Category Archive: Techniques

I'm going to share some technique with you. Hopefully you'll find something that it is helpful.

Oct 04

The beginning of an endless chain of technique


Imagine a puzzle that has no defined shape. You can add a countless amount of pieces to it, but it will never be complete. All you can do is form little structures or images in the mass. That’s Jiu-jitsu. It’s endless. But learning how to start piecing it together is one of the most valuable …

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Sep 12

Give em a choice between a rock and a hard place


The transitions were fast and furious. And sweat was pouring on the mat. Suddenly, there was an almost pass. He cleared the legs and was fighting to stabilize the position. But then it happened… Woosh, a quick transition led to a new position, and the action slowed down. The guy on top couldn’t escape. He …

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Sep 01

Hope still exists even when the underhook has been lost


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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Aug 09

Stacked on your head in the armbar no more


For me, the closed guard armbar is the submission that I love most. Not because it’s easy though (there are a lot of submissions that are easier for me). It’s actually the complete opposite. I love it because it’s so difficult. Almost everyone recognizes the threat early and defends powerfully. And many times, I’ve lost …

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Aug 08

I have a preference for stupid simple solutions


On top of half guard, you have the underhook, and your position is dominant. All should be right with the world. The pass should be inevitable, and your opponent should be sweating bullets, worrying about how they’re going to reverse the situation. Alas! It’s not always the case. Sometimes they do something annoying. They lock …

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Jun 06

Flowing between closed guard attacks like a magician


In Jiu-jitsu, there are several techniques that you’re likely to learn early on, no matter where you train. One of them is the cross choke from closed guard. And it’s effective at all levels. But there’s a problem. Almost everyone learns it. That increases the chance that the threat will be recognized and addressed early. …

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