In this course I'm going to show you guys a few different ways to finish the ankle lock, including a sneaky toe hold that doesn't look like a toe hold, as well as a passing series that I use off of the ankle lock position. This passing series can be used outside of the realm of passing off of an ankle lock, so I think that it stands on it's own as a useful course just on passing. It does however fit in quite well with the ankle lock position, and this passing chain is one that I use regularly. I hope you guys enjoy the course!
Head instructor Seph Smith has been training martial arts since February 2001. Originally from Richmond, Seph moved away from the city in 2005 to pursue jiu jitsu at a higher level. In 2008, he joined his coach Ryan Hall at Hall’s new gym, Fifty/50, in Northern Virginia, where Seph worked as the assistant head instructor. Seph was the first person to receive a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Ryan Hall. In 2015, Seph returned to his hometown to pursue his career-long dream of opening a gym in Richmond. An accomplished competitor at the local, regional, and national level with considerable tournament experience in jiu jitsu and submission grappling, Seph has also competed successfully in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) where he held a regional title belt in the WKA organization. Seph is a 2011 IBJJF Pan American Silver Medalist (brown belt Masters 1 division) and a NAGA Superfight Champion in addition to many, many titles at the Advanced No-Gi level in regional tournaments. In the past few years, he has been highly successful in the local circuit.
More than just a competitor, Seph brings with him to Upstream BJJ Academy extensive experience and knowledge of coaching, personal training, and curriculum design. He has trained with some of the top practitioners in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, constantly seeking out new information and techniques to incorporate into his game and share with his students. Seph specializes in fostering a friendly environment based on positive reinforcement and promoting a strong work ethic that is welcoming to people of all athletic backgrounds. He is a passionate instructor who prides himself on being able to help his students build confidence in themselves and their skills as they reach their fitness and martial arts goals, whatever they may be.
Some of Seph’s Accomplishments Include:
• 2012 Montreal Fight for Charity Superfight Champion
• 2011 IBJJF Pan American Championship Masters Brown Belt Silver Medalist
• 2011 UFC Fan Expo Toronto Brown Belt Absolute Champion
• 2009 NAGA Superfight Champion
• 2009 The Good Fight: “Dogfight In Dover” Pro Lightweight Champion
• Former WKA East Coast Regional Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Title Holder
• Multiple time Beltsville Judo Champion
• Referee For Multiple Grappling Tournament Circuits (Grapplers Quest, US Grappling, et al)