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  • How To Be a Good Training Partner While Live Rolling (Coach Don's general advice)

    Coach Don’s Tips on How To Be a Good Training Partner While Live Rolling: Safety for our training partners and for ourselves is number one priority. This should be noticeable in your attitude and behavior while rolling. During live rolls, focus more on learning rather than winning. Be deliberate about what you are learning. Apply the techniques and concepts you are drilling and studying outside of live rolling. Be disciplined to stay calm and focus on self-control and strategy. Do not be too proud to tap. When you focus more on technique, at first you will likely have to tap more. However, over time, the technique will make you magnitudes more skilled and you will see more ....

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  • Never Give Up: The Most Important Lesson We Learn in Jiu Jitsu

    Hello Friends and Teammates, Recently I had an email exchange with a great mom and family that is part of the Emerge team. I changed the names for privacy, but here is our conversation. I think it is an important one regarding common struggles in jiu jitsu that also parallel life in general. My intent is for this to help anyone else who might have similar questions and challenges. Please give any feedback you might have or share with me your thoughts. -Coach Don Message from Mom: Hello Coach, Joey is starting to feel very discouraged that he isn’t getting better. He just told me that he when he does the rolling that everything happens so fast & he’s suddenly in ....

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  • Why Emerge BJJ Women's Self Defense?

    *This post is not legal advice. For legal advice consult an attorney who is licensed to practice law in your local area.* by Coach Jason Importance of Self-Defense. In an assault, you’ll experience fear and panic, along with a natural adrenaline rush. Despite the superhuman effects adrenaline can produce — we’ve all heard stories about the grandmother who lifted a car off her trapped grandchild — it doesn’t always work in your favor. You may experience tunnel vision, auditory exclusion and loss of fine motor skills. Consequently, it will be hard to see and hear, and complex techniques may be impossible to perform. If you stick with proven ....

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  • Huge Gains At Home: Part 1 Resources Online

    Hello BJJ Community. I wanted to encourage you all to see this time as a great time to work on things for your fitness and jiu jitsu in a different way. I truly believe each of you has huge potential to increase your knowledge, strength, and skills even if you are staying at home. We all would rather be able to train at the gym where we have the benefit of in person coaches and our teammates to support us, but that isn’t now and that means we can use this time to strengthen our resolve, adapt and utilize what resources we do have which I believe are many. There is a huge opportunity to improve in ways you may have never imagined. So here is a couple of things I wanted to suggest. ....

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  • 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

    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

    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

    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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