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Best Knee Sleeves For Weight Lifting 2017

Power and explosiveness are paramount to your BJJ and MMA success. You can have excellent cardio and unlimited endurance but if you don’t have the explosive power to shoot for a double when it’s there then it’s useless. It doesn’t matter how far you can run or how many miles you can cycle for, this […]

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Tatami Fightwear Gi Reviews 2017

Tatami Fightwear are one of the world’s leading brands in Jiu-Jitsu Fightwear. Sponsoring athletes such as Michelle Nicolini and JT Torres, Tatami provide gear such as rash guards, nogi clothing and MMA gear. Today we look at 3 of our favourite Tatami gi’s at 3 different price points. Tatami Nova Gi Review With an ever […]

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The Jiu-Jitsu Gift Guide (Updated 2017)

You have a friend that enjoys Jiu-Jitsu? Their birthday is coming up and you have no idea what to buy? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We guarantee they’ll be more than delighted with our choices as the list is carefully compiled to provide you with the best yet sensibly priced items adored by most […]

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Jiu Jitsu Warm-Ups Are Not Conditioning or Technical Drilling

Warm-ups are not conditioning or technical drilling, although they can (and should) incorporate aspects of conditioning and drilling. Every Jiu Jitsu instructor at one point or another thinks about what the best warm-up for their students are. Some tend to stick with the same warm-up routine that their instructor taught, while others adapt the exercises […]

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Pressure: On top with Guilherme Mendes

Driving past the blinding lights of the Richmond airport on our way back to Vancouver following a Friday night training session, the topic of conversation turned as it inevitably does to Jiu Jitsu. Guard passing was on our minds as the usual heavyweight destroyers were brought up. My training partner Cedric made the astute observation […]

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The Wristlock

The wristlock is an under-utilized weapon in Jiu Jitsu. Some people think that they are lower-percentage beginner tricks. Some think they are “cheap.” While some Jiu Jitsu practitioners tend to regard with suspicion anything that seems like the fancy, orchestrated techniques of traditional martial arts such as Aikido. However,  several high-level Jiu Jitsu black belts have kept the […]

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The Best Speed Bags For Boxing 2017

Anyone can chuck on a pair of gloves and hit a heavy bag as hard as they can.  They might not look very good or be able to display any discernible technique, but anyone can do it. A speed bag however… It takes skill to hit a speed bag and keep that rhythm. There are many attributes […]

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The Pareto (80/20) principle and progress: playing the percentages in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

In 1906 an Italian economist named Vilfredo Pareto identified that 80% of all of the land in Italy was owned by a mere 20% of the people. Pareto’s work may have had little impact outside of the field of economics had it not been for Joseph M. Juran, a prolific management theorist who rediscovered Pareto’s […]

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Ryan Hall Takes the Back

Ryan Hall will take your back. While better known for his 50/50 guard and triangle, the current Marcelo Garcia Team member has developed a comprehensive system of taking the back that was honed through his remarkably active competition schedule. Maybe fans and opponents started realizing this in 2009, when at ADCC Ryan Hall took the back in […]

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Celebrities and Influencers Give a Boost to BJJ

For a martial art and combat sport with roots that can be traced back nearly a century, Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) has achieved an unprecedented level of awareness and participation over the last few years in North America.   Undoubtedly, a large part of the sport’s increasing visibility can be attributed to an expanding list of […]

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The Best Agility Ladders 2017

There is far more to the fight game than just being strong. And I’m not talking about technique either. You can be strong and you can possess great technique, but even that can sometimes not be enough when you’re going against real solid competitors. Everyone already knows about strength, technique and even the importance of […]

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Shaolin Sweep

The Shaolin sweep is a favourite sweep of mine from half-guard. After my coach owned me with it repeatedly, I got him to show me how it was done. From there, I checked out the only decent video of it online at the time, from its namesake, Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro: The video is fairly short […]

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Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather is ON!

Two of the biggest names of the world’s biggest combat sports, MMA & Boxing are about to collide and it’s set to be a record breaker! After nearly two years of McGregor taunting and jabbing at Mayweather, the last thing we heard was that McGregor had signed the papers and was waiting on Mayweather. Now […]

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The Best Focus Mitts 2017

A lot of boxing classes try to cram in a lot in a small amount of time. You might start with a warm-up and a ‘short’ run. Then you’re doing skipping and some bodyweight exercises. Half the class is over with and the only boxing specific thing you’ve done is shadowbox in a mirror. Finally, the […]

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The Best Gym Bags For BJJ and MMA 2017

You need a lot of gear and equipment if you train BJJ and MMA. There’s boxing gloves, MMA gloves, shin-pads, headgear, groin protectors, rash guards, shorts, skipping ropes, etc. The list is endless. And no-one wants to be that guy who wears his gi to and from class. Even if they do it to save […]

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Best Medicine Balls 2017

MMA and BJJ are dynamic sports. You need to be able to access all different kinds of strength such as isometric strength (squeezes and chokes), plyometric strength (explosive moves like double legs), structural strength (keeping your posture and preventing yourself from being moved without your will) and many other facets of athleticism. It’s also an […]

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Berimbolo

A Berimbau is a stringed instrument used in Capoeira. The Berimbolo is a sweep performed from the de la Riva guard used to take the back on an opponent. While they have similar names, they are not related except that both are examples of the creativity and artistry to come out of the country of […]

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Marcelo Garcia’s Top Game

While Marcelo Garcia is rightly known for his excellent guard, his guard passing and ability to submit from dominant positions is equally impressive. First, let’s here from Leo Kirby, who has been breaking down Marcelo’s game for years, about Marcelo’s Jiu Jitsu when he’s in a dominant position: Here are a few things that I […]

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Best Boxing Headgear 2017

Hard sparring without full boxing headgear can be dangerous. Like forgoing most pieces of protective gear, you put yourself into unnecessary harm that can be bypassed completely just by wearing the adequate headgear. The biggest danger to not wearing headgear is bruising and cuts. Headgear prevents glancing shots from slicing open your brows and cheekbones. […]

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Best Home Pull Up Bar 2017

Pull-ups are one of the best exercises for overall back development. A nice, strong back and good pulling strength is paramount in BJJ. You need to be able to grip and pull your opponents around if you hope to be effective. A strong back allows you to keep posture, especially when trying to pass guard […]

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