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BJJ, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Butterfly Guard, Butterfly Sweep, Grappling, Marcelo Garcia -

The butterfly sweep has long been one of the most simple and effective sweeps in bjj.  The butterfly sweep is one of the first sweeps many bjj practitioners will learn and is one of the most underrated sweeps.  Marcelo Garcia is infamous for utilizing the butterfly sweep at the highest levels of competition and displaying the effectiveness. The butterfly sweep is very effective for several reasons, it is extremely versatile, it is applicable from various positions and it is an aggressive move that can set several other positions up.  The butterfly sweep is often overlooked because of the simplicity but...

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david, goliath, jeff glover, jiu jitsu, marcelo garcia, pesado -

The story of David and Goliath has many theological meanings.  But the battle between the stronger, Goliath and the smaller, weaker David has taken on a more popularized and secular meaning and is used to describe any scenario where a smaller, perhaps weaker individual triumphs against the odds and becomes the victorious underdog.  This metaphor can be seen as the over arching theme of the entire history of jiu jitsu. The story goes that one of the pioneers of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Grandmaster Helio Gracie was one of the smallest and weakest of his brothers and adapted the teachings of...

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bernardo faria, chokes, elbows, james foster, kurt osiander, marcelo garcia, north south, side control -

 In the world of frustrating positions, being caught in North/South by a strong, knowledgeable opponent or training partner can be one of the most deadly positions you can find yourself in.  It's bad in so many ways.  First off you're flat on the back.  Secondly, your opponent may or may not be controlling one or more of your arms.  Lastly, with minimal effort the opponent will be able to wrap their arms around your neck which at the bare minimum just plain sucks whether they have a good choke arsenal or not. In the videos below, we have champions and...

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back control, back take, bjj, garry tonon, jiu jitsu, marcelo garcia, matt arroyo, submissions, techniques -

Back mount is arguably the most dominating of BJJ positions that exists.  From a self defense perspective, the person who's back has been taken has arguably the least amount of weapons or counters against the position.  Sure I can try to grab or punch at the person on my back's face, but they can easily protect themselves by staying tight and protecting their face behind my head. From a competition standpoint, the back position is one of the most highly rewarded with full back mount with both legs or hooks in controlling the opponent's hips being awarded 4 points.  In...

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BJJ, Felipe Pena, Felipe Preguica, Marcelo Garcia, Single Leg X, Single Leg X Guard, Single Leg X Sweep, SLX, SLX Guard, Submission -

One of the best guards in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu today is the Single Leg X Guard.   The Single Leg X guard has several benefits and has proven itself effective at the highest levels of competition.  Many World Champion Black Belts utilize the Single Leg X guard.  Some of the people who have made it infamous are Felipe Pena, Marcelo Garcia, Leandro Lo and more. The Single X is great to use if you enjoy playing X guard as well, they go hand in hand, if you’d like to learn more on the X guard check out our post, “X Guard...

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