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 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

What Are 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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Oct 03

Why Thinking about the Critical Point Can Help You

Find the Critical Points in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Recently, I was introduced to the concept of critical points in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Josh Vogel wrote an article where he discussed his thought process on the concept. It made me think. You should check out his article as well because I am going to approach the concept from a slightly different angle. When is the …

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Aug 28

How to Apply Think and Grow Rich Concepts to BJJ

How to Apply Think and Grow Rich Concepts to BJJ

 was highly recommended to me. So I read once, I read it twice, and then I read several chapters over again. Now I’m going to take those 13 concepts of success and apply them to BJJ. First, let’s start off by listing the thirteen principles: Desire Faith Auto-Suggestion Specialized Knowledge Imagination Organized Planning Decision Persistence Power …

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