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Welcome to the new and improved website!

It's been about 3 years since I've regularly updated the site. It was time for a relaunch. I've learned so much about the art since then. I'm excited to share all my new discoveries with you.

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Welcome. This is the personal blog of Cane Prevost. The blog will be my place on the web to write down my thoughts on teaching and learning the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Who am I?
I'm a high school teacher, father, and BJJ coach. I live in Portland Oregon and train at Straight Blast Gym.

What's this blog for?
I envision this blog as a place where I can share my experiences with learning to teach the art of Jiu Jitsu. My goal is to simplify the art and make it accessible to anyone. I truly believe that Jiu Jitsu is governed by a set of fundamental principles of posture and pressure that anyone can learn with the right guidance. Join me in the journey as I try to make the art as simple as I can but no simpler than necessary. .

Where am I?
I live in Portland Oregon and coach at Straight Blast Gym. I also teach at The Center for Advanced Learning.

Smash Pass Concepts

You can divide guard passing into 2 big categories- smash passes and finesse passes. Smash Pass- The way I define smash pass is hips engaged with the opponent at all times. When you are smash passing you will engage your hip with the other guy and not give any hip space until the pass is […]

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Triangle Choke Fundamentals

Way back in the day when I was a purple belt I did a lot of triangle chokes. Chances are if I was lucky enough to tap you out it was with a triangle choke from guard bottom. Probably 8 out of 10 taps were triangles.  For some reason this sub just caught on with […]

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Of Black Belts and Humility

If you have been paying any attention to BJJ news recently you will likely know that Enson Inoue came back from a long hiatus from Jiu Jitsu and demoted himself to purple belt in the process. Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Demotes Himself To Purple Belt This set off a firestorm of opinions in both directions. Some […]

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Omoplata Basics

*** Well, a friend pointed out that the bumper at the beginning of the videos says The Genle Art instead of The Gentle Art. Dang! I’ll fix when I get a chance. In the meantime sorry about the typo.   It was submission week this week in class and I decided to teach some basic […]

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Mount Bottom Elbow Frames

In the video below I’m going to show you what I think is the most important part to mount bottom survival and escape. If you are doing the things I show in the video you are on your way towards escape. If you aren’t then you are in trouble. It’s as simple as that. The […]

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Mount Bottom Leg Fighting

In the video below I’ll detail how to use your legs in mount bottom. If you do what I describe in the video you will be well on your way to escape. I’ve been interested lately in really detailing positions and finding exactly what works and why. Instead of teaching escapes as moves I’m more […]

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Half Guard Bottom Frames and Posture Concepts- There is no guard

I finally had a chance to shoot something related to my “There is no guard” post. You’ll want to have that background before you read this post so if you haven’t read it yet go over there and give it a read. I’m continuing to work to find some universal concepts from bottom that can […]

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What if There is No Guard?

Think of it as a thought experiment. What if there is no guard? What if the objectives from the bottom were the same no matter what the position? What if guard was the same as cross sides bottom? How could that be? These are some questions that I’ve been asking myself lately. I have a […]

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Confessions of a hobbyist black belt

It’s interesting that much of what we see and hear from Jiu Jitsu black belts comes from well known guys and world champions. We form much of our understanding of what it means to be a black belt from these guys. It’s certainly a worthwhile goal to aspire to the achievements of the greats. There […]

The One Secret Trick to Getting Good at BJJ

                                                                          go to class regularly. listen to your instructor.                     […]

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Cross Sides Bottom Series, escaping tight crossface pressure.

In this video I’ll go over how to create frames when you are really getting crossfaced tightly by the top guy. This makes it really hard to find a way to wedge in for inserting frames. You’ll see a couple of great ways of making space that are high percentage and easy to do.  My […]

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Cross Sides Bottom Series, Post 2- Short Frames

In this video I’ll show how to build short frames from cross side bottom. I’ve found these frames to be extremely effective. The location of the frame in the armpit generates tremendous force and opens up a lot of space. Once you unlock the top guy from your upper body you’ll find plenty of room […]

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Cross Sides Bottom Series, Post 1- Posture

This is going to be the first detail post on cross sides bottom. It’s a position that I’ve been working quite a bit in my coaching and rolling lately. After being a black belt for a few years I’m starting to enjoy working from the bottom again. I think that maybe now that I don’t […]

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Quarter Position Top- Creating Good Attachment

This week we worked on quarter position (turtle guard). It’s an interesting position because your opponent is balled up and in maximum protection mode. For a beginner it’s hard to figure out how to attack this position. This can be made worse by the fact that good Jiu Jitsu guys will play possum here and […]

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Collar Choke from Mount

I don’t often do submission videos. There are really too many of them online now as it is. I’ll make an exception for this one because it really solved a problem for me and might help you as well. Below you will see a version of the collar choke from mount that I developed because […]

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Guard Retention

I was looking through some of my old videos on Youtube today and found a whole set on guard retention strategies. I liked some of what was there but was horrified at how wordy I was in the videos. I decided to cut the videos together and eliminate most of the talking. Below you will […]

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Frames From Cross Sides Bottom Overview

For my first post of the newly relaunched website I wanted to focus on frames from cross sides bottom. A year or so ago I was going over some material from a brilliant SBG coach from the UK named Karl Tanswell. He did a seminar on half guard bottom where he introduced something he called […]

Standing Guard Passing- The 3 Rules

Look! A new blog post… No I’m not dead. I haven’t updated the blog in a while. It’s been difficult because I have a number of different projects going at once right now. I’ll continue to update as I can but I’m thinking it won’t be as often as I used to. I want to […]

Evaluate a gym in 5 minutes or less.

This post came about because of a series of discussions I had with people at the gym. I’ve been thinking about diversity on the mat ever since a big stink was made about Keith Owen and his comments about women not being able to make it in his classes. Georgette Oden did a nice job […]

36 Comments

    • Thanks Georgette. I’m going to archive the old site and move the best stuff over to the new one. Probably will take a while. Don’t have as much time as I’d like.

  1. from sweden.
    im not training in a sbgi affiliate school,but i have found your instructionals very helpful and more importantly easy to understand.
    great work,and looking forward to more solid fundamentals.

  2. Hi, I came across your site and wasn’t able to get an email address to contact you. Would you please consider adding a link to my website on your page. We are happy to offer you a 10% discount to our Online Store if you do so. Please email me back and I would be happy to give you our link.

    Thanks!

    Frank
    frank641w@gmail.com

  3. Love the new site already! Looking forward to seeing more. I’m considering the same transition. I’ve had the .com for almost a year, but haven’t had the courage to make the jump. Any advice?

  4. Hi Cane, firstly I have followed your blog for quite some time, even at the old site! 🙂 Just thought I’d say keep up the great work and I look forward to your next post!
    Kind Regards
    Felipe
    P.S. I often recommend my students check out your site too, particularly my trainee coaches!

    • I have some new guard passing material ready to go. I’ll try to shoot it when we get there in a couple of weeks. Thanks!

    • Trying to get to it Mike. Finding I don’t have as much time as I used to for blog updates. 🙁 Thanks for checking in.

  5. Cane, awesome stuff – just finished the Mediocre BJJ Student blog and sifted through the Philosophical rants. Would it be alright to interview you about your blog on my blog? Hopefully it would get more readers. I’ve done some recent blogs about “BJJ nerd” sites (with Georgette, the guys from Jiu Jitsu Labs, etc…)

    Be well and keep writing up a storm here.
    Best,
    -Daniel

  6. Hi Sensei Cane. I am from HK and tried your class in Portland before. I will stay in Portland on 1/12-13. Will you have class on these2 days?

  7. Hi Cane,
    Glad I found your website very straight forward and detailed.
    My question is how do you get off people’s grips/resistance when I am trying to apply the technique it seems a bit frustrating when I am learning the technique and yet does not necessarily work when rolling live especially with guys twice my size. Can you give me some tips and insights on how to grip fight? Thanks I would really appreciate it.

    • Alex,
      The key to dealing with grips is to address them right away. A quick trip to youtube will show you some specific techniques but essentially when someone establishes a grip you have to either strip it, regrip it, or neutralize it with a superior grip. That’s all there is.

  8. Hi, I just wanted to say I really enjoy your posts. I’m based here in sydney australia and I started my bjj journey a few years ago, but it was a stop and go kind of involvement. Last year I decided to go back and was consistent for abput 6 months but in the beginning of this year life comittments came in the way so I had to stop for a few months but I’ve gone back to training as of last week. I often think/read that blog article of yours – how to be a great mediocre bjj student, the tips and advice you gave were so valuable especially the one about the 3 p’s and being consistent (even if it means going twice a week). I think its realistic and so practical and to be honest your blog brings a breath of fresh air and is a pleasant change from the other posts out there (which I feel arent realistic for those of us who have full time jobs). Thanks again and keep doing what your doing!

  9. Hi Cane,

    This is a long letter, please take your time on getting back to me. I need some advice regarding changing bjj schools. There is a school that I have been training at on and off for the past three years that’s 30 min. from my house. Overall the main instructor is a decent coach that has a good curriculum. Promotions are based on mat time and how well students do in rolling. Although I have been a lot more consistent attending classes this past year, I have had thoughts about eventually leaving the gym for good. There have been many times where I have walked out of feeling crappy and depressed. More than once, the main instructor has had a vibe that I’m an nuisance to him. He has come up to talk to me before and walks away after a few seconds. The last time we talked, he rolled his eyes when I attempted to carry a conversation further after he started talking to me. I don’t like to make excuses not to train, but when I attend his classes I feel judged and uncomfortable most of the time. I don’t feel I have ever done anything to cause this tension. I even took 12 private sessions with him when I first started. It’s not just him that has made me think about leaving, there have been other factors leading up to it. The only thing that has kept me from leaving has been my progress and meeting some cool people. Including two of the other coaches that I get along with better.
    Just a few months ago, a new bjj gym opened up that’s less than 10 min. from my house. I went to train there twice this past week and found it to be quite enjoyable. The instructor is a two stripe brown belt who was very welcoming as well as the other students. The atmosphere is much different and I’m definitely considering on making this my main school. The only thing I’m concerned about is how belt promotions are handled. It is done through tests that doesn’t involve rolling, only drilling on a non resistant opponent. Which would make me question on whether or not I would be a legit blue belt and so on. The coach did say that these tests are mostly taken after I’ve continued to progress further in rolling. An example he gave was if I tap out a higher rank that’s the same size of me, it’s an indication that I’m getting closer to the next level. Also that there is no pressure for me to tap out a much bigger and stronger opponent that’s also a higher rank, but to just survive against them. I do feel better that I would have to keep being efficient in rolling, but I still have my doubts. There are pros and cons of each of the gyms. Please give me some insight on what you would do in this case. Thank you for your time.

    • This is an easy one. Go to the gym where they treat you well and you enjoy the vibe. Belt ranks are not your concern in any way. It’s the instructors job to make sure you are at the level you need in order to advance. If he advances you improperly it’s his fault and not yours in any way. The only thing to do is to attend to your training and when given a new belt tie it on graciously and keep training.

      • Thank you for getting back to me. You’re right that me being promoted is out of my hands, which actually takes a lot of pressure off. Now I can actually enjoy my training in a more pleasant environment. Thanks again.

  10. I don’t understand the article “20 week curriculum”. Is there a curriculum? There is only 17 links under the headline? Does SBG have a curriculum?

    (I am thinking of using SBG coaching method to teach my self…I have Martin Aedma to help me some times… or atleast I hope so.)

  11. Great site, awesome coaching articles and i think your honesty in the part time black belt blog is spot on.

    Many thanks

    Owen

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