Injuries and What to Do with Downtime

Training was going great. You finally crushed the plateau in your progress and the three or four techniques that you had been working on were finally coming together. You felt sharp and strong. You were anticipating ...
Marshal Carper
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10 Ways to Improve Your BJJ While Off the Mats

We all want to spend more time on the mats, but inconvenient distractions like our jobs and families and so-called social lives get in the way. These 10 tips will give you ways to improve your BJJ even when you can’t...
Matt Kirtley
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Training Wheels, Leg Locks, and Takedowns

I have been riding a bike everywhere in Copenhagen. I grew up riding a bike, rode around some in college, but I have probably ridden a bike twice in the last 6 years. When I jumped on my bike at the rental store, it ...
Nelson Puentes
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Traveling for BJJ on a Budget

Some of my most treasured life experiences have been a result of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu travel. Having a gi in your bag gives your adventure a certain sort quest-like aesthetic. You’re not just on a vacation. You are on...
Marshal Carper
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the Olympics?

Without fail, every Olympic year the topic of getting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu into the games comes up. I remember being a white belt in 2008 and hearing that conversation during the Beijing Olympic games—Same thing durin...
Nelson Puentes
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5 Simple Tips for Fixing Your Wrecked Body

The only thing BJJ guys like to talk about more than acai bowls recipes and black belt Twitter feuds is how messed up their bodies are. If someone complains about a popped elbow or tweaked knee, it become show-and-te...
Matt Kirtley
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Witnessing the Growth of Show the ART

Every time someone shares a Show The ART video it brings a smile to my face. My friends Abe and Marcos have created something amazing. It’s incredible how far they have come in just 3 years. They are now one of the m...
Nelson Puentes
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My Life as a Jiu-Jitsu Enforcer

Every gym I’ve ever been to has an enforcer. This isn’t an official title. It’s a role that goes mostly unspoken and when it is talked about, it’s communicated in code between instructor and student—half-statements t...
Marshal Carper
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Available Now: Tap Cancer Out Special Edition Gi -- Cancer, Jiu-Jitsu, and a Lesson in Persistence

We're proud to announce Tap Cancer Out's special edition grey gi is now available! Buy the Tap Cancer Out x Inverted Gear collab gi from TapCancerOut.com. Below we're republishing one of our most well-received and mea...
Nelson Puentes
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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...
Matt Kirtley
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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 yea...
Nelson Puentes
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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 fac...
Marshal Carper
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