7 Reverse Triangles: The Ten Sec Techs

Over the next little while I’ll be grouping some of my Instagram video techniques (#tensectechs) into blog posts.

My intent with these was to inspire creativity and hopefully spark a back and forth with other practitioners, and mainly…to be brief.  If it wasn’t something that someone was interested in fitting into their game, they didn’t have to sit through 2 minutes of me telling them who I was and why I started using the technique.

First up was the Reverse Triangle.  Love love love this attack.  Like a regular triangle, once you start to see it, it’s everywhere, and thats what I tried to show with these clips.

In the spirit of the thing, I’m not going to break these down.  If you don’t get it at first, just let it play a few times until it starts to make sense.   If you have any questions about them, don’t be afraid to ask.

First up, a reverse triangle set up from mount:


next, an RT off a back escape:


half guard pass to RT


RT off bottom half guard kimura


Rt off armbar stack attempt


RT against turtle


and lastly from this theme, shin to shin to crab ride to RT


Hope you enjoyed those, there are a lot more where that came from, and I’ll be posting some other theme collections in the future.  If you’re interested you can follow my Instagram account.

See you on the mats!




4 Inverting Back Escapes and Attack Transitions: Ten Sec Techs part 2


Part 2 of my Ten Sec Tech Instagram technique gathering blog posts.

This time around we’ll be focussing on a little doozy that my BJJ buddy and training partner, Curt Malin found working off of a turtle sweep.  So of course after discovery we tried to figure out how many things we could do with it.

The main focus in this theme is the inside inverting rolling back take once we’ve come up into reverse scarf hold.  The grips are super important!  It’s a fun little angle to play with, especially if you already like the rolling back take (which is EVERYWHERE once you start to recognize it)

So, up first, the first variation.  Coming out of the Grant Fuhr or Number 2 Turtle sweep, which my students will recognize from last weeks classes by Curtle himself, then followed by our focus movement,

Next up, trading a back attack for a back attack.  Also featuring my sweet beard that I miss dearly, and some crazy person celebratory sound effects.

Ok Maybe this grouping is more about my sweet beard.  Next up, beard and curly moustache.  Oh, and the escape transitioning right into mount.  This is similar to the way I prefer to finish the berimbolo.

Last one in the series (for now).  Curt demonstrates his hatred of legs everywhere.  Seriously.  This guy rarely crosses north of my belt when we roll

Hope you enjoyed round 2!

As always you can find more here at my Instagram feed.

And If you missed it you can check out part one, 7 reverse triangles too!

More to come soon!


4 Shin Hybrid Guard Attacks: Ten Sec Techs Part 3

Part 3 of the Ten Sec Techs series brings us…Shin to Shin!

I started playing with this after watching a lot of womens black belt matches at the worlds one year, and the non-stop aggressive attacks from Michelle NIcolini.  She uses primarily a spider/shin hybrid to great effect, sweeping and submitting with high percentages.

I love love love this style of guard.  It’s so incredibly versatile, and can be used with almost every other Open Guard position.  Probably if I had to choose a favourite default guard to play, I would go with a Reverse De La Riva/Shin hybrid.  It’s a beautiful blend of the (relatively) passive-structural-strength-hedgehog-you-can’t-pass-a-ball’s-guard nature of the RDLR, and the constant off balancing and undermining of base of the Shin to Shin hook.

The collection of movements in this post will show the Shin hook blending with a variety of gi guards.

First up, my most loved (read:people clicked the little heart lots) Instagram #tensectech.  This one really shows both how great the shin guard blends with other guards, and how easily it picks up legs.  It also shows how I like best to use the Open Guard, which is to say, I’ll switch guards as often as I have to to give me the right angle to advance my position.

Up next is another example of going from spider, to spider/RDLR, to RDLR/shin and then under the elevated leg through deep half to come out the back door, and using this fun little grip switch to control the arm.

Next up is going from RDLR to RDLR/shin to pop the leg up to X guard.  This is one of my highest percentage transitions, though now I usually sweep them back to their butt, and come up in heavy pressure.  I’ll try to film that one soon.  Works great, once I get my shin elevating that leg, I know I’ll get to X guard, and if i get to X guard, I know I’ll get the sweep, and if the sweep, then the pass.  It’s a fantastic chain that’s very hard to stop.

Ok, here’s Michelle Nicolini’s triangle.  Fan-freaking-tastic.  Going from spider to spider/shin, stripping their base and snapping up the triangle with the underhooking leg trapping their back first to keep their posture broken, using the spider hook as a stepping stone, and switching the hips to hit the choke.  Michelle Nicolini is so rad.

Hope you enjoyed Part 3!

You can find Part 2, “4 Inverting Back Escapes and Attack Transitions” here

Part 1, “7 Reverse Triangles” (there’s a shin attack in there!) here

And of course, if you want to see these as they pop up, you can follow my find my Instagram account here

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more!