Dec 21

Debate on What Defines an Advanced Technique

Recently, on the site’s Facebook page, I had the opportunity to have a philosophical debate with Josh Vogel about Jiu-jitsu. It started in response to a post about curriculums, and the topic focused on how basic and advanced techniques are defined and if such a dividing line exists at all. With Josh’s consent, I’ve included …

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Dec 02

A Conceptual Blueprint for Preparing to Teach

If you teach or want to teach, you have to do more than just regurgitate information. The best instructors create experiences that are rarely forgotten. You might’ve even had such experiences yourself, especially if you’ve been training for a good amount of time. It’s in those moments when you pay absolute attention because you made …

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Sep 09

Aiming to be in a Constant State of Evolution

Updated: September 30, 2014 There is a wealth of knowledge out there.  The difficulty lies in finding what’s relevant to you. What helps me is recommendations. People tell me about books (that’s why I just read the Aladdin Factor right now, for example). I see them written about in other books, or hear about them …

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Sep 26

Notes from Nic Gregoriades’ Seminar at First State BJJ

If you desire knowledge, you must seek it out. That is a simple principle, and I believe it. That’s why I spent over five hours driving to and from Nic’s seminar. I gained some knowledge from that experience, and I’m going to share it with you. First, I’m going to give you an overview of …

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Sep 16

Shrimping Ain’t Easy (But Perfecting It Will Boost Your Skills)

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Shrimping is one of the first movements you learn in Jiu-jitsu. It’s also often included in warmups in gyms all across the world. You’re told how important it is but it is often hard to see the relevance in the beginning. The movement also doesn’t come naturally to everyone. In fact, I remember struggling with …

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Sep 11

Making the No-Gi Ezekiel Choke Effective

When I was a white belt, I was often paired up with a brown belt at Evolve, who was known for his brutal ezekiel chokes. It didn’t matter the position or the situation, it was always a threat, and I lost count of how many times I tapped. I consider that a formative experience because …

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Sep 10

A New Way to Look at the Near Arm for Control and Passing

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How often do you find yourself elevating your opponent’s near elbow when passing the guard or maintaining side control? If you’re like me, the answer is a lot, but how significant is it? Where does it rank in the hierarchy of control mechanisms? I wanted to discover the answers to those questions, so I started …

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Aug 29

The Fatboy Triangle Finish (It Will Make Your Triangles More Lethal)

Several years ago, I learned this technique from Roberto Torralbas during a seminar he taught at Crazy 88. It was immediately relevant to me since I compete at Ultra Heavy, and I ran into a lot of guys who had no respect for triangles. I wanted to change that. If you’ve ever had the desire to …

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