Category: Reflection

My personal thoughts about various subjects related to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

Jan 21

A straight up ridiculous grip

Almost two years ago, I attended one of Renato Tavares’ seminars. And on that day, he brought a special guest. It was a guy whose name you probably won’t know. His name isn’t often written on the web, and he’s no darling of social media. (If you want to look him up though, his name …

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Dec 02

An one handed loop of doom

At a certain point, one of my teammates made a significant change in her game. She stopped going for armbars in closed guard. Why? It’s because she kept running into hyper flexible women in tournaments. She would get the arm across, establish good angle and then shoot the hips up, but yet still it would …

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Nov 28

Failure was an absolute certainty

Recently, I started re-reading Mindset by Carol Dweck. It’s one of my favorite books in the world, and I consider it to be required reading for anyone who is serious about excelling in anything. In fact, I would even rank it significantly above the Inner Game of Tennis, which is a damn fine book as …

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Nov 27

Lesson learned from playing on the bad side

Over the last few days, I’ve been making a conscious effort to drill and play half guard on my bad side. As a result, I’ve had a revelation about the mechanics of the tilt. I realized that there was a way to magnify the force generated in the sweep. One that I simply hadn’t been …

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Nov 14

The curse of triangle orthodoxy

Not that many years ago, the most common methodology for finishing the triangle required that you lift your hips, pass the arm across, and pull down on the head. It was gospel. Hell, you can even say that it was orthodoxy. If you did it any other way, you were dead wrong. But hidden in …

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