How BJJ Changed These Kids From Bullying Victims To Fighters

 

Bullying is a problem that has been on the rise in recent years. As someone who has worked at a Jiu-Jitsu academy I can tell you first hand that most parents come to us because their child is being bullied at school.

I can also tell you from experience that Jiu-Jitsu works in transforming and protecting the lives of those who learn it.

Here are some examples of how some teenagers used BJJ to give them the confidence to fight being bullied.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Prevent The Guard Pass In No Gi

 

Here are some helpful concepts and technical considerations to preventing the guard pass and developing guard retention, specifically for no gi.

 

 

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How To Prepare For A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competition

 

Hey guys I went down to Irvine California to Compete at the highest level at the Pan AM BJJ Competition. Had a great time and wanted to share some tips on how to get ready for a competition. Push your self! – Scott Barnes (@scottbarnes)

 

 

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The Most Frustrating Part Of Jiu-Jitsu – Injuries

 

by Brooke George
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The most frustrating part of Jiu Jitsu I have experienced so far is being injured and forced off the mat. In my last tournament the ref missed my tap to a belly down arm bar and it caused a hyper-extended elbow and a partial UCL tear in my elbow. If being injured has made me realize anything it’s appreciate for the time on the mat and how I’ve taken it for granted. I have taken being able to step on the mats for granted due to the fact that I have always been able to go. Nothing has stopped me before.

 

With being injured and now sick on top of it, all I want to do is get healthy but I can’t make it happen which I think is the most frustrating part. I can’t work harder to make myself better which makes me feel lazy. I can’t take something or see enough doctors because it just takes time to heal and takes time to go through the steps of physical therapy to heal properly, which is frustrating. I get upset because there is nothing I can do but rest and try to take care of my body. Only time came fix it. Time is something we can’t control and I don’t like my time away from the mat being controlled by something other than myself.

 

Even through all this frustration, it has given me an even greater appreciation for training than I already had. It makes me want to be that much better when I get back and that much healthier. It will make the days where I feel tired or sore seem like a piece of cake because being off the mat for so long is so hard for me. I would rather be at my gym with my team than anywhere else and there were plenty of days where I did just that and watched.

 

Time will pass, I will get through physical therapy, and I’ll be back on the mats in no time! Jiu-Jitsu is a lifelong sport, this is just a bump in the road.

 

 

 

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The Essentials of Jiu-Jitsu: Half Guard

 

The Essentials of Jiu-Jitsu: Half Guard
By Maimoon Khan

Everyone remembers the first time they stepped on to the mats. It’s a world of new possibilities and a sea of knowledge. But for the first few months all you could do is drown. Then comes the moment where you realized you can just tread water to survive. Its not much but you’ll take it just so you can keep your head above the water. For most of us it meant comfort or familiarity in a position of choice.

The vast majority remember it as being on their backs, tucking chins and folding elbows in. Guard retention was futile, the crafty blue belt could always magic his way through and the mammoth white belt had the force of a ram. But if you were lucky enough, at just the right time there was an opportunity to swipe your legs in the air and clamp down one leg. It was usually a feeble attempt at the irrepressible blue but at least it meant you could slow them down.

For the white belt however, your bear trap not only set the motion to stop their advances but perhaps if you had been in the position long enough you learnt to make full use of it. This always means a lot of trial and error and finding your own way, but sometimes a guiding light might be just the thing you need to level up your game. The following short might prove a useful tool for those of you stuck underneath looking for a way out.

Underhooks

The half guard might look simple, perhaps the sister of the more awe inspiring full guard but don’t let that simplicity fool you. The real battle is in the details beyond having one of your opponent’s legs wrapped up. No matter what variation you use there are some common foundations that you need to establish in order to have a good base.

The first major pillar in order to have control is to maintain underhooks. This could be as simple as establishing hooks before your opponent realizes he needs to overcome them or using humble techniques such as arching and fishing to regain lost hooks. Underhooks are what give you maneuverability. They will simultaneously take away from your opponent’s base so that he has less options to attack with.

The Fetal Position

The next pillar to establish control is the position in which you lay down while in the half guard. A common mistake is for the person underneath to lie flat on their backs. Doing so not only leaves you stapled in terms of movement but it gives your opponent a great advantage in that you have already done his work for him. It is your opponent’s intention to force you flat so that he may proceed to pass further or attempt a submission. For the defender it’s a very weak position to be in.

In the battle to get off your back your ideal destination is the fetal position. You should be on your side and crunched in close to the inside of the attacker. The biggest benefit with this position is the amount of movement it lets you maintain within the half guard. A twist of the hips, the main muscle used in Jiu-Jitsu, will give enough force to move your opponent of his base, establishing opportunities to attack.

Defense

Established hooks and body positioning on the side of your person should have you in a relatively safe position. You can still be attacked but more often than not it involves your opponent flattening you on your back and establishing a cross face. Remember to always keep battling for the underhooks. A good foetal will be tight enough to make it difficult on your opponent to flatten you out however its not impossible when it’s a battle for domination.

If you do get flattened out your first reaction should be to defend a cross face. It will be your opponents tool to pin you to the ground as he thinks about techniques to get out of your bear trap. A cross face is the arm on the opposite side of your opponents trapped leg establishing a hook behind your head with the shoulder driving into your front. To block the cross face you will need to be quick in cupping your opponents bicep and framing against it.

Sweeps and Submissions

You’ve established a good base and trumped your opponent’s attempts at breaking down your offences. He has low morale at this point and he starts making mistakes as he gives up on any chance of dominating you. This is your ideal opportunity to attack. Take advantage of your opponent loosening up.

To capitalize on his mistakes a simple sweep can lead you to the top or an attack from the bottom may submit him. The opportunities are endless but mastering the fundamentals takes time and practice.

 

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How To Treat Lower Belts

 

Fantastic advice from multiple time world champion Bernardo Faria on how to treat lower belts inside of the gym.

 

 

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Tips And Hacks For Doing BJJ With Social Anxiety

 

For many people out there, walking into a strange gym takes an incredible amount of effort. So many new faces, so many names to learn, so many people to potentially judge you; what you are wearing and how you train.

For some people, these thoughts can be crippling and induce paralyzing anxiety. The fight or flight reaction kicks in for no apparent reason and is extremely uncomfortable to deal with. It can feel like you are staring over the edge of a cliff, when you are simply walking in a door.

For those who do not suffer from social anxiety this has to seem absolutely absurd, but it is “real”.

There are no quick fixes, if there were I bet you would have already found them.

There are, however, some tips and hacks to make it easier.

You can start off with a few private lessons. That will get you in the door at a non-busy hour. You can look around and see everything inside of the academy. During the lessons you will learn the basics of BJJ and MMA so that you are not further embarrassed by not knowing anything at all about what is going on. After a few private lessons you will be surprised how much your anxiety subsides.

Start off in the beginner’s class, where you can be pretty sure that almost everyone is also fairly new.

You can ask what the busiest days are so that you can instead go to class on the slower days, at the slower times.

You can take a friend!

Tell your coach that you have social anxiety issues!! That way he will be sure to not call you out to roll in front of others (which is rare, but happens) and will not use you to be his uke (demo partner).

Do whatever you have to do to get through the door. Once you take your finish taking your first official class, everything gets easier. If you are taking medication to help you with your anxiety, ask your doctor if taking a small bit would be safe.

Hope you enjoyed this article. Share it with a friend who is afraid to try BJJ because of social anxiety!

 

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Leglocks: The Great Equalizer, And How To Perform Each One

 

Leglocks are an extremely powerful tool in the BJJ practitioner’s arsenal of weapons. Leglocks can be dangerous and many of them are considered illegal at various stages of belt development. So be sure to check out your gym’s rules regarding them, and also the rule sets of an tournaments that you may enter.

 

BJJ fighter’s like Garry Tonon, Dean Lister and Eddie Cummings have helped to bring leglocks into the limelight. Eddie bravo’s 10th planet system of no gi BJJ also has had an impact on the surging of footlocks.

 

The first attack is the achilles lock or straight ankle lock. This one is effective and legal just about everywhere.

 

 

The second attack is the kneebar. It is a highly effective technique where the attacker uses their entire body to attack the opponent’s knee.

 

 

The third leg attack of note is the heel hook. Widely considered the most dangerous of leglocks because it remains relatively painless until someones heel and knee pops. Many gi competitions do not allow the heel hook at any belt level. There is an inside, and an outside variation of the heel hook.

 

 

The fourth leg attack is the toe hold. The attack doesn’t attach the toes per se, but in actuality is another vicious knee detroyer.

 

 

The fifth leg attack is called the Estima lock. It is named for Victor and Braulio Estima who developed this specific version.

 

 

The 6th and final leg lock is the calf crusher or calf slicer. Probably the least used of the leg locks generally, it is an extremely effective technique like the others!

 

 

 

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You Finally Got Your Blue Belt! Now What?

 

You’ve worked hard. You’ve made it through the trials and tribulations of being a BJJ white belt. The video below answers the question, “what’s next?”

 

 

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[RANT] Why Light Rolling In Jiu-Jitsu Is Bull***t

 

In this video Wilson Junior (Carlson Gracie team) goes off on people who always come to the gym wanting to roll light.

 

 

What do you think? Do you bring your testicular fortitude to the gym? 😅

 

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