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Metamoris 5/Copa Podio Predictions

Some Quick Thoughts on the Matchups this Weekend Phew. Lucky I waited a few days. Now that Kevin Casey is out that’s one less match to think deeply about in … Continue reading

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Metamoris 5 Preview Video – Kazushi Sakuraba v Renzo Gracie (plus M5 Tee Contest Winners)

The Masses have Spoken – Saku v Renzo It Is! Old School beat the new school by an overwhelming margin this time and so I now present a Kazushi Sakuraba … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Win an Exclusive Metamoris 5 Tee By Voting For Which BJJ Scout Match Preview You Want to See!! (POLL CLOSES SUNDAY)

November 11, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Update: Scouting a Scout, Crucifix Instructionals, Metamoris 5 Giveway and Website Updates (warning, long post)

Sorry for the lack of updates, I have been thinking a lot about the future of the site/channel and sometimes I tend to get tunnel vision. I’ve still been working … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

Match Studies: Leandro Lo vs Keenan Cornelius (2014 Worlds/NY Pro)

Intriguing Rivalry in the Making With so many BJJ stars/potential stars leaving the circuit in the last 2 years and the signals that many more elites are planning to enter … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Dominick Cruz Study Part 1: Footwork, Stances and Takedowns

Many are accustomed to the “jab/kick/something shoot for takedown” approach as a way to link striking to takedowns (ie that whole “set up your takedowns with strikes” mantra), but I’ve … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Positional Studies: The Japanese Necktie (w/ Richie Martinez)

The Japanese Necktie Looks Pretty Good I personally am not an advocate of move chasing but I do think selectively adopting moves is always a good thing if it enhances … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Rory MacDonald v Tyron Woodley Post Fight Breakdown: Takedowns and Striking

“Let me Bang Bro” vs Scouting Because Rory MacDonald lost his fight to Robbie Lawler fight and Tyron Woodley was on a tear dispatching both Condit and Koscheck, Tyron was … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 3 Comments

Ronda Rousey v Alexis Davis Preview: Takedowns and Grappling

Judo Newaza vs BJJ This Weekend 2 UFC events last weekend and 2 more this coming 4th of July weekend has left me in an MMA mood. While the fight … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

Keenan Cornelius Guard Study: The Worm Guard

Be Afraid. BJJ has mutated again. I’ll keep this short. This is simply so effective that I’m tempted to just conclude that the only way this will be stopped is … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · 8 Comments

Match Study: Murilo Santana v Keenan Cornelius at Pans 2014

New Video Series! I haven’t been too keen on video making on individual matches (Lo v Clark was my last one) because I initially started out focusing on strategies – … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

Murilo Santana Passing Studies: Stack Setup and Over/Under Switch (Updated with Part 2 video)

Murilo Santana is an Underrated Passer Like Leandro Lo (before he became the greatest thing since sliced bread), Murilo Santana is another one of BJJ’s best kept secrets. He has … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 13 Comments

Positional Studies: Funk Rolling in BJJ

It would have been interesting to see Ben Askren compete in high level BJJ I like tracking innovation and strategy in BJJ but then this film study approach does have … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · 8 Comments

BJJ Scout is now on Instagram!

I break down a bunch of random stuff as I go about my studies and finally I have found a place to put them! Do follow me at if … Continue reading

February 26, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Ronda Rousey v Sara Mcmann Preview Part 2: Takedowns and Clinching

Judo vs Wrestling in MMA, Who Wins? 20+ years since UFC 1, style vs style match ups haven’t been common in high level MMA since.  It’s obvious now you need … Continue reading

February 8, 2014 · 8 Comments

Ronda Rousey v Sara Mcmann Preview Part 1: Grappling and Skill Trees

Olympians Clash at UFC 170 On 22 Feb 2014 fans will finally get to see if Ronda Rousey’s judo works against someone with an elite wrestling background. Sara Mcmann, a … Continue reading

January 26, 2014 · 17 Comments

GSP v Johny Hendricks Takedown Study Part 2

Wrestling is not just the takedown but the clinch You could probably lump pinning/escapes as the 3rd big skill set an amateur wrestler brings to the table but given how … Continue reading

December 26, 2013 · 12 Comments

GSP v Johny Hendricks Takedown Study Part 1

So I decided to lay half of my (tiny) pot on GSP 2 weekends ago. I figured that GSP had better BJJ, striking and takedown finesse and this was going … Continue reading

November 28, 2013 · 10 Comments

6 Months Old!

It’s really hard for me to believe how far the channel/site has come since May. More than 8000 youtube subs and 6000 FB likes seems tiny compared to a channel/website … Continue reading

November 9, 2013 · 3 Comments

Michelle Nicolini Guard Study Part 2: Shin/Spider Lever

Tactics over Techs One small pet peeve I have is the obsession over new moves. I’m not big into the philosophy that the key to BJJ success is surprising someone … Continue reading

November 6, 2013 · 3 Comments

Michelle Nicolini Guard Study Part 1: Shin-on-Shin Situp Sweep

Michelle Nicolini is both a Stand Out Competitor and Innovator in BJJ Michelle Nicolini is a 7x Mundials Black Belt Champion (including 2013) and also 2013 ADCC and 2013 Abu … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · 25 Comments

ADCC Day 2 Review

Favourites Win but some Upsets too Day 2 of ADCC in China drew roughly the same crowd as yesterday and like the day before, the action was just as exciting. … Continue reading

October 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

ADCC Day 1 Review

Great Event so Far, but so far away… Some really great moments on the mats today. The chinese crowd despite not being very BJJ aware showed up to fill about … Continue reading

October 19, 2013 · 5 Comments

ADCC this Weekend!

No videos recently but hopefully this makes up for it! Do follow at to get live updates as ADCC China unfolds! BJJ Scout will on the scene checking out … Continue reading

October 18, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Positional Studies: Sit Up Sweeps (Cobrinha, Otavio Sousa, Rodolfo Vieira)

If it works well and often, I’m Interested Consistency is the name of the game at high level sport BJJ and despite the endless generation of moves in BJJ, most … Continue reading

October 2, 2013 · 25 Comments

Rodolfo Vieira Guard Passing Study 3: Weaves continued

Smashing can be a war of attrition and an almost all or nothing endeavour. Dogfighting/Smashing to close off all the space on the crossface side and stopping the shrimp/re-guard is … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · 4 Comments

Rodolfo Vieira Guard Passing Study 2: Weaves

  What is a Weave? In a nutshell, a weave is when you “mount” a guarder’s legs when he has been put on his side (either by himself or you). … Continue reading

September 21, 2013 · 3 Comments

Get Your BJJ Scout Fan Wear!

  Dear all, I have set up some stores for you to get some BJJ Scout Tshirts/caps/etc at. Do check them out at: (for US/CAN/Intl – ‘FALL2013′ coupon till … Continue reading

September 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

Leandro Lo vs Claudio Calasans Copa Podio Superfight Breakdown Preview Part 2

This Sunday at the no-gi superfight at the Copa Podio, on one hand it will a bag of “modern BJJ” tricks by Calasans (inversions to berimbolos, leg locks, leg drags … Continue reading

September 6, 2013 · 9 Comments

Leandro Lo vs Claudio Calasans Copa Podio Superfight Breakdown Preview Part 1

No-gi Superfight this Sunday September 8, Leandro Lo (Cicero Costha) and Claudio Calasans (Atos) face off at the Copa Podio in a no-gi superfight. In a 2 part series, I … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · 8 Comments

BJJ Scout’s Global Report #1

Another Series in Born So I’ve been thinking about where to take this and ended up making another video … hah. The support and encouragement from the community has been … Continue reading

August 21, 2013 · 11 Comments

Positional Studies: Crossface Counters (Rodolfo v Buchecha)

What exactly started all this “Modern BJJ” jazz anyway? Somewhere along the line, BJJ went from “fundamental” attacker/defender dynamics to two “defenders” playing guard. It’s not easy to trace the … Continue reading

August 18, 2013 · 8 Comments

Rodolfo Vieira Guard Passing Study 1: Pressure Passing

Rodolfo’s Passing is a hybrid of two Philosophies Rodolfo makes an excellent subject in guard passing because of his versatility. Lighter weights often display more of the “agility/diversion” style of … Continue reading

August 18, 2013 · 9 Comments

Ronda Rousey Takedown Study: Judo in MMA

Ronda Rousey is an Elite Judoka Being the first woman from the US to ever medal at the Olympics is no small feat. Even as a pure judoka, her technique … Continue reading

July 27, 2013 · 27 Comments

Rodolfo Vieira Takedown Study Part 2: Grip Strategy and Leg Grabs

Judo tactics are closer to striking than BJJ At least in terms of the stand up portion, which is why it’s not common to see high level BJJ athletes “carry … Continue reading

July 21, 2013 · 9 Comments

Rodolfo Vieira Takedown Study Part 1: A Study of Planes

Rodolfo Vieira is an elite blackbelt competing in the pesado division. Coming up slightly earlier than Leandro Lo, he is also a BJJ sensation, with many unique aspects to his … Continue reading

July 7, 2013 · 28 Comments

Tell us what you think so far and what would you like to see next. Vote! (new poll added)

Hi, I was creating several polls all over the place to get an idea on the audience and thought it was easier to just put them on one entry. So… … Continue reading

June 16, 2013 · 29 Comments

Leandro Lo Guard Study Part 2: Primary Sweeps and Counters

In this article we look at the second sweep which makes Lo’s sweep game so dangerous and we list out his responses to opponents who “scout” him and deny him … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · 7 Comments

Tell me what you thought of Metamoris II!


June 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

Leandro Lo’s 2013 Worlds Campaign Breakdown

2-time World Champion! Leandro Lo has done it again and cements his position as the top lightweight in the world today. The field performed as expected with the slight exception … Continue reading

June 3, 2013 · 8 Comments

Leandro Lo Guard Study Part 1: DLR/Spider Hybrid Guard

In part one of a study of Lo’s guard, we look at his unique guard strategy. Lo again modifies the “conventional” with his guard play and is famous for having … Continue reading

May 25, 2013 · 29 Comments

Scouting Leandro Lo

And finally we arrive at the reason I started this website in the first place. Why “Scout”? Well, besides being the name of my favorite character in the book To … Continue reading

May 17, 2013 · 23 Comments

Leandro Lo’s DLR Guard Counters

Now that we know what Lo’s passes are, let’s now look at how he sets them up. Just like catching, throwing and tackling are techniques to be mastered in football, … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · 26 Comments

Leandro Lo v Clark Gracie Copa Podio 2013 Match Breakdown

Copa Podio Champion again! Three times in a row is no easy feat and Leandro makes it look easier every year. Amazingly despite so many of his matches being publicly … Continue reading

May 6, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Leandro Lo’s Toreando Pass Study

This article on Leandro Lo’s unique toreando pass covers the reason I started watching Leandro’s passing game in the first place. Leandro Lo makes toreando/bullfighter passing look easy doesn’t he. … Continue reading

May 5, 2013 · 22 Comments

Leandro Lo Knee Slide Study Part 2: Face Crank

In this installment we continue looking at Leandro Lo’s modified knee slide pass. As covered in Part 1, Leandro’s use of an active posting hand (rather than a crossface/sleeve grab), … Continue reading

May 5, 2013 · 20 Comments

Leandro Lo Knee Slide Study Part 1: Active Posting

Leandro Lo Pereira do Nascimento is an elite black belt competitor dominating the lightweight division in men’s BJJ. A relative new comer, the phenom burst onto the scene 2 years … Continue reading

May 4, 2013 · 28 Comments

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