BJJ White Belt YouTube Starter Kit




BJJ White Belt YouTube Starter Kit


You could spend a lifetime training BJJ and at the end of your days you would find yourself to be a student still. There are an infinite amount of subtle and slight nuances to be mastered after you spend many years wrangling with the basic fundamentals. Thankfully the arduous journey, is a fun one indeed.


The collective presumption is that the best way to learn Jiu Jitsu, is to join a reputable Jiu Jitsu academy, and to attend the classes there regularly. If this happens to be an impossibility for you, for whatever the reason may be, then video resources would be your next best option. Hopefully circumstances will change for you and you find yourself in a position to train BJJ at a proper gym. If you can find someone to be your training partner until that time comes, (or training dummy!) then you will be that much better off.


YouTube has become a valuable resource for novice BJJ players, as well as seasoned vets. Below are a few important videos to help get you successfully started on your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey:








There are literally thousands of videos out there to help you on your BJJ journey. Hopefully this series of videos was helpful in getting you acclimated to our beautiful sport!



Will Ronda Rousey Ever Face Gabi Garcia In MMA? No.




Will Ronda Rousey Ever Face Gabi Garcia In MMA? No.


UFC Bantamweight Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey caused quite a stir in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community when she declared that she could defeat any woman in the world in BJJ. Jiu Jitsu pundits took to the internet to voice there opinion about such an audacious statement. Many female BJJ stars came out to express their opinion on the matter. Most (perhaps all) of those Female BJJ champions who responded would beat Ronda at pure gi Jiu Jitsu. If I was a gambling man, my money would be on Ronda scoring the first take down though, regardless of the outcome. Ok, that is a lie… I do like to gamble on occasion.




There was one BJJ woman champion (and IBJJF Hall of Famer) whose name quickly rose to the top of the list, to be the most probable of defeating Ronda. Her name is Gabi Garcia. Gabrielle Garcia stands at 6’2″ compared to Ronda’s “meager” 5’6″. It would in theory be tremendously difficult for Ronda to defeat Gabi considering Gabi’s size and skill set. It would not be long before Ronda retracted her statement.




Excitement flared when Gabi Garcia announced that she was training to compete in MMA. Individuals began tweeting and commenting that Gabi was coming after Ronda. This is an impossibility unless a “superfight” was made, which would allow for a cross-division MMA fight (that is if any sane athletic commission would sanction a fight with such a weight disparity). Ronda fights at 135lbs, while Gabi claims the lightest weight she could make is 191. Sorry guys, but it’s not happening (and sad for us because Gabi doesn’t plan on competing in the gi for a while).






How To Tell Your Coach You Want To Train Elsewhere


How To Tell Your Coach You Want To Train Elsewhere

by George McGinnis


For those unfamiliar with the term “cross training”, it generally means to work with other people and teams outside of your primary school as a means of supplementary training. This could mean that you travel to another school for a day, or that you simply wish to invite someone to train with you. The goal is often to share ideas, roll with new people, and experience new curricula and training styles.


The trick is to approach the subject in a way as to not raise a “red flag” with your instructor. When a student takes the appropriate measures in terms of asking their coach if they can train with other people, their request is often well received, and accommodations and compromises usually follow. When the situation is approached in a less than ideal manner, it can set a rocky tone between a student and their trainer for some time to come.




Some examples of going about it poorly may be:


– To travel to another location without speaking to your instructor beforehand. This can come across as “shady” or inconsiderate. Some coaches may even take it as disrespect.


– To approach the situation with a demeanor of, “I’m going to do what I want regardless”, is not the best way to go. Instructors generally do not respond well to students that are self-serving and “pushy”. Consider approaching it as a “polite request” vs. an “entitled demand”.




Ways to approach it correctly can be:


– To put your thoughts together in advance; via notes and solo brain storming. Having your goals, needs and ideas together in advance will show initiative and care for the situation.


– To approach your coach at a convenient time. This could be after practice, by a phone call during off hours, towards the end of a private lesson, a moment in private, etc. Most trainers are on auto pilot during school hours (you can trust me on that).


– To assure them that your intentions are well intended. Let them know that your happy with their service (should you be), and that it is not a reflection on them. Reiterate that you’re just looking to mix things up on occasion. Disarm their potential concerns of you’re “jumping ship” by explaining that this again, is not your intention.


– To allow them a feasible amount of time to process your request, should they need it. Some instructors won’t mind in the slightest, while others may need a little time to mull it over. They may or may not have reluctance due to previous requests that were made in the past.


– To put yourself in their shoes. This will at the very least give you the advantage of some additional perspective. It will also allow you to anticipate questions and concerns your coach may have.


It is natural for a student to want to spread their wings on occasion. Curiosity is in human nature. It is also understandable for an instructor to have a little apprehension about it in the process, as not every student before you has likely proved forthcoming. This is why good ol’ fashion communication is key! Make your goals and needs known while keeping your instructors position in mind, and the process may be less painful than you think. Good luck!



Female BJJ Survival Tips




Female BJJ survival Tips
by Livia Gluchowska


I’m a purple belt from Melbourne, Australia. Although I am still a relative baby in this sport, and have only been around for 4.5 years, I’ve trained at over 40 academies around the world. From what I gather, one thing is certain… it is not easy being a female in the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Especially a small one (I sit at around 53 kgs).


The female BJJ population is growing rapidly. I have seen a massive increase of women training and participating in competitions in the past 4 years. What’s even more exciting is the growth of women’s only classes, female-only support groups and open mats. When I first started there was none of that. There were no other ladies at my gym and sometimes no one to talk to about my issues.




Personally, it didn’t affect me too much, as I have been an athlete all my life  – a gymnast for 12 years and a sprint cyclist for 6 years. As a cyclist I was used to being one of the very few ladies competing, being labelled ‘non-feminine’ and racing for no financial reward, whilst my male counterparts were offered up to $10K for the same race.


However, Jiu Jitsu can be incredibly rewarding if you can stick through the first 6-12 months. For me, that was the hardest period. Being the physically smaller and weaker sex, it is only now as a purple belt that my technique is starting to work against bigger, but less experienced opponents.




Here are some helpful observations and tips to help you get through the first couple of years:


  • Perhaps the most common scenario I come across with other ladies training BJJ, especially in the earlier years, is dealing with tears and my unfortunate ability to turn on the water works at any given time. We all do it. We all hate it. All of us are embarrassed by it. Why? My theory is that (apart from the damn hormones) us girls are very good at taking things personally. This means that if we fail at a sweep, the emotional response is frustration, which can come out as tears. Some of my friends cry as they get choked for no particular reason. Others like to compare themselves to every other female that ever trained and is successful. To make matters worse, as soon as someone asks if you are ok, the result is usually more tears.


  • It took me until about 3 years into my BJJ journey to stop crying at training. That’s not to say it doesn’t happen any longer, because it does – usually when I’m exhausted or hungry. I can recognize the triggers now though, and when I do, I pack up and go home and rest instead of pushing my body/mind further.


  • I think it is very important to have a good talk with your training partners and coach to let them know why it happens, and see what they can do to help. It can be very hard for someone to understand why you may be having a break-down, let alone how to deal with it at training. In my case, I usually just need 5 minutes alone in the bathroom to compose myself and then I’m ready to train again. Figure out what works for you and keep your coach informed.


  • I have also learned (finally) that jiu jitsu is about the execution of skills. It is not meant to be a war at every training session. I am not trying to win at jiu jitsu. I am not “fighting” my team mates. I am attempting to execute a particular skill, and when it doesn’t work, I ask questions, watch videos, problem solve, and then try it again. It is good to fight with heart, but you should try as much as possible to take the emotional component out of training.


  • What also helps is not defining yourself as a person, based on your training or competition results. When you lose a fight, that’s all that happens. You just lose a jiu jitsu fight. No one died, life doesn’t change, no one apart from you really cares (because they love you either way) and you get to learn a lot from your mistakes. The same holds true for when you win.


  • Stop comparing yourself to other women (or men). It’s easy to look at someone else and think you are far behind schedule. Everyone is different, and everyone learns at different speeds. Not every jiu jitsu practitioner needs to, or wants to win a World Championship. Many would not be able to do so, if they did want to. All of us cannot afford to train every single day, and we do not all possess the same physical and learning abilities. Remember it is your own journey and your only job is to be the best you can be. I think the people you meet, the lessons you learn, and the experiences you have; far outweigh any medals you might collect.


  • BJJ is a marathon. You will have good days and terrible days. You will have slumps, plateaus and periods of immense growth. Enjoy it all and know that this is not only normal, but it is crucial to your development.


  • Push yourself, but if you really don’t want to train, don’t. Go home and have a glass of wine and eat cake. Be nice to yourself. Then wake up the next day and go back to the gym and enjoy every single minute. It is such a wonderful journey, and a journey so well worth having. Why would you want to rush it?






I hope this article helps you. Thank you for reading!


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