How To Use Yoga Movements To Loosen Your Hips For Jiu-Jitsu

 

In this video, I’m sharing a hip opening yoga flow that combines both static and dynamic movements to help warm up your joints and ligaments as well as improve your flexibility for Jiu-Jitsu!

Watch this video if you want to learn:
1. a hip opening yoga flow that is great for both athletes and non-athletes
2. proper form and breathing on each exercise
3. the importance of mobility/yoga for BJJ

 

 

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BJJ TIPS | How To Break A Strong Collar Grip

 

It’s a horrible situation to have someone’s grip deep in your collar. Your posture can be easily broken and being submitted is just an adjustment away.

 

 

In this video Mark Cukro of Integrated Martial Arts shows two solid ways to break this grip.

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What Am I Supposed To Do When I Spar (Roll) Jiu-Jitsu?

 

When you are first starting out in BJJ you will probably look to “win” every roll. It is a natural thing to do because deep down none of us want to lose. However over time you will realize that sparring is about learning. There is nothing wrong with wanting to submit your opponents, but this could lead to early frustration because you will not have the tools to do so when starting Jiu-Jitsu.

Eventually you will find yourself being amazed by the ways you “lose”, as well as what you learn from “winning”. Some great advice starting out is to have an idea or objective in mind for your daily roll session. Pick something that you want to work on and do your best to focus on that. Pick smaller mini goals that will lead you to your overall goal of being a good grappler. They say in BJJ, “Either you win, or you learn.”

Early on learn you will!

If you are constantly focused on tapping out your partners you will miss out on the brilliance of Jiu-Jitsu. How can you develop grace under pressure if you aren’t being cooked in side control ever so often? How about escapes? You need those as much as you need anything else in Jiu-Jitsu!

This doesn’t mean being a push-over or a wet noodle. Of course you are going to want and need to put forth effort. It is irritating to roll with someone who isn’t trying, so don’t fall to that extreme.

Your Jiu-Jitsu will evolve over time. The catalyst for that is mat time; winning and losing.

Generally speaking though your starting goals should be:

When on top – Open the closed guard (do not try to submit here).
Pass to half guard, knee on belly, side control or north/south.
Look to submit, OR take the back/get full mount then look to submit.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When on bottom full guard or half guard – Submit or sweep to get on top.
Repeat top game.

When on bottom side control, back mounted, or full mounted – Escape (do not try to submit from here)
Get back to half or full guard.
Repeat bottom half guard or full guard section.

Of course there are nuances and certain other things that could take place during a roll but generally speaking, this is a solid road map for the beginner to follow.

 

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Why Do People Quit BJJ? Because It’s Too Hard!

 

Jiu-Jitsu is not an easy thing to do by any means but it is incredibly fulfilling if you can withstand the pressure.

 

 

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Turning Your Opponents Back Escapes Into A Crucifix, And Finishing [Key Details]

 

This video is part 6 of a series of videos on attacking from the back position, this time dealing with the crucifix, and using it alongside the arm trap sequence. I try to share all the useful details/tactics I’ve learned over the years, many of which I haven’t seen explained elsewhere. Each video will follow directly on from the last so anyone interested can add the new details each week to their specific training from the back position. Any questions/feedback please let me know. Stay tuned for part 7.

 

 

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How To Prevent And Escape Leg Locks | Marcelo Garcia

 

With no grips or controls holding your opponent and your guard in open empty space, you’ve recognized his intentions of attacking your vulnerable foot. Open your hip and point your knee down to reveal the heal of your foot as you kick against the opponent’s center with your non-captured leg to free your ankle. If the opponent has crossed your leg and fell back, remove his legs from your path and latch onto his hands and upper body until you can safely scoot around out of his submission attempt.

 

 

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How To Tighten Up Your Bow And Arrow Choke And Prevent Escapes

 

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A group member was curious as to how they could keep their opponents from escaping the bow and arrow choke, so BJJ Black Belt Mark Cukro shot this custom video answering their question!

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6 Exercises To Improve Your BJJ | Body By Boss

 

In this video, I’m sharing 6 exercises that I highly recommend you start incorporating into your training and/or master to improve your BJJ game and overall athleticism in general. Strength training is essential for jiu jitsu and sports conditioning, so be sure to pay attention to proper form and recommended reps and sets!

Watch this video if you want to learn:
1. Proper form on each exercise
2. Why each exercises benefits your jiu jitsu

THE SIX EXERCISES:
-Kettlebell swings
-Battleropes
-Single leg deadlift
-Single leg push-up to kick
-Shrugs
-Australian Pull-up

 

 

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How To Actually Finish A Kimura On A Bigger, Stronger Opponent

 

How to apply and finish a Kimura armlock when your opponent is much bigger and stronger than you! With Rob Biernacki of BJJ Formula.

 

 

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How To Not Gas Out From Exhaustion When Rolling

 

Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of Jiu-Jitsu for beginners is learning how to conserve energy at the right times. The new BJJ practitioner is usually so tense and wound up after the first match that they barely have anything left in the gas tank for a second round. I know because I have been there.

There are some tried and true techniques to preserving some energy so that you can spar the entire session. They are:

Relax – White belts tend to be very tense and/or spazzy. They will hold on to everything with a death grip and at other times they will flail about like someone possessed. You’ll quickly burn out that way. Relaxing doesn’t mean to turn into a lifeless rag doll or flopping around passively. You can build your frames, keep yourself protected, and eventually shrimp your way back to freedom. Burning out your grips right away in tandem with flailing about, will surely have you gassed out on the sidelines quickly.

Breathe – In the heat of the roll and all of it’s excitement it can become easy to “forget to breathe”. You won’t notice it but you may actually be holding your breath, helping your opponent out. You will often hear people reminding fighters, “Breathe! Breathe!”. It is for a good reason. Keep your own vocal coach going in your mind while rolling. Every once in a while remind yourself to breathe until it becomes natural again.

Improve your cardio – This sounds like a no brainer but the better shape you are in, the better you will perform on the mats. Instead of jogging over long distances to more sprinting style workouts. Do hill runs, sprints and hit the aerodyne bike. Good cardio will take your Jiu-Jitsu performance to the next level for sure!

Improve your technique – The more you improve your technique, the less energy you will be using overall. The more muscle memory kicks in, the less mental strain is involved. The roll now becomes more of a flow. Spazziness becomes a thing of the past. Keep showing up and taking notes (during or after class). As your technique improves you will notice that you have extra reserves in the tank for rolling for an hour or more!

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