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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the Master Text
The Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Technique of the month is Written and Demonstrated by Gene Simco from NYMAG (New York Martial Arts Gym). Gene is available for private lessons by contacting

Modeling: Gene Simco and Rob Constance. Photos: Adam Weissman.

Please note that these techniques should only be practiced with a trained or certified instructor. Failure to do these moves correctly could result in serious bodily injury or in some cases, death!.


Submission Grappling
I was really happy to have my friend Rob around to help me demonstrate this technique. Rob was around 240 pounds at the time of this photo shoot and I was about 185 pounds. The reason Iím happy about the weight difference is this: it gives me the opportunity to demonstrate how this move does not involve as much strength as you think.

1. I find myself in the choke, I then look up, looking up takes a lot of pressure off the front of my neck.

2. I then place my left hand over his back and my right arm under his leg. It is important to note my base and posture. I am pretty straight and looking up, my knees are bent and my base is wide. The fact that his arm is over my back puts weight over my shoulders and makes him easier to lift.
3. The lift is only temporary, I turn and lift simultaneously, I had to hold it for longer in the picture than you will in real life.
4. I land in a solid side control position.

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