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5 Americana Setups To Help You Quickly Tap Out Competitors
It's the Fourth of July in America, which means Americans will be celebrating by blowing things up, eating hot dogs and drinking domestic beer.  I am personally celebrating by submitting my training partners with the most patriotic of all submissions - the Americana! To help spread freedom,...
Expandable Batons for Self Defense: USELESS
Expandable batons are a popular self defense tool among security guards and self defense gurus. But are self defense batons a miracle tool for non-lethal defense or they an overhyped billy-club that gets trumped by a gun but overkill for non-lethal scenarios? Are expandable batons still...
4 Reasons You Absolutely MUST Train MMA Grappling For Self Defense
A large number of people begin BJJ in order to learn an effective self-defense system.  The “Gracie Challenge” videos, as well as the UFC confirm that BJJ works to consistently defeat a fully resisting opponent with less submission grappling experience.  Nevertheless, quite a few BJJ curriculums neglect...
boxing for bjj
What is Boxing? From fisticuffs to Floyd Mayweather, there is no denying that boxing has deep roots in martial arts culture.  Seen in both “gentleman’s duels” and working class bare-knuckle pub fights, boxing is the classic art of fighting with...
Distraction and misdirection are underrated concepts in BJJ. But if you go back and watch the old Gracie In Action videos, you'll see that guile has always been a part of the game. The Gracies were big on feigning front kicks to set up takedowns, or slaps to the...
If jiu-jitsu is like chess, then the mount is the "check" position. Being mounted means one person is just a few steps away from victory. And while you can stay in the mount and defend attacks, the fact that you're there often means you made a series of mistakes...
You may not own an academy, or even be an instructor. But from time to time, you're thrust into the position of BJJ coach. There could be many reasons. Maybe your coach got tied up in another match, or maybe you're coaching a friend, or a brand new student. Like...
EDIT: Adam Nadow trained at American Top Team in Longbeach, the article originally stated it was Florida. The rift between "sport" and "self defense" jiu-jitsu techniques seems more and more manufactured all the time. Last week we saw the latest example: newly belted BJJ black belt Adam Nadow was attacked just outside...
Steve Jobs, the red belt of technology, famously declared that simplicity is the highest form of sophistication. And while the technology of jiujitsu is rapidly advancing, some things seem to stand the test of time.  In many ways, no gi jiu jitsu is the ultimate return to...
Here's a fun guard that goes by a few different names. Sitting half guard, sitting guard, or the sit up guard. It's a guard that relies on hugging a standing opponent's leg. This guard is strong for off balancing an opponent for a sweep. It's a classic "your whole body...