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A Quest to Define the BJJ Fundamentals (Originally appeared in Jiu-Jitsu Style Magazine)   Advice that is often heard in jiu jitsu schools around the globe is to “Focus on the fundamentals”. It is hard to find fault with this advice and most students nod their heads in agreement with this seemingly wise wisdom. The problem is… what are the fundamentals? I’ve traveled to countless BJJ schools across 4 continents and I have found that while there are many similarities to the way techniques are performed, there are also many subtle differences. Additionally, I found that some schools focused more...

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brabo, choke, darce, grappling, jiu-jitsu, Nogi -

I recently had the chance to chat with martial arts teacher Bjorn Friedrich. Bjorn originally released his ground-breaking instructional DVD on Brabo/darce chokes about a decade ago but the techniques remain effective and well worth studying. After being unavailable for many years, I'm happy to re-release "Position Brabo" on DVD and On Demand. - Budo Jake   BJ: Bjorn, what do you like about the Brabo/darce choke?   BF: I really like its versatility. You can get the choke from everywhere. If you are more of a top game player you can play a heavy pressure game and use the Darce...

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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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