Type: Video

Berimbolo Knockdown [Video]

The first and most critical movement of the bermimbolo — knocking them to their butt — caused me problems for a long time. In this video, I talk about how I used to try (and fail) to do the berimbolo, how the berimbolo is different than seemingly similar older De la Riva sweeps, and how to do it right now. Watch on “Berimbolo Knockdown” YouTube.

Thanks to my sponsors Scramble, Gawakoto, Grapplearts and Grapplers Guide! (If you join GrapplersGuide, use code “Aesopian” to save $30!)

If you enjoy my teaching style and want to support me, buy a copy of my highly-praised crucifix instructional through Artechoke Media.


Final Countdown! Last chance to get Indiegogo perks and 65% off GrapplersGuide.com

We’re down to the final day of Indiegogo fundraising! We’ve passed our initial goal (thanks!), but we’ve still got great perks to hand out. This video explains why the Grapplers Guide perk is the best value. Only 8 memberships are left at 65% off (and you get Mastering the Crucifix and bonus seminar footage). Check out the remaining perks here or claim a Grapplers Guide membership here.


Functional Half Guard (Reuploaded)

Functional Half Guard is back up on YouTube. Despite being filmed by two Estonian white belts back in 2006, it’s still one of the best instructionals on half guard fundamentals. The description on YouTube contains the table of contents with clickable minute markers. Enjoy!

Want more free full length BJJ instructionals? Check out 3-D Jiu-Jitsu: An Introduction to Thinking Conceptually. Like that new multimedia e-book format? Pre-order my crucifix instructional.


Reverse Omoplata Competition Footage Analysis

With all the cool kids doing tournament video studies, I’ve caved to peer pressure and recorded my own now. For this analysis, I’ve gathered my favorite reverse omoplatas in one place. I recommend  watching on YouTube in wide or fullscreen mode to clearly see the videos inside the video.

My Indiegogo campaign is still going, and I just added a new perk: Kyra Gracie’s autograph! I picked it up as a perk for backing BJJ Hack’s Red Belt fundraiser, and now I’m graciously passing it on to you. Pre-order my crucifix and reverse omoplata instructional and pick up bonus perks!


12 Minutes of Reverse Omoplata Goodness

More footage from my Summer 2013 “going away” seminar at Gracie Barra Clearwater. This was a free seminar I did to give thanks to my friends before moving to PA. Apologies for the angle and the audio, but I didn’t now this would be filmed. A friend set up a tripod and camera to run in the corner.

Watch Eduardo de Lima and I teach the reverse omoplata on YouTube.

Want to learn more about the reverse omoplata? Help me finish making the most comprehensive crucifix and reverse omoplata instructional ever (and pick up a copy)!


I Need Your Help!

Today’s a big day! Today I launch the Indiegogo fundraiser for my crucifix and reverse omoplata instructional and Marshal D. Carper releases his free instructional 3-D Jiu-Jitsu: An Introduction to Conceptual Thinking.

Watch this video to learn why we need your help and why we’re releasing 3-D Jiu-Jitsu for free.

Super Magic New “eBook” Format

Take a look at a page of 3D Jiu-Jitsu, like 2-05 Ankle Grip Counter. You’ll see a written introduction to the technique, like with all BJJ books. You’ll see moving pictures, a feature usually reserved for the Harry Potter universe, with each technique being shown from several angles with animated GIFs. And to complete things, you can watch a video of the technique being taught, just like in any DVD. This was Marshal’s idea for a new mixed media ebook, and that’s what we plan to do for the crucifix and reverse omoplata that I love so much.

We hope you like the “text + gifs + video” format and how it works across every device with an internet connection. We’ve been testing it on Macs and PCs, iPads, iPhones, Android phones, and anything else we can find with a web browser and a screen. We have more refining to do, but we hope you like the new approach as much as we do.

What Your Support Means

Why do we need help with fundraising? Here’s the story:

Marshal runs a BJJ publishing start-up called Artechoke Media. The BJJ book market has slowed to a halt, and that bummed Marshal out. He has big plans, but so far he’s been testing the BJJ ebook market with Don’t Wear Your Gi to the Bar and now 3-D Jiu-Jitsu.

He’d brought me in as a bona fide black belt to be his first “big” instructional. I’ve had an outline for a crucifix and reverse omoplata instructional for a long time (since that’s kinda my thing), but I was waiting for a cool way to do it instead of just making a DVD. Marshal showed me tests of his “multimedia ebook” idea and I loved it. We got started on my instructional, with him flying me out to Pittsburgh to film it. But after experiencing catastrophic camera failure and trashing everything we’d recorded, then Artechoke losing its web developer, and a drying up of funds, our projects were put on indefinite hold.

That’s where your support comes in. With a successful Indiegogo campaign, we’ll be allow to:

  1. Finish my crucifix and reverse omoplata instructional using the innovative mixed media format pioneered by 3-D Jiu-Jitsu.
  2. Establish the Artechoke Media studio and make it capable of producing future high quality instructionals with more BJJ black belts.

I took over web development, and that’s how 3-D Jiu-Jitsu got finished.

How’s This Different Than Pre-Ordering?

Using crowdfunding like Indiegogo allows us to be fully transparent about where your money is going. Neither Marshal nor I are Mr. Big Bucks. We both work day jobs in addition to training and trying to get this BJJ publishing company off the ground. Your backing will be used to complete this project, and ideally carry us into making more products without the need to run another crowdfunding campaign.

Plus, Indiegogo lets me do cool stuff! Instead of pulling the usual sales high pressure “buy now” B.S., I get to give out bonus perks like discounted GrapplersGuide.com 1-year memberships, copies of Kesting’s DVDs, an autographed photo of Kyra Gracie, a guest spot on Open Mat Radio, and even my entire personal BJJ book and DVD libraryTake a look at the perks.

How You Can Help