MTS episode 100 “10X10″ is now LIVE!

January 23rd, 2016

Hello brothers and sisters, I hope all is beautiful :-)

Mastering The System is the online instructional series of the unorthodox nogi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu style, “10th Planet Jiu Jitsu”; filmed on location at 10p HeadQuarters in downtown Los Angeles. Well soldiers, we’re at a hundred episodes now. That’s about 100 hours of vital nogi Jiu Jitsu lessons!! Holy Jesus. And for only 5 bucks a month you have access to it all. That should keep yalls busy for a VERY long time. For the 100th episode of MTS, I thought “What would be better than featuring a giant grip of my black belts teaching some of their premiere go2 techniques?” Nothing. And that’s exactly what went down. In this episode you’re gonna get loads and loads and loads of beautiful nogi weapons, including super advanced moves, like high level rubber guard, and the latest in the leg lock game, right down to the crucial basics including modern passing, butterfly sweeping and guard breaking essentials. Words can’t fully express how incredibly blessed I feel to be part of the this wonderful association filled with beautiful people from all around the world, and for the last 13 years it’s been absolutely amazing to witness these students of mine, sweat, bleed, scratch and claw to reach the black belt level. My 10th Planet brothers and sisters, I love you all! Enjoy -Eddie

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MTS episode 99 “Twister Side Control” is now LIVE!

January 13th, 2016

MTS episode 99 “Twister Side Control” is now LIVE!

Hello brothers and sisters, I hope all is beautiful :-)

Mastering The System is the online instructional series of the unorthodox nogi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu style, “10th Planet Jiu Jitsu” filmed on location at 10p HeadQuarters. in downtown Los Angeles. Twister side control or tsc is my side control of choice. Regular side control and judo side control are VERY important to fully understand and master as well but in my opinion tsc is the best form of side control, especially if you have a well developed truck game. In this episode I will breakdown all the benefits of mastering tsc and will show you the crucial details of this dominating position, including how to turn your opponent’s number 1 side control escape strategy against him, and I will show you how take your opponent’s back from twister side control and of course, I will show you the most important truck entry in my game, from tsc. Also in this episode I polish vital details in the meat hook, Gogo clinch and the carni, all must-learn material for those of you on a mission to master the rubber guard. Thank you for your support and enjoy! -Eddie :-)

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MTS episode 98 “Cummings Honey Flow” is now LIVE!

December 21st, 2015

Hello brothers and sisters, I hope all is beautiful :-)

Mastering The System is the online instructional series of the unorthodox nogi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu style, “10th Planet Jiu Jitsu” filmed on location at 10p HeadQuarters. in downtown Los Angeles. For the past couple of years, if you’re following the 10th Planet system, you’ve probably heard me preach many times about my favorite guard position, Muddy Waters. There’s a really good reason for it, it’s the absolute best way to set up an arm bar from the guard that I could come up with, plus it’s the best guard position to unload elbows. UFC fighter Ben Saunders has been at 10pHq for the past month and we’ve been spending a lot of time polishing this position up and everyone at HQ and everyone that subscribes to MTS will benefit from Ben’s training camp. Also in this episode I included some crucial leg lock counter material. When it comes to leg lock escapes, most leg lock experts have their own unique paths of defense. Some start out the same, like putting on the boot for instance or forcing a universal defensive angle, but from there all the leg lock masters that I bounce ideas off and dissect positions with, all give me different ways out. And I’m talking about super legit leg lock specialists like Dean Lister, Erik Paulson, Alan Belcher, Karen Darabedyan and Max Bishop. Then ad on top of that the defense my own in-house leg wizards offer me, like Nathan Orchard, Chris Herzog, Sean Applegate, Shigecki Matsuda, Eric Ramey and Adlai Cleveland and you got a mad plethora of ways out. The leg lock escape you are gonna learn in this episode however, is one that Eddie Cummings, the best lock locker on the planet, uses. I sat down with Cummings before EBI 5 and exchanged techniques and philosophies with him and tightened up this beautiful defensive move. It’s an escape from the honey hole/saddle position, but even more than an escape, it’s also a path that ends with your opponent in the honey hole, the exact position he was trying to get you in. It’s a super high level escape/attack that requires a tremendous amount of reps to master before you can pull it off on a skilled heel hooker. If you’re not unconscious with it, you might find yourself tapping instead of flipping the position on your opponent. So that’s why I decided to put it at the end of warm up D3 to insure maximum reps. When it comes to mastering leg locks, Cummings says that professional leg pummeling is key and this flow is not only a great escape, not only a great attack but it also tightens up your leg pummeling skills. Thank you for the support and enjoy! -Eddie :)

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MTS episode 97 “Plan B” is now LIVE!

December 2nd, 2015

Hello brothers and sisters, I hope all is beautiful :-) Mastering The System is the online instructional series of the unorthodox nogi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu style, “10th Planet Jiu Jitsu” filmed on location at 10p HeadQuarters. in downtown Los Angeles. Plan B is a powerful option from the dogfight position. There are many options from this pivotal position in the system; limp arm, twist back, old school, half and half, the mookie, cow catcher, powder keg, full guard and more. Getting to dogfight and mastering the options from dogfight is absolutely vital, as well as defending it, with a whizzar/overhook and solid footwork. This position, offensively and defensively, must be fully understood. Once in dogfight, you either go right thru him via half and half and old school, or you go around him because your opponent’s whizzar is too strong. When you master plan b, you learn how to use that powerful whizzar against him. Plan b works great against superior wrestlers and judokas. It’s a little more technical and bit more sophisticated than all the other dogfight options but nonetheless you must have it in your arsenal for a complete well rounded dogfight game. Also in this episode I break down another great option off dogfight, the drowning whizzar. This option is a big money move that takes you right to spider web by jumping on a swim move. Again, this is another option that works well against someone that has a whizzar from hell. So jump right into this episode and tighten up your dogfight game, you’re gonna need it! Thank you for the support! Enjoy! -Eddie :)

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MTS 96 “Pre Web” is now LIVE!

November 4th, 2015

Hello brothers and sisters, I hope all is beautiful :-)

Mastering The System is the online instructional series of the unorthodox nogi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu style, “10th Planet Jiu Jitsu” filmed on location at 10p HeadQuarters. in downtown Los Angeles. Developing an elaborate attacking system from back control is generally a beautiful thing to focus on in Jiu Jitsu but not necessary at all if your main goal is to dominate the point Jiu Jitsu scene. Sweeps, passing and wrestling is what needs to be focused on if that is your mission. However in the submission-only game, sharpening your back attacks is absolutely essential, especially if you compete in subonly tournaments that utilize the EBI over-time format. Your transitions from back control to the truck, back to the back, and then to spider web and back to the back need to be super smooth and ultra polished. Having counters to your opponent’s defense and set ups off those counters to finish him off become everything in EBI OT. In this episode I will show you exactly how I attack from the back and how I set up traps for the finish. It all starts off by getting your opponent to the “pre web” position which is mainly about stifling his attempt to get to “safe haven”, the spot/the angle that keeps him safe from the RNC. From “pre web” not only do you kill his best line of defense against the rear naked choke but you also put yourself in a position to attack with an RNC against a 1 armed opponent, or transition smoothly to spider web, or set him up for an inverted triangle, all from “pre web”. In this episode I also go over how I break open and deal with professional lockdowns. This is vital for those of you who are sick and tired of getting electric chaired and vaporized. Plus, as usual, there is much much more, so sit back, take some notes and enjoy the journey of mastering the system, thank you for the support! -Eddie :-)

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MTS episode 95 “Prison Guard Revisted” is now LIVE!

October 12th, 2015

MTS episode 95 “Prison Guard Revisted” is now LIVE!

Hello brothers and sisters, I hope all is beautiful :-)

Mastering The System is the online instructional series of the unorthodox nogi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu style, “10th Planet Jiu Jitsu” filmed on location at 10p HeadQuarters. in downtown Los Angeles. There are three 10p warm up flows that end in full guard with double underhooks. The next evolution in the 10p warm up curriculum will be extending those flows into the basic path of prison guard, starting with the first step, homie control. 90% of the time I end up in full guard with double underhooks I will attempt to take my opponent thru the paths of prison guard. This requires a highly developed clinch and optimal squeezing endurance and of course clean professional technique. Once your prison guard paths are polished up you will have the ability to go from butterfly guard with double underhooks all the way to spider web, the back, New York or a sweep to a top position, this has been a crucial part of my arsenal for many years, but only a few of my students, so far have mastered it. In this episode I teach a new detail, the shoulder clinch, this detail alone should take your prison guard to the next level. Also in this episode I break down warm ups F and G and go over the latest tweaks to these vital Jiu Jitsu flows. The F warm ups, “butterflies” and G, “top half passing” are some of the most important parts of nogi Jiu Jitsu. That’s why they’re part of the 10p warm up system. They must be hit on a regular basis, like bag work, like mit work, like footwork. So get into study and drill mode and soak up this episode of Mastering The System. Thank you! -Eddie

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MTS episode 94 “Polishing The Japanese Necktie” is now LIVE!

September 20th, 2015

MTS episode 94 “Polishing The Japanese Necktie” is now LIVE!

Hello brothers and sisters, I hope all is beautiful :-)

Mastering The System is the online instructional series of the unorthodox nogi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu style, “10th Planet Jiu Jitsu” filmed on location at 10p HeadQuarters. in downtown Los Angeles. The Darce is one of the most important chokes in nogi Jiu Jitsu, it’s right up there with the rear naked choke and side choke, aka arm triangle. The Japanese Necktie (jnt) is the Darce’s evil twin brother, so as far as 10p is concerned, the jnt is also one of the most important chokes in the game. What makes this different than the Darce is that although both chokes start off looking the same, as far as body positioning, clinch, and hand grips go, the jnt then quickly morphs into a double neck crank twist with your legs and body positioning now in totally different dimensions. It’s way too complicated to break down in text, but when done correctly, you are not just choking your opponent, you are also cranking his neck in 2 separate directions at the same time. It’s an incredible submission. It’s an absolute must-master. Perhaps the best thing about the jpt is that although keeping your neck straight, shrugged and strong can keep you safe from a Darce, a jnt can go right around that Darce defense with proper timing and execution. So, threatening with a Darce actually becomes a high percentage jnt set up, which is pure gold. Understanding the difference between Darce defense & jnt defense is extraordinarily & extremely vital. This is a very sophisticated submission that was brought into the system in 2007 via an instructional video by MMA superstar Shinya Aoki. Since then, the jnt has been deeply programmed into 10p DNA, and is still continuing to evolve. Every single 10th Planet black belt always has a Japanese Neck Tie waiting to fire in their chamber. In this episode I break down the latest version of this monstrous neck crank twist choke, enjoy! And thank you very much for the support! :-)

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MTS episode 93 “Reverse Alcatraz” is now LIVE!

August 31st, 2015

MTS episode 93 “Reverse Alcatraz” is now LIVE!

Hello brothers and sisters I hope all is beautiful :-)

Mastering The System is the online instructional series of the unorthodox nogi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu style, “10th Planet Jiu Jitsu” filmed on location at 10p HeadQuarters in downtown Los Angeles. A few weeks ago I was rolling with a student of mine, and when I mounted him he kept throwing in an unorthodox butterfly hook that felt very strange, something I never felt before, I was a little confused on how to address it because I never felt it before. “What the hell is he doing?” I said to myself in a frustrated fashion. “Wtf?!?” I continued. “Is this a mini stomp i’m dealing with?” “Wtf?”. But it couldn’t be; A mini stomp is executed with the outside butterfly hook; and he’s using his inside hook, plus I’m mother f’ing mounting him!! This can’t be a mini stomp! But what the hell is he doing?!? Whatever it is I’m gonna get on this asap and start using it because its throwin a huge monkey wrench into my mount attacks, and I love dismantling my opponent’s game when they mount me. But then I thought about it for a second and realized I was just experiencing a major case of brain flatulence; He was actually just reverse alcatrazzing me. He was using my favorite mount escape against me. The reason it felt so foreign to me was because very few of my students have mastered it to the point that it’s in their DNA, and ready to fire from their fortress of defensive tricks. “Reverse Alcatraz” was born during my Metamoris training camp, a camp that included a daily dose of 60 minute shark tanks. Jean Jacques would line up 5 to 8 killers and they would all wait in line to jump in on me at 5 minute intervals, all starting on my back, in side control or in the mount. I got crushed hard, especially early in the camp. Within 15 minutes of this hour of death I would be completely spent, gasping for air, and on the verge of vomitization. The reverse Alcatraz became my go2 in rapid fashion when being mounted because it required the least amount of energy as my way to escape. If you know the “regular” Alcatraz well you will quickly figure out why I call it reverse Alcatraz. It really is just a first cousin of the original and works best in combination with it. No move works 100% of the time, especially escapes, but when you toggle back and forth between these 2 mount escapes you might find that you can rely on them consistently, specifically when you don’t have the energy for the traditional hip escape mount defenses, which are also super vital but they do require a certain amount of gas to execute properly that you might not have at the moment. In this episode of MTS, I break down “reverse Alcatraz” to the bone and show you drills that will put this into your bloodstream immediately so that your ass can be saved the next time you’re stuck with some dude mounting you. Enjoy! -Eddie

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MTS episode 92 “Live Drills 1″ is now LIVE

August 12th, 2015

MTS episode 92 “Live Drills1″ is now LIVE!

Hello brothers and sisters I hope all is beautiful :-)

Mastering The System is the online instructional series Most MTS episodes are all about breaking down Jiu Jitsu techniques to the core including the set ups, mind sets, philosophies and strategies. Once all of this is understood, drilling aka putting in reps aka piling on numbers becomes the primary focus, all with about 75% resistance from your training partners.

In this episode I will show you exactly how we take the mastery of these techniques to the next level with the incorporation of live drills. I will show you how we quickly infuse techniques directly into our games at HQ. Live drills are a CRUCIAL part of the learning process, they are drills where your partner is resisting 100%.

At HQ, we are heavy on pressure passing and very often do live drills with the chest pass, the fly over pass and the flip over pass. I will show you exactly where to start these live drills and of course I break down all the pieces of these vital passes as well.

I also created a live drill for the electric chair that will take your lockdown game to another dimension. The electric chair has been proven over and over and time and time again in competition, it’s a fantastic sweep to ad to your arsenal and in this episode I will show you the fastest and most efficient way to make that happen.

At HQ we also spend a lot of time on perfecting finishing fights and that means live dead zone drills. In this edition of MTS we go over the honey hole live drill and the truck live drill as well. Two dead zones that are a staple in the 10th Planet system, two spots where the end is near, and 2 positions that a lot of time must be devoted to.

In this episode I also update warm up B1, which was a simple ankle lock flow but has now become 2 intricate leg lock flows that have recently made a gigantic difference in the overall leg lock game at HQ. So grab a pencil, take mad notes, and practice practice practice, thank you for your support! -Eddie :-)

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MTS episodes 90 & 91 are now LIVE!

July 11th, 2015

MTS episode 90 “X Guard To DOA” and MTS 91 “2 On 1 COP Clinch” are now LIVE!

Hello brothers and sisters I hope all is beautiful :-)

Mastering The System is the online instructional series of the unorthodox nogi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu style, “10th Planet Jiu Jitsu” filmed on location at 10p HeadQuarters in downtown Los Angeles. These 2 episodes are packed with crucial nogi techniques with episode 90 getting wicked with leg locks including the transition from X Guard to double outside ashi aka DOA with emphasis on the distinction between the 3 major leg positions when finishing DOA. If you’ve been paying attention to the evolution of the system it should be no surprise that I committed yet another MTS episode to taking the leg lock game to the highest possible levels in rapid fashion. Although episode 91 gets super deep and detailed into finishing from spider web, the main focus of this episode is my new set up to the COP sweep. The 10p association has dove into the 2 on 1 game Marcelo plays so deep that it made it into the 10p warm up system, so we’ve been hitting it consistently and will continue to do so. It takes time to develop a strong 2 on 1 grip from butterfly guard but once you get to the point where you can control your opponent’s arm for 1 to 2 seconds at a pop you will begin to set up the sweeps that are available to you from this powerful position in live rolling. I will break down how I get into the COP sweep off the 2 On 1 grip. This is probably my highest percentage sweep right now, right up there with the electric chair. Commit to mastering this sweep and I promise you will be sweeping people you thought were un-sweepable. Enjoy and thank you once again for your dedication to the 10th Planet system! -Eddie :-)

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