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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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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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