Off to the Atama Open

6 11 2009

It is 1:14pm on Friday Nov. the 6th. This is the commencement of our journey to compete in Houston at the Atama Open. Our group consists of…
Art Manzano, Obi Chike

Myself, Jason Yerrington and my father Dr. Robert Yerrington

Stay tuned I will keep everyone updated on the upcoming battles! Here’s to a great tournament and an awesome trip!!!


Congrats Randy!!

5 11 2009

Congratulations to Randy for his promotion to blue belt! Randy’s Jiu Jitsu game has matured in many ways since he first came to Ohana. Rolling With Randy now I can feel the evolution of his game. Keep up the good work Randy,and congratulations again.
Jason Yerrington

Side Control Sweep Variation

24 10 2009

With todays post I want to build on the foundation that I started with my last post. Last time we talked about getting our crowbar and our buffer zone and escaping to butterfly guard when your in your opponents side control. Today we will talk about a variation from our side control escape and turn our escape into a sweep.

Let’s start with the same position as last time. Randy has side control and my arms are in the worst position possible.

First step is for me to get my crowbar in just like last time. Randy is very tight with his underhook, in this situation it is very dangerous for me to try and put my buffer zone in. So I decide to stay with the overbook.

Take a closer look

Now I intiate my escape just like last time. I bring my knee up

Then I post with my outside foot and shrimp away from Randy. By doing this I have created space between randy’s knee and my hip

Then just like last post I insert my knee as far as I can placing my shin against randy’s hips.

Now after this I still try to create space by pushing into Randy with my shin but because of his underhook pushing him away is much harder. So rather than struggle with Randy I hook under his leg with my arm

Next I start my sweep by pointing my knee to the ceiling and lift his hips with the arm that I hooked under randy’s leg. By pointing my knee towards the ceiling I am supporting the majority of randy’s weight with my knee so lifting him with my arm becomes extremely easy

Take a closer look

Now I start to roll for my sweep. I drop my overhook pinching my arm tightly to my body to keep Randy from posting with his outside hand.

Now to I finish the sweep by stabilizing my knee on belly position

Now let’s put it all together…

Escaping Side Control

14 10 2009

Hey everyone, I know it’s been a while since I posted on the site and for that I’m sorry. Today I want to walk through Ohana Jiu Jitsu’s version of the basic side control escape. Helping me with the technique is my friend and training partner Randy. So here we go…

Let’s start on our back totally flat with Randy on top in side control with an underhook and a crossface

First thing I teach is that u need to protect your arms. In the above position Randy is able to attack my far side and my near side arm. So let’s start first by building what I like to call your crowbar. You take the arm that is closest to your opponent and get your forearm across Randy’s hips. Now it is important that you use this arm in a crowbar motion using your elbow to press into Randy instead of your hand.

Next we have take care of our far side arm. I protect my far side arm by building what I call the buffer zone. The buffer zone is the space that I can create between randy’s chest and mine. The trick is creating this space without using any strength. I grab randy’s lat with my hand and point my elbow into his neck. Now I start to point my elbow to the ceiling. Once I do this Randy is considerable less heavy then what he felt like 2 secs before because the buffer zone is supporting his weight allowing me to move

Now take a look… Randy is on top and my arms are protected and my bones are supporting randy’s weight

Compared to…

Next we start our escape by bringing my knee up against his hip

Now I shrimp away from Randy and creating space between his body and my hips. I always turn into my opponent when performing a basic side control escape

Once I have created the distance then I have to close the distance. I take my bottom knee and shoot it through trying to get my shin all the way across randy’s hips. When I am shooting my knee through I always have me knee go over my elbow

Here is a close up of the detail of my knee over my elbow

Now I push into Randy hips with my shin and the goalie not move Randy but move myself. I want my head to get as far from his legs as I can

Next I get my first hook. I take my outside leg and I insert my instep inbetween his legs. This is my legs should now have formed an X on one of randy’s legs. This helps with my control of Randy

Now I pull my leg through and establish my other hook with my instep on randy’s other leg. Now I have established a Butterfly Guard

Now I sit up and acheive an underhook on with my right arm and an overhook with my left arm. I place my head as close to randy’s shoulder and prepare for a hook sweep

I begin the hook sweep by falling on my shoulder as I lift Randy with my right hook as my body turns up and is supported by my left foot. I realease Randy and transition to kasa gatama

now watch the technique in full…

Your Body the Ultimate Teacher

19 08 2009

what is true power? Is power just bulk dependent, or is it more a matter of how fast you can move. what is power in terms of technique? These are all questions that come up when thinking of power for jiu jitsu. I think you can measure the power of ones technique with these 4 categories… (not listed in order of importance)

1. how well does your whole body work together ( athletic ability)
2. overall fitness
3. how many neural pathways do you have developed for this technique (is the movement becoming instictive instead of planned)
4. how efficiently have you learned to perform the technique

i want to talk a little bit about number 4. figuring out what is the most efficient way to do a technique depends a lot on your precise body shape and composition. The more you practice your techniques, the clearer it will be to you which movements are more efficient than the others. This brings up an interesting paradox where it is your body that teaches your mind about how it wants to move naturally. This is why i say that everybody’s jiu jitsu will always be different. We are all made unique and because of that we will all have certain feel to our games that is not quite like anyone elses.
from my experience i have found that a great way to improve your movement and increase the strength of your technique is to roll while completely exhausted. When you are completely exhausted you have to rely on precise and efficient movements not on strength or stamina. It is mentally and emotionally hard for every man or woman to become comfortable with this type of training, but talking from experience i have seen it do wonders in my own game and in others. so let your body be your ultimate teacher…


6 08 2009

         Of all the positions, techniques, and submissions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the “guard” has created the greatest amounts of variations and terminology.  There are many different types of guards: closed guard, open guard, spider guard, half guard, butterfly guard, de la riva guard, just to name a few. I have had students ask me before which of all the guards is the best, the most dominant. My answer to this is situational as is most everything else in Jiu Jitsu.

            closed guard                 x guard                     spider guard                     DE LA RIVA GUARD     

           First, I believe it is important to recognize that there is no superior method of guard, and that all guards are not equally effective for every situation or environment. Keep in mind some guards work best with a gi, some work best with or without the gi, and whether or not striking is allowed. So my answer to this question is it’s different for everyone. Each of us will have strong positions and weak positions. It is the same with the guard, some guards will be stronger naturally for you and others won’t. Ultimately the type of guard you kill with will depend on many things including: physical attributes, athletic ability, competive environment (mma or bjj), style of your instructor, and your own maturation in Jiu Jitsu.

 half guard           butterfly guard                 open guard                    z guard  

           My advice is to grab a training partner get on the mat and roll, roll, roll, and roll some more. Venture out of your comfortable positions and guards. Expand your horizons, experiment as much as you can.  Such is the evolution of JIU JITSU

Flow With The Go

19 05 2009

It is certainly common knowledge that the main objective of every fight (whether it be rolling, sparring or competing in a tournament) is to bring your opponent to submission in one form or another. I agree completely with the idea of submission being a goal but disagree that it should be the focus of the fighter.

To elaborate I will use the analogy of a road trip. Compare the road trip to a fight with things like take downs, escapes, transitions, etc all being a part of the journey and the finishes or submissions being the final destination. Naturally everyone plans out the road trip using the shortest possible route to get to the final destination. However, as we can all agree to (from our own personal experiences), things come up during the course of the trip that forces us to deviate from the plan. Things like construction, traffic, road blocks, detours, etc are all things that can keep you from accomplishing your original goal following a certain route and in some cases, cause you to have to completely alter your original route in order to still make it to your destination.

I call this the difference between ‘going with the flow’ and ‘flowing with the go.’ “Going with the flow” is the more passive approach, for example sitting in the back seat of the car in the previous illustration and just not caring when you get to your destination. “Flowing with the go” on the other hand is the more aggressive approach that diligently seeks other alternatives and never stops working until the desired destination is reached. In fighting, a ‘flowing with the go’ mentality (which by the way should always be the focus of the fighter) works to dictate the pace of the fight, constantly staying one step ahead of the opponent, with the goal of submission more of a distant goal and the drive to stay aggressive the primary focus. Fighters that possess the ‘going with the flow’ mentality find themselves always reacting to other fighters that have the ‘flowing with the go’ mentality. The primary focus of a ‘go with the flow’ fighter is the submission, not giving any focus whatsoever to staying diligent and always being one step ahead, the primary focus of the ‘flow with the go’ fighter is ensuring that through diligence and resounding perseverance he is never just reacting but always working around obstacles and problems with the understanding that he will still get to that final destination.

A message to my fighters here in Texas: I urge you to work to sharpen your focus with the ‘flowing with the go’ mentality. Try not to approach the fight with one path to the final destination and all your energy focused on that single path. Try not to be passive and allow your opponent to control the fight. If you find yourself being positionally dominated over and over again, then there is good reason to believe you are stuck on a ‘going with the flow’ mentality, sitting in the back seat of the car and constantly asking “are we there yet” rather than working to find alternative routes to get to that destination. Make it a point to ‘flow with the go’ and try to be more ‘aggressive’ (not in terms of strength but rather in terms of mentality) in your fights and rolls.