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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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