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Fundamentals Of Powerlifting Louie Simmons Instructional Review

Do you want to get strong? How strong? If being stronger than an Ox, and denser than a brick house is your goal, then powerlifting is what you need to be looking towards. If you also happen to be one of those grapplers that don’t mind fighting in the highest weight divisions, then powerlifting is …

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Josh Barnett DVD Review: Championship Level Catch Wrestling

Oh boy, do I love me a Josh Barnett DVD! He can just release a DVD of him talking and I’ll probably be the first one to get it. That man has a wealth of knowledge, and one of the wittiest ways of delivering that knowledge to students than I have ever seen in grappling. …

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Academy Kings: Best Practices To Grow Your BJJ Academy Business

Here’s something for all you BJJ academy owners or managers out there. As one myself (both owner/manager) I can tell you what the main issues are. They have nothing to do with organizing classes, keeping people happy, or bringing in big-name professors for seminars. The issues are mostly in the things nobody sees – bills, …

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Training For BJJ: Gymnastic Planche Progressions

We’ve all marveled at those chiseled out athletes that perform the famous bar workouts in parks and outdoor gyms. They do all kinds of crazy things, like human flags and crazy balancing exercises that seem impossible. Well, there’s nothing crazy about them when you look into it, because all those exercises are gymnastics exercises. As …

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Weightless Leg Development Exercises For Grapplers

What is the most important body part for grappling? Some say it is the core, others point to the hips, there are even those that say legs… The truth is, I have no idea. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and all grappling martial arts are so versatile, that there’s really no one body part that you need to …

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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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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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The “1,2, Clap” – Why Do We Do It After A BJJ Demonstration Of Techniques?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is full of idiosyncrasies that look absolutely out of place in an art that is so meticulously methodical. One such example is the custom of instructors shouting out 1,2,(3) and then they, along with all the students clap their hands. This usually takes place after every BJJ Demonstration of techniques, in all classes, …

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Best Budget Grappling Gear To Get In The Summer Of 2020

It is time to do some shopping. In fact, this is the perfect time to do some grappling gear shopping. The Covid-19 pandemic is still at large, but protocols are in place to re-open gyms. That man’s that this is the best time to stock up on some budget grappling gear and be ready for …

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