Interesting Article on the Growth (or Lack Thereof) of Jiu Jitsu Interest

Bishop BJJ has an interesting article regarding the the plateau of interest in jiu jitsu among internet users. While I’m not typically a numbers person, taking a look at trends and behaviors does interest me.

In the article the author states that jiu jitsu really hasn’t seen much growth in interest on the internet in the past 10 years, nor do they expect an explosion of interest in the art and sport anytime in the near future.

Personally, I think this is a good thing- which sounds odd, but hear me out: jiu jitsu, in terms of martial arts, is still relatively new to the game. The growth of jiu jitsu interest is stable: it’s not rising, but not really falling either, as a trend for a fad might. To me, this stability shows that jiu jitsu is becoming considered more of a mainstream sport or martial art, and something people are researching because they are genuinely interested in learning the sport, not just because it’s popular and people want to jump on the bandwagon. That’s how I choose to interpret the data: what do you think?

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

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Updates to the 2015 ADCC

So the past couple of weeks I’ve been living under a rock (actually it’s been more work, train, sleep, rinse, repeat) but this article on BJJ Heroes caught my eye regarding the under 99kg division of the 2015 ADCC- taking place August 30th in Sao Paulo, Brazil. There are some big names on the list, including Rodolfo Viera, Xande Ribeiro, Joao Assis, and Dean Lister (invited, response pending, I believe), so that’s neat.

Check it out, and you can follow the other links on the site (and there’s a tab on their home page) for more information regarding the tournament.

Have a great day everyone!

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Article on the 5 Types of People You Meet in BJJ

Hey everyone, Girl Jitsu has an article on the 5 people you meet in BJJ. It’s a fun article- you should check it out.

Have a great day everyone!

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Interesting Article About Confessions From a Black Belt Hobbyist

Hey everyone, the author of the Gentle Art published an article regarding confessions of a black belt hobbyist- It’s a good article, and one I think people should read: we often hear about the superstar jiu jitsu athlete who has made the sport their life, but that can be hard to relate to sometimes. I think it’s a necessary perspective to hear from, showing that it’s possible to have that full time job, kids to take care of, and still manage to train and earn a black belt.

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! WordPress Ate My Homework Edition…

Hey guys,

I definitely posted something this morning, and I have no idea what happened to it.

Anyway, I was mentioning there was an article on Grapple Planet interviewing Sophia Drysdale: check it out, have a great weekend, and I’m going to rub wordpress’ nose in this and tell it that it’s a bad….blogging platform. Or something.

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Science! The Misleading “Pee in the Pool” News Story

I’m writing about this because I’m a little annoyed, mainly because it shows how infrequently people actually read the source material of a story. And I’m totally guilty of doing the same, but this is a reminder that we should check the source before sharing articles, stories, etc.

I’m sure you’ve seen the article I’m referring to, probably on Facebook:

“The CDC says it’s not chlorine that’s irritating your eyes, it’s pure URINE! Ewwww!”

Ok, slow your roll there, friend.

If you read the actual article posted by the CDC, found here, from what I understand that’s not actually what’s happening: the article actually talks about poor airflow in indoor pools and the buildup of byproduct created when chlorine binds to sweat, urine, etc to destroy them. Your body is irritated by the chlorine doing its job and disinfecting the pool, essentially.

I’m not terribly familiar with exactly how chlorine molecules work, but I’m pretty sure that’s what the CDC is trying to inform everyone of. If there’s a chemist out there in the peanut gallery, please by all means feel free to correct me, but I’m pretty sure that’s what their article is about. The article is also suggesting to reduce this buildup of byproduct and keep indoor pools well ventilated, and hey, maybe actually follow the rules of the pool and rinse off before jumping in (again, not pointing fingers- I’m sure we’ve all ignored that rule at LEAST once).

That’s all for today folks- now go out there and…don’t pee in the pool. Please.

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Focus on the Fundamentals: No Shame in Your Game

A teammate of mine recently expressed a desire to revisit some basics, and essentially fill in some holes in her jiu jitsu education/training after class once a week, and I offered to help: as both a reference and a drilling partner. It’s going to be a lot basics and fundamentals- firming up the foundation of her jiu jitsu to improve her overall game and knowledge.

Personally, I think there’s no shame in admitting there’s something lacking in your game, as long as you are then willing to do something about it. As much as we want to learn all the things when it comes to the sport, really there are only so many hours in the day, and inevitably something will fall by the wayside. Sometimes there are only so many things you are able to focus on, that one piece of the huge jiu jitsu puzzle will get the short end of the stick, so to speak.

There are some people that realize this, but push it off, ignore the holes in their game and just keep moving along. But I feel the people who will find the most success in jiu jitsu will be the ones who go back, correct those mistakes and fill in those holes in their game. There’s no shame in admitting you’re only human and that you have weaknesses that need to be worked on. Jiu jitsu is all about learning, growing, evolving, and sometimes to go forward you need to look back and fix what may be weak.

Just my thoughts for the day: have a great day everyone!

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Article From Dominyka Obelenyte on Equality in BJJ

I’m sure everyone has read the article from black belt, Worlds Double Gold champ Dominyka Obelenyte on Equality in BJJ. It’s an article I believe everyone should read and serious think about. In the article she makes several excellent points regarding the current situation of jiu jitsu competitions and females, the frustrations many women feel, and the call to action for some sort of resolution or compromise.

Do I think the attitude towards women’s jiu jitsu will change overnight, and we will suddenly have equal prize money, etc? Unfortunately, no. True change rarely comes in like a rushing wave, but rather a slow moving river that eventually transforms the landscape. But I think drawing attention to issues like these is a good start: it opens the door to conversation, negotiations (if both sides are willing) and an eventual resolution that everyone can be satisfied with.

Check it out, let me know what you think- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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It’s Birthday Beatdown Time!

Good morning everyone!

So we have a tradition in our academy- as a way to wish someone a very happy birthday, everyone in class lines up and throws that person with their preferred judo throw/takedown. I had my beatdown last Monday, and our coach was nice enough to film the whole thing. You’ll notice there’s someone in the back who is also getting thrown- she’s a white belt who is from out of the country (Colombia) and has to move back at least for a while, so it was sort of a send off for her as well.

Here’s part one- there are two videos total and the second one is taking forever at the moment, but here is a taste of it.

I’ll upload the rest when youtube finally gets it act together. In the meantime, enjoy!

*UPDATE*

Youtube finally pulled through and I can now show you the second part of the birthday beatdown…It’s over 3 minutes long- it’s ok, I won’t be offended if you don’t watch all the way through:

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Happy Friday! Name Game Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

I was just thinking about some of the names we have for guards and techniques- spider guard, butterfly guard, scissor sweep- for the most part they make sense: they remind the person of a particular object, insect, etc. or they are named after the person who most notably used it- for example the De la Riva Guard, or the Kimura.

There are some funky ones out there that just don’t make sense, personally. Like Worm guard, for example. Keenan, dude, why “worm guard”? I guess “Lapel Wrapping Clusterduck” was sort of a mouthful.

And yes, I intentionally used the word “clusterduck”- it’s one of the best autocorrect mistakes iPhone has ever given me.

And let’s not even get started on Eddie Bravo- Electric Chair? The Wizard? Banana Split? I may or may not be making up that last one- I’m not too sure, to be honest.

Who gets to name these things? I’m sure there are multiple names for the same positions- how does one name get to be more popular than the other?

Just some things to think about. Have a great weekend everyone!

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