Stephen Hall’s BJJ Gi Cross-Choke from Mount

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Oct 15, 2013 5:37:00 PM

Stephen “Pesadelo” Hall has been a long time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor, coach, and tournament referee. He’s won numerous competitions the Black Belt World Championships, so when he demonstrates a technique that he has found effective, it’s always a pleasure to watch as he instructs it.

Steve is wearing his Gameness Feather gi as he teaches this cross-choke from mount, and his partner is wearing a Gameness AIR gi.

Step 1:

 

This technique begins with you in the mount position on your opponent. The key is to keep pressure on him/her without allowing your bodyweight to be controlled by your opponent’s movements. If you place too much of your weight down, as your opponent bucks, you will be susceptible to a sweep. You can do this by pinching your knees tight around his/her midsection and trying to get your feet under his/her hips to remove power.

Step 2:

 

When you get the opportunity, slide the blade of your arm under your opponent’s head. Drive your cross-face across until your opponent’s head is at an angle. This will prevent your opponent from turning into you as you attempt the choke. You then drive your body weight up and across to put more pressure against your opponent’s neck while also sliding your opposite arm as a post out away from your body.

Step 3:

 

Now move your post arm into towards your body and across your opponent’s neck to grab onto his/her far lapel. This will be the same grip as if you were attempting a basic cross-collar choke from guard. Use your arm as a lever in this position to drop your weight into your elbow to apply pressure upwards. This method works better than just curling your opponent because a stronger opponent will not be able to defend as easily.

Step 4:

 

Now reach across your opponent with your free arm and drag it closely across his/her body. Use your elbow as it passes your opponent’s chin to turn his/her head until you can grip the opposite side of your opponent’s collar. Lower your head to the mats to complete the choke.

 

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Stephen Hall Instructs Tournament Tips

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Oct 8, 2013 4:39:00 PM

Stephen “Pesadelo” Hall instructs a new block of tournament hints and tips for BJJ competitors. In this video, he covers how referees give points for takedowns, sweeps, and advantages. These commands may change from tournament promotion to tournament promotions, but these pointers should be common to most competitions you will encounter.

Stephen Hall is wearing his competition Gameness Feather gi in this video, and his training partner is wearing his Gameness AIR gi.

TAKEDOWNS

The key to completing the takedown is to ensure that it is a clear, deliberate action, and to maintain control when your opponent lands on the mat. In order to achieve the points for the technique, you must maintain control for a full three seconds (by the referee’s count). Once you complete these steps to finishing the move, the referee will raise his hand high in the air to signal that two points have been awarded to the grappler who achieved the takedown.

If you take down your opponent, but you cannot maintain control, you will not be awarded two points. Instead, the referee will give you an advantage. This will be signaled with him/her straightening their arm parallel to the ground.

PASSING THE GUARD

Much like the takedown, you will only be awarded points for a successful guard pass if you can hold the position after the pass for three full seconds (by the referee’s count). Once you pass your opponent’s guard, the referee will give you a three count. After the three seconds pass, he/she will raise an arm signaling that three points are awarded.

If you pass, but do not hold it for three seconds, you will be awarded an advantage point (identical to the takedown advantage) in place of the three points.

SWEEPS

A sweep is any motion that brings you from the bottom to the top which begins from any form of guard. This is significant because many technique may bring you on top from side control or mount, but they will not be awarded points because they were not from your guard. These moves are considered reversals, not sweeps.

A sweep follows the same guidelines as a guard pass/takedown in the sense that it requires you to hold the position for three seconds in order to be awarded the two points. Otherwise, you will only be awarded an advantage.

ACCEPTING THE POSITION

Lastly, Stephen Hall explains a very controversial aspect of points in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition focused on accepting a position. This means that the grappler on the bottom may have points scored against him/her for a pass even though the top grappler has an arm caught in Spider. This is because the bottom grappler accepted the pass and the referee has used his/her discretion to award points for the dominant position.

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Stephen Hall Is Back To Teach His Favorite Sweep

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Sep 23, 2013 2:29:00 PM

The Duck-Under sweep instructed in this Free Gameness Instructional Video is the favorite of Stephen “Pesadelo” Hall, and a great way to transition from your back, to a dominant position in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Stephen is wearing his Gameness Feather gi in this video demonstration, and his partner is wearing a blue Gameness AIR gi.

Step 1: 

This technique starts in the De La Riva Guard with one foot in your opponent’s hip and the other wrapped around his/her other leg. Grip your opponent’s heal, and control his/her lapel to keep them from posturing up and attempting to pass your guard.

Step 2:

Remove your hands from your opponent’s ankle and lapel, and instead grab his/her sleeve to strip the grip. Once you’ve cleared the grip, go back to controlling your opponent’s ankle with your outside hand.

Step 3:

With both of your grips secure, kick your outside leg as high as you can, lower it to the ground to help carry your weight up and into your opponent’s leg. As your hugging around your opponent’s leg, swap the hands controlling the sleeve to your opposite hand and sit far forward.

Step 4:

With your newly freed hand, grip the cloth around your opponent’s back knee and move your head under his/her bodyweight. Continue moving under your opponent until he/she is pulled over the top of you and rolls onto his/her back.

Step 5:

Maintain your grips as you turn into your opponent. Now that you are in a secure position, pin his/her leg to the ground to avoid being brought into a half/full guard, and release the grips. Cross-face your opponent and move your arms into a good, tight side-control position to either hold for points or attack for a submission.

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Mental Strategy Tips for BJJ with Stephen “Pesadelo” Hall

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Sep 9, 2013 1:59:00 PM

One of the most important and often neglected aspects of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition is the mental battle that takes place before or during the tournament. Black-Belt World Champion, Stephen “Pesadelo” Hall speaks on this topic in his latest free Gameness instructional video. Stephen has immense experience in competing, coaching, and refereeing BJJ tournaments, and he shares some of his tips for what works for him and what has helped him be successful in competition.

His most important tips include how and when to cut weight so that the weight loss does not affect your performance, what to do the night before the competition, and how to set your mind to the correct mode when stepping foot on the match so that you are always looking to submit your opponent.

These tips helped lead Stephen to win the Masters and Seniors IBJJF World Championships, and remain one of the most active and successful competitors in his division. He does this by matching the effort he puts forth on the physical and technical aspect of Jiu-Jitsu with his work on his mental and preparation game. As a coach, competitor, and referee, there is no better expert on tournament preparation than Stephen “Pesadelo” Hall.

 

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BJJ Black Belt, Stephen Hall, Explains Tournament Rules for Mount

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Aug 20, 2013 12:37:00 PM

Stephen “Pesadelo” Hall is back with Gameness again in his Feather gi instructing hints and tips for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors and fans. This video by Stephen is based in explaining the tournament rules and point values of the mount position, and how the referee will respond to achieving this position. Stephen Hall is a certified IBJJF referee, and has worked as a referee in tournaments all over North Texas. In addition to being a referee, he is also a BJJ instructor and a Masters/Seniors BJJ World Champion. While all tournament rules are different, these tips will give you some insight to how most competition promotions handle the points.

 

The first type of mount discussed is the traditional mount. This is achieved when both of
your knees are on the mat, and your opponent is flat on his/her back. While this is the most common type of mount you will see, you can also score points if one of your knees are under your opponent’s shoulder and the other is over your opponent’s other arm. It’s an unorthodox position, but it also scores you the points.

 

If your opponent or training partner turns to their side, you have the opportunity to score a “technical mount”. This mount is when one of your knees is down on the ground, and the other leg is up on your foot, above your opponent’s knees. This is also a position where you can score four points.

 

The last mount position that you can score points for is the back mount. While there are several methods of locking your opponent in, you will only receive the points if both of your hooks are in. You will not score any points for the bodylock. If you opponent tries to defend the mount by turning all the way around, and stays flat against the mat, you will also be able to score mount points by having both of your knees soundly against the ground as if in a traditional mount.

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BJJ Black Belt, Stephen Hall, Teaches Us a Paper Cutter Choke

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Jul 30, 2013 4:10:00 PM

Stephen “Pesadelo” Hall is back again with more Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tips and tricks. In this Gameness Instructional Video, Stephen goes over a Paper Cutter submission on his training partner. He will be wearing his white Gameness Feather gi for this demonstration, and his training partner is wearing his blue Gameness AIR gi. This submission begins in North-South position and uses your opponent’s gi collar to force a submission.

Step 1:

The first step to completing this submission is to step-out and transition from North-South position into a modified side control. This modified side control will allow you to maintain downward pressure on your opponent while also allowing you to reach over your opponent and grip the opposite gi lapel. It is with this grip that you will apply the choke. With your other arm, reach under your opponent’s head and grip the underside of his/her gi collar. It is important to keep as much pressure as you can in this position to ensure that no space is available to open your opponent up for an escape.

Step 2:

With your grip in place, reverse your sit-out so that you are back in a belly-down position. Maintain the grip you have on your opponent’s lapel and bring your same arm’s elbow down to the mat. This motion will remove any excess space in between your opponent’s gi collar, and his/her neck. In this step, prevent as much as you can any possibility of your opponent getting to his/her side or rolling into you. While you can still accomplish the submission when they roll towards you, it will relieve some pressure.

Step 3:

To complete the choke, slowly bring your bodyweight down onto the arm controlling the gi collar. This will put pressure from your forearm onto your opponent’s neck. If the submission is not working, you can increase pressure by raising your elbow up towards your opponent’s head.

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Tournament Commands with Stephen “Pesadelo” Hall

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Jul 16, 2013 5:38:00 PM

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and World Champion Stephen “Pesadelo” Hall has teamed up with Gameness to produce a series of free Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique and tournament preparation videos! This video concentrates on the basic Portuguese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament commands that you may encounter when participating in a grappling tournament. Stephen has extensive experience in BJJ instruction, competition, and refereeing, and he has agreed to work with us to make some video tutorial to help pass along his experience to Gameness fans.

The three Portuguese commands that Stephen Hall will cover in this video are the commands to start the match, stop the match, and a warning for stalling during a match. Knowing these commands are crucial and can help protect you from confusion or frustration if you hear the term when not familiar with the definition.

The first term, “Combate”, is the command given to begin the BJJ match. It is given after the two athletes shake hands. Once they have shaken hands and have backed into their ready stance, the referee will call out, “Combate” and lower his arm. This signifies that the clock for the match will begin and the two athletes will begin grappling.

The second term is given when the tournament referee wants the match to end or stop. This term is “Parou”. If the grapplers go out-of-bounds or if another action deemed worthy by the referee to stop the action occurs, he/she will call out “Parou” and uncross their arms until they are reaching out to either side.

The final term is given as a warning when one or both of the athletes competing are accused of stalling. This command is given entirely at the discretion of the referee working the match, and can sometimes be confusing. The referee will cross their arms and grab their elbows, and say, “Lute”. After giving the command, the athlete receiving the warning has 20 seconds to make an active movement until he/she is given a penalty.

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