Introducing Ask a Panda with Val Worthington

Val Worthington is taking questions about jiu-jitsu and life. Submit yours here and it could be featured in the next installment! Question: If you could go back and do one thing differently in your jiu-jitsu experien...
Valerie Worthington
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Early Game vs Late Game

Early Game vs Late Game
I’m not sure how to say this, but I’m currently addicted to watching Super Metroid speedruns, which is a niche video game community where players try to beat a game as quickly as possible. Some speedruns rely heavil...
Marshal Carper
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Top Arabic Phrases for the Traveling Grappler

Top Arabic Phrases for the Traveling Grappler
As someone who has been to the Middle East on numerous occasions, respect goes a long way. Simple greetings—please and thank you—carry a lot of weight when spoken in Arabic from a native English speaker. It shows th...
Brian Boswell
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The Flashback Episode: My Greatest Hits

The Flashback Episode: My Greatest Hits
A year ago, the awesome guys at Artechoke Media started helping us run social media for Inverted Gear. One of the first things they did when I told them I wanted us to put out more content was tell me “well you shoul...
Nelson Puentes
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Applying the Science of Motor Learning to Your BJJ Practice

Applying the Science of Motor Learning to Your BJJ Practice
As a jiu-jitsu player one of your primary responsibilities is acquiring new skills to further enhance your game and bring a greater of level of enjoyment to your jiu-jitsu practice.  There are many ways to classify ...
Jason C Brown
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The Best Way to Learn from Instructionals

The world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructionals is bigger and better than ever, but with so many DVDs, books, apps, and subscription sites to choose from, where do you begin? This is a wonderful problem to have, but ...
Matt Kirtley
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Behind the Scenes: Stocking Gi Sizes

When will my size be in stock? We get this question a lot. Keeping gis in stock has always been a challenge for us, from our first batch to today. As business owners, it’s one of those “good problems to have” scenari...
Nelson Puentes
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The Freddie Roach Problem

In jiu-jitsu, we frequently—if not relentlessly—talk about the importance of having knowledgeable and engaged instructors and the power of having committed and talented training partners. An instructor helps you to u...
Marshal Carper
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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 Saq...
Daniel Bertina
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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...
Nelson Puentes
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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 the...
Matt Kirtley
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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 li...
TP Grant
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