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Rickson's recipe for attacking feet

What mistakes have you been making when going for opponents' feet in your BJJ training? Learn from Rickson Gracie where you've been getting it wrong, and start catching your friends by the foot as early as your next sparring session. 

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The invisible details of the technical standup

The technical standup is one of the most often repeated fundamentals in BJJ schools -- but do you already know how to execute it with minimal effort and maximum effectiveness? And if your hands are busy, are you able to get yourself off the ground and stand up with total safety and serenity? Rickson Gracie demonstrates the technique in detail in his initial video on the fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu. Check out whether you've missed any details so far, and enjoy your training. 

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Learn this today to never again find yourself with your back flat on the ground

One of the greatest challenges for a beginner in BJJ is avoiding getting squeezed. After all, how can one stay levelheaded and in a comfortable position when there's a stronger, more experienced opponent trying to keep them flush with the ground?

Rickson Gracie has the solution, and it's as simple as a well-placed foot. Learn to be well connected with the ground, at the adequate angle for defending, and avoid getting squeezed from now on. 

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Rickson will adjust your armlock

To answer another member's question, master Rickson Gracie teaches some hip adjustments that will increase your odds to submit with an armlock from the guard.

Rickson will adjust your armlock

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The page missing from your BJJ book, with Rickson Gracie

If you practice BJJ, you've probably heard it being compared to many human creations. Chess. A fortress, with its stone walls symbolizing the guard. A lab. A Swiss Army knife. A shield. And even, pft, a rat trap. 

But BJJ can also be viewed as a language, tongue without letters -- with the exception, perhaps, of the mysterious Z-guard. 

Yes, BJJ can be viewed, learned and transmitted as a language. The experts are the masters and enthusiasts capable of forming long sentences, of going 30, 50 minutes scribbling on the mats, if their opponent can take it. Now, a white-belt can repeat a few letters and words, making an effort, with their tongue between their lips, to draw along the lines of each maneuver. A crude sweep, thus, is similar to repeating that "the book is on the tabel, oops, the table."

Or, as a purple-belt user wrote the other day, "The fundamentals taught by Rickson on the site were the page that was missing from my book, thank you!"

Indeed, it's not rare to see on the mats around the world many students who know Jiu-Jitsu, know its principles from A to Z and have mastered the language, but stumble when faced with complex discourse. They all know the ABCs -- just not exactly when to use the letters and the verbs. Connection, and rhythm, are missing.  

In the lessons taught by Master Rickson, the details, fundamentals and apparently "invisible" tips are the basics that allow the student to express themselves in a fluid, convincing, effective way, much like a lawyer in court or a diplomat at a conference. 

According to Rickson, practicing BJJ without learning the basic lessons about how to breathe, exhale and work the lungs is like learning the ABCs of Jiu-Jitsu while skipping several letters: at some point, you're going to have difficulty writing longform.
 
Check out, in the following video, an example of a fundamental of Rickson's ABCs. Opening your legs correctly, like a pair of compasses, like a well-drawn letter A, may be the difference between having a secure standing base and falling like a sack of potatoes being pushed. And for those who fall to the slightest nudges on the letter A, even the Z-guard isn't much help. 

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Rickson's recipe for attacking feet

What mistakes have you been making when going for opponents' feet in your BJJ training? Learn from Rickson Gracie where you've been getting it wrong, and start catching your friends by the foot as early as your next sparring session. 

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The invisible details of the technical standup

The technical standup is one of the most often repeated fundamentals in BJJ schools -- but do you already know how to execute it with minimal effort and maximum effectiveness? And if your hands are busy, are you able to get yourself off the ground and stand up with total safety and serenity? Rickson Gracie demonstrates the technique in detail in his initial video on the fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu. Check out whether you've missed any details so far, and enjoy your training. 

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Learn this today to never again find yourself with your back flat on the ground

One of the greatest challenges for a beginner in BJJ is avoiding getting squeezed. After all, how can one stay levelheaded and in a comfortable position when there's a stronger, more experienced opponent trying to keep them flush with the ground?

Rickson Gracie has the solution, and it's as simple as a well-placed foot. Learn to be well connected with the ground, at the adequate angle for defending, and avoid getting squeezed from now on. 

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The page missing from your BJJ book, with Rickson Gracie

If you practice BJJ, you've probably heard it being compared to many human creations. Chess. A fortress, with its stone walls symbolizing the guard. A lab. A Swiss Army knife. A shield. And even, pft, a rat trap. 

But BJJ can also be viewed as a language, tongue without letters -- with the exception, perhaps, of the mysterious Z-guard. 

Yes, BJJ can be viewed, learned and transmitted as a language. The experts are the masters and enthusiasts capable of forming long sentences, of going 30, 50 minutes scribbling on the mats, if their opponent can take it. Now, a white-belt can repeat a few letters and words, making an effort, with their tongue between their lips, to draw along the lines of each maneuver. A crude sweep, thus, is similar to repeating that "the book is on the tabel, oops, the table."

Or, as a purple-belt user wrote the other day, "The fundamentals taught by Rickson on the site were the page that was missing from my book, thank you!"

Indeed, it's not rare to see on the mats around the world many students who know Jiu-Jitsu, know its principles from A to Z and have mastered the language, but stumble when faced with complex discourse. They all know the ABCs -- just not exactly when to use the letters and the verbs. Connection, and rhythm, are missing.  

In the lessons taught by Master Rickson, the details, fundamentals and apparently "invisible" tips are the basics that allow the student to express themselves in a fluid, convincing, effective way, much like a lawyer in court or a diplomat at a conference. 

According to Rickson, practicing BJJ without learning the basic lessons about how to breathe, exhale and work the lungs is like learning the ABCs of Jiu-Jitsu while skipping several letters: at some point, you're going to have difficulty writing longform.
 
Check out, in the following video, an example of a fundamental of Rickson's ABCs. Opening your legs correctly, like a pair of compasses, like a well-drawn letter A, may be the difference between having a secure standing base and falling like a sack of potatoes being pushed. And for those who fall to the slightest nudges on the letter A, even the Z-guard isn't much help. 

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A look at Rickson's warmup

What is the goal of warming up before a jiu-jitsu training session? As Rickson Gracie usually says, it's not enough just to warm up your muscles to increase your heart rate; you must warm up your body in an objective way, connected to the study of the art. 
 
"Indeed, if the student runs 1km before training, they will have their body warm to exercise. But they won't have done an efficient warmup, that is, one related to the moves they will perform over the following hour of training."
 
That's why Rickson prefers a warmup involving base, posture and self-defense fundamentals that move the whole body and get the student's muscles and brain activated. 
 
Moreover, with the warmup, Rickson tries to show the student how to work correctly with their breathing. The start of the class, therefore, must compel the student not to repeat the instructor's movement, but rather to feel the moves and begin experimenting with how their execution feels.  
 
Watch Rickson leading his students' warmup, and enjoy your training. 

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Rickson will adjust your armlock

To answer another member's question, master Rickson Gracie teaches some hip adjustments that will increase your odds to submit with an armlock from the guard.

Rickson will adjust your armlock

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Side kick: Grandmaster Helio Gracie's secret weapon

Master Rickson Gracie explains the side kick (also known as knee stomp), a tool he learned straight from his father, Helio Gracie. Watch and add it to your game.

Sidekick: Grandmaster Helio Gracie's secret weapon

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Side-control: how Rickson distributes his weight

Watch this 18-minute premium class, think thoroughly, and you will learn a thing or two about weight distribution straight from the source. Hint: pay attention to Master Rickson Gracie's hips motion.

Side-control: how Master Rickson distributes his weight

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The foundation of foot lock and heel hook escapes

You are not too familiar with leg locks, but want to understand the escapes. So this is a class designed for you, where Master Rickson Gracie answers a member's question and teaches the basic defenses against the straight foot lock and the feared heel hook.

The foundation of Footlock and Heelhook escapes

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How to escape from the seat belt

The seat belt is a popular position from the back and a terrific one for the attacker, as it gives him great control and several options to submit. Watch this class, and understand how master Rickson simplifies the situation, providing you the mindset to escape.

How to escape from the seat belt

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