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Jake Shields and the art of AJJ

Updated: October 19, 2010, 2:37 PM ET
By Chuck Mindenhall | For ESPN.com

The Americanization of just about anything is contentious because the word is commonly used to imply something original has been clubbed of its nuances.

But that's not the case with the UFC's new signee, Jake Shields, who has been beating opponents with a sophisticated brand of smothering. He calls it American jiu-jitsu, a hybrid of his bedrock wrestling and traditional Brazilian jiu-jitsu, of which he is a black belt under Cesar Gracie.

Though the name itself ...

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