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  • Kids Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Seattle!

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  • *Fantastic Tournament Results*

    *Fantastic Tournament Results* The Mat Chess MMA Jiu Jitsu Team competed at the Revolution this weekend and the results speak for themselves! Mat Chess MMA Team took 1st
    for Adult/Master No Gi! Of the nine Mat Chess MMA competitors we had FOUR 1st place
    finishes, and SIX 2nd place
    finishes (three people did both gi and no-gi). Irrespective of results though, we all learned something about our games and will be focusing on improving our weak positions starting on Monday. Never stop pushing! ....

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  • Great Jiu Jitsu Tournament Results

    Out of our 8 competitors we took home THREE 1st place wins, THREE 2nd place finishes and ONE third place finish. Everyone learned something about their game and we will spend the next weeks refining what we need to work on. I am so proud of the Mat Chess MMA crew! Check out more photos from the tournament! ....

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  • An Analysis of Closed Guard

    While I am not of the belief that there is a “best guard” I am of the belief that each guard has its strengths and weaknesses. This blog series will analyze each of the most prominent guards and will hopefully give you an idea of their strengths and weaknesses so that you may use the right tool for the job! Let’s take a look at closed guard…
    Closed Guard

    1. What range is the guard effective?

    Closed Guard is effective when your opponent is very close, on the ground and his on the knees. It can be difficult to force a high level player into the closed guard as they will have better base the posture away from the bottom players attempts to pull them down.

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  • What is the Best Jiu Jitsu Guard?

    One question that I am consistently asked throughout my years of teaching Jiu Jitsu is “Which guard is the best guard?” The modern Jiu Jitsu player has so many options thanks to the creativity of its practitioners and the proliferation of techniques through the internet from Berimbolo, De La Riva, Closed Guard, Inverted Guard, Half-Guard, Deep-Half Guard, Spider Guard, Universe Guard, ect…how can we make sense of all of this?!?! The advice that I give to students is that there is no “best guard” but rather that each guard has its strengths and weaknesses. In this Blog series I will break down each of the most prolific guards and discuss them by using ....

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  • Shawn wins NAGA Oregon Elite Division!

    I'm so proud of Shawn not only for winning a NAGA Elite division but also submitting all of his opponents! Shawn won his first match by RNC, second by heel hook, and finals match by RNC! Also thank you to Shawn and all who helped prepare him for this great accomplishment! Shawn has only been training at Mat Chess MMA 3.5 years and he is already competing at the highest level of Jiu Jitsu competitions! Come in and see the Mat Chess MMA difference and train with great training partners like Shawn! ....

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  • Opportunity Costs and Jiu Jitsu l How to Progress in Jiu Jitsu Efficiently

    Our lives are governed by the simple fact that we all operate using a limited resource: time. If a person does one activity he/she is necessarily neglecting another. The intent of this article is to shed some light on how to get the most progress in Jiu Jitsu out of the time you have to train and will examine the opportunity costs in Jiu Jitsu from different perspectives: from setting aside training time to opportunity costs while training, to opportunity costs when sparring. Successful people in any discipline have dedicated an enormous amount of time to their craft. Research done by Malcom Gladwell suggests that 10,000 hours are needed to master a discipline, equivalent to ....

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