Jiu Jitsu Over 40

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Another great video. You’re going to think I’m a Rener and Ryron nutthugger. I am. That said, watch this video. If you’re close to 40, or beyond, pay the hell attention!

This video might just might give you the drive to keep going. I hope it does. If you left my gym for any of these reasons, come back. We’ll fix it.

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Shoulder Hop

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A friend of mine (Steve MIA Cox) pointed out a video he thought was cool. I agree with him. Watch it carefully. It’s short. Maybe watch it a few times. Tell me why you think he was able to pull it off. I have my own opinions. I’d like to hear yours.

Notice how he could have dumped the triangle before it was fully locked in? I think that had to do with fear and surprise factor. He didn’t expect such a setup. He didn’t know what was going on. Otherwise, I think he could have spazzed out of it. Just my opinion. Pretty cool video nonetheless.

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Here’s the Skinny …

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“Don’t trust a thin chef or a fat martial artist.” Those are words to live by. How many out of shape, fat martial artists do you see? Would you want a fat weight loss trainer? The answer is obvious. So why trust a fat Jiu Jitsu professor, Tae Kwon Do instructor, or Wrestling coach? These arts should inspire healthy lifestyle choices. If you’re fat, I have no interest training with you. Lose the weight, only then will your advice possibly hold any.

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The Special Forces

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These are what I consider to be five most important submissions. I know, everybody has their own list. But here’s mine: Guillotine, RNC, Key Lock, Kimura, and Foot Lock. These are what I call the Special Forces. These are the first men in the door. The others come in as reinforcement. Why no arm bar? Why no triangle? The five I mentioned don’t require opening the legs. (Except the foot lock). They are fairly low risk to perform. And if they fail they easily flow to another one. Opening the legs for an arm bar may put you in a position to get dumped or slammed. The five I chose are the simplest I know. Even a wrestler can do them. Let’s face it, wrestlers tend to be big hunks of meat with cans of tuna for brains. I’ve seen them pull off these five subs with expertise, but the moment they get their legs involved the whole situation goes to shit. Also, since they are so simple, they are the ones you will most likely face on the street against untrained thugs.

I love triangles, arms bars, omoplatas, sweeps, etc. But if you want to get good fast, learn to replace the guard then immediately start working these five submissions. And when you find yourself on top, they’re right there waiting for you. Attack! Learn all the submissions you can, but start with these five. These are the quintessential weapons. Stay classy San Diego.

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Feathers

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“Don’t go out of your way to ruffle people’s feathers, but don’t waste your time trying to make everybody happy.” That’s something my dad told me when I was a kid. He also said “It’s okay to rub somebody the wrong way as long as you’re going in the right direction.” My life has been a fine balance between telling people what I think they should hear and keeping my mouth shut so I don’t hurt their feelings or start controversies. I’m too old now to really give a shit. I’ve decided to not seek chaos, but I’m not going to hide from it. If something I say gets people bent, or if it draws fire from adolescent keyboard warriors who call me a fraud, so be it. I am going to tell you what I feel. I hope you’re grown up enough to accept it. I hope you’re mature enough so your panties don’t bunch up. If not, take some Midol and go watch General Hospital. (I hear this season is the best).

So I’m going to give you my opinion. I don’t really care how you respond. Maybe we can learn something together. Enjoy the ride. And if I ruffle some feathers, I hope I’m going in the right direction.

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Saulo University

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I don’t have heroes. Heroes are for children and the insecure. But if I was forced to have one, Saulo Ribeiro would be my choice. In the video that follows, pay attention to what he says. This, to me, is what makes him great. His philosophy inspires me. Maybe it will inspire you too.

Watch it again. And again. Memorize his philosophy. It’s incredible.

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Professor Videos

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In the next week or so we will be uploading videos of me teaching in my gym. I will be going over basics and not so basics. I will be going over triangles, foot locks, sweeps, guard passes, striking, clinch, vale tudo, take downs, positional escapes, nutrition, free rolling, submission escapes, and my overall theories. I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I will enjoy making them.

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