Category Archives: bjj guard

Double Under hook Passing Drill from Vicente Jr

I was looking at some old videos and I came across this great double under hook passing drill from Vicente Jr . It’s a very short video, so make sure to take a look.

World Champion Vicente Jr teaches a great pressure passing drill from the double under hook position. He uses a combination of pressure, speed, and directional changes to make this work.  make sure to try this out the next time your on the mats.

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Master De La Riva shows a favorite sweep

Lance Trippett hanging out with Master De La Riva
Lance Trippett hanging out with Master De La Riva

About a week ago Master De La Riva came to Conquest (my school) to hang out with us and teach a seminar. He is not only a legend in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ( he has his owe position), he is an amazing person. DLR is one of those guys that is aways smiling and he lights up the room when he comes in. 

 The day after the seminar my instructor Vicente Jr, who is very close with DLR, set up an extra training session for me and a few of my training partners. We rolled and talked about a few different positions. I was like a kid in a candy store. I pick up a few new tricks that has already helped my game. 

Before we stopped for the day, I asked Masted De La Riva to show me one of his favorite techniques. He decided to show a sweet DLR guard to back take / sweep option.

Let me know how you like it!!

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Vicente Jr shows a nice triangle choke set-up

Vicente Jr, Kail Bosque, and Lance Trippett at Pan Ams in 2010
Pa Ams 2010

World Champion and 5X Pan Am champion Vicente Jr (VJ) is one of my best friends, business partner, and also my BJJ Professor. I started training under him as a Purple belt but, (I might as well have been a white belt) I was not very good and most of what I did know was wrong. Once I stared training under him, he started to fix my bad habits and teach me the proper way to train, learn, teach and compete. I’m very lucky to have a professor that is as good as he is, but I’m even more lucky to have him as friend and mentor.

This was a drill we did last week in our Conquest competition team training. It show the correct way to get from a closed guard to spider guard and ends with a nice triangle choke.

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World Champion Tom McMahon’s Guard Attack Flow

Tom McMahon is a recognized martial arts expert, BJJ travel blogger, and a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu World Champion. He has family in Maryland and has been coming to my school (BJJ Conquest) for about 5 years now. Tom’s Jiu Jitsu is some of the best I have seen, so I asked him to share one his best attack flows with us.  After the video make sure to check out Tom’s blog

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Are you looking for a 3 in 1 open guard passing drill?

Vicente Jr and I are always working on new drills and this is one of our NEW favorites. We love the way it flows, and the idea, of working 3 different passes from the same starting position. When you approach a technique this way, it gives your mind and body a few different options, but you will always gravitate toward the one that woks the best for the situation, and your body.

Take a look and let me know what you think!

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Help, I can’t pass anyone’s Spider Guard!

Fights, Fights, and more Fights!! I have another big weekend full of fights. One of my Pro MMA fighters Rob Watley will be fighting MMA in Atlantic City at the Borgata, plus Vicente Jr. and a lot of the Conquest Competition Team will be going to the IBJJF New York Open.  So needless to say we will be very busy this weekend.

2 spider guard drills
2 spider guard drills

Now that I’m back posting each week, I have been getting all kinds of questions… most are related to passing the Spider Guard. Here is a question that I got last week.

“Help, I can’t pass anyones Spider Guard! Every time I get caught up in someones spider guard, I get swept or submitted. Breaking their grips is impossible. PLEASE HELP!!” Tom M.

Tom, I’m here to save the day (lol) I asked 4th degree De La Riva Black Belt Vicente Jr to help me out. In this video we will teach you how to break the grips and pass the normal spider guard and the leg lasso spider guard ending in a fancy leg drag position.

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Leandro Lo Spider Guard Drill

Now that I’m back and have been posting weekly. I have had a lot of questions coming in. (BTW, I love questions please keep sending them)

One question I have had a lot is about showing a good Spider Guard drill. I was going to shoot a video showing some one the ones that I do. Then I remembered about a year ago my professor and training partner Vicente Jr was training with Leandro Lo and they recorded one of my favorite drills. I sent this drill to my email subscribers around a year ago so I thought I should remind them and show everyone else.

In this Spider Guard drill Leandro shows how to set up the one legged X-guard (one of my favorites) or you can use it to take the back, which is always a great idea.

After you watch please leave me a comment and share this with your friends.

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My Tricky Closed Guard Armbar Setup!

Lance Trippett setting up his closed guard armbar.
Lance Trippett setting up his closed guard armbar.
If you know me, then you know, I love the closed guard. To me the closed guard is a position that, I feel, everyone needs to master.  (or at least try to) In BJJ your guard is your home, and you need to control who comes in and who gets out.

This is a slick armbar setup that I use all the time and it almost always works! It will take some drilling to get the timing down, but it is worth it.

Leave a comment below and please share with your hommies!

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I’m back!! With a NEW, FREE Turtle Guard Blue Print

How it Goes?

I have been gone for a while and I am sorry about that. Life has a way of pulling us in many different directions. Fall of 2014 and the start of 2015 were full of ups and downs for me and my family. Because of that, I was not on the mats as much as I wanted to be. I had a few injuries, I put a lot of time into the business side of Conquest Academy, and my wife and I had a new beautiful daughter (MYA).

Turtle Guard Blue print

Now that everything is back to “normal” I want to give back to my fans that have stuck with me, and any new ones that are here now. For a limited time I will be giving away FREE a new Turtle Guard Blue Print. With a full 30 day PDF and 11 videos, first check out this teaser video on a few of the Do’s and Don’ts of one of my favorite positions.

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Great Scissor Sweep with escape Drill

I had to spend countless hours, above and beyond the basic time, to try and perfect the fundamentals.

Just as Julius Erving shot thousands of basket balls, you will need to drill this basic sweep thousands of times to master it . The scissor sweep and technical escape are two very basic but also very effective techniques.

In this video we will link both techniques together to work a sweet partner drill. Professor Kail Bosque and I will show the way we like to teach both of these movements and how we put them together to drill in a very effective way.

Time is always an issue for us. By linking two or three techniques together like we did here and in the triple guard attack, we are not only drilling, but we are drilling with no wasted movements.

Drilling is the key, so just do it.

Talk to you soon, and please share this.

Professor, Lance Trippett

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