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Time is running out on the BJJ Fanatics Gift Guides for 2017.  The pressure is on for you to take down the best gift possible for those special grapplers in your life.  Whether they are your friends, coaches, or even someone you'd like to see start BJJ in 2018, nothing is as valuable as the gift of knowledge.  And who better to learn from and defeat the last minute holiday gift seeking pressure, then BJJ black belt and Judo Olympic Silver Medalist Travis Stevens. Travis Stevens is widely considered to be one of the hardest working athletes in competitive grappling...

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BJJ, grappling, Jimmy Pedro, Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Judo Takedowns, Kayla Harrison, Olympics, Travis Stevens -

In this installment of the BJJ Fanatics Gift Guide is focused on helping inject your training with some much needed standing and takedown techniques.  These areas are often ignored by many jiu jitsu practitioners and academies, the majority of training starting and happening "from the knees." What better gift to give that special jiu jiteiro in your life than the ability to effectively control their opponents on the feet and when the opportunity presents itself to take the action to the ground.  A decent working knowledge of judo can really go a long way to helping both your competitive jiu jitsu...

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black belt, judo, Judo Takedowns, olympics, Travis Stevens, turtle attacks, turtle defense, Turtle Position -

Picture it, you're coming at your opponent or training partner with your absolute best guard pass attacks and they're unable to stop you.  Just before you lock them down into side control, they hip away and come to their knees.  Their elbows retract almost inside their body like some sort of Transformer and you're left staring at this balled up human and their seemingly impenetrable turtle defense. Whether you are a novice or advanced practitioner the defensive turtle position can be one of the most frustrating puzzles that you can face.  How do you attack it?  With their head down,...

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BJJ instructional videos and DVDs typically play an essential part of most Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athlete's development.  Because of the complexity of many of the techniques, having a resource to watch and review to help ensure proper execution of the techniques.  So whether you are casually perusing video channels like YouTube for the latest techniques, or you're a fan of sites like this one here at BJJ Fanatics, you know the importance of getting those cutting edge moves. What you will find is that the vast majority of BJJ instructionals feature male BJJ athletes.  While there are several that are geared...

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bjj, jiu jitsu, judo, lapel choke, north south, olympics, travis stevens -

The North/South position is an extremely powerful position which allows the top player to maintain strong control over their opponent by maximizing pressure and control on the upper third of the opponent's torso.  By maintaining a strong north/south control, you are able to avoid the powerful hips and the flexible hips of those dreaded escape artists you train with at the academy or compete against at tournaments. A strong north/south game should be filled with a number of Gi and No Gi choke options to be able to address opponent reactions and counters.  Two time Judo Olympian and John Danaher...

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