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June 2017

The New BJJ Observer Gi!

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BJJ Observer Jacket and Pants

Something I have been wanting to do for awhile which is finally here.  A simple, clean, and stylish gi. There’s a lot of great gis out there.  However, I have difficulty justifying the cost for what you get. Let me back up a minute. I started off with a HCK gi back in the early 2000’s.  It IS heavy and tough!  Remember I said IS.  It still exists 10 years later and probably on its last legs.  It costed $45.  One of the best investments ever made. Now an average tough gi costs around $110.  You can find cheaper gis,…

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Control The Grips To Control The Game

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Grips are so so important.  Yes, double “so”. Grips can dictate who win a match.  From standing, grips can setup takedowns.  From the bottom, grips can setup guard passes, sweeps, pressure, and position control. The emphasis is, take control of the grips to have the advantage. Controlling grips does not necessarily mean your grips have to make it there first.  It also means controlling your opponent’s grips.  Learn how to break grips. Breaking grips is an important aspect.  When you remove your opponent’s grip, you have taken away a part of his game.  What better way of understanding this is to show…

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Injuries Are A Great Time To Learn

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Injuries suck. In our sport, injuries are going to happen.  You may get wear and tear on a joint(s) or (hopefully not) something more severe as a broken bone.  However, you should remember you can still train, sort of. You may not be able to perform the moves in class, but you should still show up.  This becomes a great time to watch your classmates and analyze.  See if you can see holes in their game and see if you have the same issues.  In addition, try to see if there are openings for sweeps or submissions your teammate is…

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Crosstraining with BJJ

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There’s a saying that someone with only technique can beat someone with strength but someone with strength and technique can beat the one with only technique.  Which is why you have probably seen training footage of professional jiu jitsu competitors doing crossfit, olympic lifting, rock climbing, and other programs outside of Jiu Jitsu.  In short, adding other strength training activities is beneficial for your BJJ game. However you have to be mindful about your body when lifting heavy one day then sparring the next.  Your body may not respond as quickly or be sore from the previous workout.  Remember to adjust…

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Guard Pulls and 50/50 Bonanza at Worlds 2017

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This year’s Worlds was pretty exciting and highlighted some techniques to be aware of.  I don’t know if it’s because I like to play the guard and have had too many knee injuries, but I noticed a lot of guard pulls and 50/50 going on. With that said, if you are new to competing or plan on competing in bigger tournaments, you must drill dealing with guard pulls and 50/50.  If you are a fan of both, you probably are already practicing them.  If you are not, learn how to prevent them or shut it down.  Caio Terra has a good…

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