Category Archive: Concepts

This section is all about concepts that can be applied to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. If you understand the concept, you can create the methods.

Nov 20

How to make your triangle chokes more vicious

triangle

It happened again. Someone told me that they weren’t built for triangles. How can this be!? I know I shouldn’t be surprised. I’ve heard it often enough. It matters not! I’m still annoyed. Why? Because being shorter and stockier is no excuse for not developing a vicious triangle. There is more than one way to …

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Oct 31

Open guard principles that will help simplify the game

kenarm

Right now, if I held up a hand and starting counting out open guard positions with my fingers, I would run out of room in an instant. There’s a lot of them! It’s glorious. Countless people are on the mats every day, innovating and brainstorming. They’re expanding the game. And it presents both a challenge …

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Oct 03

Structures are built and they are demolished

marineford_destruction

One of the ways that I like to teach certain techniques is by showing the exact change in position that breaks an opponent’s structure and weakens them in the position. Seeing it action makes the technical lesson more vivid, and it also becomes easier to apply the concept to other aspects of the game. A …

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Sep 14

Speed is the eternal enemy of perfection

wenart_turtle-race

Let me tell you about a curious phenomenon. I can look at someone drilling a technique and know whether or not they will reap the maximum benefit from the experience. It has nothing to do with the technical mechanics of their movements though and everything to do with their level of focus. And it’s a …

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Sep 04

Severing the gordian knot with one broad stroke

GordianKnot

According to legend, Alexander the Great was once faced with a problem that seemed intractable. In the year 333 B.C. he marched into the Phrygian capital of Gordium in modern Turkey. And within the city, there was a prophecy. It foretold the conquest of all of Asia by any man who could succeed in unraveling an …

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Sep 01

Hope still exists even when the underhook has been lost

nounderhook

Just another day playing half guard, and it happens. You lose the underhook. And then the guy proceeds to smash you without any mercy at all. Where is the consideration? It’s supposed to be the gentle art. But noooo. There’s nothing gentle about the pressure that’s raining on your chin. It sucks. I know. I’ve been there …

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