#27 - BJJ Giants: Renzo Gracie: Part 1

Intelligent, passionate, technical, wild, tough, hilarious, all of these traits are contained in Renzo Gracie. It is unusual to have these characteristics in a single person because they seem to be conflicting with one another. That’s what makes Renzo so fascinating. One moment he can be in a fight where he shows grit and brutality, twenty minutes later he is in the locker room smiling and laughing with his opponent. On top of his complex personality, he has also produced some of the best jiu jitsu and MMA fighters of all time.

This week we talk about a master of martial arts and one of jiu jitsu’s most entertaining characters.

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#26 - Flow Rolling

Flow rolling is frequently talked about in jiu jitsu circles. Everyone seems to have different advice on how to do it, or even what it is exactly. Flow rolling is a time to be playful. Using this approach will allow your rolls to become more experimental. You and your partner will end up in positions that you may not usually experience. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable during your flow rolls in order to try new techniques and concepts.

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#25 - Pacing

Everyone has been told to “slow down” while rolling. What does this mean? When you’re brand new this advice can be counterintuitive and frustrating. Understanding this paramount concept will change your game. Managing the finite amount of energy you posses will allow you to make educated decisions in the heat of battle. In this episode we talk about strategies for dictating pace and how to economically expend energy.

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#24 - Kimura

When Hélio Gracie's arm was broken by Masahiko Kimura in 1951, it was with a submission he had never seen. Hélio's reaction epitomized Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; he began studying the armlock used to defeat him and soon it was added to his toolkit. From that day forward the Kimura submission has been a part of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Nowadays the Kimura is used from many different positions to submit and control opponents. A testament to the technique, after all these years the basic mechanics remain the same.

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#23 - Artist vs Strategist: Part Two

In our final episode of Artist vs Strategist, we focus on the Strategist. There are countless ways you can construct your plan of attack. How do you formulate an approach that is comprehensive, but not so complex that it overwhelms you? We discuss how to be a tactician that makes educated decisions quickly and efficiently.

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#22 - Artist vs Strategist: Part One

Everyone rolls differently. Some people act as a general going to battle. They enjoy going over different scenarios they may encounter and coming up with tactics to overcome anything an opponent may throw their way. Other people take a completely different approach. Their decisions are made by what they feel in the moment. Moves are made spontaneously as the individual responds to what is enfolding in front of them. What can we learn from both ends of the spectrum?

Two greatly varying styles warrant a two part series!

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#21 - Classic Half Guard

If you're new to jiu jitsu, half guard can be a little confusing. How are you supposed to use it? Is it a transitional position, or just a way to prevent someone from passing to side control? The way people view half guard has changed over the years and in this episode we discuss its status in modern-day jiu jitsu.

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#20 - BJJ Giants: Marcelo Garcia

Behind a warm smile and welcoming demeanor resides a skill set that few in the jiu jitsu community could handle. At the black belt level, Marcelo Garcia won five IBJFF World Championships, four ADCCs, one Pan-Am, and three Brazilian Nationals. An insatiable dedication for perfection led Marcelo to sharpen his game and revitalize techniques like the guillotine and X-Guard. In today’s episode we talk about the man who is respected off the mats as much as he is on them.

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#18 - IBJJF Worlds Review

When the world's best gi competitors come together you can be confident that you'll see incredible technique. One week after the World Tournament we give our thoughts on the event. The tournament had its ups and downs and we discuss our opinions of this year's championship and what we'd like to see in the future.

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#16 - David vs Goliath

How does David beat Goliath? When he doesn't have a sling readily available, he has to rely on other methods. In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu strength and size are great, but they're not as important as solid technique. A thorough understanding of basic jiu jitsu will allow you to minimize the effects of a bigger opponent.

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#15 - X-Guard

X-Guard is like a roundabout. Once in it, you can take many different roads, some lead to sweeps, others to submissions. Unlike other guards, X-Guard isn't a position you'd hold for a long period of time. It's best used to set up your next attack. In this episode we talk about how it is best used and who helped it progress to its current state.

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