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Herniated Disc and BJJ

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Injuries comes with the territory of BJJ.  We all know it.  Unfortunately, when it happens are we prepared to deal with no training for weeks or months? Unfortunately for me, I have a herniated disc.  Now I watch a lot of jiu jitsu.  Hopefully this phase won’t last too long.  Luckily the majority of doctors I saw said I don’t need surgery.  I did get the epidural injection, but seems like rest is the answer. During this time of resting, I’ve become that gym troll that sits off the side and critique other peoples’ game.  I am not the guy…

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What’s left for Gordon Ryan?

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Gordon Ryan

The nogi Worlds have just passed.  Lots of competitors have stood out, but Gordon Ryan was definitely in the spotlight.  He was talking trash before the event and was able to back it up.  However where does it leave us?  Do people want to see Gordon in more BJJ tournaments?  But do we want to see him in a tournament?  This leads me to match ups! I think specific match ups is what people want to see.  Even though I loved the match ups Ryan had at Quintet, the match with Josh Barnett is still by chance.  To kick this…

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Review: Danaher’s Kimura System

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Danaher's Kimura System

I haven’t purchased an instructional in a long time.  YouTube has all the videos I needed! However, the recent buzz of the Ryan brothers and a few other popular Jiu Jitsu athletes had me curious about Danaher’s instruction.  So when Black Friday showed up and Instagram showed me an add for discount videos, I said why not. Now to the important question.  Is the hype of Danaher real?  Sort of. The techniques he shows are not new, but his explanation of why certain movements and holds are done is extremely well done.  Due to the amount of detail he goes…

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Slower BJJ Practice Leads to Better Gains

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When I roll and get swept or submitted, I can usually identify where the tipping point was.  It could be I lifted my hips to high or overcommitted an arm, but I can think back and learn why. It wasn’t always like this.  As a white and blue belt, I would just move and try to submit, but if I got caught I never thought about why and just wanted to roll again.  Nothing learned! As I got more experienced, I decided to slow down my game and try to pay attention of the moment.  Noticing my body posture, the…

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Quintet Is A Good Idea But Can Be Better

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I am late to the game and finally watched Sakuraba’s and Josh Barnett’s Quintet.  The Polaris team really cleaned house and it was interesting to watch the other teams compete.  However, I think that was the problem for me. The teams should all be all-stars or all mid-level competitors to make the event more interesting.  Instead of a Sambo team, what if you had a Fedor team.  That team may not all be comprised of Sambo guys, but it would be the best selections from Fedor.  Or have the teams constructed like Polaris and Haleo.  Get a mix of grapplers…

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Sometimes you need a break

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Sometimes reason and logic needs to triumph over pride.  The past couple weeks, my elbow has progressively been getting worse and tried training with it a little bit.  Unfortunately, even a little bit of training has been aggravating it.  All to say, I’m not a full time competitor and have a full time job so taking a break and letting it heal is the most logical thing to do.  Also the right thing. So, if you’re injured, listen to your body.  Definitely see a doctor too!  Don’t be like me and go to the doctor only if I hear a…

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First Black Belt Competition

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I haven’t competed in awhile and was wondering how my skills are in comparison to other outside the academy since I got my black belt.  Then on the Insta’s (that what kids call it right?), Five Grappling came up and were offering free registration for black belts.  I told one of the other black belts to go for it and he then convinced me to do it too.  Figured why not, the worst case is I lose and didn’t pay a thing. So here was the play by play. First match I was faking takedowns then eventually went for another…

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BJJ is Everywhere and For Everyone

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I think now is a great time to be a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner.  It’s not as scarce to find as it used to be pre-2005.  Even if you don’t live near a school, you can find a ton of resources online.  The number of resources available is not hard to find. Adding some context, back in the days I remember when our academy had one brown belt, 2 purple belts, a few blues and whites.  The only black belt was the instructor.  When another purple belt would show up, we’d get excited.  Probably the same excitement as seeing a…

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The Black Edition Is Here

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Black Edition Gi

The Black Edition gi is here! It’s just like our original white gi but blacked out, sort of.  We wanted to have some contrast so we added silver and gray trim.  It looks very slick. Just as durable and comfortable as the white gi. You know what the best part is?  It’s only $79 with free shipping!  Our goal is to get you on the mat without breaking the bank. You can find it at shop.bjjobserver.com!

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Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Real Fighting?

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You have probably heard that training BJJ is not real fighting and wont work on the street.  As much as I would not want to believe that statement, there is SOME validity to it. If you had someone trying to mug you on the street, would you pull guard and do the berimbolo?  Nope! There are a lot of positions in BJJ that would not make sense in the street.  However that does not mean BJJ is not useful.  Keep in mind BJJ was meant to be self defense.  Rickson and Ryron Gracie are probably the most notable Jiu Jitsu…

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