Thursday, January 6, 2011


Things just keep getting better and better for us grapplers.  Long ago, before the high speed internet and wifi, other than books (which requires reading words), jiu jitu students had no options besides in person training for the devlopment of their BJJ games.  Along comes YouTube and, bam!, the flow of knowledge abounds. 

I think it goes without saying that the internet has been instrumental in the advancement of BJJ technique.  Not a day goe sby that I don't here about new styles, submission, positions, etc., via the web.  It's not without its pitfalls though - I've got white belts attacking me with their internet-learned Tornado Half-Guard, even though they are still learning the basics of the closed guard, guard passing, hip-escapes and keeping their elbows in (to name only a few).

Suffice it to say, it's great to see that Rafael Lovato Jr. has produced what looks to be an amazing app for Iphone, Ipod touch and Ipad dedicated to the omoplata.  Rafael is of of the best-of-the-best among the top grapplers in the world and one of the few American-born world contenders. He recently won gold at 2010 No Gi Worlds and has a tremendous competition record (including a Bronze at 2010 Worlds). 

I'm looking forward to taking this app for a test ride, especially since omoplata is not my fort√© and I really hate it when my teammates attack me with it.  I know I'll be in good hands, because, even though I've never met Rafael, I feel like I know him ... after studying his techniques on YouTube!

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