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Rickson Flow

Flow Diagrams for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Back when I was a purple belt, I started creating flow charts to help me get a better grasp of the multitude of techniques I...
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Techniques: Selective Tension

Several years ago I read an interview with Rickson Gracie in which he spoke about relaxing various parts of his body while grappling. Since...
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competitions: Tips for First-Timers

  I remember entering my first Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitions - almost 20 years ago. The fear and anxiety almost completely consumed me. Amazingly, despite horrible performances, I...
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Important Tips for Beginners

During my journey into grappling and brazilian jiu jitsu, I have come across several principles and pieces of advice which have greatly accelerated my...
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Control Your Breathing

The pace of your breathing is closely linked to your mental state. The mind is at its clearest when breathing is calm and rhythmic....

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