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.

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.                     […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Race Paradox

Suppose there are 2 people who are trying to see who can run the fastest through a field to the other side. One person takes off as fast as he can. On the way he hits brambles and thickets. He falls a couple of times but manages to make it to the other side fairly […]

Half Guard Bottom “A” Game

This week was half guard bottom week. I decided to take a different tact this week. I taught some new material. I had been thinking a bit about half guard bottom and how we teach it. I usually teach the stone squirrel game from here which is a fundamental bottom survival game. The problem with […]

How to be a great mediocre BJJ student

My personal aim is to be a great mediocre BJJ student. While some will tell you that we all should strive to be world champions I think that’s misguided thinking for many of us. I’ve had the pleasure the last few weeks to watch one of our purple belts prepare for the Mundials. He’s a […]

Simple things you can do to improve your Jiu Jitsu game

Here’s a list of things I’ve learned from experience make a huge difference in getting good at BJJ. In no particular order- Slow down! I tend to try and roll at 70% or less most of the time. If you roll any harder than that you are most likely using strength, speed, and athleticism to […]

North South Bottom- Posture Pressure Escapes

Below you will find a short video I shot describing some simple frame, posture, and pressure concepts for escaping north south bottom. As always when I teach something I usually like to start with posture and not techniques. The idea is that if you start with good posture and learn how to add pressure from […]

Back Attacks- Defending the Slump Posture

Back Attack- Seated with Hooks and Harness- Defending the Slump I shot a quick video after class the other night outlining some material I covered in class that night. Specifically I worked on holding the back from a seated position with harness grip. I wanted to work on how to defend when the other guy […]

Class 12/08/2011- Half Guard Top, the three spots on the map analogy

Well, I finally got a chance to make some more video for the blog. I’ve been working on a few other things lately and haven’t had much time to give this blog much attention. I hope I can start getting back to more regular posting. Anyway, this week we were working on half guard top. […]

Performance Objective Coaching

A great fundamental question when thinking about what to teach in BJJ class is ” What should students know or be able to do when they finish my class?” This seems like a no brainer but as coaches we often don’t approach a lesson that way at all. More often than not we approach 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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