Troubleshooting Your BJJ Guard

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Things to Consider When Troubleshooting Your BJJ Guard If you want to be the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition grappler that you can be, it is important that you learn how to recognize your mistakes. In certain cases, you won’t have an instructor or training partner there with you to tell you what you’re doing… Read more »

Landing in Side Control vs. Mount after a Sweep – Tactical Considerations

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Whenever you perform most sweeps from the closed, rubber, open, or butterfly guard, you will typically land in one of two dominant positions: the mount or side control. Understanding good Jiu-Jitsu self-defense is being able to submit your opponent from either position, as well as recognizing the transitions to and from there.   Which One… Read more »

5 Jiu-Jitsu Drills Every Grappler Should Know

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These Jiu-Jitsu Drills Are the Building Blocks of a Solid BJJ Game If you’re a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu grappler who trains every day, and who spends hours drilling and grinding it out on the mat, you may eventually become bored. Fortunately, there are ways to improve your game without a partner. The following Jiu-Jitsu drills… Read more »

How To Improve Your BJJ Guard

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Effective Methods for Improving Your Guard When training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu , it is imperative that you place a lot of emphasis on improving your guard game. After all, this is where you will likely achieve most of your submissions. Having a good guard can provide you with the edge that you need to take… Read more »

Be A Better BJJ Partner

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The first steps towards mastering any technique or area of Jiu-Jitsu training is to be a good partner. Once you do this, everything else will fall into place. Jiu-Jitsu training strategies like this are important, because they not only help you, but they also help the person you are training with. With that being said,… Read more »

Take In Your Surroundings and Improve your BJJ Game Using Situational Awareness

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Situational Awareness refers to your ability to recognize, perceive, feel, and be conscious of the various situations associated with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As you become a more experienced grappler, and apply more efficient Jiu-Jitsu strategies, you will ultimately be able to detect certain patterns while sparring. Once this occurs, capitalizing on your opponent’s mistakes is… Read more »

Take Your Game to the Next Level with these Jiu-Jitsu Drills!

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A big part of what goes into the journey of becoming a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is consistent and fundamental drilling. Since Jiu-Jitsu is primarily about muscle memory, rehearsing specific techniques over and over again is the only way that you are going to successfully apply them while sparring. Why Are Jiu-Jitsu Drills Important?… Read more »

BJJ Drills That Help Mobility and Flexibility

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a sport that you can participate in and excel at well into your sixties. But the only way that you are going to be able to achieve this is by keeping your body limber. Below are a few BJJ warm-up drills that you can perform to increase flexibility and mobility, as… Read more »

The Importance of Head Control in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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The Importance of Head Control in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu “Where the head goes, the body follows”. This is a common wrestling mantra that could easily be applied in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well. In Jiu-Jitsu, head control is a significant part of being a dominant grappler. If you can successfully control your opponent’s head, you will… Read more »