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Far more than just being the thing that holds your brain, the head is tragically underused in BJJ. But skilled players have learned how to use the head like a third arm or leg. Conversely, if you've ever had a person use moves like, "the shoulder of justice" on...
Years ago, before I trained in BJJ, I was an avid UFC fan. I used to religiously watch "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show in it's first few seasons. In one episode Tito Ortiz was coaching a fighter during a match. He kept screaming "UNDERHOOKS!!" again and again. It was pretty...
Leg Locks - Enter the System by John Danaher If you talked to the one hundred most knowledgeable grapplers in the world and asked them, “Who would you most like to learn grappling from?” ninety-eight, ninety-nine, or maybe even all one hundred of them would give you the same answer:...
If you're like me and came up in a traditional school of jiu-jitsu, you were probably taught a couple of guard fundamentals. For passing, it was tried and true techniques like the double under-hook pass and the knee-slice pass. On the bottom, you started with closed guard. Posture control,...
Jiu-Jitsu started as a small man's game. If you've been training for more than a day, you've probably had about a dozen people tell you jiu-jitsu was made by smaller people, for smaller people. If you happen to be smaller yourself, you might feel some pressure. You're expected to be...
Guard Passing: The Art Within the Art Passing the guard is probably the most complex aspect of jiu jitsu. Basically an entire martial art in and of itself. Being in someone's guard is a very dangerous place. You have to focus on passing while also avoiding a litany of attacks...
Improve Your Open Guard Game Tonight You're officially in the open guard once your closed guard has been broken. There are a couple of strategies at your disposal once your opponent begins passing. Maintain Distance Setup sweeps Setup Submissions To keep the person from passing, you'll need to create distance with...
Winning Is a Top-Down Affair JiuJitsu is a groundwork game—that’s more than obvious. What may not be as obvious is the difference between a top and bottom strategy. Much of Jiu Jitsu (these days) seems to be focused on being on the bottom. I think it's just lazy rolling habits in...
If you are interested in improving your Jiu-Jitsu back game, (honestly), check out 'This Back System' taught by Henry Akins. Henry's back system is one of the best-selling modules available, and it's guaranteed to improve your back game or your money back (seriously). This 31-video set provides you with every hidden...
Inside The Closed Guard System
Having trouble getting caught up in your opponent's closed guard? Seriously, if you've ever been inside the closed guard of an opponent who really knows what they are doing, then you know what it feels like to battle sweeps, chokes, armbars, and triangles, in rapid succession. Never mind trying to...