Panda Podcast Episode 2: Grappling Camps

Nelson sits down with Matt Kirtley, the writer for Aesopian.com and r/BJJ mod, to play some Commander and to talk about the rise of grappling camps.
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Mount Escapes - Free Mini Instructional

Feeling crushed and squished under mount? Hillary and I shot a free mini instructional to teach you some panda secrets for escaping.
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Black Belts and Board Games Episode 1: Reaps and Gi vs. No-Gi

Nelson and Matt sit down for a game of Commander and talk about reaping rules and the technical merits of gi and no-gi training.
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The Panda Workweek

The other day someone asked me what I did before Inverted Gear. This caught me by surprise, it’s been a while since I thought about the time before all my energy was devoted to selling uniforms with a silly upside-dow...
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Tips for a Kickass Comeback

Time off the mats does not need to be time wasted. Nelson tells the story of how a few surprises (like the early arrival of his son) took him out of training for 3 months, but he found a way to make the most of it. G...
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Grape by Grape

As a rambunctious kid running around the family farm in Chile, little Nelson learned a lesson about patience from his grandfather that's just as true today. Read the story in the latest blog post today.
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Pole Vaulting and BJJ

The key to success in pole vaulting is the same as in BJJ: give it your best try, then get up and try again. In his latest blog post, Nelson shares a story from his days in track and field that stuck with him all the...
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The End of My No-Surgery Streak (and Why I’m Thankful)

So... I have had an interesting two weeks.
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Remember when… And moving forward

In his latest blog post, Nelson reflects on the pros and cons of being a full-time competitor and how it shaped the growth of Inverted Gear and his life in general. Give it a read today.
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4 Years at Black Belt: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Nelson reflects on his fourth year as a BJJ black belt in his latest blog post. Read it now to see how a black belt keeps developing their game.
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Why My Son May Not Do BJJ

Hillary and I are expecting our first child. Right after being asked if we are having a boy or girl, (it’s a boy), we get asked when he is going to start training. I have been thinking about this a lot. I have been ar...
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Building a Bigger Engine for BJJ

I often hear high level practitioners recommend against conditioning outside of BJJ, that the only thing you should be doing to improve your cardio for jiu-jitsu is more jiu-jitsu. While there is some truth to this if...
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