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  • Principle 7 – Hip & Head

    By synergymma | In News | on July 10, 2007

    Hip & Head Never let your opponent control your hips and head. Instead, always control the hips and head of your opponent. Go heavy on the head! “Wherever the head goes, the body must follow.”

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  • Exercise 7 – Caging The Hips

    By synergymma | In News | on July 10, 2007

    Caging The Hips It is a truism in BJJ that hip movement is the most important thing.“Boca” Oliveira, a de la Riva black belt, recently told me: “the hipsare 90% of jiu-jitsu, and position is the other 10%”. Mostinstructors would agree with the spirit of his statement, because thehips allow you to escape bad positions, […]

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  • Article 7 – Yoga for Grappling, the Secret of Champions

    By synergymma | In News | on July 10, 2007

    Yoga for Grappling, the Secret of Champions Introduction You don’t have to look far to find yoga in grappling. Many of the top competitors and teachers in Brazilian jiu-jitsu practice some form of yoga to give them an edge over their opponents. Rickson and Royler Gracie, Murilo Bustamante, Vitor Belfort, Fernando “Margarida” Pontes, Ricardo Liborio, […]

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  • Darce Choke “Crotch Grab” Defense & Escape Grab your inner thigh with the arm that is stuck inside the arm-triangle, lock your arm out, pinch your elbow into your body and sprawl on to your elbow by twisting your body away from your opponent. This position will prevent the choke because of the angle. The […]

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  • Principle 6 – Defense Over Offense

    By synergymma | In News | on June 6, 2007

    Defense Over Offense Without knowing the defense, you cannot have an effective offense. When attacking, be aware of what you are opening yourself up to. You only truly know a technique when you know how to execute the technique and know the defenses against the technique.

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  • Exercise 6 – Quality Over Quantity

    By synergymma | In News | on June 6, 2007

    Quality Over Quantity Strength and conditioning routines must emphasize quality over quantity. Lengthy training sessions are often the result of excess rest between sets, or a lack of training intensity. When you train with intensity, you can achieve MORE, in less time. Consider the fighter who jogs 5 miles at a leisurely pace. His roadwork […]

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  • Article 6 – Do Not Confuse Strength with Conditioning

    By synergymma | In News | on June 6, 2007

    Do Not Confuse Strength with Conditioning A recent trend in the fitness industry has been a newfound interest in developing maximal strength. While improved strength is surely beneficial and encouraged, I caution you (as a fighter) against devoting too much energy towards strength training. Strength training is not the same as conditioning. As a fighter, […]

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  • Technique 5 – The 20 Fundamental Moves of Jiu-Jitsu

    By synergymma | In News | on May 1, 2007

    Gracie Magazine’s The 20 Fundamental Moves of Jiu-Jitsu Experienced black belts speak of the moves that every good fighter must master. Which is the most important move for winning a Jiu-Jitsu fight? Whatever your answer might be, you’d better save it for yourself, or you run the risk of generating lifelong controversy. Conscious of that, […]

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  • Principle 5 – Weight Distribution

    By synergymma | In News | on May 1, 2007

    Weight Distribution Always be sensitive to your weight distribution, have good base/balance and keep your opponent flat underneath you. Do not over commit your weight to one direction, especially when your opponent is trying to get you off base and distract you so he can set up his offense.

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  • Exercise 5 – Burpees

    By synergymma | In News | on May 1, 2007

    Burpees Begin in a squat position with hands on the floor in front of you Kick your feet back to a pushup position Immediately return your feet to the squat position Leap up as high as possible from the squat position Repeat, moving as fast as possible You should maintain a fast pace for this […]

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