Advice for White Belts in BJJ & How to Find a Good Jiu-Jitsu School

 

What does it take to advance in Jiu-Jitsu? How do you progress and most importantly, what determines a good BJJ school for beginners?

In this video, I sit down and discuss what I think are important things to keep in mind when choosing a Jiu-Jitsu school as well as a few things practitioners should definitely have in their mindset in order to progress in the right direction.

 

 

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Bodybuilder DESTROYS Jiu-Jitsu Fighters | Bodybuilder VS BJJ Tournament

 

In this episode of Bodybuilder VS I destroy people in a Jiu-Jitsu tournament! I decided to grapple against these BJJ fighters to prove that bodybuilding is actually the world’s best fighting style. Hopefully now martial artists, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts and MMA fighters will think twice about grappling or sparring my fellow bodybuilders. As always though DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. We are trained professionals and this video is for educational/entertainment purposes only.

 

 

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White Belt vs Black Belt (BJJ Girl Whoops Him)

 

Cobrinha black belt, Erin Herle, showcases her skills against Shane (yes, he’s been neglecting his grappling 😔). Place your bets: how many times will she tap him out?

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Wisdom For White Belts

I’ll begin by stating that not all schools of Jiu-Jitsu will agree with my ideas, and that’s fine.
Dawn of the white belt
So you’ve taken the first step and tied (or attempted to tie….don’t worry, we’ll help you learn) a white belt around your waist. The white belt phase of your journey is difficult to describe in any particular fashion, as it manifests in different ways. At this point it may be safe to assume that you know why you have chosen to start your Jiu-Jitsu education. Be it self defense, a fun activity, or to increase your overall athleticism, Jiu-Jitsu will provide.
For many, the introduction to Jiu-Jitsu is somewhat awkward. We are so used to keeping to ourselves and not physically engaging with our peers. Many of us are weaned from physical touch early in life, often when we’re on the school ground attempting to roughhouse. Decades later and study after study demonstrates the benefits of allowing children to play rough. It’s time you reclaim your birthright.
The first encounters on the mat (usually with experienced grapplers) may have you standing there wondering what it is that you are supposed to do. There is only one way to learn and that is to grab, push and pull.
Outside the box
Jiu-Jitsu promotes many movements that are extremely unorthodox. Like Yoga, we stretch, contract, twist, turn, extend, pivot, invert, all while attempting to maintain a sense of calm, not only with our breathing but with our focus. Couple that with trying to control or submit someone who is providing an extreme amount of pressure and resistance. Unlike the daily grind, where we simply go through a mix of standing, sitting or laying, without much demand for any sort of dynamic movements, Jiu-Jitsu classes often spend considerable time on drills and movements that enhance what your body is capable of. These drills are paramount and deserve every effort you can give them.
Your time in class
I know that the mood in classes is sometimes relaxed and casual and we enjoy a joke and laugh here and there, but that does not mean it is kosher to flake and goof around at the expense of the lesson and/or your peers. The instructor is there to lead a lesson. The objective being the transfer and execution of knowledge. Respect your instructors; respect your peers; respect the mats/dojo/club; and respect yourself. The easy way to do the latter is to be punctual, in a clean uniform and ready to listen, watch and learn. Learn to trim your nails and check your skin regularly for anything irregular.
Asking questions is always welcomed.
Your personal focus
While you wear a white belt, there are a few ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’. Please take note. This is not simply about etiquette, but also about making smart choices.
  1. Do not attempt to teach. I know that you likely wish to be helpful, and/or wish to show some of the wonderful things you’ve learned. However, please know that this is not your role at this time. If someone is asking about a technique, or you feel they should learn a detail, please ensure that a coloured belt (more senior the better) is the one to answer technical questions. Despite your intentions, you may lead others astray.
  2. Use the curriculum, if there is one. This is the time to give your main focus to learning the techniques and drills outlined in your school’s curriculum. To make it simple, the curriculum is often divided up into 4 sections, one for every stripe. Focusing on one section at a time, drilling and learning each technique, inside and out, is the key to navigating through your white belt phase. Please note, this is not the time to be focusing on random moves seen on YouTube or other instructionals. Once you achieve your Blue belt, you can do that all you like.
  3. Roll. Roll as much as possible. Part of the reason why Jiu-Jitsu is as addictive as it is, is because we’ve formed it into a game with objectives, points and ways to win. When we roll, we are playing the game. Joy is often found here. As your abilities grow and advance, you’ll be ready for #4.
  4. Compete. This shouldn’t be a surprise. Competition is at the very core of our martial art culture. It is how we know that what we do works… or not. It is the true measuring stick and provides us with an avenue to test what we’ve learned. You will grow more from competing than from anything else. That being said, it’s important not to see Jiu-Jitsu solely in a competitive lens. For this reason, I don’t believe that competing is mandatory. It is supplemental to your training and an element in the learning process. Too often competition is placed front and center, drowning out the focus on self defense, philosophy and the martial art itself.
  5. Be ready to assist. Being a drilling partner, a teacher’s assistant (aka Uke) is an excellent way to learn, as you will understand better than anyone, the grips, timing, pressure as well as focus on connection and balance as your teacher demonstrates on you.
  6. And finally…..Tap. Tap often. Submitting to your training partners and teacher will be a reality from here on out. However, as you progress, that will happen less and less.
Light at the end of the tunnel
For many this is the hardest and most challenging time in Jiu-Jitsu, period. You’re going to get smashed, flattened and smeared into the mats. Whether it be by chests, shoulders, or knees, the pressure will often feel unbearable and you’ll be gasping for breath. But fear not, this is a right of passage in itself and something you should, nay, must endure. Once you have learned to find your calm in the storm, you will learn how to deploy techniques that will save you and set you on the path of your choosing. There is a common saying that Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone. I prefer to say that Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone…..to try. One of the hallmarks of our martial art is that it demands that we learn how to endure, that we become more than we are. But in the end, it’s not for everyone. Jiu-Jitsu is truly a lifestyle that is waiting to be embraced and will only provide a lifetime of rewards to those who are open to it.
Congratulations on your first promotion (to white belt). I hope you stick with it.
Written by Ryan Keller.

 

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Would You Like To See “The Amazing Gracie” On Network TV? Check Out The Pilot Here!

 

Jiu-jitsu saves lives. Five years ago, Gracie University pitched a new reality show to a major TV network, they were so excited that they produced this pilot episode. Everyone at the network LOVED it until one person, who sat in a really big chair, had second thoughts and decided to pull the plug. If you enjoyed the pilot and you’d like to see ‘Amazing Gracies’ come to life, share this video! If it gets enough traction, the Gracies will partner with a different network and make it a reality so that everyone can witness the life-changing benefits of jiu-jitsu!

Still not convinced? Watch these…

Austin McDaniel’s Transformation: https://youtu.be/y8isR_Y-kfk
Naomi’s Transformation: https://youtu.be/JPA6nJEq6aQ

If anyone watching this has a direct connection to a network executive at any TV network or at any of the leading streaming services (Netflix, Prime, Hulu, etc), have them email [email protected]!

 

 

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John Salter Makes Hilarious Jiu-Jitsu Videos. Here’s The Newest One!

 

The guys from SaltyDog Jiu Jitsu show why it is such a great place to train. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t always work out. 😂

 

 

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The Power Of Winning In BJJ Competitions (Just Once)

 

One of the toughest parts with competitions early on is taking the loss. If you’re a seasoned competitor it’s pretty normal and you become used to the sting.

But with Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioners who are new to them. That can feel terrible.

In today’s video our friend who is a Blue Belt has lost the drive to train BJJ anymore after a competition loss.

The BJJ tournament was so intimidating to him that he says he never wants to one ever again. And because he began training Brazilian Jiujitsu to compete he now doesn’t know why he is training.

In this video I share about how my very 1st competition was a loss and the sting of that. I also explained how the contrast of my 1st win made all the difference.

If you’re in a situation where you are drawn to competing but for some reason had a bad outcome. That doesn’t mean you should give up. I believe in the situation you double down on your efforts.

Even if it’s simply to experience 1 win. You need to do that. Because it’s that getting knocked down then getting back up mentality that will carry over to every aspect of our training and lives.

-Chewy

 

 

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BJJ Black Belt Stops Burglar With Triangle Choke

 

Sergio Hernandez, a Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Baret Yoshida at The Arena Gym in San Diego, CA describe his encounter with a burglar that entered his dad’s house. Here he shows how he took the criminal to the ground and locked a triangle choke on him.

 


 

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The Best Way To Escape The Worst Position! Side Control!

 

Side control is such a trial for white belts to learn how to escape. I spent my entire first white belt tournament stuck in side control.

Here is a great way to get the heck out of that miserable place!

 

 

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BJJ Moves: Easy Armbar Trap From Closed Guard

 

EASY ARMBAR TRAP FROM CLOSED GUARD //

In this BJJ Moves Training video, we demonstrate the Easy Armnar Trap From Closed Guard technique. The closed guard is one of the fundamental positions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

 

 

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