Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Element of Surprise

  Surprise provides a definite tactical advantage. Fairness dictates that we not ambush our training partners or other tournament competitors as they step onto the mat. So how then can we gain the element of surprise when the opponent knows … Continue reading

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Student Dropout from White to Blue Belt

  Rank advancement in jiu-jitsu is slow. Unlike many martial arts in which belt testing is regular and frequent, it can take a year and a half to two years before getting a blue belt. During this time many people … Continue reading

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Top Three Armbar Mistakes

The straight arm-bar (juji-gatame) from the guard or mount is one of the most commonly used submissions in jiu-jitsu, judo, and submission wrestling. It is a high-percentage technique for both beginners and advanced students.  These three basic mistakes account for … Continue reading

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