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Our head instructor pisses people off sometimes. Feel free to link to this post in any discussion where someone attempts to discredit him rather than address the actual points he's made. It will be updated with any nonsense arguments, lies, rumors, half truths, etc.,and the actual facts as rebuttal. It is fairly up to date as of March 2018. Read More
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Our head instructor's take on why there is such a huge difference in quality between the belt rank standards at various academies... Read More
Tags : martial arts, nanaimo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, rank, merit, black belt, brown belt, promotions

As promised in our previous installment, how not to be a rube when it comes to crossing your ankles from back control. Read More
Tags : , nanaimo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, video, mythbusting, Stephan Kesting

Do you believe BJJ is a magic set of moves that can overcome basic logic and simple physics? Do you take your understanding of BJJ from the movie "Redbelt" and believe "there is always an escape"? Some adherents of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu seem to... Read More
Tags : , Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, MMA, BJJ Myths, Science, Ankle lock from back control

The Gracie family brought us Jiu-Jitsu, and it seems some members of the clan are going to grind it into dust to make their bread. Read More
Tags : , grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, blue belt, Gracie Certified Training Centers, Fake Black Belts

"What do I need to work, coach?" is one of the more common questions BJJ instructors hear. And you should ask it, unless it's under the following circumstances: Read More
Tags : , nanaimo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, training advice, excellence, Mindset

Professor Rob's recent experience training with Caio Terra caused him to reflect on a cognitive bias known as fundamental attribution error, as well as how powerful a role cognitive dissonance plays in trying to make sure you suck at BJJ... Read More
Tags : , martial arts, nanaimo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Caio Terra, cognitive dissonance, fundamental attribution error

Island Top Team sent but one competitor to the 2015 IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship, the largest BJJ tournament in the world, but with the focus, determination, and sense of purpose that Jimmy brought with him down to California, one was all we needed to come home with our team's first ever Pan's gold! Read More
Tags : , grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Gi, Jimmy Lapointe, Pans, purple belt, ITT's first gold at Pans, IBJJF

Gary received his blue belt recently, so, as we tend to do here, we entered him in the purple belt division at a local tournament. Not only did he capture a silver medal, he earned a $50 bonus in the process. See how: Read More
Tags : , nanaimo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, video, blue belt defeats purple belt

At Island Top Team, we make you a promise that from day 1 we are teaching you to beat black belts. There is no fluff in our curriculum that only works on beginners, just elite level techniques and tactics that allow you to develop into a world class grappler with unprecedented speed. Here's proof: Read More
Tags : , martial arts, nanaimo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, inspiration, video, purple belt defeats black belt

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