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Igor Gracie, the son of legendary Rolls Gracie walks you through how to unlock the puzzle of some the most troublesome submissions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Triangles… Kimuras… Bow and Arrows… Arm Bars… Omoplatas… Plus more! You will never survive class without these escapes.

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A fun concept. What would I go back and teach myself and how can I apply these thoughts to the people I teach today? My bias towards long-term health shows up strong in this journal entry. My priorities are on making a better, more durable body that will support any technique you show it. And some techniques too.

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Marcelo Garcia's right hand man, Paul Schreiner is arguably one of the best teachers and greatest jiu jitsu minds of our generation. In this video, this BJJ savant explains in great detail the concepts for using shoulder pressure to submit or gain a better position against your opponent. If you have not seen the rest of this instructional, you are really one step behind the curve

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When I started this article I brainstormed what I think the most important principle for someone to get a grasp of might be. This is what I came up with. A list of the principles I would teach myself if I could start back at the beginning.

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Besides the great Roger Gracie, Bernardo Faria may be the only other person in Jiu Jitsu history that can make one position work for him over and over again at the highest level of competition.  This 4X IBJJF World Champion has proven time and time again that his Z-Guard works and works well. Some people may call his game “one-dimensional”, but hey, if that one dimension gets you double gold at the 2015 IBJJF World Championships as a Black Belt… I’ll take it!

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Mounted, with their hands pinned on either side of their head. Think about it. It’s usually the first place people get really “stuck”. Even brand new people seem to instinctively try and put other people in this position to control them. Having your hands pinned to the floor makes you feel totally helpless. Bump and roll can’t save you. Because it’s so easy to get stuck there I think it’s important to show this position to new people of all ages as part of an introduction to the sport.

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“Fast” and “Crush” are the two names I loosely apply to my two modes of training. Which one I use depends on my opponent and what I’m working on.

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