BJJ Injuries and Recovery: The “Danger Zone” of Almost Feeling 100%

There’s a “danger zone” if you will in BJJ, which I’m sure we’re all familiar with: it’s that point where you are feeling better- a whole lot better in fact. You feel like you could possibly train like you normally would and then BAM! You’ve set your recovery back a few weeks because you did something you shouldn’t have.

It’s always tricky, being in that space where you come back from an injury, you start to feel great and so then you convince yourself that it’s ok to turn up the intensity. While you may feel ok, your body/ whatever part of it you happened to have injured may not be up to the task just yet.

It’s frustrating, I know, but it really is beneficial to take your time getting back to full intensity with training. Don’t think of it as holding yourself back, but rather investing in your future: the more you allow an injury to heal now, the less you will set yourself back and prolong the injury.

That’s all for today folks- have a great day everyone!

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The Benefits of Failing in BJJ

No one really likes it, or truly wants to admit it, but there are some upsides to failing on both a smaller and larger scale.

Let’s talk about the larger scale first: you spend months preparing for a tournament. You train nonstop for months to step out on the mat and then… You lose.

Frustrating, to be sure: we like to think we will reap the rewards of the effort we put into something, even something as (frankly unpredictable) as a match. But, in addition to a humbling experience, one that exposes your weaknesses and shows you what you need to work on…you know, if you let it.

In a smaller context, failing at executing some technique for example gives you an opportunity to practice your exit strategy- just how you are going to react when things fail. This is an important skill, learning to recover from a failure. Even if you practice a technique a million times, it’s not infallible, and sometimes knowing how to recover from that failure is just as important as learning how to perform the technique itself.

So, remember to tell yourself that it’s ok to fail now and again. It lends itself to opportunity and other learning experiences you otherwise might not have.

Have a great day everyone!

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Article on White Belts Learning from White Belts

Hey Everyone,

BJJ Self Help has an article/some advice on white belts teaching each other. While I agree a good brainstorming session never hurt anyone, when in doubt ask a higher belt.

Take a look and have a great day everyone!

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Paulo Miyao Fails USADA Drug Test

Well, in disappointing news, Paulo Miyao failed the USADA drug test recently leading to his suspension from the sport for the next 2 years.

I understand the pressure is tremendously high: the pressure to do well and look good for whatever academy you’re representing, not to mention the various sponsorships that these players need to keep continuing to engage in the sport, but these guys playing Russian roulette with their jiu jitsu careers, and that’s tremendously concerning.

Anyway, check out the article, and remember kids, say no to performance enhancing drugs.

 

 

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The Necessity of Etiquette in an Academy

It may seem silly- I totally get it- but believe it or not etiquette really does have place in an academy.

There are several reasons why etiquette is necessary in an academy, and it may surprise you. First and foremost, safety. There are certain things you allowed and not allowed to do in a gym simply because it’s not safe to do whatever you want. By doing so, you could potentially put yourself and your teammates at risk of injury or disease.

Second reason? Respect. It shows respect to your partners, respect to your coach/instructor, and respect to your academy. And they do deserve a level of respect: they are taking the time out of their day to roll with you. You can use a grappling dummy all day, but it’s nothing compared to drilling and rolling with a real, live human.

So while it may seem unusual, it is important to follow the etiquette of the academy.

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Science! 3D Model Shows Brain After Heavy Impact

This may come to the surprise of absolutely no one, but high impact sports can do a pretty nasty number on your noggin. It’s one of the nice things about jiu jitsu: there’s little to practically no risk of slamming your head into someone or something else.

IFLScience has an article with a 3d model of just what happens to the brain when a football player collides forcefully into another football player.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Saulo Ribeiro Seminar Tonight

Hey Everyone,

Saulo Ribeiro- the head of our association, and winner of a bajillion medals is having a seminar at our academy tonight. Should be fun, informative (and a little smashy). I’ll be sure to write all about it tomorrow.

Have a great day everyone!

 

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Science! Study Suggests We Pass “Memories” on Through DNA

Well, this is pretty neat: apparently there are some studies being done that suggest “memories” can be passed potentially by DNA, which makes me wonder just what kind of memories jiu jitsu people are imprinting onto their DNA.

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Video on Stretches to Use Post BJJ Class

Hey Everyone,

Sorry, I’m in a bit of a rush today, but here’s a video on some stretches we all could probably use after class.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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BJJ: Get Uncomfortable and Work on your Weaknesses

Recently I gave one of our lower ranked girls a challenge- to solely work on her bottom game for 90 days. She has a really strong top game, and it was an area for improvement that I noticed while rolling with her.

And she’s actually stepping up to the challenge, which I’m really happy about: we’ve been going over some tricky situations she’s finding herself in at the bottom, and the repeated exposure and intentional move of pushing herself out of her comfort zone will ultimately pay off in the long run.

It sucks, to be sure, to throw yourself into an uncomfortable position, and it’s tremendously tempting to just work on the things you do well. People love to be good to something, and to play to their strengths. Real progress can be made however when you can take a good hard look at your weaknesses and challenge yourself to work on them. It makes you a more well rounded player, and you may even find more strengths (and weaknesses) than before.

So, take a moment and try to challenge yourself: you might be surprised at what you find.

Have a great day everyone!

 

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