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Bernardo Faria, BJJ, Closed Guard, Guard, Helio Gracie, Jiu jitsu, self defense, Submissions, Sweeps -

There is an old story about one of Johnny Cash's guitar players where an interviewer asked him what his thoughts were on the rising crop of up and coming guitar players who were playing songs that may have been more technically flashy and perhaps faster.  It is said that he paused and simply said that some people are looking for something, while some have already found it.  This musician was content knowing he was good at what he did and was not interested in necessary chasing something that was faster or more technically proficient. The art of music and the...

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BJJ, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Closed Guard, Grappling, Guard, Jiu Jitsu -

Closed guard is one of the most popular positions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and in MMA.  Closed guard is one of the first guards that many people who try bjj are exposed to, and it is one of the positions that the casual MMA fan is typically familiar with.  Therefore, it is essential to have a good and aggressive closed guard. From the closed guard, you can do many things, including sweep and submit.  In order to generate an effective closed guard, you have to have chain attacks where one move leads to another.  Closed guard is imperative to learn...

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BJJ, Closed Guard, Cross Choke, Grappling, Side Control -

The cross choke is one of the most powerful chokes in the gi.  It utilizes both collars and is one of the first chokes many people learn.  The cross choke is also one of the hardest chokes to master.  One of the best characteristics of the cross choke is that it is extremely versatile.  You can use the cross choke from so many different places. The cross choke is definitely worth learning because it works from bottom in several places and from top.  You can use it from half guard and full guard on bottom and you can use it...

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Bernardo Faria, BJJ, BJJ Champions, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Closed Guard, Submission Grappling, Submissions -

Closed guard is one of the most popular guards in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Many people believe that it is one of the best guards in bjj.  There are so many powerful sweeps, submissions, and attacks from closed guard.  Closed guard is also an extremely versatile position. You can successfully use the closed guard in gi, nogi, MMA, and self-defense, therefore, many schools emphasize a deep understanding of the closed guard. Today, we discuss how the gi can allow you to have far more attacks in the closed guard and can enhance your closed guard game.  Contrary to popular belief, the...

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BJJ, Closed Guard, Grappling, Neil Melanson, Submission Grappling, Submission Wrestling -

Are you familiar with Neil Melanson?  If you’re not you may have been living under a rock.  Neil is one of the pioneers of MMA coaching, he is a MMA coach for the Blackzillians and has worked with some of the best UFC fighters in the world.  Some of the people he has worked with include Randy Couture, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort and many more.  Many people say that Neil has one of the best guards in the world.  His primary focus is not on competing in grappling but on molding MMA champions. Neil has a very unique and conceptual...

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