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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. .
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 […]
This week was guard bottom week. I decided that on Monday’s class I’d focus on guard retention. I describe guard retention as fighting to get the guy re-centered and squared up between your legs. You have a grip and 3 points of contact. If you have all of that you have guard. If you don’t […]
The Plan Back when I was a blue belt I developed a great idea of how to get good at BJJ. I decided that the way to get good was to collect techniques. I’d collect a set of high percentage techniques from each position and I’d add a technique or two at a time until […]
I was participating in an online forum discussion on drilling recently and one of the posters commented that SBG tended to “overthink” drilling. I admit that when you look at all the material we have around drills it can look intimidating. If you look at the I Method, The 3 P model, the fundamental 5′s, […]
43 is not old. Not in most everyday situations I find myself in. I can walk, talk, think, and move around this world every bit as good as I did in my 20’s. In some areas of my life though 43 is old. In the realm of athletics I can’t think of many sports where […]
Here’s a really cool quote found on Facebook by Matthew Weber I think the psychological architecture to have, enjoy, draw strength from, and feel profound in having religious/spiritual experiences is something that’s hard wired within us for evolutionary reasons. Thus transformation rather than loss, in india.One possible solution (my personal favorite) would be to use […]
I got a chance to roll last night with a really good purple belt. It was a very pleasurable experience. Sometimes when you are rolling with someone it’s an uncomfortable fight. Sometimes it’s just plain fun. To those who don’t train it would seem counter intuitive to think that you could be engaged in a […]
I’ve been thinking about this a bit. The answer of course is ” It depends?” BJJ has a built in process of belt progression to help but largely the process of gauging process is a deeply personal one. I firmly think that establishing your own personal way of measuring your progress in BJJ is essential […]
This week was mount week in BJJ. I taught top position on Monday and escape and survival on Tuesday. I looked around the net to see if I could find some good information on holding mount top. I wanted some structural stuff about how to build the posture from top position. I didn’t really find […]
This week in BJJ the topic was open guard. Now that’s a huge topic. I personally find it quite overwhelming. How can you teach anything fundamental or useful about such a big topic? It’s the week I struggle with the most actually. There is so much material that could be covered that it’s hard to […]
I’ll look at 2 different ways of escaping back position. Once comes from Saolo Ribero via his University book. The other comes from my coach Matt Thornton. Both are excellent methods of escaping when someone has their hooks in. I’ll look at each from a posture and pressure prospective. Don’t forget to turn your bullshit […]
Worked quarter position bottom last night. I wanted to make the lesson concise and not cover the whole roadmap. My intent was to give students something they could use right away that was effective and easy to remember. I focused on the front zone. That’s the zone from quarter bottom where the top guy is […]
I’ve been thinking a bit about the idea of how to roll with different size and skill levels and still make each roll productive. I’m lucky at my gym to have a huge variety of guys to roll with. I get to roll with brand new beginners, huge athletic guys, advanced BJJ players, and everything […]
Attacking an upright guard can be a difficult proposition. The bottom guy is well protected and can attack readily. It feels a bit like sticking your head in a lion’s mouth if you are the passer and the bottom guy has game. If you are going to attack this kind of guard your first objective […]
I shot these short videos a while back. Just getting around to writing up the post. I’ll have to make it quick. Hopefully the video explains the concepts well enough. As always I like to start any talk of escapes with posture. I’ll outline a couple of knee ride bottom postures. In thinking about the […]