Tag Archive: bjj

Apr 18

Triangles, triangles oh boy

Earlier today, I taught a seminar at Randori on how to improve your finish rate with triangles, and this post is about what was covered. Overview The seed of innovation lies in the deep understanding of fundamentals. That’s why we looked at the triangle from a variety of angles in order to create that seed. …

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Nov 26

Grip like a world champion

In competition, all matches start on the feet, and it’s illegal to pull without contact. That means that the grip battle is an element of every match. It’s also happens to be an area of study that is often neglected. I know I’ve neglected it, but there’s no time like the present to rectify that. …

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Nov 24

An overview of three recent seminars

Recently, I had the opportunity to teach three seminars in three different states within a week. I’m extremely grateful, and that’s the primary reason behind this post. It’s a review of what was covered, but it will also contain conceptual lessons for all enthusiasts of our art. If that sounds interesting to you, this is what …

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Nov 02

What Alexandre Paiva can teach us about brazilian jiu-jitsu

When we started Jiu-jitsu, many of us knew nothing. The only arts that are similar are wrestling and judo, but everyone doesn’t have that background. Without that, we’re left with watching MMA or Army Combatives as common conduits of grappling knowledge. What about the person who has none of that? What if they just happened to …

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Oct 30

The five commandments of the underhook half guard

In Jiu-jitsu, there is a hierarchy of positions and everything is interconnected. It all forms a complex web with many different paths to any destination. Within that system of multiple possibilities, there is the half guard. It is unique. Half is the one position where you can get anywhere else within one or two steps. No …

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Dec 21

Debate on What Defines an Advanced Technique

Recently, on the site’s Facebook page, I had the opportunity to have a philosophical debate with Josh Vogel about Jiu-jitsu. It started in response to a post about curriculums, and the topic focused on how basic and advanced techniques are defined and if such a dividing line exists at all. With Josh’s consent, I’ve included …

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