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Author Archive: BJJEE1 Admin

Let John Danaher Fix Your Open Guard With This One Simple Principle

Open Guard is such a confusing position: it has so many different variations and choosing the „right“ approach to playing it is no easy business. So, what can you do then in order to make your...

Braulio Estima & Buchecha Share Their Competition Mindset Secrets

Ah yes, the pleasures of competing… The sweaty palms, the nervous laughter and making jokes with teammates in order to make the time pass by just a little bit faster. Tournaments and matches...

Opponent Too Defensive? Use The Knee On Belly Pressure & Have Some Fun

Let’s say you’ve passed your opponent’s guard, ended up in Side Control and that you’re trying to find a way to finish them from there… However, they’re too...

Take The Back From Closed Guard?

Taking the back from positions like Mount, Side Control and Half Guard is something that you’re probably used to aim for, something that you’ve likely practiced for hundreds and hundreds...

Make Your Toreando Pass Better With These Great Details

The Toreando Pass is, more often than not, one of the first passes you learn on your BJJ journey. But, like so many other things that we learn as beginners, there are some game-changing details that...

Chael Sonnen On Why Greco-Roman Wrestlers Do Better in MMA Than Freestyle Wrestlers

Does it seem to you that Greco-Roman Wrestling translates better to MMA than Freestyle Wrestling does? And that the Greco-Roman wrestlers had way more success in MMA than their Freestyle...

Chael Sonnen On The Number One Mistake Wrestlers Make When Transitioning to MMA

Making a transition from any martial art and combat sport to MMA is not an easy task in the slightest, as it carries many variables that need to be taken into account in order for it to be...

Flip Your Opponents Overhead With The Meregali Sweep!

Nicholas Meregali is a 2x IBJJF World Champion, loved for his constantly dynamic and aggressive BJJ game. One of the aspects of that game is his great Open Guard – and one of the sweeps from Open...

The Best Knee Cut Pass Setup by JT Torres

The Knee Cut Pass is, more often than not, set up from an Open Guard… But what if we were to tell you that you can also set it up from being in someone’s Butterfly Guard – and that the...

You’ve Been Doing It Wrong; This Is The Secret To An Effective Lockdown in BJJ

A lot of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners think that the Lockdown is just about, well, locking your opponent’s leg – but it’s not that simple. Coach Magnus Hansson, from 10th Planet...

Keenan Cornelius Has a Stealth-Like Triangle Setup From The Back

Tell us, honestly: how many times have you taken someone’s back, only to struggle to finish with a choke for the remainder of the round? Yup, all too often. Well, Keenan Cornelius has a sneaky...

Train With The Best at The Caribbean Roots Camp with Samuel Braga, Erik Wanderley, Valerie Letourneau & More

What’s the one most important, most beautiful thing that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has given you? What would you say has given you the best goosebumps? Chances are – it’s the experiences....

Royce Gracie on Who’d Win: Rickson Gracie or Gordon Ryan? Tells Interesting Stories

Who would come out on top: Rickson Gracie vs Gordon Ryan? What about Rickson Gracie vs. Andre Galvao? And what happened between Royce Gracie and Eddie Bravo at Metamoris III? Chael Sonnen had a...

Is Your Belt Too Long And Keeps Falling Off? Try This!

However important as it may be to know as many principles and techniques as possible, it is equally important to know the very basics – for example, how to tie your belt properly! Even though that...

Don’t Get Disqualified Doing This Sweep

There are BJJ sweeps… And then are the BJJ sweeps! You know what we mean by that – there are some sweeps that you just cannot take your eyes off, whether it’s because of the great...

BJJ Black Belt Demonstrates How Realistic the Grappling in the Movie ‘Redeemer’

If you’ve seen the movie „Redeemer“ (2014), starring Marko Zaror, you’ve probably seen a lot of action shots that involve grappling skills! But, how realistic is the grappling we see...

Prevent Your Opponents From Standing In Your Closed Guard By Doing This

Your closed guard is only as effective as your ability to use it for sweeps, transitions and submissions is… However, it’s only as useful as your ability to preserve it when your...

How Rickson Gracie Passes: The Most Effective Way To Pass The Guard Explained

Sometimes, the „real“ BJJ secrets or not-so-obvious details to getting a lot better get revealed. This guard passing detail, presented by SBG’s Matt Thornton, falls into that category –...

Travis Stevens On Why Judo Has More Brotherhood & Less Politics Than BJJ

Travis Stevens, an Olympic Silver Medalist in Judo and a black belt in BJJ under John Danaher, has a unique perspective on the differences between Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – one well worth...

Is Rickson Gracie Truly The Greatest BJJ Practitioner Of All Time?

Is Rickson Gracie truly the greatest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner of all time or not? And if he is, why is it so? Professor Ryan Young, a 2nd Degree Black Belt and an instructor at Kama Jiu-Jitsu...

How Do Great Passers Constantly Switch Directions

If you’ve been watching high level BJJ competition matches for a while, you’ve probably seen that a lot of the top ranking jiujiteiros frequently change directions when they guard pass,...

Finally Make The Mir Lock Work For You

*Dramatic music plays in the bacground*: the Mir Lock! A powerful, shoulder-lock based submission that gets heads (and rotator cuffs) turning whenever it is applied properly. However, it is not seen...

Surprise Your Opponents With Neil Melanson’s Behind The Back Guard Pass

Coach Neil Melanson always has great and unexpected techniques under his sleeve, ones that will surely catch your own opponents unexpected! This time, he has a great Behind the Back Guard Pass that...

Do The Folding Pass Every Single Time On Any Type Of Guard With Buchecha

Marcus „Buchecha“ Almeida is one of the greatest grapplers of all time. Being a 6x World Champion, he owes a lot of his success to his amazing passing game – which, more often than not, shows...