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Happy Friday! Reminder Edition

Happy Friday everyone! Gold BJJ has an article interviewing a brown belt Brian Sheehan with a helpful reminder “don’t roll to win, roll to get better”.

Check it out and have a great weekend everyone!

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Jeff Glover Retires from Competing

I’m not dead, I promise- just in the great work/life/training/writing balance, writing has sort of been taking a back seat.

I just checked BJJnews to see what I missed out on while I’ve been buried under work, and I’m kind of surprised to see that Jeff Glover is retiring from competing in jiu jitsu. When it’s time, it’s time, I guess.

Anyhoo, if you are just a surprised about that as I am, check out the article and have a great day everyone!

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Keys for BJJ Success: Consistency and Accountability

If you really think about it, there’s really no secret formula to getting better at jiu jitsu: the problem often lies in people’s impatience when it comes to improving their skills and advancing in rank.

Consistency is important in a lot of ways: you need to consistently show up for class, drill and attend class on a reasonably regular and consistent schedule. While the results themselves don’t always feel consistent, keeping constant in your efforts to improve will eventually pay off.

Accountability in a number of ways is important: you need to be accountable for your failures- you can’t learn from something if you don’t take ownership for it. You need to hold yourself accountable to making it to class on that consistent schedule, and to get back to class if you miss a day or two. Taking ownership of your lack of knowledge, swallowing your pride sometimes and asking for help or feedback on something you aren’t executing on.

Again, not rocket science, but they are lessons that we logically know, but we don’t always know “heart and soul”. They are lessons that we learn over time before they really start to sink in. Once we do however, the road to improvement gets just a little easier: when we take ownership of our jiu jitsu journey and take consistent steps along it, we will eventually make progress.

Just some thoughts for the morning: have a great day everyone!

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Competitions and Medals: A Tale of Progress

This past weekend a number of teammates and I competed at NY Open. Our people fought hard- won some, lost some, and overall left as better people for it. I had one match against a wonderful fellow black belt, we had a great back and forth match (us old ladies can duke it out!) and I ended up winning by an advantage.

I’m bringing this up not because of the win itself, but because of everything leading up to it: rewind to a little over a month ago, I also competed at Pans, and I did terribly. Like, it was pretty bad, guys. It a beautiful demonstration of jiu jitsu for my competitor (who I also think is a lovely human- absolutely no hard feelings towards her) where I felt I couldn’t do anything right. So understandably, I was pretty bummed about the match afterwards.

So, while it sucked, I also made a conscious choice to not give up. I made a choice, rather than to create excuses for myself that I would work to improve and compete again- with the intention of hopefully doing better than this spectacularly bad performance. And I would like to think that I accomplished that: the medal I received at NY Open to me is not a recognition of winning per se, but rather of progress and perseverance, even when it seemed easier at times to just say “forget it”.

It’s a hard decision sometimes to make sometimes, a commitment to keep pushing forward, and I’m talking on and off the mat. I’m sure we’ve all had those days at work where the minute you step in the door things just go wrong: from start to finish and it feels like you just can’t catch a break. It’s hard to think that anything could ever go right again, and you just kind of want to throw your hands in the air and say “the hell to all of this.”

Regardless of whether you’re on the mat, I would urge you to not give up: the only true failure is when you stop trying. So you’re rolling with higher ranked teammates and you can’t catch a break? Getting choked left and right? Keep trying, keep learning from your mistakes, and keep pushing forward- the only way you will truly stop progressing is when you refuse to try anymore.

That’s all I’ve got for now- have a great day everyone!

 

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Training While You’re Injured: We All Know You’re Tough, Just Tap

I’m always a little hesitant to roll with people when they are injured- if I do, I have a tendency to say “if something hurts too much, just let me know” knowing that there is still a chance they will not.

Listen, we all know that you’re tough and a brave little toaster, and that you want to get back to training at your normal speed, but you’re also injured- you hurt your hand/wrist/knee/entire body, and while you may be ready to put it behind you, but your body may not be at that point just yet.

We think it’s great that you’re on the mat, but don’t let your need to roll now impede your future recovery: we’ve all done it, and trust me, it sucks. Still come to class, still drill and train (within reason) but still take your body into consideration- jiu jitsu is a lifetime kind of sport, and you still have years upon years to keep training: a couple of rolling sessions where you take it a little easier won’t hurt, I promise.

That’s it for now- have a great day everyone!

 

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BJJ and Competing: It Gets Easier, But Never Easy

We had a couple of teammates compete in DC Open this weekend (due to a family obligation I was unable to attend) and afterwards I asked a teammate how they did. They admitted to losing towards the end of the match, and said “I have never been that nervous in my life”

I wish I could tell you that competition becomes a breeze the more you do it: that after doing enough tournaments your heart rate barely raises right before you go out to compete. But then I would be lying, and I respect you all more than to lie to you.

Admittedly, it does get a little easier as time goes on: but you will never quite lose your nerves when it comes to competing. And that’s ok, because it means you care about doing well: totally understandable. It does become a little easier to face those nerves, fears, insecurities as time goes on, because essentially you’re exposing yourself to them, and still competing in spite of them.

So, the bad news is that competing will never truly become “easy”, it will however become easier the more you do it.

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

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Article on How to Convince Someone to Try BJJ (Without Scaring Them Off)

Hey everyone,

Jiu Jitsu Times has an interesting article on how to convince someone to join bii- without scaring them off.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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An Article on the History of the Ezekial Choke

Well this is pretty neat- I don’t know about you but I’ve always wondered how the Ezekial choke got its name.

Fortunately someone was just as curious and way more motivated to find the answer to the question, and wrote a whole article about the story- and the man- behind the ezekial choke.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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The Whole Sport vs Martial Art Debate….Again.

So apparently Rickson Gracie had some thoughts on modern jiu jitsu and how “sport” jiu jitsu is terrible, and doesn’t translate to real life. Or something of that nature. I’m pretty sure he’s said something to this effect before.

Listen, it’s all fine and good to point out the differences between sport and “real life” jiu jitsu. Believe me, there are things I have done in tournament that would have probably killed me or left me paralyzed if I had done them on the street. However I think we can all agree at this point that in order to become proficient in jiu jitsu, you need to have some basis in self defense, and that people would adjust appropriately for the situation- because there’s some level of self preservation that kicks in.

I don’t think there’s anyone that would get into a street fight and think “Oh, this is totally the time to go for a berimbolo on this dude that’s swinging his fists at me.” Of course you’re going to try to stop this person from trying to attack you, and you’re going to use what you have learned in class in a way that will leave you the least injured. I think that’s the part that people who detract from sport jiu jitsu tend to forget: life doesn’t happen in a vacuum and the human race in general is pretty good at adapting to situations that arise. It’s at least one of the reasons for how we made it this far as a species.

Anyway, those are just my thoughts. Have a great day everyone!

 

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Happy Friday! Relatable Comic Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

I find this comic to be pretty relatable: 27750447_1990923627589132_8517507435250552423_n

You can do this, or you just start calling them what you think their name should be: I have called one of our white belts “John” several times…. His name is Matt.

He and I have laughed about this: he looks like a guy named John who works as a teacher, lives in the suburbs with a wife and two kids. And none of these things are actually the case for our friend Matt.

Anyway, enjoy and have a great day everyone!

 

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