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There are so many sources of great information on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu out there today and they continue to grow and expand every day.  Let's look at some of the most common sources of information and one that perhaps is not commonly thought of but is no less important and should not be overlooked. Your direct instructor Your direct instructor is the person who teaches the majority of the classes you attend. They may also be the owner/operator of the academy you attend.  Your direct instructor should be your primary resource for questions about techniques and your own development.  Your...

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The arm bar is one of the most versatile submissions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  The arm bar is also one of the first submissions that you will ever learn and one of the last that you will master (if you ever do).  This is an excellent submission because it is available from a wide variety of positions, and it works extremely well in gi, nogi, and MMA. The arm bar is one of the oldest submissions there is and has roots that date back hundreds of years.  It is one of the fundamental submissions of bjj and one of the...

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In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu it is vital to establish a well-rounded and complete bjj game.  What are we referring to when we say complete?  This means that you want to have a dangerously good guard, good passing, and good submissions.  You don’t want to be a one trick pony. If you want to start to develop your game as a whole, check out our article “Developing your BJJ Game.” This is contradicting to some of the things we have expressed in other articles like “Developing a good bjj game fast.”  We stress that it is better to be good at...

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We all know that bjj is one of the most difficult martial arts and that the learning curve is extremely high.  Bjj has the highest dropout rate of any martial art and this is not very surprising.  There is no preconceived notion of how to grapple, but almost everyone has a preconceived notion of how to punch and kick. That being said, learning bjj is like learning how to swim.  The most important belt in bjj is white, and the biggest step is getting to your blue belt.  Why is this?  When you’re a white belt, for the most part,...

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Many BJJ practitioners and athletes do some sort of 'extra' exercise to supplement their jiu jitsu training and help improve their conditioning.  Whether it is some sort of cardio like running or cycling, or a resistance-based activity like weight lifting or using kettlebells, the strength and conditioning benefits can be amazing.   But if the thought of endless miles on a treadmill or elliptical makes you want to cry and you can't imagine yourself at the local Crossfit gym, may we suggest Yoga for BJJ?  Yoga is a unique form of exercise that will improve many of the things that...

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