Monthly Archives: November 2011

Jiu Jitsu vs. Weapons

Last night we worked on a few weapon-oriented self-defense moves in Pedro Sauer’s blue and purple belt curricula: particularly, club and knife defense. I have mixed feelings about training these techniques.  In general, I think it’s an extremely bad idea … Continue reading

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Erik Paulson, Negative Energy, and Rolling

Erik Paulson is a martial arts legend.  MMA superstars such as Josh Barnett, Brock Lesnar, and Sean Sherk rave about his encyclopedic knowledge of every aspect of the fight game.  He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, … Continue reading

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The video below is a BJJ practitioner’s worst nightmare (if you’re on the losing end of the match, of course).  Andre Galvao’s opponent is completely outclassed, and not only loses the match, but is humiliated in the process. At 0:55 … Continue reading

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Tournament Matches

This weekend we had a friendly tournament against another local school.  Normally I’m super nervous before matches, but this time I was just excited.  Everyone was really cool, the atmosphere was friendly, and I treated my matches as an opportunity … Continue reading

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When you first start jiu jitsu, you’ll use all of your strength to try to escape submissions.  Since you don’t know any techniques yet you’ll rely on explosiveness, and unfortunately, you’ll gas yourself out.  Here’s a quote I found on … Continue reading

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