Jake Mackenzie joins the show to talk about the early days of BJJ in Canada, living and training in Brazil, the benefits of competition and creating a gameplan. He also gives a great technical breakdown of the Half Guard. Click “read more” for show notes and listening options!

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  • Origins
  • His incredible first Jiu-Jitsu class
  • Self defense in BJJ
  • Discovering the UFC as a young man
  • His MMA experience
  • Wrestling and Judo
  • Canada’s early BJJ scene
  • The benefits of competing
  • Living and training in Brazil
  • Half Guard
  • Building a system
  • Half Guard as a transitional position
  • His BJJ Fanatics instructional (Coupon code = GRAPPLINGCENTRAL15)
  • Half Guard in No-Gi
  • Learning from Cyborg Abreu
  • Learning from Julio Pereira
  • The Pummel
  • Adapting to competition in Brazil
  • Game-planning
  • Watching tape
  • Keeping a training journal
  • Lessons from losses
  • Appreciating the little wins in training
  • Embracing competition anxiety
  • Teaching
  • 2019 Goals