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Baratoplata, BJJ, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Grappling, Jiu Jitsu, Martial Arts -

The baratoplata is one of the least popular and the most underrated submissions in bjj.  You may not have even heard of this position.  The barataoplata was invented by Rafael Freitas, a competitive Gracie Barra black belt but was quickly adapted by legends such as Caio Terra.  This move has been proven effective at the highest levels of competitions on multiple occasions. There are several reasons that the baratoplata are so effective.  The primary reason is because of how easily you can get into it.  You can get into the position from so many places, top, bottom, and from other...

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BJJ, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Grappling, Martial Arts, No Gi, No Gi BJJ, No Gi Pass, Submission Grappling, Submission Wrestling -

 No Gi? No problem, here at BJJ Fanatics we’ve got you covered for all of your BJJ needs.  Many people have a hard time transitioning from gi to no gi, but this should not be a problem.  Although there are very many differences between gi and no gi, there are more similarities.  Many people assume that since they do not have access to the lapels, and grips that they may have a hard time becoming accustomed to the gi, although this may be true on rare occasions, many people manage to transition from one to other easily. No gi can...

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BJJ, grappling, Jiu Jitsu, mistakes, opponent, training, white belt -

The first few months of training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be overwhelming.  Starting to train BJJ is similar to learning to drive.  If you think back to the first time you were ever behind the wheel, there seemed to literally be hundreds of different things to pay attention to and early on, it always seemed like you were missing something.  Similarly, building your knowledge of BJJ is so much more than just performing the steps of a technique in a specific order.  There are so many things that we need to pay attention to in the beginning, until they become...

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BJJ, Catch Wrestling, Grappling, Jiu Jitsu, Neil Melanson, Nelson Neck Tie, Peruvian Necktie, Three Quarter Nelson, Wrestling -

Neil Melanson has made a career being one of the most prolific MMA and grappling coaches out there.  The words "grappling genius" can get overused, but Neil is one of those true "mad scientists" as the fighters who have worked with him can attest.  He has developed a hybrid style of grappling that mixes his deep catch wrestling knowledge with a number of other styles to form a collection of some of the most powerful and deadly submissions available. For another look at Neil and his impact on grappling, check out this article from BJJ Fanatics that looks at the...

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BJJ, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Grappling, Jiu Jitsu, Martial Arts -

Does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu still work for self-defense?  This is a question that is often asked among the bjj community.  People tend to believe that the day of bjj as a martial art and self-defense are long gone, but is this true?  Well, this question tends to be very debatable and very subjective.  In short, no they are not, but this is a complex question that requires an even more complex answer.  To get into this topic we have to go over the history of bjj, discover the roots and learn more. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu had a quick rise to...

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