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Get inside the mind of a grappling legend as Jean Jacques Machado demonstrats an elegant maneuver for passing an opponent's guard and securing a submission!

"Training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and feeling comfortable on the ground will allow you to see things that your opponent may not even imagine," says Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert Jean Jacques Machado in this preview from the Mixed Martial Arts section of DVD 3 in his three-disc martial arts DVD set The Grappler's Handbook: Gi and No-Gi Techniques. These martial arts DVDs, which feature a total of more than 60 Brazilian jiu-jitsu techniques, submission grappling techniquesandMMA techniques, serve as a martial arts multimedia companion to the acclaimed Brazilian jiu-jitsu/submission grappling/mixed-martial arts book (also titled The Grappler's Handbook: Gi and No-Gi Techniques) written by Jean Jacques Machado and Jay Zeballos.

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Guillermo Gomez has devoted the past 26 years of his life to perfecting his aikido techniques. In this video shot at Black Belt, he shows you how to immobilize an attacker!

Guillermo Gomez has devoted the past 26 years of his life to perfecting his aikido moves. The focus of his training in aikido moves has been on what all traditional martial artists should be aspiring to: mastery of the intricacies of all the techniques he was being taught rather than merely rising through the ranks. In this pursuit of technical mastery, he earned his fourth-degree black belt the hard way under the tutelage of sixth-dan Nelson Requena of the Venezuela Aikikai in Guillermo Gomez’s hometown of Caracas, Venezuela. When Guillermo Gomez visited Black Belt, we asked him to teach basic aikido moves that even nonpractitioners could use to fend off attacks they might encounter on the street.

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As more and more martial artists recognize the value of augmenting their self-defense skills with grappling, we at Black Belt thought an overview of the various categories of techniques was in order. So with help from BJJ techniques master John Machado, one of the top grappling authorities in the United States, we offer the following examination of the big three: pain-compliance techniques, breaking techniques and choking techniques.

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In 2007, George Kirby was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as Instructor of the Year. It was an honor long in coming because George Kirby has been teaching budoshin jujitsu since 1967, during which time he has written five well-regarded manuals on the "gentle art" for Black Belt Books. Based on the teachings of Jack Seki from a lineage tracing back to the 1600s, budoshin jujitsu emphasizes self-defense, efficiency and smooth movement coupled with the principles of honor, respect, self-control and nonviolence. In this exclusive video shot at Black Belt magazine, budoshin jujitsu master George Kirby demonstrates an effective set of jujitsu techniques for escaping a head lock — one of many attacks one might encounter on the street, in a bar or any kind of random violent situation.

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