Developing your guard to the next level

Playing guard for a beginning student isn’t easy. In fact, starting a new activity or study comes with a lot of trial and error. In Jiu Jitsu, that means a lot of tapping. From Giving feedback: Getting feedback from training partners and instructors is an important aspect in the life of a martial artist. Feedback is how we correct holes in our games. Feedback is how we help our training partners get better. Feedback keeps us honest and humble. I

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Training at a high level competition academy

I’ve been fortunate enough to train at many different types of academies throughout my career. Different in their atmosphere. Different in their focus. Different in training philosophies and techniques. I just want to start off by saying that there is no one best school or academy. It all comes down to whether or not it’s a good fit for you. You could have access to the best training partners and instructors in the world. But if the training environment is

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Guard Development

I was watching my friend Jon Thomas teach a class while training at his academy in Gothenburg, Sweden. For those of you who don’t know Jon. He has one of the best spider guards in all of Jiu Jitsu. So much so that he got the nickname “macarrao” which means spaghetti in Portuguese. Partly because of his red hair but mostly because of his awesome ability to recompose his guard by utilizing his feet in even the smallest of spaces.

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