Monthly Archives: February 2012

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What’s the Deal with ADCC

There’s this guy (we’ll call him Timmy) who has been training for a few months; maybe he’s got a stripe or two on his white belt, shows up fairly consistently.  One day in the changing room he hears some of … Continue reading

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Size=Speed=Dumb

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how speed, as an attribute, is often juxtaposed against strength; that smaller guys are faster and bigger guys are stronger is just common sense, right?  At least, that’s the way I’ve always understood … Continue reading

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Training Plateaus

Everyone experiences lulls in training.  Work, family, holidays, school, even other hobbies (how dare you have hobbies other than jiu-jitsu!) can cause you to miss training for weeks or months at a time.  Those times will come and go, and … Continue reading

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What’s the Deal with Judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu

What’s the Deal is a new, hopefully recurring, segment here at On the Way where I introduce, dissect, and/or explain topics that grapplers (should) find interesting.  Fair warning, my B.A. is in History, but I’ll try to keep the monotone … Continue reading

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Conceptual Techniques

On your journey through Brazilian jiu-jitsu you will accumulate lots of techniques.  Your collection will likely start with the basics (armbar, upa roll, scissor sweep, rear naked choke) then progress to more sophisticated, specialized moves specific to your style of … Continue reading

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Top 10 Superhero Grapplers

An interesting topic came up in the gym a few months back that I thought would be fun to write about – which superhero would make the best Brazilian jiu-jitsu player.  Samuel Braga, the instructor here at Gracie Barra Knoxville, … Continue reading

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The Secret to Becoming a Good Grappler

Alright. Here it is. The one, deliciously simple, hidden-in-plain-sight, secret that will change your BJJ life forever.  This is what you’ve spent countless hours scouring YouTube and training blogs searching for. This is the secret that will give you the … Continue reading