What is Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

A common answer to the question What is Jiu Jitsu would be that it is among the most revolutionary martial arts of recent years. Of course, such a cursory answer does not really narrow down what exactly the art entails and involves. For those curious about what this art is an what it has to offer,… Read more »

BJJ Mount Escapes

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Gracie Jiu Jitsu puts a lot of emphasis on escaping from the mount position. You might not see as much emphasis on escaping from this position with other Brazilian Jiu Jitsu systems. Why is it that GJJ places the amount of emphasis on escaping from the mount?   Basically, Gracie Jiu Jitsu is self-defense oriented… Read more »

The Complexity of the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Spinning Armbar

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In the early days of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, it was common to wait until blue belt level to teach a student the spinning armbar from the guard. Today, this submission technique is commonly taught during the early white belt stages of a practitioner’s career. Honestly, it might very well be best to wait until the… Read more »

Spider Guard: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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The spider guard can be a very fun and enjoyable guard to learn in Gracie Jiu Jitsu. The guard is known for its unique approach to controlling an opponent and it opens the door for many different offensive and defensive maneuvers. Putting a lot of time into learning the basics of the spider guard is… Read more »

Gracie Jiu Jitsu

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Among the first Gracie Jiu Jitsu techniques for attacking from the side control would be the “walking armbar.” This armbar probably has a number of different names but the general concept of the armbar never changes. This is a side control armlock that attacks the far arm. The far arm refers to the arm that… Read more »

Jiu Jitsu Headlock Escapes

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You really cannot deny the fact that the headlock is among the top two or three most common positions you will find yourself if you have the unfortunate luck of becoming involved with a street altercation. Why is this so? Basically, if a person assaults you at close range and is not getting the better… Read more »