Are You Being Held Back In BJJ? Here’s Why.

 

One of the most commonly searched queries on wbbjj.com are about promotions and belt ranks.

Our martial art is unique in that it takes much more time to master than any other art yet there are fewer belts along the way than other arts provide.

Some people earn black belts in 4 years. Some people spend 7 years at blue belt.

Every single BJJ artist has a different path to follow to the milestone of black belt.

Some practitioners feel that they are winning tournaments but not being promoted. They are dominating in the gym but not being promoted. These same people will tell you that they “aren’t worried about being promoted” usually.

Even though you should just be happy to be rolling and improving and having a great time doing so, here are 10 reasons that perhaps you are being intentionally held back by your coach, even though you are a black belt in your own mind 😄.

1) Keeping Score – You might think that telling your coach how you tapped out a higher belt in practice is going to help your advancement, when in reality it will have the opposite effect. Jiu-Jitsu is not just about being able to submit others. It is an art that demands certain levels of finesse and understanding to advance through the ranks. Not caring about taps is a skin usually shed before purple belt.

2) Not Having A Go To Move – White and blue belt are the times for experimentation and trying out new moves to see what works best for you. As you start to approach purple belt though you should have some position or submission that you are known for. At a certain point you should be feared from a particular position or situation.

3) Avoiding New Positions – Are you afraid to do Jiu-Jitsu off of your back? Do you avoid new guards out of fear of being passed or submitted in the training room? Your coach probably notices. A BJJ Black belt has to have experience with all positions. Expertise can exist in various areas but a working knowledge of all areas must eventually be attained.

4) Sticking To Your Go To Submission – Once you develop your go to move are you afraid to deviate from it? Do you always fall back to your “same old move”?

5) Never Doing Conditioning – Do you put in any effort to improve your physical fitness outside of BJJ class? Although it is certainly not mandatory improving your physical attributes in terms of strength, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning will absolutely improve your BJJ and take your game to the next level.

(See this chart here? It basically means nothing 😂)

6) Neglecting Fundamentals – There are a tons of wild and flashy Jiu-Jitsu moves that are vastly more fun than cross choke from full guard. If you are a white or blue belt you should be focused on having a solid foundation of firm fundamentals before moving on to advanced open guard, worm guard, etc. You may thinking that you deserve to get a blue belt because you can berimbolo. How is your americana (paintbrush) from mount? How deep can you go with the details of the basic moves of BJJ?

7) Not Having Takedowns – Even though the bulk of our martial art takes place on the ground at some point you are going to have to learn some takedowns. Pulling guard counts, but only so much.

8) Never Drilling – Do you show up right before sparring starts, intentionally missing the drilling portion of class? This is just signalling to your coach that you already know it all and are through the improving.

9) Only Training When You Feel Your Best – Do you show up only on bright, sunny days when the flowers are in bloom or gorgeous starlit evenings? Do you miss class for every little “dent and ding”? Never train injured but BJJ is about developing a sense of toughness and overcoming adversity so you need to show up when it is cold and grey, and when you are sore from a previous workout.

10) Not Understanding Self Defense – Do you have gold medals from the IBJJF but can’t escape a headlock or block a punch? Jiu-Jitsu is a well rounded, dare say I, the MOST well rounded martial art that there is. Therefor one must be able to demonstrate that they can defend themselves against an unwanted attacker in order to advance, even if you have a rack full of medals.

 

 

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What To Expect Your First Few Weeks Of Training BJJ

 

A lot of people are apprehensive about starting Jiu-Jitsu even though they would really like to give it a try. For obvious reasons the art can seem intimidating to say the least. Most of the people they see practicing are mostly in shape or well on their way top getting there. They may see some tattoo’d folks and some others with deranged cauliflower ear.

This is mostly perception. Most times when you walk into an academy you will be received with smiles and a welcoming warmth.

Instead of speculating over the fear and anxiety of what could go wrong for you at a BJJ class, sit down and check out these videos from others who explain just what to expect.

I guarantee it will take the edge off of your anxiety to start.

 

 

 

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Should You Compete In BJJ? Does It Affect Promotions?

 

I often get asked my opinion on competing in BJJ tournaments…

Is it worth it? Am I gonna get better faster if I compete? Am I gonna get promoted faster?

There are many hidden benefits about competing in tournaments that you may not know, but the final decision is always yours… you don’t have to compete if you don’t want to.

I cover a lot of good stuff in the video below, please take a look and let me know your thoughts!

Gustavo Gasperin
BJJ Black Belt

 

 

 

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Man vs. Woman, Strength vs. Technique (A Jiu-Jitsu Experiment)

 

We picked 7 random guys and conducted a interesting experiment. Conclusion: “Alavanca” is everything, and all women should learn jiu-jitsu!

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BJJ Basics: Top Positions Explained

 

The weather looked nice, so we took it outside. It was quite hot!

In this video we show you basic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu positions. In part this video we show the the following top positions:

0:05 Mount
0:14 Turtle
0:24 Back Control
0:36 Side Control
0:45 Knee on Belly
0:55 North/South

 

 

 

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How To Tie Your BJJ Belt

 

Why does everyone else’s belt look so cool the way it is tied? Why does mine look like a floppy ear’d dog looking sideways? #whitebeltproblems

 

 

Check out this basic method of tying your belt below!

 

 

 

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Are You A Good Training Partner Or Are You A Jerk?

 

Do resist when drilling techniques? Do you not resist enough when drilling techniques? Do you frequently injure your partners? These are the obvious things that make you a jerk. Check out the video by Kama Jiu-Jitsu below to learn more!

 

 

 

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6 Tips For Your First Jiu-Jitsu Tournament

 

Some advice for anyone looking to do their first BJJ tournament:
1) Don’t worry about cutting weight
2) Don’t change your diet weeks before the tournament
3) Do a good warmup before your first match
4) Be open minded with your game plan
5) Focus on leaning
6) Have fun!!!!

More details below in video!

 

 

 

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What Supplements Are Good For BJJ?

 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an athletic sport that makes demands upon the human body. Thankfully today there are plenty of nutritional and dietary supplements that can help you get to, and through, your workouts. Of course read the labels of each product and use them all at your own risk disclaimer type stuff.

Number 1 is going to be Protein. During a strenuous workout your muscles become stretched and torn. Eating plenty of protein will ensure that your muscles are repaired and new muscle tissue is formed. Protein is broken down into Amino Acids in the liver. These amino acids can also be supplemented buy purchasing BCAAs or Branched Chain Amino Acids. These aminos will help repair muscles and build new muscle fibers.

To build muscle it is good to eat your body weight in grams of protein per day. So a 200lb man should be looking to eat 200 grams of protein throughout the day.

Everyday I like to take 1000mg of vitamin C. It is a powerful antioxidant that works wonders in staving off sickness, especially because our sport requires close contact and exchange of sweat.

 

 

I like a nice pre-workout drink to get me going for a long advanced class. Usually you will get a pre-workout that has some caffeine, B-vitamins, creatine (for explosive power), BCAAs, citrulline, etc. Pre-workout drinks are designed for energy and added endurance to long workouts. They also help with focus.

During the workout and class I like to drink water infused with electrolytes. Avoid Gatorade as it contains harmful chemicals and color additives.

Post workout I like to take some glutamine. It helps with joint repair. Many people are getting turned onto to CBD. It is a non-psychoactive cannabis product that is great for reducing inflammation and pain.

So in short here is your shopping list:

Protein (whey isolate, or a vegan kind if that’s your thing)
BCAA’s – Branched Chain Amino Acids
Vitamin C
Pre-workout
Electrolyte water
Glutamine
CBD

 

 

 

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How To Escape Side Control When You Have No Frames

 

A lot of newer BJJ players do not realize the importance of having frames when stuck in a bad situation. This video shows what do when you do not have those important frames while stuck in side control and both of your arms are out of position.

 

 

 

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