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As a 3rd Degree black belt and 20-year veteran of grappling training I have a confession to make. Here goes: I don’t have a defined jiu jitsu ‘game’. I’m not a ‘guard player’, or a ‘passing specialist’, a ‘foot-lock guy’ or even a ‘finisher’.   When I’m asked, “What’s your favourite technique / submission?” the only answer I have is, “The one my opponent gives me.”  During sparring, how many times have you noticed that your internal monologue says something like, “Yes! I have his back!” or “Damn, he passed my guard – this is not good.” I still experience similar self-talk but over the last year...

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