Category Archive: Concepts

This section is all about concepts that can be applied to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. If you understand the concept, you can create the methods.

Jan 14

When the abominable snowman roams, no bunny is safe

One of the things that I harp about all the time (and I have no problem being obnoxious about it too) is that you don’t need to know all the moves in the world. Quantity just doesn’t matter as much as quality, and quality stems first from a firm understanding of principles. Hell, sometimes just …

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Jan 02

Side control micro battles 101

Following up: I still see people struggle with escaping from side control. It’s understandable. You’re at a disadvantage. The position is inferior, and you have to deal with weight and a limited range of movement. That’s why you have to give yourself every advantage. Easy to say, but how do you do it? Ahh, that’s …

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Dec 11

Covert mission deep into side control escape territory

Here’s a little something for the conceptual minded. It’s all the best things I ever learned about escaping from side control. Be warned though. It’s not technical. I’m not going to show you some magical move that works all the time against everyone even when they outweigh you by 200 pounds or more. No, instead …

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Nov 20

How to make your triangle chokes more vicious

Four essential sweeps for closed guard

  It happened again. Someone told me that they weren’t built for triangles. How can this be!? I know I shouldn’t be surprised. I’ve heard it often enough. It matters not! I’m still annoyed. Why? Because being shorter and stockier is no excuse for not developing a vicious triangle. There is more than one way …

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Oct 31

Open guard principles that will help simplify the game

Right now, if I held up a hand and starting counting out open guard positions with my fingers, I would run out of room in an instant. There’s a lot of them! It’s glorious. Countless people are on the mats every day, innovating and brainstorming. They’re expanding the game. And it presents both a challenge …

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Oct 03

Structures are built and they are demolished

  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. …

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