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BJJ Theory: The Fundamental Concept Behind Open Guards

Open guards are the one area where BJJ is light years ahead of any other grappling martial art. In the beginning, BJJ was defined by the ability of someone to fight off their backs. Back then, the closed guard reigned supreme as the position to beat fro everyone else. That was not easy at all, given that people had never seen anyone fighting and winning from their back. Later on, the closed guard evolved into countless open guards that now rule the sport, …

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An Overview Of The Most Effective Overhead Jiu-Jitsu Sweeps

Sweeps are not a simple thing to get in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We often take them for granted, but they do pose a real challenge to execute on people that have grappling experience. Apart from lots and lots of techniques, there are also lots of conceptual ways to approach sweeps. The trick is, all of these …

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4 Working Leg Lock Setups Against Standing Opponents

Let’s get outside the box for a little while. Like with everything else, every BJJ rule has exceptions. In fact, I don’t really believe there are any rules in BJJ, just some common principles that make things easier. Nonetheless, with everyone now believing there’s only the Ashi Garami way of doing leg locks. People tend …

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