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There’s no reason jiu jitsu players can’t look like Greek gods. Just take a look at any number of the top competitors. Many look like they could fit in at a bodybuilding competition just as well as they do at a tournament. Just remember, though, that these athletes aren’t...
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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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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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The heel hook is one of the top submissions in No-Gi BJJ. Historically, heel hooks have been frowned upon in traditional Jiu-Jitsu circles. However, they are now part and parcel of modern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This article breaks down everything you need to know about heel hooks, including what they are,...
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...
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...