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May 01, 2008

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The final leg of the journey of studying Brazilian jiu-jitsu involves the tools it takes, mentally and physically, to succeed in the long run. Earning a purple, brown, or black belt in BJJ is a long-term commitment, one that can take years of consistent training and dedication to the art. As with any worthwhile goal, there will be obstacles along the path and opportunities you can take that will aid in… Continue Reading

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April 01, 2008

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Navigating the landscape of martial arts training can sometimes be a daunting and mysterious task. Following up on last month's article on how to choose a Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) academy, I asked a few more questions of a panel of experts in the art. This second article in a three-part series addresses how to survive in Brazilian jiu-jitsu once you've got started--meaning how to navigate everything from ringworm… Continue Reading

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March 01, 2008

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One of the most frequent topics of conversation I seem to engage in with fellow CrossFitters is about getting started in Brazilian jiujitsu. People want to know what to expect, how to prepare, how to combine it with their strength and conditioning training, and how to get better. To help answer these questions, I interviewed a panel of successful jiu-jitsu players to find out their take on how to start, survive, and… Continue Reading

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Rear Naked Choke

By Becca Borawski

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February 01, 2008

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One of the most popular moves in martial arts is the rear naked choke. The rear naked choke can be executed with or without the traditional gi (kimono), and variations are put to use in every venue, from professional wrestling to law enforcement. The choke is known by many names. Called the Lion Killer or "Mata Leão" in Brazil, its lineage reaches back to traditional Japanese jiu-jitsu and… Continue Reading

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January 01, 2008

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This month we continue working with world champion grappler Valerie Worthington. Valerie has trained extensively in both gi (wearing the traditional kimono) and no-gi grappling techniques and has chosen a few of her favorites to share with us.

Many jiu-jitsu schools, either because of size restrictions or because a large focus of the curriculum is on the ground game, do not spend much time working on takedowns. Frequently, grapplers… Continue Reading

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December 01, 2007

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Last month's article covered the story of world-champion grappler Valerie Worthington. This month, Valerie demonstrates the first of three jiu-jitsu techniques we will be featuring. Valerie has trained extensively in both gi (wearing the traditional kimono) and nogi grappling techniques and has chosen a few of her favorites to share.

This month's move, the gi guard pass, begins with Valerie in Andy's guard… Continue Reading

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November 01, 2007

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Just a couple of months ago, in September 2007, Valerie Worthington stood on top of a podium in Turkey, accepting the gold medal for the Grappling World Championships. She was there representing the United States and joining her teammates in their sweep of the gold medals in all nine weight classes.

A little over one year earlier, in June of 2006, Valerie had stood in her empty condo in Chicago, finalizing its sale… Continue Reading

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Striking from Side Control

By Becca Borawski

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October 01, 2007

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There are three domains of fighting in mixed martial arts: fighting on the feet, fighting on the ground, and the transition between the two. Fighting on the feet includes moves and strategies from many different striking arts, such as kickboxing and Muay Thai. To take the fight from the feet to the ground, a fighter must be versed in arts such as wrestling and judo. Once on the ground, there are myriad techniques… Continue Reading

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