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BJJ, Black Belt, Brown Belt, Escapes, Guard Pass, Half Guard, Jiu Jitsu, Submission, Tom DeBlass -

The road to one's black belt in BJJ is long and fraught with a seemingly endless array of challenges.  Let's look at some commonly agreed upon statements or even cliches about the journey to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt.  First, an extremely small percentage of people who walked into an academy the very first time will stick around and make it to this coveted belt.  Though there is no real, conclusive demographic data, it is safe to say that it is much less than 10% of people and probably less than 5%.  The reasons people don't make it are varied. ...

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Bernardo Faria, BJJ, Deep Half Guard, Guard Pass, Jiu Jitsu, Michael Zenga, Submission -

Deep half guard is a very dynamic variation of traditional or standard half guard that truly represents the philosophic approach of "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade".  There are a number of common entries into deep half; let's take a look at two of them. In the first, the opponent steps up the near side leg to attempt to pass our standard half guard.  By kicking through with our bottom leg and chopping at the leg in order to extend it and to throw them off their balance, while simultaneously turning into them, bringing their thigh onto our upper...

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ADCC, BJJ, Close Guard, Guard Pass, Jiu Jitsu, JT Torres, Opening Guard -

They say your life passes before your eyes when you're about to die.  I really hope that all that time I spent stuck in closed guard gets edited out.  I can remember entire training rounds where the bulk of my time was spent trapped in the vice-clamp of my training partner's closed guard.  There were so many mistakes I made in the beginning.  The first one was trying to focus too much on hand fighting and almost playing patty cake with the person in who's guard I was trapped.  This did little to get me out.  The second common mistake...

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bellator, bjj, grappling, guard pass, half guard, Jiu Jitsu, Submissions, tom deblass, ufc -

One of the top proponent's of the half guard position today is Tom DeBlass.  His ability to smash through the half guards of his opponents to secure devastating submissions when on top or to keep some of the largest most fierce opponents at bay with his bottom have guard, has been tested on the top grappling stages today, from IBJJF to ADCC and more recent, but fast growing events like Fight to Win Pro.  Tom has also had his half guard at the ready in the premiere MMA events during his time in the UFC and Bellator promotions. For more...

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bjj, Guard Pass, Guard Passing, jiu jitsu, passing, Passing the Guard, pressure passing -

 Passing the guard can be one of the most difficult tasks in BJJ.  It can be nearly impossible to pass your opponent’s guard.  Developing a good guard passing game is essential to improving in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  If you have not yet established a good guard passing game, check out our article “Developing your Guard Passing.” Today, we discuss one of the most versatile, effective and simple passes you can learn, the X pass. The X pass is an extremely good pass because it works against multiple guards, it works extremely well in gi and nogi, and it can...

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