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Author Archive: Björn Friedrich

Monster Truck Control – A new way to Control from the Truck

The Truck Position is a very good addition to the traditional Back Control. The truck allows the practitioner to control his opponent and transition to back control. It is the entryway to many...

When Is Someone Really Qualified To Teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Late year (BJJ) and MMA legend Enson Inoue announced he was demoting himself to purple belt. His rationale? The growth and transformation of bjj has been so radical that this is a rational course of...

John Danaher: Integrate Military Theory Into Your Jiu-Jitsu Not Just Contemporary Competitors

Many things can be said about John Danaher but rarely is his approach questioned. No matter what his focus was, he managed to produce outstanding champions for both mma and bjj scenes. However...

John Kavanagh Details His Worst Mistake: I Regret My First 10 Years of MMA and Grappling With People A Lot Heavier Than Me

John Kavanagh is perhaps the most well known for being Conor McGregor’s coach. The irishman, now 43 years old, is founder and head coach of Irish MMA gym SBG Ireland and the current president...

The Importance Of Toughing It Out in BJJ, Mental Strength & Reading The Opponent

If you’ve tried your hand at competing you may have heard that 50% or more of outcome is relating to the psychological struggle. Regardless of how you feel about psychology this is something...

FLAWLESS ARMBAR Submission from the Imanari Roll | Hideo Tokoro

The infamous “Imanari Roll” is a rolling attack that starts from standing and transitions into a leglock. It can also be used as a takedown if you do not attack the leg lock and instead come on...

BJJ Instructors Outline Blue Belt Requirements Stripe By Stripe

Every beginner has an impossible hurdle in front of them – how to get to the coveted next rank – the blue belt. Often time people will estimate progress among them based on how often...

How Should Men Roll With Women in BJJ?

Brazilian jiu-jitsu cannot be separated from the live application for it. So by definition there’s bound to be plenty of interactions that would make a casual passer-by uncomfortable. But as a...

Triangles & Full Mount: ‘Black Friday’ Makes Jiu Jitsu Knowledge Essential In Confrontations

Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the USA. It is the 4th Thursday of November. Since 1952, in America, Black Friday marks the beginning of America’s Christmas shopping...

Caio Terra’s Inspirational Speech That Will Make Anyone Think Twice About Quitting BJJ

10x IBJJF Black Belt World Champion, Caio Terra is a legend of our sport. The Multiple world champion was promoted to black belt by Reyson Gracie and Paulo Strauch after just 3 years of training and...

Wrestling Legend Dan Gable: ‘They Say Wrestling Isn’t For Everybody, But I Say It Should Be’

Dan Gable is best known for his coaching accolades (including 15 NCAA team team titles for university of Iowa) but the legend is primarily forged on a career that totaled only one lost match in his...

Things You Should Probably Never Say to Your BJJ Instructor

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu isn’t easy and it’s quite often contrary to inept instincts. Here are some pearls of wisdom you should probably keep to yourself: There’s a place and a way to...

Ex-Navy SEAL Commander Jocko Willink: a Jiu Jitsu Only Guy Beats Wrestling Only Guy 9 Times Out of 10 In A Real Fight

From September of 1990 to 2010 Willink was a Navy SEAL Platoon Commander and Seal Task Unit Commander leading hundreds of operations in combat. He earned his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from...

How to Escape A Really Tight & Heavy Side Control

Escaping the sidecontrol is one of the biggest challenges any beginner faces and it’s paramount to mastering bjj or even just saying you have rudimentary skills. Coming out of side control is...

US Army Member Taps Out Sam Alvey, Grapples Joe Lauzon & Co

Joe Lauzon, Sam Alvey and several others got the unique opportunity to visit U.S. soldiers in Iraq. On this occasion plenty of sparring was enjoyed by the UFC fighters and the army members. Diego...

New Scientific Evidence Points To Static Stretching Causing Strength Loss

Much can be said about the benefits of stretching – there are at least a couple reasons to do it!  And sure there’s been scientific evidence that stretching reduces the level of...

This Kimura Sequence Will Land You 15 Points In BJJ Competition

A sure way to get a hefty advantage in competition is always welcome. Such is the case with this particular kimura trap. Stephen Kesting brings us a setup with Robson ‘Mau Mau’ de Lima...

BJJ Black Belt & Bouncer Kevin Gallagher On Using BJJ On The Job To Avoid a Close Call

Kevin Gallagher has a long history in the sport. Like all legitimate black belts he took a while to achieve the prestigious rank. Along the way he got quite a few close calls in his side career of...

How Does Working at a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy Compare To a Regular Job?

Almost anyone addicted to jiu jitsu has at some point considered throwing it all away and leading the BJJ lifestyle. Is it do-able? What is it really like? I’ve spent 2 years working at my gym and...

Travis Stevens: “After A Concussion I couldn’t Walk in a Straight Line, Remember What I Ate or Day Of The Week”

While some question how happy a silver medal makes a man, Travis Stevens is over the moon with his. After all to get that far he overcame a staggering amount of injuries including a number of disc...

Jiu-Jitsu Keeps Knocking Me Down, But I’ll Never Quit

It isn’t uncommon to go through periods of disliking jiu-jitsu if you train for any length of time. There will be times where the pressure of competing, of living up to your belt, or meeting your...

Meet The First Ever Transgender Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is very peculiar as a hobby. It sort of immerses the practitioner deeply within a special lifestyle which is basically a subculture on it’s own. But here’s where...

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Listed as one of 8 things Every Rookie Police Officer Should Know

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has long demonstrated it’s effectiveness when it comes to law enforcement officers and preventing escalation of incidents.   View this post on Instagram   Judô e...

Danaher: “About 80 to 90 percent of your training should be people who are significantly of a lower level skill level than you are”

John Danaher has often spoken about the many merits of a world class grappler and what it takes to become one but this particularly interesting quote notes that majority of training should be spent...