Patrick Flores

  • Nick “The Tooth” Gullo

    A couple years ago, I started looking into writing and taking photos for jiu-jitsu. In search of inspiration, and that je ne sais quoi of what made for good content, I stumbled upon the works of Nick Gullo or better known as Nick “The Tooth.” I began reading articles...
  • High Percentage Jiu-Jitsu: Scarf Choke from Side Control

      This is a lapel choke that’s extremely effective and very difficult to escape from when set up correctly. Bernardo likes this because it’s a no risk finish. If he has his opponent in side control, the submission he thinks about are the ones that still leave him in...
  • Reverse Triangle from Failed Bow and Arrow Attempt

      Now that you’ve taken the back, you have to try to finish. One of my personal favorites has always been the bow and arrow choke. It’s not always a sure thing, and changing it into a reverse triangle is a great alternative. 1. As you begin to go...
  • Crucifix from the Back with Alberto Crane

    The back is a very dominant position in jiu-jitsu. Many people have gotten very good at defending the back position, not allowing you to sink in a choke of any kind. The crucifix is a great way to break down their defenses and reward yourself for reaching the dominant...
  • Rock-Jitsu: Jiu-jitsu Meets Heavy Metal

      “Music, you know, true music, not just rock ‘n’ roll – it chooses you. It lives in your car, or alone, listening to your headphones – you know, with the vast, scenic bridges and angelic choirs in your brain.” – Lester Bangs, Almost Famous        ...
  • Abraham Marte: Sequence From the Posture Break

      Smart jiu-jitsu athletes will often have more than one option when they attack. Many of the techniques demonstrated by Abraham are from the double hand posture break and he utilizes a sequence of transitions from this position. 1. When you go to take the back, your opponent may...
  • Abraham Marte: Breaking Posture from Closed Guard

    Breaking your opponent’s posture is extremely important when setting up attacks from the closed guard. It’s one of the things you’ll hear your professor telling you to do at an early stage. Controlling his posture will prevent him from easily opening your closed guard, and eventually passing. It also...
  • What Video Games Taught Me About Martial Arts

    Before actually training, most people are exposed to martial arts in a variety of different ways. Movies and TV generally provide people their first introduction into the art of fighting. Other mediums, however, provide a look into how our society views martial arts. Video games, in particular, are fascinating...
  • Jiu-jitsu Superstars Going to MMA

    MMA has received a lot of criticism due to the lower pay of its athletes in comparison to other sports. Yet many athletes are still drawn to the sport. Several high level jiu-jitsu competitors have participated or expressed interest in MMA. I’m sure this is partly due to a...
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