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JiuJitsu Journal – My Small Axe Visit

“Once I got there I instantly felt at home.” Recently our friend David Figueroa-Martinez, Owner/blogger at JiuJitsu Journal stopped by to see Prof. Tim Sledd at Atos Oceanside/Small Axe and discover what all the buzz surrounding this new gym in town was really about. See below for the full article! *To view on a mobile device, please CLICK HERE*

Atos Oceanside - Small Axe BJJ Black Belt Professor Tim Sledd showing his Kimura - Arm Triangle - Sleeve Choke attack series

Systems Building: Attacks

Systems Building: Attacks In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the person who gets the their game going first often wins. The real key is having responses to responses for any given attack. If you have a single option and that option is muted by the defense of your opponent, you are at a stalemate until either you

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Mental Revelations of the Progressing Grappler Continue

THE NEXT REVELATION: “HE WHO CONTROLS THE SCRAMBLE HAS THE EDGE”     This essay is a follow up on “Mental Revelations of The Progressing Grappler.” I am pleased to announce that the initial list was not exhaustive (though I never purported it to be), and even as I have continued to progress, my eyes are

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If you walked into my school on October 30th, knowing a BJJ seminar was planned, but not knowing who was giving the seminar, quickly you would realize this was something special. First you would see several black belts on the mat stretching and getting ready to learn. Next you would see people from California, Kentucky,

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TRAINING CONCEPTS FOR BJJ/MMA/SUBMISSION GRAPPLING “SHUGYO” “Meeting and dismissing that inner-voice, the one that calls for retreat, calls for rest, calls for acquiescence to physical exhaustion, then proceeding forward, pushing on and achieving more than what you thought you could endure, hardens your ability to survive.” –Tim Sledd       Warriors, athletes, and competitors are

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Functional Exercises for BJJ

Many people spend hours on the mat, hours watching instructionals, hours in the gym and often they are left looking for an edge. Nothing replaces mat time, but proper conditioning and strength building are components of any athlete’s over all game and often the difference between winning and losing. Of course running and weight lifting

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BJJ Sweeps Tutorial: Using a Judo Principle to Increase Effectiveness

In my quest to be the best grappler I can be, I began studying Judo to supplement my BJJ. Insodoing, I bought and read Jigoro Kano’s “Kodokan Judo,” and Neil Ohlenkamp’s “Judo Unleashed.” I also enlisted a new BJJ student, Neil Coker (a Judo Black Belt, and national level judoka) to begin coaching me. What

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Controlling the Hips! Essay and Vids

HIP CONTROL                 It is inevitable that in BJJ you will be told, “Control the hips,” or “It’s all about the hips,” or something along those lines. The advice is sound! What do they mean? This essay is going to try to demonstrate a way to direct your attention to controlling your opponent’s hips. We

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Holy Trinity of BJJ (Strategy, Tightness, Timing)

SHARP AND READY The Big Tree will not fear the dull axe, nor will it fear the axe that has been tucked away in cabinet. Rather, the axe must be sharp and ready. To be such in jiu-jitsu, one must have four things. First, one must have a mastery of the fundamental positions. Next, one

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Mental Revelations Of the Progressing Grappler

MENTAL REVELATIONS OF THE PROGRESSING GRAPPLER One of the most exciting parts of teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the experience of witnessing students progress in skill and develop in mental acuity. Part of the progression entails improved physical abilities, but the beauty of BJJ is that, because of its intellectual components, one’s physical limitations can

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