Month: July 2019

SUBVERSIV Grappling Tournament – Where Quintet Meets EBI

It is such a fun time to be a grappler! Less than ten years ago, all that grapplers had were short clips of perhaps the IBJJF Worlds, or maybe Pans/Europeans/Brazilin Nationals. Okay, ADCC has been about it for long too, but that was it. Then, something changed as Metamoris appeared and the professional Jiu-Jitsu scene …

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Georgi Ivanov DVD Review: “The 2 on 1 Encyclopedia”

Saying that wresting is making a comeback thanks to the rise of Jiu-Jitsu and grappling would be an understatement. Wrestling has always been an important part of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but as the art evolves, it becomes ever more present. It is not just the way you take someone down, it is also about the manner …

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Stephen Whittier DVD Review: “Pillars Clinch And Takedowns”

The usual impression of high-level Brazilian JIu-Jitsu is that of concepts and principles that meet techniques in order to make movement fluid and seamless, yet brutally effective. In wrestling, it is mostly explosiveness and raw strength that meet technique in order to slam people to the ground. What if I told you that there’ is …

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Stephen Whittier: Pillars – Half Guard Bottom DVD Review

One more in a long line of half guard instructionals that’s going to go over the same old moves over and over again. Really is there anything left to learn about the half guard bottom position? The answer is a firm and definite yes! There’s not just more to learn about the position but there …

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“Scientific Shots” – An Ed Ruth DVD Review

Takedowns are not the problem in BJJ. getting them is. What we don’t get is that the hardest part is setting a takedown up. The one portion of a takedowns people usually mess up is the actual shot. The shot is what connects the grips and positioning and the actual takedown. To that extent, it …

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Jon Satava DVD Review: “X-Guard And Beyond”

What do some of the most prestigious names in grappling have in common? It is not championship titles, by the way. Let me help you. It is a position that each and every one of the top BJJ grapplers in the world knows how to play efficiently. Some, even take it to completely new dimensions. …

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“Game Changer” Paul Schreiner DVD Full Review

As I get deeper and deeper into the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I seem to be loving the old-school approach more and more. I love people that work with pressure, those share nuances and simple concepts that are literal game-changers. Unfortunately, there are not many of those around and high-quality ones are even scarcer. Luckily …

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Learning Valuable Lessons From A Bad Jiu-Jitsu Day?

In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we often encounter a very interesting phenomenon. Namely, you could be flowing during roll one day, and then completely suck the day after. From moving like a black belt world champion to having nothing work like it’s your second time rolling. What gives? The more surprising thing is that this tends to …

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Dealing With Nerves Before a BJJ Match (Tips By A World Champion)

Fighting is a very tricky and scary prospect even under the best of circumstances. Having to fight at a martial arts competition is downright terrifying. I’ve been doing it for most of my life, and it never gets easier, particularly before that all-important first fight. Feeling nerves is actually something everyone goes through. If you …

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How to Make Every Jiu-Jitsu Takedown Work For You

The one source of arguably the most BJJ memes out there is definitely takedowns. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu folks, particularly those that love the modern game, are in dire need of some good old takedown training. Pulling guard is fun and effective and might even be considered a takedown. However, it is only one aspect of getting …

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