When you’ve got one – you’ve often got another

When you’ve got one - you’ve often got another: We tend to think in terms of what’s right…

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When you’ve got a choice…

When you’ve got a choice… Very often the scenario we find ourselves in presents a choice…

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When you control the head

When you control the head…An old cliche in grappling is that if you control the whole…

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Two for the price of one

Two for the price of one - the dual power of leg locks from bottom position: When an…

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One move – many variations

One move - many variations: When we begin Jiu jitsu we talk about a given move in the…

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If you can trap an opponents head and arm between your knees

If you can trap an opponents head and arm between your knees, you will immediately be in…

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When grappling strong opponents…

When grappling strong opponents sometimes it feels like their arms are like iron bars -…

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Angle

Angle: Mount and closed guard are essentially inversions of each other (as far as…

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Leg entanglements allow you to stay a step ahead at all times in guard play

Leg entanglements allow you to stay a step ahead at all times in guard play: An opponent…

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My first two goals when I teach open guard

My first two goals when I teach open guard: Open guard is among the most difficult skills…

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Position AND submission?

Position AND submission? Usually we think of positional skills as distinct from…

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Triangles – Making two good choices into one great choice

Triangles - Making two good choices into one great choice: Among the submission holds in…

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New talent

New talent: Most people measure the worth of a training program on the basis of the best…

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It’s damn hard to hide your legs from someone who is actively looking for them

It’s damn hard to hide your legs from someone who is actively looking for them: One of…

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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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The two greats flaws of ashi garami

The two greats flaws of ashi garami: No position has had more radical influence and…

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Extension

Extension: The essential feature of successful submission attempts is always extension of…

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The power of kimura

The power of kimura: Of all the major submission holds, kimura is in my experience the…

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Identify the problem

Identify the problem: Every submission hold has an escape. Every escape involves a set of…

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An unnecessary rush to completion

Joint locks - don’t be in a hurry to extend the limb: There are two ways to submit an…

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