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Jiu-Jitsu Warm-Ups – Lame or Awesome?

The Jiu Jitsu Laboratory’s feature focus on warming up for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu started with a look at your opinions on the warm-up and its effectiveness. Today we’ll begin examining the issues surrounding the warm-up in BJJ class – starting with the easiest: should you warm-up? It’s a clichéd observation that higher-belts will often skip […]

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Roberto ” Cyborg” Abreu

Roberto Abreu’s story is one of triumphing over adversity. Abreu came up in the countryside near Campo Grande, Brazil. With little exposure to Jiu Jitsu, the future heavyweight standout was nonetheless drawn to the martial arts, practicing Karate, Judo and Capoeira. Like many tough rural kids Abreu grew up fighting, which led to his introduction […]

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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 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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