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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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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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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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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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