All VR Jiu Jitsu Instructionals

All VR Jiu Jitsu Instructionals

VR Jiu-Jitsu's head coach is Van Robertson, a first-degree Black Belt under Pedro Fernandes of Tu Kaha Jiu-Jitsu in Auckland.

Van has been teaching Jiu Jitsu over a decade, and is now bringing her style of teaching online for anyone who wishes to supplement their current learning of the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

VR Jiu Jitu is an official team affiliate of Tu Kaha Jiu-Jitsu, and VRJJ members often cross train with other Tu Kaha affiliate members to broaden their training experience.

All footage is recorded live in actual classes. New videos are posted weekly. Audio quality may vary due to background noises within the gym.

All VR Jiu Jitsu Instructionals
  • Entry and Finish of Arm Triangle Choke from Mount position

    Entering the Arm Triangle hold from the Mount position is a little slower than from side control because of the angle. To enter from the mount position, you must first hug the head with one of your arms and try to raise his arm to his head with your other arm. Then trap his arm against his head w...

  • Finishing the Arm Triangle Choke in Mount or Half Guard

    When you enter the Arm Triangle from Mount, you can finish the choke from the mounted position to prevent him from escaping by bridging away or grabbing his leg. The same principle applies when he manages to catch you in half guard after you set up the arm triangle.

  • Arm Triangle Choke from Side Control and tightening in kneeride or mount

    The Arm Triangle Choke traps the opponent's head and arm. Setting it up from Side Control, adjusting it in kneeride or mount, and then finishing the choke on the far side is a common sequence.

  • Counter the Arm Triangle Escape with Ezkiel Choke

    When you attempt the Arm Triangle Choke from mount, but your opponent swings his arm back in front of your face, you can immediately counter with an Ezikiel Choke. Maintain the head hug and bring your other arm over his shoulder. Then grab your own sleeve and apply the choke with either with the ...

  • Countering the Arm Triangle Bridge Escape with Armbar, Kimura, or Backtake

    When you locked on an Arm Triangle, and the opponent escapes by bridging away from the choke, you can counter in 3 ways. You can slap on a figure-four grip on his arm and do an Armbar or a Kimura. Alternatively, you can take the back slap on a seatbelt to secure the back.

  • Escaping the Arm Triangle hold by bridging away

    When your opponent has locked in the Arm Triangle, you can escape by bridging your hips high and away from him while tucking your free arm under your ribs. This allows you to turn onto your knees to escape.

  • Options from Grabbing Leg defense of Arm Triangle

    When your opponent has you in the Arm Triangle choke hold and he hops off your hips, you can grab your leg to temporarily defend against the choke. To escape the choke hold, you can either swing the arm back in front of his head, or bridge away from him to turn to your knees.

  • De La Riva (DLR) to Headquarters to Rugby Pass

    When your opponent has the De La Riva (DLR) guard, step over and trap his foot in the Headquarters position. Then shuffle to DLR side to smash his knees together and do the Rugby Pass.

  • Transitioning from Rugby Pass to Smash Pass to Pass Kneeshield

    When your opponent has the Kneeshield Half Guard, and you begin the Rugby Pass by smashing his knees together. You can transition to the Smash Pass as soon as you clear his hook on the outside of your hip.

  • Rugby Pass from Kneeshield Half Guard top position

    When your opponent has the Kneeshield Half guard and knees are close together, you use your body to smash his knees together and block the knees from escaping with your bicep. Then do the Rugby Pass to his front side.

  • Passing Kneeshield using Smash Pass to Mount

    When the opponent has Kneeshield Half Guard, you move his knees to the other side to enter the Smash Pass (aka Folding Pass). You can pass directly to mount by stapling his top leg.

  • Smash Pass (Folding Pass) on Butterfly guard with Leg Weave option

    When your opponent has Butterfly Guard, you can move to one side to collapse his knees together and pin them to the mat with your body weight to enter the Smash Pass (aka Folding Pass). If his knees come apart, you can insert your knee between his legs and enter the Leg Weave option where you can...

  • Basics of the Smash Pass and dealing with resistance

    When you are able to move the opponent to the side and use your body weight to push his knees together, you can complete Smash Pass. Use your head to control his upper body and your legs to pass to the backside.

  • Passing from Headquarters position using Folding Pass or Knee Cut

    When you enter Headquarters position from De La Riva, immediately apply pressure to the opponent's legs. When he push his shin across your body, then you can apply the Folding Pass by pressing his knees together to the outside. If he squares his hips up to the mat, then apply the Knee Cut Pass.

  • Passing from Headquarters by keeping knees apart

    When you get into Headquarters, immediately pin the outside leg and trap his inside leg to the outside of your body while keeping heavy on his hips. Then sprawl off his hook and complete the pass to the side of the pinned leg.

  • Overhead Sweep from X Guard with near sleeve and collar grips

    When you have the nearside sleeve grip from X Guard, grab his collar and pull his weight over your body. Then flip his hips over his shoulder using your X hooks to get him to forward roll. Use the connection of your X hooks on his legs to pull you up over his body to complete the sweep.

  • X Guard Sweep Options depending on upper body grips

    When you enter X Guard from open guard, the upper body grip that you have will dictate the type of sweep you can do from X Guard. When you have the nearside sleeve or collar grip, you can do an ankle back sweep. If you have the far sleeve grip, you can do a forward sweep. If you have no upper bod...

  • Backside X Guard to Backtake or Leg Drag

    When you enter the Backside X Guard position from X Guard, and your opponent leans forward, you can use the crab ride position to drive his knees to the mat. If he starts rotating, use the hip grip, pant grip, and crab hooks to maintain the backside position that sweeps the opponent and lands you...

  • Backside X Guard Entry and Sweep to Leg Drag

    From Spider Guard, enter the X Guard and then begin the Get Up sweep by getting his weight onto the far leg. Then lift his leg and put it on the other side of your head and re-establish your X Guard hooks. Immediately grab his belt and drag him to the mat, landing into the Leg Drag position.

  • X Guard Entry from Seated Butterfly Guard

    When you have a seated butterfly guard and your opponent is kneeling on the mat, you get double under grips and pull him over to get his hands on the mat while lifting his hips with your butterfly hooks. Then push his armpit to the side and grab his leg to enter the X Guard.

  • X Guard Get Up Sweep without upper body grips

    When you have X Guard without any upper body grips, you can still sweep the opponent by forcing his weight onto the far leg while gettin up onto your knees with his other leg.

  • Backward Sweeps from X-Guard without upper body grips

    When you achieve X-Guard, you need to quickly abrupt his balance before he can start breaking down your guard. Two good balance disrupters that do not require upper body grips is the backward sweeps using either the far leg grip, or the ankle pick.

  • Introduction to the X Guard framework and entry

    The X Guard is a very versatile guard with its signature configuration of your legs that look like an X. This video introduces you to an easy way to construct the X guard from an open guard.

  • Straight Footlock on Farside Foot of 50/50 Guard

    When you are in 50/50 and the farside ankle is exposed, you can catch the foot under your armpit and then step your outside leg across the body below the knee to get a tight straight footlock.