Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu | A Soul-Destroying, Ego-Clipping Sport That’s Sunk Deep Into My Veins

 

🔺 Jiu-jitsu in action: ‘It’s a refreshing ego boost to be able to pin a person to the ground,’ Elena Gomez says.
Photograph: Christos Psaras/Getty Images 🔺

 



 

Author: Elena Gomez

Three years ago – five months after moving cities and one week after quitting smoking cold turkey – I turned up at a mixed martial-arts gym in Melbourne for the free trial class I’d booked: Introduction to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I am not naturally athletic and was sluggish and tired from changing jobs and cities. So I decided to give it a crack for reasons I’m still unsure about.

The first class consisted of various warm-up drills, which included hip escapes, where you scoot backwards on the floor down the mat, forward rolls (sort of like a somersault) and backwards rolls, where you roll over your shoulder. I was startled and embarrassed by my lack of coordination in these seemingly basic moves, but I was with lots of beginners, at least.

I had never felt so confused, embarrassed and out of sync with my body before, but by the end of the class, I felt the expansive excitement of having learned something.

I was going to have to come back to get the hang of this. As I watched the coach demonstrate a sweep effortlessly over and over again, the part of my brain that thought “I want to do that!” won out over the parts that were embarrassed and scared. That night, at home, I repeatedly googled “How to survive your first month of BJJ” and “What every new white belt should know”. I had to know.

Though the nerd vs jock trope is as old and tired as most clichés, as a book editor and poet I definitely over-identified as the nerd my whole life. But over time, jiu jitsu has sunk itself deep into my veins. After that first class, it soon became all I could think about.

To those outside, it can appear to be a cult. We wear funny-looking outfits (either a gi – jacket, pants and belt – or, for no-gi, spats and a tight-fitting rashguard). If you are friends with a BJJ practitioner, they’ve likely tried more than once to coax you to try a class at their gym. The sport was introduced to Australia in 1994, and interest in it has been on the rise lately. Figures are hard to come by, but it is estimated there are 15,000 practitioners in Australia today.

For the hooked, it seems obvious that everyone would love it if they just tried it. A popular meme doing the rounds lately goes like this: “Friend: What’s BJJ like? Me: It’s like Fight Club but you talk about it all the time.”

Every day you can be choked, arm barred, sat on with such force you cannot breathe, foot locked, kimura-d (an effective shoulder lock with almost mythological history). You don’t have to worry about being kicked or punched in the face. Instead, you could tear an anterior cruciate ligament, or even knee yourself in the nose. How could you not like that?

It’s a sport that is not easy to decipher for “outsiders”: watching a match can be confusing without a basic understanding of the positions. To unfunny, homophobic television writers from the early 2000s, it might even come across as, god-forbid, a little gay.

But it’s also a sport for all body shapes and sizes. The technical depths of jiu jitsu are vast and ever evolving, and there are as many styles as there are body types.

As a woman, it’s a refreshing ego boost to be able to pin a person to the ground, to embrace all your heaviness, or to be told you’re annoying (meaning you made it difficult for your training partner to implement their usual game). This doesn’t mean I’d automatically be able to beat up a man who attacks me on the street – the confidence of physical ability this sport provides goes hand in hand with a very good understanding of what bigger opponents can or cannot do.

🔺 The author, Elena Gomez, training at Absolute MMA St Kilda, Melbourne Photograph: Hannah Gorman 🔺

It’s also a sport that centers on learning. As a clumsy 31-year-old, I am not quick to pick up new skills, but where I was once afraid of being seen failing, I have learned to embrace failure as the starting place for improvement. Learning jiu-jitsu made me less afraid of that vulnerable space we sit in when we don’t know much. This openness to being wrong is something I try to carry with me in all areas of my life – as a writer especially.

In my three years of doing this sport, I’ve found that its soul-destroying, ego-clipping nature goes hand in hand with an intense connection and close-knit community. My training partners can beat me up because at the end of the day we have each other’s trust. Consent and support are beneath the violence of the grappling art. You trust someone to let go of their submission hold when you tap, and you don’t deliberately try to injure your opponent.

For me personally, this intense connection comes from the joy I feel when I help a newer person with a technique, and then see them pull it off, or the heart swell from having training partners cheer me on in a competition.

It’s a sport that is full of bravado and masculinity and strength, but also trust and compassion. Brazilian jiu-jitsu has given me an appreciation for my body’s abilities and confidence that comes from dedicated practice.

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Fresh Out Of Rehab Kurt Osiander’s Move Of The Week Is Back!

 

 



 

A lot of people have been wondering what happened to Kurt Osiander and his infamous “move of the week” videos. Good ol Kurt had to take some time away to get his alcohol use in check.

But now the madman is back and he shows a half guard pass! Enjoy!

 

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Ever Wonder What A “Girls In Gis” Event Is Like? Check Out This Vlog!

 

 



 

Hello everyone!

I’m back with a new vlog about our recent Girls in Gis Brazilian Jiujitsu event held at Sempre Fidelis BJJ academy in San Antonio, Texas. It was fantastic to see everyone and we are sending off the program director, Shama Ko, on her 8-mo tour of the world! Check out the technique seminar midway through the vlog.

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Conor McGregor is SCARED of Cowboy Cerrone’s BJJ

 

 



 

Conor McGregor is scared of going to the ground with Donald Cowboy Cerrone at UFC 246.

 

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MUST KNOW Gi Chokes From Knee On Belly

 

 



 

In this video I go over a bunch of chokes from the knee on belly, cross chokes, ezekiel, baseball bat.

Knee on belly is a very advantageous position and can be beneficial when you lack strength.

These are chokes that in my opinion are fundamental from the position.

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I Did 52 BJJ Sessions In A Month On A Plant Based Diet | (See What Happened)

 

 



 

Learning BJJ once a week is fine – that’s 52 sessions in year.

I tried to fit a years worth of training in a month.

(Before you ask – yes on a Vegan diet!)

 

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The 10 Most Important BJJ White Belt Techniques

 

 



 

In my opinion, these are the most important techniques for a White Belt in BJJ to know.

Every instructor has their priorities but for me, beginners in BJJ should focus the majority of their training on dealing with real world attacks and not on defeating other BJJ player’s attacks.

 

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When Tony Ferguson Got 10th Planet Black Belt [Flashback]

 

 



 

After becoming UFC Champion, Tony Ferguson receives his Black Belt from his Sensei Eddie Bravo. Eddie himself got his Black Belt after he returned from his bout where he submitted Royler Gracie in 2003. He got the original belt of Jean Jaques Machado, and he gave that belt to Tony Ferguson after becoming UFC champion.

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Need A New High Quality Rashguard Or MMA Shorts? Check Out Sundae Knights!

 

 



 

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Also the shorts have a very secure system of staying “Buttoned” without the use of any zippers or buttons (which are not ideal for MMA or No Gi BJJ). Instead there is very sturdy velcro and a string to tie the shorts tight.

Immediately I noticed that the rashguards had extra length and durable extra stitching at the bottom to prevent rashguard from riding up over your belly. (For some people this is not an attractive look at all!)

The next feature would be the way the MMA shorts are designed. Obviously the are no outside pockets for toes or fingers to get caught on. The shorts are also designed to allow full, comfortable range of motion with your legs. You can do a split in these shorts with ease.

The only real issue is that you will want to be careful to keep the string away from the velcro as the velcro is so strong that it can begin to fray the string.

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The BJJ GOONS Podcast Episode #44 Featuring Erin Herle!

 

 



 

Special guest Erin Herle is back in studio to tell us about her seminar tour, her MMA debut, and much more!

 

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