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BJJ, Self Defense -

Longtime martial arts practitioner and instructor Bjorn Friedrich, recently released a new instructional video on effective street self defense titled Control the Chaos and we recently caught up with him to get some of his thoughts. So here are Bjorn's thoughts on self defense philosophy and myths: My Philosophy of Self Defense My philosophy of self defense goes far beyond fighting techniques. I would say fighting should be the last resort and should be avoided at all costs because the risk is far too high and usually no good things come from fighting in the street. My philosophy is based...

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Does it make sense to practice everything on both sides in Jiu-jitsu? In my experience it's common practice in Jiu-jitsu classes for the instructor to tell the students to practice moves on both sides. At first glance it makes sense. After all, we want to be well balanced and equally proficient on both sides, right? In my own Jiu-jitsu practice of over 15 years, I've found that no matter how many times I practice (certain moves) on both sides, they never feel equal. One side always feels more natural to me. Is that a problem I need to overcome? Should...

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10th planet, BJJ, eddie bravo, Nogi, rubber guard, shawn williams -

It's hard to believe it's been 7 years already. It was the summer of 2012 and Budo Dane and I had a live weekly jiu-jitsu show. This was well before Facebook live or YouTube live. Each week we had guests on who would share stories and techniques with us. This particular week I wanted to get two of my friends on to settle their beef - Eddie Bravo & Shawn Williams. You see, Shawn has a guard, aptly named the Williams Guard. Eddie Bravo has his Rubber Guard system. There was one particular move - "The London" as Eddie calls...

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BJJ, budo jake, budofit, fitness, Jiujitsu, Kettlebell, longevity, Nic Gregoriades, yoga -

Nic Gregoriades is a well-known Jiu-Jitsu instructor with the unique title of being Roger Gracie's first black belt. Since Nic just came out with a new fitness instructional called BudoFit, I wanted to ask him a few questions about fitness related to jiu-jitsu and longevity. Jake: You’ve had a long history in jiu-jitsu. It’s natural as we mature that the way we roll and practice changes. Some people become more efficient with their movements, some limit their rolling. How is your jiu-jitsu practice now compared to years past? Nic: As I approach 40, I have definitely changed the way I...

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bjj, competition, tournament -

Everyone has to start somewhere when they are wanting to compete, so once you have honed your skills as best you can and have your white belt safely secured, the next progression is to try and prepare yourself for your first BJJ Tournament. You can take a look at a list of the best BJJ Tournaments around so that you might be able to target where and when you might want to compete. It also makes sense to try and pick up some useful tips and advice from seasoned referees and competitors, who could give you some valuable insights into...

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