Yielding in Jiu Jitsu

Guillotine Choke

“Sir, you need to relax.  You are using a lot of muscle.”  I’ve heard this every week or two for the last nine years.  To my credit it’s better than it used to be.  I can flow… some 🙂  Still, yielding more, even in the face of intense pressure has become the heart of my… Read more »

Portland Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques: Omoplata

Guillotine Choke

One of the most beautiful things about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the fact that it is almost like a game of cat-and-mouse. One person initiates an attack, only to have it countered, which leads to a whole new playing field because you may have transitioned your position. That is one of the reasons so many… Read more »

Portland BJJ techniques: The Mount position

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One of the reasons that the mount is so important, is because in BJJ, both in competition and in actual street fights, it is the most common position that you are going to find yourself in. Add in the fact that it is a position you can do a lot of damage in Jiu Jitsu,… Read more »

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques: The Helio Collar Choke

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In the game of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, unlike wrestling you will become familiar with fighting from all positions. That is why this Collar Choke from the Guard is a great move to learn when you do find yourself on your back. Just because you are on your back, does not mean that you should simply… Read more »

Portland Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques: Rear Naked Choke

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The Rear Naked Choke from the Back Mount is a method that is great whether you are in competition, or an actual fight with an assailant. The moment you have the back of an opponent in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you can do the most damage without the risk of your opponent doing anything to you…. Read more »

BJJ Techniques: The Triangle Choke From Guard

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One of the most impressive looking techniques in BJJ is the Triangle Choke from the Guard, especially in competition and mixed martial arts, it is one of the most impressive techniques to pull off and allows the user to pull off a victory from seemingly out of nowhere. In this example, your opponent is trying… Read more »

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques: The Side Sleeper from Cross Body

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One of the reasons that people often mention when they are asked why they train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques may be surprising. It is the fact that it is not just about the physical, but the mental aspect as well. One of the best ways to make sure that you are going to get a… Read more »

Portland BJJ Techniques: The Sleeper from the Guard

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If you were asked to invent a BJJ techniques that are successful for self-defense there is a good chance that they would have a few simple requirements. You would like it to be used to incapacitate your opponent or assailant, you would want it to be applied without too much setup or without appearing too… Read more »

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques: The Rear Naked Choke

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Some people assume that most Jiu jitsu techniques are based on a fight hitting the ground. While it is true that BJJ offers a tremendous benefit to self-defense when a fight does actually hit the ground, that does not mean that there are no Brazilian jiu jitsu techniques available before the fight hits the ground…. Read more »

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Positions

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Positions Brazilian Jiu Jitsu remains an interesting martial art because it is primarily a ground fighting system. Now, BJJ is not the only ground fighting/grappling art in existence but it is rather unique in the sense that it promotes position over submission and attacks. What does this mean? The art seeks to… Read more »