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Our Online lessons can be described easily- concise, organized, easy-to-follow, practical, effective, and well though out 

exactly the same as Felipe Costa would teach with a class present


REVIEW BY BRYAN , instructor of BKK BJJ ACADEMY in Thailand:

Felipe was kind enough to let me tour his website/ online school a couple months ago.

The lessons Felipe has available online, in my opinion, can be described easily- concise, organized, easy-to-follow, practical, effective, and well though out. If you've ever had a chance to attend one of Felipe's seminars or classes, you'll quickly notice his online lessons are presented exactly the same as he would teach with a class present.

The question of whether people can learn from online videos has been around since the advent of YouTube. Every instructor dreads getting the 'I saw this video on YouTube. Can you show me how to do it?' question. Usually this comes in the form of something like a flying arm-bar or berimbolo transition that the student has no business attempting with regards to skill level.

What Felipe has outlined in nearly all the lessons I reviewed on is a teaching method which allows the student to truly understand the technique(s) being shown from the ground up. He works from simple to more complicated variations of the techniques. He also has his lessons and programs organized in terms of his belt level recommendation (white, blue, purple, etc.). There are many high level lessons as well.

If the question being asked is, "will I become a better BJJ player by just watching the videos?" My answer would be, "probably not." (I'm sure Felipe would agree.) If, however, you drill these techniques with a partner and attempt them in a sparring situation, then your chances for success are very high. Nothing can substitute for actual mat time, and Felipe's lessons really emphasize the 'practice, practice, practice' portion of BJJ.

I've seen a lot of online programs and feel this is one of the best out there. Nice work Felipe! Looking forward to seeing more of your stuff in the future.

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¿Cuándo el estudiante se convirtió en capaz de decidir el momento de cambiar las cintas? 

Posted by Felipe Costa Sep 01, 2014 Categories: BJJ Comprido Felipe Costa Jiu Jitsu Motivational

¿Es sólo mi imaginación, o cada vez más estudiantes creen saber  cuándo deben recibir su próxima cinta? 

O tal vez, ha sido siempre así, pero ya que hay más practicantes hoy en día oímos más acerca de esto. Todo lo que sé es que por una razón u otra y como yo viajo muy seguido  y tengo  contacto con muchas academias, estoy disgustado con tantas historias de estudiantes que están presionando o diciendo cuándo y por qué deben saltar al siguiente color, o los estudiantes que están todavía (ejemplo) cinturón azul y ya están hablando de la fecha en que obtendrán el cinturón marrón.

Como he escrito antes, cuando conseguí mi cinturón morado, marrón y negro, cada vez, me tomó por sorpresa, siempre pensé que yo podría haber esperado más tiempo. De hecho, cuando Rodrigo Comprido me dijo que me iba a dar el cinturón negro en 2001, yo le di numerosas  razones por las que quería esperar y que de hecho  lo convencí de que sólo me lo diera hasta el próximo año (2002). 

También he mencionado antes que me quedé desde los 12 años hasta que cumplí los 15 como cinta amarilla, me moría de ganas de obtener  mi cinturón naranja y el  verde, tenía amigos de la escuela que ya  habían  recibido el cinturón, pero por alguna razón nunca me lo dieron a mí, no sé la razón, porque yo nunca pregunte y nunca lleve ese tema a mis instructores. ¿Sabes por qué? Porque  el estudiante NO SABE CUANDO ES HORA DE CAMBIAR LA CINTA!!!  No depende de él, no se basa en un hecho simple (tales como rodar bien con cinturones más altos) es una mezcla de varios aspectos que sólo el maestro conoce.

Realmente odio ser presionado sobre esto, aunque sea de una manera muy sutil. NO LO HAGA!!, Si creo que usted está planteando el cambio de cinta, tal vez voy a añadir un año más para su espera.


.Felipe Costa on changing belts on Jiu Jitsu

Si usted no recibió el cinturón que esperabas después de la ceremonia de cinta, no se moleste con su instructor, enójate contigo mismo por  fijar un bajo estándar a tu nivel. 

No vengan después con una cara de perrito pidiendo lo que necesita para trabajar para obtener el siguiente cinturón, porque todo lo que escucho es "¿Por qué no he obtenido  la siguiente cinta?" Usted realmente no quiere saber lo que necesita para trabajar, lo que  quiere saber,  es por qué yo (o su instrucción) no le di la cinta. Y la respuesta para eso es, simplemente porque es su decisión, no la tuya. No te preocupes por el color, preocúpate por el conocimiento  y el color cambiará antes de que siquiera desees  (tal como lo hice yo en el cinturón morado, marrón y negro).

La mejor cosa que escuche de un estudiante fue,,,,, “Felipe, no te preocupes por darme un cinturón,, preocúpate por darme el conocimiento”

There is no better mindset and gives the instructor total freedom to help you achieve your best. If you don't think like that, you better start to change your mentality before is too late.

No hay mejor forma de pensar  y dar al instructor libertad total para ayudarle a alcanzar mejor lo mejor de ustedes mismos. Si usted no piensa de esa manera, es mejor empezar a cambiar su mentalidad antes de que sea demasiado tarde.


Felipe Costa

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5 important 50/50 techniques to improve your game 

everything you need to know about...
Posted by Felipe Costa Sep 01, 2014 Categories: Academia BJJ Felipe Costa Jiu Jitsu Personal Training Program Training in Rio Video BJJ


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5050 is a controvertial technique, some love, some hate. As a BJJ competitor and coach, I prefer to leave those emotions out of it and make sure I understand the new techniques, just by having a good understanding of it I can choose whether it applies to my game or not and if I face someone who loves doing it, I know what to expect and how to defend.

By having a good understanding of 5050, when I face someone who is clueless about it (maybe because that person choose to adopt the "I hate, I dont need"posture), it usually means I will play with that person and make 5050 look more like 100% in my favor. If it happens that I face a opponent that is also familiar with it, that normally means the strategie will take place and experience and little details may make the difference towards the winner.


It's a mistake to think 5050 is made for stall, it's not. What happen is that when 2 fighters have similar knowledge about it, it becomes very hard to progress, cause the position allow both sides to use the same principles. 


Well, this is the least I demand my students to know, hope you can benefit from it:

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Technique 1 (VIDEO HERE):

First is important to understand what you should look for once you fall on the 5050, by undertanding this, your chances of progressing will increase, so check out this first details on how to behave if you find yourself there:


1 & 2) 

Make sure your left hand control your opponent's knee, that way is not easy for him to step out of this "trap", also start to face the outside, towards the opposite leg that is trap (to your right on this picture)


Squeese your legs together for extra control, face completely to your right, in a way that he have no option to reset. Keeping your foot on his ribs may help preventing him from coming  up.


3, 4, 5 & 6) 

If you did everything correct up to this point, it will be difficult for him to come on top, but if he does, just completely stretch your left leg, parallel to the ground pushing him back, that way your weight will act on his hip will make impossible for him to establish top position.


7, 8 & 9)

Use that motion of putting your opponent butt back on the ground to bring your self back up, make sure to use the movement just like a technique stand up drill. It's important to open your right knee in a angle to get a better base and avoind your opponent turn to his right and take your balance away, just as you did with him.


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Technique 2 VIDEO HERE:

Some times, your opponent is familiar with the basics too and become harder to stand up first, here is what to do if you are the one a step behind



You were too late, your opponent managed to stand up, possibly because you fail to face the correct way and make your leg heavy on his hips, but you still have a chance.



Reach for his leg that is not trap and make a grip close to his know with the palm of your hand facing up. That grip is important to make it easier to push later on, when he is falling

Use this same grip to help your head to approach that leg, making a movement as if you were going to pass under his legs



Keep that motion, going with your head as if you will pass under his leg towards his back, when you feel he will start to loose balance, streach your right leg foward, following the line of your own body, that will be enough to make you fall



Once he falls, do not follow his motion and come on top, if you do this he will trap you and maybe do the same back to you (I would only go up if I need to score and it's the last few seconds of the fight).

As you let him fall without going up, you will create space for your leg to retreat, take advantage of that moment and hide your foot and show on picture 9. Once you have done this, you will be able to come on top in a position similar to a leg drag and by putting pressure, big chances you will end up on his side control. 


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Technique 3 VIDEO HERE


Once you are comfortable with the first 2 techniques, you may get enough confidence to let your opponent move a bit more, once you do it, this is another option that turn to be a great short cut to get the back. 
Once you feel your opponent is try to stand up, let he do it and start to enter your left hook on his other leg, the one that is not trapped as if you are going towards the X guard.
Once he stands up, swing your upper body to your left and that same hook will give you the extra  leverage you need to move your head towards his back .
If you can, reach out for his pants, that grip will secure that he can't face you again, once he realize where he is getting him self at.
Right grip on his knee will hold his leg still, so you can stretch your leg in a way it can be brought under his hips towards your leg.
Keep your left grip, but let go your right grip towards his belt
Make sure to keep your legs bend close to your body, using it was a chair/shield, since once your opponent falls back, that will protect you
10&11) Once he falls on your lap, keep your hooks active to control him while you make the transition of your arms to the "sit belt"control and later the hook in the traditional way.
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This is a trick technique, the kind of technique you get everyone once and they ask what you did, of course you teach and never get them again, cause they don't do the same mistake. But it's still fun to know
1&2) if you notice your opponent is closing the leg with the triangle, hold his shin in a way he can no longer unlock
bring you right leg and trap their foot as show
5, 6&7)
Now use your hand to pull their knee towards you at the same time you force your right leg. This will apply pressure on their calf. Remember that calf slicer are only allow for brown and black belts. 
If they dont take, they may at least make space for you to take your leg out, as showed on the second technique
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On techique 5, Im showing a common mistake people do and my training partner Erick Raposo will take advantage of it to apply a footlock



My first mistake is to lock the triangle when in the 5050, that leads my opponent open to attach my foot


Even worse would be to attack the foot of his leg that is trap, because since my back is on the ground, the motion to apply pressure is limited, also the fact that his leg is stretch, makes even harder. Of course is not impossible to get it, but the movement is limited, so it's harder.

3) notice that while I'm trying to attack his foot, my left foot is open near his hands

4&5) All he needs to do is lock it in and because I had the triangle close and his pressure in toward the angle that hurts the most, even if we are both attacking each other's foot, he will tap me out first.


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