Dec 27

Taking a Step Back and Focusing on the Jiu-jitsu Fundamentals

Listen: I’m a conceptual learner, and one thing I realized early is that technique is formed from fusing concept and movement. That seems like such a simple idea. In fact, you’re probably saying, “ahh, that’s obvious”. For me though, it was revolutionary. It changed how I thought about technique. And it had a significant effect on …

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Dec 14

The Importance of Starting with the Smallest Step Forward

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At a certain time, and in a place far from here, a man stood in front of a massive pillar of concrete. It towered high into the sky. Immense. Heavy. Immovable. But he had to do the impossible. The tower had to fall, and he had to be the one to do it, no assistance …

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Dec 06

4 Effective Side Control Escapes All White Belts Should Know

I wish I knew side control escapes right now

“I can’t breathe. He’s too heavy. This sucks. I need space.” All those thoughts and more go through your mind when you’re trapped under side control. It’s rough. Especially when you’re rolling with someone who understands pressure. They know how to make you feel every last bit of discomfort. They know how to make you …

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Nov 21

Three Basic Armbar Drills That Must Be Learned

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Every technique begins with movement. And even the most basic technique isn’t always easily learned. It takes time to develop the correct movement because Jiu-jitsu is so different than most common activities. That’s the reason why drills exist. They allow us to isolate specific movements and repeat them over and over again until they’re mastered. That’s …

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Sep 20

The Fundamental Laws of the Triangle Choke

One of the biggest issues beginners face when learning the triangle choke is locking their legs in the proper way.That’s especially true when physical attributes hinder the process like when you have shorter legs. There are ways to work around that issue though, and when you learn how, the fundamental laws of the choke will be …

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Jun 21

Technique Brainstorms – Armbar, Triangle and Canto Strangle

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Last week at Randori, we set a drilling challenge for the students. They had to perform at least 100 armbars from closed guard outside of class. It’s a high goal but interesting things happen when you aim high. That was true in my case. I joined in on the challenge, and to make it more fun …

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