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4 MAGIC PHRASES TO HELP YOU LEARN BJJ FASTER

Makoto Kabayama said: “Ask any question you want. If I know the answer I’ll tell you. And if I don’t know the answer then we’ll find out together.” His invitation to ask questions, and implication that he didn’t know everything, was an amazingly refreshing attitude to me. I respected him so much for those open-minded, humble and honest words. Even today there are still instructors who hate answering questions. They’ll blow you off, give smart-ass answers, or just ignore you. In the present day and age this is is regressive. So long as it’s asked at the right time and in the right context a good instructor should be willing to help you with just about any question. Honestly, I’d pack up and leave if I found out I was training with someone who wasn’t open to appropriate questions. But the flipside – being shown too much – can also impede your progress. I see this fairly frequently. For example, a BJJ white belt might ask “how do I escape the mount?” Or “how do I finish the triangle choke?” What that BJJ student needs are some simple fundamental BJJ techniques that’ll work for just about everybody. But sometimes the BJJ instructor might show a super-advanced black belt level technique that the beginner in question is never going to be able to pull of in a million, billion years. Occasionally this is ego on the part of the instructor: he wants to show off to the students. And sometimes it might be concern that the other students in class could get bored unless he shows them new stuff. (The irony is...

INJURY PREVENTION IN BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU: PUT THE ODDS IN YOUR FAVOR

Great article reposted from http://breakingmuscle.com author: Samuel Spiegelman INJURY PREVENTION IN BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU: PUT THE ODDS IN YOUR FAVOR   Walk into any Brazilian jiu jitsu academy and you will find one consistent element: everyone who participates in BJJ loves it. It has nothing to do with BJJ. It has everything to do with passion. I hear students all the time at New Breed Training Center tell me how much the training has impacted their life. When someone loves a sport with that amount of passion and is suddenly not able to do it due to injury, it can be devastating. When an injury happens many thoughts run through your head: thoughts of not being able to train ever again or worry of being behind when you finally do come back.  Injuries are common in BJJ, and they hurt both physically and mentally. It would be easy to say follow “XYZ” program and you will not get injured, but that is not the reality. Injuries happen. That being said, doing certain things daily will put the odds in your favor of not getting injured or being able to recovery quickly. Hydration Drinking water is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do to prevent injuries and improve performance. When you are run down during training from lack of water, your chance of injury goes up. In weight class sports such as BJJ, fluid restriction is the most common method of weight reduction. But when the body is dehydrated, tissues become more susceptible to injury and performance drops. Most people associate dehydration with the feeling of thirst, but dehydration occurs well before you feel thirsty. According to a study...

Who is the Best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fighter?

Who is the Best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fighter?     Some people would like know who is the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fighter. This is a really hard question to answer. Is the best the one who has more titles? If yes, in which years? For many Amaury Bitetti is the best fighter of the 90s. Today how many like Amaury would be able to win? BJJ Heroes made a calculation of some of the best fighters attributing points for the most important Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions. In this case BJJ Heroes gave Alexandre Ribeiro the title of best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fighter. However today there are more competitions than in the 90s, then how is it possible to make a comparison with fighters from that time? Is the best fighter the one that presents better results against other martial arts? Some years ago, a MMA fight used to be between two opponents who only knew one Martial Art, sometimes different ones. Who remembers the first UFC when Royce Gracie won against Art Jimmerson who was wearing just one boxing glove, defending his Martial Art. Nowadays in UFC, I believe all fighters are at least Jiu Jitsu Brown Belts and are experts in many other martial arts. Going back some years we can remember other important names in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu like Wallid Ismail, Zé Mario Sperry and so many others. The list is so big. I understand the fighting style was more aggressive back then, the fighters were always looking for submission, much more than today. Today some champions are able to win by taking advantage of the rules. Would the...

Brazilian jiu-jitsu teaches you how to become a better man.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu teaches you how to become a better man. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a grappling sport that focuses on takedowns, ground fighting, and self-defense designed to subdue a stronger opponent. Most current jiu-jitsu originates from the Gracie family, several of whom dominated the early days of mixed martial arts fighting. Royce Gracie won 3 of the first 4 UFCs with jiu-jitsu, leading to its wide recognition as one of the most effective forms of martial arts. This article is not about jiu-jitsu’s prowess as a fighting style, but rather how it can benefit your life in immeasurable ways. These are five things it has led me to discover: 1. Failure is inescapable Are you on the path to achieving your dreams? If not, I guarantee that it is because you are terrified of failure. To improve at jiu-jitsu, you must put yourself in a life-or-death position literally hundreds of times in your first few months as a white belt. Tapping out to someone says “I acknowledge that my physical safety is completely in your hands,” a difficult admission for most to accept. Affliction-wearing meatheads wash out quickly because they cannot stand the blow to their egos. Jiu-jitsu teaches you to manage the humiliation and emotional dump that comes with failure. Failing at jiu-jitsu desensitizes you to failing in life, the only way you can begin to succeed. 2. There is always someone better than you Whether your passion includes game, fitness, athleticism, writing, or fighting, jiu-jitsu forces you to accept that you are never the master of your craft. How many times have you seen a gorgeous girl on...