Colorado! 

Good morning everyone! So I’m en route to visit some family in the great state of Colorado- I’ll still try to post while out there, but in the meantime no one get too rowdy, and have a great day everyone! 

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Tuesday Morning Jam Session

Hey guys,

Not much to talk about this morning (really there’s plenty to talk about, I just have poor time management skills) so instead we’re going to have a jam session- hooray!

I’ve recently been listening to Three Doors Down (don’t judge, just don’t) so here’s “Not My Time”

Aaand have a great day everyone!

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Reactions to the Equal Prize Money for IBJJF Black Belt League

Sigh.

Ok, so soon after the announcement that men and women would receive the same amount of prize money for the IBJJF’s Black Belt League, most people welcomed the news with positive statements and support for the decision. A few people (particularly men, from what I’ve seen) however raised an issue with this, stating that women should not be paid as much as men.

Which frankly, I’m not surprised: there’s always going to be that minority that disagrees: either for legitimate reasons, or just to be an opposing voice in the crowd.

I understand the argument they are trying to pose: that women don’t have as many competitors in their division, so the prize amount should not be as great. I understand the argument, but I don’t agree with it- as many others have pointed out, based on that logic blue and purple belts should receive the lion’s share of prize money, since they have the most people in their divisions and would have to fight the most amount of people to reach first place.

Personally, if anything, making the prize money equal for both genders only benefits the sport, and particularly the IBJJF organization. It offers (hopefully) enough of an incentive for female black belts to continue to compete in these events, knowing there is a chance they could win just as much as a man could- at the very least there’s the recognition that their efforts and sacrifices in the sport are worth just as much as their male counterparts.

Let me know what you think-otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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IBJJF Offering Same Prize for Males and Females for the Black Belt League

Well would you look at that.

According to GracieMag, the IBJJF is offering the same amount of prize money to the top male AND female members of the Black Belt League.

It’s definitely a step in the right direction: check out the article and have a great day everyone!

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Video on Shutting Down the Berimbolo (This is Still a Thing? A Thing We Need to Talk About?)

I feel like we all kind of forgot the berimbolo- it was a thing for a while, a bunch of people were doing it, and in response a bunch of people posted videos about how to counter the technique and then we all sort of moved on.

I guess it’s come up again at some point, because Graciemag has an article with some of the best athletes in the sport talking about how to shut down this position.

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Jiu Jitsu Techniques: It’s the Little Things that Matter

I was talking to a teammate last night about some troubles she’s been having while training, and while there are some larger movements that we talked about, it was really focusing on the smaller details that made the most difference. It makes sense, when you think about it: when we first learn a technique we focus on the general movements and principles, and sometimes become frustrated because we attempt to execute them and fail. But it was supposed to work, right? It creates a sort of cognitive dissonance: I was told to do this thing, in this situation, and it’s not working. It’s not until we go over those techniques again (and again, and again…) and hone in on the details that we really find success with those techniques. If you’re having trouble with a particular detail, slow down, take your time and make sure you have all the finer points and details down, and if you aren’t sure you have it, take the time to talk to your coach or instructor so they can help you with those little details.

Just my thoughts for today- have a great day everyone!

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New York Open Results

Good morning everyone! This past weekend I competed in the summer NY Open: I don’t talk a lot about the tournaments I compete in (other than Pans) but it was kind of important, mainly because it’s the first time I’ve competed since I injured myself during, and right after Pans. It was a long, unbearably hot day (like no joke, apparently one competitor passed out from the heat) but it went pretty quickly.

Well, anyway, my teammates fought hard, had some awesome sweeps and great takedowns, and a number of us received medals. I had one competitor in my weight division, lost on points, registered for the open (since I was still able to qualify) fought one other girl and the girl from my division, won both fights and received gold for the absolute. Hooray!

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If they gave awards for being the shortest competitor, I totally would have won that as well.

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Overall it was a hot, but pretty great day. Anyone else compete this weekend? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Keenan Cornelius Show… Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

So according to White Belt BJJ, Keenan Cornelius is supposed to get his own “show”. And surprisingly, it’s not “101 Ways to Look Like a James Bond Villain”.

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Although you have to admit, he would do quite well at hosting that sort of show.

No dear friends, instead he’s hosting a show called “Back to Basics”, discussing jiu jitsu, and “life questions”.

Read all about it, and have a great weekend everyone!

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Interesting Article on 5 Lessons from BJJ World Champ Bernardo Faria

First, I’m a little envious that author Stephan Kesting got the sweet URL BJJ.org. Now that we have that confession out of the way, you should read his article regarding an interview he had with jiu jitsu champ Bernardo Faria. In the article he outlines 5 lessons he learned from talking with Faria, and it’s a solid article: I definitely recommend it.

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Article From the Dirty White Belt on How There is No Spider Guard

The author of the Dirty White Belt has a really solid article on how there is no such thing as Spider Guard, Worm Guard…any other fancy guard name you can think of. Check it out, let me know what you think, and have a great day everyone!

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