Month: July 2020

Grappling History: A Look At The Art Of Shootfighting

Shootfighting is a term we sometimes hear in the world of combat sports and grappling martial arts. Along the lines of Vale Tudo in Brazil and later on, MMA in the US, Shootfighting is a hybrid style that involves several martial arts disciplines organized in a fighting system. As such, it is something that has …

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How To Stop And Survive The BJJ Toreando Pass

There are certain techniques in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that we all hate. Just as much as people that are on top get annoyed with the worm guard (and all lapel guards fro that matter) so do folks that play guard frown at the Toreando pass. It is a speed pass, that also ahs pressure components and …

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Why the “Dad Bod” Is The Perfect BJJ Physique

The dad bod. Something nobody likes to have until they do. That’s when people get proud of it and wear it as a badge of honor, even. There are many versions of the dad bod out there, but one thing is for certain – it doesn’t exactly scream “fitness”. However, we see that many fighters, …

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 Develop Beast Strength With This Bulgarian Bag Workout For BJJ

Have you ever trained with a Bulgarian Bag? Along with steel maces, I guess that this piece of conditioning equipment really tops the list of odd object training for grappling. Understandably it is a genuinely useful way of improving grappling performance; otherwise, we wouldn’t be discussing it here. The Bulgarian bag is a sandbag of …

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Downright Nasty Sambo Submissions For BJJ

Sambo is a crazy martial art. It is more or less MMA, at least the Combat Sambo version, but done with Gis (well, parts of Gis) on and under very interesting rulesets. Given that Samo is highly reliant on submissions, plus it has some wild takedowns, it makes it the perfect complement to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu …

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BJJ Handstand Drills – Learn To Grapple Upside Down

Going upside down in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not something that we’re not used to. Granby rolls, inversions, Tornado guard and a bunch of other crazy stuff gets people in the weirdest inverted positions. However, they all have to do with being on your back and having to fight off the ground. But have you ever …

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Rolling BJJ GI Chokes – When Staying Put Doesn’t Get You Taps

“Position before submission” is the age-old mantra that we hear over and over again. I really dislike that one. I’ll share a few examples as to why later on. The key point is, you can’t really finish someone from a position that scores points. You can only finish from the position the submission configuration leads …

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BJJ Heavy Bag Drills For Movement And Top Pressure

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers plenty of ways to train. Even though it may seem like you always need a partner to learn (and you do) it doesn’t mean you train Jiu-Jitsu. A radical thought, I know, but if we learned anything from lockdown, it is that we have to be creative with our BJJ training. It …

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BJJ Fight Strategies: How To Analyze Opponents By Watching Tape

You’ve heard the phrase “watching tape” at least once in your life if you’re a fan of any sort of combat sport. It refers to looking at footage from your opponents to figure out their game, and prepare the best that you can. The trick is, this usually refers to professional fights, where athletes fight …

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Everything You Need To Know About BJJ Endurance Training

Tired? You should probably run more or do more Tabatas outside of training Jiu-Jitsu, right? Nope. What you should is understand that using the term “cardio” is the worst possible way of describing conditioning for BJJ. What you want as a grappler is the ability to be able to make it through a match while …

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