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Sponsor Spotlight – Deus Fight Co.

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Over the next few weeks we will be shining the spotlight on some of the companies that sponsor attack the back, either through advertisement or through their continued support of the blog. Our first spotlight shines on Deus Fight Co, a relatively new fightwear company, who have burst onto the scene with massive support due to their incredible charity work with the Terere Kids Project and backing from Dave and Jake from Budo Videos. Here is their story. Who are the people behind Deus Fight? Myself, my wife Theresa, and…read more

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu vs… A look at our sport against theirs

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If you’re deeply involved in BJJ then you will know about the Gracie challenges. The Gracie challenge was first issued by Carlos Gracie in the 1920s to promote and develop the Gracie’s style of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and as an attempt to show that it was superior to other styles of martial arts. The matches were advertised in local newspapers and typically featured a smaller Gracie versus a larger and/or more athletic looking opponent. Carlos, Hélio Gracie and their sons defeated martial artists of many different styles such as boxing, judo,…read more

Why is that BJJ move called that? A glossary of BJJ names

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What’s a Brabo? Why is a Kimura called that? When you start BJJ you hear a lot of fancy names for positions and moves that you just repeat the name of but have no real knowing of why they’re called that. We’ll teach  you through the history of why some of your favourite moves are named like they are. Kimura The Kimura was named after the judoka Masahiko Kimura, who used it to defeat one of the founders of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the late, great Hélio Gracie. Fun Fact! Because an…read more

Apply some pressure in your Jiu-Jitsu game – Let them feel the squeeze!

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Pressure is the cornerstone of BJJ, apply pressure to force a mistake and then capitalise. It’s one of the first few things we’re taught as grapplers, whether is be exerting physical pressure or being relentless though mental pressure. There are many ways you can pass guard, standing up, aggressively passing through speed and of course pressure. We take a look at the few different types of pressure passes you can implement into your game. “Make your opponent want to tap from the pressure of your pass”  – Victor Estima. The…read more

Are close outs ruining Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

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Over the last few years there has been a saddening trend hitting the high-level IBJJF competitions, the close out. If you’re un familiar with close outs, basically what happens is two team mates will meet in the final and one with bow out, awarding their friend, training partner or instructor the win. All the top teams are notorious for it, especially Gracie Barra, Checkmat and Atos. It happened in the 2015 Europeans and in the 2014 Pan American Championships five out of the nine finals closed out, which caused a bit of…read more