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Does Century Have a Showroom in My City?

Does Century Have a Showroom in My City?

One of the questions I get asked all the time on Century’s Facebook page is, “Does Century have a showroom in my city?” Well now the answer is Yes! – if you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, that is. 
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The 5 Most Annoying Types of Partners in BJJ

The 5 Most Annoying Types of Partners in BJJ

If you are new to Jiu-Jitsu don't be this guy. If you train with this guy slip him a copy of this post in his gear bag.

 

1. The dirty partner

Almost everyone has faced someone like this, usually already starting at white belt. These are a combination of practitioners that; don’t wash their gis, don’t cut their nails, and/or walk all day in sandals and don’t wash their feet before they come on the mat. The combinations of characteristics just go on and on. The worst thing about them is that they may carry bacteria that can cause infections on the mat, especially if they cut anyone with their long and dirty nails…gross....

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Why You Want To Learn Judo

Why You Want To Learn Judo

With the development of many different types of guards in BJJ, practitioners are becoming more unconfident with their throws – especially the lighter weight classes. They prefer jumping into a closed guard or twisting into a de la riva guard. The mentality of the guard puller is actually more complicated than this, since a lot of these guys pull guard not only because of a lack of confidence in their takedown skills, but also to avoid their opponent pulling guard on them. Some athletes’ guards are so dangerous that having them pull guard first will put you at a serious disadvantage, even though you’re on top. Regardless of this new mentality in sport BJJ, no one should neglect to focus on judo – at least on a basic level...
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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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Dealing With Injury Time in BJJ

Dealing With Injury Time in BJJ

Injury time is possibly one of the most depressing periods for an athlete, especially for BJJ athletes because we utilize our entire bodies. An injury in the smallest area, like a finger or toe, can really affect your game. If you’re a soccer player, a finger injury won’t be such a huge problem - you can still play. However, if you damage a finger in BJJ and you basically won’t be able to grip anything. So especially for us, most injuries can hold us back from training and when they do, it just sucks…a lot...
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5 Reasons You Must Know Breakfalls

5 Reasons You Must Know Breakfalls

One thing that is very commonly visible in jiu-jitsu practice is how many academies actually ignore judo. That mean they do not learn the breakfalls, which is the first thing anyone learns when they begin practicing judo. This is a huge mistake and as many of us have seen, judo really improves a jiu-jitsu athlete’s game. So even if an academy doesn’t focus very much on judo, learning the breakfalls is something that is important, especially for children classes. Don’t forget, BJJ matches start on the feet, and although jumping guard may be convenient for some, until you’re confident with doing that, you will have to take your opponent down, or have them take you down, in which case you have to know your breakfalls – here is why...
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Maintaining Respect in the Academy

Maintaining Respect in the Academy

Although jiu-jitsu has taken a sportive direction in many academies, it is still a martial art at heart. Of course, when you get your black belt, you must be a well- rounded martial artist before you are an awesome athlete. Athleticism is not a prerequisite for being a martial arts expert, believe it or not. That being said, the type of respect we see in traditional martial arts must be upheld in the academy. Below is a list of things that are done in an academy to gain respect from both your teammates and instructors...
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What White Belts Should Focus On The First Month

What White Belts Should Focus On The First Month

Starting jiu-jitsu training is a tough experience. It doesn’t matter if you’re a child or a middle-aged adult, the experience is both confusing and exciting at the same time. The first hurdle you go through is usually dealing with the fact that you’re going to be in such close contact with another person. And since you’re a beginner, every rolling partner is a stranger. You don’t know if they are going to be nice and technical with you, or if they are going to be a jerk that’s going to make your life miserable for the next few months - it’s really going to test you. If the jerk gives you a hard time, what will you do? Will you quit? Or will you drive through and improve? In doing the latter, you will not only gain the respect of your new teammates, but you will also be able to fight back and no longer feel the pain or shame of being tapped so often. That leads to the first point - you should focus on learning to defend yourself while becoming conditioned to handle the smothering and heavy pressure of the more experienced practitioners with whom you roll...
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Two Ways to Convince Your Friends to Start Training BJJ

Two Ways to Convince Your Friends to Start Training BJJ

When someone is looking for a new physical activity in which to participate, jiu-jitsu is usually not their first thought. At this point, unless you want to be an MMA fighter, most people do not seek out jiu-jitsu first. Usually, they need to be referred by a friend or they have had previous martial arts experience and developed a deeper interest. It’s unfortunate but it’s true - jiu-jitsu is not a sport that anyone can just see on television. MMA is the closest widely televised sport that you can find in relation to jiu-jitsu. Even then, people can’t fully understand what BJJ truly is because what they see in MMA is not the pure form of the sport.

Think about how you started jiu-jitsu – it probably falls under the two scenarios previously mentioned. Since referral seems to be the most popular form of spreading BJJ, here are some powerful and practical reasons to sway the skeptics.

 

You can lose weight in a more exciting way than just running on a treadmill.

 

Usually, adults who are looking to get into a new sport or activity do it for health reasons and/or boredom...
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Beware of Overtraining

Beware of Overtraining

As we get more involved in our jiu-jitsu training, our desire to improve grows. With every belt level, new challenges arise improving the timing of old techniques, learning the mechanics of new techniques, or even improving overall conditioning. All of this not only requires more time from you but also more effort and physical stamina. The harder you push, the more it will drain you. And the more it drains you, the better your nutrition and resting periods need to be. This is where the boundaries of professional training and recreational training are created. 

The general outlook is that the only real difference between a professional and a recreationalist is the amount of time and effort you dedicate to something. A recreationalist can train once a week or once a month. They can train as often or as little as they’d like because they do it for fun as a hobby or passion. 

 

On the other hand, professionals must train as often as possible to achieve their goals of winning. Because in jiu-jitsu, if you don’t win, you don’t make any coin – it’s as simple as that. Being a professional has its perks...
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Alternate Gear You Need for BJJ

Alternate Gear You Need for BJJ

Many people think that all the gear you need for BJJ is a gi or a rashguard and shorts and you’re good to go. This is not entirely true. While those are the basics of our sport, there are other items that would be helpful in your jiu-jitsu journey.

 

Mouthguard

BJJ is a contact sport, and anyone that has been training long enough knows what it means. Often, we come out with some small cuts or bruises. While most of the time these are minor injuries, there will always be that occasional collision with a spazzy partner that will inadvertently elbow, knee, or head-butt you in the face. Sometimes these hits will be strong enough to not only cut you but damage your teeth as well. 

A mouthguard is an easy answer to this problem. Consider it as a type of insurance. To some, it may constrict their breathing as they get used to it...
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5 Things You Must Consider For Competition Prep

5 Things You Must Consider For Competition Prep

Here are some quick tips of things you should do before a competition, ranging from 3 months out to right before your match. This mainly pertains to beginners that want to start competing. As you become more advanced, you learn what details work best for you.

 

  1. Start your diet early.

Most competitors have to cut some weight to make the most out of themselves at competitions. If you like competing at your walk-around weight, and you do well, then lucky you! But most have to go through the task of reaching a certain weight, and it’s not easy. The best trick is to lose fat and retain as much muscle as possible during the weight cut. More experienced competitors usually have their own system for this, but it can be very hard for beginners. One of the simplest tips is to start your diet early – don’t procrastinate. Starting early will give you some leeway if you still have some weight to cut. One of the most embarrassing things is to get to the scale overweight and get disqualified.


  1. Start all of your hard rolling early.

The logic here is that you need...

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4 Reasons Why You Should Attend BJJ Class Regularly

4 Reasons Why You Should Attend BJJ Class Regularly

Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Attend Jiu-Jitsu Class Regularly

 

  1. Maintaining Sharp Technique

A technique does not develop itself. Neither is it downloaded into your brain and muscles when you practice it only five times. Repetition is the key to your brain and body remembering anything. There have been studies stating that in order to be an expert in any field, you must dedicate one thousand hours to it. Whether it’s true or not, the message is clear - you have to practice, practice and then practice some more. That’s why so many BJJ champions and coaches claim that drilling is the key to success in jiu-jitsu. Remembering it in your mind is not enough since jiu-jitsu requires your full body motion - you have to train your body to remember the techniques so you can execute them without thinking. This is also a great way of remembering details, which are usually first to leave your memory when taking time off of training.

 

  1. Shows respect to your instructor

Are you thinking that you may be ready for your next belt? Even if...

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3 Ways to Avoid Injury in BJJ

3 Ways to Avoid Injury in BJJ

Below is just some friendly advice. Each suggestion varies from case to case, but if you speak to a great number of people in jiu-jitsu, they will tell you that their injuries occurred because of these reasons. If you avoid certain situations in jiu-jitsu because you don’t want to get injured, it doesn’t make you a ‘chicken’ or a coward. The goal in jiu-jitsu is to train long term, but in order to do that, you have to take care of yourself and make sure you avoid high-risk situations. Every time you get injured, you interrupt your progress in jiu-jitsu - it’s just not worth it.

 

  1. Avoid the “Spazzes”

To begin with, a ‘spaz’ is someone that goes 100% without any control or real strategy. They are the ones that are most likely to accidentally deck you in the face with their knee, heel, elbow, and even head. Usually, we’d like to think that this kind of behavior goes away once someone reaches purple belt, and often, it does.

Spazzes are easy to spot, and it is recommended that you don’t roll with them...

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3 Sneaky BJJ Attacks

3 Sneaky BJJ Attacks

There is no shortage of sneaky moves that can put your opponent in unexpected positions, so it’s impossible to really list them all. But here are a few really specific situations that have put even the most experienced practitioners in some bad spots.  There is no doubt that many of you will have more to add to this list! But here are three to start: 

 

  1. Loop Choke from half-guard.

The loop choke is a long-time favorite for a lot of athletes especially starting at blue belt. You’ll very often find them using the loop choke as their go-to emergency move. It can be applied from many positions, but the sneakiest version is when you’re playing half-guard. You get your cross-collar grip and loosen your half-guard to give your opponent a false sense of security. When they commit to the pass, the often dip their head too low, allowing you to loop their collar around their necks and throwing yourself under them, tightening the choke.

Often when you see someone attempt this in the black belt division, both athletes will keep rolling together, usually until they are out of bounds...
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