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Romeo Barnes
I'm a 25 year old writer(Mostly poetry) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu addict. I have published two books Emotions Volume 1: The Beginning of Turmoil and Emotions Volume 2: Better Days. I also run the blog which can be found here. The blog gives insight on both my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and writing careers.  

He's Got Legs

The title of this post, it's a phrase I hear a lot. Usually in the form of a question, "What do you do if he's got legs?" My response is usually something like "So what? He's got two extra limbs to attack." That is somewhat of a snarky answer, but it's true. Asking that question is the same as asking, "How do you shower?" However unlike, "How do you shower?" It's not a dumb question just a poorly phrased question. Ironically, both of these questions have the same answer.
What you must understand is BJJ and every other martial art for that matter, is bio-mechanically perfect. They're all perfect at what they are specifically designed to do. Defend oneself under some given circumstance. The point is you'll never create "new Jiu-Jitsu" you'll only modify it to fit your level of strength, flexibility, agility, speed, etc. Ever wonder why people considered "innovators" like Ryan Hall, the Mendes brot…

American Nationals

Normally, Nationals(excluding Brazilian Nationals, because it's part of the grand slam) events never matter. However, the IBJJF has taken the right steps towards making the Regional and National tournaments matter with the new point system introduced after this year's World Championship event. I'm not going to talk about results here, just know that you now have another reason to watch American Nationals and tournaments like it. Not only are these the tournaments where the next generation truly shines, but it's also where they earn their spot in the biggest tournament of the year.


This post is an really interest poll. I'm free for the summer, so anyone interested in a seminar taught by me, hosted at Maguilla's Academy please contact me here by commenting here, by email, or responding other forms of social media. Everyone is welcome, but this seminar will be tailored towards those with disabilities. Date and details will be announced after the data is collected.

new idea- Behind the poetry

As all of you know, I am a writer. So I have an idea for a series called Behind the Poetry. In the series, I will select a poem from one of books, read it and then tell the story behind why it was written. The question is how to do it. That's where you, my readers, come in. I can do it here on the blog or on YouTube. Obviously, if do I it on the here the poem will be written. So comment below and let me know what format you prefer or if you want the segment at all. Thanks.

Until next time

Old school vs New School

This post is a result of a speech given my by one of coaches on "YouTube shit." The gist of the speech was we don't teach "YouTube shit" so don't do it. This speech is common in many gyms as white and blue belts across the world watch youtube and want to copy the black belt world champions. The aforementioned speech brings up the issue of old school vs. new school.

First we must define new school and old school techniques, for the sake of simplicity we will use generational examples. Old school will be closed guard and new school will be the berimbolo. Now we must define the specific techniques we chose. Closed guard the standard position where all attacks that come from the bottom originate. Berimbolo a sweep using the De La Riva hook designed primarily to take the back but has many variations which can lead to submissions.

Okay, we now know that the De La Riva hook is required to be successful with the berimbolo. So how do establish the De La Riva hook? Mos…

Sorry GrapplersHeart

I'm writing this post to inform everyone that I will not be attending the GrapplersHeart tournament next week. Anyone who'd like to train with me can do so anytime, just drop by Maguilla's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy.