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TECHNICA: BOW & ARROW CHOKE
October 19, 2021
A pale detail and an advantage in hand, in a low and desolate spot between truth and consequence.
September 29, 2021
Even as representation in jiu-jitsu reaches new heights, we all share a responsibility for training environments that are welcoming and open to all.
THE JIU JITSU TAPES
September 19, 2021
Messages from martial artists. Season two of the Shoyoroll podcast.
September 16, 2021
Latching onto a kneebar has long meant you’re someone who speaks a more profane language.
TECHNICA: X GUARD
August 19, 2021
The eyes that see end games as obstacles and nothing more. The spirit to run into the wall and off the cliff, over and over. The mind that correctly surmises that overcoming means going underneath.
TECHNICA: FLOWER SWEEP
August 04, 2021
The flower sweep is right there and you’re obliged to take it.
CAMP HIGH x SHOYOROLL
July 21, 2021
It's all about the vibes.
TECHNICA: CALF SLICER
July 17, 2021
More than other familiar targets – bicep crushers, neck cranks, toe holds – the calf slicer is a black sheep.
July 02, 2021
The armbar can come out of nowhere in a supernova of genius or at the end of a long, laborious, tedious, spirit-sucking grind.
June 18, 2021
Two feelings: serenity or alarm, depending on where you are.
TECHNICA: OSOTO GARI
June 03, 2021
"Since I specialized in osoto gari, even if I lost I lost with osoto gari. By thinking to master that technique I kept my beginner’s mind.” — Masahiko Kimura
April 27, 2021
Contingent. Alchemical. Enigmatic. Integral.
April 21, 2021
Designed for performance in every discipline.
CRACK ON MIXTAPE
April 14, 2021
A grime playlist for all your rolling needs.
Technica: Open Guard
April 01, 2021
"You must be a wriggler, an eel, impossible to hold.”
Technica: Double Leg Takedown
March 08, 2021
Double leg. Baiana. Morote gari. Outside Step. Inside trip. Lift. Blast. Forward velocity. Center of mass. Ground reaction force. Inelastic collision. Attack. Sprawl. Attack.
Don Gorgon Mixtape
March 01, 2021
Don't forget to have fun. Next mixtape is full of reggae and dancehall.
February 17, 2021
Creation, ultimately, requires a community.
Technica: Heel Hooks
January 20, 2021
The cultural history of heel hooks, inspired by graphic designer and typographer Wolfgang Weingart.
December 09, 2020
A key lock. Or a top wristlock. Or a paintbrush. Or a figure four. Or ude-garami. Or Americana.
SHARK TANK MIXTAPE
December 06, 2020
Volume seven is full of French hip hop. Get rolling.
November 27, 2020
Featuring Kade and Tye Ruotolo.
TECHNICA: HALF GUARD
November 23, 2020
The cultural history of half guard, inspired by modernist Stuart Davis.
FLOW STATE MIXTAPE
November 10, 2020
Roll into infinity with this ambient mix.
October 28, 2020
A brief history of dojoarashi—also known as DOJO STORMING.
October 15, 2020
Vol. 5: '80s post-punk and goth songs to roll to.
TECHNICA: BUTTERFLY GUARD
October 07, 2020
An elegant mask to disguise the maelstrom that awaits.
THE STAMPEDE COLLECTION
October 05, 2020
A look at a new collection inspired by the aesthetics of American Bull Riders and the rugged work-ethic of the midwest.
September 28, 2020
They are a mangled memento of devotion: the more hours you spend in the gym, the more likely you are to have your ears in friction against the mat.
SANKAKU LEGLOCKS MIXTAPE
September 23, 2020
Playing “Eye of the Tiger” during training, again? Put this on instead, and upgrade your soundtrack vibes with this mixtape full of Japanese film score composers.
CLOSING THE DISTANCE
September 13, 2020
An act of provocation, a catalyst for reaction, the twilight of anticipation and the seizing of initiative.
PEARL WEAVE MIXTAPE
August 26, 2020
Mixtape Vol. 3... Japanese psychedelic rock.
August 18, 2020
The berimbolo—a spin, a scramble, a conjugation of berimbolar—inspires ire and adoration in equal measure.
August 12, 2020
Mixtape Vol. 2... punk rock songs to roll to.
August 12, 2020
Weh di system do fi ghetto yute? Nothing! Burn down Babylon while listening to LOOPCHOKE: Mixtape Vol. 1... reggae songs to roll to.
SMASH THE MASHER MENACE!
August 07, 2020
While Helio Gracie was still in diapers, women were resisting police brutality and fending off harassers with judo throws and armlocks.
July 22, 2020
“Two straight lines cannot enclose a space."
THE MARTIAL SPIRIT
July 17, 2020
"When you are walking the line between life and death, it does something to you spiritually."
July 15, 2020
Remember kids, wristlocks are just heel hooks for the arms.
PORTRAIT OF A SUBMISSION ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN
July 10, 2020
“Sharpen who and what you are, and sharpen your own way of doing it.”
TECHNICA: THE KIMURA
June 23, 2020
The shoulder-and-elbow-destroying submission is a cornerstone of jiu-jitsu.
START YOUR OWN STUDIO
June 17, 2020
It's up to us to build community.
Shogo Kawabata Talks Vintage MMA
June 16, 2020
Before it was called “mixed martial arts,” no-holds-barred fighting was virtually dominated by the strongest jiu jitsu players of BJJ’s early teams.
MARTIAL ARTISTS UNITE
June 03, 2020
When we fight, we win.
May 21, 2020
Master the void with Yves Klein, the great french artist and judoka.
Technica: Mata Leão
May 19, 2020
Nothing is perfect, but the RNC comes close.
HOW TO WRITE A DEATH POEM
May 14, 2020
The material world is impermanent. Learn how to write your own Jisei, in the Zen Buddhist tradition before you cross over.
Technica: Reflections on the Guillotine
April 30, 2020
A cultural history of one of grappling's most instinctive and effective techniques.