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Meet the Pandas: From the Pool to the Mat - Carlos Saquic Pérez

  Everybody fights for a reason. Over the next few weeks, we will explore the stories of the awesome people being sponsored by Inverted Gear. This is our first installment of Meet the Pandas. Brown belt Carlos Saquic Pérez (24) isn’t afraid to take the hard route. He combines living...

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How to Pwn Mat Awareness

If you play video games long enough, especially MOBA games like League of Legends or DOTA 2, you will hear the term map awareness thrown around—Usually in the form of “you freaking noob you have no map awareness.” In these video games, map awareness refers to knowing where the other...

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White Belt Questions, Black Belt Answers

Our fearless Panda Nation leaders Hillary and Nelson finally completed their relocation to Allentown, PA, placing them just minutes from Zombie BJJ, the school where I teach and train. That means I now get to see them all the time (or at least when they aren't jet setting to another BJJ Globetrotters camp). This gave me the idea for...

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The Fading Art of BJJ Takedowns

“Jiu-jitsu is what works.” These words, spoken to me by my first instructor Adem Redzovic, echo in my ears even today. It was an inclusive statement that to me captures the essence of jiu-jitsu. There is no static list of techniques but an ever-growing art that is constantly pressure tested...

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