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An Article on the History of the Ezekial Choke

Well this is pretty neat- I don’t know about you but I’ve always wondered how the Ezekial choke got its name.

Fortunately someone was just as curious and way more motivated to find the answer to the question, and wrote a whole article about the story- and the man- behind the ezekial choke.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!


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The Whole Sport vs Martial Art Debate….Again.

So apparently Rickson Gracie had some thoughts on modern jiu jitsu and how “sport” jiu jitsu is terrible, and doesn’t translate to real life. Or something of that nature. I’m pretty sure he’s said something to this effect before.

Listen, it’s all fine and good to point out the differences between sport and “real life” jiu jitsu. Believe me, there are things I have done in tournament that would have probably killed me or left me paralyzed if I had done them on the street. However I think we can all agree at this point that in order to become proficient in jiu jitsu, you need to have some basis in self defense, and that people would adjust appropriately for the situation- because there’s some level of self preservation that kicks in.

I don’t think there’s anyone that would get into a street fight and think “Oh, this is totally the time to go for a berimbolo on this dude that’s swinging his fists at me.” Of course you’re going to try to stop this person from trying to attack you, and you’re going to use what you have learned in class in a way that will leave you the least injured. I think that’s the part that people who detract from sport jiu jitsu tend to forget: life doesn’t happen in a vacuum and the human race in general is pretty good at adapting to situations that arise. It’s at least one of the reasons for how we made it this far as a species.

Anyway, those are just my thoughts. Have a great day everyone!


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Happy Friday! Relatable Comic Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

I find this comic to be pretty relatable: 27750447_1990923627589132_8517507435250552423_n

You can do this, or you just start calling them what you think their name should be: I have called one of our white belts “John” several times…. His name is Matt.

He and I have laughed about this: he looks like a guy named John who works as a teacher, lives in the suburbs with a wife and two kids. And none of these things are actually the case for our friend Matt.

Anyway, enjoy and have a great day everyone!


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Foot Sweeps: Great Takedown Options for BJJ

I was just reading an article from Grapple Arts about some judo takedowns that the author feels are great for BJJ- he goes over the suma gaeshi, and the ura nage, but I would make an argument for foot sweeps.

They are pretty unassuming- not the fancy, fun throws that one thinks of when they hear judo. They are however very much a part of kodakan judo, and are great options when it comes to taking down an opponent.

While you may have to change up your entrance since bjj players prefer to stay low and bent over, I usually like a good ko uchi gari or uchi mata to get someone to the ground. My teammates have found success with some foot sweeps as well, including okuriashi harai and sasae tsurikomi ashi. The hardest parts of these throws really is timing: getting just the right moment to catch your opponent off balance.

Just some suggestions- again, not the huge throws that one thinks about, but they are effective and I would suggest giving them a try. That’s all for today- have a great day everyone!

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BJJ Black Belt Draws Popular Cartoons as BJJ Players

This is pretty cute: apparently a BJJ black belt has been drawing different popular cartoon characters as doing jiu jitsu:

I feel like I’ve had a similar conversation with one of our students(still a white belt and got his gi embroidered with his name…just…sigh.)

Anyway, feel free to take a look and have a great day everyone!

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Kyra Gracie Organizing Women’s Only Tournament

Well this is pretty cool: according to FloGrappling, Kyra Gracie posted on her instagram account that she is organizing a women’s only tournament. only down side? It’s March 24th and in Rio de Janeiro. March 24th in the States? I would totally be scouring for some flights. Rio de Janeiro and in say December? I would be saving up my pennies and looking into arrangements (and ways to avoid raining spiders), but the two together unfortunately just don’t work for me.

March of 2019, maybe? I would be down for that. Anyway, check the article out and have a great day everyone!

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Article on Remembering David Jacobs

Valerie Worthington wrote a lovely article on remembering David Jacobs- I didn’t know him personally, but he was a familiar face at IBJJF tournaments and it’s always sad when someone in the jiu jitsu community passes.

Anyway, check out her article and have a good day everyone.

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Article on Weight Classes

Hey all, there’s an interesting article from Jess Fraser about weight classes and a lot of the weird weight issues that come with it.

I agree with her that for a lot of women it turns into an obsession to lose weight, to just get to that lower weight class, and easily becomes a fertile breeding ground for some real eating disorders and a variety of psychological issues. As someone who used to be heavier, it has often felt like a personal failure when I couldn’t get to that next weight class down that I was trying so hard to get to. Now? There’s still a little bit of that struggle, but frankly now I just sort of shrug my shoulders. I still work to lose weight for tournaments, but I’m not as worried about it. There have also been a series of tournaments where I’ve just said “screw it” and have registered for a higher weight class, just so I didn’t have to worry about making weight and could use that focus on other, important elements of my life.

And when I’ve done that, I’ve gotten questions from my fellow competitors about why I registered up a weight class, or even a look or two from the people running the tournaments when I weigh in way under the limit. It happens, but oh well- I’m there, I’m competing and I’m not being disqualified so let’s get the party started.

I wish I could impart that feeling on other competitors- and hell, even myself on those bad days, but it’s going to take a while before we all get to that point.

Anyway, check the article out and have a great day everyone!















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Article on the Term “Goon” in BJJ

This is a thing? Really?

Grappler’s Planet has an article about a term that I guess is making its way through the BJJ community- “goon” or “gooning” to refer to someone who uses strength rather than technique on the mats.

….So, if it’s a white belt can we call them a Goonie and demand they do the Truffle Shuffle?


Anyway, my thought on the matter is that you are always going to have someone that uses strength, and more often than not it has something to do with pride: maybe they have previous experience, or think they are in some movie montage where they should be beating everyone with just a few classes and a highlight reel to show how hard they worked…. Or something to that nature.

The key here, as is also stated in the article, is first and foremost not to be a goon, but also to focus on your technique- one of the nice things about jiu jitsu is that skill will inevitably beat strength. This “goon” will eventually realize that and have a fork in the path of their jiu jitsu career, in which they will have to decide what path they choose to follow: continue with strength and attempting to overpower others, or to change their ways and really learn jiu jitsu and the techniques that are offered.

So, check out the article and have a great day everyone!


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Article on Concept Driven Training

Hey Everyone,

Bloody Elbow has an interesting article about concept driven training- check it out and have a great day everyone!

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