I get tons of BJJ newsletters, which is good. I’ve pulled some real gems out of them. I generally don’t purchase the product they are selling, but I oftentimes do a quick Youtube search for the name of the BJJ player they refer to in the letter.
Today’s name was Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida. Now, as Jiu-Jitsu becomes more and more popular, the big names get somewhat diluted. But as the sport continues to grow, the smaller names become more and more talented. As is the case here.
Prior to this evening, I hadn’t heard of Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida. But I’ve heard of him now and the nugget I pulled from watching the video was that there is no shame in what I like to call, “the chase.” It’s when you’re playing guard and your opponent stands and backs up. Chasing him down while maintaining open guard, grabbing part of the gi or using your hooks behind his knees is what it is.
Marcus Almeida just came out with something called the “Total Control System.” You can watch sample footage here. It looks pretty good and I even found a review, which may or may not be sponsored – I don’t know.
By the way, I received this particular newsletter from OnTheMat.com.