White Belt Mistakes Inside Closed Guard And How To Easily Counter Them

 

Here’s some easy counters to all those annoying things beginners and white belts do inside the closed guard. If you just started jiujitsu and you do these things don’t feel bad, but if you’re a color belt and make these mistakes then you should feel very bad.

1. Armbar vs cross collar choke
2. Back take vs americana
3. Kimura vs hugging the hips
4. Hook sweep (elevator sweep) vs hugging the head
5. Pendulum sweep vs forearm in neck
6. Triangle vs elbow in thigh

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Make Your Side Control Feel Twice As Heavy

 

The Side Mount (or ‘Side Control’) is commonly a favorite position for practitioners in the beginning stages of jiu jitsu, but is then often neglected in favour of the mount and back control.

When used correctly, these two principles will improve your ability to dominate and control and opponent from the side mount.

 

 

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7 Questions To Ask A BJJ Academy Before Joining

 

Who is the lead instructor? What belt rank is he/she? Who did they get their current belt from? Not every instructor or academy has to be a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but you want to be sure that your non-black belt coach is under the direct and watchful eye of a legit BJJ black belt. This is tremendously important!

 

Is the academy more geared toward self-defense or BJJ sport competition? If you wanted to become a high level competitive grappler you would loathe your time at a self-defense based academy. Also if you were focused on MMA or self-defense, high level gi gripping techniques may bore you. Perhaps you have a love for both as well though!

 

 

What is the schedule like? Are there enough classes per week that you can fit into your schedule to make sure that you are improving? Be sure to look up your prospective academy’s website to see if their schedule works for you. You can save yourself valuable time by simply doing this. BJJ academies are not necessarily like a fitness gym that may be open at 6AM daily.

 

Does the academy appear to be organized or is it dirty and ragtag? There is something to be said for fighters who train in the dingiest and dirtiest of gyms with the worst rusted equipment (It has been shown in various studies that training under harsh conditions can lead to champion qualities…like Rocky in Rocky 4). Others of us enjoy cleanliness and as much of a sterile environment as possible.

 

Are there beginner level and advanced level classes? You will want to be sure that there are some classes available for the beginner if you are starting out. If you have experience you will want to make sure that you find an academy that can provide you with other grapplers that can challenge and enlighten you.

 

How are classes structured in terms of warm-up, technique, sparring/rolling? Do you roll for 10 minutes? 30 Minutes? or more per class? Some people do not enjoy extended warm up time. Some love it. Some people are a bit afraid to roll or spar while others thrive off of it. Be sure to ask about class structure to make sure that you aren’t raw meat being thrown to a pack of wolves. However if you like that grind-it-out style, there are academies who can accommodate.

 

Is the gym family friendly or professional fighter based? Are you looking to train with mean, scary fighters? Do you want to bring your grandmother in to try a class? There are different kind of gyms for different kinds of people. Have a look inside your prospective gym and check out their social media pages. Do the people in the gym look like people that you feel comfortable with? Keep in mind though that there are different styles of gyms that are attempting to reach varying goals.

 

Is there a contract? What are the terms? Most gyms make you sign a contract. Make sure you know what you are getting into. Are you sure you can afford it. If you think you may not be able to afford it are you willing to be sued to come up with the remaining balance of your contract. A BJJ and MMA gym is a serious commitment and should be treated as such. Make sure you read the fine print and ask questions.

 

I hope you have found this informative.

 

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Jiu-Jitsu Equals A Better Life

 

Coach Casey from 10th Planet goes into detail about how training Jiu-Jitsu promotes happiness while getting away from Jiu-Jitsu begets sadness.

 

 

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BJJ Fundamentals | The Harness (Or Seat Belt) Control Ft. Leah Taylor

 

Leah Taylor, a Straight Blast Gym black belt, breaks down the harness grip (sometimes called the seat belt grip).

 

 

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How Your BJJ Gi Should Fit Featuring Travis Stevens

 

 

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The Dirty Little Secret Of Getting Better Jiu-Jitsu

 

We all want better Jiu-Jitsu.

We often isn’t clear is how we go about getting better Jiu-Jitsu.

The answer is surprisingly simple. TRAIN during training. Use training time for what it is designed for…to train.

Training time is not for sitting around discussing philosophy. It’s not time for discussing business and marketing tactics. It’s not time to gossip like little girls in a schoolyard.

Understand that training is the only way to learn new things and evolve your game.

Train as much as possible. Get outside of your comfort zone and work hard. Your gi may get a little sweaty but that’s okay you can wash it. Push yourself 100 percent doing the concept drills you do. The drills are not only to develop reflex but also your physical endurance. So don’t cheat yourself by not working to your full potential.

Also be sure to spar at the end of class. You should always spar with at least three people. It will increase your endurance and begin to allow you to master the mental endurance part of Jiu-Jitsu. Nerves and pressure can take a huge toll on you. But that’s a good thing because the fight or flight response of our psyche is going to help sharpen that focus.

The more you roll, the faster you are going to learn.

To sum it up: train during training, and drill during drilling. That is the “dirty” little secret that is going to take you leaps and bounds on the mats, because you are going to have to get a little dirty.

 

 

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How Do I Get Out Of A Slump When Training BJJ

 

Train. Train. Train. Maybe take a short break. Train some more. Some other things can help as well. Perhaps you could get a private lesson with your coach. Doing so will give you direct one on one time with your coach who can tell you specifically what you should be focusing on. More times than no a great training session with only your coach can go a long way in getting you over a training slump.

Try going to a seminar. Get some fresh perspective and be around others who are excited about BJJ. Excitement and enthusiasm are contagious. If you are having a problem getting enthused because of the same old routine, take yourself out of that safe feeling place and go train with others.

 

 

To get over a plateau you can also pick up an instructional DVD to immerse yourself in. Again you will get a fresh perspective and learn some new tricks and tips that will further your game and make it exciting again.

Jiu-Jitsu is a long journey with many ups and downs. Always remember that we all have them and they are only temporary. The key is to keep showing up and training. It really is as simple as that. Some slumps may last longer than others. Again, fret not. This to shall pass.

 

 

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