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ADCC, Category_De La Riva Passing, No Gi, Passing, Yuri Simoes -

Transitioning from gi to no gi can be a very intimidating thing. Many people who practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu primarily in the gi have a hard time going from gi to no gi sometimes. This is because they are used to grabbing the kimono for so many things. Some people may even use the kimono to play certain guards like spider guard, worm guard, lasso guard, and other grip dependent guards. Other people may be used to the gi for submissions such as the bow and arrow, the baseball bat, or the cross choke. When you are used to having...

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ADCC, BJJ, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Jiu Jitsu, No Gi, Yuri Simoes -

If you are not sure who Yuri Simoes is you may have been living under a rock.  Yuri is one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts in the world, and he is arguably the best No Gi competitor around today.  Yuri has won the ADCC 2x, competed at Eddie Bravo Invitational, Fight To Win Pro, Five Grappling, and he is an IBJJF Black Belt No Gi World Champion in both his weight and the open weight division.  What constitutes the arguments for Yuri being the best no gi grappler today is the fact that he is so dynamic. ...

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ADCC, bellator, BJJ, black belt, Competition, competitor, DeBlass, Jiu Jitsu, mindset, promotion, Tom DeBlass, training, UFC -

Recently, ADCC and UFC veteran Tom DeBlass took to social media to address the age old question of whether or not jiu jitsu competition is necessary to be promoted and ultimately earn your black belt.  There are a wide variety of stances on this topic.  With all of the available promotions and rule set variations, it is nearly possible for most average practitioners around the country to compete one or twice a month if they wanted to.  The number of competitors seems to be growing, but for most schools, the percentage of competitors is usually around 10-15%.   The choice to...

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ADCC, Bernardo Faria, BJJ, Frames, Grappling, Half Guard, Jiu Jitsu, Knee Shield, Yuri Simoes -

Half guard is becoming popularized by jiu jitsu icons like Bernardo Faria and Tom DeBlass among others who have taken what was formerly a last ditch effort to stop someone from passing your guard, and developed entire offensive and defensive systems that have helped get them to the top of competitive grappling. A strong half guard is typically characterized by the use of a controlling bottom leg that hooks the thigh of the opponent, a sturdy knee shield created by the top leg and angling towards the far shoulder of the opponent, and finished with a framing arm on the...

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10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, academy, ADCC, attitude, BJJ, goal setting, Grappling, Jiu Jitsu, mindset, tom deblass, Training -

BJJ Fanatics recently asked Tom DeBlass what he thought were the three most important qualities that a jiu jitsu practitioner should strive for or embody in their training.  Without missing a beat, Tom said that they were "relentlessness, a positive attitude and gratitude to your team."  These three concepts can serve as goals that we all try to improve on the way towards our goals. As a world class competitor, coach of students who have achieved the highest grappling stages themselves and the owner of his academy Ocean County BJJ, Tom's advice can be applied by someone who is just...

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