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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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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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Top 5 Tips for your “First BJJ Tournament”

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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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Grip fighting follow up video!

The snow is falling here on the east coast, so I had to cancel classes tonight at my academy. I shot this video last week, but I was out of town all weekend teaching a seminar in Pennsylvania with my instructor Professor Vicente Junior (VJ). I had a lot of you, ask for a quick follow up video, talking about the grip fighting ideas from my last post, “Are you losing the BJJ grip fight? Most of you aren’t even playing the game.” In this grip fighting video, VJ and I will show you how to start your attacks, and how to react when someone grips you first. One idea I want you to get from this, is a mindset of trying to never let someone grip you first, or have a better grip then you. If you are behind on the grips when you start, its very hard if not impossible, to catch up.  What you need to do is, stop your attack and break their grips, then start your attack again with your  grips in the correct places. Check out the video below and leave me a comment.

Drilling is the key, so just do it!

Thanks

Lance Trippett

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Starting BJJ? How to find a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School.

Top five Steps for starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes

Step 1. Research

Do research on nearby Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) academies.  Start with the three closest BJJ schools. Look at their websites to ensure they have a beginner or fundamentals program.  Some Jiu Jitsu schools may not have a fundamentals class and they’re going to lump you in with the advance students. This can be good or bad. I make all my new students take the fundamental classes, it will teach you the basics and get you up to speed before jumping into the advanced classes.  I also encourage all of my upper belts from white to black belt to take the fundamentals classes. NO ONE can ever drill a position to much.

The International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) is the governing body for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu worldwide.  While conducting your research see which schools are a member of the IBJJF or if their instructors are ranked under the IBJJF. If you have any interest in competing in Jiu Jitsu you will need a certified IBJJF Black Belt to sign for you when entering their tournaments. Don’t get me wrong, the IBJJF is not the only tournament game in town. There plenty of other great tournaments like NAGA, Grapplers Quest, US Grappling and The Good Fight you can just sign up for and compete without any one vouching for you.  However, the IBJJF tournaments are the most prestigious, and recognized internationally.

Now that you have located a few schools and done some basic online homework you will want to call or email your choices.  The owner or employee should return your message within 24 hours.  Remember this is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school and not a Fortune 500 company, although a quick response and stellar customer service should happen.  Just keep in mind, a lot of these schools are run by one or two people, so some things can slip through the cracks. This could serve as a warning sign the school has some issues with leadership and professionalism.  You may get lucky and find both fantastic Jiu Jitsu and great professionalism on your first try, but don’t count on it. I recommend you make your decision based on the skill of the instructors and the professionalism of the staff, not one or the other.

This is the part you’ve all been waiting for. Taking the tour! At this point you should have been asked by the staff to come in and check out the school.  If the staff was hesitant to tell you the prices over the phone, don’t worry, this is just a normal sales tactic used by most businesses. Still go and find out for yourself if this is the BJJ school for you. Once the appointment has been made make sure to be on time, bring a change of clothes and some water with you. I tell people to wear shorts and a tee shirt. Upon arrival look at the facility during your tour and ask yourself the following questions:
* Is it clean?
* Do they have separate men’s and women’s changing rooms?
* Are the mats and equipment clean, safe, and up to date?
* Are there holes in the walls or mats?
   If they have a cage:
* Does it have rubberized fencing?
* Are all the post, joints, and handles covered with protective padding?
* Are the mats thick and made for takedowns?
Once you’ve completed the tour, ask yourself again: Is there a professional attitude? If not, is it unsafe, or just a lack of business skills. Both can be a red flag, but you can look over a lack of business skills.  If you feel the school is unsafe LEAVE AT ONCE! Safety can never be over looked or under emphasize.
After your initial tour is over, a professional school will teach you a private lesson.  I like this because you will learn without the pressure of others watching. You may also be asked to join the regular class. This can mean one of two things… If they have you try a “fundamental” class and allow you to do some drills, basic technique, while you interact with other students, that’s great and nothing to worry about. If on the other hand they throw you to the wolves and make you spar or as many BJJ schools call it “roll” with other students, this may not be the place for you. I would decline to roll until you have more familiarity with the basic Jiu Jitsu positions.

Lastly, talk to the other students.  Ask them what their feelings are about how the classes go?
What’s the environment of the school, is it a competition school or a family-friendly school, or both?
Some other questions to ask include… Are they happy? Is the place safe?  Is there anything they don’t like?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can change your life; it changed mine and almost everyone I know that trains.  It is a lifestyle and journey.  Make sure to sign up for the news updates and receive your free “top three BJJ drills”. Keep an eye out for part two of the top five steps for starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu next week; we’ll get into some exciting and important stuff

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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?

 

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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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BJJ Black Belt Professor Lance Trippett

 

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

Drill Strong Family,
Lance Trippett

BEST BJJ DRILLS

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