Baret Yoshida Rear Naked Choke Drill on Baseball Bat

Jiu Jitsu and Submission Grappling Coach Baret Yoshida has another cool drill you can do to practice your rear naked chokes at home with a baseball bat. Give it a try.


Coach Baret Yoshida:
So I’m going to do the rear naked choke, okay? So what I’m doing, I’m going to get the fat end, I’m going to put it on the mat, and I’m going to put my foot underneath the bat here and trap my leg over here. So this’ll keep the bat nice sturdy, right? And then what I’ll do is I’ll get my hand on the back of the handle here, and I’m going to come around and just simulate the rear naked choke here, right? So from here, you lock your hands in and you’re going to actually pull your elbows into your body, keeping the bat straight with your legs as well, so it doesn’t slide away. And you can bring your head here. Squeeze it in, something like that. And you can practice on both your arms.

So once again, I get one of my feet here, put it underneath the fat end of the bat. Your leg will cross around to keep this bat sturdy. And then I’m going to get one hand on the handle and the other half comes around. And when I get my hand around here I want my elbow to go as close to the bat as possible here. You don’t want big gaps here. Something like this, just to really simulate a rear naked choke. And I bring my head on the other side of my hand here, putting pressure something like so, and pull my elbows in. You can do it on both sides. And you can do this while you watch TV or you don’t need much space. You can just …

Baret Yoshida Guillotine Drill with a Baseball Bat

Baret Yoshida is a Jiu Jitsu and Grappling master and one creative guy as well. Check out how he uses a baseball bat to practice his guillotines when he’s at home by himself.


Coach Baret Yoshida:


So, I’m going to show some techniques that you can do training alone with just a bat, or a stick, or even a pipe, whatever you can find. This one here is the guillotine. So, I’m going to have the fat end facing towards me. I’m going to put my foot underneath the end of the handle, on the inside like this, and then the other foot goes upon it here like this. Okay?

From there, I’m going to wrap my arm around like I’m doing the guillotine. Set. When you get your arm around here, today, I’m going to pull it all the way to the joint here. But, as far as the gripping here, I could grab my pinky here, I could go with a Gable Grip here, or even an S-grip. So, those are probably the three main grips that I’m going to practice with. Okay?

So, I’m going to get my foot, bring my leg over, and grab one of my grips here. Okay? And then, from there, we’re going to just lean back here. And, you can really, really press into it here. You’re going to feel a lot of pressure in your arm. It’s going to feel very, very similar to doing an actual guillotine.

All right, so using the fat part facing you, I bring the foot under, the other leg goes over, almost like an X here, and the hand comes around. And, like I said, pinky, S-grip or Gable, and break, fall back here, and just really, really twist it through here.

Chris Leben Teaches MMA Technical Stand-Up Drill

Here’s a great drill you can do at home to practice standing up while protecting yourself from any attack of your opponent. MMA Coach Chris Leben walks you through some simple steps.


Coach Chris Leben:
What up, guys? Chris Leben here, and we just want to show you guys some drills that you can do at home to keep your MMA game up to speed. Here’s a real simple drill I like to work at home while I’m watching The Simpsons just to save standup as it pertains to MMA.

I’m going to imagine my opponent’s in front of me, and I’m following them. If he goes to my right, my right leg comes out to kick in post here. Goes to my left, my left leg comes out. If he starts to move towards me, I can scoot back. I’m just getting used to tracking him, and then when I feel like I want to get up, I’m going to switch. Hips come up off the mat. My foot’s nice and close to my butt. I’m going to kick. The bottom leg comes all the way out, and I back way with my hands up.

I can practice that on both sides. You can practice tracking, tracking, kick, back up, tracking, tracking, kick, back up. Make sure when you’re here, this foot’s close, and the shoulder’s nice, and I’m hiding my chin behind my shoulder just in case he tries to punch or kick me in the head. So as I come up and I’m backing away, I’m taking away that space. Nice big extension when you come up. So you come up, you’re on your feet, and you’re safe.

Enson Inoue Shows a Painful Way to Finish an Armbar

During his recent seminar here at The Arena, MMA Legend Enson Inoue taught a very painful way to break through your opponent’s armbar defense and finish the fight. Check it out, but remember to be kind to your training partners.


Enson Inoue:
If you’re going for armbar here, there’s all kinds of ways you can leverage with that. You can kick in with that. You can reach over and pull over that side. What I found good is when they hold it, I’d like to get in here and I always like to put this hand in. The reason being, I can strike with this hand and it’s way more damaging than striking this side. So I always have a habit of coming in this way. The next thing I do is here and here. So just like I’m choking his hand. Okay, from here, see how my elbows are open? I’m using the power of my arms. So what I like to do here is I like to sit up on the arm, sit tight, and just use my hips. It hurts like shit.


When I started doing this, I started asking… I had Sarah do it. I’m strong so I could hold, but a lot of times when you’re in this holding, you’re holding tight, whichever way you holding, and the guy starts prying. You can feel you can hold and you’ll feel like you’re, he’s going to break it anytime soon, but you’re stuck.

But it’s a different feeling. When I had Sarah did to me, I could hold, but I could feel the… I knew eventually she’s going to break it soon. Yeah. So here, in here, elbows against and make sure don’t have just against like this, yeah? Everything against. That’s a hold it, hold it, and then you just come back. It hurts like shit, yeah? If he’s strong… Let’s try that, two, three. Don’t do that here.

MMA Legend Enson Inoue Teaches His Favorite Way to Mount His Opponent

While teaching one of his seminars here at The Arena, Pride Fight Veteran and MMA Legend Enson Inoue shows his favorite and most effective way to mount his opponent. This technique can also be used in Jiu Jitsu or Submission Grappling.


Enson Inoue:
So I’m here and I sit for the mount. One big point I like to emphasize is you always want something connected to the hips. If it’s your hand, if your hands going to leave, I like my knee there. From here, when I like to mount, is I don’t like to commit my whole body weight. A lot of you guys might know this, but when you spar, you’re still probably doing this type of mount. So, what I mean by that is, when my knee will hit the mat first before my feet. You see how my whole body is committed to it? So what I like to emphasize is, here, when I’m going to mount, it’s just my feet.

I’m real tight, but what I want to imagine is a cockroach. And if you don’t like killing cockroaches then you imagine your ex-girlfriend or your ex-wife. So you just want to give it a little. So you want to do it as possible to the hips if you want to control the hips. So what I like to do is, I like to come here, even if I don’t slap, I hook here.

So right here, my only movement is my leg. And if he were bridged and go back and try to turn it backwards, I can easily base. If I’m here, and my whole body weight is on him, and he bridges, he’s got the momentum of my whole body weight going back. So it’s hard for me to maintain position.

So what I want you guys to do, this basic here. You come here, you’ve got to know your plan. For me, if Baret lifts, and he’s defending, he lifts up here, I know I’m not flexible enough to get that. But I know if I can get it about here, I can probably clear. So you’ve got to know your own plan, and all you need was a split second because the foot is so fast. Okay, so get a partner and let’s just try doing this, okay? Ready, one, two, three.

Crossing Your Feet to Help Finish an Armbar

For this Tip of the Week, Jiu Jitsu Coach Ryan Fortin shows some details on how and why you can cross your feet when looking to finish an armbar. You can apply this technique to both Gi and No Gi.


Coach Ryan Fortin:
What’s up guys? Ryan Fortin here. Jiu Jitsu instructor with the Arena with this week’s tip. A couple of things here from this position that I’m trying to get across for the tip of the week is how to trap this elbow in and how to set up your legs. So what I’ve learned over the years is I don’t want to cross the leg that’s over the head on top, right? For a couple of reasons.

One, if he goes to sit up, I don’t really have the ability to keep him down, right? He could sit up. And also by it being on top, it’s easier for him to, let’s say get this leg up and off his head. So if he could push that off his head, I got to start worrying about him escaping. So what I like to do is cross that one underneath. Okay, this for one, now it’s trapped. More difficult for him to push off. But also if he goes to get up, I could flare my knees out wide like this and have my hand for base. Even if not base, go ahead and sit up. And it makes it much more difficult for him to get up. So hopefully this will help you to set up and finish some armbars.

Chris Leben Shows How to Use an Omoplata to Get Back on Your Feet

If you’re having trouble getting back to your feet in an MMA fight, give this technique from UFC Veteran Chris Leben a shot. In this video he shows how he likes to set up an omoplata, and use it to stand back up and continue the fight on his feet.


Coach Chris Leben:
What’s up? I’m Chris Leben. This is Tone Zuazo. We’re both coaches here at The Arena, and this is your MMA tip of the week. So using my omoplata to stand up, I need to get his hands to the mat. I’m going to elevate my hips, roll inside, put those hands to the mat. I’m going to push as I shove his head. Now here, I’m going to pivot right on my right knee and come around. Not going to try to finish the omoplata. Hard to finish in a MMA fight, but very easy to just go ahead and pivot on that knee and come up. I like this when my opponent’s really bearing down, not allowing me to stand up. My traditional standup attempts aren’t working. That’s when I’ll go ahead and transition to my omoplata stand up.

Jiu Jitsu Tip to Help Finish Your Half Guard Sweep

In this video Jiu Jitsu and Submission Grappling Coach Ryan Fortin shows a small but important detail that can help you be more successful with your half guard sweeps.


Coach Ryan Fortin:

How’s it going everybody? Coach Ryan Fortin here with The Arena with your Tip of the Week. I’m going to show you a little detail I like to do to help make a half guard sweep a little bit more successful.


I’ve got my guy here, right? I’ve got him in the lockdown. I’ve whipped him up. I pushed him to the side. I’m holding around around him. He’s got the whizzer. Okay, and he’s spread this knee out. Yeah, okay.


So we’re looking to go for the sweep here. I’m grabbing the foot and pulling it through. The downfall that I see a lot of people is when they reached through, they just grabbed the ankle here. Okay, but the guy has got the ability to kick his leg free. Now even though there’s stuff that we can go to from that to make this a little bit more successful, right? What all I want to do is once I reach through this hole here, I’m going to slide down and cover up his toes. Notice like actually covering the toenails.


Now look, when he tries to kick his leg free, he can’t. Makes it that much easier for me to start pulling this foot through the hole, sinking his hip to the mat, coming up and finishing my sweep. So just make sure cover up those toes. Hope that helps.

Fine Tune Your Over-Under Guard Pass

If you’ve been struggling with your over-under guard pass, or been getting locked up in triangles while trying it, check out this tip with Jiu Jitsu Coach Ryan Fortin, where he breaks down some simple details to increase your chances of passing.


Coach Ryan Fortin:
Hey, what’s up, guys? Coach Ryan here with the Arena Baret Submissions HQ with your tip of the week. Today I’m going to show you a little detail that I do to help my over under pass be a little bit more successful and to make sure that I don’t get caught in a triangle. One detail I’ve got here is I don’t want to pull my leg out right away and start trying to pass because it’s easier for him to get his legs back in. So what I’m going to do is I’m going to walk his legs to the side and then get my leg out and collect his legs. The second detail here is I don’t want to let go of the top leg and start advancing forward. I see a lot of guys do this. The problem with this is they’re going to frame on your head and put you in a triangle. Yeah, this is no fun. So you’ll be a lot more successful if you pull the arm out of the legs first, control the hips, and then start moving forward.

Chris Leben Shows How to Pass the Guard Using a Toe Hold

In this Tip of the Week, UFC Veteran and MMA Coach Chris Leben shows a rolling toe hold that may get you the submission, but if not, gives you a second option to pass the guard.


Coach Chris Leben:
Hey, what’s up, I’m Chris Leben, this is Alex Trinidad, I’m one of the coaches, he’s one of our pro fighters here at The Arena, and this is your tip of the week.

Okay, so, go and guard.

Just a real easy way to possibly get a submission and also, if you don’t get the submission, you get a successful guard pass. So I’m here, just I’m going to pass, I’m going to reach little pinky to little toe, I’m going to roll. Now right here I’ve got my toe hold locked up, and I’m going to look for my tap.

One more time. Just going to use my rolling toe hold to get a submission or pass guard, whichever one works out.

I’m here, little pinky to little toe, I roll over my shoulder and stay curled and tight, I curl his toes into his butt, worst case scenario he defends by kicking that leg straight, and I sit up for my pass.

And that’s your tip of the week. 

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