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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

    Check out our new website for Emerge Jiu Jitsu!
    We proudly serve the Vancouver, Battle Ground, and Portland areas! Come see the programs and deals we have to offer. Kids Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Private Training and SO MUCH MORE! Fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! Don't forget to click below to visit us on our social media pages!! Facebook Google+ Instagram ....

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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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  • Rickson Gracie Becomes a Red Belt

    Rickson Gracie Becomes a Red Belt

    Rickson Gracie becomes a red belt. His speech is very interesting. What I like here is his recognition of his commitment and knowledge of jiu jitsu but also at the same time his humility of not feeling at all entitled. It reminds me of what Rener Gracie once said while demonstrating how to tie a belt. In his demonstration, he uses a blue belt because it is easier to see in the video. Rener is a black belt of course but Rener says, “You can change the color of my belt, but I am still Rener Gracie.” Jiu Jitsu is a journey and path of continuous learning. And paradoxically, the more you learn the more you realize you don’t know. It is one of the things that ....

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  • Injuries and Setbacks: A Help or Hindrance On Our BJJ Path?

    Injuries and Setbacks: A Help or Hindrance On Our BJJ Path?

    One of the things I have learned in my jiu jitsu life is that setbacks and injuries will happen no matter how hard we might try to avoid them. When training properly, BJJ is a very safe activity. But like any activity, there are some risks of injuries. We always do our best to be safe and smart in our training but even with careful training we will likely face an injury. I have learned to not worry about this so much and to realize that injuries must be managed and viewed as part of the journey and in particular are a way to test our perseverance and resolve. Rather than view an injury as something all bad, I try to see it as a way to grow. This applies to life on the mat as well as ....

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