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5 Tips to Keep You on the Long Road to Black Belt and Beyond

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is frustrating and humbling. I’ve got five pieces of advice if you want to make it a lifelong pursuit. Aim for the top of the mountain, but keep your feet on the trail. The path to black belt takes many years, and when you finally reach it, you...

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This One Goes Out to Panda Nation

On May 18, 2012 our first order for www.invertedgear.com came through, from New Zealand. And Panda Nation was born. As I write this blog, we are closing on our 10,000th order. The support we have received over the years has been amazing. We have an incredible community full of friendly...

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Baby, Don’t Hurt Me

A secret part of me gets giddy when a new student joins my class because I get to re-tell one of my favorite jokes. When we are working on a submission or some sort of positional control—usually involving a cross face or a good bit of pressure—I saunter over and...

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That Uber Micro: Actions Per Minute in BJJ

Chess is typically the default analogy when you discuss strategy (and I’m just as guilty as anyone else). We often hear jiu-jitsu called human chess, but chess has one major shortcoming when you compare it to BJJ: It’s turn based. In chess, when my opponent goes for a move there...

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