Course: Blue Belt Stripe 2 Course

Lead Instructor: Ryron and Rener Gracie
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The objective of the Blue Belt Stripe 2 course is to build on the techniques you learned in the Blue Belt Stripe 1 course. Broken down into seven positional chapters, this course will teach you the next layer of highly-effective street applicable techniques as well as the essential counters to the BBS1 techniques. To explore the lessons and chapters of the Blue Belt Stripe 2 course, simply scroll down on this page.All the published Master Cycle lessons can be accessed instantly for as low as $35/month with one of our convenient subscription plans, or you can purchase any individual lessons for a one-time premium fee of $18 or as a full chapter (price varies depending on the number of lessons). To explore the content of each lesson, scroll down on this page, and to learn more about our most popular subscription programs, as well as watch sample videos from each, click here.
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Course Lessons (61)

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BBS2 Intro Class

In this intro class to Blue Belt Stripe 2, Ryron and Rener discuss Training Equipment, Recycling, Principle Ownership, and the Helio Gracie Mindset. Everything you need to know to start into BBS2. ...

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Lesson 1: Shadow Hooks (Ch1.1: Mount Controls)

We specifically designed Super Hooks to maintain mount control on an opponent who is trying to push or roll you off of them. However, if you are mounted on a highly skilled opponent who can untang...

Lesson 2: Explosive Roll Counters (Ch1.1: Mount Controls)

If mounted on an untrained opponent in a street fight, there is a 90% chance that he will turn his back and roll to his knees. If the opponent is much larger than you, it’s likely that their roll a...

Lesson 3: Modified Mount Escapes (Ch1.2: Mount Escapes)

The Elbow Escape is one of the simplest and most reliable escapes from the mount position, but it is easily nullified by a quick transition to the modified mount position. In this lesson we will te...

Lesson 4: Hip Thrust Escape (Ch1.2: Mount Escapes)

The Elbow Escape and the Trap and Roll Escape will enable you to escape from underneath most people when used in combination and with proper timing. Against more skilled opponents, these fundamenta...

Lesson 5: Neck-hug Counters (Ch1.3: Mount Submission Counters)

The Neck-hug Sequence is one of the most reliable submission sequences from the mount. Learning how to defend against this devastating submission sequence will not only enhance your survival skills...

Lesson 6: Cross Choke Counters (Ch1.3: Mount Submission Counters)

What made Grand Master Helio Gracie so special wasn’t his ability to dominate his opponents, but rather it was his ability to defend from any position. In this lesson, we will teach you the Cross C...

Lesson 7: High Mount Armlock (Ch1.4: Mount Submissions)

The High Mount Armlock is Ryron’s favorite submission from the mount. When used in combination with the Cross Choke Sequence, it’s virtually impossible to stop it. In this lesson, we will teach you...

Lesson 8: Arm Triangle (Ch1.4: Mount Submissions)

The Arm Triangle is one of the most common submissions in MMA because it is so easy to catch and doesn’t rely on the gi. In this lesson, we will teach you the three most reliable Arm Triangle setup...

Lesson 9: Shrimp Escape Prevention (Ch2.1: Side Mount Controls)

As your opponent’s skill increases, so will the challenge of maintaining control and positional advantage. A skilled opponent’s most common escape from side mount is the Shrimp Escape. You know how...

Lesson 10: Mount Transitions (Ch2.1: Side Mount Controls)

Part of controlling the side mount is knowing precisely when and how to transition to the full mount. Timing and strategy are the keys to successful transition. If you rush to mount, you will almo...

Lesson 11: Headlock Escapes 3 & 4 (Ch2.2: Side Mount Escapes)

In Gracie Combatives, you learned that headlocks are the untrained opponent’s most common form of street aggression. We taught you Headlock Escapes 1 and 2 which, when used in combination, will en...

Lesson 12: Turtle Get-up (Ch2.2: Side Mount Escapes)

From the bottom of side mount, you’ve learned several safe, reliable escapes. If you can’t find an opening, the best option is to wait patiently until your opponent gives you one. But, if the buil...

Lesson 13: Split Series (Ch2.3: Side Mount Submissions)

In side mount, your foremost objective is to control your opponent. Once in control, you can advance your position or achieve the submission. If you seek to close the deal from the side mount, you...

Lesson 14: Lapel Chokes (Ch2.3: Side Mount Submissions)

Training in the gi offers more attack options, but also requires greater awareness on defense. From the side mount, there are dozens of creative chokes that utilize the lapel of the gi and in this ...

Lesson 15: Knee on Stomach (Ch2.3: Side Mount Submissions)

Although it feels relatively unstable when you first learn it, the knee on stomach position is a highly effective control method for use against skilled opponents, especially when they are fighting...

Lesson 16: Armlock Counters (Ch2.4: SM Submission Counters)

The best submission counter strategy is to assume a safe defensive position that blunts the opponent’s attacks. If, however, your opponent is able to isolate or underhook your arm you may need to r...

Lesson 17: Lapel Choke Counters (Ch2.4: SM Submission Counters)

Understanding the lapel chokes from the side mount is the first step in surviving them. In this lesson, we’ll discuss in great detail the critical escape windows in each choke you’ve learned. As w...

Lesson 18: Hazel Counters (Ch3.1: Guard Controls)

A wrestler’s solid base and strength can present a serious challenge. In this lesson, we will show you how to counter the wrestler’s five most common attack behaviors and take control of the fight.

Lesson 19: Open Guard Connections (Ch3.1: Guard Controls)

If you’re stalled in the closed guard, you can shift to open guard to prevent the pass and create more opportunities. In this lesson, we will discuss the critical principles of connections, counter...

Lesson 20: Standing Knee Split (Ch3.2: Guard Passes)

Kneeling guard passes are better for sweep prevention but leave you more exposed to submissions. Standing guard passes are better for submission prevention, but leave you more exposed to sweeps. In...

Lesson 21: Same Side Control (Ch3.2: Guard Passes)

To master the guard, you must master the guard pass…and vice versa. A savvy jiu-jitsu practitioner can neutralize any single guard pass; but the combination of multiple guard passes are virtually ...

Lesson 22: Butterfly Guard (Ch3.2: Guard Passes)

In the BBS1 course, you learned several sweeps from the Butterfly Guard, and now it’s time to learn the counters. First, you’ll learn how to establish base and maintain control over your opponent f...

Lesson 23: Spider Guard (Ch3.2: Guard Passes)

The spider guard is one of the most difficult guards to pass because it allows your opponent to control both of your arms. In this lesson, we will discuss five highly reliable spider guard passes t...

Lesson 24: Triangle Choke (Ch3.3: Guard Submissions Counters)

As your partners get better at applying Triangles Chokes, escape using the basic counters will become more difficult. In this lesson, we will teach you three highly reliable Triangle counters that ...

Lesson 25: Lapel Chokes (Ch3.3: Guard Submission Counters)

Anytime you’re training in a gi, you must be wary of lapel chokes. In this lesson, you will learn how to counter the BBS1 course guard lapel chokes. First, we’ll teach you how to defend your neck, ...

Lesson 26: Omoplata (Ch3.4: Guard Submissions)

The Omoplata is a classic jiu-jitsu submission that has been used for three generations against opponents of all sizes. Although the omoplata’s original application is as a shoulder lock, it is m...

Lesson 27: Triangle Mastery (Ch3.4: Guard Submissions)

You can learn the triangle choke in five minutes, but it takes five years to master it. The difference between a triangle master and a novice is in the philosophy of the choke. The triangle master...

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Lesson 28: Sit-up Sweep (Ch3.5: Guard Sweeps)

The Sit-up Sweep is one of the most effective closed guard sweeps in jiu-jitsu. It’s easy to learn and 100% street applicable. In this lesson, we will teach you how to shoot the sweep directly, and...

Lesson 29: Overhead Sweep (Ch3.5: Guard Sweeps)

The Overhead Sweep is one of the coolest sweeps in jiu-jitsu. You lift your opponent over your head using both feet and then roll backwards into the mount position. In this lesson, we will teach y...

Lesson 30: X-Guard (Ch3.6: Sport Guards)

The X-guard is a very popular sport guard that can be used to destabilize and sweep much larger opponents. There are many ways to enter the X-guard and, once achieved, it gives you full control of...

Lesson 31: Basic Sweep Chain (Ch4.1: Half Guard Bottom)

In Gracie Combatives, you learned how to neutralize punches from the half guard using basic head control and punch-safe arm positioning. In the Blue Belt Stripe 1 Course, you learned how to use the...

Lesson 32: Butterfly Half Guard (Ch4.1: Half Guard Bottom)

You’ve learned to use the butterfly hook to recompose guard and to execute some basic elevator sweeps. Now, it’s time to take it to the next level. The butterfly half guard is a dynamic variation o...

Lesson 33: Tripod Pass Extras (Ch4.2: Half Guard Top)

The tripod pass is one of the simplest and most reliable ways to pass the half guard. In this lesson, we will introduce two new variations of this powerful pass that you can use to neutralize the o...

Lesson 34: Reverse Half Guard Pass (Ch4.2: Half Guard Top)

If your opponent establishes the underhook from the bottom of the half guard, you can use the basic sitting half guard procedures to neutralize their sweeps and achieve the pass. If, however, they ...

Lesson 35: Turtle Control (Ch5.1: Back Mount Controls)

Neutralizing takedowns and preventing side mount escapes will commonly place you in the top of the turtle position. In this lesson, we will teach you how to make the most of the top turtle opportun...

Lesson 36: Modified Back Mount (Ch5.1: Back Mount Controls)

Getting the back is one thing, keeping it is another. The most common back mount escape strategy you will encounter occurs when your opponent attempts to kill your bottom hook and get their hips to...

Lesson 37: Reverse Triangle (Ch5.2: Back Mount Submissions)

The triple threat position in the BBS1 course taught you how to attack the arm and the neck simultaneously in a powerful weak side attack combination. In this lesson, you will learn the third of th...

Lesson 38: Clock Choke (Ch5.2: Back Mount Submissions)

The clock choke is a powerful gi choke from the turtle position. This choke is most effective when used in combination with the turtle control strategies you learned in Lesson 35 as the fear of tip...

Lesson 39: Lapel Chokes (Ch5.3: Back Mount Submission Counters)

Having someone on your back is one of the worst places you can be in a fight. Now that you are very familiar with several back mount submissions, it’s time to improve your submission counters. In t...

Lesson 40: Turtle Escapes (Ch5.3: Back Mount Submission Counters)

We’ve already discussed the dangers of relying on the turtle position in a street fight. Still, you could find yourself in the turtle after a failed takedown or side mount escape at which point y...

Lesson 41: Butterfly Guard Setup (Ch6.1: Straight Foot Locks)

You learned the basic straight foot lock in BBS1 for use when you are having trouble passing the guard. Now, you will learn how to use foot locks from the bottom of the fight. The butterfly guard p...

Lesson 42: Standing Counter (Ch6.1: Straight Foot Locks)

The Peel Jump foot lock counter learned in BBS1 is amazing. When you can’t get your opponent’s foot off your hip, the Standing Counter comes into play. In this lesson, you’ll learn the Standard Ba...

Lesson 43: Diving Toe Hold (Ch6.2: Toe Hold Foot Locks)

Also known as the “Dragon Roll,” the Diving Toe Hold Foot Lock is one of the most spectacular and most devastating foot locks in jiu-jitsu. From within your opponent’s open guard, you can dive for ...

Lesson 44: Diving Toe Hold Counters (Ch6.2: Toe Hold Foot Locks)

The Diving Toe Hold Foot Lock is fast, effective, and scary. In this lesson, we will teach you a series of defensive measures to protect your foot if your opponent dives. First, you will learn the ...

Lesson 45: Reverse Cross Chest (RCC) Knee Lock (Ch6.3: Knee Locks)

You can apply a knee lock from almost any position in the fight. In this lesson, we will teach you how to shoot for the leg from the reverse cross chest side mount position. Once you learn the stan...

Lesson 46: RCC Knee Lock Counter (Ch6.3: Knee Locks)

Knowing the submission is vital to learning how to counter it. In this lesson, we’ll teach you three counters to the Reverse Cross Chest (RCC) Knee Lock. We’ll begin with the Quick Slip for use whe...

Lesson 47: Inverted Heel Hook (Ch6.4: Heel Hooks)

While the standard heel hook Is effective and dangerous, the inverted heel hook is even more threatening. The angle of the endangered knee makes the inverted heel hook much easier to catch. In thi...

Lesson 48: Inverted Heel Hook Counters (Ch6.4: Heel Hooks)

The inverted heel hook is the most dangerous of all heel hooks. If you don’t understand how it works, you risk suffering a serious knee injury when you get caught. Even if you do understand how it ...

Lesson 49: Single-hand Collar Grabs (Ch7.1: Front Attack Defenses)

One of the most common methods of physical intimidation is to grab someone by the collar and threaten them. In this lesson, we will teach the defenses to the four most common single-hand collar gra...

Lesson 50: Front Chokes (Ch7.1: Front Attack Defenses)

An aggressor with a great size or strength advantage commonly uses the two-handed front choke. The escape is counterintuitive, but obvious and effective once you learn it. First, we’ll teach the st...

Lesson 51: Bear Hugs (Ch7.1: Front Attack Defenses)

If someone confronts you, keep sufficient distance to avoid punches or other unpredictable attacks. If they can establish a bear hug from the front, you must quickly neutralize their control and di...

Lesson 52: Bear Hug Over Arms (Ch7.2: Rear Attack Defenses)

Surprise attacks are the most challenging street fight scenarios and none are more surprising than attacks from the rear. In this lesson, we will teach you how to defend against a bear hug from th...

Lesson 53: Bear Hug Under Arms (Ch7.2: Rear Attack Defenses)

An attacker commonly uses a bear hug to pin your arms and prevent you from defending yourself against another attacker. When the attacker hugs under your arms, it’s more likely that their intentio...

Lesson 54: Long Range Club Attacks (Ch7.3: Weapon Defenses)

In the Blue Belt Stripe 1 course, you learned to defend against a club attack from close range. If the attacker strikes from a greater distance, you need a different technique to deal with the gre...

Lesson 55: Underhand Knife Attacks (Ch7.3: Weapon Defenses)

Edged weapon attacks are so quick that some victims fail to realize they have been cut or punctured even after receiving multiple wounds. In this lesson, we explain “pattern recognition” and how y...

Lesson 56: Tucked Gun Attacks (Ch7.3: Weapon Defenses)

The most dangerous gun defense techniques are those that are attempted when the gun is beyond reach. In this lesson, we will address a scenario in which the bad guy has a gun tucked near his body a...

Lesson 57: Single Leg Takedowns (Ch7.4: Clinch/Takedowns)

The single leg takedown is one of the simplest and most effective takedowns against a larger opponent. The theory behind the single leg is that you are fighting half of your opponent’s weight, bala...

Lesson 58: Single Leg Counters (Ch7.4: Clinch/Takedowns)

As with the double leg takedown counter, the most important defensive measure against a single leg is the strong sprawl. If your opponent grabs one of your legs, you can still prevent them from fin...

Lesson 59: Over-Under Takedowns (Ch7.4: Clinch/Takedowns)

There is a 90% chance that the fight will end up on the ground, but there is a 100% chance that it will start standing. When you seek to clinch on an opponent who has some grappling knowledge, it m...

Lesson 60: Advanced Clinch Entries (Ch7.4: Clinch/Takedowns)

Every time your opponent attempts to punch you in the face, they enter your clinching range. The optimal clinch entry varies according to the type of punch. In this lesson, we will examine the thre...


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Ryron and Rener Gracie

Gracie University Chief Instructors

Ryron and Rener Gracie are the eldest grandsons of Grand Master Helio Gracie, the creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Their father is Rorion Gracie, one of the world’s foremost experts in self-defense. In 1993, Rorion created the Ultimate Fighting Championship to showcase the supremacy of the family’s self-defense system in a realistic “no holds barred” confrontation against all comers. Rorion’s younger brother, Royce, won 3 of the first 4 UFC tournaments proving that the leverage-based techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu provided the most reliable way to defeat a larger, more athletic opponent. Ryron and Rener were born into this family tradition of testing the art against all challengers.

Rorion introduced his sons to the art as soon as they could walk. As children, they watched him teach private classes in their garage in Southern California. But, it wasn’t until they observed their father and uncles – Royce, Rickson, and Royler – easily winning challenge matches that they began to comprehend fully the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Even more important, Ryron and Rener recognized the profound impact the family’s art had on all who studied it. The life changing transformations of Gracie University students motivated the brothers to teach the art. While constantly perfecting their physical techniques, they worked equally hard to master the powerfully effective instruction methods developed by their forbearers. In 2003, Grand Master Helio Gracie awarded Ryron and Rener black belts in recognition of their mastery of his unique techniques and teaching methodologies.

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