Guard Retention Warm Up Drills


  Alternate leg circles Left and right. Bicycles Shrimping Forward shrimps Scooting forward and back (from sit up or 3pt guard) Sit up guard to knee scoot. Shrimp to turtle and sit out. Leg scissors Pendulum and rocking single leg. From back to up on elbow in sit-up guard. Shoulder rolls a- Alternate back roll… Read more »

Unlocking the Power of Half Guard in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Master Pedro Sauer


In the intricate world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), the half-guard position stands as a fundamental and indispensable component of a practitioner’s arsenal. Often regarded as a transitional position, the half-guard offers a wealth of opportunities for both defensive and offensive maneuvers, making it an essential skill set to master. In this blog post, we delve… Read more »

5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Jiu-jitsu Performance on the Mat with Visualization

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Whether you practice Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for fun or for competition it is important to always be looking for ways to improve your game. All successful competitive athletes use visualization to improve their performance. Here in this blog, you will learn some simple ways to apply visualization strategies that will help you get more out of… Read more »

The Committed Jiu-Jitsu Practitioner

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  Always works hard Can produce a little extra Can make things happen Stays in the game regardless of the score Sees criticism as helpful feedback Is not afraid to fail Recovers well after a mistake Is a team player Never misses a practice Makes the right choices every day The Attributes of the Committed… Read more »

Off The Mat


Brazilian jiu-jitsu is an amazing martial art. It is fun, improves health, increases awareness, it is strategic, builds confidence, and is a great form of self-defense. If you are new to the practice, it will take some getting used to. I always tell people when they are starting that it is not easy, and it… Read more »

Read This Before You Spar


Sparring should be both fun and exciting. However, there are some important things to understand before starting. One of the keys to making your sparring sessions productive is communication with your partners. The last thing you want to do is throw on some gloves and ask someone you don’t know to spar without communicating. This… Read more »

Physical, Mental and Tactical Fight Strategies for Boxing, Muay Thai and MMA

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Physical, Mental, and Tactical fight strategies. Everyone who has trained any type of combative martial art needs to understand these key principles and fight strategies. We break our fighting styles down into 5 methods. The brawler The runner The blocker The counter puncher The chameleon         All these styles have different skill… Read more »