Nate Diaz is on of the most famous UFC fighters in the world. Conor McGregor once joked that he should go back to teaching kids BJJ rather than fighting him. Many people thing that Nate is a thug and an idiot but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Dude actually has a heart of gold and here he is showing it off.
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While sparring, like anything else, people make mistakes. It’s Important to be aware of the mistakes you’re making, take the necessary steps to correct them and be patient with yourself and others when they’re learning. Here are the top ten mistakes people make while sparring:
10. Train Hard and Fight easy.
Not training hard is a commonly made mistake. Sparring is part of training and if you don’t do it enough as soon as you get in the ring you’ll be like a deer caught in head lights.
9. Don’t get backed into a corner.
While sparring its very important to move, especially when you’re getting blasted with a great combo. People often forget that moving in any direction is better than backing into a corner.
8. Moving in slow motion.
Unless you want your attacks to get blocked or caught, you should be launching them with speed and accuracy. You must do this without sparring at full power.
7. Come to terms with getting hit.
Not only is it going to happen, but learning to take a hit and keep going can be training in and of itself.
6. Take care of your injuries.
If you’re injured while training or sparring, make sure you seek the appropriate medical attention. Give your body time to heal.
5. Look at your entire opponent.
If you’re looking at their leg waiting for that kick, you’re not going to see the punch coming straight at you. Make sure you keep your focus on your entire opponent and not just one part of them.
4. Keep your hands up.
Everyone is guilty of this at some point or another, and yet it is one of the most important basics to remember.
3. When in doubt Jab it out.
Using your jab is an excellent way to set up another shot or combo.
Not breathing properly, while sparring, can cause you to gas out, leaving you weak, tired, and out of breath. This will make the fight that much easier for your opponent as they don’t even have to hit you to wear you down.
1. Sparring at 1,000,000%
Sparring isn’t fighting, so if your’e doing it at full power you’re more than likely going to hurt your partner or even yourself.
Pedro Sauer is not going to be happy as he is based out of Virginia.
The State of Virginia is proposing a new 2020 law known as SB64 (see link here) which will be taken up by the Democrat-run Senate beginning January 8, 2020.
The law would instantly transform all martial arts instructors into criminal felons. This includes instructors who teach kickboxing, BJJ, Krav Maga, boxing and even Capoeira.
It would also criminalize all firearms training classes, including concealed carry classes.
It would even criminalize a father teaching his own son how to use a hunting rifle.
Specifically, the law says that a person “is guilty of unlawful paramilitary activity” (a class 5 felony) if that person:
“Assembles with one or more persons for the purpose of training with, practicing with, or being instructed in the use of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons…”
The phrase “technique capable of causing injury or death to persons” covers all forms of martial arts and self-defense training, including Krav Maga, BJJ, boxing and other contact martial arts such as Tae Kwon Do or Tai Chi.
Under the proposed law, all forms of self-defense training — including hand-to-hand martial arts training — would be considered “paramilitary activity,” even if the training consists of private classes involving just one instructor and one student. That’s because every form of martial arts training imparts skills which could be used to cause injury to other persons.
In fact, according to the language of the law, just “one” person learning such arts is a felony crime, which means that watching a DVD on Krav Maga would be a felony crime.
Here is the full text of the proposed law:
SENATE BILL NO. 64
Offered January 8, 2020
Prefiled November 21, 2019
A BILL to amend and reenact §18.2-433.2 of the Code of Virginia, relating to paramilitary activities; penalty.
Bill Title: Paramilitary activities; penalty.
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)
Status: (Introduced) 2019-11-21 – Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That §18.2-433.2 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
A person shall be is guilty of unlawful paramilitary activity, punishable as a Class 5 felony if he:
1. Teaches or demonstrates to any other person the use, application, or making of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, knowing or having reason to know or intending that such training will be employed for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder; or
2. Assembles with one or more persons for the purpose of training with, practicing with, or being instructed in the use of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, intending to employ such training for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder; or
3. Assembles with one or more persons with the intent of intimidating any person or group of persons by drilling, parading, or marching with any firearm, any explosive or incendiary device, or any components or combination thereof.
2. That the provisions of this act may result in a net increase in periods of imprisonment or commitment. Pursuant to §30-19.1:4 of the Code of Virginia, the estimated amount of the necessary appropriation cannot be determined for periods of imprisonment in state adult correctional facilities; therefore, Chapter 854 of the Acts of Assembly of 2019 requires the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission to assign a minimum fiscal impact of $50,000. Pursuant to §30-19.1:4 of the Code of Virginia, the estimated amount of the necessary appropriation cannot be determined for periods of commitment to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.
If you are reading this you are obviously a BJJ practitioner or fan. Jiu-Jitsu is a combat martial art based on the principles of self-defense however on occasion some strange events occur. This is a compilation highlighting the lighter and odd side of BJJ.
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So apparently back in the 1990’s when Royce Gracie was exposing the world to BJJ, he had extended a challenge to Heavyweight Boxing Champ Mike Tyson. Mike Tyson did not respond to the challenge because he was in prison at the time. However recently Mike was interviewed about the subject and had this to say:
“Well, in ’93, I was in prison, so there wouldn’t have been a fight, but there is no way I would have won. I had no idea what was going on with that type of fighting and would’ve been taken by surprise”, Tyson said.
“I would have had to train in that particular art of fighting before that happened. That’s a particular art. You’re not going to go in there with just your hand and not have a great ground game. You also need a great wrestling game to be successful, and you won’t be exciting, as well. You have to have both games. You have to know how to wrestle and box. That’s just the truth.
Tyson admitted that if he had been offered the opportunity to compete in the first tournament (and if he wasn’t in prison) his ego would likely have forced him to accept.
“My ego would have told me I’m the best fighter in the world with all the particular fighting aspects, and I would have tried it.”