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Catch-as-catch-can wrestler Neil Melanson performs a leglock

Catch wrestling specialist Neil Melanson demonstrates a kneebar – aka “the king of leglocks”. Photo courtesy of MartialArtsNomad.

Knee injuries are very common in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, especially since it seems like heel hooks, toeholds, and other leglocks are getting more popular. Is it the Toquinho effect? The rise of the 50-50 guard? Rubber guard disasters? Maybe leglock master “Judo” Gene LeBell is to blame. At any rate, the list of high-level BJJ (and MMA) fighters who have been slowed down by knee injuries goes on and on: Kron Gracie, Xande Ribeiro, David Avellan, Dustin Hazelett, Bas Rutten, Roger Gracie, Tito Ortiz, Romulo Barral, Marco Ruas, Georges Ste-Pierre, to name a few. How to these injuries happen? And how do you treat them?

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Many athletes find inspiration and a sense of belonging in boxing gyms. Photo courtesy of fiverlocker.

There’s no shortage of interesting characters in the martial arts. It’s one of the reasons that it’s such a fun world to be a part of. A quick Youtube search for Frank Dux, Renato Laranja, Relson Gracie, Mike Tyson, Chael Sonnen, or Roger Mayweather is guaranteed to yield some gold. But there are also tons of cool and inspiring stories. Take for example the Afghani girls’ boxing team, the redemption saga of Canadian freestyle wrestling champion Khetag Pliev, and boxer Sergio Martinez’s fight against bullying and domestic violence.

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The calf crush attacks the knee, fibula, and tibia. Photo courtesy of Perfect Zero.

Charles Oliveira’s calf crush (aka calf slicer or knee compression) victory over Eric Wisely during the UFC on Fox 2 prelims raised a few eyebrows in the MMA world. Those with a background in BJJ, submission grappling, catch wrestling, or (especially) sambo saw what was going on, but the “stand them up ref!” fight fans had questions – as evidenced by the ensuing Twitter storm. Why did Wisely tap just because his leg was being bent? And how did Oliveira get himself into that position? Read on.

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Judo action at the 2011 NCJA Judo National Championships. Photo courtesy of Mike Strasser, West Point Public Affairs.

Dave Camarillo’s Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu: Revolutionizing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an excellent book for BJJ players who want to incorporate judo throwing techniques into their game. The beginning may appear overly basic to experienced judo players, but the introductory section is followed by detailed explanations of how judo techniques can be adapted to be effective in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Whether your foundation is in judo or BJJ, this book will make you better.
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Wrestlers lock up and look for a takedown at the 2011 ASICS U.S. Open. Photo courtesy of familymwr via Flickr.

The basic wrestling sit out escape from turtle is one of the most important wrestling techniques, especially – as fighters like Minotauro Nogueira have shown us – for those planning to branch out into MMA. Mastering the wrestling sit out enables a wrestler to shoot for a takedown without worrying about being stuck under their opponent’s sprawl. It may be among the first wrestling techniques you learn, but the sit out escape is still effective in submission grappling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and MMA at even the highest level of competition.

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Kickboxing before BJJ class at Dynamic MMA in Vancouver

Boxing isn’t typical Jiu-Jitsu Vortex material, in many ways it’s the opposite of BJJ – there’s no grappling, no throws, and punching is the only way to score. Sure, putting your opponent to sleep is a win in either sport, but boxers try to jolt the brain into shutdown, while Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighters like to cut off its blood supply. Despite the differences, many of us BJJ addicts also love boxing – it’s integral to MMA after all, which is what got many of us into Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the first place. And some of MMA’s best boxers are also high-level jiu-jitsu fighters. Let’s take a look at some examples.

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AFC 7: Break Out. Victoria, BC on November 5th, 2011.

On Saturday, November 5th, 2011, Victoria-based MMA promotion, Armageddon Fighting Championship, will be throwing their seventh mixed martial arts show at the Bear Mountain Arena (1767 Island Highway). It’s not exactly a Vancouver mixed martial arts event but it’s close enough, and there are some Vancouver and Lower Mainland MMA fighters on the card. (more…)

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