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Brazilian Martial Arts Expert Pedro Carvalho’s BJJ Techniques: Passing the Guard to Full Mount

Brazilian jiu-jitsu moves expert Pedro Carvalho photographed for Black Belt magazine.Pedro Carvalho immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s and quickly gained a reputation for holding nothing back. The owner of 11 medals won in jiu-jitsu tournaments in his native Brazil, he publicly espoused the belief that instructors should share with their students even their most advanced BJJ techniques because the way those students perform in competition reflects back on their teacher.

That idea prompted Pedro Carvalho to declare in a 1995 interview in Karate/Kung Fu Illustrated, one of Black Belt’s sister publications, “I make sure I teach them everything I know. Even in Brazil, some places don’t teach you all the stuff, but I do.”


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Fast-forward to today: Pedro Carvalho now has more than 30 years of grappling experience under his frayed belt and a growing network of jiu-jitsu schools across the United States, and he’s every bit as willing to share his knowledge with his students — and, fortunately, with the BlackBeltMag.com audience.

In this exclusive BJJ techniques video, the Brazilian martial arts expert shows you how to pass your opponent’s guard and move in for the full mount!

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Brazilian Martial Arts Expert Pedro Carvalho: How to Pass the Guard and Get the Full Mount


“In any discipline of study, including a martial art like Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the keys to successful training will always be pace and progression,” says Pedro Carvalho in the introduction to his books, Brazilian Jujutsu — Volume 1: Gi Techniques and Brazilian Jujutsu — Volume 2: No-Gi Techniques. “Each must be explored and experienced to facilitate the best skill development.”

Pace and Progression for Developing BJJ Techniques

“Pace refers to the rate at which new information is given or received and to the speed that the student practices,” the Brazilian martial arts expert explains. “To ensure successful skill achievement, the student should refrain from training or attempting techniques that his instructor believes are beyond his level.”

Such a principle, Pedro Carvalho says, is especially true when it comes to sparring. Until certain BJJ techniques are practiced an adequate number of times, attempting them in sparring can cause a student to lose faith in valuable techniques simply because he is not yet capable of performing them well.

“Each student should pay attention during practice to each detail of a given technique, and it should be repeated slowly and smoothly with a gradual increase in tempo as the technique begins to sharpen,” Pedro Carvalho explains.

Progression refers to the routine used in the class and to the order in which techniques are given to the student.

Essentials for Training in BJJ Techinques

Each class is made up of three progressive elements, each element being essential to proper training, according to Brazilian martial arts master Pedro Carvalho:

  • Warm-Up and Drill: Students are guided through a series of exercises that allow them to stretch and strengthen the muscles particular to Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
  • BJJ Techniques Instruction: Each move is broken down into its various component. The average number of techniques taught in a given class is about three.
  • Sparring: Students are given the opportunity to test their skills against one another and observe other students sparring.

“Most Brazilian jiu-jitsu schools have similar technique progressions, and as long as your instructor is a recognized black belt, you are in good hands,” Pedro Carvalho says.

For an optimal training experience, the Brazilian martial arts instructor recommends:

  • Find training partners who will train safely and allow for sufficient practice.
  • Find a qualified instructor; if he is not a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, then he should at least be a recognized representative of a specific school, not merely someone teaching a generic variation of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
  • Study your movements and techniques in detail, ask a lot of questions and spar as often as possible.

Related Martial Arts Books, E-Books,
DVDs and Video Downloads

The Grappler’s Handbook: Gi and No-Gi Techniques (3-DVD Set)

Brazilian Jujutsu — Volume 1: Gi Techniques (e-book)

The Ultimate Guide to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

BJJ Techniques: Pedro Sauer’s Instructor Alvaro Barreto on How to Improve Your Lapel Chokes

Pedro Sauer is a well-known name in the world of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. His BJJ techniques are noted for their technical accuracy and elegance, and he is a well-respected seminar presenter.

Pedro Sauer earned his black belt from Helio Gracie and Rickson Gracie in 1985. In 1986, Pedro Sauer began his career as an instructor of BJJ techniques when he was asked to teach with an organization known in Brazil as Corpo/Quatro (“body of four”), where he continued training under ninth-degree red belt Alvaro Barreto.

Alvaro Barreto is one of three brothers — Alvaro, Sergio and João Alberto. Upon being introduced to Brazilian jiu-jitsu, each of these brothers became proficient in BJJ techniques in their own way.

The Barreto brothers were originally associated with the Gracie family during the setup of a challenge match. Alvaro’s brother, João Alberto, was singled out as a competitor by Helio Gracie and appeared in many televised challenge matches.

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Alvaro Barreto, a Highly Respected Instructor of Pedro Sauer, Shows You His Take on the Lapel Choke


However, João Alberto broke an opponent’s arm, resulting in the cancellation of the show. He soon detached from the Gracies and, with his brother Alvaro — who had also risen through the ranks to become a distinguished instructor and was teaching children BJJ techniques at the Gracie Academy by age 17 — opened his own school.


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These days, Alvaro Barreto focuses on the educational aspects of BJJ techniques. His foundation for teaching BJJ techniques is based on four components: self-defense, submissions, throws and ground fighting.

Alvaro Barreto strives to teach every student that jiu-jitsu doesn’t stop at the edge of the competitive sphere. Its purpose is not to create better fighters but to develop better human beings. According to Alvaro Barreto, a complete martial artist must have discipline and commitment to persevere.

At age 24, Alvaro Barreto opened the Academia Alvaro Barreto in the Copacabana quarter of Rio de Janeiro, where it remains to this day. It was later renamed Corpo Quatro, which means “body of four,” from its four partners. He centered his operations in that school, allowing him more time to focus on seminars and private classes.


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Alvaro Barreto teaches several group classes a week but holds private lessons every day. “He’s not a guy who sits back with his arms folded and gives orders,” his son Eduardo Barreto said during an interview for a story in the April 2009 issue of Black Belt. “He shows how to do it and actually does it with you.”

These days, many of Alvaro Barreto’s seminars take place in the United States. While they’re open to the public, they’re usually held in conjunction with the associations run by the aforementioned Pedro Sauer, who’s based in Herndon, Virginia, and Pedro Carvalho, who operates out of Rancho Cucamonga, California.

In fact, Pedro Sauer has one of the largest jiu-jitsu organizations in the world — the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association — which reaches more than 250 affiliate schools.


For more information on Alvaro Barreto, check out a brief biography at BJJHeroes.com. For more information about Pedro Sauer, visit his website at PedroSauer.com.…

Kyra Gracie, Rorion Gracie and Ralek Gracie: Black Belt Magazine’s Top Gracie BJJ Videos!

Last week at BlackBeltMag.com, we brought you a roundup of our Top 10 MMA Videos. Continuing with a similar theme this week, we bring you Black Belt magazine’s top Gracie BJJ videos!

As the Black Belt magazine website approaches a video count of 450, it becomes apparent that that’s a LOT of footage to sift through. Therefore, these roundups serve to bring back classics from the early days of our martial arts video archive that some may have missed while providing a primer for BlackBeltMag.com newcomers!

And so, without further ado, here are our Top Gracie BJJ videos featuring Kyra Gracie, Rorion Gracie, Ralek Gracie and a tour of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, California!

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Kyra Gracie: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Photo Shoot

Kyra Gracie won the 132-pound division at the 2007 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championship. The Brazilian native is now based in Southern California, and she has big plans to increase the number of women participating in Brazilian jiu-jitsu around the world. Kyra Gracie was featured in the June 2008 issue of Black Belt magazine.



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Ralek Gracie: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Leg Attack

On May 29, 2010, at DREAM 14 held at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, Ralek Gracie defeated the “Gracie Hunter,” the famed Kazushi Sakuraba, via unanimous decision. In this exclusive video shot at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, California, Ralek Gracie shows you how to go from side mount to an ankle lock in an effective attack on the opponent’s leg.

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Ralek Gracie: Countering the Kimura in BJJ and MMA

In this second exclusive video also filmed at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, California, Ralek Gracie shows you how he countered “Gracie Hunter” Kazushi Sakuraba’s kimura at DREAM 14: an MMA event held May 29, 2010, in Japan.

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Ralek Gracie: Stacking the Opponent in BJJ

The first two Ralek Gracie videos proved so popular, we posted a third! This time, Ralek Gracie demonstrates how to counter an arm lock to stack an opponent!

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Rorion Gracie: 2006 Black Belt Hall of Fame Instructor of the Year Video Profile

This video biography of Rorion Gracie was presented during his induction into the 2006 Black Belt Hall of Fame as Instructor of the Year. The son of Brazilian jiu-jitsu founder Helio Gracie, Rorion Gracie founded the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, California. Some highlights from the martial career of Rorion Gracie include the following:

  • In a 1987 issue of Playboy, Rorion Gracie issued what became known as the Gracie Challenge: He invited anyone — regardless of style, weight or reputation — to prove his skills in a no-holds-barred match against Brazilian jui-jitsu.
  • In 1993, Rorion Gracie and associate Art Davie created, financed and produced the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which brought mixed-martial arts competition into the mainstream.
  • In addition to his jiu-jitsu curriculum for youths and adults, Rorion Gracie has developed a self-defense system called Women Empowered, as well as programs that focus on the needs of military personnel, law-enforcement agencies and air marshals.
  • Rorion Gracie has received more than 100 Recognition Coins from the U.S. military and various government agencies, including the FBI, Department of Justice and United Nations Security Council.
  • To ensure that the Gracie tradition lives on, he’s groomed his sons — Ryron, Rener and Ralek Gracie — to teach the grappling art.

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Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy Video Tour

Brazilian jiu-jitsu history comes alive at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, California. Take a quick tour of the facility’s museum artifacts! For more information about this facility, visit GracieAcademy.com!

Essential BJJ Moves: Jean Jacques Machado Videos Show You 6 BJJ Techniques You Need to Know!

In three exclusive videos of filmed at Black Belt, Jean Jacques Machado shows you six BJJ moves: two submissions, two escapes and two finishes.

While these videos were filmed during a photo shoot for Black Belt magazine, these techniques and many more are featured in his acclaimed 3-DVD instructional set, The Grappler’s Handbook: Gi and No-Gi Techniques.

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Who Is This Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master?

Jean Jacques Machado is a former national and international grappling tournament competitor. His legendary skills in Brazilian jiu-jitsu recently garnered him a coveted red-and-black-striped belt from international icon Rickson Gracie. In 2011, Machado was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as its Instructor of the Year.


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How This Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master Teaches BJJ Moves Worldwide

Through the Jean Jacques Machado Academies in Tarzana, CA, and Malibu, CA, seminars where he teaches BJJ moves to eager students and an extensive informational website, Machado is at the forefront of spreading Brazilian jiu-jitsu on a worldwide scale.

He is also the author of the two best-selling books — The Grappler’s Handbook Vol. 1: Gi and No-Gi Techniques and The Grappler’s Handbook Vol. 2: Tactics for Defense, as well as a 3-DVD set based on the first book.

BJJ Moves in Side Control

As explained in the video below, it is important to get our from under the opponent when he’s got you in side control.

“Common position here, I’m defending,” Machado says, setting up BJJ moves for getting his knee out from under his opponent (in this case, Grappler’s Handbook co-author Jay Zeballos) and maneuvers into a scene where it would be “natural [for him] to push my leg and pass my guard.”

There’s a catch (or, in this case, a hook) as Zeballos attempts to pass Machado’s guard. Machado pushes his opponent’s left leg out from under him and hooks his arm, effectively destabilizing his center of gravity.

During these elegantly composed BJJ moves, Machado’s entire body axis changes so that Zeballos is beautifully flipped onto his back. Machado then circles around to establish his own side control, thus turning the tables in his favor.

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For the second of his techniques from side control, Machado explains how “you can also go for what we call a ‘crucifix.’”

With Zeballos in side control once again, Machado proceeds to get his right knee up and to push Zeballos away with his left knee. This time, though, Machado inserts his right leg under Zeballos’ left arm and hooks under it while pulling himself under Zeballos to catch that same left arm with both legs as he brings them around to roll Zeballos onto his back.

Machado hooks Zeballos’ right arm with his own, and Zeballos lands perpendicular on top of Machado with arms extended, forming an image reminiscent of a crucifix! Machado then gets his left arm under Zeballos’ chin to press the choke and finish the submission.

BJJ Moves: Two Finishes From the Mount

These two sets of BJJ moves were featured in the November 2011 issue of Black Belt magazine as a “Plan A / Backup Plan” scenario — depending, of course, on your opponent’s reaction when you’re in the mount.

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New Jean Jacques Machado Grappling DVDs Coming Soon! Set Will Feature Submission Grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed-Martial Arts Techniques!

Based on their acclaimed best-selling book of the same name, Jean Jacques Machado and Jay Zeballos’ highly anticipated three-DVD set, The Grappler’s Handbook: Gi and No-Gi Techniques, serves as a martial arts multimedia companion wherein the two Brazilian jiu-jitsu masters demonstrate takedowns, chokes, holds and submissions in living color and in exhaustive detail. Filmed at the Jean Jacques Machado Academy in Los Angeles, this set will offer multi-angle coverage (front, three-quarters and overhead) of each technique with step-by-step instructions, contextual explanations for each technique’s application, and an optional on-screen subtitle track with page-specific book references for an even deeper learning experience!

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Special features in this set will include the following:

Jean Jacques Machado and Jay Zeballos demonstrate a Brazilian jiu-jitsu takedown.

Techniques featured in this set will include (but certainly will not be limited to) the following:

  • Closed Guard to Back Control
  • Gi Choke Using Sleeve Control
  • Omo Plata Reversal When Opponent Posts One Leg
  • Guard Pass Defense to Brabo Choke
  • Arm Drag to Back Control to Rear-Naked Choke
  • Progressive Attacks From Leg-on-Shoulder Closed Guard
  • Double-Underhook Pass to Crucifix
  • Leg Sweep Butterfly-Guard Pass
  • Side-Control Escape Counter to Armbar
  • Tripod Choke
  • Anaconda Choke From Turtle Top
  • Jumping to Closed Guard
  • Butterfly Guard
  • Arm Trap to Shoulder Lock to Strikes
  • Reversal From Closed Guard
  • Standing Guard Break With Pass
  • Triangle Choke From Open Guard

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