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What’s left for Gordon Ryan?

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The nogi Worlds have just passed.  Lots of competitors have stood out, but Gordon Ryan was definitely in the spotlight.  He was talking trash before the event and was able to back it up.  However where does it leave us?  Do people want to see Gordon in more BJJ tournaments?  But do we want to see him in a tournament?  This leads me to match ups! I think specific match ups is what people want to see.  Even though I loved the match ups Ryan had at Quintet, the match with Josh Barnett is still by chance.  To kick this…

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Review: Danaher’s Kimura System

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Danaher's Kimura System

I haven’t purchased an instructional in a long time.  YouTube has all the videos I needed! However, the recent buzz of the Ryan brothers and a few other popular Jiu Jitsu athletes had me curious about Danaher’s instruction.  So when Black Friday showed up and Instagram showed me an add for discount videos, I said why not. Now to the important question.  Is the hype of Danaher real?  Sort of. The techniques he shows are not new, but his explanation of why certain movements and holds are done is extremely well done.  Due to the amount of detail he goes…

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Slower BJJ Practice Leads to Better Gains

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When I roll and get swept or submitted, I can usually identify where the tipping point was.  It could be I lifted my hips to high or overcommitted an arm, but I can think back and learn why. It wasn’t always like this.  As a white and blue belt, I would just move and try to submit, but if I got caught I never thought about why and just wanted to roll again.  Nothing learned! As I got more experienced, I decided to slow down my game and try to pay attention of the moment.  Noticing my body posture, the…

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First Black Belt Competition

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I haven’t competed in awhile and was wondering how my skills are in comparison to other outside the academy since I got my black belt.  Then on the Insta’s (that what kids call it right?), Five Grappling came up and were offering free registration for black belts.  I told one of the other black belts to go for it and he then convinced me to do it too.  Figured why not, the worst case is I lose and didn’t pay a thing. So here was the play by play. First match I was faking takedowns then eventually went for another…

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BJJ is Everywhere and For Everyone

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I think now is a great time to be a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner.  It’s not as scarce to find as it used to be pre-2005.  Even if you don’t live near a school, you can find a ton of resources online.  The number of resources available is not hard to find. Adding some context, back in the days I remember when our academy had one brown belt, 2 purple belts, a few blues and whites.  The only black belt was the instructor.  When another purple belt would show up, we’d get excited.  Probably the same excitement as seeing a…

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Gi Vs No Gi

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Is practicing one of them better than the other?  Depends. I have heard practicing gi makes a person extremely technical.  I have also heard, practicing in gi is not realistic to street fights and MMA.  To me, both comments are valid. I suggest practicing both. Depending on what you’re looking for doing nogi makes sense.  In nogi, you do not have as many grips for control or submission.  Grips become more slippery also as you are grabbing sweaty limbs instead of gi collars or cuffs. If your plan is to get into MMA or learn more self defense, definitely do…

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What to look for in a school

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There has been recent news about Kenny Florian opening a new school in Santa Monica.  It’s always great to have experienced competitors with resources to other great competitors teach what they know.  However, outside of the instructor what else should someone be looking for?  Are the competition medals of the professor all that is needed? Here’s my list of what to look for: What is the background of the instructor? Who did he get his black belt from? Because someone is not a world champ competitor does not mean he cant get you there.  Although it’s probably better to go…

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What to do in a private lesson

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I’ve gone to a hand full of private lessons and a few seminars.  There’s a common pattern all the instructors follow to help.  All instructors want to know what you are trying to work through or struggling with. With that said, before going to the private lesson take a moment to think about what you been stuck with.  If your guard is getting passed, ask about that.  Once you have your first topic, think of a second, third, etc.  Prioritize them because you may be able to cover them all.  If not, at least you got the ones you really…

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Private Lesson with Caio Terra

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If you don’t know who Caio Terra is, you’re new to jiu jitsu.  That guy is a multi Worlds champion and has out classed many many other champions in other weight classes.  And Caio’s talent really showed during the lesson. He educated me on how to position my body better and showed me how world class talent moves during our roll.  He’s also a really friendly guy. His private lesson is a “matter of fact” lesson.  Caio will tell you what you’re doing wrong and why.  He will also have a simple fix for it.  I won’t go into all…

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Baiting to Create Openings

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Have you struggled to get to your favorite sweep or submission because your opponent is aware of what you want?  Most likely you have and this is where the game becomes like chess.  You have to start thinking of leading  your opponent to the place you want to be. For example, I can’t get the darce choke on command.  I usually get it in a “controlled” scrap.  What does a “controlled” scrap mean?  In this example of achieving the darce choke, I usually get it during a side control escape by my opponent.  I have top position and my opponent…

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