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....
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The logic here is that you need...
Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Attend Jiu-Jitsu Class Regularly
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.
Are you thinking that you may be ready for your next belt? Even if...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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:
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.