Jiu Jitsu mindset

Jiu Jitsu mindset: A question I am often asked is what are mental aspects of Jiu jitsu that play a role in the outcome of competition? It’s a fascinating and deep question that deserves a truly involved discussion, nonetheless we can make a few preliminary points with regards a highly successful athlete whose mindset definitely… Continue reading Jiu Jitsu mindset

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Reading your opponent

Reading your opponent: In daily life we all learn to read the body language of people around us and make conjectures about what kind of person they are, what their intentions are and what they really think (often this can directly oppose what they are saying verbally). You have to learn to do the same… Continue reading Reading your opponent

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Most times you have a juji gatame arm bar you also have a triangle available

Most times you have a juji gatame arm bar you also have a triangle available: The positioning for arm bars and triangles is such that WHENEVER YOU HAVE ONE, YOU ALMOST ALWAYS HAVE THE OTHER AVAILABLE. Triangles have the inherent advantage that they a locked around your opponents head and shoulder and hence much tighter.… Continue reading Most times you have a juji gatame arm bar you also have a triangle available

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Lessons

Lessons: It was a great pleasure for the squad to train with the great UFC champion Rose Namajunes and her fiancé Pat Barry. On the surface we taught her leg locks, but on a deeper level she taught us all a much deeper lesson years ago. I was at UFC 217 with Georges St Pierre… Continue reading Lessons

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Uke and tori

Uke and tori: Almost all drilling in Jiu jitsu is done with one athlete who is PERFORMING the move being practiced (Tori – the executor of the technique), and the other athlete who is BEING PERFORMED UPON (Uke – the receiver of the technique). One of the best ways to learn in Jiu jitsu is… Continue reading Uke and tori

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Heel hooks in IBJJF competition

Heel hooks in IBJJF competition: The IBJJF made an important decision recently to allow the use of heel hooks and associated knee reaping in no gi competition starting next year. It is a reflection of the continued evolution of Jiu jitsu as a sport with the greatly increased prevalence of leg locking and heel hooks… Continue reading Heel hooks in IBJJF competition

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If you can make an opponent stumble – whichever move you choose to perform next will be easy

If you can make an opponent stumble – whichever move you choose to perform next will be easy: There are many truly valuable combat skills, but one which may not seem very useful on the surface is in fact, arguably among the most useful of them all, since it makes possible so many of the… Continue reading If you can make an opponent stumble – whichever move you choose to perform next will be easy

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