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Sometimes I Tell My Training Partners How to Beat My Techniques

Seems counter-intuitive, no? I find myself doing this with some of the lower belts: I literally tell them how to beat me, or how to defend against some technique I just happen to be doing particularly well with them.

I do this for two fairly simple reasons- first, it helps my partner as it gives them the ability to give me trouble and not just feel like they are getting repeatedly tapped by a black belt without rhyme or reason. Not that I don’t think our students are tough, but it’s sort of like being sick without having a diagnosis- it depressing because you aren’t really sure what’s going on, or when it will really end.

Second, it keeps me from being complacent in my techniques. If someone knows how to give me trouble in something I do successfully, I need to find an effective “out” and then different approach- either a different entrance for the same technique, or something different all together if the opportunity presents itself. It encourages creative thinking, experimenting, which also gives the lower rank more opportunities to work on whatever they are trying at the moment, because it’s forcing me out of my comfort zone.

I think by all means you should have an A game- a handful of positions, sweeps, submissions, etc. that you know like the back of your hand. But I don’t think it benefits anyone, yourself included, if there isn’t someone that’s trying to beat you- either through their own efforts, or if you tell a partner exactly what will give you trouble.

That’s all for now- 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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Article on the Perceived Importance of Belts and Stripes

Hey everyone- while I’m catching up on taking Monday off (because I was being a birthday princess), take a look at the article from Gracie Barra about their policy on promotions and the perceived importance of belts and stripes.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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The Necessity of Imagination in BJJ

Seems like it wouldn’t have a place in jiu jitsu, right? Having an imagination? Believe it or not there really does have a place in jiu jitsu. You have to be able to imagine what your attempting and the most likely reaction to it. It’s the ability to visualize not just what you are doing now, but the most likely sequence of actions that will follow between you and your partner.

It’s ok if you don’t see that progression now, particularly if you’re at a lower belt. That sort of imagination/visualization comes with time and practice: you start to see the opportunities to act on the techniques you imagined yourself performing. But, as I said, it takes time and practice in order to hone that skill.

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

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Article on Tips to Get More Out of Your Jiu Jitsu Classes

Hey everyone, Jiu Jitsu Magazine has an article on 7 tips to get more out of your jiu jitsu classes and rolling sessions.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Article on the Amount of Techniques You Should Know

Jiu Jitsu Times has an article on how many techniques you should know: my general opinion is you should be at the very least familiar with as many as possible, but it doesn’t mean that you should attempt to incorporate every technique into your game. What do you NEED to know? I would think you should have at the very least one go-to move in each major guard position: open, closed, half, butterfly, etc. in top and bottom so you aren’t just stuck in a position wondering what the heck you should do now. But, that’s just my opinion, feel free to disagree.

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

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Article on the Secret to Getting Your Black Belt

Hey everyone, Grapple Arts has an article on the secret to getting your black belt.

…It’s really just show the hell up.

It’s showing up on the good days and the bad days- it’s weathering the periods of time where you feel unsure about yourself and a total klutz and you start to wonder about maybe seeing a doctor about your sudden and very noticeable lack of coordination.

It’s about not just physically entering an academy, but also being mentally present, willing to learn, be proven wrong, and a willingness to dust yourself off and try again. When you are open to learn, you have opportunities to improve, even if it may seem like a small improvement, it’s still movement forward, and just one step closer to black belt.

Anyway, check the article out and have a great day everyone!

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Jiu Jitsu and Life: Paying Attention to the Details

Hi everyone, I know the blog has been a little lackluster as of late- a lot of links to (good) articles, and very little original content. It’s the busy season for my line of work, and…it’s just been a trip. We’re in the process of hiring someone and I have been looking over resumes and have been involved in correspondence with some candidates, and sweet baby jesus guys. Just like jiu jitsu, you skip a particular detail and think everything is fine, but it can make all the world of a difference between the successful execution of a technique, or getting stopped right in your tracks.

In the work world I’m mainly referring to typos: PROOFREAD EVERYTHING YOU SEND TO A POTENTIAL EMPLOYER. Like, at least 3 times. Have someone else read it too if catching spelling/grammatical errors is not necessarily your strong suit. Obviously in jiu jitsu we make mistakes, but that’s why we keep going to class: our classmates and instructors can be viewed as your proofreaders- they are pointing out mistakes or gaps that can be corrected before you out your jiu jitsu out there in the world, at say a tournament.

Just my thought for the day. Have a great day everyone!

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Interesting Article on the Secret World of Female BJJ Practitioners in Iran

There’s an interesting article on Broadly about women who are learning and training jiu jitsu in secret within Iran.

It’s a pretty good read- it reminds me of a woman who we had in our classes for a while. I’m pretty sure she kept her head covered, but what was most memorable was that she couldn’t touch anyone of the opposite sex: in training, or even slapping hands (at the end of class we do a sort of “good game” hand slap at the finish). Fortunately there was always at least one female in class for her to drill and train with, and the hand slap was easily solved with a friendly wave, so she was always able to participate. It’s a shame these women are put in an awkward position, but it’s certainly admirable- that they are putting so much on the line to learn and train in jiu jitsu.

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

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Article on the Dangers of “I’ll Do BJJ When…”

Hey everyone,

JiuJiu BJJ has an article on the pitfalls of telling yourself “I’ll do BJJ when…”

Not that I’m in any sort of position to judge anyone- it’s your life and you have your own path to walk, but when you tell yourself those things, you’re placing your training time in that dangerous, ephemeral place of “someday”. It drives me crazy when people talk about doing things “someday”, because I have a tendency to say  “someday is the day before never”.

“Someday I’ll lose that last ten pounds”

“Someday I’ll learn that foreign language”

You get the idea. In reality there’s no “perfect” time to do jiu jitsu. There’s no “perfect” time to do anything, really. Are you ready, willing and able to do jiu jitsu? No major injuries, illnesses, looming responsibilities that need to be taken care of immediately such as taking a friend to the hospital, test you have to take right now or poopy diapers that need to be changed? No? Then I say try to make the effort to go to jiu jitsu. Just show up with your appropriate gi and other workout gear and a willingness to learn and try, and we’ll work it out from there.

Anyway, check out the article, let me know what you think and have a great day everyone!

 

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