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 12

Give em a choice between a rock and a hard place

bjjhardplace

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 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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Aug 09

Stacked on your head in the armbar no more

armbar2

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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