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How Many Gis is Enough?

How Many Gis is Enough?

In jiu-jitsu, the kimono is the thing we use most. It’s our uniform, our tool and our image. But there has always been the question of how many gis one should own. This is, of course, a question with a very subjective answer. One can obviously have as many gis as they’d like, assuming they have the space and money to accommodate them. However, is there an ideal number of gis someone can own? A number that represents having not too many and not too few kimonos? Let’s explore that question a little and think about it.

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When to Start Teaching BJJ And Why It Helps Your Game

When to Start Teaching BJJ And Why It Helps Your Game

There have been a lot of mixed feelings towards this topic and there are several different valid views on how beneficial it can be to teach jiu-jitsu early in one’s career. For example, many small gyms have blue belts teaching curriculum in cities where there are not many alternate options. These blue belts are often the only guys that put effort into collecting techniques from books, videos or the internet so that they can pass them to others. So the real question is; how beneficial is teaching and when should one really start doing it?
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7 Reasons Why We Love BJJ

7 Reasons Why We Love BJJ

1. It keeps us fit.

Let’s face it – BJJ is the best workout because we exercise our entire body in one session and we burn copious amounts of calories. Think about all the times you’ve heard beginners tell you how sore they have been after their first few training sessions even though they have played so many other sports. Grappling based sports are easily the most challenging for the body...

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Why 8 to 10 Years to Get a Black Belt Isn't Long at All

Why 8 to 10 Years to Get a Black Belt Isn't Long at All

If you've been training BJJ for any length of time, you undoubtedly have heard that it can take upwards of 8 to 10 years to get your black belt. I, myself, am still on this journey.

Many men and women are shocked to hear that it can take 8 to 10 years because, compared to karate or other mainstream martial arts, where you can achieve black belt status in 3 to 4 years, a black belt in BJJ is a grind...

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Acai: Healthy and Fun

Acai: Healthy and Fun

Most people who train BJJ have already heard about acai berries and we think it’s pretty popular. The jiu-jitsu community knows about it because of the Brazilian roots of our martial art. It also began to be known as a ‘super food’- which is a controversial term since there is probably no actual evidence that shows it’s better than other fruits. But we are not here to list you the boring nutritional facts about acai that you can easily find on thousands upon thousands of pages on Google. We are here to tell you about how much fun it can be incorporating acai into your daily diet.
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How Do People Hear About BJJ

How Do People Hear About BJJ

Ever thought about how people get into jiu-jitsu? Not just how they got convinced to train but where their first glimpse of BJJ came from? Jiu-jitsu is quickly gaining popularity. With more and more events each year like Kasai, Fight to Win, and Combat Jiu-Jitsu, BJJ is working its way toward the mainstream. However, most people are still exposed through the UFC.


Royce is one of the major recognizable links between spectating and BJJ. Even with great jiu-jitsu practitioners today in the UFC, tapping out many of their opponents, the image they present is not the same as Royce in his gi. Unfortunately, Royce’s impact will slowly continue to diminish with time...

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Why Opening an Academy is so Great

Why Opening an Academy is so Great

Opening your own academy (the dream of any hardcore jiu-jitsu practitioner) cannot be a reality for many, as most have chosen to be professionals in other areas. If you are unhappy with your current work place situation or if you ever wanted to run your own business, opening a gym can be worth some serious consideration.

 

The beautiful thing about an academy is that there is actually a lot more room for creativity in starting one than people expect. You can really make the gym your own interpretation of what you think is necessary. For example, the academy doesn’t have to be just jiu-jitsu; you can attach whatever other activities that you think help accommodate jiu-jitsu and the healthy lifestyle that is associated with it. Activities like Crossfit, yoga, general weight training, Muay Thai, and other fitness activities are all suitable and will also help draw more people into your business...

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5 Old School Rules of BJJ

5 Old School Rules of BJJ

Like them or not, these rules are out there. Not every gym abides by all of them, but you may find traces of at least one of these rules in your academy.

 

  1. Don’t ask a higher belt to roll

This is one rule that a lot of black belts like to use to tease lower belts. Most black belts that I’ve seen don’t actually care if a lower belt asks them to roll, many will encourage it. But if you’re at an old school academy, you will definitely hear stuff like this. It’s meant to be a sign of respect, indicating that you can’t go out and just challenge a black belt. This rule does have some practical applications, such as if eager white belts continually ask a black belt to roll but that black belt really needs to train with more advanced people. So, the rule makes it easy for the black belt to just choose the training partners he needs without constantly brushing off white and blue belts. If you are an instructor, then you do have a responsibility to roll with the lower belts since you are their teacher. 

 

  1. Line up for bow-in at the beginning and end of every class

Most of these rules are rooted in judo, and in judo, the bow-in is very important. Students are lined up by belt rank and your toes must be perfectly in line with the mat that everyone is standing on. Your gis and belts must be perfectly tied and folded, and you have to stand with perfect posture. There is no talking in the line and once your instructor drops to his knees, everyone else follows by belt rank - then you bow out...

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3 BJJ Association Leaders You Should Know

3 BJJ Association Leaders You Should Know

Gracie Barra – Carlos Gracie Jr. 

Carlos Gracie is seemingly the kingpin of jiu-jitsu. With founding ties to Gracie Magazine, Gracie Barra, and the IBJJF, “Carlinhos” is not only one of the top association leaders, but one of the most important figures in BJJ history (along with his uncle and father, Helio and Carlos Gracie). 

Gracie Barra is the largest jiu-jitsu team in the entire world. They are not only a team, but an organization and a serious business. They have been a successful franchise for many years and provide opportunities for their black belts to open businesses across the globe. They provide support and guidelines for all their branches and really strive to achieve success. 

Carlos Gracie Jr. has some of the most famous students in the world, including Roger Gracie, Jean Jacques Machado, Renzo Gracie, Roleta, Kyra Gracie, and many more. He is very much a behind the scenes kind of guy so many beginners don’t tend to know much about him, but he should be known to every serious practitioner. 

 

Alliance – Fabio Gurgel

Fabio is one of the most technical jiu-jitsu practitioners of all time. Not only is he responsible for building and growing the Alliance jiu-jitsu team, along with Romero Jacare and Alexandre Paiva, but he is also a four-time world champion and a three-time European Open champion. He even won the adults European Open once at the age of forty...

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