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BJJ, Catch as Catch Can, Catch Wrestling, Crossface, Dean Lister, Grappling, Jiu Jitsu, Josh Barnett, Neil Melanson, Pressure, Submissions -

For those of us who train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and are obsessed with the idea of trying to master the martial art, it is easy to forget that the world of grappling is made up of many other forms of physical combat each with its own arsenal of techniques and craft or application of said techniques. Each of these different forms of grappling can have yield great benefit as a form of cross training for our BJJ.  Two of the most common grappling styles that are commonly used in conjunction with BJJ training to improve certain aspects are judo and...

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Catch as Catch Can, Catch Wrestling, Neil Melanson -

“That’s not jiu-jitsu…”  I’ll never forget when I returned to the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu after a long hiatus and tried to apply “old school” techniques that I had learned in the late 90s and early 2000s.  Techniques that my father applied when I used to train with him, his background coming from training with Judokas and catch wrestlers in college in the ex-Soviet Union during the 1960s.  The derision and disgust at my “rude” techniques quickly stifled what I knew would be effective…  But there are many benefits of catch wrestling for the Jiu Jitsu practitioner. Catch wrestling...

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BJJ, Catch as Catch Can, Catch Wrestling, Josh Barnett, Neil Melanson, Submission Wrestling -

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Throughout the past few years, the leg lock game has become a major aspect of competition grappling, more so than ever before.  One result of this has been the development of “new” systems, but another, far more interesting result has been the resurgence in popularity of certain grappling arts.  Perhaps one of the most interesting of these […]

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