Let 'Em Feel

“Cheer up.”“It’s okay.”“It could be worse.”“Don’t feel bad.”Have you ever heard any of the above after you lost a match, had trouble nailing a technique sequence, or got injured? I have no doubt that the person who s...
Valerie Worthington
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10,000 Hours is Not a Magic Number

What does it take to get good?
Matt Kirtley
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The Greatest Jiu-Jiteiros You’ve Never Heard Of

In his new blog post, Marshal writes about the unsung heroes of the sport and how a lot of growth comes from behind the scenes.
Marshal Carper
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Your Guide to the Best of the Inverted Gear Blog

We may not be able to solve all your problems, but odds are good we have your BJJ ones covered.
Matt Kirtley
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Promises to Keep

In his new blog, Marshal writes how a small note to himself got him through hard training times and why he's coming back to that practice today.
Marshal Carper
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The Illusion of the Super Athlete Upper Belt

Chris Henriques was a purple belt when I was a white belt. A tattoo artist and professional fighter, Chris was tough-looking in that he had tattoos up his scalp and a fight record to match, but he had a Hawaiian smile...
Marshal Carper
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Game Sense in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Thanks to Black Friday deals, I built a new PC and started playing Overwatch, the team-based competitive shooter. While I’m still a dirty scrub at that game, I have enjoyed looking into the world of professional play...
Matt Kirtley
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Separating Knowledge from Physical Gifts

A meniscus (cartilage in the knee) repair, partial removal, or total removal may increase one’s risk of osteoarthritis and therefore likelihood of needing a total knee replacement. The number of patient who will expe...
Marshal Carper
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What Is Your Security Blanket?

For the longest time, I thought I had a good bottom half guard game. When I put people there, they had a very difficult time passing, even people who had significantly more experience in jiu-jitsu than I did. I consi...
Valerie Worthington
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The Four Stages of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Your progress in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be roughly measured by your development in these four stages: Survival Defense Control Offense Like you can see in the diagram above, these stages are built one on top of th...
Matt Kirtley
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Distilling Technique Down to Concepts

All triangle choke entries involve one of two mechanics: You either pin the arm close to the body to enter the triangle position, or you extend the arm away from the body so that you can thread your leg out of the ga...
Marshal Carper
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Ask a Panda: How do I stop overthinking?

Question: Could you do a post on “pulling the trigger” when rolling? The most common feedback I’ve gotten (across multiple gyms) is that I think too much. I especially get told this when I roll with higher belts. For...
Valerie Worthington
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