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  • Reflect on Your Game #1: Breathing for Jiu Jitsu

    Reflect on Your Game #1: Breathing for Jiu Jitsu

    I have been considering how we can best progress our Martial Arts through reflection. The purpose of the series is to have the Martial Arts practitioner look critically on an aspect of their current game so that when you do come to train you have some clarity and focus that will hopefully accelerate our progress. It is critical to control one’s breathing when starting Jiu Jitsu in order to both think clearly and to increase endurance. Well controlled breathing will be metered and metronome like with a general maintenance of rhythm. Oftentimes, the new practitioner will hold their breath to increase their flex and ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Seattle!

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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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  • 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 training 3 ....

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