Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pic of the Week - Teddy Riner

Teddy Riner is one the road to becoming one of the best Judo players ever. This photo is this year at the Tokyo World Championships winning his 3rd world title at 21 years of age. It is rumoured that he will follow Japans Ishii into the world of Mixed Martial Arts but i think that the money he is making out of judo, and the legendary status he will achieve will be enough to keep him in the sport.

Thanks to Michael Penkov for the photo

Welcome to Beyond Grappling

I am an Australian Judo player who constantly thinks about anything to do with Judo and Grappling, whether it be techniques, tactics or workouts. This blog is where i write about my journey to qualify for my 2nd Olympic games as well as share good photos, videos and information about Judo and Bjj.

I am always thinking about Judo and so i decided last year to start a blog where i can get everything out of my head and 'on paper', so far i think it has worked.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog and if you ever want to comment on any posts, photos or videos please do not hesitate in doing so.
My Official website can be accessed by clicking the link on thr right hand side or simply going to

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Ippon of the Week - Huge Uchimata and celebration

I found this clip on youtube, its is old and not that great quality but the throw is in the first 10 seconds and the guy that wins is so so happy.You feel happy for him.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Athlete Profile - Saulo Ribeiro

Saulo Ribeiro is a 4th degree blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a five time World Jiu-Jitsu Champion, two time ADCC Submission Wrestling World Champion and brother of Xande Ribeiro.
He began his training in Rio De Janeiro under Royler Gracie, the son of Helio Gracie, at the legendary Gracie Humaitá. He received his black belt on November 27, 1995.
He is the author of Jiu-Jitsu University, and alongside brother fellow World Jiu-Jitsu Champion Alexandre Ribeiro, runs the University of Jiu-Jitsu in San Diego, California.

He is also the Jiu Jitsu Coach of MMA Fighter Diego Sanchez, who trains out of The Arena (MMA) gym in San Diego.

Saulo's Competition titles include:

5 time Gold Medalist - World Jiu-Jitsu Championship: 1997, 98, 99, 2000, and 2002
2 time ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship Champion: 2000, 2003
2 time Gold Medalist - Brazilian National Championships: 1995, 98
2 time Gold Medalist - Rio de Janeiro State BJJ Champion
2 time Arnold Schwarzenegger/Gracie World Submission Champion
1 time Gold Medalist - World No Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championship: 2008
2 time Silver Medalist Absolute Division - World Jiu-Jitsu Championship: 2001,2002
No Holds Barred Superfight Champion - The Fightzone

Monday, October 25, 2010

Osaekomi Waza

A pinning hold (also known as a hold down and in Japanese as osaekomi-waza, 押さえ込み技, "pinning technique") is a general grappling hold used in ground fighting which is aimed at exerting superior control over an opponent and pinning the opponent to the ground. Pinning holds where both the opponent's shoulders touch the ground are considered winning conditions in several combat sports.

An effective pinning hold is a winning condition in many styles of wrestling, and is known as simply a "pin". Pinning holds maintained for 25 seconds are also a winning condition in Judo. Pinning holds are also used in submission wrestling and mixed martial arts, even though the pinning hold itself is not a winning condition. The holds can be used to rest while the opponent tries to escape or to control the opponent while striking, a tactic known as ground and pound.

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My new Promo Video

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Dojos around the world

Swiss Open 2007

BJJ Seminar in France (With a Random Brazilian guy who has fought in UFC i dont know his name but.

Olympic Training Centre in Prague (2007)

French Federation de judo in Paris (the hardest place on the planet) i didnt throw anyone for 3 hours...not even a koka or a small score nothing

world Championships in Brazil 2007 (I won 1st round against an African and then lost to Uzbekistan)

CREPS in Strasbourg France (awesome facility )

USK Cup Prague 2007 (I came third lost to a guy from Poland)

St Gallen Tournament in Switzerland (I came first won all 4 fights by ippon, and i had a good hard fight against a guy from Mexico in the final)

German Open 2008 (Lost 1st round to a guy from England, i had very bad prep and made weight really badly, fought terribly)

Beijing Olympics

Development of judo


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Half guard sweep

My friend Steve sweeps me with this sweep all the time

Its very nice and great in Gi. No Gi it is alot harder, not impossible but you will need a dang strong grip on your opponents arm in order to keep them at an angle to sweep.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Kashiwazaki clip

Some great flying armbars from the 4minute mark onwards

Tani Retires

Oct 15 (Reuters Life) - Japan's Ryoko Tani, one of the world's most successful female judoka, retired from competition on Friday but promised to fight on as a politician to improve Japanese sport.

Tani won a record seven world titles and took part in five Olympic Games, winning gold medals in Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004). She had to settle for bronze in Beijing.

"There's no real change in my fighting spirit, I'm just retiring from the first round," the smiling 35-year-old told a packed news conference.

"I'd like to thank everyone throughout Japan and the world who cheered me on and supported me," added Tani, who was elected to the upper house of parliament in July.

Tani cut an unfamiliar figure with her dark suit and hair in a bun, a far cry from the distinctive pony-tail style that earned her the nickname "Yawara-chan" after the main character in a Japanese comic, a tough judo competitor.

Tani, who married a professional baseball player, has two sons, the first of whom was born several months before Japan's Olympic qualifying matches for the Beijing Olympics.

She stopped competing after the birth of the second but had not officially retired.

During her election campaign this summer she came under fire for saying she would still seek to win gold at the 2012 London Olympics even if she won a seat.

"I thought I'd be able to continue both as a lawmaker and as a competitor, but I also felt I needed to push to improve the overall situation for Japanese athletes, which in some ways lags the rest of the world," she told the news conference.

"Now I'd like to work more for this than for competitions."

(Writing by Elaine Lies; editing by Peter Rutherford)

Monday, October 11, 2010


Finger Dislocation - Judo & BJJ

Finger dislocation is a common injury. It occurs when the bones of the finger are moved (dislocated) from their normal position. Finger dislocation can occur in any of the joints of any finger, but it occurs most often in the middle knuckle of the little, ring, middle, or index finger.

Accidents can cause a "jamming" force to be applied to the end of the finger, or the finger may be forcefully overextended. Either of these situations, or a combination of both, can result in a dislocation. Most common causes are getting your finger caught in your opponents gi or slamming your finger onto the mat and stubbing it.

It is not recommended that you treat a dislocated finger at home. A visit to your doctor or the emergency department is usually necessary.
If you have a dislocated finger, the finger will swell. To prevent further injury to the finger, immediately remove any jewelry, such as rings. Also apply an ice pack to your injured finger and elevate the hand above the level of your heart.

To prevent your finger being dislocated while grappling make sure you remove all rings and jewellery and maybe tape you fingers, this will help them be 'stronger' if you may injure it.

A dislocated finger may take anywhere from3 to 6 weeks to heal. make sure you continue to ice the finger and the doctor may subscribe anti inflams to help reduce swelling. To help the finger not lose any mobility or strength the doctor may give you exercises to perform.

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And for more info on Grappling injuries click on

Training at Bondi Dojo - BJJ

A few months ago i received an email from Daniel Sainty. Daniel runs a BJJ, MMA and Muay Thai gym in Bondi Junction up in Sydney. Daniel emailed me looking for fighters who could come down and train at his club. At last years Royler Gracie Cup i had a tough Final against Dave Brooksbank who is one of Bondi Dojos top fighters and Daniel thought it would be beneficial if i woudl go up and teach some Judo and in turn he teach me some BJJ.

I have been pretty busy over the last few months travelling and training overseas and at home and have been way to busy to travel to Sydney and train up there. Except this week it was holidays for Uni (although i still need to do alot of catch up) so i decided that it would be a good week to head up to Bondi Dojo and train.

I ended up training 3 sessions because i had to come home to run pt's and go to church.
The Dojo is located right in the centre of Bondi Junction with a great Japanese restaurant a few doors down (Chicken Katsu-don yeah!)
The club is very Japanese based which is good to see in Australia, with rules and regulations in place to help run a smoother, nicer club. These include cleaning the mats after the end of the session, a policy of no water or food on the mat as well as aksing to go to the toilet or to leave the mat.
Each session was run really well with a good warm up, great technical instruction from Daniel, fighting with first points scored and change partners and then rolling at the end.
After talking to Daniel its good to see a coach who has already planned sessions and knows where each session is going and to what goal each participant is trying to achieve.
For the last week or so the club had been working standing guard passes, which was great for me as guard passes(among other things)are something i really need to work on.
The awesome tips i received about posture in guard, setting your hips and grip fighting were invaluable and it shows that advanced basics are a must in BJJ as well as Judo. By Advanced basics i mean basics that you are not just good at, but awesome at. For me in particular when Daniel talking about setting the hips i had absolutely no idea what he was talking about but after rolling him and Dave it really is a must in BJJ.

Besides great instruction i also copped a beating. I have finally had the opportunity to see the real difference between Judo groundwork and BJJ groundwork. When i do groundwork i have a fast attacking pace which is great for Judo, but for BJJ a more slow methodical pace is alot more efficient. As i have been doing purely Judo for the past 3 months i was constantly giving my back (or Dave was simply making me wanting to go there) and once my back was taken it is quite an effort to defend your back for 5 minutes or so. BJJ guys have great positional dominance and i really do believe that is the main difference. Judo guys will more often than not give away position in order to get a submission (due to the fact that there are no positional points in judo besides a pin) while in bjj a guy will never ever give up a position for a submission unless its a high success rate to finish.
So my back was taken and controlled for a majority of my trip to Bondi but i dont really mind too much because if i can defend my back for 1 or 2 minutes against a BJJ purple/brown or black than against a Judo guy with limited time i should be ok.

But if i want to enter some more BJJ comps in the future it is something i am definitely going to have to improve on. All in all though i had a great time i taught some Judo and got taught some BJJ and hopefully i will be training at Bondi Dojo some more in the future.

For more info on Bondi Dojo head to:
or call 02 9386 4457

Saturday, October 9, 2010

New Website

Hey everyone i have made a new website for you all to have a look at.
Comment and tell me what you think, thanks alot


Competition video channel

When i am overseas i film a heap of fights and put them up on youtube. To make sure i dont fill the beyond Grappling channel with heaps of videos that arent instructionals by me i have made a new youtube channel called BeyondFitness1. make sure you subscribe to that

Submission of the Week _ ADCC 05

Leo Santos vs Georges st Pierre

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Some highlight reels i made

2010 World Championships

2010 Miami and US Open

2010 Rio Grand Slam & Sau Paulo World Cup

2009 World Championships

Ivos MMA Fight

Here is Australian Judo representative Ivo Dos Santos's MMA Debut on an Australian Styles Wars card a few weeks ago.
With little to no MMA experience besides being an MMA enthusiast Ivo put on a great performance and even threw in a few leg kicks.

Also dont forget if you are in Sydney make sure you check out Ivo's grappling seminar, Ivo run a session a few months ago at the Hill sports academy bjj club and it was well received by all who attended.