TECHNICA: BOW & ARROW CHOKE

A pale detail and an advantage in hand, in a low and desolate spot between truth and consequence.

LUTADORA

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

Messages from martial artists. Season two of the Shoyoroll podcast.

TECHNICA: KNEEBAR

Latching onto a kneebar has long meant you’re someone who speaks a more profane language.

TECHNICA: X GUARD

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

The flower sweep is right there and you’re obliged to take it.

CAMP HIGH x SHOYOROLL

It's all about the vibes.

TECHNICA: CALF SLICER

More than other familiar targets – bicep crushers, neck cranks, toe holds – the calf slicer is a black sheep.

TECHNICA: ARMBAR

The armbar can come out of nowhere in a supernova of genius or at the end of a long, laborious, tedious, spirit-sucking grind.

TECHNICA: MOUNT

Two feelings: serenity or alarm, depending on where you are.

TECHNICA: OSOTO GARI

"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

TECHNICA: OMOPLATA

Contingent. Alchemical. Enigmatic. Integral.

TRAIN ANYTHING

Designed for performance in every discipline.

CRACK ON MIXTAPE

A grime playlist for all your rolling needs.

Technica: Open Guard

"You must be a wriggler, an eel, impossible to hold.”

Technica: Double Leg Takedown

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

Don't forget to have fun. Next mixtape is full of reggae and dancehall.

Technica: Darce

Creation, ultimately, requires a community.

Technica: Heel Hooks

The cultural history of heel hooks, inspired by graphic designer and typographer Wolfgang Weingart.

TECHNICA: AMERICANA

A key lock. Or a top wristlock. Or a paintbrush. Or a figure four. Or ude-garami. Or Americana.

SHARK TANK MIXTAPE

Volume seven is full of French hip hop. Get rolling.

TRAIN ANYWHERE

Featuring Kade and Tye Ruotolo.

TECHNICA: HALF GUARD

The cultural history of half guard, inspired by modernist Stuart Davis.

FLOW STATE MIXTAPE

Roll into infinity with this ambient mix.

DOJO STORM!

A brief history of dojoarashi—also known as DOJO STORMING.

CRUCIFIX MIXTAPE

Vol. 5: '80s post-punk and goth songs to roll to.

TECHNICA: BUTTERFLY GUARD

An elegant mask to disguise the maelstrom that awaits.

THE STAMPEDE COLLECTION

A look at a new collection inspired by the aesthetics of American Bull Riders and the rugged work-ethic of the midwest.

CAULIFLOWER EAR

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

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

An act of provocation, a catalyst for reaction, the twilight of anticipation and the seizing of initiative.

PEARL WEAVE MIXTAPE

Mixtape Vol. 3... Japanese psychedelic rock.

TECHNICA: BERIMBOLO

The berimbolo—a spin, a scramble, a conjugation of berimbolar—inspires ire and adoration in equal measure.

RINGWORM MIXTAPE

Mixtape Vol. 2... punk rock songs to roll to.

LOOPCHOKE MIXTAPE

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!

While Helio Gracie was still in diapers, women were resisting police brutality and fending off harassers with judo throws and armlocks.

TECHNICA: TRIÂNGULO

“Two straight lines cannot enclose a space."

THE MARTIAL SPIRIT

"When you are walking the line between life and death, it does something to you spiritually."

WRISTLOCKS CREW

Remember kids, wristlocks are just heel hooks for the arms.

PORTRAIT OF A SUBMISSION ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN

“Sharpen who and what you are, and sharpen your own way of doing it.”

TECHNICA: THE KIMURA

The shoulder-and-elbow-destroying submission is a cornerstone of jiu-jitsu.

START YOUR OWN STUDIO

It's up to us to build community.

Shogo Kawabata Talks Vintage MMA

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

When we fight, we win.

TRUE BLUE

Master the void with Yves Klein, the great french artist and judoka.

Technica: Mata Leão

Nothing is perfect, but the RNC comes close.

HOW TO WRITE A DEATH POEM

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

A cultural history of one of grappling's most instinctive and effective techniques.
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