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25 Tips for Rolling With People Bigger Than You by Brendan


    Here’s 25 tips for rolling with larger opponents as provided by the awesome fans and friends of Ok! Kimonos.


    1.Be mobile. Also, don’t be afraid to be selective. Bigger partners can be great for learning, but (much) bigger people who lack control aren’t worth the injuries.
    2.I’m 155 pounds and I’ve rolled with 300 pound guy. All I have to say is don’t let them Americana or kimura. And learn to breath with a bunch of weight on you hahaha
    3.Butterfly guard (works for Marcelo) or lapel drags to back to take advantage of their slower reaction time (hopefully).
    4.Get used to being on the bottom.
    5.Try your best to play top.
    .Generally Leg locks and chokes are your best options.
    .Learn to control your breathing, especially on bottom.
    Shrimp, shrimp, shrimp! Be mentally tough.
    If all else fails, Tap

    6.Play the top move fast do not get put on the bottom.. If so you’re definitely going to pop a rib
    7..Make space, lots and lots of space lol
    8..I’m a bigger guy (6’3?/280)and I think sometimes bigger guys have reservations about rolling with smaller guys. Admittedly I do at times.
    9.At the gym: keeping it friendly.At the comp: speed is your best friend
    12. As someone who usually qualifies as “people bigger than you”, ankle locks tend to put me in more trouble than most other things. Triangles, on the other hand, are practically useless unless you have very long legs. Our size tends to make us less mobile and makes it more difficult to retain your guard, so going to half-guard and trying to slip into rear mount is a fairly viable strategy. Just don’t let us trap your head or arm as you move. You aren’t likely to get it back, and that means we wind up in side mount.
    13.Got to be mobile, and everyone has a neck… Choke it!!
    14. Tickle them
    15. Do it any time, every time. The only way to learn to deal with it is work against it.
    16. Structures. Our gym is full of big fellas, so I have found that structures work as long as they are set early and before you catch their weight.
    17. Elbows in and protect your chest from the weight! If you let them get that far:)
    18.Stay tight
    19.Play deep half guard
    20.Keep the distance
    21.Speed kills
    22.Get on your side
    23.I think maybe recognize opportunities and developing timing
    24.Find their weak points
    25.I feel good playing bottom HG and spider guard against bigger guys

    As you can see, there’s a lot you can do

Congrats New Stripes- 1/26/2015


Congrats to the new stripes awarded at Tai Kai on 1/26/2015. Congrats to Ben Tallini( 2nd stripe on Brown Belt), Chris Roach( 1st stripe on Brown Belt), Ed Abrasley( 1st stripe on Purple Belt), Sheena Bidwell ( 1st stripe on Purple Belt), Dan Puma ( 1st stripe on Purple Belt), Nick Newcomb( 1st stripe on Blue Belt) and Justin Fowler (1st stripe on Blue Belt)

Interview with Andre Galvao from Grappler Gourmet

This happens often...

Interview with Andre Galvao, one of the most decorated BJJ practitioner and the man at the helm of one of the top BJJ teams in the World.

Recently I have had the honor to speak with the man, the myth, the legend himself, Andre Galvao. If you train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and do not know who Andre Galvao is, stop reading right here and just go look up any big name competition over the past 10+ years. Andre Galvao is a 3rd degree Black belt who started back in 1999, Co-founder of Atos Jiu Jitsu, Ownder of Atos Jiu Jitsu San Diego and a devoted family man. When competing, which is very often, filming for www.AllGalvao.com, or just posting videos @Galvaobjj you will see him representing Kingz Kimonos and Muscle Pharm proudly. Normally here I would give a brief list of notable achievements but with Andre I ran into a snag, which was the sheer quantity of titles, here is a list of some of the more notable achievements:











And the list goes on and on, if you don’t believe me, go check out BJJ Heroes – Andre Galvao Profile.

With a crew like this at Atos, there is no wonder why they are one of the top teams

Andre Galvao is in fantastic shape and he gives a guide on how to do so with his book Drill to Win: 12 Months to Better Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. But lets learn a bit more about Andre!

What is your average everyday diet like? A quick outline for those who haven’t read your awesome book “Drill to win.” Within your system you are eating very often, what challenges do you find on a daily basis when it comes to eating

Lets hope my book "Culinary Arts for Martial Arts" makes as much of an impact as this.

I really do the “Drill to win” book diet. I love to eat healthy always. I always watch what I eat. Plus my wife loves to diet so we always eat clean…even my daughter eats lean and clean.

What are your common cheat meals/days like and how often are they?

My cheat day is pretty much on Sundays. I like to eat dark chocolate, raisins, and I eat popcorn a lot when I go to the movies but I keep my diet always pretty much.

A huge topic for me and what I feel people are most interested in is pre and post training. What is your pre-training and post-training intake like? 

I really like to take some caffeine before training, but just a little bit. Also Amino and recovery drinks. I like to eat normal before training. I can eat and then train right away. I have no problem with that. After training I like to eat some fruit, BCAA, drink lots of water, whey protein and recovery drinks 

We all know you compete at the highest levels and often, what are your dinners the night before competition like and breakfasts? Are they similar to your every day or do you have a special ritual meal?

I eat pretty much normal but I add more carbs in my night before meals. I like a lot of pasta the day before. For the day of tournaments, I eat a lot of dry fruits and nuts. My breakfasts before tournaments are the same but in smaller proportions.

It wasnt just eating right that kept Andre's legs safe against Rousimar Palhares.

When traveling for competitions, for instance to China for ADCC, do you find it hard to maintain your common eating habits? How do you prepare yourself for that?

I try to find a place with continental breakfast and an American menu. So I can eat normal or even my breakfast get stronger adding eggs, omelet bacon ETC.ETC. So I do it when I go to far. My lunch and dinner I try to tell the garcon(waiter) to clean up my food such as plain pasta with grilled chicken or meat.

You have a very busy schedule running Atos with your wife Angelica, and both of you training so often. When it comes to keeping your family fed how do you manage it? Is there a kitchen space within Atos? I mean obviously Friday Night Pizza and Gi nights aside.

"These are not the snacks you are looking for"

Haha. No, we don’t have a kitchen there. But, we are in California and the food here is pretty clean if you are looking for it. Pizza is very very hard for us to eat. Once in awhile like maybe once a year or less Haha. Friday is our cheat day, eating a lot of sushi.

What percent of your meals do you prepare yourself and bring with you? Or better question, what percent do you order in or go out to eat?

 Once in awhile I do it when I do it for my lunch- time. I never order things to go.

When you do go out to eat with the family do you still follow your guideline or treat it as a cheat day?

I try to follow my diet at all times and all day.

If there was a skill or cooking technique that you would like to learn to improve your arsenal what would it be? Or is there a food you wish you knew how to make?

I just need boiled water my wife is the one who cooks all the time for me.

A family that kicks together, sticks together!

You do have a very extensive supplement routine, what part of that do you feel is the most important? 

I believe the BCAAs before and after training and the whey protein right after training as well. I believe you need to have discipline. I really like to use creatine too. 

What are your top 5 favorite ingredients/foods?

Pasta, red meat (BBQ), eggs, fruits and nuts.

Andre, I’d like to thank you so much for your time and its been a pleasure!


Why Seminars are a Vital Tool in BJJ by kristopher reid





Over the weekend I had the chance to learn some awesome new techniques that I will be adding to my arsenal over the next years. I did not learn them from my instructor. I did not learn them from youtube, I did not learn them from an instructional. I learned them at a seminar. This got me thinking about what a great thing BJJ seminars are and how they are vital in improving your own understanding of the art. In my own opinion these are one of the least used and yet most helpful tools in BJJ.

Do You attend BJJ seminars regularly?

New Moves

The first thing Seminars bring to the table that is helpful to us as students are the moves that maybe our instructor either hasn’t shown us or maybe simply doesn’t know himself. We are all students and seminars allow us to see techniques from a different instructor and team that maybe we have not been exposed to in the past. Some of my favorite moves I use now have come from seminars.

New Perspectives

Seminars also allow us to view moves from a different perspective than our own. Every practitioner has his/her own way of setting moves up. In many ways the set-up is actually more important than the submission its self because without a good set up your are bound to fail. So ,by learning other viewpoints on how to set-up a trap you make yourself a lot more dangerous.

widen knowlege

Another great point about seminars is that even when you are shown moves you may not prefer to use or simply don’t think will work for your body type you still need to know these moves for two reasons. The first reason is to widen your general knowledge and teaching ability for your own future and present students. The second reason is that you might not like a move, but your next opponent might love it. I’m a firm believer that in order to shut down and counter a technique you must also understand what your opponent’s goal is. So by learning even the techniques you don’t like, you will still become a better grappler because of it.

Great Training

Lastly I want to talk about two things that I think make seminars stand out to me as a great experience. The first is the epic training afterword. Seminars bring people from all over and this is a great way to test yourself against some new bodies as well as try your new techniques. It is also worth mentioning that many times the person giving the seminar will roll after as well and sometimes that can be very humbling as well.


To end I’d like to mention something that may or may not apply to everyone, but is something I have experienced in the past. For me a seminar has a special kind of energy to it. The feeling in the room is different and you are surrounded by new faces and new techniques. I think the best way to describe it is the “kid in a candy shop” reference. There is simply so much to be happy and excited about that you are forced to wear your biggest smile.

So next time there is a seminar in your town I hope you will take advantage of the opportunity that is being provided. And remember, “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.