Bottom game is more difficult for most students to learn than top game

Bottom game is more difficult for most students to learn than top game: When I teach…

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Pins are a means not an end

Pins are a means not an end: A very distinctive feature of my students approach to Jiu…

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Submission escapes and fear

Submission escapes and fear: There are two major categories of escape in Jiu jitsu. The…

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Air time

Air time: Sweeps in Jiu jitsu all score the same amount regardless of amplitude. Indeed…

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Don’t be satisfied with good when great is right there for the taking

Don’t be satisfied with good when great is right there for the taking: Getting into a…

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Life isn’t fair – neither should be your Jiu jitsu

Life isn’t fair - neither should be your Jiu jitsu: Fair play is a wonderful thing but…

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The power of escape

The power of escape: When we think of powerful moves in Jiu jitsu you typically picture a…

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Getting out of trouble – and putting the other guy into trouble

Getting out of trouble - and putting the other guy into trouble: If there is one skill in…

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Going beyond pinning

Going beyond pinning: The basic theme of Jiu jitsu is of getting to dominant upper body…

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How good are you at getting out of bad positions?

How good are you at getting out of bad positions? Whenever people ask me to diagnose…

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Escapes – testing yourself

Escapes - testing yourself: Here is a moment when my students and I were teaching a…

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Carry your opponents weight easily through posture

Carry your opponents weight easily through posture: When you work in bottom position you…

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A fundamental dilemma between positional attacks and submission attacks

A fundamental dilemma between positional attacks and submission attacks: Question 1: What…

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Pinning is a weapon

Pinning is a weapon: We normally think of the submission holds of Jiu Jitsu - strangles…

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SUBMISSION from mount without the gi is often a very different position from HOLDING the mount

SUBMISSION from mount without the gi is often a very different position from HOLDING the…

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You only really control the pin when you control the elbows

You only really control the pin when you control the elbows: Getting to a dominant…

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Breaking a turtle down versus riding

Breaking a turtle down versus riding: When it’s time to attack an opponents turtle…

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Turtle breakdowns – start by forming an effective connection and get them out of balance (kuzushi)

Turtle breakdowns - start by forming an effective connection and get them out of balance…

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Turtle breakdowns

Turtle breakdowns: The main concern of turtle breakdowns (attacking the turtle position…

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