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Featured Image: Lucas Lepri vs Roger Gracie by John Lamonica. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. You probably often hear that BJJ is a martial art requiring no athleticism, strength, or flexibility to be effective. BJJ can certainly be used to offset the athleticism of an opponent by superior technique. Nevertheless, improving your flexibility...
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Are you tired of being in a top position only to get stifled by an opponent’s tough BJJ guard?  Perhaps you’re on the verge of passing guard yet find yourself on your back – or worse - tapping out in the next second.  Passing the guard is among the...
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You’ve undoubtedly heard your coach railing about the importance of posture. Particularly when you end up in an opponent’s closed guard, maintaining good posture is vital to avoid the most common closed guard attacks. In his closed guard seminar, BJJ black belt Henry Akin’s breaks down the most important aspects...
Henry Akins Cross Grip Defense
Having someone on your back is arguably one of the worst positions in BJJ. You are very vulnerable to chokes and you cannot even see your opponent. Furthermore, unlike attacks from other positions, your opponent does not need to sacrifice much control to launch incredibly effective submission attempts. Nevertheless,...
With the virtually infinite number of BJJ techniques available, you can easily feel overwhelmed when deciding where to focus your efforts.  Despite the rush to learn the flashiest submissions, most old school wisdom in BJJ recommends focusing on survival and escapes during the early phases of BJJ training. Even for...
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Submitting your opponent is the ultimate victory in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  If you read our last article on the fundamental positions in BJJ, you probably understand our guiding philosophy.  Old-school fundamental BJJ wins fights.  In fact, many of the ‘basic’ submissions you learn as a white belt will be submissions...
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When it comes to BJJ fundamentals and ‘basic’ positions, the old school masters have it down.  The rise of flashy new techniques and social media highlights often leads to new practitioners overlooking basic BJJ. Don’t get us wrong, we are all for learning leg locks and advanced transitions.  Nevertheless, returning...
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For more of us who do BJJ, side control submissions are a pain in the ass.  Whether you are in gi or no gi side control, the submission options are actually somewhat limited. Particularly in no gi, submitting from these positions will require detailed knowledge of a few good submissions. ...
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If you keep up with the BJJ metagame, you know that BJJ leg locks are ‘in’ and here to stay.  Particularly in no gi BJJ, leg locks are a prominent technique in both points rules, submission only, and MMA.  Originally, leglocks were frowned upon in mainstream BJJ competition.  However,...
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If you had to name the number one thing that separates Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from other grappling arts, the depth of the basic BJJ guard positions should make the top of your list.  Many of the top submissions and positions in grappling are not unique to BJJ.  However, the ability...