Oct 27

Books that Focus on Improving Your Communication Skills

Reading to be one of the best investments that you can make for yourself. My conviction is strong when it comes to that belief, and that’s why more and more of my time has been devoted to reading. There is also always a possibility that I might read a book that someone else might need in their …

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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 26

Notes from Nic Gregoriades’ Seminar at First State BJJ

If you desire knowledge, you must seek it out. That is a simple principle, and I believe it. That’s why I spent over five hours driving to and from Nic’s seminar. I gained some knowledge from that experience, and I’m going to share it with you. First, I’m going to give you an overview of …

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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 11

Making the No-Gi Ezekiel Choke Effective

When I was a white belt, I was often paired up with a brown belt at Evolve, who was known for his brutal ezekiel chokes. It didn’t matter the position or the situation, it was always a threat, and I lost count of how many times I tapped. I consider that a formative experience because …

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Sep 10

A New Way to Look at the Near Arm for Control and Passing

neararmcontrol

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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