Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Stick Fighting

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Stick Fighting
A Dog Brother’s Approach to Training Realistically in BJJ


When I started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu I had one goal: to successfully incorporate gi grappling into my stick fighting at Dog Brothers Gatherings.  I never enjoyed getting hit by a stick and suspected my opponents felt the same way.  Being able to end fights by inflicting the least amount of damage seemed like the most “humane” approach to a Dog Brothers Stick Fight. Jiu-Jitsu gave me a blueprint for how to accomplish this by using “submissions.”

The “no rules” aspect of Dog Brothers Gatherings coupled with the fact that at any time one can get hit with strikes from a weapon or limb (including head butts and the occasional groin shot) adds a whole new level of realism to a fight.  Not to mention the possibility of hidden training blades on my opponent that could come out at any time.  Albeit unintentional, I’ve even been fish hooked in a gathering.  This “realism” is an aspect of fighting that is widely neglected in Sport Grappling, the Striking Arts and Mixed Martial Arts.

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2016 DBMA Camp – Top Dog – The Caveman

The Caveman (Diagonal Forehand Strike)

You need to have power to be effective. Use the hourglass structure. This keeps the line of the strike tighter. Make sure your body mechanics are in alignment with gravity. The forehand power shot is almost vertical on this stroke.

Make your strengths stronger. Don’t diversify until your foundation is very strong. Remember, fighting is very dynamic. Things are changing all the time. You must constantly adapt.

This is a sample from the Top Dog Module in the DBMA 2016 Camp course for our DBMA Association Members.