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May 2017

Eating Healthy

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I am one of the worst examples of eating healthy.  However, I do know I have observed my cardio improve after a couple weeks of eating healthy and I feel strong after training.  Also, you will lose weight.  It’s a great thing to do  despite how tasty Taco Bell is. This article is an encouragement to live a healthier lifestyle for BJJ, but you should eat healthy and clean for yourself anyways. For the folks that are looking to compete, eating healthy is a big deal.  You will lose weight and feel good.  It is important to note, that you…

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Get Good at Escapes

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It’s easy to forget that getting good at escapes can make your game better.  It is not as spectacular as a guard pass or a submission but it is essential to your game. Knowing escapes helps you open your game to other opportunities.  This means you can take risks.  For example, Jeff Glover spoke about doing the donkey guard because his back escapes are strong. Nino Schembri has the “Mr. Schembri” (I think that’s what its called) from bottom side control. Eduardo Telles needs no explanation.  These guys have great knowledge to vulnerable situations where they are able to make…

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Focus on the Basics

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Berimbolo, Donkey Guard, 50/50, Twisters, GoGoPlata, and whatever else that’s considered “fancy” is fun to do and good to be aware of.  However, your basics should always be refined and perfect. It is often to see white and blue belts get hyped up on the latest craze like the worm guard but unable to shrimp or bridge properly.  That’s great to be really good at one move, but what happens when an opponent shuts it down? The guys who are masters at these fancy moves are also extremely well educated about body mechanics, angles, and concepts.  Their knowledge and practice of…

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Side Control Establishment And Weight Distribution

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Took me a long time to realize how to distribute my weight from side control.  I’m only 160 pounds and when I roll with other brown belts that weigh 210, sometime they say I feel like 250.  Well I’m here to tell you, you can do the same. The concept is simple.  The smaller the surface area, the larger the pressure.  For example, take a 45 lbs plate and lay it flat on your chest.  Now change its position and stand it up on it’s edge.  The weight has not changed but the pressure has increased. The same concept can…

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Training With An Injury

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DO NOT DO IT! If you’re injured, do not train.  Rest and heal so you can train properly and prevent the possibility of risking more damage. With that said, and if you still have the urge to train, train smart! Depending on the injury, you may be able to train but train differently.  For example, I had a right knee injury and I started to play a modified knee shield game.  I was constantly getting my guard passed because I did not use much of my injured leg.  That did not matter as much because I was glad to be…

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Journal Your Progress To BJJ Greatness

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Journaling is applicable in many areas of life.  Journaling in your BJJ career is also extremely valuable.  If’ you’re looking to improve your game, record your training sessions and class instructions. Obviously journaling is not needed to advance your skills.  It helps in keeping you aware, thoughtful, and less forgetful.  Take for example a roll where you had to tap from a darce choke.  You can in your mind evaluate what has happened and take a mental note for next time to not place your arm too far away from your body.  However, you can document the training session, evaluate…

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Too Tired To Train

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There are situations in a day (or multiple days) that cause us to be to tired to get to the gym.  There are valid reasons like health issues or something that needs your attention and focus where you need time to recover.  However there are the other times where you just feel lazy.  In this short article, I am talking about laziness. Feeling lazy is no excuse to skip training.  Laziness can lead a person down a rabbit hole that is difficult to get out from.  When you have skipped training from laziness, it’s much easier to do again and…

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