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.
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. .
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
70%…. That’s my number. I don’t ever like to roll more than 70% effort. If I can’t beat you with that kind of effort than I’d rather not. It’s not worth it to me. Sounds strange? Maybe it is. There is a reason for it though. I think it’s a good threshold number for me. […]
This week we were working mount bottom. I wanted to simplify a bit the way I taught it. In thinking about it from a posture/pressure perspective I came to the conclusion that I could teach the whole position by addressing pairs of postures, frames, pressures, and frame locations. I realized that this set of pairs […]
This week was North South week in BJJ class. I decided to focus on bottom escapes. My goal as usual was to build on an idea of posture and pressure rather than string together a bunch of techniques. As always happens in class I often start with an idea that’s not quite fully fleshed out […]
This week’s topic was cross sides top. I decided to use the fundamental 5 for holding top as the main organizer for curriculum. I knew I couldn’t get through the entire 5 in one class but I would try to get as far as I could. My goal was to address posture and pressure fundamentals. […]
Standing up inside of closed guard has never been a go to position for me. I’ve always felt off balance when standing. I also don’t feel comfortable going upright. I feel like I could get swept at any time. Instead of abandoning the position entirely I decided to work it from a posture-pressure perspective. What […]
This week the topic was seated upright guard. On monday I did some work with the butterfly guard. I have a post here outlining that matierial as I usually teach it already. On tuesday I decided to do something a bit different. I wanted to work the upright guard position vs combat base. Lots of […]