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    Want To Be Your Best in BJJ After 40? You Need To Check Out This New FREE E-Book and Video Series

    Tue, 2014-07-15 07:56 — edwardk

    For years now BJJ Black Belt Stephen Whittier has been helping thousands of people from around the world to improve their Jiu-Jitsu, hang with the aggro young guys, reduce injuries and doing the most important thing of all – staying on the mats. Both his 40 Plus BJJ email lessons and DVD series have gotten great reviews and given even younger students a blueprint for how to build a lasting BJJ game.

    Even though forty is hardly old, he acknowledges for many that’s the age where the wear and tear really starts to catch up, and for the majority of us, the ability to rely on physical advantages in strength or explosiveness start to decline. (And even for the over-40 physical specimens out there who pride themselves on beating up their younger training partners, Stephen cautions that eventually time catches up to all of us; all the more reason to adopt “best practices” in training now so you never rely on physicality.)

    In his new ebook, The 3 Biggest Mistakes 40+ Grapplers Make in Their Training – And How To Fix Them Fast, instead of focusing on a particular area of Jiu-Jitsu or series of techniques, he focuses on something even more essential… how to develop your technique faster and how to avoid the most common “traps” most BJJ students fall into that slow down their skill development (and can even lead them to quit).

    Here’s a quick look at these key points:

    1. Getting Caught Up In Accumulation & Complexity - think this is just a sermon about “stick with the basics”? Think again! In fact, Stephen makes a clear distinction between “basic technique” and “fundamentals,” and why it is important to devote training time specifically to developing what he calls position fluency and core fundamentals before jumping into specific techniques. Giving an example of one of his own successful “older” students who applied this methodology, he shows you the process of “defining your routes.” There’s also a very cool attack he shows to illustrate this called the “Arm Smash to Kimura.”

    2. Don’t Be A Copycat! - Although there are times it makes sense to model your game – or parts of your game – after someone else, Stephen shows why most of the time it’s a huge mistake that can actually sabotage your progress. This chapter goes hand-in-hand with the first because so many students and athletes wind up being “technique chasers” (accumulation) because they want to emulate an instructor, fellow student, or big name competitor.

    3. The last part is about Better Training Methods. Very good advice in here for anyone really, but in this section he goes into how training should be prioritized, including implementation advice, and why those fundamentals discussed earlier actually give you the flexibility to develop a style best suited to your body and way of thinking. He even talks about what to do if you’re training without an instructor or if your school’s training format doesn’t allow for this approach.

    As a really nice bonus, Stephen also sends out several video tutorials as companion pieces to the book. Each hits on a different aspect of the game, but all are examples of concepts and principles that could easily be applied to other parts of your BJJ game:

    -How to use what he terms “conceptual frameworks” to more deeply understand and build skill in a given area of Jiu-Jitsu (not just a beginner concept, either; it applies to all levels).

    -Developing “triggers” to improve your transitions and timing as well as make your technical combinations more effective.

    -And how to really lock down an opponent from top – even a younger, faster, heavier or stronger opponent – by simply shutting down half of his options and then tightening the screws to go for the submission.

    And did I mention that he’s giving it away for free? Not a bad deal for some great information from a coach with a lot to offer.

    To get your copy, visit https://paw89218.isrefer.com/go/40pbook/MSWN/

    You’ll be glad you did.

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Bronze at the IBJJF Las Vegas Spring Open!

    Thu, 2014-05-08 11:31 — Nathan Mendelsohn

    Hey guys!

    This past weekend I got third place at the IBJJF Las Vegas Spring Open! I won two matches, one in my division by points I believe it was 7 to 0 and one in the open by submission, bow and arrow from the back, and then lost my second match in both to the eventual champions Marcelo Mafra and Jackson Sousa! Wasn't able to get much video this time though which is a bummer :( Now it's on to the World's! Time to start dropping weight again!! Osssssss

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Vid of My Fight against Marcel Fortuna at the American Cup!

    Mon, 2014-04-21 11:26 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    Hey guys!

    Check out the vid of the tough fight I had with beast Marcel Fortuna at the American Cup this month! Was an awesome fight at an awesome event, super stoked to have been a part of it! Check out the video above and notice how awesome the production value is of the live broadcast of the BJJ Tour!! Osssss

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Gold at the American Cup! Vid of my fight with Rhalan Gracie

    Mon, 2014-04-21 11:22 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    Hey guys!

    Check out the videos from my fights at the American Cup, the first major tournament of my master's brand new BJJ Tour! I had two fights, one in my division against Rhalan Gracie (video above) which I won by seven advantages for the gold in the middle-heavyweight black belt division and one in the open against Marcel Fortuna which I lost 4-0. Both were two of the most exciting fights of the tournament so check them out!! Ossssss

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Pan's!

    Fri, 2014-04-04 14:25 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    Hey guys!

    I know I'm a little late but here is the vid of one of my fights from this year's Pan's! I had a strange but overall good experience at Pan's this year. Once again I lost over 20 pounds in a month to fight at lightweight and I think I made the weight cut better this time than I ever have in the past. My fight in my division was against Thiago Abreu from Checkmat and it ended up being a disappointment because although I felt like I was controlling the fight the whole time at about 6:00 in I was DQ'ed for "sralling", which was a more than questionable call by the ref that led to many complaints and much outrage and not just from me. In reality what made me the most bummed was that I was so well trained and ready to go and didn't even get to fight one whole fight. But then I was reminded by my training partner Rafael Eboli that black belt adults don't have to medal to sign up for the open and I went down and put my name in right away, a move that saved the whole experience for me. I won my first fight in the open (video above) against tough as nails Caio Almeida, and then went on to fight Lucas Lepri in my second match. This is what really made the experience for me. I go to big events like the Pan to get the chance to fight the best of the best in my division as much as anything else so I was really excited to fight against the multiple time lightweight world champion. I felt good in the match and was actually winning by an advantage up until he swept me around 6 or 7 minutes into the fight. Then upon making a mistake in my guard he was able to get to my back and after resisting for about a minute in his choke I eventually was forced to tap. Was an awesome experience and I came out of it with more confidence than ever and have already felt my game improve since then, now I'm ready for the American Cup this coming weekend!!
    Stay Tuned Osssss

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Vid of My First Fight From the Arizona International Open!

    Tue, 2014-03-04 11:42 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    Hey guys! This past weekend I made a last minute trip out to the 9th Arizona International Open to fight again Ex-UFC Champion Benson Henderson! I wanted to get some fights in before the Pan's and seeing as I missed the SF Open I jumped on the chance to travel out to Arizona and fight against Benson! I had two fights, winning the first by 15-0 (video above) and then losing to Benson in the final by 3-2 on advantages (video in previous post). Benson is an awesome fighter and humble competitor and it was a great experience to fight against him in preparation for the upcoming Pan's! Knocked off some of the competition cobwebs and was reminded of a couple things to correct before the big tournament in a couple weeks! Check out the video of my first fight above!! Osssssssss

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Vid of My Fight with Benson Henderson from the Arizona International Open!!

    Sat, 2014-03-01 15:20 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    Hey guys! This past weekend I made a last minute trip out to the 9th Arizona International Open to fight again Ex-UFC Champion Benson Henderson! I wanted to get some fights in before the Pan's and seeing as I missed the SF Open I jumped on the chance to travel out to Arizona and fight against Benson! I had two fights, winning the first by 15-0 (video coming soon) and then losing to Benson in the final by 3-2 on advantages (video above). Benson is an awesome fighter and humble competitor and it was a great experience to fight against him in preparation for the upcoming Pan's! Knocked off some of the competition cobwebs and was reminded of a couple things to correct before the big tournament in a couple weeks! Check out the video!! Osssssssss

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Vid of My Fights from the 2013 World Jiu-Jitsu Expo Fight #4

    Tue, 2014-02-11 14:19 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    Hey guys!!

    Back in November I was given the honor of fighting in the Black Belt Grand Prix at Renzo Gracie’s World Jiu-Jitsu Expo. I had five matches and ended up making it all the way to the semi-finals, making for probably the best performance of my first year at black belt. I had two submissions, one win on points, one loss to Jackson Sousa by 3-3 on points and 2-1 on advantages and then unfortunately I lost the semi-final to a really tough and humble competitor in James Puopolo by 4-0. Above is the video of my fourth fight from the event which was against Marcel Goncalvez (be sure to switch the quality to at least 480p in the youtube window) Osssssssssssss

    Brian Ortega Awarded Black Belt Before RFA Title Fight

    Thu, 2013-12-12 19:17 — Benjamin Bieker

    When Brian "T-City" Ortega heads to the cage at RFA 12 to face Keoni Koch for the vacant RFA featherweight strap, he will already have earned a belt that means just as much as a world title in MMA. That would be his Black Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, which he received on Saturday from Rener Gracie and Ryron Gracie at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, California.

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Vid of My Fights from the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo! #2

    Wed, 2013-12-04 13:01 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    Hey guys!!

    A couple weeks back I was given the honor of fighting in the Black Belt Grand Prix at Renzo Gracie’s World Jiu-Jitsu Expo. I had five matches and ended up making it all the way to the semi-finals, making for probably the best performance of my first year at black belt. I had two submissions, one win on points, one loss to Jackson Sousa (video below) by 3-3 on points and 2-1 on advantages and then unfortunately I lost the semi-final to a really tough and humble competitor in James Puopolo by 4-0. Below is the video of my first fight from the event. Stay tuned as I will be posting the rest of the fights here “em breve”. Osssssssssssss

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