Joe Rogan On How To Improve Your Jiu-Jitsu

 

BJJ Black Belt Joe Rogan has an interesting and colorful take on how to get better at Jiu-Jitsu. Do you agree or disagree?

 

 

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How To Have Unbreakable Posture In Guard

 

Learn the invisible Jiu-Jitsu behind being safe in closed guard while opening it to pass. Most people have never seen these details before. Have you?

 

 

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Is It Normal To Feel Like I’m Not Getting Better At BJJ?

 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not at all like other sports or hobbies. It is a defensive martial art. In a sport like soccer or basketball, we have all seen these take place our entire lives. So knowing the general premise is not terribly difficult to decode. You may not excel at those games, but the general rules are fairly clear the general onlooker. BJJ however can seem quite complex and vexing to the onlooker.

 

When you first start to train, the learning curve for Jiu-Jitsu will seem impossibly steep. It can take a few weeks before you know what the basic positions are and what your basic goals are. Learning what not to do and what to look out for will take even longer. In that time, feeling like you are not getting better is perfectly normal. After all, you get thumped every time you roll, and that feels about the same.

 

You are learning, though. When a brand new white belt comes in two months later, you will suddenly feel like you know a lot. Positions will click, and submissions will just fall into your lap.

 

This is the time when your love affair for Jiu-Jitsu really begins.

 

However, do not get too excited. You will hit another point in your training, a plateau, where you again feel like your skill development is standing still. The advice for surviving plateaus is the same as the advice for getting through your first few months of training: keep going to class, keep drilling, and keep rolling. Eventually, you will be break through it and hit another uptick in your growth.

 

When I feel like I am at a plateau I completely change the focus of my game. If I have been smooshing and squishing people for months and it gets boring, I will revert to constant guard play. If my hand get tired from spider guard I will revert to smash passing again. Maybe I will devote 3 months to footlocks to strike fear in the hearts of everyone in the gym. There are so many paths you can take with BJJ. If you ever feel like you are not improving, or are in a plateau, DROP THE EGO and do what you are not good at. I have been doing BJJ for more than 5 years now and have seen so many people become frustrated and quit.

 

Now they probably live a boring life of misery that us grapplers do not want any part of!

 

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How Family And A Great BJJ Instructor Can Change Your Life Forever

 

by Brooke George
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Jiu-Jitsu is a sport of lineage and tradition. Skills and knowledge have been passed down from teacher to student for many generations. Without all of the amazing professors, instructors, teachers, and coaches of this art, it would no longer exist. My instructor in particular has effected my life in so many different ways and I have him to thank for everything.

 

Teaching me the art of Jiu-Jitsu has changed me. It brought some much needed positivity to my life as well as allowing me to develop a passion that I now can’t live without. Without my instructor that wouldn’t have ever happened. He took the chance on a young girl, with no prior experience in any grappling or martial art, and decided to teach her. Little did he know that would change my life.

 

Dragging your family around the country to watch and coach someone that is competing in a Jiu-Jitsu tournament isn’t easy or cheap. Every time I bring up a new tournament I want to go compete at my coach is always 100% supportive. He loads up his family and follows me around. He has never missed one of my matches and that is something I am very grateful for.

 

Besides learning technique and actual Jiu-Jitsu you have taught me so many skills. You have taught me self confidence how to fully believe in myself. That is a skill that can be used on and off the mat. You’ve showed me that I can take obstacles I never thought I would pass and smash them. You showed me that I can do so much more than I ever thought I would be able to.

 

My parents have always supported my dreams, but having a coach finally believe in you is something not everyone gets to experience. Having him help me try to accomplish my dreams is something I will never take for granted.

 

So instructor, teacher, coach or whatever else we may call you, thank you for everything. From the time spent at the gym, tournaments, watching fights, or squeezing in an extra roll, thank you for supporting me and my dreams. I appreciate all of it more than you can imagine!

 

 

 

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The Best Way To Wash Your BJJ Gi

 

How To Properly Wash Your Jiu Jitsu Gi

 

The Jiu Jitsu Gi. Oh how we adore you. You are an extension of us and are symbolically representative of us. We take you into war on a daily basis. You are the weapon that our opponents use against us; you wear my weapon, and I, wear yours. Ironic is our relationship, yet we love you so.

 

We all love our BJJ Gi’s and we all hope that we can make them last as long as possible. It is not only important to properly care for your Gi to make it last for many years, but the proper care of your Gi will also prevent you from being the loathed “stinky person” to roll with.

 

Here are some helpful hints written by my teammate Nic C. followed by some supplemental videos on how to keep your Gi in pristine condition!

 

Cleaning Gi’s with vinegar and baking soda.

 

When you get home throw everything you sweat in into the washing machine, including your compression shorts/rash guard/cup/jock.

 

Throw in 1 -1.5 cups of distilled white vinegar, make sure you get your collar, arm pit, crotch areas on your Gi.

 

Depending on your washing machine: pre-soak or rinse without spinning in the vinegar + warm water. Let it sit and drain. (If I get home at 10pm I’ll let the vinegar work until i get up in the morning)

 

Then, add a cup of baking soda to the load and a small amount of detergent. (Too much detergent that doesn’t get rinsed out is what collects additional funk.)

 

Wash heavy with warm water. Use the second rinse if your machine has it.

 

If your gi is still a little funky, repeat the process. If it starts out the worst thing ever, seriously soak it in the vinegar. If you don’t want to do this whole process every time, do it every third wash and wash it heavy with Tide Sport in between, but again, don’t use too much detergent and rinse an extra time. Get vinegar and baking soda from a price club if you can. I get huge things of baking soda for pool maintenance for under $10, and the vinegar is equally cheap. If you get a brand new Gi, washing it in vinegar first will help set the color better.

 

If you have any questions just ask, or Google how to refresh old dingy cotton towels.

 

Editor’s note: There are tons of smelly pellet laundry additives that you can get as well to keep you smelling fresh as a daisy while rolling.

 

 

 

 

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7 Ways To Reduce The Pains Associated With Training BJJ

 

To reduce soreness, do a good warm-up before you train.

 

First, don’t do idle static stretches like touching your toes and pulling your elbow across your chest while talking to teammates. Actually focus upon what you are doing. Modern sport science recommends active stretches and moving through ranges of motion before physical activity, not just seeing if you can touch your nose to your knee. Static stretches are better for after class and on your days off.

 

You can’t fix the day-after soreness with any single solution, but you can do simple things to recover faster. Here’s what you can easily do now:

 

1)Take a hot bath
If you have a hottub great but a simple hot bath can work wonders after training BJJ. Many people enjoy an ice bath but I think they are lying haha. A good 15 minute soak with some epsom salts can work wonder for a sore body!

 

2)Get a good night’s sleep
Sleep is critical for healing a sore body. If I am extremely sore I will stay in bed for a couple of extra hours to allow my body to repair itself.

 

3)Drink a lot of fluids
Hydration is key to so many aspect of training including recuperation! This sounds so obvious but more than half of the population of the US suffers from the effects of dehydration.

 

4)Eat a healthy diet
This is seemingly another no-brainer but many find doing so difficult. Eating a healthy diet will help fight inflammation and help you repair your body faster and more efficiently.

 

5)Stretch and stay loose
It is important to stretch before every BJJ class to make sure that you don’t pull any muscles while training. Your coach doesn’t have you warm up to simply torture you. He or she is ensuring that your body is warm, stretched, and ready to train.

 

6)Rest for a day
Our sport is addictive. No one wants any time off. Sometimes however, you need a day or two of rest to get everything back to equilibrium in your body. The older you get it may take a week or more of break time to reset your body and come back strong.

 

7)Get a massage
A good old fashioned relaxing massage will ease sore muscles and keep you fighting strong. They cost some money but the benefits are so worth it!

 

I hope this article has been helpful for you! Good luck and keep on rolling!!

 

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This Is Why You Never Cross Your Feet When In Back Mount

 

One of the worst mistakes you can make in Jiu-Jitsu (in terms of getting your bones broken) is crossing your feet when you have someone’s back. It seems like a natural thing to do but it opens you up for some horrendous footlocks.

 

In the video below you’ll see the submission’s effectiveness from M-1 Challenge 81. Sergei Kharitonov vs. Geronimo Mondragoon.

 

 

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How Can I Remember All Of The Moves That I Learn In BJJ Class?

 

If you are having trouble remembering all the BJJ techniques you’re being taught, these tips should help you out:

 

Keep a journal. Write up or type out what you learn after each class, or impress your instructor by taking notes IN class. Some people say that they do not like taking notes because they will never go back and read them. That is not the only reason to take them. The act of typing or writing causes the techniques to be more impacted into your mind.

 

Visualize. This happens on its own after a short amount of time. Visualization if recommended for any field of endeavor and is very helpful in BJJ. When you have quiet time or are about to go to bed. Think about what you learned in Jiu-Jitsu today. What were your successes and failures?

 

Draw a flow chart. BJJ can seem like a disorganized mess of techniques. Jiu-Jitsu is full of positions and situations that require different responses and reactions. Mapping out each position helps you to see how they connect to each other and what moves you know from one position to the next.

 

Drill, drill, drill. Nothing beats plain old drilling! If you are trying to remember a technique, simply do it over and over! Instead of making small talk before and after class, grab a training partner and put in those reps.

 

If you implement these tips, you will notice your BJJ game will quickly improve! Good luck!

 

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5 Rules for BJJ White Belts

 

If you are about to start taking Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or have only been taking classes for a short time, here are some important rules that will make your journey much more comfortable.

 

 

Summary after watching the video:

 

1. Don’t just go for submissions.

 

2. Focus on having a good posture.

 

3. Move your hips away from the attacks.

 

4. Tap out. Really. Tap out.

 

5. Focus on technique, not strength.

 

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