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RDOJO on the Inverted Gear Podcast!

This episode of the Inverted Gear Podcast features Nelson Puentes as the host, joined by guests Reilly Bodycomb, Javier Palomo, and Dan Conway. They discuss the deep correlation between game design and combat sports theory, as well as meta-gaming, and teaching methodology.


Rdojo is a grappling team and training group founded by Reilly Bodycomb comprised of like-minded martial artists from around the world who deploy an ever evolving series of core principles and techniques to win matches in a variety of combat sports.


The Rdojo method is about knowing as much as you can about every element of grappling, and using that knowledge to narrow your plan of attack to focused, repeatable, sequences. The goal is to remove your blind spots, while simultaneously simplifying your game.


All combat sport rule sets are designed to test a specific aspect of hand-to-hand fighting. Thus competing successfully in more than one rule set is the best demonstration of a well rounded martial artist. We believe that being able to dominate the standing phase of grappling with takedowns or dynamic submissions is the most versatile approach, and can be used in the broadest group of rule sets and combative circumstances. The Rdojo method prioritizes the following aspects:

Whoever has the upper hand in any takedown battle dictates the terms in most combat situations. A strong takedown is often the deciding factor in a fight: It can lead directly into an oppressive dominant top position, force your opponent to expose a submission, or the impact of a throw can become a KO all by itself!


With time, practice, and a sophisticated understanding of top position, a grappler can make their opponent feel like there is no hope of survival. Slowly removing the air from the lungs, and obstructing the breathing of a struggling opponent can lead to them making basic mistakes that can be easily capitalized on with relatively low effort from the top player.  If you are doing it right, you can make the person underneath you wish they never let themselves take bottom position.


To survive or even thrive from the bottom requires a hyper active and dynamic attack pattern that is constantly leveraging multiple threats until the opponent succumbs to one, or is forced to let you up. The key is to not rely on the rules of grappling tournaments to protect you from the truth of the position: Being on bottom is dangerous in a striking environment! You better have real attacks from there to balance the equation, because waiting patiently for your opponent to overextend is an unrealistic and very sport specific attitude that cripples your actual martial arts potential. 

All of these concepts work in tandem to form the foundation of a truly well rounded grappler. The eventual goal is not just to be able to win in several different grappling rule sets, but also to have confidence that you can persevere in a real fight if needed.

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