Are You Teaching Your Students to Pass a Test or Survive Violence?

Most martial art systems have some form of ranking in place. Whether it’s belts or levels. In many traditional martial arts you must perform specific katas in precise ways to earn stripes or belts. Most BJJ groups hand out stripes based on attendance, performance in class, results of competitions etc.. Some BJJ gyms actually have…

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Level Changes in Mitt Work

Nothing is worse than someone dropping levels on you and you getting caught upright. Here’s a simple drill you can add into your standard mitt work to help develop that recognition of a level change and make sure you don’t get caught lookin’!  

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Why Anyone Interested in Self Defense Should Consider Competing in a Combat Sport… At Least Once

Generally speaking, many martial arts and combat sports are not “well rounded self defense systems.” That does not mean that there isn’t carryover from them into the real world. Obviously, learning to be a better boxer will help me throw more efficient punches if I ever find myself needing to do so. Having a wrestling…

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July 23rd, 2017

Received my purple belt yesterday in BJJ … woot woot! 10:00am – Awaken Training 5 Kang Squat (4021 – 75/95/95) 8 GHD hip extensions (2020 tempo w/ 20lb DB) 60s rest 3 rounds — Back Squat 2,2,2,2,2 (30X1 – 185/225/255/275/285) — RNT DB Lunge 2×8 each leg/2×6 each leg (2010 – 2×8 @ 50s/2×6 @…

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July 18th, 2017

6:00am – BJJ 20 minutes drilling half guard passes to submissions (wrist lock/straight armbar) 30 minutes “first blood” submissions no-gi w/ four people   10:00am – Awaken Day 7 Segmented Clean Deadlift 4,4,3,3,2 (3131 – 155/175/195/215/235) — Deadlift From Blocks – Above Knee 3,3,3,3 (475lb) — 10 unbroken hang power clean (95/105/110/115/125) rest 15s 30s…

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July 14th, 2017

6:00am – BJJ 7 x 5min rounds gi with big Ben Paxton (270lb purple belt)   1:30pm – Westside Barbell 6×4 cambered bar box squat with forward pulling bands @ 205lb 10×1 speed DL @ 165 + doubled bands while standing on 10″ of cushion 3×10 cambered bar good morning w/ forward pulling bands while…

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July 11th, 2017

6:00am – BJJ 20 minutes drilling pressure pass into heel hook, and pressure top control into kimura 5×5 min round no-gi   12:00pm – BJJ 20 minutes drilling mount escapes and sweeps 5×5 min rounds gi   3:30pm – Awaken Day 2 WU EMOM 12 min 1) 5 seated box jumps (high height each round)…

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5 Tips for a Better Competition Experience

Saturday the Endeavor BJJ crew headed up to Toledo to participate in the Buckeye State Grappling Championships. Any time I go to an event or competition, I like to look around, see how things are run and see how the athletes act. We run a lot of competitions at our facility, so I like to…

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July 10th, 2017

3:00pm – Awaken Day 1 8 half kneeling bottoms up press/ each side (18) 12 banded walks/each side 12 scap push ups from elbows 4 rounds w/ set resting — 8 semi supinated DB bench (2×50 – tempo 30X1) 8 prone bench DB row (2×40 – tempo 2111) 3 sets — 8 ring row (tempo…

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July 7th, 2017

6:00am – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 7 x 5min rounds gi – flow roll   1:30pm – Westside Barbell 10-8-6-4-2 cambered bar box squat w/ chain 10×1 sumo speed pulls (185)   5:00pm – Active Recovery 5 strict T2B on fat bar 45s sandbag hold (150) 1 minute row 5 rounds 12 minute sled drag (45)

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