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  • How to Spar According to Legend Rickson Gracie

    How to Spar According to Legend Rickson Gracie

    A recent quote from Rickson Gracie black belt Henry Akins got my attention. The longer I have trained jiu jitsu the more I believe the following quote to be true. There is a lot of wisdom in the statement below from Henry quoting Rickson: If you want to develop very high-level skill in Jiu-Jitsu, there are some great Rickson quotes making the rounds online that I want to share with you today. The ideas in these quotes will become more and more important, the further you go in your Jiu-Jitsu journey. Here they are: “Even when you spar during training, you should minimize your natural talents. By limiting yourself, you may find yourself in much worse situation, but you are ....

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  • Circuit Workout For Conditioning

    Controlled movements that strengthen the muscles required for jiu jitsu and every day life are important to do even when you feel sore. Increasing blood flow to muscle groups will speed up recovery and healing. Sometimes we need to rest muscles but that doesn't necessarily mean not moving them at all. Live rolling in jiu jitsu may not be the answer because that often contains uncontrolled power-based movements. As much as we want to avoid that kind of movement, it is often the nature of live rolling. So on most days I like to keep moving but in a controlled way and pick the exercises that I know will wake up the needed muscle groups, provide balance in the body by stretching or ....

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  • Humility: A Character Trait We All Must Continue to Develop

    Humility: A Character Trait We All Must Continue to Develop

    I believe there are many character traits that jiu jitsu helps develop. Of those many, the most important trait (right up there with perseverance), in my opinion, is humility . Yesterday one of our kids in our Minjas program asked me, "What is humility?" Great question. Theologians and philosophers have discussed this since the beginning. And you will find varying definitions of the word between religous and secular folks. In the short time I had to answer the question I explained to her and the class, "Humility is the opposite of pride. Humility is having a heart that is open to learn. Humility is not afraid to try hard things and fail. Humility has no fear of man but an ....

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  • Jiu Jitsu Ballerina - BJJ For Cross-Training

    Jiu Jitsu Ballerina - BJJ For Cross-Training

    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a whole body workout that can be done year round. One of the advantages of this is that it is a great sport for strength and endurance in the off season. Jiu Jitsu especially builds core strength, synergy, coordination and power. Some kids are even using jiu jitsu to augment their ballet dancing. Or is it the other way around?- Ballet augmenting the jiu jitsu? Either way, consider jiu jitsu as an excellent art for the mind and body anytime of the year. ....

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  • Takedowns and Passing the Open Guard - Two Observations at the IBJJF No-Gi Worlds

    Takedowns and Passing the Open Guard - Two Observations at the IBJJF No-Gi Worlds

    Coach Matthew and I were not competing this time but we were able to watch an entire day's worth of no-gi competition in Anaheim last week at the IBJJF No-Gi Worlds competition. A couple of things stood out to me:
    Takedown proficiency once again appeared to be an area where many seemed to need more work. This was evident in the technique applied being unsuccessful and the many people who simply dropped to their butts rather than battling on their feet to secure a takedown and top control.
    Passing the Open Guard - As a result of number 1 above, there were many matches that ended up with one person playing an open guard on the ground while the other was standing on their feet and trying to ....

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  • Injuries: Is It Dangerous To Train Jiu Jitsu?

    Injuries: Is It Dangerous To Train Jiu Jitsu?

    The following is a revised writing from a recent email I wrote to a person who was new to jiu jitsu and had read that injuries are a problem. After I wrote this email to this person I decided this is probably worth sharing for others to read and is hopefully helpful to those trying to evaluate the risk in training jiu jitsu. Hello Mary, Thank you for your question regarding whether or not jiu jitsu presents a high risk of injuries. Just like in any sport, Injuries are certainly always a possibility in jiu jitsu but in my experience it is highly dependent on the person and how they train. It is also highly dependent on the gym and its leadership in how they direct the spirit ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Vancouver

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  • Observations at IBJJF Masters: Part 2

    Observations at IBJJF Masters: Part 2

    In Part 1 of this piece, I talked about my first observation being that of the absolute importance of sound white-belt techniques. Most of the matches I observed at 'Masters were that of the black-belt competition. And even at this high level, it was the basics that were the pathway to victory or the lack of solid basics that were the pathway to defeat. The second observation I would note at this event was that of the lack of strategy and technique in the area of takedowns. What I saw mostly was immediate grips on the gi and a long stalemate. Also, I noticed that almost nobody was interested in shooting a double-leg or single-leg takedown. Some competitors believe pulling-guard is their ....

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  • Observations at IBJJF Masters: Part 1

    Last month I was able to attend the IBJJF World Masters Tournament in Las Vegas. I was originally registered as a competitor but I had to pull out from this competition due to a back injury I sustained during my training three weeks before the event. What I want to do in this post is list some of the observations I had while watching the competition and experiencing the Masters event: 1. Fundamentals Matter The Most. Almost every submission that I observed happened because of sound "white-belt" fundamentals being utilized and/or sound "white-belt" fundamentals being missed by the person being submitted. The mount and the back control positions were where by far the most submissions ....

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