muscles need blood to get oxygen. Blood flows through veins. Veins don’t just appear like huge wide tunnels for your blood to rush through… that kind of stuff has to be BUILT.

Every single time you punch until you are exhausted, or you do slip sprints until your sides are burning, you build a lot more than just your muscles. You build neurological path ways (so your brain can coordinate the movements), you build your cardiovascular system (so your heart can deliver blood), you build your lactic acid threshold (so you can push through the pain and the burn).

Every time you PUSH yourself hard physically, you turn your body into more of a machine… you sharpen your mind, and you build your heart (your real heart, and the metaphorical “heart”… like Rocky Balboa had “heart”).

Keep that in mind any time you’re doing a drill that I give you, the moment that it gets hard and the moment that you want to stop.

Is your opponent working this hard? Probably not.

It won’t be easy at first, but slowly you will become the martial artist that you seek to create.

Moving on…

While you’re training all of the fun stuff I gave you, I want you to start thinking about the next crucial element of closing distance: Taking Angles!

If you want to be able to really damage your opponent and not get hit back… I would strongly recommend that you pay very close attention to this next video.

Taking Angles... With U-Slips

This video explains the absolute need to take a good attack angle, and shows you how to use a U-Slip to get there.

Now my job in this program is to give you one super sweet strategy to follow so that you can win fights against bigger people. I’ve given you one way to take a good attack angle… but there are many.

General footwork will allow you to take attack angles. Moving your feet while punching will allow you to take angles. Head movement and “angle changes” will allow you to take angles. I stuck a couple of random videos about this concept under the last video if you want to get deeper into it.

And just to cap off the week nicely...

I'll give you a crazy badass attack which also involves cutting down the space between you and your opponent.


Leaping Hook

A Crazy Kind of Hook (and other stuff)

This video teaches you a monumental attack that Tyson used, and covers some other crazy intricacies of our strategy.

Fightin’ Bigger Folks Week 4


The Shirt Grab & Hook Trick

This is a dirty little fighting trick that can seal a victory (depending on what your opponent is wearing).  Best to check your outfit before leaving the house.

adding hook thumbAdding Left Hooks to Any Closing Step

I know we've talked about this technique a bit, but I want to be sure that you are dropping this inconceivably powerful strike at every stance closing, U-Slipping, or lateral moving opportunity that you have.


About Roundhouses...

This will touch on some of the best ways to use this kick within your existing strategy.

Every time you smash your shin into that guys leg, you’re winning the fight a little bit more, so you need to be doing this with every opportunity you get.

But your other leg might get bored...

The lead leg roundhouse (the leg in front, or as a righty... my left) is an amazing weapon, it's only hindrance being that it's so close to our opponent... and we're trying to be that close.

The easiest remedy to this situation is to use a switch kick... which when applied to our chosen position of sorts, has some fantastic applications.


Secrets to Switch Kick Sweetness

This one video will teach you way more than you need to know about switch kicks, but all of it will have powerful implications in the game of using your legs to hurt people.

Once you have kicks from both sides, the most obvious thing to do is tie it together with the rest of the crap that we know... in a way which spikes our overall spectacularness.


Extra Debilitation

Start using low attacks to punctuate your existing combinations, and you're entire style of stand up fighting will become exponentially more effective.


Getting the most out of your steps and movement

This video could theoretically be mindblowing... but at the very least it will nicely tie together every standup premise that we've covered... to start bringing your strategy full circle.

If you think about it, the stand-up fighting game is stressful. There’s a lot of very permanent damage that can be done to one’s face in a very short amount of time. Also, you can be CRUSHING the guy and he might just catch one lucky punch. Now his size advantage packs an extra wallop, so that punch might be enough to induce a nap.

An incredibly appealing alternative to the standup fighting game is to simply use positioning and your attack-angle to make takedowns simple. The program we just covered has gotten the hard part out of the way. If you build a good takedown and make it mechanical, you can have THE GREATEST ADVANTAGE IN THE WORLD:

Being. On. Top.

Screw having a size disadvantage and range issues… take the guy DOWN. If you have little Jiu Jitsu skill and he has none, you’re practically guaranteed to win.

In order to build your takedowns, build your “ground and pound”, and make submission moves completely second nature, please move on to…

Training Module #2

Fightin' Bigger Folks Week 5

Ok, so we've moved on to the take-down phase of this project...

There's a lot of folks out there who struggle to learn take-downs, and it remains to be a weak-spot in their "game" so to speak (game = your collection of martial skills and how you choose to implement them).

If you don't wrestle in high school, it's hard to find good wrestling training... anywhere.  MMA schools barely put their focus on wrestling, as is evident in most class schedules:

  • 6 PM Jiu Jitsu
  • 7 PM No-Gi Jiu Jitsu
  • 8 PM Muay Thai

You just don't see it on the schedule much.  It's neglected...  and partly because it makes a mess of the training space.  It takes a lot of room to have a class full of people actively wrestling without trainees crashing into each other and risking injury.

My first attempted solution to the lack of wrestling training I first experienced was to go to a "wrestling-camp"  in a warehouse somewhere in central jersey.  I ended up doing ridiculous drills from "referee's position" with a bunch of high-school kids.

refs position

it was... not cool.

After that, we did a series of leg manipulation moves designed to help me roll my opponent onto his back for the "pin".  While this might have been useful when I was 7 and trying to pin my friends after watching a Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant... it's just not necessary in MMA.

While I wasn't able to find  the wrestling training that I needed at a camp, that was just my experience and you could definitely have a different one,.  I suppose the only point I'm trying to make is that if you don't "do this sport" in high school, it becomes more challenging to pick up later.

If you have the opportunity to wrestle at a high school, college, or even college club level... DO IT.  It will build your skills and your character.  This sport makes you TOUGH, and I really wish I had the chance to participate in it more than I did.

If you don't have that opportunity, don't worry about it.  We can build our wrestling skills on our own... but just keep your eyes out for your chances to get better.

To start your journey into the world of the takedowns, let's start by building your shot, and your Single Leg Takedown.


Snatching Single Legs

This lesson will introduce you to Shots, Single Legs, and Single Leg Finishes. Hopefully I don't get sick of these words... I've forcibly wiped the words: Closing Distance from my vocabulary.

Ok, now you know how to shoot, and how to finish "single legs" in a couple of different ways.  Unfortunately, just knowing the method behind this stuff won't make it powerful.

If you want to build the explosive strength necessary to take people off of their feet, you're going to need to taylor your exercise for this module.  This next video shows you how to do that while enjoying the rays of the sun.

Road Work

Shot Road Work

This video teaches you how to use open space to sharpen your shot... in the peaceful rays of the sun, through the dirty lens of my camera.

Different shots yield different opportunities, and different 'flows',  into different finishes.  Knowing where you want to flow helps.

Letting the finish dictate

Flowing Into Different Shots

The steps that start your shots will frequently control how they end up. This video will teach you how to use that to your advantage.

leg across single finishesLeg Across Single Finishes

Here's your two easiest single finishes... with the guy's leg across your body!

Training (to me) is about Reps... which you probably know stands for "Repetitions".  Repeating movements makes them sharp, and mechanical.

While it would be amazing to continuously practice your single on a real human... you'll most likely never find someone dedicated enough to give you the reps you need.  Unless, you're in high school, and the entire wrestling team is forced to work out with you.  That would be convenient.

Anyhow, this video focuses mainly on getting reps with respect to pivots...


Pivoting For Shot Finishes... In Roadwork

If you struggle with any of your shot finishes, you probably just haven't done enough reps. This video will show you how to build seamless shot flows.


Loosening Up

If you aren't used to shooting, it's going to make you tight and sore. If you want to bounce back quickly, you might need to stretch it out.

To close out this week, let's take the stuff that you've learned and set it up effectively.


Setting Up Your Shots

Nothing should ever be what it seems.  If you want your shots to be successful, a little distraction might be in order.

Fightin’ Bigger Folks Week 6

In this week, we're going to wrap up our Single Leg Takedown

And move on to our Passes / Position Changes

But first, on every shot that you take, you should be expecting some head impact.  If you're not ready to deal with that, your shot might end up being garbage.  Your brain has an amazing way of pulling back your power in times of "uncertainty".

Fortunately, we can build our necks to be as stable as tree trunks, without even needing any equipment.

bp-212-building-the-neck-you-need joes edit.Still005-RecoveredBuilding The Neck You Need

Single Legs involve head-butts, neck strength is crucial. The more sturdy your neck is, the less likely you are to get knocked out!

The final position where our opponent's leg might end up could theoretically be the best position for him, but if you know what you're doing, you can make your finish immensely uncomfortable and easily executed.


"Leg Outside" Single Finishes

The name says it all... though maybe Hamstring Rending or Groin Taxing Single Finishes would be a nice added touch to the title.

So far all of our Single Leg Takedown finishes have been rather brutish and harsh.  We don't always have to be so rough.  The following lesson on knee blocks will give you at least one finesse finishing option.


Knee Blocks

Add an edge to your single leg finishes... a clever edge... that blocks knees.

Now that your opponent is on his back...

You can theoretically win the fight right away, if you move into the appropriate leg lock for your finishing position.


A Couple Of Leg-Locks

I know that this module is supposed to be all about Takedowns and Ground N' Pound but I just couldn't help myself... after this lesson you'll have a couple of ways to destroy your opponent's leg.

It's always nice to liven things up with some grimy moves.

Now then...

Meet Damon!bp-23-damon-intro.Still001

Meet my buddy Damon!  He's a coach and training partner of mine, but more importantly he possesses a wealth of valuable MMA knowledge.

Now that your opponent is on the ground...

Don't go getting knocked out like an idiot.  A little awareness can keep you safe, and give you additional sweet leg-lock finishes.


Dealing With Up-Kicks and Dealing Out Down-Kicks

This video is going to teach you a ton of stuff... defending against up-kicks, kicking a downed opponent, and one INCREDIBLY ruthless and destructive submission move.

Now if you haven't managed to pull off any of the leg locks we've covered so far (admittedly, the one's I've shown you are low percentage moves), you still need to finish this fight.  The most graceful way to do this is simply to continue moving to a dominant position and reap all of the openings it offers you.

Here's a pass for 2 out of 3 of our potential landing positions.  I'll save one for next week, just because.


Passing With Your Opponent's Leg Across

As we dive deeper into Module 2, you're going to find that the position where your opponent lands will determine the "Pass" or "Position Change" that you go to next.  You will find this to be true, because I will tell you about 40 times.


Passing With A Leg "In Between"

If you grab a single leg takedown and finish it with the guy's leg between your legs, where you do think it might be when you land? The title should give this answer away...

Since I know that a lot of this week was positional in nature, here's a fantastic lesson which encompasses several means of dishing out brutality.

Fightin’ Bigger Folks Week 7

This week, we're going to introduce the Body Lock Takedown

Right after we finish tidying up our passes, and some other stuff.


Passing From A Leg "Outside"

The final position where your opponent might land prompts the final "Open Guard" pass that I'm going to teach you.

Now you have a Pass from every feasible "Open Guard" position.

If the guy manages to lock his legs around you... it's a whole different story, so don't let that happen.  Maintaining your posture and not following your opponent to the ground is the simplest way to make that possible.

Now if you have a training partner, you just work the moves together.  Keep each other honest, help each other figure out the adjustments that make these techniques more effective, and coach each other.

If you DON'T have a training partner, you're going to need to be a little more creative to get your reps, so watch this video:

training passes into ground n poundTraining Passes Into Ground n' Pound

This video highlights some training methods you can use, details about form/adjustments in your passes, and simply building good mechanics.

Let's switch gears for a second...

and take a look at a piece of equipment that has completely changed my takedown game.

The Jobo Takedown Systembp-23-the-jobo.Still004

You see that apparatus on my wall? Here's what it is, and where it comes from.

So far our takedown strategy has been purely Offensive...

But not everything can be about executing our offensive plan (unfortunately).  If we could simply grab legs and slam people to the ground without resistance, everyone would be doing it... in an uncivilized world anyhow... where everyone is inexplicably angry.

Your ease of execution will remain unaffected if you're prepared for your opponent's counter attacks.


Defenses To His Defenses

There's a few things that your opponent might do if you snatch a single-leg in order to defend himself. If you're prepared to counter his defenses, your takedowns will can be completed with even less effort than they normally might take.

If you have the means, I strongly suggest that you grab a Jobo.  You will develop mechanical takedown skill, and build muscle memory that can't be unlearned.

That was the final polishing step that I'll give you related to single leg takedowns.  Now, we move on to something completely different.

The Body-Lock Takedownbp-231-body-lock-basics-and-deeper-details.Still007

Featured frequently in the Gracie highlight clips, this takedown is ideal for... pretty much any situation (including Fightin' Bigger Folks).

It's a simple enough takedown once you've got your arms locked around the guy...

Getting there is often the hard part.

Now, it seems to make perfect logical sense at this point to teach you how to defend yourself against this move... especially since large people who you strike really hard will try their hardest to wrap their arms around you.

Defenses Against The Body-Lockbp-232-defense-to-bodylock.Still002

You never know when someone might be Bear-Huggin' you... here's a couple ways to get out of it.

As previously stated, actually grabbing your body-lock presents it's own series of difficulties.  The best way to make it easy is to back your opponent in a corner, and eliminate any chance he might have for retreat.

BiggerPersonCuttingOffAnglesCutting Off Angles 

Taking your opponent down will be made a lot easier by putting him in a position where he can't move away... like a wall or corner.

Fightin’ Bigger Folks Week 8

We start this week with a pretty bold maneuver...

But since the second half of this Module focuses on the Body Lock, you should be able to put yourself in the best position to seize this grip... a place where your opponent can't move away is ideal...

bp-234-wall-stuff-run-block-bodylock.Still002Run Blocking People Into A Wall

Well it's pretty easy to understand why takedowns are easiest against the wall where our opponent can't escape... but what's the easiest way to drive someone up against a wall?

Now that your opponent is up against the wall...

might as well have a simple yet effective way to add a reap to your Body-Lock.

bp-235-osoto-gake.Still007Ko Soto Gake

Also known as "Small Outside Hook" (the Japanese were not very creative with their move titles), this move is a very simple way to add another dimension to your bodylock, as seen in our Gracie highlight reel.

Since we're on the topic of being clever, it's important to continuously build your set-ups.  Certain techniques seem to flow perfectly into each other... once you allow them to do so.

bp-236-kicking-into-shots-and-flowing-off.Still002Kicking Into Shots

...and flowing off. This is a great way to set up your takedowns, as well as some savage hooks to your opponents face.

But what happens if you screw up?

bp-24-flowing-out-of-errors-falls-into-steps.Still009Falling into Flows

Just go with it... it will all makes sense when you watch the video.

But... what if you don't want to screw up?

bp-24-fixing-shot-errors.Still001Fixing Common Shot Errors

I didn't realize how  ugly my shots were until I started watching them on video... by coaching myself through this crap, hopefully I can help coach you through the same... if you're experiencing them.  Either way, this is a helpful training lesson.

...and in the event that you can't finish your Single leg Takedown:

bp-24-single-into-uppercut-trick.Still004Ol' Dirty Tricks

This is actually a new trick, but I wanted the title to be reflective of my intro's audio sample.

and as we bring this module to a close, it's important to remember that a takedown really doesn't mean anything, unless you capitalize off of it... and beyond that, your takedowns are made easier by the techniques you use to set them up.  This is why you have to step back occasionally and remind yourself to tie it all together.

bp-24-tying-it-all-together.Still002Tying It All Together

It's important to occasionally review, but more important to remind you to think in ENTIRE SEQUENCES OF MOVES, from our starting point to the finish.

Week 9

Now the whole point of passing the guys legs is to be able to mercilessly hold Dominant Positions

The first highly important element of ground fighting is to simply know where you’re going.  There are 4 main Dominant Positions that we will cover, and each will enable you to do outrageous damage, simply because of body positioning.

Each of these has its strengths and certain focal points which will unlock it’s full potential.  Additionally, it helps to know how to get into these positions consistently… all details covered in the next video… except for mount… which I don't talk about until Week 12.

In truth, this next video on Dominant Positions is a bit of a mess... you might need to watch it more than once to take it all in, but you don't really need to take it all in. Don't worry about rembering each movement we cover, they are going to be drilled into you during the workouts this week... and if I can't describe what I'm asking for, I'll pull a clip from this video to show you what I want .

For that reason...


Especially since it will make sense of what you're about to watch.

The following video is a mess... (the three that follow will clear it all up):

jiu-jitsu-dominant-positions.Still004 copyDominant Positions

This video covers the glories of our most useful and devastating top positions... and how to switch between them for maximum amazingness.

As your game progresses, it might become important for you to put focus on specific positions.  If your Knee-On-Belly is terrible, you might consider trying to get into this position as much as possible, and then try to hold the position as long as possible.

The following three videos were added a year after this course was released...

To give you a 'clearer' breakdown of the positions at hand, and changing between them.
...and to apologize for the initial mess on 'dominant positions'. You can't win 'em all.

bp-side-mount.00_01_03_17.Still001Side Mount

By far my favorite dominant position, and also the most secure. This is my 'home base' of dominant positions.

bp-knee-on-belly.00_00_28_23.Still003Knee on Belly Position

This is a great 'intermediary' position, as you're moving from one game-plan to another, and also a great spot to punch your opponent in the head.

bp-position-changes.00_03_47_00.Still002Position Changes

This video will serve as a handy guide for changing between dominant positions... and making sure that you always have something to 'go to' when you're mounting an attack (pun intended).

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, back to some good ol' fashioned training...

Ground Fighting takes core strength... and the more you have, the better you will be.  Every muscular movement that you make ties to your abdomen, it supports everything that you do physically.

I want your abs to be indefatigable... beyond power and stability, they need to develop cardiovascularly to the point that they do not wear out.  This is one of the keys to a relentless ground game.

bp-ground-drills.Still001Core Work For Ground Fighting

Here's a couple ground fighting drills to help your skills get sharper, and as a pleasant bi-product... make your abs look slightly better on the beach... or in a desert.... or wherever you happen to be shirtless.

Now it's not 100 percent granted that you end up in a Dominant Position...

You never really know what happens after a takedown. You can end up in a number of different positions... some better than others.

If you're familiar with all of your striking options,

You will be able to mount an attack regardless of which Top Position you hold.  The following video will make that clear.

bp-ground-n-pound.Still001Ground n’ Pound Options and Principles

This video will cover some good ways to strike on the ground. If you learn to see these options, regardless of your position, you will begin to have an oppressive ground game.

If your opponent has absolutely no ground skills, passing to a Dominant Position will be effortless.  However, If he's taken a Jiu Jitsu class or watched a UFC, he might end up putting you in "Guard".

Here's how you're going to get out of it.

bp-guard-passThe Back-Side Knee Pass

This is the pass that I use 80% of the time I end up in guard. The other 20% I either strike until the guy opens his guard or I get triangle choked while going for something awesome.  Bottom line: it works, and works really well.

Now you might be wondering how the hell you're going to train this stuff.

Fortunately, I have the answer for you.

bp-bubba-2.Still001The Bubba 2 Training Dummy

This stack of artificial joints just might be the exactly what you need for your solo Jiu-Jitsu training needs.

It's good to have training options...

You can use that piece of equipment to enhance the following fight finishing moves.  Remember, you don't have to pass to a dominant position if you've already build certain techniques into your muscle memory.

Now that you know a bit about Side-Mount and how to get there, I'd say that an obscenely diabolical move from that position might be in order.  This one will revolutionize the way that people look at Key Locks (if the video get's leaked... which it probably won't... so it will be a small revolution).

jiu-jitsu-americana.Still002The Gruesomicana

This video covers the basics of the Americana, but then my first Jiu Jitsu coach modifies the move to make it something drastically more... gruesome.

And if for some crazy reason, you're stuck in your opponent's guard...

Here's a slightly more advanced way to strike a guy with a decent guard... (this was very briefly highlighted in the Bubba video)


Guard N’ Pound Tactics

Sneaky strikes are my favorite kind.

Fightin’ Bigger Folks Week 10

This week you will be introduced... or reintroduced to the concept of takedowns moving directly into footlocks, from your takedowns.  Eariler in the program I gave you a Knee Separator and a Modified Inside Heel hook directly off of a takedown. Those were low percentage moves in truth... but I figured you'd like them.  The Footlocks and set-ups will do nothing but go up in Average Percentage of Success from this point forward.

This next one is not the easiest to catch, but it hits quick and it's very brutal depending on how you apply it.

bp-leg-across-reap-ankle-lock.Still002The Grim Reap-Er 

Reaping your opponent to a bitter end... of the fight.  Not his life or anything; it's not that serious.

Back to the Ground Game....

Part of being able to maintain a top position involves keeping constant downward pressure on your opponent.  This keeps him in place, ideally flat on his back; and will allow you to press his legs to the floor as you pass into your dominant position.

The following drill is just a way to build your "Jiu Jitsu Athelticism", and also get you into the habit of moving around downward pressure.

bp-24-handpins-and-spins.Still002 copyHandpin Spins and Kick-Throughs

This is a fun little drill that will get you good at pinning your opponents legs to scamper around them... but more importantly for our purposes, you will build snappy kick-throughs to slide into dominant positions.

Since you're developing skill in moving to Dominant Positions...

It makes perfect logical sense to build a series of High Percentage, and Ruinous attacks from this position.  Heres one you've most likely never seen before.

Leg Submissions in Dominant Positions dan-side-mount-heel-hook-and-bonus.Still005

A little bit of awareness can lead you to to a very quick fight finish from your nice snug dominant position.

If you're Submissions aren't working right off the bat,

Just bust the guy up a little bit; or a lot, if you're not careful.  The following is a truly messy attack.

The Facepost Elbow (and a busted leg)bp-facepost-elbow-into-footgrab.Still001

The ugliest side of ground and pound can be truly horrific.  I know I use crazy terms like "diabolical" or "face-altering" or "nose-shattering" but in some cases those terms are literally accurate.

If you're familiar with all of your striking options,

You will be able to consistently progress towards the Win, regardless of your level of Jiu Jitsu skill.

bp-inside-heel-hook.Still001The Inside Heel Hook

This move is one of the most brutal and quick-to-injury submission moves that you will ever learn.  We can skip immediately to knee shearing after some of our favorite single leg takedowns.

bp-inside-heel-hook-bonus.Still001A Bonus Inside Heel Hook

Don't want to be bothered with jumping in for your heel hook?  I don't blame you... if you do it like this, you might not have to.

Fightin' Bigger Folks week 11

ToeHoldToe Hold Execution and Set Up

You hit your Single Leg, the fight might be OVER if you sharpen this one Set-Up enough (...and if you can stomach the sound of ligaments exploding)

Winning fights directly off of takedowns is the Bee's Knees... assuming that you actually have the will to finish the move (which is quite simply not always appropriate).  A submission "finish" represents the destruction of a joint, in most cases preventing your opponent from continuing.

Technically, if your opponent submits that could be considered a victory.  Though, if you "tap out" your opponent and then let go of your hold, you might find that he still wants to fight.

How you handle your submissions is up to you, I personally will respect a submission at least one time.  If I'm attacked a second time, I'm quite likely to "finish" the next one.

The following move is one that I love... and I catch on people of all skill levels.  With a little practice, this could be a consistent "instant fight ender" for you.

Now assuming you don't finish the guy right off the bat...

It's going to help if you wear him down.  This can easily be done from your dominant position.

bp-33-paper-cutter.Still001The Paper Cutter

One of my favorite ways to do some low-brow choking, this is an excellent way to cause a commotion and be restrictive.

And as you grind your opponent down into a helpless pile of exhaustedness, you will be constantly presented with opportunities to finish the following move:

bp-33-cross-side-armbar.Still010The Cross-Side Armbar

Quite simply, my favorite submission move of all time.

Sometimes landing these moves requires both set up and patience.  This might be waiting for your opporunity to throw a move, or it could mean creating your own opportunities.  Italics.  I feel like I'm whispering something very serious.

bp-33-arm-isolations.Still002Arm Isolations

A way to make the best move, even better. It's a game of numbers sometimes, and having two arms is always better than only having one.

Now the following leg lock is unlike all of the others that I've shown you...

The word unstoppable comes to mind.

bp-33-dan-fischer-heelhook.Still003The Dan Fischer Heel Hook

Very rarely in the sport of Jiu Jitsu and the game of submission fighting do you find moves that are virtually unstoppable. This heel hook, quite simply, can not be escaped. This... is the essence of diabolical.

Now just in case you want to get a better look at the absolute best way to apply your heel hooks, this video is going to show you the way.

bp-33-advanced-heel-hook-application.Still001Advanced Heel Hook Application

This video will outline the absolute best way to secure your heel hooks, and other things.

and speaking of incredibly reliable Leg Locks...

This is the one that I land most frequently, and finish to submission with a notably high percentage of success.

bp-34-achilles-stretch.Still002The Achilles Stretch (...or compression)

My most reliable Leg Lock, it's not as Iron Clad as the Dan Fischer Heel Hook, but it's more available... and it causes a lot of snaps and pops, very quickly.

Fightin’ Bigger Folks Week 12

Now if you've been paying attention...

You would notice that our side mount strategy involves having an attack for every single  position where you might find your opponent's "opposite side arm".  The following video will help you to build your series of attacks.

bp-34-head-and-arm.Still004The Head & Arm Series

This little cluster of moves will add another method of finishing your opponent in side mount.

Now if your side mount moves aren't finishing the job...

and your hammer-fists aren't taking their toll, and if you don't feel like delivering endless knees to the guy's body... you can also finish him from Full Mount.

bp-34-mount.Still009Brutality From Full Mount

This position is starting to become a lost art... in part because it's not the easiest to master, or the "safest" to hold.

Now of course it's always a good idea to have a few different ways to take mount.

bp-34-taking-mount.Still002A Quick Way To Take Mount

Just in case sliding your knee across the guy's belly isn't good enough for you, here's an additional way to take mount.

This next video is not about any one thing in particular, but it is about mount, and it contains some gnarly little bits of info.

bp-34-a-couple-mount-tips.Still002More Mastery of This Position

This video will unlock a number of details which will make your mount oppressive, and show you several ways to end the fight from this position.

Switching gears a little bit... let's conclude our Side Mount series.

There's just one more place where your opponent's arm might end up, and if it's there you have some merciless options.  If his arm isn't there, you can frequently just put it there.

bp-23-kimura-with-legs.Still009One Kimura To Rule Them All

Every now and then, we come up with moves that are quite frankly, unstoppable. This move just happens to be easily thrown from a position where most people feel "safe".

So at this point, you can finish the guy from side mount in a multitude of fashions, and optionally you cant take mount to assault his head and body with a little more distance for your punches.

That said, if you've taken the Leg Lock route, you need to keep your eyes open for all Leg Locks at all times... and your pool of options grows by a virtually limitless stash of immediately grab-able fight finishes.

bp-34-switching-btwn-leglocks-leglock-battles.Still003Swapping Leg Locks & Leg Lock Battles

Can't get one leg lock? There's probably another one... right there for the taking. With a little awareness, your attacks can be tied together into endless chains of leg debilitation.

So... um... I guess that's it.

Except for this One. Final. Video.

bp-finale.Still001The Grand Finale

Well geez... we've been hangin' out for so long at this point, it just wouldn't be right without some closing words.

Watch That Video... and celebrate all of your glorious new skills and knowledge.

It has been a TREMENDOUS amount of fun making this thing, and I'm honored to have had you as a part of it.
Hopefully, I'll see you in the next program 🙂

Then leave a Comment or Question down below... I answer stuff.

Arrow Cartoonish Down