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BJJ and Competition: It Pays to Be Nice

I had this conversation recently while at a function over the weekend: most of the time in sports, but particularly in BJJ it really pays to engage in sportsmanlike conduct on the mat, and to be nice off the mat.

Part of it really has to do with attrition: as you advance in the sport, more and more you will find that you are fighting the same people. You start to recognize faces, you remember names (even if you are terrible at remembering names like I am). And the higher you go, the more often you will see that person- if all of you decide to continue competing.

It’s much easier on all of you to continue competing if you are on good terms with everyone. Think of it this way- what situation would you rather walk into, a tournament where you are basically meeting up with old friends, you all duke it out and win or lose  you are shaking hands with everyone while laughing and smiling? Or you walk into a tournament where you have a problem with everyone, and everyone has a problem with you, and all of you awkwardly ignore each other before and after you fight? Personally, I would prefer the former, but to each their own.

And also, it’s just plain common decency to be nice to one another. We’re all taking time out of our schedules and lives to fight one another, which should be acknowledged and appreciated.

So, in summary be nice to one another, because you never know when you are going to meet that person again…and again… and again…

Have a great day everyone!


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Article on IBJJF 2016 World Champ Testing Positive for Doping, Stripped of Medal

Jesus, guys. Really?

Leandro Nogueira tested positive for a prohibited substance that is typically taken to boost testosterone after a cycle of anabolic steroids.

Check out the article and have a good day everyone.


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Jiu Jitsu and Rolling: “Don’t Be Rude”

I had a conversation with a white belt recently which brought this issue up: he was rolling with a partner who (I’m presuming/hoping) accidentally kicked the white belt.

Said white belt was understandably pissed. Admittedly I also get a little annoyed when I’m kicked, punched or when I am somehow on the receiving end of a knee to the face. Jiu jitsu is about no striking: if I wanted to get punched I would do Muay Thai kickboxing or capoeira, or something of that nature.

The white belt in question was asking if that kick was “legal” in tournament. I had to explain to our heated white belt that I’m sure it was an accident, and that it was probably an aggressive sweep that got kind of weird. I also had to explain the common, unspoken rule of “don’t be rude”.

Jiu jitsu practitioners have to walk a fine line between technique and really digging deep sometimes to pull off a submission. You want to be technical, you want to quickly and efficiently put your opponent in a position that they will feel the need to tap- whether that be a choke, joint lock…. the list goes on and on. But, the difficulty comes when you add the element that the other person wants the exact same thing, and of course people aren’t perfect- we all try to grind out a technique that may not be the easiest or prettiest one to use at that time.

Still, we try- there’s the idea that we want to submit our opponent without unnecessary pain or roughness. Again, back to the idea of “don’t be rude”. It can be a weird gray area at times, and one that is definitely subject to interpretation, but it’s something we should all keep in mind and- I dunno, personally I give people the benefit of the doubt more often than not because I assume they know about this rule.

Just some thoughts- have a great day everyone!


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Eddie Bravo (Finally) Starts Combat Jiu Jitsu

So this is finally a thing now? I feel like this idea was introduced YEARS ago- adding open palm strikes to jiu jitsu when one opponent is on the ground.

Good for Bravo, for finally getting this ball rolling. Personally, the idea of having someone slap me in jiu jitsu is a bit annoying, but hey if people are into it, more power to them.

Check out an article on it, and have a great day everyone!

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Jiu Jitsu: Sometimes It’s Just that Simple

Jiu jitsu can seem terribly confusing and complicated at times: there are precise movements and placement of various body parts that those who do not pick up on the finer details end up blundering through a technique. I totally get it: there are still some techniques that I haven’t totally picked up all the finer points on- sorry folks, getting your black belt does not magically mean you know all the details to all of the techniques: you have to keep learning, training and evolving your jiu jitsu.

Anyway, now that I’ve burst your bubble (just a little), I’m also here to tell you that sometimes jiu jitsu can really be simple, I promise. Remember, jiu jitsu has no magical element- at the end of the day it boils down to physics and body mechanics. I also think sometimes we overthink and over-complicate a problem in a position or technique, because we have so many techniques that seem to have a gamut of moving parts. We want to tackle the complicated right away: the quicker we work on the complicated, the better we can get a feel for it and eventually master it, right? But sometimes the complicated answer is not always the best or most effective one.

Trust that sometimes jiu jitsu can be very simple- that you don’t need 20 steps to take care of a problem you keep encountering while you roll. Sometimes a simple (yet effective) change or movement may be all that you need.

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


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Drilling and BJJ: A Little Bit is Better than Nothing at all

It can seem daunting at times, the things you want to work on in order to improve your BJJ game: there’s that sweep you keep trying that just isn’t happening, the position that you just can’t hold on to….The list goes on and on.

And you know (at least in theory) that the best way to improve in these areas is to drill: higher ranks advise lower ranks all the time- drill, drill, drill as it’s really the best way that you are going to improve. Sure rolling is fun, but drilling is really where you hone in on the execution of the technique.

So some people put off drilling, since there is SO MUCH that needs to be done. My advice to everyone who may feel that way is this: obviously you can’t drill everything that needs to be improved upon all in one session. If you tried, it would literally be hours before you left the gym, if you ever left at all. Break down the things you want to work on into more manageable pieces. You’re having trouble escaping half  guard? Work on drilling one or two escapes- it may just be for an additional 15 minutes after class, but hey, 15 minutes is better than nothing at all. It’s a baby step, but it does get you closer to the mastery of a technique than you were before.

Just some thoughts for the day- have a great day everyone!



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At Some Point You Will Suck at BJJ

If you haven’t come to this realization then I hate to break it to you, but at some point you’re going to suck at BJJ: there’s always a period where it seems like you can’t do anything right, people are blowing through your guard like it’s nothing and they are getting positions, sweeps, etc. left and right so fast it makes your head spin. The good news is if you are willing to drill, admit your faults and strive to improve, this state should not last indefinitely.

It’s always interesting to see how people handle this period: it’s one of the reasons why they say you can’t hide on the mat. You will inevitably become frustrated, and that’s when our less-than-polished selves come to light. It also shows just how dedicated you are, and what you are willing to do in order to get over that hump, even when it seems at times like there is no end in sight.

My advice is always to stick it out, keep pushing forward and work to improve those areas you feel in which you are lacking. It will take hard work, to be sure, but you will also feel gratified for sticking through it and eventually making progress on your jiu jitsu adventure.

Just some thoughts for the day- have a great day everyone!


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Training in Jiu Jitsu: Stay Curious

When it comes to jiu jitsu (and a good deal of life, to be honest), it truly benefits to maintain a certain level of curiosity.

By all means this doesn’t mean drill and learn techniques to the best of your ability- on the contrary, it means drilling them, breaking down the elements and fully understanding the technique so you can better understand the kinds of questions you need to ask in order to move forward.

Additionally, it sometimes means putting your previous beliefs aside, suspending the doubt that something not might work, and just give it a shot. This typically comes up when an instructor shows a sweep, submission, something that you immediately doubt will work. Well, admittedly it may not be the best technique for you or how your body works, but you won’t really know until you keep an open mind and give it a try.

Finally, it also means being willing to put yourself out there and actually asking a higher belt the questions that you happen to come up with. If you feel a bit resistant to this idea trust me, as a hardcore introvert and someone who never wants to feel like they are inconveniencing someone, I’m right there with you- but I think you will find that if you actually take the time to ask a higher belt some things that you have been mulling over, more often than not I would say there’s a good chance you will find yourself pleasantly surprised at the reaction to your question. I know I’m always happy to chat and answer questions that lower belts ask: it shows they are really thinking about the actions they are taking, the techniques they are learning, and trying to come up with solutions or tweaks in order to improve their jiu jitsu.

Just some thoughts for the day- stay curious, my friends.

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Article on 5 Lessons to Learn from Marcelo Garcia

Hey Everyone,

Jiu Jitsu Magazine has an article on Marcelo Garcia and 5 lessons you can learn from him in regards to jiu jitsu.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Article on Suggestions for Drilling for BJJ

Hey Guys,

Dirty White Belt has an article on “How to Drill for BJJ”. He makes some good points- check it out and have a great day everyone!

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