Going loopy for the loop choke

I love loop chokes. I don’t know why but I love them. They’re my go too and it’s the submission I finish a lot of people with. If you did a pie graph of my submission finishing, Loop chokes would be at the top.

But why do I love it so much?

Well it’s versatile, fast acting and pretty brutal when it’s being done. I normally find my loop chokes from my back, normally butterfly guard. However, people have caught on to that aspect of my game and started defending them, which means it’s recently become quite a low percentage finisher for me. But that’s okay, i love it too much to let go, that’s why I’ve been looking at new ways of setting up my favourite submission. Here’s what I’ve found.

First is everyone’s favourite badass, Kurt Osiander. Here he demonstrates the rolling variation of the loop choke, especially good when you’re attacking turtle of defended a failed double leg take down.

Next Fernando Salvador shows you another turtle attacking variation that doesn’t require you to give up position.


In this video from Learn BJJ fast they go through multiple variations of the Loop choke. My favourite is the tradition loop choke from butterfly guard that can turn into a tight triangle.

The Eddie Bravo Invitational Highlights

While the annual world championships happened, Eddie Bravo held his own grappling event, The Eddie Bravo Invitational. This Metamoris-esque grappling competition pitted some of the best No Gi fighters together to compete to become champion. Some of the world’s top academies were represented by some of their best fighters. Here are some highlights from this top competition.

Game changing moments in your Jiu-Jitsu life

Every now and then you’ll get a moment in life, which means your future will never be the same (for better or for worse), and the same can happen during your time studying BJJ. Whether it be a little detail that’s suddenly clicked, or a devastating loss in a competition, these moments define our future and whether or not we continue the path we’ve chosen to follow. Here’s my moment…


The competition

So I’ve never been big on competition, I compete because I believe that you should compete a couple of times at each belt level, ideally once a year if you’re not a massive competitor.

My story starts around the time that I got my blue belt, infact it was my 2nd competition at this belt level. My first competition I lost in dramatic fashion after only being a blue belt for a month. I decided to jump into the deep end, test the waters and see how my skills faired up against other competitors at my level. Needless to say, it was brutal. Anyway, I decided to carry on regardless of my losses and compete in a Gracie Barra interclub ran by Raphael Dos Santos, down on Newquay, Devon.

We travelled down the country roads to the venue and got ready. After the usual waiting around I was called onto the mat for my first fight. I became the victim of a brutal uchi mata that knocked the wind out of me, eventually I was armbarred and that was that. After my short time on the mat, I assumed I was done, there was no repicharge (or so I was told…) and I decided to focus my energy on coaching our lower level belts.

My name was called to the mat to fight.

I quickly got changed, psyched myself up and stepped onto the mat. My next fight was against a lad who was rather large and he got the take down and had me in side control. Suddenly I started to feel the pangs of cramp in my leg and I decided to tap before it got worse. That’s what I told myself anyway. “You had to stop because you were cramping up,” I kept telling myself.

It was a lie and I knew it. I gave up. I could have continued, gained a better position, stretched out and carried on.

The fighter’s oath

The one thing that you are told that you should never do on the mats, that one thing that is ground into competitive athletes and fighters. Never give up. I had broken the fighters oath and I was devastated. It’s a moment that continues to haunt me and it’s one of those moments that i’ll never forget. It was my game changing moment.

Because I gave up on the Gi competition, I decided to back out of the No Gi competition (another moment I came to regret because the competition was up against regular sparring partners that I often caught with submissions in class), and decided to stop for the day.

On the drive home, I felt terrible, I suggested that competition wasn’t for me and that I’d give it up and focus on teaching and coaching less experienced fighters.

Building myself back up

Fast forward to 2014, I’ve been getting my mojo back and started to up my intensity when sparring, trying to recreate the competition intensity with sparring partners close to or better than my skill level. Yesterday our instructor decided to run an impromptu competition, 5 min rounds, scoring, the works. Filled with dread, and breathing out of my ass (I’m recovering from a cold that’s sapped my gas tank) I still decided to compete because I thought it was time to ease into the competition scene again.

I won.

It’s a small achievement but I won a 4 man competition, both with submissions in the first 2 mins of each fight. Before I stepped on the mat, I promised a few things to myself, not to give up, continuously attack, focus on my game, and it worked.

It’s taken a long time to get to this moment (over a year), but I almost feel ready to step back into the competition and it’s been down to a new positive fighting attitude and the help of my training partners.

What’s been your game changer?

The best BJJ fights on the internet

Tried and tested, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was originally developed to be an effective form of self defence because every fight ends up on the ground, and if you can’t fight on the ground then you’re going to have a bad time. When I first looked into doing BJJ, it was mainly for fitness and self defence, like a lot of people. I spent my time finding out if this was the right sport for me, so during my research about the sport, I decided to find out how effective it was in a self defence format.

Personally I find fight videos a bit weird, in fact when I watch one I can feel my heart pounding and have a sense of nervousness that would come if I was actually in the altercation myself.

Anyway, here are some of the best BJJ fights i’ve found.

Firstly, everyone loves the cheeseburger guy!

Nice back take in this street fight

The classic Pride backstage fight

While perfecting their art the Gracies would invite other martial artists to fight them to see which martial art was the best. Needless to say BJJ won. Every. Single Time.

However, if you’re looking for the best street fights, look no further than Hawaii. These guys take it to another level when it comes to BJJ fights in the street.

The best action from the 2014 Brazilian JIu-Jitsu World Championship

Last weekend saw fighters from across the globe converge to California to compete at this year’s World Championships. From white belt to black these fighters put everything on the line the become the world’s best at their division. While we couldn’t be there to watch the action, some of Attack The Back’s favourite fighters attended, including Darragh O’Conaill, Jamie Hughes and River Blue Dillon.

Here’s some of the best action from across this weekend’s tournament.

Braulio Estima vs Thiago Silva

Keenan Cornelius vs Marcus Almeida “Buchecha”

Leandro Lo vs Keenan Cornelius

Rodolfo Vieria vs James Puopolo

Rafael Lovato Jr vs Jackson Sousa

Braulio Estima vs Antonio Antonioli

Michelle Nicolini vs Tammi Musumeci (OWCH!)

Victor Estima v Matthew Jubera

AJ Agazarm v Rodolfo Vieira

Rodolfo Vieira v Alexander Trans

Victor Estima vs Claudio Calasans

Rafael Mendes vs Gianni Grippo

Leandro Lo vs Victor Estima