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Tenth-degree black belt, American Ju-Jitsu Association co-founder, budoshin jujitsu pioneer and Black Belt Hall of Fame member George Kirby shows you how to stop and redirect an attacker's energy in this exclusive video!

Ever get hit with a sucker punch? It isn't pleasant. Trust us. Better yet, trust 10th-degree black belt and jujitsu master George Kirby to show you how jujitsu can counter the sucker punch before impact and take down your opponent using vital targets and energy redirection! Jujitsu is known as the "gentle art" because it focuses on submitting your opponent with speed and ease without inflicting permanent damage. It's therefore well-suited for law enforcement, mixed martial arts and sparring applications. In this exclusive martial arts technique video, American Ju-Jitsu Association co-founder and budoshin jujitsu pioneer George Kirby shows you jujitsu techniques to counter a sucker punch! George Kirby outlines two counterattacks to stop the sucker punch and immobilize your opponent using vital targets, energy redirection and pressure points. The expanded edition of George Kirby's seminal jujitsu book, Jujitsu: Basic Techniques of the Gentle Art, is available now in our online store! Read more about jujitsu master George Kirby below the video!

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The phrase "hard-style kettlebells" describes a comprehensive resistance-training program that's guaranteed to enhance your martial arts ability. How so? It will bolster your grip and your strength at odd angles. It will improve your burst/rest cardiovascular conditioning. And it will remove the internal imbalances brought on by the one-sided nature of martial arts training, which can lead to mystery injuries such as hurting your back while bending down to tie your shoe. Kettlebell training also develops "functional strength." The term refers to strength that comes from supplemental training but that directly relates to your sport of choice. If you're reading this Web post, your sport of choice is probably a martial art — perhaps Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kali or muay Thai. Although they're ostensibly similar, they differ in their approach to combat. Because of those differences, a routine designed to facilitate performance in one art by developing specific physical attributes isn't the same as a routine designed for another art. Or is it? Consider Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It requires a strong grip for holding the collar and sleeve of your opponent's gi. Kali is weapons-based and, therefore, the polar opposite of grappling, but its practitioners also need grip strength to hold sticks and knives securely. Likewise, hip strength and flexibility are important whether you're on your back grappling or on your feet sending high-power muay Thai kicks down range. Despite the vastly different fighting methods these arts use, there are many overlapping areas when it comes to attribute development. It's in those areas that kettlebell training shines.

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Based on their acclaimed best-selling book of the same name, Jean Jacques Machado and Jay Zeballos' highly anticipated three-DVD set, The Grappler's Handbook: Gi and No-Gi Techniques, serves as a martial arts multimedia companion wherein the two Brazilian jiu-jitsu masters demonstrate takedowns, chokes, holds and submissions in living color and in exhaustive detail. Filmed at the Jean Jacques Machado Academy in Los Angeles, this set will offer multi-angle coverage (front, three-quarters and overhead) of each technique with step-by-step instructions, contextual explanations for each technique's application, and an optional on-screen subtitle track with page-specific book references for an even deeper learning experience!

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Martial artists looking to take a crash course in Brazilian jiu-jitsu need not look any further. The world’s most famous grappling family will host the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Immersion Camp 2012 from May 17 to May 20, 2011, in Destin, Florida. Each day starts with mat time during which the instructors will cover Gracie Combatives, the Master Cycle, Women Empowered and Gracie Bullyproof, among other topics. Classes are geared for all ages and experience levels. Training will be followed by athletic activities on the beach, including volleyball, ocean kayaking and Boogie boarding. You’ll also have access to WaveRunners, a rock-climbing wall, a zip line and a “crazy ropes” course at the nearby wharf. A variety of restaurants and nightclubs will accommodate all tastes once the organized activities have ended. Rooms start at $112 per night. For more information or to make a reservation, visit GracieImmersionCamp.com.

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