How To Avoid Getting Sucker Punched | Jiu-Jitsu Self-Defense

 

By definition, a “sucker punch” is one without warning, or at least without obvious warning. This video discusses not only technical considerations, but also some pre-fight cues to possibly observe preceding violent action by an aggressor.

It is always best to avoid or diffuse a situation before it becomes violent if possible. However, when talking your way out or avoiding all together isn’t an option, it is important to have a means of physically protecting yourself.

 

 

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Tons Of Fight Wisdom Dropped Here! Firas Zahabi On Joe Rogan!

 

On this latest episode of the Joe Rogan podcast MMA guru Firas Zahabi sits down and talks MMA with Joe.

If you do BJJ or MMA you will definitely gain some wisdom from watching!

 

 

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Grappling Seminar With English Subtitles. Goldmine.

 

As research for my breakdowns on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s grappling and ground game I employed a Russian translator to subtitle various training videos. I provide the video here for archival purposes. I hope it is something you enjoy as I have a few other videos like this if you are interested.

 

 

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Renzo Gracie Returns To MMA July 27th 2018, For A Clash Of Legends!

 

ONE Fighting championship welcomes two pioneers of mixed martial arts for a legend versus legend matchup.

Brazil’s Renzo Gracie is one of the most respected names in martial arts, following an amazing career competing against some of the biggest names in the sport.

He will return to the cage for the first time in eight years, and for the final time in his life, under the ONE banner.

The legendary BJJ black belt will face Japan’s Yuki “Sora” Kondo, who will also say farewell to his career on the global stage for martial arts.

(Yuki Kondo, Renzo’s next opponent)

After more than 100 professional contests, the former King of Pancrase will make his final bow in Manila, and he will give his all to make it a victorious one.

 

 

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Do You Ever Feel Stuck In Your BJJ Progression?

 

BJJ Black belt and all around cool guy Jean Machado just came out with a short and sweet video to help you get over the BJJ plateau you’ve been experiencing.

 

 

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“High Rollerz” Jiu-Jitsu Tournament Centers Itself Around Open Cannabis Use

 

Well I’ve heard just about everything now.

A new Jiu-Jitsu tournament has emerged onto the scene. What makes it different than the others? The rules? The garments? Nope. This tournament has it’s users get high on cannabis just before stepping onto the mats.

Obviously there are only a few places in the world where a tournament such as this can take place, and that place…is California.

High Rollerz had an event recently that had the BJJ-o-sphere all abuzz.

Notably a real fight breaking out among competitors (wait, didn’t you guys just smoke weed?) and Jeff Glover being on camera getting lifted whilst talking to celebrity judge Eddie Bravo.

 

 

 

 

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Side Control Escape Into D’arce Choke

 

This is one of my favorite side control escapes, because of how useful it is and how many back-up plans exist in the sequence, this escape can also lead you directly into a couple of different potential submission opportunities. My favorite thing if I hit this escape is to look for the Darce choke. Let me know what you think!

 

 

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White Belt Woes: How Focus Overcomes The Urge To Quit

 

I was thirty-two years old, sitting at Buddy Guy’s Legends, a Blues bar on Wabash in Chicago, the day I quit playing guitar. I was both a new parent and from the Eastern Time Zone so I found myself there early, around 10:30 p.m. It’s the perfect Chicago Blues bar: dim, a little dirty, tables with uneven legs, beer served mostly in cold bottles and jambalaya offered on a paper plate in a red, plastic holder. On stage the opening act was an older black man with a well-worn guitar.

I’d been playing and singing for about six years and managed to land a regular Friday night gig at a local brewery. I played my heart out, but I was mostly ignored. I practiced until my fingers bled, hoping one day to have the skills to make my audience notice me. Skills like the opener at Buddy Guy’s Legends had in spades.

I found out later he taught Blues theory at a local college. He certainly had the chops. His fingers were a blur of precise note choices. He nailed the bends, had just the right amount of vibrato and never misplayed a string. When he sang, it was like heart break spilled out of his mouth and into your soul through your ears. I was impressed, captivated, moved and — alone. The other thirty odd patrons gave just a passing notice to what I thought was a master class in music. But, to be completely honest, I remember neither his name nor the college at which he taught, so in spite of my admiration I would have forgotten him altogether if he had not also inspired me to quit playing guitar.

I quit because I knew I could play, and practice, and learn, and study, and play some more and no matter what I did, I would never be as good as him. As I watched him ignored by his audience the way I was by mine, I knew the likelihood I would ever reach my musical goals was small. If he couldn’t do it, how could I?

Playing guitar wasn’t going anywhere. It was a waste of my time. I quit.

A similar moment occurred in my jiujitsu life. I was a white-belt rolling with Alvin Robinson, a Royce Gracie black-belt who fought both Nate Diaz and Kenny Florian in the UFC, and has a professional record of 13 and 7. Alvin was a great partner who, over my time as a white-belt, taught me more than he probably realizes. As usual in my rounds with Alvin, I was on the bottom, desperately trying not to be submitted. I was doing great. Still a step behind, but managing to thwart all of Alvin’s submission attempts. Or, so I thought. Suddenly, Alvin went to defcon three, and in about seven seconds I was in an arm bar tighter than a gnat’s ass. I tapped. The timer buzzed. Alvin patted me on the chest, “I saw the time!” he laughed.

I hadn’t been defending Alvin trying to submit me, I’d been defending Alvin graciously trying to teach me how to defend. He could have tapped me out in any seven second period of the round, he just chose to wait until the last seven seconds. Alvin is one year younger than I am. I could practice the rest of my life and Alvin will always be better.

But, I did not quit Jiujitsu.

It’s not that I like Brazilian jiujitsu more than guitar, or martial arts more than music. I love both, but honestly there’s a lot less pain and ER visits for the musician. And, I suppose if I ever find a genie bottle and can wish to either do Jiujitsu like Leandro Lo or sing like Justin Timberlake you’d be more likely to see me on the Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon than on the podium at worlds.

The difference is this: Jiujitsu does things for my life that have nothing to do with how good I am at it. I’m in better shape, more focused, sleeping better, eating better, have more friends and laugh like a giggly schoolgirl through every class. Even the ones I get crushed in. Jiujitsu’s impact on my life has been profoundly positive. Being on the mat brings me joy that sneaks its way into every aspect of my day. Playing music was something I did for others. Jiujitsu is something I do for me.

As a white-belt it’s easy to be discouraged. Often it’s not being smashed under mount and continually tapped that does the discouraging. It’s the confusion. You are getting smashed and submitted, you don’t know why, and you’re pretty sure it’s never going to get better. You feel like you’ll always be the worst guy or girl in the class, so you quit. That’s a mistake.

If you want to train jiujitsu for a long time, you have to learn to control your focus. If you become focused on what you can’t do, the tournaments you didn’t win or the people in class you couldn’t catch, you will never feel good about your training. But, your training isn’t about them. It’s about you. Instead focus on what jiujitsu can do for your life. How does training make you a better person? Do any of the benefits have anything to do with how good you are at it?

What do you get by struggling, even in vain, to improve your jiujitsu? Everything I’ve already mentioned. Fitness, friendship, self-defense skills and a few laughs — some of them at yourself. So, don’t worry about how you stack up against everyone in your class. Run your own race. Be happy that you are better than you were and don’t worry about being better than your partner. Focus on what jiujitsu adds to your life, and keep plugging away. One final thought? You are getting better, whether you realize it or not.

 

About the author: Dan Vigil is a writer and MMA coach who runs The Fighter’s Pen, and is available to write websites and manage blogs for martial arts schools.

 

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Anthony Bourdain: Celebrity Blue Belt And Friend of White Belt BJJ, Dead At 61 From Apparent Suicide

 

It saddens us to report that Anthony Bourdain has passed away in France of an apparent suicide. He was discovered this morning by Chef and friend Eric Rippert. He was on location filming for another season of the hit show “Parts Unknown”.

If you follow this page you would know that Anthony had been doing BJJ for the last few years. We celebrated every stripe on his white belt and congratulated him at blue belt.

He was the first celebrity to follow us on Twitter back when our following was much smaller.

(Caption says in transit 😢)

Anthony talked about Jiu-Jitsu everywhere he went.

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He also competed at an IBJJF tournament and won gold!

Truly sad to hear of his passing. He was such a manly man and a cool guy.

Reat in peace brother Bourdain.

 

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Poor Boy In Brazil Cries When Given Donated BJJ Gi

 

So many things we take for granted.

I’ll be looking for a cool new gi because I am bored with my other ones while other places in the world struggle just to have one.

 

 

After posting this video on Facebook the response and desire to want to help was overwhelming. I knew that I could use the reach of wbbjj.com to pull together donations and have them sent to poor children in the USA and Brazil.

 

I will collect all gis and keep them safely stored. Every time I accumulate 5 of them I will either have the donations shipped to one of our partners, I will take them to specified drop-offs myself, or will have the donations taken to Brazil or around the US directly by one of our many supporters.

 

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