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Thursday, February 26, 2015

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GENTLE ARTS.



In 2012 the Japanese Government implemented Judo as part of the school curriculum nationwide. Since then they have seen a steady increase in injury with students. Judo was implemented despite the fact that over 30 years at least 114 students have died and more than 261 have been injured for life while practicing the sport.

Now some people would look at those statistics and cringe and others would suggest staying away from Judo or traditional martial arts altogether. As with anything in life there are risks and rewards, and in all contact and combat sports there lies an inherent danger. With the proper training, instruction and equipment, injuries and death can be minimized and safety and awareness increase. Some may question the possible dangers vs benefits of martial arts, but the fact remains that there benefits far outweigh the dangers.

This little talked about area of martial arts is an important topic to discuss and to be aware of. Watch the video and take an introspective look at a fellow grappling art.

Monday, February 9, 2015

A WEEKEND OF SUPER FIGHTS!



While the above graphic may seem like an ad you would encounter on the subway, advertising Ear Reconstructive surgery, it's not.

This weekend was chock-full of Super Fights. Several fights took place at the Gracie Nationals which of course, we have below, and others took place in Chechnya, Russia featuring the Mendes Brothers and Vinny Magahaes. Unfortunately, we don't have the Russian videos, but when we find them we will be sure to post them up (after we get written consent from Putin.)


Tonen v Vasquez


Prokopos v Cummings


Kimono Black Belt Devision


The Mendes Brother Pre-Chechnya


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WATCH GALVAO DSTRY THE EUROPEANS.

Oil on canvas by Richard Caton Woodville, 1914

It's been a few days, grapplers.  And, you deserve to witness one of our era's very best doing what he does best.  I won't weigh in on the level of competition Andre faced at this year's Eurpoeans.  It doesn't matter.  The highlights below of Galvao's matches leading to his double gold victory, to me, contain everything that Jiu Jitsu is and should be. 

Galvao is the complete BJJ package.  The dude is fast, athletic, powerful and fearless in competition.  He improvises and displays sophistication in his technique.  But, he's also simply savvy and his timing is spot on.  This is great and hopefully very motivational stuff for all.

[Side note:  What the hell is that ridiculous sweep he pulls off at 3:35?  Amazing.]


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AESOPIAN'S KNOCKDOWN BERIMBOLO.



For many years we have been entertained and enlightened by fellow grappling blogger Aesopian. He has evolved his passion for the sport from blog posts to video tutorials, and over the past few years books and e-pubs. Aesopian, aka Matt is a BJJ Blackbelt under Gracie Barra's Eduardo de Lima and co-founder of Artechoke media.

Today, he takes an in depth look at the father of the fancy guards, The Berimbolo. Matt details some common problems and some old and new school comparisons and troubleshooting for the system. Despite whether you like the Berimbolo or not, your should at least learn the basics behind it. This video is great for both beginners wanting to experiment with the technique or even those of you who may already use it.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

OLLY GEDDES SAYS - "DON'T DEFINE YOURSELF TO EARLY"



Oliver Geddes has been at the forefront of BJJ and Submission grappling for many years in the UK. Olly is a BJJ Black Belt under Roger Gracie, with tons of accomplishments in the game which includes 2x Abu Dhabi Qualifier, 2x European Champ and No-gi Pan Am medalist. His BJJ journey includes quitting his day job to become a full time competitor and instructor at the Roger's Academy.

In today's video brought to us by Grapplers Paradise, Olly talks about his start in the sport, his favorite videos and resources as well as how he developed his half guard game. If your interested in watching some of Olly's work, you can see a few fights here and here.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

DO YOU EVEN POLARIS?


Well, do you?  Because it seems like maybe you don't and that's a shame. 

Polaris is a new and very cool professional grappling competition straight outta the UK.  The first event will be held in Cardiff (somewhere in Wales) on 10 January 2015, which is British for January 10. The relevant rules are simple: 15-minute matches, sub only/no points.  The matchups are absolutely sick: Keenan x Marte, Lister x Popovich, Fowler x Telles ... and that's just naming a few that peaked our interest.  For the full lineup, go here.

Bottom line - you want to watch this event.  You need to.  It's all that Metamoris has been, only with fancy accents and slang terms we're unfamiliar with. 

You can get the PPV stream (click here) for £15, which is something like $230.  Just kidding, it's $22.73.  America!

Now, get hyped on Gary Tonen x Marcin Held.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH PAULO OR JOAO MIYAO. AND, HAPPY HOLIDAYS.


This happened.  Thanks to Keenan Cornelius.  He's so hot right now.

Happy Holidays, grapplers.  Keep your shirts on when you train no-gi and no fauxhawks.


Friday, December 19, 2014

YOU DON'T NEED TO BE BLACK BELCH TO ESCAPE DA MOUNT.



Is your game constantly being shut down and suppressed like the Interview? Is that chubby white belt constantly trying to sit on you? Don't fret friends, BJJ Black Belt Jack Taufer of Karma JJ, is here to give us some great principles for escaping a technical mount.

Like always, we stress the simple things in grappling and one of the fundamentals we all need to work on are our escapes. Often times escapes are overlooked in place of those fancy guards or ridiculous submissions. Another over looked position is the technical mount. Whether you are attacking or being attacked, the technical mount is a great place to transition from, and it takes learning it's vulnerabilities to become good from the top or the bottom.

So check out Jack Raufer's escape combo, I assure you it has worked for me for many years and don't let that fat white belt man handle you.

Friday, December 12, 2014

THE 2014 SAMBO CHAMPIONSHIPS IN JAPAN ARE HERE.



Sambo doesn't get much notoriety or exposure in the U.S., much like it's first cousin Judo, but we are here to change that. In the States only a handful of brave gentlemen promote this great grappling art that we should all get to know a little better.

The 2014 Championships took place in Japan at the end of last month, but we finally got our hands on some videos for you. As usual, they are full of nasty throws, takedowns and submissions. So grab your Snuggie and vegetate on some World Class Sambo for the next 4 hours. Yes, four hours, we are not kidding, we take things serious over here, much the same way CM Punk does.

So, make Putin proud!



Thursday, December 11, 2014

I CAN'T SEE THIS JIU JITSU, BUT I KNOW IT'S REAL IT'S INVISIBLE.


There is no question Henry Akins is a super legit black belt and instructor with probably the best pedigree in the world of Jiu Jitsu - a black best from the one and only Rickson Gracie.  Henry applies and instructs on the principles of Jiu Jitsu with much of the same philosophy and style as his teacher, Rickson. 

Rickson is now famous for his concept of "Invisible Jiu JIstu."  It doesn't make you invisible or even ninja.  And, that is misleading.  Instead, it's the name of the concept of understanding and learning to develop the precise body movements and mechanics involved in Jiu Jitsu.  That's just my goofy paraphrase.  This is high level and high minded Jiu Jitsu and you can't help but want to know more.

To hear it from the horse's mouth, watch Akins exemplify and explain it to Jiu JItsu Magazine.