Myth Busting Stretching [Part 2]

Matt separates truth from fiction in the latest post in his on-going series on mobility training for BJJ athletes. Read it today and enlighten yourself.
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Laying the Groundwork for a Mobility Practice [Part 1]

Are flexibility and mobility the same thing? When and how should you stretch for BJJ? In this first post in a new series on mobility training for BJJ, Matt answer these questions and clears up common confusions about...
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Accelerate Your Learning by Turning Drills into Games

Matt is back this week with how you can improve your drilling practice using the research on motor learning and the value of games.
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Get More Gains Out of Open Mat

I’m going to make a bold assumption: You want to get better at BJJ. (I must be a mind reader.) Open mat can be a secret weapon in your training if you use it right. These tips will help make sure you do.
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How to Wash, Dry, and Shrink (or Not Shrink) Your Gis

So you've got a fancy new gi and you want to do everything you can to keep it looking good and fitting right for a long time. Here's your guide to washing, drying, and shrinking (or not shrinking) your gis. Do I need...
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How to: Tie Your BJJ Belt (Now with the Power of GIFs!)

Who knew belt tying was such a hot button topic? I shot this picture for 10 Things to Stop Doing at BJJ (A Picture Guide): And boy was I surprised by the rage it drew. "If belt rank doesn't matter, it shouldn't matt...
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Don't Sabotage Yourself

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a tough sport, both physically and mentally, and it’s hard enough without working against yourself. Here are four ways I see jiu-jiteiros self-sabotage: Psyching yourself out As a beginner, you...
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10,000 Hours is Not a Magic Number

What does it take to get good?
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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.
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10 Things to Stop Doing at BJJ (A Picture Guide)

Meet John Q. Whitebelt. He's your everyday BJJ white belt. John does a lot of stuff wrong -- he is just a white belt after all. But you can learn from John's mistakes. Here are 10 things John does that you should not...
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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...
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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...
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