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Eddie Bravo (Finally) Starts Combat Jiu Jitsu

So this is finally a thing now? I feel like this idea was introduced YEARS ago- adding open palm strikes to jiu jitsu when one opponent is on the ground.

Good for Bravo, for finally getting this ball rolling. Personally, the idea of having someone slap me in jiu jitsu is a bit annoying, but hey if people are into it, more power to them.

Check out an article on it, and have a great day everyone!

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Competition: Going with a Group vs a “Lone Ranger” Competitor

We have a policy at our academy that may seem a little strange to some, but it works pretty well for us: when it comes to a jiu jitsu competition, unless there’s some special circumstance, no one competes alone. You at least have one other person with you (preferably a coach) and under ideal conditions we bring a whole team of people to a tournament.

I’ve seen the “lone ranger” sort of competitor: the guy without a coach or even another teammate to cheer them on. I’m curious to hear if someone prefers it this way. Personally, I like the idea of having an entire team attend an event, to share the experience and memories with.

Do other people prefer it the other way? If so, why? I imagine there’s some benefit that I’m just not aware of, and am curious to know what it might be.

Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Tap Cancer Out Tournament

This pas weekend our team did a fantastic job competing at the Tap Cancer Out tournament, an even all about raising funds for cancer research organizations- and hey, you get to choke people out. It’s a win-win!

Our team went out there and did a fantastic job. Win or lose, everyone tried their hardest and worked their techniques as best they could. Which is really all anyone could ask for.

The Tap Canter Out organization holds events across the country, and it was a very nicely run event- on time, and they go by IBJF rules, so I would say check to see if one is in your area and give it a try.

Have a great day everyone!

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EBI 8 Tournament Line Up is Published

You know, as much as I don’t really agree with Eddie Bravo…’s style, he has been pretty successful when it comes to putting on these EBI tournaments.

Take a look a the EBI 8 lineup and let me know what you think- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Article on Takedown Battles

Good morning everyone- BJJ Heroes has an article highlighting takedown battles during gi and no gi matches. Personally, I highly prefer takedowns over guard pulls: from a competitor’s viewpoint, there’s a much better chance of putting yourself in a better position- and if it fails, hey, at least you tried. Also, from a spectator’s perspective it’s much more interesting to watch someone taken down than to have someone sit.

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Article on Competition at Walking Weight

Happy Monday everyone!

Dr. AnnMarie has an interesting article on competing at walking weight. She makes some excellent points- personally, I’ve been on both sides of the fence: I’ve loss a substantial amount of weight for competition, and there have been tournaments where I have literally just said “screw it, I’m going in as-is”. It’s really up to the individual and where you feel comfortable.

Check it out and let me know what you think- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Master Worlds, and Escape from the Pope

So it’s been the talk of this entire area, but the pope is coming, and it’s throwing everyone into a tizzy. Streets are shutting down, security is on high alert, droves of the undead…er, Catholics, will be roaming the streets of Philadelphia this weekend.

Fortunately, this is also the weekend of Master Worlds. So while all the residents of the City of Brotherly Love are freaking out about the Pope-ageddon, I’ll be on a plane headed Las Vegas and Master Worlds. So thanks, IBJJF! I fully anticipate coming home and hearing about the Papal Riots.

How’s everyone else’s week going? Are you in the area, and preparing to the Papal lockdown, or are you in some other part of the country/world, wondering what all the hullabaloo is about? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Complete Results from ADCC 2015

So the ADCC tournament did actually happen this past weekend- unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to watch any of the matches, but from what I hear there were some pretty exciting matches.

You can check out the full results on BJJHeroes.com, and if you did watch any of the matches, let me know which ones you found to be the most interesting.

Have a great day everyone!

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Interesting Article on the Top Finishers in BJJ

All the major adult tournaments are over (Master Worlds in September: can I get a hell yeah) and Bjj Heroes has an interesting article on the top finishers for the year.

There are a number of names that I’m not surprised to find on there, such as Faria, Galvao- but I was actually surprised by some of the other names on the list: particularly Cornelius, the Miyao brothers and Caio Terra.

I also appreciate that the site explained why women’s stats were excluded. It sucks, but at least there was some method to the madness.

Check it out, let me know what you think- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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New York Open Results

Good morning everyone! This past weekend I competed in the summer NY Open: I don’t talk a lot about the tournaments I compete in (other than Pans) but it was kind of important, mainly because it’s the first time I’ve competed since I injured myself during, and right after Pans. It was a long, unbearably hot day (like no joke, apparently one competitor passed out from the heat) but it went pretty quickly.

Well, anyway, my teammates fought hard, had some awesome sweeps and great takedowns, and a number of us received medals. I had one competitor in my weight division, lost on points, registered for the open (since I was still able to qualify) fought one other girl and the girl from my division, won both fights and received gold for the absolute. Hooray!

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If they gave awards for being the shortest competitor, I totally would have won that as well.

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Overall it was a hot, but pretty great day. Anyone else compete this weekend? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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