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How Necessary is it to Compete in BJJ?

How Necessary is it to Compete in BJJ?

This is a debate on which many people have had contrasting views. On one hand, we have practitioners who argue that competitions are necessary for improvement and awarding your next belt, whatever belt that may be. On the other side, you have people who argue that although competitions can help your game, they are not essential to your jiu-jitsu journey. So what is the truth? How essential are competitions to a jiu-jitsu practitioner? 
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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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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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