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.

Oct 30

The Five Commandments of the Underhook Half Guard

In Jiu-jitsu, there is a hierarchy of positions and everything is interconnected. It all forms a complex web with many different paths to any destination. Within that system of multiple possibilities, there is the half guard. It is unique. Half is the one position where you can get anywhere else within one or two steps. No …

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Oct 16

How You Can Maximize Your Benefit from Beyond Technique

Beyond Technique Instructional

Many others have already reviewed Beyond Technique, so I won’t follow that well trod path. Instead the focus is on how you can maximize the benefit you receive from watching it. The tips are simple, but I’ll give you examples of how I have followed my own advice. The goal is to make the material in the instructional …

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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 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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Jul 27

3 Concepts to Focus on When Passing Half Guard

In a few weeks, I’m going to be teaching a seminar at Ground Control on passing half guard, so I am in the process of planning and organizing the class structure. My ideal process is always to start with the concepts and then teach techniques that demonstrate how those concepts can be exploited. As I …

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Jun 11

Reflection on The True Basics of the Half Guard

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Think about that question for a moment because there is room for debate. Right this minute, you can look around and you’ll find many different examples of how the position should be played. Like with almost everything in Jiu-jitsu, half guard is an expression of a person’s own unique insight and focus. So often there …

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