Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Did you know Monarch butterflies go through four stages during one life cycle, and through four generations in one year? In North America they make massive southward migrations starting in August until the first frost. They have also been know to migrate to the lower back of 30 something females. As we all know butterfly's are loved by the masses, you can find them on clothing, tattoos, school supplies and in movies. Now if Aston Kutcher didn't ruin that movie for you I'm sure Amy Smart probably managed to. Oh, and the sequel's straight to DVD transition was right on par with your sorry excuse for a grappling game. But like always, we somehow manage to find the positive in every situation and enlighten you at the same time.

The butterfly effect (not the movie this time) is a popular, hypothetical example of chaos theory, which illustrates how, in any dynamic system, small initial differences may, over time, lead to large unforeseen consequences. You could easily relate this theory to grappling and most importantly the Butterfly. The butterfly guard is both a dynamic transitional position as well as a guard "system" that can be utilized offensively and defensively. That's why this week we give you part one of the Butterfly series by Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Noah Spear. Noah is one of my original BJJ instructors and he has the ability to conceptualize grappling into it's simplest goals and then translate those ideas into functional techniques. I hope he can influence you grapplers out there as much as he has me, so check out Part One of Noah Spear's Butterfly Series.

He takes us on a journey from basic mechanics through sweep and submission in his 4 part series. Stay tuned and check out Platoon Jiu Jitsu for more information!

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