VIDEO: Over-Under Pass Instructional With Caitlin Huggins

Caitlin Huggins, a black belt training at Great Grappling, competes at the highest levels, and has tremendous success with the over-under guard pass. As part of our celebration for hitting 20,000 downloads on the Dirty White Belt Radio podcast, Caitlin filmed an instructional on this technique for us!

Help us celebrate: 1. Subscribe on iTunes (or Stitcher or Soundcloud), 2. Check out the podcast archive, and 3. smash cats with this pass. Thanks, Caitlin!


All Time Most Common Submissions At US Grappling

The world is made of probability. If you make consistently good choices, you have much better chances of getting good results. If you make consistently bad choices, you will probably end up getting submitted.

Numbers can guide us on what choices are better than other choices. If you ask a human being what the best technique for you to learn is, that human being is going to give you an opinion — and you should carefully consider the weight of that one person’s opinion. But while all humans have bias based on their own experience (I am much more likely to encourage you to learn the moves that I know, am good it, and have good experiences with), data is cool and rational and, if you have enough of it, going to give you a broader perspective. It’s not going to reveal everything, of course, but the more quality information you have, the better you’ll be able to make informed choices.

That’s why, with the help of U.S. Grappling, I analyzed data from more than 4,000 submission-only matches since the beginning of 2015. I wanted to have a clear and comprehensive picture of what worked most often in these true submission-only environments, with no points, advantages or time limits.  Continue reading

Toro Cup 6: Bigger and Better Than Ever

Toro Cup 6 was the biggest and — in my view — best version of Toro BJJ‘s local grappling superfight cards. Featuring 22 matches, including four black belt clashes and four women’s matches, the event had something for everybody. With about 450 people in attendance, the day for a real showcase for the growth of the jiujitsu scene in the Carolinas and beyond.

We had competitor and Pedro Sauer black belt David Porter in the studio live to break down his match with CJ Murdock and to share his personal highlights from the day: that was tremendous fun, as always with Mr. Porter, and is one of two Toro Cup podcasts coming. With so many folks concentrated in one spot, we did numerous interviews we think you’re going to love — so check this episode out, and subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher if you don’t want to miss future shows! Video of the matches below.

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Toro Cup 6 Preview: In Threes

This weekend marks the sixth version of Toro BJJ‘s Toro Cup series, a card of gi and nogi jiujitsu matches that showcases local talent and raises money for worthy causes.

We’re a proud sponsor of this event, and because — as De La Soul taught us — three is the magic number, we’re going to give you a preview of the event in bite-sized chunks of three.


WHAT: Toro Cup 6
WHEN: Feb. 11, starting at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Triangle Jiu-Jitsu/Cageside Fight Co., 124 Latta Road, Durham NC.



The Matches: More matches than ever (22 as of this writing), featuring athletes representing more than 30 schools. This is real growth, and the chance to watch old favorites as well as lesser-known and rising athletes. I get around a fair bit, and there are several athletes on this card I haven’t seen compete. That’s exciting.

The Cause: Toro Cup always picks a charity, and Gis for GIs is the first second-time recipient. A great cause that helps provide active duty military and veterans with jiujitsu gear, the charity makes a tangible difference in peoples’ lives.

The Community: Every one of these events is bigger than the last, and it’s a great melting pot for local grapplers. Plus, there’s always great food. Adobo Joe Filipino Food Truck and Yellow Bear Bakery will both be back for your weight-missing needs.  Continue reading

Why sleep is necessary for jiu-jitsu and life

If you come to my 6:30 a.m. class tomorrow, I hope you forget a bunch of what I said by Wednesday morning.

Why would I say this? Because I assume you will sleep between 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

It’s no secret that sleep is important for health and fitness. Lack of sleep correlates with increased obesity risk, poor cognitive function, disrupted immune systems and more. If you don’t get sleep, you will legitimately go crazy.

We’ve long known that sleep matters: now, new evidence is telling us why. Sleep plays a key role in forgetting. And that plays a key role in learning.  Continue reading