BJJ Canvas | Focused on Creativity and Learning http://www.bjjcanvas.com Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:25:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Speed is the eternal enemy of perfection http://www.bjjcanvas.com/speed-is-the-enemy/ http://www.bjjcanvas.com/speed-is-the-enemy/#respond Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:48:33 +0000 http://www.bjjcanvas.com/?p=6383 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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Give em a choice between a rock and a hard place http://www.bjjcanvas.com/choice-between-rock-and-hard-place/ http://www.bjjcanvas.com/choice-between-rock-and-hard-place/#respond Mon, 12 Sep 2016 18:48:12 +0000 http://www.bjjcanvas.com/?p=6375 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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Severing the gordian knot with one broad stroke http://www.bjjcanvas.com/severing-the-gordian-knot-with-one-broad-stroke/ http://www.bjjcanvas.com/severing-the-gordian-knot-with-one-broad-stroke/#respond Mon, 05 Sep 2016 00:28:40 +0000 http://www.bjjcanvas.com/?p=6354 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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Hope still exists even when the underhook has been lost http://www.bjjcanvas.com/hope-still-exists-even-underhook-lost/ http://www.bjjcanvas.com/hope-still-exists-even-underhook-lost/#respond Thu, 01 Sep 2016 22:33:42 +0000 http://www.bjjcanvas.com/?p=6341 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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Stacked on your head in the armbar no more http://www.bjjcanvas.com/stacked-on-your-head-in-the-armbar-no-more/ http://www.bjjcanvas.com/stacked-on-your-head-in-the-armbar-no-more/#respond Tue, 09 Aug 2016 13:28:16 +0000 http://www.bjjcanvas.com/?p=6290 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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I have a preference for stupid simple solutions http://www.bjjcanvas.com/stupid-simple-lockdown-pass/ http://www.bjjcanvas.com/stupid-simple-lockdown-pass/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2016 23:32:34 +0000 http://www.bjjcanvas.com/?p=6292 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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