Yuki Nakai Series 1 - Choke from Turtle on Top

Yuki Nakai Series 1 - Choke from Turtle on Top

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Yuki Nakai, one of Japan's MMA legends and the first Japanese to receive a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, begins his series with a choke he likes to set up from the turtle position. Yuki first reaches under the neck and makes a collar grip, and drives his opponent on to his side. Trapping the arm between his body and his leg, Yuki maneuvers around his opponent's head, until his knee is applying pressure on the face. Yuki maintains his strong collar grip, and forces his opponent to tap to the choke.


JT Torres 2nd Series 13 - Interview

JT Torres 2nd Series 13 - Interview

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JT talks about his style of Jiu-Jitsu, who's influenced him, and what challenges he might face as he leaves San Diego and his training partners at ATOS to open his own academy on the east coast.

JT Torres 2nd Series 12 - Wrist Lock from Side Control

JT Torres 2nd Series 12 - Wrist Lock from Side Control

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From side control, JT is going for the kimura, but his opponent is not giving the space for him to get his grips. First, his hand that would grab the wrist swims under the forearm and grabs the biceps. His other hand grabs the elbow and pulls the arm in, causing the forearm to point straight up. The hand should be in his armpit, so JT just puts his weight down to finish the wrist lock.

JT Torres 2nd Series 11 - Loop Choke from Open Guard

JT Torres 2nd Series 11 - Loop Choke from Open Guard

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JT starts from the open guard with the cross collar grip, one foot on the hip, and one shin on shin. He kicks the shin on shin leg out, and sits up, bringing his free hand to the back of the head while looping his collar grip arm around the neck. Now JT steps over the leg and traps it, before closing his elbow and finishing the choke.

JT Torres 2nd Series 10 - Reverse Armbar from Open Guard

JT Torres 2nd Series 10 - Reverse Armbar from Open Guard

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From the open guard, JT has one foot on the hip and a cross collar grip, while his opponent is working to pass with one knee on the mat. JT brings his free foot to hook in front of the ankle on his opponent's lead leg, causing his opponent to make a grip on JT's leg. JT grabs the triceps and kicks his hook out. Now he brings his foot up to the rib cage, pulls the elbow and pinches his knee down to finish the armbar.

JT Torres 2nd Series 9 - Shoulder Lock from Triangle

JT Torres 2nd Series 9 - Shoulder Lock from Triangle

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JT starts with his triangle locked but just his feet are crossed. His opponent is protecting his arm by keeping it behind JT's hips. JT lifts his hips off the mat and grabs the elbow. His leg on the shoulder stays heavy and his other foot goes on the hip to help him walk his hips back. Now his foot on the hip goes to the rib cage and he closes his knees to finish the shoulder lock.

JT Torres 2nd Series 8 - Seated Guard Pass

JT Torres 2nd Series 8 - Seated Guard Pass

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JT's opponent is playing the seated guard, so he makes a grip on the lapel and sleeve. He shuffles to the side of the lapel grip, and when his opponent follows, he steps over the legs to the sleeve grip side, with his foot landing near the hip. Now he turns his opponent like a judo throw, and immediately establishes the knee on belly position.

JT Torres 2nd Series 7 - Overhead Pass from Reverse De La Riva Guard

JT Torres 2nd Series 7 - Overhead Pass from Reverse De La Riva Guard

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From inside his opponent's reverse De La Riva guard, JT grabs the farside lapel and the outside of the hook knee. He stands up a little to clear space and cuts his shin across his opponent's shin to reach the side. His opponent reacts by turning into him, so JT spins overhead to establish side control on the opposite side.

JT Torres 2nd Series 6 - Long Step Pass from Reverse De La Riva Guard

JT Torres 2nd Series 6 - Long Step Pass from Reverse De La Riva Guard

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JT is in his opponent's reverse De La Riva guard, so he grabs the leg as if he wants a foot lock, and grips the bottom of the pants. His free hand grabs the nearside lapel and he uses the grip to pull his opponent toward him. He falls to his hip and back steps his leg out of the guard, before making a tripod with his head and positioning his hips to pass the guard.

JT Torres 2nd Series 5 - Diving Open Guard Pass

JT Torres 2nd Series 5 - Diving Open Guard Pass

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JT shows a guard pass he likes to use when his opponent is playing open guard. JT dives his lead shin behind his opponent's knee and his arm swims underneath the other leg. His other hand and foot are posted on the mat, driving his weight onto his opponent. JT swims his arms to get head and arm control, and his leg that is posting comes over the top of his opponent's legs and knee cuts to side control.

JT Torres 2nd Series 4 - De La Riva X-Guard Backside Sweep

JT Torres 2nd Series 4 - De La Riva X-Guard Backside Sweep

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JT sets up the De La Riva X-guard again, but now his opponent falls back and tries to free the hooks. JT opens his opponent's nearside lapel, feeds it to his other hand between his and his opponent's legs, and switches to his other hand again. Now he releases his top hook and posts on his free hand, maintaining the bottom hook like a butterfly guard. He extends his hook, comes to the top and smashes the legs, before windshield wiping his legs to pass to side control.

JT Torres 2nd Series 3 - De La Riva X-Guard Omoplata Sweep

JT Torres 2nd Series 3 - De La Riva X-Guard Omoplata Sweep

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From the De La Riva X-guard, JT releases the ankle grip and grabs the triceps, pulling the arm as he lays back. His bottom hook goes to the hip and he swings his top hook out and over the arm to lock up the omoplata. When his opponent rolls to defend, JT comes to the top and establishes side control.