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

Learn about the model and how it applies to coaching Jiu Jitsu

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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.

Mount Bottom Frames

Here’s a video I shot after class one day outlining use of arm frames in mount bottom. I really got thinking about framing after Karl Tanswell introduced the idea to me. I introduce the idea of long and short frame and the different objectives of frames from 3 different mount bottom positions.

Class 04/25/2011- North South Bottom

This week’s topic was north south. I decided to focus on bottom game last night. As always I don’t necessarily like to address a position with techniques. I wanted to address it with basics of posture and pressure. With north south bottom I identified 3 important areas: Posture- Boxing hands with elbows drawn in as […]

Class 04/04/2011- Back Attacks

This week was back attack week at the gym. I like to divide the position into zones. It’s a nice way to break it up and work the different postures and pressures inherent in each position. I wanted to work with the hooks already established. Sorry about the sound quality on these. I was experimenting […]

Back Escapes

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 […]

Back Attacks

Back control with hooks in is a very powerful position in BJJ. From here your opponent has almost no attacks available to him. The position works against his body mechanics in such a way as to render him fairly helpless. In BJJ it is considered to be the ultimate position by most people. Because of […]

Drilling for Performance

I’ve been thinking a lot about drilling lately. Last week I did a coaching session at our SBGi Spring camp on drilling. I spent quite a bit of time thinking about drills leading up to camp. I really wanted to be able to lay out the how and why of drills. It seems that everyone […]

Class 03/15/2011- Cross Sides Bottom

This week I worked cross sides bottom. I decided this week to break the position up into 3 stages: Early, mid, and late. The idea is that you will do slightly different things depending on where you are in defending. The early defense is slightly different than what you do if you catch the position […]

Bullshit Meter

I always tell students that anywhere from 5 to 95 % of what I say and teach in class is bullshit. It’s their job to sort that out for themselves. I say that in jest but it does have a ring of truth to it. I don’t want anyone to buy my truth as theirs […]

How to Be a Dick

Well, this was one of the most popular posts on the old blog so I thought I’d bring it over to the new. Enjoy! Here’s my list of some of the ways to be a real Dick when grappling. Make every roll feel like the finals at Mundial. ALWAYS bring your A game. Unless you […]

Class 03/10/2011- Half Guard Bottom

This week’s class was half guard bottom. I really wanted to find some fundamentals to teach this week. I did NOT want to have to rely on teaching high percentage techniques. I wanted to give students something from the position that would make them functional right away. The easiest way to look at the position […]


These are the 5 types of drills we use at SBG. Much of this material is taken from Matt Thornton, head instructor of SBG Portland and founder of SBGi. 1- Objective drills 2- Isolation drills 3- Call out drills 4- Re-set drills 5- Pocket drills 1- Objective drills: Objective drills are drills that focus on […]

I Method

The I method is the fundamental training method of the Straight Blast Gym. We use the I method because it’s a training tool that is  a very effective way of integrating Aliveness (Working with an resistant partner using timing, energy, and motion) into training. Below you will find a description of the 3 phases of […]

Posture, Pressure, Possibilities Model

Below you will find a detailed description of the 3P model I developed a while back. Before going into specifics I want to talk about why I developed it in the first place. I was somewhere around high purple belt or new brown belt at the time. Can’t quite remember. I had been teaching Jiu […]

Aliveness as a Coaching Concept

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, callout drills, pocket […]

Basic vs Advanced Technique

Thanks to SBGi Ireland coach John Kavanagh for the blog post idea. He says, and I agree, that basic vs advanced is probably not a great way to describe techniques in BJJ. That maybe high percentage vs low percentage works much better. It may seem like just a matter of semantics but it sets up a value […]


  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 […]


    • 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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