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Article on Starting a Conditioning Program for BJJ

Hey Guys, Stephen Kesting has a pretty good article on the basics of starting a conditioning program for BJJ.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Last Day for Super Early Bird Registration for Pans 2018

Super early, I know- but today’s the last day to shell out under $100 for Pans. It may be a little too far ahead for some, but I know that’s the one tournament that I always attend throughout the year so I’m comfortable signing up.

For anyone else that’s fairly sure that they are also going to be competing at Pans, sign on up and have a great weekend!

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Science! Being Left Handed Can Help in Some Sports

According to one recent study, there may be a benefit to being left handed in some sports, mainly one with a time constraint.

I haven’t noticed a real benefit to being a south paw in jiu jitsu, to be honest- just a confused look from my partner when I want to drill something on the left side because it just feels more natural.

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

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Article on Top Black Belts never Winning a World Title

Hey Everyone,

Flograppling has an interesting article about 5 of the best black belts out there, that have never won an IBJJF World Title. #1 will shock you!….

Jk, I’m not into clickbait: it’s JT Torres, which I am frankly surprised about: I figured he would have won at least one of them.

Check out the article, and have a great day everyone!

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Purple Belts will Need IBJJF Membership Starting in 2018

Huh, well that’s something: according to White Belt BJJ, (and then I checked on the IBJJF website- not due to lack of trust, I just wanted to see where this was mentioned) purple belts will need to register with the IBJJF in order to compete in tournaments, starting in January of 2018.

I imagine as time goes on they will work their way down all the way to white belt. Check it out and if you are a purple belt who wants to compete in an IBJJF tournament, be sure to sign up for a membership!

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‘Tis the Season of Slacking

It’s getting to that time of year: the mats are less packed as people make more and more excuses for why they aren’t showing up. Office parties, family gatherings, children’s Christmas plays- all valid reasons in a lot of ways, but what is one “meh, I have this thing and can’t go to class” can quickly turn into “dang, I haven’t been to a jiu jitsu class for an entire month” if you’re not careful.

I say all of this, knowing full well I’m heading to New Orleans later this week and will also be skipping class: try to do whatever you can to get into class when you can. Sure, it may just be one day for the entire week, but the effort will still keep you emotionally invested and motivated to attend class for when you do have time to make it in.

Just a few words of advice: have a great day everyone!

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Article from Bloody Elbow Interviewing Royce Gracie

Hey everyone, Bloody Elbow has an article about Royce Gracie and his opinion on how BJJ & MMA have changed over the past 20 years (spoiler alert: not for the better, in his opinion).

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

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Article on Why You Should Learn Jiu Jitsu

Preaching to the choir, I know.

But, if you have someone in your lift who is considering dipping their toes into the BJJ pool, Part Time Grappler has a nice article that lays out a number of benefits that come with learning jiu jitsu.

Check it out and have a great day everyone!

 

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An Interesting (and Odd) Article about Someone Using Jiu Jitsu IRL

Well, this can be filed under the strange and unusual: apparently a shoplifter is suing Target because an employee knew jiu jitsu and “attacked” the thief. Or as the rest of us call it, trying to keep the shoplifter from running away. Granted, not everything is black and white- I totally get that, but the police report is well, interesting.

Check it out and come to your own conclusions, but I don’t think his lawsuit is going to fly.

Have a great day everyone!

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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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