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.

Posture, Pressure, and Possibilities Model

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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.

Sweep the Leg!

Watch the first part of the video  a few times and think about it for a bit. Is that good Jiu Jitsu? The video has been making the rounds of Facebook for a bit and the debate has started. Old school Jiu Jitsu players look on in disgust. Young tournament players say “what’s the big […]


At long last I sat down to write up about modifying the original 3P model. I think the original model is still a good model and works as well as it always has. I found though that it was missing something vital and that something vital needed a modification of the model in order to […]

Closed Guard Bottom Fundamentals

I am in love with closed guard! This is a big transformation for me. For many years I have been telling students to not play too much closed guard. My fear was that it would lead to a poor open guard. Open guard is so complex that I wanted students to practice it a lot […]

Connection: The Ultimate Fundamental?

Back in April I had the great privilege of attending a Rickson Gracie seminar. I’m sure anyone reading this already knows what an important figure Rickson is to Jiu Jitsu and how difficult it is to get in front of him to learn Jiu jitsu. The experience was interesting. It didn’t go exactly as I […]

Cutting Through All the Noise: Triangle Escapes

An interesting video popped up in my Facebook feed this week. It was an unusual triangle choke escape. I had never seen anything like it. I watched it a few times and every time I watched I found a new problem with the technique. After a few watches I came to the conclusion that anyone […]

Competition Coaching

I’ve had the pleasure of attending more Jiu Jitsu competitions in the last year than all of my 20 years of grappling combined. I’ve  never been much for competition. It just never was fun for me. I tried it a few times way back in my Tae Kwon Do days and a couple of times […]

Relaxion: Relaxation + Connection

A friend and I were working some Jiu Jitsu and jokingly came up with the term relaxion. It’s a contraction of relaxation and connection. It’s a crazy wonderful jiu jitsu paradigm for all top positions. I’ll attempt to detail it in the videos below. Relaxation Relaxation is a super important principle in jiu jitsu for […]

Half Guard Bottom Leg Fighting

One of the things that beginners often don’t know how to do is to leg fight from half guard bottom. We are by nature upper body centric and sometimes it doesn’t even occur to us that we can use our feet and legs in much the same way we use our arms. In this video […]

Z Guard (knee shield guard) Top

In class last week I did a lesson on Z guard top. I have my own favorite ways of dealing with this position from the top but I was interested in what kinds of things other instructors were teaching. I looked at a bunch of videos online to see what techniques were out there. After […]

Half Guard Bottom and Distance Management

For this post you’ll find a series of videos detailing half guard bottom and distance management. I was thinking the other day as I was preparing for class on how to teach distance management as it relates to self defense and half guard bottom. In it’s simplest form jiu jitsu is about managing space. Sometimes […]

Cross Side (Side Control) Bottom Frames

I shot these videos a while ago and never had the chance to write up a post so here it is… Cross side bottom is a game I’ve been really working lately. I don’t end up there a lot in sparring anymore but I’m interested in it a lot as a coach. White belts need […]

Survive, Defend, Attack

This post is going to be about a new paradigm idea I’ve been thinking about related to bottom position. I’ve been toying with the idea that all bottom positions are guards. That the distinction between guard and other bottom positions isn’t really necessary. Maybe mount bottom is just a really bad guard position? Anyway, I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


    • 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.



  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
    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.

  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


  12. What is the order you tackle fundamentals?
    What do you teach first and why? What is the logic behind selecting subject for curriculum?

    • I try to tackle fundamentals in the order that they arise on the mat. Easy to say and hard to do. As for curriculum I mainly work with a rotating curriculum that repeats every 13 weeks. It allows for some variation but the topics stay the same.

      • Thank you for your reply. I am trying to plan a class for juniors 13 – 18 years. (It’s a big variation, but comes from administrative issues.) I will start the group as a totally new group in a wrestling club and it will be nogi for again “political reasons” – fits in easier with others than a gi.

        I am planning to do very much SBG type of approach – as I understand it after reading your blog and lots of Stephen Whittiers instructions and some lessons from Martin Aedma.

        For curriculum it’s very much major positions – posture, pressure, angle, balance (unbalancing) and connection – feel of partners reactions.

        13 weeks sounds a good period, but might need inner circles to recab the fundamentals? I like the idea how gracie university has planned their lessons 123,234,345,451,512, 678,789…
        So they have techniques that they come back to. I don’t think teaching “techniques” or moves are the goal, but coming back to a subject or a fundamental might be.

        Again…basic premise being “teach in the order they arise on the mat”. Would mean that you need to introduce situations where “problems or challanges” arise in a logical order. (Or you just tackle the ones that make the most sense.)

        Love your daughters vids 🙂 Very good for my future group.

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