If You Are A White Belt You Need To See This Open Guard Passing Trick!

 

In this video, filmed at our 2018 Affiliate Camp, Jean Jacques addresses a female student who was having difficulty controlling and passing the guard against a much larger male opponent.

This video exemplifies the concept of utilizing leverage and connection as a means of controlling a much larger adversary.

 

 

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Advice for White Belts in BJJ & How to Find a Good Jiu-Jitsu School

 

What does it take to advance in Jiu-Jitsu? How do you progress and most importantly, what determines a good BJJ school for beginners?

In this video, I sit down and discuss what I think are important things to keep in mind when choosing a Jiu-Jitsu school as well as a few things practitioners should definitely have in their mindset in order to progress in the right direction.

 

 

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Wisdom For White Belts

I’ll begin by stating that not all schools of Jiu-Jitsu will agree with my ideas, and that’s fine.
Dawn of the white belt
So you’ve taken the first step and tied (or attempted to tie….don’t worry, we’ll help you learn) a white belt around your waist. The white belt phase of your journey is difficult to describe in any particular fashion, as it manifests in different ways. At this point it may be safe to assume that you know why you have chosen to start your Jiu-Jitsu education. Be it self defense, a fun activity, or to increase your overall athleticism, Jiu-Jitsu will provide.
For many, the introduction to Jiu-Jitsu is somewhat awkward. We are so used to keeping to ourselves and not physically engaging with our peers. Many of us are weaned from physical touch early in life, often when we’re on the school ground attempting to roughhouse. Decades later and study after study demonstrates the benefits of allowing children to play rough. It’s time you reclaim your birthright.
The first encounters on the mat (usually with experienced grapplers) may have you standing there wondering what it is that you are supposed to do. There is only one way to learn and that is to grab, push and pull.
Outside the box
Jiu-Jitsu promotes many movements that are extremely unorthodox. Like Yoga, we stretch, contract, twist, turn, extend, pivot, invert, all while attempting to maintain a sense of calm, not only with our breathing but with our focus. Couple that with trying to control or submit someone who is providing an extreme amount of pressure and resistance. Unlike the daily grind, where we simply go through a mix of standing, sitting or laying, without much demand for any sort of dynamic movements, Jiu-Jitsu classes often spend considerable time on drills and movements that enhance what your body is capable of. These drills are paramount and deserve every effort you can give them.
Your time in class
I know that the mood in classes is sometimes relaxed and casual and we enjoy a joke and laugh here and there, but that does not mean it is kosher to flake and goof around at the expense of the lesson and/or your peers. The instructor is there to lead a lesson. The objective being the transfer and execution of knowledge. Respect your instructors; respect your peers; respect the mats/dojo/club; and respect yourself. The easy way to do the latter is to be punctual, in a clean uniform and ready to listen, watch and learn. Learn to trim your nails and check your skin regularly for anything irregular.
Asking questions is always welcomed.
Your personal focus
While you wear a white belt, there are a few ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’. Please take note. This is not simply about etiquette, but also about making smart choices.
  1. Do not attempt to teach. I know that you likely wish to be helpful, and/or wish to show some of the wonderful things you’ve learned. However, please know that this is not your role at this time. If someone is asking about a technique, or you feel they should learn a detail, please ensure that a coloured belt (more senior the better) is the one to answer technical questions. Despite your intentions, you may lead others astray.
  2. Use the curriculum, if there is one. This is the time to give your main focus to learning the techniques and drills outlined in your school’s curriculum. To make it simple, the curriculum is often divided up into 4 sections, one for every stripe. Focusing on one section at a time, drilling and learning each technique, inside and out, is the key to navigating through your white belt phase. Please note, this is not the time to be focusing on random moves seen on YouTube or other instructionals. Once you achieve your Blue belt, you can do that all you like.
  3. Roll. Roll as much as possible. Part of the reason why Jiu-Jitsu is as addictive as it is, is because we’ve formed it into a game with objectives, points and ways to win. When we roll, we are playing the game. Joy is often found here. As your abilities grow and advance, you’ll be ready for #4.
  4. Compete. This shouldn’t be a surprise. Competition is at the very core of our martial art culture. It is how we know that what we do works… or not. It is the true measuring stick and provides us with an avenue to test what we’ve learned. You will grow more from competing than from anything else. That being said, it’s important not to see Jiu-Jitsu solely in a competitive lens. For this reason, I don’t believe that competing is mandatory. It is supplemental to your training and an element in the learning process. Too often competition is placed front and center, drowning out the focus on self defense, philosophy and the martial art itself.
  5. Be ready to assist. Being a drilling partner, a teacher’s assistant (aka Uke) is an excellent way to learn, as you will understand better than anyone, the grips, timing, pressure as well as focus on connection and balance as your teacher demonstrates on you.
  6. And finally…..Tap. Tap often. Submitting to your training partners and teacher will be a reality from here on out. However, as you progress, that will happen less and less.
Light at the end of the tunnel
For many this is the hardest and most challenging time in Jiu-Jitsu, period. You’re going to get smashed, flattened and smeared into the mats. Whether it be by chests, shoulders, or knees, the pressure will often feel unbearable and you’ll be gasping for breath. But fear not, this is a right of passage in itself and something you should, nay, must endure. Once you have learned to find your calm in the storm, you will learn how to deploy techniques that will save you and set you on the path of your choosing. There is a common saying that Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone. I prefer to say that Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone…..to try. One of the hallmarks of our martial art is that it demands that we learn how to endure, that we become more than we are. But in the end, it’s not for everyone. Jiu-Jitsu is truly a lifestyle that is waiting to be embraced and will only provide a lifetime of rewards to those who are open to it.
Congratulations on your first promotion (to white belt). I hope you stick with it.
Written by Ryan Keller.

 

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The Power Of Winning In BJJ Competitions (Just Once)

 

One of the toughest parts with competitions early on is taking the loss. If you’re a seasoned competitor it’s pretty normal and you become used to the sting.

But with Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioners who are new to them. That can feel terrible.

In today’s video our friend who is a Blue Belt has lost the drive to train BJJ anymore after a competition loss.

The BJJ tournament was so intimidating to him that he says he never wants to one ever again. And because he began training Brazilian Jiujitsu to compete he now doesn’t know why he is training.

In this video I share about how my very 1st competition was a loss and the sting of that. I also explained how the contrast of my 1st win made all the difference.

If you’re in a situation where you are drawn to competing but for some reason had a bad outcome. That doesn’t mean you should give up. I believe in the situation you double down on your efforts.

Even if it’s simply to experience 1 win. You need to do that. Because it’s that getting knocked down then getting back up mentality that will carry over to every aspect of our training and lives.

-Chewy

 

 

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The Best Way To Escape The Worst Position! Side Control!

 

Side control is such a trial for white belts to learn how to escape. I spent my entire first white belt tournament stuck in side control.

Here is a great way to get the heck out of that miserable place!

 

 

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5 Basic Submissions for Beginners | BJJ | Jiu-Jitsu | Self-Defense

 

Here are five basic submissions which every beginner practitioner in the art should know.

 

 

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The Berimbolo Explained (And How To Counter It)

 

The berimbolo is widely considered to be one of the most difficult maneuvers in BJJ to pull off. However once mastered it is a powerful technique that can shock and mystify a wary opponent.

“The Berimbolo is the name created by Andre Galvao as a reference to a specific movement, this movement was created by Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitors having derived from the De La Riva Guard. This grappling position requires the guard player to spin upside-down in an attempt to disrupt the balance of his opponent. This spin, will cause the guard player to either get a sweep (reverse the position) – which is usually called an helicóptero, or take control of his opponent’s back, which is a berimbolo. This position is one of the most popular trends of BJJ since its revival in the late 2000s decade, a revival led by Rafael Mendes and perpetuated by many other fighters such as Ary Farias, Joao and Paulo Miyao and many, many others, especially in the lower weight classes of the sport.” – BJJ Heroes

The following two videos give a great explanation on how to pull it off and after that Marcelo Garcia shows how to shut the berimbolo down!

 

…and the counter!

 

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The Rules of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) – EXPLAINED!

 

Ninh explains – The Rules of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. A popular grappling fighting sport from Brazil that is also known as BJJ and is derived from Japanese Ju Jitsu.

Watch this short beginner’s tutorial video guide on how to grapple, grappling rules, and how to fight in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu contest.

Learn about submission, guard, half guard, north south position, armbar, choke, hold, guard pass, sweep, mount, knee on belly, back control, takedown and more.

 

 

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How To Organize Your Jiu-Jitsu

 

This video I talk about my system for organizing my Jiu Jitsu. I organize my Jiu Jitsu by breaking it down into separate mini games each with their own rules for what would be a win or loss.

People often looking for broad principles but often there is vastly different skill sets and rules for each position to follow. I see knowing multiple positions as having different weapons in your arsenal that you can utilize depending on the situation you are in.

In this manner of training I feel I’m always efficient in what I develop and I have a very clear goal of what I am doing when I fight and when I try to progress. I spent a large portion of my career teaching my self through studying completion film and organizing my own training this was a large part of what made my game progress.

Please comment and ask questions if you want to know more thanks! Also follow me on IG: @JonThomasBJJ for updates on smaller details and random ideas and thoughts that come up and are difficult to capture on larger videos.

 

 

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BJJ Conceptual Basics – Affecting Structure By Using Chokes

 

We can always attack the head/neck to create an advantage from full mount. If you are having a hard time moving your opponent’s arms, then make them do it for you. Create the dilemma of 1) Keep your neck undefended and get submitted, or 2) Move your hands up to defend the choke but risk giving up further position or submission threats. Our opponent has to take the second choice in order to fight another battle, that’s when we capitalize.

Alignment in BJJ is defined for us as “Our body’s ability to generate and absorb force.” The goal in any fighting context to to maximize our body’s potential by being in proper alignment, and create vulnerability in our opponent by breaking theirs.

Alignment is comprised of 3 aspects:
1) Posture – The integrity of our spinal column
2) Structure – The efficient and effective positioning of our limbs relative to our goals.
3) Base – A platform from which to apply and absorb force, and relative to our goals.

 

 

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