David Avellan Seminar, Part 2: Electric Boogaloo

So last night David Avellan stopped by our academy for a second time and went through part 2 of his kimura series, showing us all the other additional situations to kind the kimura- on top in half guard, on bottom in half guard, while knitting, skydiving, sleeping…You know, all the positions you may find yourself in.

Just like last time, it was an evening that was chock full of information, well explained and pretty thorough. We all had a good time going through the different positions and ways to pull kimuras practically out of thin air in either gi or no-gi. All in all a good seminar, and someone I would suggest checking out if you are interested in learning some versatile and interesting ways of getting a shoulder lock.

 

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Roger Gracie Submitted Buchecha in Tournament Over the Weekend

Well this weekend certainly sounded exciting: apparently Roger Gracie submitted Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida at the Gracie Pro Tournament this weekend. It was also apparently his final match before retiring, which is a pretty fantastic way to finish out your competition career.

Check out the article on BJJ Heroes about it, and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! The Science of Hangry Edition

Happy Friday everyone! You know that feeling when you are so hungry that you want to murder someone, aka “the Hanger zone”?

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The Conversation has an article on the possible science behind being hangry- essentially offering explanations as to why are we become such short tempered, awful people when we’re super hungry.

Check it out and have a great weekend everyone!

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You Will Never Compete Feeling 100%

It’s something we always hope for, but rarely (if ever) actually happens: feeling phenomenal for a tournament. No injuries, well rested, ready to go. I’m sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but if you have been in the sport for longer than say 8 months to a year, chances are you are going to compete and not feel your best. There’s going to be some nagging injury that is enough for you to go “huh, that doesn’t feel awesome”.

That’s not to say you should go into competition with a serious injury- as much as you may love competition, there comes a point where the risk simply isn’t worth the potential reward, and really you are benefiting yourself in the long run if you just sit this one out and wait for the next competition.

What I’m saying is that there are times when people may feel ‘off’- not seriously injured, but they still train- and that’s sometimes the price we pay when training. It’s a full contact sport, and with that often comes smaller bumps and injuries just from day to day training.

Ultimately it’s up to you, the competitor: if you are in enough pain and you are worried about it enough, then by all means, sit that competition out and wait for the next one to roll around. But keep in mind the times where you are completely, 100% pain free will be few and far in between.

Have a great day everyone!

 

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Sometimes You Need Exaggeration for Practical Application in Jiu Jitsu

Seems a bit counter-intuitive, no? Jiu jitsu is pretty much centered on the premise of what one would realistically do during a fight (for the most part- if someone did the worm guard in a back alley street fight I would both annoyed and just a little bit impressed).

Exaggeration of movement in a technique does have its place, in some situations. I remember one of our old instructors explaining this concept to us: in live training and in competition it is tremendously rare to fully, perfectly execute a technique, such as a sweep. So, by training the body to “learn” that muscle memory of exaggeration, you are priming yourself to be more successful in a technique in a live situation, rather than minimizing your movement and then wondering why that sweep/etc. never works when you are rolling or competing.

I’m certainly not saying to do this for every technique, but in some cases, particularly techniques that require a big movement on your part, it’s better to go big.

Have a great day everyone!

 

 

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Things to Remember When Learning Jiu Jitsu

For all the techniques that people show, share, expound on, there are some key things you need to remember when it comes to learning techniques (that will “change your life for forever”- or something of that nature).

  1. Do what works best for you. There are going to be certain sweeps, submissions, positions that just make sense and you are going to take to them like a fish to water. You’re going to find your groove, and not only is it natural, I think it’s something you should embrace.
  2. Don’t be afraid to try new things. While you find things that work the best for you, it doesn’t mean that you should ignore everything else and only work on the things you’re good at. How can you know what to add to your repertoire if you only do the same things over and over again?
  3. You don’t have to master everything, but you should at least be acquainted with them. This is related to the previous point, but it’s an important one. You are not required to master every single position in jiu jitsu- it would take several lifetimes to do so, and therefore kind of an unrealistic expectation. I would strongly encourage people to at least be familiar with the positions, sweeps and submissions so you’re not blindsided by them down the road.
  4. Have fun! This one is pretty self-explanatory, but I think in all of our effort to succeed in jiu jitsu, this one gets a little lost sometimes in the struggle to advance.

While these items are not the secret to success in ultimate mastery in jiu jitsu, at least it may make the journey a little easier.

Have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Fight to Win Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

Two of my teammates are competing in Fight to Win tonight- wish them luck and have a have a great weekend everyone!

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Article on Why You’ll Quit BJJ

Hey Everyone,

BJJ after 40 has an article on the most common reasons as to why someone would quit BJJ. Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Article on Improving Your Chokes

Hey Everyone,

Grappler’s Planet has an article on the mechanics behind improving your chokes. Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Experimenting in Jiu Jitsu: Let’s Get Weird

Basics and solid fundamentals are key in jiu jitsu, to be sure. But I fully believe it is beneficial to occasionally put yourself in unusual positions- to get a little weird with your jiu jitsu sometimes. Well, weird in a safe way, I guess I should mention.

There are a few benefits to putting yourself in unusual situations: first and foremost, there’s a good chance it will fail and will give you the opportunity to figure out an exit strategy. It’s all fine good if it actually works, but putting yourself in less than advantageous positions also has value, as it helps you figure out how to squeak out of a sticky situation.

Second, it can possibly help you see opportunities for different sweeps or submissions. There’s more than one way to break an egg, and there are multiple ways you can initiate a technique. It doesn’t have to always be simply “A+B=C”. Play around, see what works best for you and the game you like to play.

And finally, it adds fun to your jiu jitsu! Changing up your game and approach, experimenting adds a bit of variety to your training sessions, which can be a lot of fun.

So go out there and get a little weird, everyone!

 

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