May 20

The Benefits of Competition

The Benefits of Competition

Considering the nature of this site, the focus will be on Brazilian Jiu-jitsu competition, but the concepts can be applied across the spectrum. I’m going to highlight some of the benefits you can attain if you just go out there, compete, and do it often. Improves Your Ability to Maintain Calm in Adverse Situations Now …

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Mar 26

Review of Jacare’s BJJ Instructional

Cover Art for the Instructional

I’ve had this set for awhile now but it wasn’t until recently that I actually sat down and watched it all. I wish I had done so earlier since there is a lot of great technique on it. The instructional is split into four parts, which include takedowns, guard passes, submissions, and sweeps. Some of …

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Mar 23

Thought Process on Teaching Private Lessons

The goal is simple. It involves two primary parts. The first is to clearly establish with the student what they want to accomplish in the session, and then help them achieve that goal to the best degree possible in the time frame available. Now of those two parts, the second tends to be one that …

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Mar 22

Vince Quitugua’s Lost Techniques Of The Half Guard

Cover Art for the Lost Techniques of the Half Guard

I first studied this instructional a few years ago, and the only things that stuck with me were the London and Golden Gate sweeps in their basic forms. Now that I have more knowledge to associate with the material,  I can appreciate how much more great technique is available on the Lost Techniques. The instructional …

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Mar 18

An Ever Growing List of Meaningful Quotes That You Can Apply

Meaningful Quotes

Updated: January 8th, 2014 I want to share something on the motivation side of things. It’s simply a compilation of various incredibly meaningful quotes that I was exposed to as a result of being a member of Evolve Academy. I am only pulling these quotes from the Evolve newsletters. It will be updated over time. If you’re …

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Mar 15

Paragon BJJ: Secrets of Our Success Instructional Review


Secrets of Our Success is unique in that it is like a collection of mini instructionals instead of just one. When you watch it, you get a lot of different perspectives on one DVD. Now since each of the Paragon elite are showing their favorite techniques, it can seem a little disorganized. Just understand that …

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Mar 13

Abu Dhabi World Pro 2012 Trials – Third Attempt


There were four tickets to Abu Dhabi out of North America that I could have won. I made every effort to succeed at three of the trials, and I would have tried for the fourth too. Unfortunately, I hear that it’s not quite possible to be in two places at once. Damn…. Anyway, let’s focus …

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Mar 05

Abu Dhabi World Pro 2012 Trials – Second Attempt

+92KG Podium

Some time has past since my last attempt to win the opportunity to compete in Abu Dhabi again, but I am still committed to the goal. So far I’ve competed in San Antonio and just recently I was in Montreal in pursuit of the same goal. The trip up to Canada  was relatively uneventful except …

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Mar 04

Royler Gracie’s Competition Tested Techniques Set


Competition Tested Techniques is like no other instructional that I have ever seen. I say that not because of the techniques, which are undeniably great, but because of the format, which is quite unique. First of all, every technique demonstrated is preceded by footage of Royler Gracie applying the technique or close to it in …

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Feb 19

Short Term Competition Goals

Within the next few months, there is a short list of tournaments that I really want to win. So I’ve been focused on two things in order to succeed. First of all, preparing myself mentally and physically so that I can perform to the best of my ability, and secondly, just physically getting to the …

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Jan 30

The Ever So Elusive 2012 Abu Dhabi Pro NY Trials

Abu Dhabi Pro Trials NY

Originally, this tournament was scheduled for November 5-6 in 2011. Even from the very beginning though, details were hard to track down. Soon enough, it was clear that the NY Trials just would not happen on that date. For a time, I would often surf the web, hoping to find some information here and there, …

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Jan 30

IBJJF Europeans 2012 Experience

Team Photo

When it comes to competition, I have a blueprint for the major tournaments that I want to do in 2012. On that list, the IBJJF Europeans is on the very first line. Now the main obstacle that stood in my path was financial, and it is entirely probable that I wouldn’t have made it if …

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Dec 22

Just Discovered a Great Resource for BJJ Partner Drills

Faixa Preta Series Volume 1 180 Partner Drills

I have a high level of interest in partner drills because they are undeniably useful in developing both skill and conditioning. In addition,  once you get the hang of them the drills can be quite fun. So they can serve as a good distraction from the fact that you are doing work, and that’s always great. Now …

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Dec 04

Abu Dhabi World Pro 2012 Trials – First Attempt

+202 Purple Belt

Earlier this year, I won the trip to go to Abu Dhabi for the 2011 World Pro Tournament. It was a incredible experience, but I didn’t accomplish what I wanted to accomplish. I competed in three different divisions while I was there, and each time I ran into the same obstacle. His name was Luke …

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Nov 16

Breaking the Limits We Place on Ourselves

I stumbled on this video earlier today, and it was interesting. It’s a clip from a movie that I’d never heard of before now called Facing the Giants, but it just exemplifies a concept for achieving success. It’s the idea that you never know what you can truly do until you try wholeheartedly. We place …

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Nov 12

Developing the Hook Game for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

For many years, I had a lot of trouble sitting on my heels. So that was a range of flexibility I just didn’t have. It’s only recently that I started figuring out what contributes to that specific range of motion, and now I’m rectifying  the situation. Thus, the hook game is opening up to me, …

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Oct 24

Reflection on my Skill Set and Tendencies

Personal Assessment: Strengths – Mobile on the ground Good understanding of basic guard concepts Relatively flexible Decent guard recovery Decent conceptual understanding of the triangle and armbar Good at applying the ezekiel choke from mount with or without the Gi Conceptual understanding of top and bottom half guard Ever-increasing effectiveness with the arm drag Weaknesses …

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Oct 20

Thinking about the Importance of Isolating Movements

I experiment a lot, and lately I’ve been thinking about how to teach technique better. I’ve tried various ideas, but I keep coming back to one in particular. It stems from the understanding that technique is formed from the fusion of concept and movement. Of those two components though, one is harder to teach to …

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Oct 15

Success at the No-Gi Pan……Finally

The No-Gi Pan was the first IBJJF tournament I ever competed in. The year was 2008, and I was a white belt at the time. There were no white belt divisions though, so I went in as a blue belt. In the first match, I lost. I got taken down in the first few seconds …

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