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Every school has its way of doing things when it comes to warm-ups. Some schools do vigorous calisthenics, some practice tumbling, and movement, and others flow roll until they're warm. While all of these have their merit, it's not uncommon for the routine to grow stale. A good way to...
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    Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Matt Mizell, Chief Instructor of Evolution Training Academy in Bakersfield, CA How often have you been watching a movie or television show, and that one epic fight scene comes on and you think, “Wow, I wish I could do that”?...
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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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 simplicity in...
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...
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:...
Craig Jones, the BJJ phenom who almost submitted the King, Gordan Ryan earlier this year at EBI has launched a training series titled, "The Triangle Machine". Become a triangle wizard! Know exactly what needs to be done to set up and finish the triangle choke, every single time. Craig Jones...
The eldest sons of Rorion Gracie continue to have a strong internet presence and some innovative ideas. The latest is a four part "video seminar" which they are releasing every few weeks. Each video focuses on an aspect of their signature self defense style of jiu jitsu. The latest part...
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Getting Tapped is Part of the Process My first few months of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu were like most people's: they kinda sucked. New students sparred from day one, usually against other new students. It was a military town, with a lot of young, tough men coming through. We literally had a...
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a groundwork game—that’s more than obvious. What may not be as obvious is the difference between a top and bottom strategy in BJJ. Dominating top positions such as the BJJ mount is a must for all serious grappling martial artists Much of Jiu Jitsu (these days) seems...