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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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BJJ, Jiu Jitsu, Neil Melanson, Submission Grappling -

If you are not familiar with Neil Melanson and you are a fan of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or MMA, you have been living under a rock.  Neil Melanson is the coach of blackzillians and is infamous for training some of the best MMA fighters of all time.  He has been involved in training some of the top UFC fighters in the world, Chael Sonnen said “I’d slap Rickson Gracie 5 times before I mess with Neil Melanson.” That is a very bold statement, Vitor Belfort said “Neil can triangle you from anywhere.”  Neil has one of the best closed guards...

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BJJ, Catch Wrestling, Grappling, Guard, Jiu Jitsu, Neil Melanson, Submission, Triangle -

The triangle choke is one of the most deadly and high percentage submissions in grappling.  It utilizes the powerful leg and thigh muscles to crush the opponents shoulders, neck and arm together with the hopes of cutting the blood flow off to the brain via the carotid arteries on either side of the neck. The triangle is typically one of the first submission techniques learned as a white belt and even the most casual MMA fan with little to know grappling knowledge are able to identify and understand.  So why is it one of the most difficult techniques to become...

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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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BJJ, Closed Guard, Jiu Jitsu, Neil Melanson, Submission Grappling -

The closed guard is one of the most difficult positions to get good at.  It is one of the most popular guards in bjj and MMA, and it is one of the first guards that everybody learns.  The closed guard can be utilized at the beginner levels of bjj and highest levels of bjj.  It can also be utilized at the highest and lowest levels of MMA depending on the complexity and your understanding of the position. Why is the closed guard so good?  There are so many submissions, sweeps, transitional set ups, and attacks from the closed guard.  The...

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