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Pioneers of the Sport: Carlos Machado

  Today’s “Pioneers of the Sport” features one of the first BJJ black belts that planted his roots in the United States, Carlos “Soneca” Machado. Carlos, the oldest of the Machado brothers, started his BJJ training under Helio and then Rolls Gracie. After Rolls’ untimely death, Carlos along with his brothers Roger, Rigan, Jean Jacques and John, all trained under Carlinhos at Gracie Barra. In … Continue reading


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Position of the Month: Takedowns Wk#2 – Modified Single Leg

I hope you liked the last move from Serra Jiu Jitsu instructor Mike Piccolomini. Today, it’s my turn! I’m a brown belt under Matt Serra and I am also an instructor at Serra Jiu Jitsu in Huntington, NY. I started my martial arts career at Kazan Dojo in Deer Park, NY. Kazan is a traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu school led by a 5th degree JJJ … Continue reading


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Before they were Stars: Ronda Rousey

Today’s “Before They Were Stars” segment features the undefeated “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey! As many of you may know, Ronda’s accomplished a lot in her short time as a professional MMA fighter (including securing a title shot this March against Miesha Tate); however many of you may not know that she was breed for combat sports. Ronda’s mother Dr. AnnMaria DeMars, was the first-ever American to … Continue reading


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Position of the Month: Takedowns WK#1 – Ouchi Gari

Hope you all had a great new years and that your training is back to full swing! We are doing something different with today’s theme. As we stated before, the Submission Control staff collectively have about 30+ years of martial arts experience (both teaching and practicing). We wanted to share our extensive experience with our loyal readers, but we lacked the funding to do so. … Continue reading


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Young Guns: Ralph Go (2011 IBJJF Mundial Silver Medalist)

Today’s Young Guns segment features a bjj practitioner from a distant part of the world where martial arts has historically been a striker’s art form. In a country where a modest youth can change himself to an international superstar, today’s Young Gun, Ralph Go is trying to replicate Manny Pacquiao’s success with boxing in BJJ. Ralph Go, a brown belt under Makoto Aramaki, is one … Continue reading


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Match of the Week: Rubens Charles x Rafael Mendes

Hi everyone, we hope the holidays were good to everyone. As you can see, we gave Submission Control a facelift. We hope you like the new layout. Ok, back to some serious Brazilian Jiu Jitsu action! To kick off 2012 right, today we feature one of the many battles between two elite BB feather weights currently active in competition, Rubens Charles vs. Rafael Mendes! The … Continue reading


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Position of the Month: Mount Escapes WK#3 (Erik Paulson)

    Today we focus on a variation of the mount escape that lends itself to a nice foot lock. In the below lesson Erik Paulson, starts with the basic push bump mount escape. As you will see, this escape transitions nicely to various foot locks… Paulson shows you six variations! Enjoy the technique and happy holidays!         Last week’s technique: Mount … Continue reading


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Pioneers of the Sport: Roberto “Gordo” Correa

    Today we feature one of the most impactful figures in BJJ during the mid-to-late 90’s and the innovator of the half guard, Roberto “Gordo” Correa! Gordo, started BJJ at 19 years old at the famed Gracie Barra in Tijuca. As a purple belt, this legend of the sport suffered a potential career ending knee injury. Fortunately for us, Gordo’s drive and determination did … Continue reading


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Match of the Week: Andre Galvao vs Antonio Braga Neto

Today’s Match of the Week features a great battle between two of the top Jiu Jitsu fighters currently active in both the tournament and MMA circuit. This exciting battle between Andre Galvao (Atos) and Antonio Braga Neto (Gracie Barra/Gordo Evolve) took place in the absolute division of the 2011 World Pro Trials in San Diego. This is match is akin to the old tale of … Continue reading


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Position of the Month: Mount Escapes WK#2

Porra, I think I’m online too much … Continuing with this month’s theme, the first video is from Roy Dean on how to escape the mount position. Roy breaks things down very well for both the beginner and the advanced BJJer. Check out his philosophy on Jiu Jitsu during the first minute of the clip (I agree with him 100%). The last two moves are … Continue reading


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