How (And Why) To Tape Your Fingers For Jiu Jitsu




How (And Why) To Tape Your Fingers For Jiu Jitsu


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the most fun thing in many of our lives. That fun can sometimes become associated with some pain and injury. That is simply the price that we all willingly pay on a daily basis.


Most common finger injuries can be treated with athletic tape so that you can continue rolling. A significant amount of these injuries can be prevented with a little bit of instruction.


Preventative finger taping can save you many months of pain. When your fingers are taped properly they can also give you some extra grip strength.


There are many reasons as to why someone should tape their fingers for Jiu Jitsu. Firstly, do you want your hands to look like the Miyao Brothers?




Finger injuries can take many months to heal. Our hands are as intrinsic to BJJ as our grips are. They are of tremendous import.


Check out some of the taping techniques in the videos below and let us know what you think!






I hope that this post helps you in your BJJ journey and saves you some finger wear and tear!




15 Tips And Strategies For White Belt Jiu-Jitsu Competitors




15 Tips And Strategies For White Belt Jiu-Jitsu Competitors


1. Decide whether you’re going to do takedowns or pull guard. If your standup strategy is a single technique like a “double-leg”, and you are unable to make it happen, just pull guard. If you started Jiu-Jitsu with takedown experience, make for yourself a set of parameters. For example, “If it’s halfway through the match and nothing has happened in terms of standup, I’ll pull guard to get the match going.”


2. Relax Relax Relax. What I mean by relax is to maintain a presence of mind.


3. There’s nothing wrong with being nervous. Don’t spend all your emotional energy fighting your own nervousness. Just accept it.


4. If it’s your first competition, remember that you only have to win each match once. In the training room, you can be lazy because you know there will be more rolling. You think, “Why burn up all my energy fighting this position now when I have another 30 minutes of rolling left?” This doesn’t apply to competitions. When competing you have to go full throttle each match from start to finish.


5. Most White Belts start strong. Few White Belts end strong.


6. I remember feeling extremely nervous watching competitors perform certain “advanced” techniques. For me, it was the flying armbar. I was deathly afraid of flying armbars – despite never having been flying armbarred. I’ve heard other people get nervous because they see someone do a Berimbolo or attacks feet a lot. Believe me when I say that styles make fights. You can have the fanciest, jitz-flow, surfer hand sign grappler look amazing in one match, and get completely shut down by a “boring” pressure oriented grappler the next.


7. Patches and stripes don’t mean a person is good.


8. Muscles don’t mean a person is good.


9. School affiliation doesn’t mean a person is good.




10. You will experience time distortion. Everything might seem much faster (or slower) than it seems in the training room. Once you watch it on tape, you’ll realize the match was the same speed as training.


11. You don’t have to mean mug or be friends with everyone before the match. Do whatever makes you comfortable and don’t let your competition dictate your pre-match ritual. You don’t have to look people in the eyes (the “staredown”), perform the Catholic hand sign, or reenact Russell Crowe’s prebattle routine from Gladiator in order to win the match. Just do what makes you comfortable.


12. Put competition into context. The first time you step onto the mat, you’re just trying to get your nerves right. You’re not going to look like Bruno Malfacine out there. That’s ok.


13. You have to learn to compete as much as you have to learn Jiu-Jitsu. They are related but separate skills.


14. You don’t control winning or losing 100%. The referee and your opponent also play huge roles. That being said, the biggest variable that you control is yourself. Win or lose, keep your focus on what you could have done better.


15. Enjoy it.


About Julius Park: I am a Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. I’ve produced BJJ World Champions from Blue Belt up to Brown Belt. My next goal is to get a student to the Black Belt World Champion level and into the UFC. I have an English Bulldog, Ghostface, who has so far resisted all training methods. I teach out of Crazy 88 Mixed Martial Arts gyms in the Baltimore area.



Julius Park


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The Forgotten BJJ Fundamental: Standing Up




The Forgotten BJJ Fundamental: Standing Up


Many times when we begin our journey in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and many more times during the heat of a roll, a white belt can forget the option of standing up.


Standing up in base is an especially important skill if your focus is MMA or self-defense. If either of those is your primary course of study, the standing up option should be amongst the main tools in your arsenal.


For the BJJ practitioner standing up is extremely useful when going against a bigger, stronger opponent. It is much easier to simply get up and work passes then it is to start out playing guard, getting passed, working an escape, gaining dominant position and then submitting your much larger compadre.


By no means am I suggesting that you should never play guard against bigger and stronger opponents. Such is not the case. I am merely trying to add the standing up alternative to your repertoire of options. If there is someone in your class that constantly pulls the smash-and-pass on you. Trust me, you will love the standing up option.


Below are a some videos to show you the technique of standing up:




Check out the new Dillon Danis highlight (below) which demonstrates the stand up option in action at the highest levels. In Dillon’s case, and the case of people who like the kneebar/footlock game, standing up proves critical because performing these techniques can leave you in bad position if you are not careful.



Hopefully this article proves useful to you. Good luck!


5 Ways To Escape Being Stuck In Side Control




5 Ways To Escape Being Stuck In Side Control


One of the most difficult positions for White Belts to deal with is being stuck in side control (side mount). I can’t tell you how many times I have seen two White Belts rolling. Combatant “A” breaks open Combatant “B”‘s guard and passes to side control. The rest of the round usually takes place with Combatant “A” trying to figure a way to submit Combatant “B” as Combatant “B” squirms about trying to survive.


The worst part is that the White Belt on top is often afraid to move to the mount position, out of fear of not being able to continue controlling their opponent. I have seen it in the gym and in competition.


So what can we do to help the person who is constantly getting stuck in side control? The answer is, to teach them how to escape effectively. Below are 5 different escapes that you can use to get your way out of any side control predicament.


This first video is the most basic and the one you should focus on the most.






Hope that these videos were helpful! If you have any other questions please let us know.


Roy Dean – The Collection: Judo, Aikido, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu




Roy Dean – The Collection: Judo, Aikido, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


Jiu Jitsu is a journey.


It’s an art. It’s a system of movement; of self defense.


It changes lives.


So where do you turn first? You know where you want to go. You want to learn how to fly; to learn from legends, to always keep fighting, to overcome each and every obstacle that’s between white belt and black. There are many.


I’ve climbed that mountain, and I’ve shown others how to do it as well.


That’s what the collection is. All of my instructionals, for you. It’s a decade of showing others how to use their body; the angles of off-balancing, how to move efficiently, the path to success, and the principles which underpin it all.


Jiu Jitsu is movement; spirals, pressure, technique, mentorship, precision. It’s testing it out in the field of battle. Having fun and seeing what really works for you.


There is so much to know. To understand what Jiu Jitsu really is, and where it came from; it’s not about first place. It’s about victory over ourselves. It’s about physical literacy in a world that needs as much literacy as it can get.


We need to know what’s real; what actually works, so that we can move with security and real purpose in our lives. That is the real understanding. That is the true confidence.


You have to realize that Jiu Jitsu is not about having a single hand raised; it’s about two hands coming together in the spirit of friendship, and respect.


Roy Dean



Jiu Jitsu Takedowns Starting From The Knees




Jiu Jitsu Takedowns Starting From The Knees


Oftentimes when we practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu we begin the rounds on our knees. There are two main reasons why we sometimes start in this fashion:


Safety: Starting from the knees helps to prevent injuries. If you aren’t experienced being thrown in BJJ you can land incorrectly and hurt yourself, sometimes seriously.


Time: We want to get going with our ground fighting as soon as possible. When you start on the feet time is eaten up getting the fight to the ground where we thrive.


Not knowing how to start out can be frustrating for White Belts. Many Blue Belts can also benefit from these videos. They have certainly helped me. After watching the 6 videos below should be more than ready to mount an offensive at your next BJJ class against your unsuspecting teammates!








Hope this post was helpful for you! Good luck with your BJJ journey!


How To Be A Good BJJ Partner When A Teammate Is Injured




How To Be A Good BJJ Partner When A Teammate Is Injured


Any BJJ addict will tell you that there is nothing worse than having an injury that prevents you from training. That being said, often times an injured BJJ addict will attempt to train through the pain.


What can you do as a good training partner to help someone who is injured to be able to roll safely? Below are a few thoughts to consider.


– First and foremost, drop the ego. It is only one five minute match with a teammate. You don’t have to “win” against someone who is injured. There is no glory to be gained.


– Let your teammate initiate where the roll goes. They may normally be a pressure passer but because of a knee injury may be forced to play more open guard. Allow them to get into a position and then work from there. Be like Rickson Gracie and “flow with the go”.


– Be mindful of their injury. If their right shoulder is hurt, don’t go for Kimuras, Omoplatas, Americanas, etc. I would like to say that this is stating the obvious but believe me, people will attack an injury. Most times it is not done intentionally, but in the heat of a roll, movements can become reactionary.


– I know this may sound crazy to some of you, but you can even give up position for an injured teammate, and give them a chance to be offensive! Wild sounding, I know. Doing this will give you a chance to work on your defense, without having the pressure of having to do so.


– If you know someone is injured and know how to practice arte suave (the gentle art), help out the injured person by calling them out a few times in a sparring session, to prevent them from possibly furthering their injury by rolling with an overzealous beginner.



If you are the injured person listen to your doctor and take heed their advice!


When you get to the point like you feel you can begin training again, be sure to pick the right people to roll with. Stay away from the spazzy, explosive types. It is not necessarily a size issue, most larger advanced belts have learned how to roll with smaller people over the years.


If you get called out by someone to roll and you feel that rolling with them might not be the best idea, simply tell them. They can quickly re-injure you if both you, and they, are not careful. Academies are generally filled with people who all get along and consider each other extended families. Saying something shouldn’t be an issue.


Also be sure to talk to your coach so that he can give you some extra attention when it comes time to spar. He can anticipate potentially dangerous situations while watching you roll and give you a warning if needed.


Again, always listen to your doctor. I am not one. This is an opinion blog from a laymen. Click here for full disclaimer.


Hope this post is helpful to some of you and I hope you remain injury free!


What Followers Have To Say About Quitting






This White Belt needs some advice. Let’s show him that he came to the right place. What say you all about his predicament?


“I’ve been training almost a year and I have 3 stripes on my white belt, and one stripe white belts are tapping me! I desperately need some encouragement before I throw in the towel and walk away. I expect color belts to tap me, but EVERYONE taps me! Any words of wisdom?” – Mike B.


Share your advice in the post below!



White Belt Gold! 70 “BJJ Basics” Techniques In 26 Minutes.




White Belt Gold! 70 “BJJ Basics” Techniques In 26 Minutes.



This video eliminates the talking and gets right down to business! This is truly a valuable reference resource for any of us coming up through the BJJ ranks. Thanks to Vanderson Pires Jiu Jitsu Team of Wellington, New Zealand for putting this together!


Techniques include
#1 Classic/Basic pass guard 00:08
#2 Pass partners guard from standing 00:37
#3 Matador pass 01:12
#4 From half guard – pass into mount 01:21
#5 From half guard – pass into kesa gatame 01:50
#6a From guard – arm bar 02:50
#6b From guard – arm bar defense 03:08
#7a From guard – kimura 03:34
#7b From guard – kimura defense 03:48
#8a From guard – omoplata 04:03
#8b From guard – omoplata defense 1 04:27
#8c From guard – omoplata defense 2 04:53
#9a From guard – triangle 05:18
#9b From guard – triangle defense 1 05:38
#9c From guard – triangle defense 2 06:02
#10a From guard – cross choke 06:26
#10b From guard – cross choke defense 06:43
#11a Foot lock from standing 06:59
#11b Foot lock defense 07:16
#12a From mount – ezekiel choke 07:33
#12b From mount – ezekiel choke defense 07:49
#13a From mount – arm bar 08:04
#13b From mount – arm bar defense 08:26
#14a From mount — americana 08:58
#14b From mount – americana defense 09:21
#15a From mount – cross choke 09:34
#15b From mount – cross choke defense 09:52
#16 From knee ride – arm bar 10:14
#17 From knee ride – cross choke 10:33
#18 From side control – arm bar 10:51
#19 From side control – cross choke 11:08
#20 From side control – americana 11:31
#21 From side control – escape to your turtle 11:44
#22 From side control – re-establish guard 12:05
#23 From side control – upa 12:22
#24 Bridge and Roll defense from kesa gatame 12:52
#25 From partners turtle — clock choke 13:20
#26 From partners turtle — crucifix 13:45
#27 From partners turtle — rolling choke 14:09
#28 From your turtle — omoplata 14:36
#29 From your turtle — take the back 14:56
#30 From your turtle — reversal/inverse 15:13
#31 Sweep from guard — scissor 15:33
#32 Sweep from guard — kimura 15:56
#33 Sweep from guard — pendulum 16:17
#34 Sweep from guard — double leg reap 16:38
#35 Sweep from guard — balloon 17:06
#36 Sweep from guard — omoplata to sofa 17:30
#37 From butterfly guard — hug sweep 17:57
#38 Basic delariva sweep 18:25
#39 Sweep from guard — knee squeeze 18:48
#40 From your half guard — under hook sweep 19:13
#41 From your half guard — grab the foot sweep 19:45
#42a1 Judo takedown — kouchi gari 20:15
#42a2 Judo takedown — deashi harai 20:28
#42a3 Judo takedown — tomoe nage 20:43
#42a4 Judo takedown — uchi mata 20:57
#42a5 Judo takedown — ippon seionage 21:11
#42a6 Judo takedown — kata guruma 21:25
#42a7 Judo takedown — morote seionage 21:42
#42a8 Judo takedown — tai toshi 22:00
#42a9 Judo takedown — o-uchi gari 22:14
#42a10 Judo takedown — o-goshi 22:29
#42a11 Judo takedown — o-soto gari 22:44
#42b Biana/Double leg take down 22:58
#42c Single leg take down 23:16
#S1 Self defense – double hand choke 23:40
#S2 Self defense – one wrist grabbed 23:48
#S3 Self defense – bear hug from front 23:58
#S4 Self defense – bear hug from back 24:18
#S5 Self defense – standing rear naked choke 24:56
#S6 Self defense – standing guillotine 25:10
#S7a Self defense – back on wall double hand choke 25:35
#S7b Self defense – back on wall single hand choke 25:48