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Top 5 Tips for your “First BJJ Tournament”

BJJ Tournament
Team Conquest at US Grappling
First Tournament Tips

1.Just do it!!! The biggest thing holding people back from competing is the feeling of not being “ready”. The truth is the sooner you start competing the better competing is. With your first tournament, there is less of an expectation to win and less pressure to perform. Pick a tournament, register, and hold yourself accountable to show up and compete on that day. The skill difference between you and the other competitors can become vastly different the longer you wait. For example,the novice white belt division is typically 6 months (or less in some cases) of training where the blue belt can be anyone training from 1 year up to 4 years. I have also found that the students who compete sooner progress faster. I believe this in part due to those students gaining confidence more quickly and being in situations that allow them to develop their game. When you decide to compete you typically start developing a game or style. Which brings us to tip number two….

2. “If you don’t know where you are going you might not get there”. What does this mean to the person getting ready for their first tournament? It means develop a game plan and set a goal. Obviously, the main goal of competing is to test yourself and win; however, that is too broad of a goal for this scenario. You need to develop a game plan that will guide you to win. For example, if Steve is very good at from closed guard, his game plan should be centered around that and not takedowns. You should be able to pinpoint your strongest position and have an avenue to always be able to get back to that position. This is best done in training; decide on your strategy and how you would like each of your tournament matches to go and force that game plan in every roll during class. This builds precision in your techniques, confidence in your ability to execute the techniques, and provides opportunities to learn how to adapt when the technique fails.

3.Learn to listen. There is a great saying… “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we talk.” The ability to listen to your coach during a match is essential and can be the difference between winning and losing. Your coach has an outside view of the match and can help remind you of techniques you may have forgotten in the heat of the moment. The best way to train your listening skills is to have mock tournament matches during class or open mat during the weeks leading up to the tournament.
Doing this will help you recognize your instructors voice under pressure, while your adrenaline is pumping.

4.Learn the rules. Many competitors, both novice and experienced, now a days get to a tournament and do not understand or even take the time to read the rules for that particular tournament. By taking the time to read and understand the rules you can prevent any chance of getting disqualified and even plan a strategy around the rules (to your advantage). For example, if the tournament you are entering has a time limit you can use a strategy that secures points quickly while you go for submissions or wait until time runs out. If it is a submission only-no time limit match, your game plan will be based on being able to submit quickly or build your endurance to last a long match.

5.Train Train Train! If you have picked a tournament and made the commitment to compete, the best thing you can do is train. Show up to as many classes as your schedule allows. The time spent on the mats leading up to a competition is invaluable when it comes to preparing for any tournament. Listen, learn, drill, and roll as much as you can to prepare for the competition. Train with a goal in mind, do not just train and roll like you normal would in class. Have your game plan in mind and roll every time looking to execute your game.

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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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Who the HELL is Lance Trippett and Best BJJ Drill’s?

Who the hell is Lance Trippett and what do the guys at “ Best BJJ Drills ” have to do with training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, winning tournaments, and basically dominating all aspects of BJJ?


BJJ Conquest best bjj solo drills
BJJ Conquest Best BJJ solo drills

My home away from home. BJJ Conquest

My name is Lance Trippett I’m a BJJ Black Belt and like you I live to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). I love the thrill of tapping someone out, sweet new drills, the feeling of my heart pounding out of my chest during a tough match and the taste of a McDonalds Oreo McFlurry (I know they are so bad, but they taste so good) after a hard weight cut and tournament.

You may have heard about me before, which is kind of weird for me since I am just a regular guy who loves to train Jiu Jitsu. I have a family and a job and really just want to train everyday at my academy BJJ Conquest where I live in Millersville Maryland. I want to train as much as I can and have as much fun doing it as possible.

Even though I started Best BJJ Drills to help spread the word about what real Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is about and what it can do for you. I never thought my little business would turn into something where I have some of the top competitors training at my facility approaching me to train them.

In fact, since I started to train world class BJJ competitors and writing this blog, I’ve had BJJ enthusiast everywhere I go, tell me that they have heard about me and my programs.

I guess the only thing that really separates me from every other regular Jiu Jitus trainer out there is that I have a passion for drills and just happen to have a talent for writing about how to apply it to our unique sport. I know from experience how drilling can help you retain information, promote muscle memory and basically dominate all the positions in your academy.

Ever since I was training for my first MMA fight back in 2000 while living in Aspen, Co. I have been hooked on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Even though I was more of a striker when I was fighting, I found that drilling basic and advanced BJJ techniques could keep me safe even when the fights went to the ground. I ultimately stop fighting MMA with an undefeated (3-0) pro record to just focus on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

A few months after starting to train I realized I wanted to be the best I could; not to compete but simply to have as much fun as possible. I also started to experiment with different strength training strategies to help me on the mat. Since I had striking background I was well aware that drilling was the key to maximizing your potential in any sport and I knew that my new sport was no different. However, when I looked for drills I quickly realized that no one had really developed a true drilling training system for BJJ practitioner,

Sure, there were some programs and books out there but they were all heavily based on learning techniques and some drill training. I knew that this was not the best way to train for the unique physical demands and constant variables that you get while rolling. So I started to come up with my own programs.

As my drilling programs got more refined I realized that I had gone from average to pretty good. I could tap people who were stronger and knew more techniques then me. The difference was the drills.


Having fun on your mat is what it’s all about, and my mission is to help my BJJ family grow and learn how to drill to be the best your able to be.

Feeling like you are being held back by your body or always being the one tapped in your group is more frustrating than fun and I wanted to share my program and experience with others in the bjj family. I knew that I had something unique and valuable to share so in 2013 I Started BestBJJDrills .com

Now, this is the point where I also need to explain something that may sound a bit funny coming from a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt – I do not like to spend hours in the gym drilling In fact,  I would much rather be hanging out with my Team

The Vicente Junior Family


Team Vicente Junior With De la Riva, and Caio Terra
Team Vicente Junior With De la Riva, and Caio Terra

But, I also know that the drilling helps me roll longer, faster and harder.

Whenever I slack a bit on my drilling I inevitably feel it when I roll– my positions start to suffer and my transitions start to slow, and I generally don’t have the same energy and drive to roll as much as I usually do.

So, I design my programs to deliver max results in minimal time, all while keeping things as fun and engaging as possible. My programs are written by a real BJJ Black Belt for real BJJ students that want to learn to drill like a champion. While still being able to roll as much as you want.

Because my approach is completely different than most people have been exposed to I have also become a bit infamous for taking on some “sacred cows” that I thought were holding Jiu Jitsu back with things like all you need to do is roll. Or show up to class and you will be proficient at BJJ. All of these have been shot down by me in the last few years; often with a lot of “haters” screaming about how “crazy” I am!

But I don’t care because I don’t do this to be accepted by the “mainstream” Jiu Jitsu industry – I do this to help free you from the garbage they have been feeding you for years and years. You can be much better than you are today, but not if you follow the same old advice we’ve been given. As I tell my clients, if you don’t want to tap like everyone else then don’t train like everyone else!

I started this blog to help me get my cutting edge, revolutionary drilling and training concepts out to my fellow Brazilian Jiu Jitsu students. Here you’ll find drilling routines, competition  strategies, strength and cardio programs and other information not available anywhere else. Some of my colleagues wonder why I give away so much info for free but I don’t care.

I want to help you be the best at BJJ thats my goal!

I know that if you use the information you’ll find on this blog you will do just that. I also know that once you see what this free info will do for you then you will be more likely to check out one of my more in depth programs; but even if you don’t that’s alright. Just knowing that I am helping advance BJJ is enough.

So check back often since the revolution never stops! I’ll be posting new articles, videos and podcasts every week, making this THE best BJJ drills website. And let me know if you don’t see something addressed on here that you want to know more about – I rely on you guys to let me know what is on your mind and what you want to improve with your riding. You can reach me through the Best BJJ Drills Facebook Fan page. Just click on the link below and Like the page and you can post your questions or comments there or email me from the site.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Drills Black Belt
BJJ Black Belt Professor Lance Trippett


Well, that’s about it. It is time to Train! ROLL ON!

Drill Strong Family,
Lance Trippett


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