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. .
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]