This sweep can be executed either by breaking your opponent's posture or when your opponent is forcing the Tozi (Sao Paulo) pass. The key to success is the ability to control your opponent's recovery by utilizing the lapel. Check it out!

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I’ve learned over the years that focusing solely on winning is generally detrimental to my training. There are times that I do it and feel good about it, but when I do too often I tend to get emotional and attached to the idea. While I think you win and learn AND lose and learn, I often try to either take away the win and lose portion entirely and only focus on the learn, or narrow the idea of winning. Focusing on “winning” is too general. There are too many dynamic options in Jiu-Jitsu for that to last long, especially when you don’t have an advanced enough game to flow without really thinking at all.

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I get it. You don’t want to stop training. Nobody wants to stop training. I’m here to tell you two things:

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Photos By John Cooper

I think about injury prevention through strong active ranges of motion all the time and how to get people there. I also train Jiu-Jitsu a lot, which is a nice place to contemplate such things around people that need it. Your friendly neighborhood beginner is at risk, and I’d like to offer some suggestions about what you can do to help.

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Ignorance and fear typically rule the way people deal with Jiu-Jitsu injuries. Some glorify them as a badge of honor, some quit altogether, some take a middle ground and just hope for the best on a wish and a prayer that the body will fix itself. None of these will actually get you out of pain. If it seems like they do you are probably just riding borrowed time before you get the same injury again.

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Photo Credit: Jeff Chu

Jiu-jitsu culture seems to glorify at worst and passively accept at best that injuries are just going to happen. Everyone will have bad knees and shoulders and aches and pains together. In some ways, that’s true – you’re doing an active, tough sport and...

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When you grab somebody by the end of their arm, you’re more likely to get the armbar than if you grabbed closer to the shoulder. You’re closer to the end of the lever, which means the strength differential is in your favor.

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Measure your progress by how much range you get in belly expansion and depletion, the amount of control you have in lengthening the rate of forceful inhale or exhale, and the amount of time you’re able to hold.

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