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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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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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NAGA Philadelphia- Ladies Team Bringing Home the Gold

This past weekend there was a NAGA Philadelphia (actually it was about 20 minutes outside of the city but psh, details). Our team did fantastic, but our ladies team really knocked it out of the park. Everyone did wonderfully, win or lose, and I was really proud to see everyone go out there and do their best.

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Great job, ladies!

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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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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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That Awkward Photo Moment While Training…

A few months ago we had a pretty large promotion class/ceremony at our gym, and we even had a photographer (ooh, fancy) come out and take photos of the event.

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In addition to taking some great shots of our promotions, the photogrpaher took some photos of all of us training, which included some fun/interesting action shots-

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Some fun poses-

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and so naturally (as one does) I looked through the set to see if there were any fun action shots of me…

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Nope. Just one of my big, gross forehead veins. Yay!

Further proof that I’m not a terribly photogenic person.

Ah well, at least we all had a good time.

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Competition: Going with a Group vs a “Lone Ranger” Competitor

We have a policy at our academy that may seem a little strange to some, but it works pretty well for us: when it comes to a jiu jitsu competition, unless there’s some special circumstance, no one competes alone. You at least have one other person with you (preferably a coach) and under ideal conditions we bring a whole team of people to a tournament.

I’ve seen the “lone ranger” sort of competitor: the guy without a coach or even another teammate to cheer them on. I’m curious to hear if someone prefers it this way. Personally, I like the idea of having an entire team attend an event, to share the experience and memories with.

Do other people prefer it the other way? If so, why? I imagine there’s some benefit that I’m just not aware of, and am curious to know what it might be.

Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Embrace the New Year’s Newbies

Around this time of year you tend to see memes and cartoons all lamenting the same thing: the gym or academy that one knows and loves being overrun by a bunch of “resolutioners”- people who decided to follow the mantra ‘new year, new me’ and signed up for some sort of gym membership or tried out a class: judo, bjj, crossfit, jazzercise, prancercise… You name it, they’re giving it a go in an attempt to be more physically active and lead a happier, healthier life, and some of them decide they would like to try jiu jitsu for the first time. They’re goofy, uncoordinated- they won’t know (or will forget) the gym’s protocols, etc.

And I say welcome them with patience and open arms.

We were all the goofy, uncoordinated newbie at one point: we all did stupid things, asked seemingly stupid questions, forgot certain bits of etiquette and protocol and what-have-you. Some of us may have even been those resolutioners ourselves that stuck around. But we persevered, and while it’s unlikely that all of those newcomers will stick around, it’s also unfair to blow those people off, or dismiss them out of hand just because they happened to start at the beginning of the year.

And yes, as I mentioned there is a chance that they will drop off after a couple of months. But I would rather that person have a positive association and memories of trying out jiu jitsu rather than someone feeling dismissed during their brief attempt at bjj.

Just my two cents- have a great day everyone!

 

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Article on Rib Injuries and How to Deal with Them

Hey Everyone,

Stephan Kesting has an article on dealing with rib injuries you’re more or less bound to receive while training BJJ.

All I can add to this article is when getting back into training, it’s helpful to buy a neoprene wrap to use while drilling, etc. Thing to note however- if you walk into a sporting good store, there’s a chance they will have no idea what you are talking about if you just refer to it as a “neoprene body wrap”. So then you may need to refer to them as a waist trainer, mainly because the myth of spot reduction weight loss is still going strong. They should then know what you are talking about and point you in the right direction. After you stop dying a little on the inside.

Totally speaking from personal experience.

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

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