Effective Counter To Common De La Riva Defense

Counter to De La Riva Defense

Check out this very high percentage sweep that you can use to counter the common knee out or knee down counter to the de la rive guard. This works weel against people that counter the berimbolo and other de la riva positions well.
Additionally, check out the sick triangle that you can setup when your opponent doesn’t want to concede the sweep. This is very common and is hard to defend.
Let me know how they work out…

See The Jiu jitsu Sweep + Triangle Counter

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Keenan & Tarsis Match Ends In Controversy (IBJJF Pro LA)

Keenan & Tarsis Match Ends In Controversy (IBJJF Pro LA)

The final of the men’s adult heavyweight division at the IBJJF Pro in LA ended in controversy this weekend. Keenan Cornelius took on Tarsis Humpreys.
The match was tied at 0-0 when Keenan Cornelius was disqualified for attacking the leg of Tarsis and allegedly illegally reaping and putting pressure on the knee. Cornelius was DQ’d after much deliberation and the match was awarded to Humprey’s.
Take a look at the video below and let us know your thoughts….

Keenan Cornelius vs Tarsis Humphreys

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Leg Drags, Leg Drag Counters, & Leg Drag Submissions

Leg Drags, Leg Drag Counters, & Leg Drag Submissions

These are some helpful leg drags, counters to counters of the leg drag, and some submissions from the leg drag.
Enjoy these techniques free. Filmed live at Gracie Humaita San Diego. Thoughts, different ideas? Leave you comments below.

More Leg Drag Stuff + Live Execution

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Injury Prevention Techniques For Jiu Jitsu

Injury Prevention Techniques For Jiu Jitsu

Check out this video we put together a while back regarding injury prevention techniques for jiu jitsu athletes. These are all simple, affordable ways to keep yourself on the mats and out of the doctor’s office.

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Bishop BJJ Episode 1 – Tyler & Jena Bishop Move To California

Bishop BJJ Episode 1 Summary

Bishop BJJ will begin following Tyler and Jena as they live the jiu jitsu lifestyle in San Diego California. Tyler and Jena Bishop begin their journey out West and say goodbye to everyone in St. Louis in episode 1.  The video includes…

  • Tyler & Jena’s final speeches
  • Rolls from their last class
  • Footage from their trip across the country


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Luiz Panza BJJ Analysis & Jiu Jitsu Breakdown

Luiz Panza BJJ Analysis

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See the full study in the next issue of Jiu Jitsu Style Magazine.

Notable Luiz Panza BJJ Study Stats:

  • 80% win rate
  • Scored first in 100% of winsSubmitted his opponent in 58% of wins
  • Submitted his opponent in 58% of winsAverage match length was approximately 6:40
  • 54% of sweeps were from half guard
  • 75% of his guard passes came from half guard
  • He had just as many submissions from his opponents back as he did from attacking their legs (3 each)

Intro To Luiz Panza BJJ Study:

All matches observed of Luiz Panza used in this small sample occurred at major jiu jitsu events in the years 2012-2015. Only techniques, occurrences and outcomes that were recorded are displayed in the data below (i.e. if no butterfly sweeps occurred, there will not be a representation of that in the sample data charts). Matches were selected at random based on freely available matches. This is a limited sample – but given the estimated amount of matches in this time period – it is well above the percentage necessary to create a scientifically validated trend sampling.

The Luiz Panza BJJ Study:

Luiz Panza is known as one of the Super-Heavyweight division’s most exciting and electrifying competitors. He is widely recognized for his devastating leg locks and rare agility. As one of the top competitors in the division, Panza has quickly solidified himself as a name to watch. His game alternates between calculated risks and complete caution to the wind intensity, and it was a blast breaking down his game.

Authors note: Luiz Panza is one of my favorite competitors to watch. Having done nearly 50 breakdowns, this was one of the most fun to watch and put together. I’m a fan, and I’m not on his team; nor have I ever met him.

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What We LearnedAboutt Luiz Panza:

Luiz Panza was only a few seconds short of entering the finals at this year’s World Jiu Jitsu Championship. He watched his ticket to the finals be snatched away from him by a last second sweep by Leo Nogueira in the semi-finals. That match with Nogueira is a great look into the style of Panza. In that match, Panza locked up an early leg lock on Nogueira and seemed to be in complete control. At the end, his submission attempt would be what allowed Nogueira the opportunity to score at the last minute to win. This is the game of Luiz Panza; active, aggressive, and evolving.
That match with Nogueira is a great look into the style of Panza. In that match, Panza locked up an early leg lock on Nogueira and seemed to be in complete control. At the end, his submission attempt would be what allowed Nogueira the opportunity to score at the last minute to win. This is the game of Luiz Panza; active, aggressive, and evolving.
Luiz Panza is known for his leg locks; and for good reason. Nearly 43% of his total submissions are leg locks. However, he uses these same leg locks to setup a number of sweeps, passes, and other dominant positions. In our study we observed him using a submission to execute a sweep in over 15% of his sweeps. This is the highest rate of subs to sweep we’ve ever seen.

Luiz Panza is good at jiu-jitsu

Sweeping is a big part of Panza’s game. His favorite is the “tornado” sweep; made famous by “Cyborg” Abreu. He executed this sweep from half guard and used in combination with several other movements in which he would elevate his opponents to take the legs or sweep. Ultimately, over 54% of his sweeps came from half-guard.
Although, Panza is best known for his tornado sweeps and leg locks, the most under-rated part of his game may be his ability to successfully attack the back. Panza does a great job of always hunting for the submission, and he often puts his opponents in very bad positions. This leads him to being able to secure his opponents back. 43% of his total submissions came from the back and he was able to secure the back off of a sweep nearly 60% of the time.

In closing – Luiz Panza BJJ

Luiz Panza has proven that he has the dynamic skills to be a world champion. His game is both unique and exciting, but not without risk. It will be exciting to watch him as he continues to evolve, develop, and sharpen his already defined game. He recently won the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in LA and will look to continue his streak this year.

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WTF Happened With Metamoris Jiu jitsu

Metamoris Jiu Jitsu Started Off Great… Then…

Metamoris burst onto the jiu jitsu scene in late 2012. It was a breath of fresh air for the Brazilian jiu jitsu and submission grappling communities. Finally, a professional platform for top grapplers to showcase their skills, abilities, and talents in front of a broad audience in an accessible and organized fashion. Rules and format aside, it was a revolutionary event that was looked at by other competitors and spectators alike as the potential model for true professional jiu jitsu. Metamoris jiu jitsu was set to change grappling forever. Now, 4 years later, Metamoris jiu jitsu has certainly changed things. But, the journey since October 2012 can only be described as utterly bizarre.
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In the beginning…

Metamoris kind of started out like a young rock and roll group. There were a lot of hungry, excited people involved and they were supported by all the right agents of execution. Obviously, the most notable character in this entire saga is Ralek Gracie. However, most are probably aware that behind the scenes there was some very serious money behind the event. Its probably not fair to dig into all of those that contributed to this backing, but one that is rather notable — and public — is Robert Zeps (we’ll come back to Robert later). Nevertheless, in the beginning, it all looked good. Jiu jitsu finally had the platform that it deserved and the event was attached to the name that is most synonymous with the art, Gracie.
The first event was filled with some of the very best that top-level jiu jitsu and MMA had to offer. The match-up’s included legitimate athletes and thoughtful matchmaking. The production was unlike anything that had ever been seen before. Both the live experience and the online broadcast were above and beyond what the community had ever experienced. By any standards, it was both professional and well-executed.
The first installment was not without its quirks. The broadcasting, drums, and other nuances made the event odd in its own way, but jiu jitsu inofitself is a little odd, so most gave the event a pass in this area. However, an overwhelming sense of question brewed in many in the community regarding the sustainability of the event. Now, we have the benefit of hindsight… it was not — nor was it ever going to be — sustainable.

The train keeps rolling

The hype was real with Metamoris. Although official PPV buy numbers were never released to the public, the rumors were that Metamoris I had actually done better than some predicted (although not as well as those involved may have hoped).
To the outside world, the model — while fluid — seemed to be: position Ralek Gracie up front as the promotor, attract a small portion of UFC/MMA fans, and tap into the vast majority of jiu jitsu enthusiasts. On its surface the model seemed to make some sense.
While the jury was still out at this time on whether or not any MMA fans were interested in watching pro grappling, it was not a huge leap of faith to believe that this could be the case. One would think that hardcore MMA fans would be interested in watching the likes of Japanese MMA phenom, Shinya Aoki,grapple the only son of living legend, Rickson Gracie.
As Metamoris II kicked off, the organizers and fans of pro grappling collectively held their breath to see if increased investments could grow the event further than the first. The inclusion of judges and other gimmicks did not fair well, but likely did not affect the overall financial success of the event. Ultimately, fans of pro grappling could look at Metamoris II and proudly point to the event as a gold standard for professional grappling PPV’s.
Unfortunately, increased investments, strange judging, and an increased focus on digital marketing did not have the desired effect on PPV buys that the shows organizers were expecting. While a success for the grappling world, Metamoris was beginning down the road of financial failure.
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Metamoris III: Jiu Jitsu’s Woodstock

When you’re struggling with an event like Metamoris, you typically end up with two choices. You can double-down and plow ahead or you can pull back and cut your loses. The organizers behind Metamoris super-mega-spinning-armlock-doubled down on Metamoris III.
At this point in grappling history, there was one match that seemed to stick out as one of the most infamous/famous matches of all time. That match was Royler Gracie vs. Eddie Bravo in 2003 at ADCC. The match was only a semi-final match, but it saw one of grappling’s hall-of-fame legends lose to a relatively unknown American grappler with an unorthodox style. It was (and still is) considered one of the greatest upsets of all time.
In the decade after Royler and Eddie’s match in 2003, there was no match more talked about in the grappling community than a rematch between these two titans. As Royler aged, and Bravo became increasingly absent from any sort of competition, the match-up had become a pipedream to most. However, after what can only be assumed as hundreds of conversations and disagreements back and forth between the competitors and the promoters at Metamoris, Royler Gracie vs. Eddie Bravo 2 was set to go down; and it was set to be jiu jitsu’s Woodstock.

Living Up To The Hype

The match between Royler and Eddie had a lot of drama leading up to the event. Multiple times it looked like the match would fall apart. Ultimately, that drama was the best form of marketing for the event.
Metamoris spared no expense on the event. It featured MMA superstars, other top level competitors from around the world, and boasted an impressive multi-channel marketing campaign to support PPV sales. If this card — and surrounding hype — didn’t produce the numbers the organizers were looking for… nothing would (right)?
When the event finally arrived, those attending were treated to world-class production. The live event saw the who’s who of grappling come out in droves to support the live action. Those watching online were treated to the same level of product that UFC events received (friends in the media said that the truck setup’s behind the scenes were even better than those that the UFC used).
Ultimately, the event lived up to the hype. Royler vs. Eddie ended in a draw. But, it was the barnburner that many expected when they shelled out their dollars to watch the card. It would be hard to imagine that the marketing and execution of the event could have been much better.

There Go the Wheels

Despite the successful organization and execution of Metamoris III, the event continued to hemorrhage cash. Only those involved truly know what was lost; however it has been said that the money lost on Metamoris is more than most will ever make in a lifetime.
So that’s it, right? Time to cut bait and call it quits. Ralek Gracie had other plans.
Its at this point that Ralek’s inexperience and immaturity in this space started to become exposed. Ralek was beginning to feel the pressure from the enormous financial losses that Metamoris had experienced, and it was showing. He started making a lot of strange public excuses for the why the events were failing. Stolen streams from the internet and other piracy had legitimately hurt the events, but Ralek expressed these concerns in odd ways.
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Ralek also began to make misguided public comments that would lead to PR nightmare after PR nightmare. The first was a small comment he made about female jiu jitsu. Ralek actually brought up a valid point about supply and demand for grappling PPV’s but it was wrapped in a layer of what appeared to condescending chauvinism. He followed that comment up by issuing a bizarre public apology that wasn’t actually an apology, but rather something much worse than the original comments.
This episode was the first in what would become a long line of severely mismanaged decisions that would plummet Metamoris from relevance.

When It All Came Crashing Down

It was at this point that the perception of what Metamoris was started to change. The strange behavior of Ralek Gracie and the growing distance between him and those funding the events, was causing subsequent events to lose luster and always seem to be surrounded with gimmicks, uncertainty, and a lack of authenticity.
Secret matches, thrifty venue changes, dramatic card changes, and increasingly bizarre behavior and commentary from Ralek was causing each Metamoris jiu jitsu event to be worse than the last. The PPV buys supported this trend as well. Fewer and fewer were interested in what Ralek Gracie was selling.
It was public at this time that the event was losing money. It was also obvious. Some of the last few events were held in what could only be described as an airplane hangar. It was odd for the competitors and odd for those who were still buying the PPV’s.
To make matters worse, it came out that Metamoris’s new subscription services platform had been illegally and possibly intentionally (allegedly) double-charging it’s members for their subscriptions. It also failed to discontinue billing to members that attempted to unsubscribe. Those that had remained loyal to the Metamoris brand were now turning their backs and leaving in droves.
Metamoris looked like it was about to go out with an awkward whimper as Ralek rode the event into the ground with a steady hand on the wheel. Metamoris had just alienated too many members of it’s core audience, and many resented the organization at this point.

Bad Idea After Bad Idea

Just when you thought Metamoris was dead, out popped an e-mail announcing the launch of the Metamoris Challengers Series. Right out of the gate it didn’t make any sense and was wildly heralded as a terribly ill-planned and likely half-baked idea.
Metamoris challengers was set to be a special series of localized tournaments that would allow local competitors to work their way up to a final broadcasted event that would end in significant prize money. Everyone in the grappling community new that logistically the event would never work.
Many/most of Challenger series events were canceled. Some took place and others were poorly organized. Overall, the events were like a microcosm of Metamoris in general. Ultimetly, finals for the events were held… then no one got paid. This turned out to be a trend.
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Ain’t Nobody Gettin’ Paid

After the Challenger series, it became public knowledge that Ralek had been promising to pay athletes and then not following through for a while. He had lost all financial backing and was bleeding money. As every day passed, he damaged his families name and isolated himself against the community he had once embraced.
It was AJ Agazarm who initially outed Ralek as someone who wasn’t paying competitors. In an ill-advised move by Ralek, AJ was given access to Metamoris’s Instagram account which led to him publically using Ralek’s own brand against him. It was the final nail in the coffin. Metamoris had largely become a joke. It had officially fallen from grace.
While the Metamoris brand to this day remains strong, because of the event that were held under its name, these final strings of failure ultimately ruined the remaining credibility that the event had left.

F’ It, We’re Burning This Mother Down

Conventional wisdom would say that this story ends now, but it doesn’t. Ralek Gracie is anything but conventional.
In early 2016, Ralek Gracie announced Metamoris 7. It was marketed as a return to what made it famous; including a rematch of Metamoris 1 (Buchecha vs. Roger Gracie). Metamoris wanted everyone to believe things had been made right and that it would be returning to its former glory. This was far far from the case.
When the card was announced, almost every match on the card was without formal agreement. Several even reported that some of those on the card had specifically told Ralek not to market the event with their name on it. Ultimately, the first Metamoris 7 card that was released would change so dramatically that not a single match would ever take place.
As the event grew closer, questions began to mount. Would Metamoris 7 even happen? All of those announced to be on the card said they weren’t even competing and Metamoris was clearly out of money. They still had not paid fighters from past shows. Who possibly would want to compete in this thing?
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Only One Man

The truth is there was only one man crazy enough to attach his name to the headline of a card like Metamoris 7, Ralek Gracie. Ralek was able to talk popular submission grappler, Garry Tonon (who he had had previous public disagreement with) into headlining the event with him.
Once Ralek was announced as the headliner, he used all of his bad publicity as a weird marketing ploy to hype the event… and it kind of worked. Metamoris 7 had more buzz than it likely deserved and the stage was set for the event to potentially get back on track (well …maybe at least to pay some debts).

In Typical Pro Wrestling Fashion

Just before Metamoris 7 went live, in an act of pure poetic justice, AJ Agazarm took to Facebook to alert all of his followers that he would be broadcasting Metamoris 7 live on his personal account. He used the hashtag “paythefighters” in an act of rebellion against the fact that Ralek had still not paid many of the past Metamoris competitors.
At times, AJ’s live feed had 3k+ users watching. Its hard to say for sure, but this likely murdered the PPV buys for Metamoris.
AJ’s actions probably do not bode well for the future of pro jiu jitsu that looks to add revenue via internet streams, but it did seem somewhat appropriate after everything that had occured.
After Ralek Gracie was forced to tap out to a kneebar applied by Garry Tonon, he was granted the mic (one last time?). His comments and gaze were equally bizarre and he rambled blindly. Eventually he called Robert Zeps to the stage to thank him for his early support (see, I told you we’d come back to Robert). Robert refused to comment and politely smiled and waved to the crowd. Robert quickly retreated and Ralek bowed to the crowd and left as oddly as he arrived.
When asked about it later, Robert had no significant comment about the event. You could say that his silence at the event speaks for itself.
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What’s Next

Metamoris should be dead now. It has done just about everything wrong at this point; however the brand still maintains a glimmer of hope. If Ralek Gracie’s forever tarnished image could ever be wiped from the event, the show would still have a chance.
As it stands today, Metamoris and Ralek Gracie are inseparable. And while that likely means the end of Metamoris forever, Ralek has proven too resourceful to completely count out.
So what happens next? Who the f*** knows.

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JT Torres Jiu Jitsu Breakdown

JT Torres Jiu Jitsu Breakdown

In the latest edition of It’s Science we take a close look at JT Torres; the famed lightweight Atos fighter. The full study and analysis will be in the next issue of Jiu Jitsu Style magazine so be sure to check it out.

Notable JT Torres Jiu Jitsu Stats:

  • 75% win rate
  • 85% of submissions came from the back
  • 25% of all matches ended with a back submission
  • Submitted opponent in 42% of matches
  • Average match length was approximately 7:50\
  • 54% of sweeps were from De La Riva guard
  • 43% of passes were leg drags
  • Scored first in every win (9/9)

The Jiu-Jitsu Breakdown:

JT Torres is a rare young veteran of competition jiu jitsu. He is about as experienced of a competitor as you will find; however he is still young in age. At only 26 years old, JT has accumulated over 33 major IBJJF medals at black belt. This experience is very apparent in his game; which is of a very surgical nature. Like some of the other Atos competitors we’ve studied before (see Rafa Mendes), Torres is very calculated and specific about the techniques he chooses.

The Study Results:

JT Torres has yet to win a gi World Championship at black belt despite coming extremely close in 2015. However, he hold victories over some of the sports greatest competitors. One of the things that has made JT so successful is the soundness of his technique. He makes very few mistakes. In fact, in every winning match we recorded, JT was the first to score.
JT is an extremely well-rounded grappler but choses his positions very carefully. When on the bottom, JT preferred the open guard – and more specifically – the De La Riva guard. 54% of his total sweeps came from this position. JT greatly prefers a technique in which he threads both legs through his standing opponent from De La Riva to off-balance them. In our study he used this effectively several times. Additionally, 1/5 of the submissions we recorded came from when JT was attacking from the guard position as well.
It would be a mistake to assume that Torres is simply a guard player. Torres had was very effective passing in the matches we reviewed. 71% of his passes started from a standing position; with 85% of those passes being of a leg drag or leg weave variety.
JT has also demonstrated a great ability to end the match in submission. He ended more win by submission than he did by points. He had a submission to points win ratio of 5/4; which is one of the best we’ve seen. JT preferred attacks from the back; something he is well known for. Over 60% of his submissions were from the back. Overall, 25% of all the matches we observed ended with JT choking his opponent from the back position.
Over 60% of his submissions were from the back. Overall, 25% of all the matches we observed ended with JT choking his opponent from the back position.

The Wrap Up

JT has proven himself to be one of the most effective and consistent grapplers on the planet. But, as he grows more and more senior to the young crop of new lightweight black belts he will have to find a way to stay ahead and finally get over that last hump if he wants to earn an IBJJF World Championship.
Coming off an injury this year, Torres is right on the cusp. As he heads into year 2 of injury recovery he will look to make that final jump. He has all the tools and experience to make it happen.


It's Science: Edwin Najmi Breakdown

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The Breakdown

One of the fastest rising stars in competition jiu jitsu is Edwin Najmi. Known for his dramatic flying triangles and quick finishes, Edwin is perhaps one the most prolific young jiu jitsu athletes on the scene today. He is a stark contrast from many previous study subjects because of his youth. We actually included some of Edwin’s brown belt matches in this study to help fully-define his game and strategy. So what makes Najmi such an exciting competitor?

Edwin Najmi At A Glance

  • 93% win rate
  • 84% of his submissions were from the bottom
  • Finished 33% of matches by flying triangle
  • Triangles made up 7 of 13 submissions recorded in the study
  • Secured his opponents back in 27% of matches
  • Scored first in 93% of his total matches
  • Average match length was 5:51
  • Full study will be available in the next issue of Jiu Jitsu Style Magazine

The Study

Edwin Najmi is very widely known for one technique in particular – and for good reason. Najmi is known as a master of the flying triangle. The flying triangle is one of the most spectacular finishes in jiu jitsu; largely due to its rarity inside competition; however Najmi has found a way to make it a threat in every match he engages in.
In the matches we viewed, Najmi secured a flying triangle in 33% of them. Think about that for a second. That means in 1 of every 3 of the matches in our study Edwin Najmi flying triangled his opponent. We’ve never had another study subject come anywhere close to that number of standing submission finishes. What’s more, Najmi actually has the most statistically dangerous triangle we’ve studied. Over 46% of his matches ended with him submitting his opponent by triangle.
Another very clear part of Najmi’s style of jiu jitsu is his dominance from the bottom. Najmi scored 84% of his submissions from the bottom with 63% of those coming from triangles and 27% coming from leg or foot locks.
Najmi can only be described as an exciting fighter. His average match length was less than 6 minutes and he had an astounding submission rate of 87%. That’s one of the highest submission rates we’ve recorded. In fact, he was so dangerous from his guard that he actually had a very low sweep rate and pass rate compared to many of our previous study subjects.
When he wasn’t submitting his opponents, Najmi often used the De La Riva guard or Berimbolo to sweep his opponents, and approximately 83% of his passes were leg drag or leg weave style passes. He was also very good in attacking his opponents back. He was able to secure the back position in 27% of his matches.
Ultimately, Najmi is clearly one of the most dominant competitors we’ve studied so far. It is arguable that he has not been tested to the same degree that many other subjects have, but the success he’s demonstrated so far is impressive nonetheless. Najmi also appears to be another athlete that has been very successful minimizing techniques and sticking with a defined strategy inside of his matches; much like we see with Rafa Mendes.
Najmi’s star is obviously on the rise. He is coming off a gold medal at the Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship and has to be considered to be one of the top names in his division no matter where he competes. He will likely be terror for his opposition for long to come.
See the full study in net month’s Jiu Jitsu Style magazine.

The Details

All matches observed of Edwin Najmi, used in this small sample occurred at IBJJF, UAE World Pro, or professional jiu jitsu events, inside of his weight division, and in the years 2013-2015. Only techniques, occurrences, and outcomes that were recorded are displayed in the data below (i.e. if no butterfly sweeps occurred, there will not be a representation of that in the sample data charts). Matches were selected at random based on freely available matches. This is a limited sample – but given the estimated amount of matches in this time period – it is well above the percentage necessary to create a scientifically validated trend sampling.

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Pan Jiu Jitsu Podcast 2016 + Pro Jiu Jitsu & More

Pan Jiu Jitsu Podcast 2016 + More

The crew breaks down the 2016 Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship, discuss hilarious stories, expose Jena to, and much much more!

  • Pan Jiu Jitsu 2016 Breakdown
  • IBJJF complaints
  • Hilarious stories
  • Pro jiu jitsu event discussion
  • Sponsorship talk
  • Tomfollery
  • much more….

Don’t miss the latest episode of the podcast. Also on Stitcher Radio.


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