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Mastering Jiu Jitsu - Understanding Momentum THIS POST CAN BE SEE IN Issue #043 VIEW NOW >

Mastering Jiu Jitsu with Momentum


When you think about momentum do you think about speed? Most people do. And, although this isn’t wrong, let’s think about it in a different way. Let’s analyze how momentum can be forced, applied, and given. We can think about these three kinds of momentum as stages we pass through in our developmental as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Mixed Martial Arts practitioners.

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Managing Adrenaline Dumps THIS POST CAN BE SEE IN Issue #035 VIEW NOW >

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an individual sport. Although there are teams, schools, and associations, at the end of the day your training partners can’t fight for you. At a competition, once you step onto the mat, it’s just you, alone in the spot light.

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Jiu Jitsu Technique - Focusing on the Foundation THIS POST CAN BE SEE IN Issue #025 VIEW NOW >

Imagine you decided one day that you wanted to learn how to build a house, so you answered an ad in the paper that was looking for home builders, no experience needed. When you showed up on the jobsite, an architect puts you in front of a house lot, gives you some lumber and nails, and gives you a quick peek at a set of plans that you don’t know how to read. Then he turns you loose with a bunch of power tools and says he’ll see you next week.

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Using a Wedge to Create Openings in BJJ THIS POST CAN BE SEE IN Issue #023 VIEW NOW >

If you have to move a heavy object, you can use a simple machine to make your job easier. One of the oldest simple machines is the inclined plane.

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FIGHT STRATEGY - UNDERSTANDING RISK AND REWARD THIS POST CAN BE SEE IN Issue #021 VIEW NOW >

In order to fight intelligently, we need to understand the relationship of  risk and reward . Everything that we do in a fight has an associated risk and a potential reward. If we don’t understand how to calculate risk and reward, we will lose most of our fights. But if we chose tactics based on a good understanding of the risk reward matrix, we will usually win.

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How Training With White Belts Elevates Your Game THIS POST CAN BE SEE IN Issue #019 VIEW NOW >

BJJ Training

First off, I’m calling you out. You’ve struggled with keeping control of some new white belt in class. It’s OK to admit it!  Just because someone hasn’t trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu before doesn’t mean that they're not tougher than a bag of hammers!

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School - One Bad Apple THIS POST CAN BE SEE IN Issue #018 VIEW NOW >

Hank was sitting in his office a few minutes before class was scheduled to start. He really didn’t feel much like teaching tonight and was trying to put a positive spin on things in his own mind before he went out on the mat. His school was almost a year old and things weren’t going so well.

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Should You Train Through Knee Pain? THIS POST CAN BE SEE IN Issue #011 VIEW NOW >

You’re lying on your left hip with the right leg up in air supporting your opponent as you attempt a sweep. Suddenly you hear a sudden pop and feel pain on the inside of your knee, but you decide to keep rolling. After class the knee feels stiff and a little sore, but you decide it’s not a big deal and you should be fine for class tomorrow. Next week you roll and it feels a little better, but you hear and feel some clicking when you squat and begin to wonder if this is normal. Sound familiar?

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World Class Jiu-Jitsu for Average Guys THIS POST CAN BE SEE IN Issue #007 VIEW NOW >

K. Anders Ericsson studies experts. He has spent his career asking the question, what is it that makes a world class expert? It didn’t matter what field he studied, over and over again he found that at the top level of everything from chess to business to sports, there was only one thing that the world class experts had in common, many years of deliberate practice in their field. The one area where genetics or ‘natural talent’ did make a measurable difference is in sports where height and weight are important like football or basketball. Talent, it turns out, is no substitute for hard work.

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6 Tactics to Break a Fighter's Will THIS POST CAN BE SEE IN Issue #008 VIEW NOW >

It takes 2 to tango. That’s what my grade school principal told me once after a schoolyard fight. I was trying to convince him it wasn’t my fault. He was right of course, without 2 willing participants there is no fight. But it’s easy to miss the deeper truth here. If either fighter loses his will to continue, the fight is over.

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