Jiu Jitsu for Beginners Survival Guide

  Jiu Jitsu is a complex art of skill and strength. At first it can seem so overwhelming that we want to give up. Our goals to be strong and fit, or to know how to fight just don’t seem worth it. It doesn’t have to be this way. You see most of the energy… Read more »

What is the MMA Formula?

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The MMA Formula, which was popularized by Jeff Patterson, is a simple, efficient, and effective formula that you can use as a reference for your MMA training. Basically, it breaks down MMA combat into three basic phases, each of which can be mastered with repetition of MMA drills. With that being said, let’s learn more about this formula…. Read more »

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 »

Walking Away – The Best Self-Defense Weapon You Have

The Best Self-Defense Weapon You Have Just because you’re familiar with flying arm bars or rear naked chokes, doesn’t mean that you should use them. Many experienced grapplers know that sometimes the best self-defense you can use in a altercation is to walk away. Let’s look at the reasons why. Reason #1 to Walk Away:… Read more »

When Push Comes to Shove – Using Self-Defense for a Physical Altercation That WASN’T Your Fault

When Push Comes to Shove – Using Self-Defense for a Physical Altercation That WASN’T Your Fault Let’s pretend that you’re sitting at a restaurant and all of a sudden a drunken individual bumps into your table. And instead of apologizing, he starts blabbering about how he’s going to “teach you a lesson”. Then, he takes… Read more »

Best Self-Defense Moves to Know As a Woman

Best Self-Defense Moves to Know As a Woman Most women participate in self-defense classes for the sole purpose of being able to protect themselves in public – others simply do it to stay in shape or keep themselves busy. If you’re going to partake in a self-defense martial art (like Jiu-Jitsu for example) then there… Read more »

Should Women Compete Against Men In BJJ

Should Women Compete Against Men in BJJ Tournaments? Whether or not women should compete against men in BJJ tournaments is actually a pretty big topic within the BJJ community. After all, women aren’t as strong or technically savvy, right? Wrong! These days, it isn’t uncommon to women with black belts who are capable of beating… Read more »

Sunday Jiu Jitsu class

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From the Mat: Sunday Jiu jitsu Class Jiu jitsu class on a Sunday evening. We warmed up with stationary back rolls, shrimps and a hip stretch. Then we moved into technique and worked the cross choke. The cross choke is a very basic move in jiu jitsu. With practice it becomes a very reliable choke…. 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 Jiu Jitsu Techniques: The Kimura from Guard

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Jiu Jitsu is all about making sure that you are never defenseless, regardless of where the fight goes or who you are fighting. Whether you are training Jiu Jitsu in Portland, OR, or are involved in a real life street fight, this Kimura from the Guard works in every situation because it does not require… Read more »