The closed guard, the first guard created, most likely the first guard you learned, and in my opinion one of the most versatile guards created. The closed guard separated BJJ from other grappling arts. All other guards are based off the concept of the closed guard. There are so many good things about the closed guard I can’t list them [...]
You will hear this from time to time on the mats, ” I only use this one guard and that’s it”, or “I only work on these two guards”. In my opinion this isn’t the best way to train in bjj. You should never pigeonholed your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and in this guard series I will explain different guards with [...]
Gi or no gi, which is better which is worse, that is the question debated all over the bjj community. You’re going to read I have pros and cons in both. But always remember rolling is rolling gi or no gi. The gi or has a lot of tradition in it, the uniform itself comes from Japanese jujitsu. Gi training [...]
Much like the importance of competing, traveling to other schools is just as important. This definitely applies to purple belts and above! Being in one school and rolling with the same people gets repetitive. You know what your partners are going to do and they know what your going to do as well. You should always train to fight against [...]
We all experienced our “blue belt blues” or we felt our game plateau. It is inevitable for people to feel like this. One very easy solution to fix this problem is to compete at a tournament. We have to realize that we roll with the same people day in and day out, and they get used to our games and vise [...]
Hey my name is Frank Alogna, I train at Scranton MMA. I’m a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a green belt in Judo. The reason I am creating this blog is to share my travels in the BJJ world. For more info regrading me and my history so far read my about me !