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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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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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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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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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Gi Vs No Gi

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Is practicing one of them better than the other?  Depends. I have heard practicing gi makes a person extremely technical.  I have also heard, practicing in gi is not realistic to street fights and MMA.  To me, both comments are valid. I suggest practicing both. Depending on what you’re looking for doing nogi makes sense.  In nogi, you do not have as many grips for control or submission.  Grips become more slippery also as you are grabbing sweaty limbs instead of gi collars or cuffs. If your plan is to get into MMA or learn more self defense, definitely do…

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Cardio is King

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Another short article. With recent folks from the academy heading to this weekend’s tournament, popular discussion has been learning lessons from previous tournaments.  The common issue was cardio.  Guys were gassing out in the first few minutes of the match from the adrenaline. No matter how much technique you have, if you get tired, you wont be able to execute any technique. There are multiple workouts you can YouTube or Google to improve your cardio.  My recommendation are hill sprints.  Those really work the nervous system and improve your cardio and strength. For tournament beginners, here’s a simple but really…

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What to look for in a school

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There has been recent news about Kenny Florian opening a new school in Santa Monica.  It’s always great to have experienced competitors with resources to other great competitors teach what they know.  However, outside of the instructor what else should someone be looking for?  Are the competition medals of the professor all that is needed? Here’s my list of what to look for: What is the background of the instructor? Who did he get his black belt from? Because someone is not a world champ competitor does not mean he cant get you there.  Although it’s probably better to go…

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Each One Teach One

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I have written about this before but wanted to reemphasize the importance of teaching a technique and how it makes you better as a practitioner and as a human being. At an academy, everyone there is a team.  That means, everyone there is looking to help each other.  Yes we spar and look to do self improvement, but we also want to help others grow to make ourselves better. This leads to teaching what you know.  If you have a favorite move, share it!  Other people may have never seen it or may have an improvement to it.  Either way,…

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What to do in a private lesson

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I’ve gone to a hand full of private lessons and a few seminars.  There’s a common pattern all the instructors follow to help.  All instructors want to know what you are trying to work through or struggling with. With that said, before going to the private lesson take a moment to think about what you been stuck with.  If your guard is getting passed, ask about that.  Once you have your first topic, think of a second, third, etc.  Prioritize them because you may be able to cover them all.  If not, at least you got the ones you really…

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