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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 08:56 — 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

    You’ll be glad you did.

    OTM Sponsored Athletes Capture Titles

    Wed, 2014-07-09 21:28 — Benjamin Bieker

    On The Mat has knack for sponsoring some of the best and most technical athletes on the planet. None of that is more evident than three of their athletes cleaning up at the Grapplers Quest that took place during the UFCs fan expo. Garry Tonon, Sean Roberts and Jeff Glover all walked away with medals and awards to add to their growing or already large collections.

    Connection Rio

    Tue, 2014-07-01 18:08 — Benjamin Bieker




    Five Rules to Custom BJJ Gear

    Wed, 2014-06-25 21:14 — Benjamin Bieker

    As many more people get into the world of selling Custom Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) gear there are some very important rules to follow to what you buy. While many people will scoff at these rules, the bottom line is that these come from On The Mat (OTM) and Built To Fight (BTF) have been in this business for nearly twenty years and all of this information comes from them and their experiences in custom and wholesale BJJ gear for the last two decades.

    Girls in Gis MASuperShow Las Vegas

    Sun, 2014-06-29 13:30 - 16:30 America/Los_Angeles

    Free BJJ training event for females all ages, skill levels and from all academy affiliations. No experience is required. Special guest host Sophia Drysdale and Ronda Andrews.

    Girls in Gis MASuperShow Las Vegas
    Sunday June 29, 2014
    From 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM (PST)
    The Venetian| The Palazzo
    3339 Las Vegas Boulevard South
    Las Vegas, NV 89109
    www.registration & Info:

    OTM Creates Custom Spider Guard Rash Guard

    Wed, 2014-06-18 21:47 — Benjamin Bieker

    On The Mat (OTM) is one of the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) gear industry leader isn custom gear. Top athletes from Eddie Bravo to Jeff Glover have had OTM create some of their custom gear for their biggest matches and competitions. They have made a ton of custom Gis, and now with their full dye sublimation technique they have for rash guards, they can make some of the best rash guards on the market which is evident by some of the high profile purchases some of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) communities top coaches have made.

    Custom Wolverine Rash Guard

    Wed, 2014-06-11 22:04 — Benjamin Bieker

    For those of you that do not know, Eddie Bravo put on a competition the same time as the Mundials. It was a submission only tournament for high level No-Gi grapplers and one of the best Americans Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) grapplers took second int he 145 pound division of the tournament, and that BJJ grappler was none other than Jeff Glover himself. How did he get that far in the Eddie Bravo Invitational? Well, it took amazing technique, but he also had one of the sickest custom rash guards, and that rash guard can now be part of your collection for a limited time.


    Mon, 2014-06-09 09:15 — Gumby

    On Friday night, June 6, at 9 pm The person in the pictures below stole a white, 20 ft cargo traile from 11357 Deerfield Dr in Truckee, CA. He is cleary seen on video pulling up next to the trailer in a late model chevy suburban and tampering with the back of the trailer. 

    It is believed, but not verified, that the suburban has CA plates.

    He then returns and disables a video camera. Vehicle lights and the silohuette of the trailer can be seen through the disabled camera. (He spray painted the lens)

    BJJ and MMA Shared Grappling Styles

    Sun, 2014-06-08 18:40 — DanFaggella

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