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April 2017

Training Intensity

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A lot of times we forget BJJ training is also a work out.  Meaning, you need time to recover and pace yourself. Take a weight lifting workout as an example.  You can’t lift one hundred percent every session.  You need to organize your workouts and moderate intensity.  That moderation and planning provide you with bigger gains. The same concept should be applied to your BJJ training. Jiu Jitsu can be hard on the body and training at high intensity every session creates wear and tear.  You need recovery time and lighter training sessions sometimes. My recommendation for hard training is like cooking…

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Train With New People And Do Competitions To Be Better

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Most of us that train have a home academy.  Everything about it great.  The people are cool, the mats are clean, and the instructor is really knowledgable.  The academy is also familiar.  Familiarity brings comfort.  All of which is good! There is a danger to be comfortable.  That danger is stunted training. If your training becomes stunted you lack growth and slow or stop the increase of your knowledge of “the game”.  There needs to be diversity in your training if you want to grow.  That diversity is to train with new people. If you’re fortunate enough to be part…

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Leave The Ego At The Door

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There are many things that can kill your progress in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Having a family, career changes, injuries, and other situations.  However, if there’s one interference with your Jiu Jitsu training that you need to drop it is ego. Losing may not be fun, but it is extremely beneficial.  That’s how we learn and grow. When you walk into your academy, be open to losing and learn from it.  Getting tapped is a guarantee.  The next best thing you can do is understand how you got caught.  Were you sloppy with  transition, get overpowered, fell into a trap,…

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Teach to Learn

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Are you a higher level practitioner hitting a plateau?  It’s ok to say yes, because many people get that stuck feeling. One suggestion to help get out of the rut is to teach.  Teach your favorite move to someone.  Talk about why you like that technique or position.  Show the details you put onto that technique. Here are my reasons why you should share your knowledge: Teaching will help expose more details in your game and refine what you currently do. You might see new opportunities as you teach the details of a technique. For example, I discovered a baseball slide…

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Marcelo Garcia is Awesome

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There’s so many good things to say about Marcelo Garcia.  He’s the GOAT, one of the nicest guys in the sport, an excellent instructor, and the list keeps growing.  Last weeks video of Marcelo asking 2 of his black belts to take some time off from the gym revalidates his great character. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can find the video here. What Marcelo did took a lot of courage and should bring awareness of the importance of the academy atmosphere (regardless of the martial art). The gym “vibe” should always be assessed and never taken…

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The Game of Inches

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Have you heard the phrase that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a game of inches?  If you haven’t, remember it.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is definitely a lot of small moves that have big results.  If you want to see big improvements to your game, understand these small moves. In addition, in the class setting sometimes there’s too much information to retain these little details.  Not only should the little details be learned, but you should also “learn in inches”.  Take things a step at a time and dwell on each step. Here are my 2 suggestions to training and how to…

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