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July 2017

Opinion of Roger Gracie vs Buchecha

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This was a fun match to watch.  Two high level, strong, and heavy competitors demonstrating technique and reminding us some fundamentals to practice. Even though Buchecha lost, there is no disagreement that he is a top level competitor.  It just happens to be that Roger Gracie was that much better on Sunday.  Roger had the technique and cardio to defend the takedowns and control Buchecha’s legs while on the ground.  However, there was one thing I was surprised Buchecha didn’t do.  Protect his neck. My opinion is Buchecha rarely gets his back taken.  Again, just my opinion.  I don’t know…

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The Armbar From Anywhere?

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The title is a bit misleading, however, is the armbar more available than we realize? I’ve been watching clips of Marcelo Garcia and Giva Santana, and they are catching armbars (or armlocks) from the not so usual places. Marcelo is known for many things.  One of them being the butterfly guard.  He has a setup or counter when his opponent bases out from the hook sweep.  He’ll take the arm thats extended and pin the wrist to his neck then use his arms on the opponent’s elbow to finish the move. Giva…well is just Giva.  He’s the arm collector for…

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Be Stubborn

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Have you ever tried bridging out of a mount or side control and felt like a fish flopping around?  Or how about a guard pass and the opponent put his hands up to block and you felt you couldnt pass? Ever thought you are not putting much effort into the technique?  Be stubborn about it the technique. Here’s another example.  I used to struggle with my butterfly guard sweep.  The opponent would post out with the other leg, so I would reset.  I didn’t know what I was doing wrong until my instructor said to “Be stubborn”.  I realized that…

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Training For Tournament: Pacing

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A few guys from our academy recently competed at a tournament.  One of them came back mentioning how fast everything moves and when he’s in the academy he doesn’t train at that high pace so he wasn’t ready.  Then he mentioned something key, “You compete like you train”. That phrase is extremely true. At this point, the solution seems to be raising the intensity level of the competitor.  That’s only one option.  Remember, the pace of a tournament takes 2. Option 1, the person competing trains harder and faster.  This is good and will help the person develop more explosive…

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Caio Terra Omoplata Grip at Fight To Win 38

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If you watched FTW this past Friday, you would’ve seen Caio Terra’s technical game implemented. It was a quick match.  Caio went from flying triangle, to omoplata, to armbar.  The most impressive part to me was the grip he had during the omoplata from standing. Lets break down the grip/position: Caio had an omoplata on the right arm of his opponent.  Caio was able to trap the wrist under his armpit. He was able to keep it there by keeping his hips close to the opponent. The way he was able to stay that close was with a grip he…

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