Getting Into The Mindset Of Competition

 

by Brooke George
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As I’m 5 weeks out from my next tournament I’m beginning to get into my competition mindset and routine. My diet plan has changed, my workout schedule has changed, and my mindset has definitely changed. Mindset is huge in combat sports. If your mind is in the wrong place before and especially during a match, you won’t be able to compete to the best of your ability. As Lao Tzu once said, ” The best fighter is never angry.” I wholeheartedly agree with that.

 

Every time I begin to prepare for a tournament I have something on my mind. Whether it be new goals or new technique I want to try and improve on there is something go on in my mind. As important as nutrition and hitting the gym hard is, its also important to get my mind right and get my focus set. For me that means a day off. I make sure I take a day to spend with family and friends and just relax. As summer is approaching my family and I will spend a day out on the water where we can all de-stress and make sure we don’t lose focus.

 

Right before a match I have things going through my head too. For me, it tends to be sizing up my opponent and going over my game plan. As I’m looking at my opponent I can’t let myself get mad at her. I have to keep calm and keep myself composed. I can’t look at them like an enemy, because they are not. They are just another competitor.

 

During matches if I know I’m losing I can’t let myself become upset or frustrated. If I let my opponent get into my head or I get into my own head frustration takes over and technique goes out the window. Winning a match all starts in your mindset.

 

Keeping your focus and your mind right through the whole tournament process will make it a much more enjoyable experience and will help you to stay focused on your goals.

 

 

 

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An Open Letter To All IBJJF Referees. Please Read And Share.

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Dear Referees of the IBJJF:

 

RE: The robbery of Shane Hill-Taylor

 

It’s a shame that judges are biased. Do not consider his actions this weekend at the IBJJF world championships as loyal or patriotic.

 

The Art of Jiu-Jitsu was brought to Brazil by Japanese immigrant then brought to the USA for a Brazilian immigrant as a wonderful gift. It’s not any culture.

 

Like many competitors Brazilians, young Americans as Shane Hill-Taylor live to jiu-Jitsu and it’s his life. He made many sacrifices to become one of the best at a young age. He doesn’t come from a wealthy family and lived a life of struggle.

 

Americans deserve to be treated fairly and competitors of smaller teams deserve the same chance that any other competitor.

 

I believe the action of the judges during his match, as well as many other struggles were a not judged fairly.

 

As a judge, you have a responsibility not only to follow the rules, but also to maintain the integrity and dignity of Jiu-Jitsu.

 

Please! To legitimize our sport.

 

You must be brave, you must not be afraid of judging a game equal for both fighters, regardless of your team or your friendships with other competitors.

 

If you can’t do that, then you shouldn’t judge, be honest with yourself.

 

Please, for the sake of Jiu-Jitsu we all love so dearly please fix this.

 

All referees are black belts and get lots of training on the rules. To say that it is a mistake is not acceptable. It is wrong and has to stop.

 

THANK YOU

 

PS: I am not Brazilian or speak Portuguese but I used my translator to write this directly to those who need to see it. PLEASE SHARE UNTIL EVERY IBJJF REFEREE SEES THIS.

 

PSS: To the one side referee who called this match correctly. THANK YOU. It has to start somewhere.

 

PLEASE SHARE. I’m not a social media guy and I have limited reach. Cut and paste it as your own I don’t care.

 

TRANSLATION: PORTUGUESE

 

É uma pena que os juízes são tendenciosos. Não consideram suas ações neste fim de semana no Campeonato Mundial da IBJJF como leal ou patriótico.
A arte do jiu-jitsu foi trazida ao Brasil pelo imigrante japonês e depois trazida para os EUA por um imigrante brasileira como um presente maravilhoso. Não é qualquer uma cultura.
Tal como muitos concorrentes brasileiros, jovens americanos como Shane Hill-Taylor vivem para jiu-jitsu e é a vida dele. Ele fez muitos sacrifícios para se tornar um dos melhores em uma idade jovem. Ele não vem de uma família rica e viveu uma vida de luta.
Os americanos merecem ser tratados de forma justa e concorrentes de equipes menores merecem a mesma chance que qualquer outro concorrente.
Eu acredito que a ação dos juízes durante sua luta, bem como muitas outras lutas foram um não julgada razoavelmente.
Como um juiz, você tem uma responsabilidade não apenas cumprir as regras, mas também para manter a integridade e a dignidade do Jiu-jitsu.
Favor! Para legitimar o nosso esporte.
Você deve ser corajoso, você não deve ter medo de julgar um jogo igual para ambos os lutadores, independentemente de sua equipe ou suas amizades com outros concorrentes.
Se você não pode fazer isso, então não se deve julgar, ser honesto com você mesmo.
Por favor, por uma questão de Jiu-Jitsu que todos nós amamos tão caro por favor corrigir isso
Todos os árbitros são faixas-pretas e recebem lotes do treinamento sobre as regras. Para dizer que é um erro não é aceitável. É errado e tem que parar.
Obrigado

– Donald Achnick, BJJ Black Belt

 


(Donald Achnick)

 

 

 

 

3 Fixes For Sore Fingers In BJJ

 

Sore fingers are a very common problem for BJJ practitioners – in this video Stephan Kesting of grapplearts.com show you 3 fixes to stop your fingers from hurting.

 

 

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2017 IBJJF World Championship Results

BLACK / Adult / Male / Rooster

1 – Bruno da Silva Malfacine – Alliance
2 – Caio Terra – Brasa CTA
3 – Lucas dos Santos Pinheiro – AMBJJ – Alex Martins Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
3 – Tomoyuki Hashimoto – Brasa CTA

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Light-Feather

1 – Michael Musumeci Jr. – Brasa CTA
2 – João Ricardo Bordignon Miyao – Cicero Costha Internacional
3 – Ary de Melo Farias – Atos Jiu-Jitsu
3 – Gabriel Afonso dos Santos Moraes – Alliance

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Feather

1 – Rubens Charles Maciel – Alliance
2 – Leonardo Fernandes Saggioro – Brazilian Top Team Int.
3 – Gianni Paul Grippo – Alliance
3 – Shane Jamil Hill-Taylor – Team Lloyd Irvin

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Light

1 – Lucas Alves Lepri – Alliance
2 – Roberto Satoshi de Souza – Bull-Terrier Bonsai
3 – Jhonny Loureiro Sigallis Souza – Alliance International
3 – Yan Lucas Cordeiro Paiva – Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Middle

1 – Gabriel Arges de Sousa – Gracie Barra
2 – Marcos Vinícius da Silva Tinoco – Alliance International
3 – Jaime Soares Canuto – GF Team International
3 – Otavio Ferreira de Sousa – Gracie Barra

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Medium-Heavy

1 – Andre Luiz Leite Galvão – Atos Jiu-Jitsu
2 – Patrick Pontes Moura Santos Gaudio – GF Team
3 – Felipe Carsalade Araujo Pena – Gracie Barra
3 – Rômulo Claudio Barral – Gracie Barra

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Heavy

1 – Nicholas de Barcellos Meregali – Alliance International
2 – Leandro Lo Pereira do Nascimento – Ns Brotherhood
3 – Dimitrius Soares Souza – Alliance
3 – Guilherme Augusto Soares Santos – Alliance

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Super-Heavy

1 – Erberth Santos de Mesquita – Atos Jiu-Jitsu
2 – Bernardo Augusto Rocha de Faria – Alliance
3 – Luiz Fernando de Azevedo Panza – CheckMat
3 – Mahamed Aly Santos da Silva – Team Lloyd Irvin

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Ultra-Heavy

1 – Marcus Vinícius Oliveira de Almeida – CheckMat
2 – Gustavo Dias Elias – Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu
3 – João Gabriel de Oliveira e S. Rocha – Soul Fighters BJJ
3 – Otavio de Souza Nalati – Team Lloyd Irvin

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Open Class

1 – Marcus Vinícius Oliveira de Almeida – CheckMat
2 – Leandro Lo Pereira do Nascimento – Ns Brotherhood
3 – Erberth Santos de Mesquita – Atos Jiu-Jitsu
3 – Luiz Fernando de Azevedo Panza – CheckMat

 

BLACK / Adult / Female / Rooster

1 – Rikako Yuasa – Paraestra Shinagawa
2 – Rayanne Amanda Carmo dos Santos – Attack JJ Team – Belém PA
3 – Outi Järvilehto – Brasa CTA
3 – Serena Gabrielli – Flow

 

BLACK / Adult / Female / Light-Feather

1 – Ana Talita de Oliveira Alencar – Alliance
2 – Gezary Matuda Kubis Bandeira – American Top Team
3 – Kristina Sofia Puruganan Barlaan – Brasa CTA
3 – Thamires Diógenes de Aquino – GF Team

 

BLACK / Adult / Female / Feather

1 – Emilie Maxine M. H. Thylin – Gracie Humaita South Bay
2 – Ana Carolina Schmitt – Gracie Humaita
3 – Aarae Alexander – Team Lloyd Irvin
3 – Jaqueline de Moraes Amorim – CheckMat

 

BLACK / Adult / Female / Light

1 – Luiza Monteiro Moura da Costa – Ns Brotherhood
2 – Beatriz de Oliveira Mesquita – Gracie Humaita
3 – Jessica Cristina C. A. dos Santos – Elite Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Redmond
3 – Tammi Alana Musumeci – Brasa CTA

 

BLACK / Adult / Female / Middle

1 – Ana Carolina Vieira Srour – GF Team
2 – Monique Medeiros Elias – Alliance
3 – Amanda Loewen – SBG International (SBGI)
3 – Nivia de Souza Moura – Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu

 

BLACK / Adult / Female / Medium-Heavy

1 – Nathiely Karoline Melo de Jesus – Cicero Costha Internacional
2 – Andresa Correa – Alliance
3 – Jessica da Silva Oliveira – Gracie Barra
3 – Leah Roseanne Taylor – SBG International (SBGI)

 

BLACK / Adult / Female / Heavy

1 – Claudia Fernanda Onofre V. Doval – De La Riva JJ
2 – Talita Andrea Nogueira – Ns Brotherhood
3 – Fernanda Mazzelli Almeida Maio – Striker JJ

 

BLACK / Adult / Female / Super-Heavy

1 – Tayane Porfírio de Araújo – Alliance
2 – Venla Orvokki Luukkonen – Hilti BJJ Jyvaskyla

 

BLACK / Adult / Female / Open Class

1 – Tayane Porfírio de Araújo – Alliance
2 – Nathiely Karoline Melo de Jesus – Cicero Costha Internacional
3 – Beatriz de Oliveira Mesquita – Gracie Humaita
3 – Jessica da Silva Oliveira – Gracie Barra
To see the brown, purple, blue and white belt results click here!

 

 

The Heavyweight Finals! Leandro Lo loses!

 

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Does BJJ Work Against A Knife Attack?

 

In this video Nick Drossos is testing if grappling or BJJ work against a knife. I’ve often wondered the feasibility of this one myself!

 

 

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Why It Is Important To Wear A Rashguard When Training BJJ

 

The rash guard is a staple in no-gi grappling but it’s benefits of use with the gi is often debated. Someone people feel less restricted without a rash guard, and absolutely refuse to wear one while rolling in the gi. I am of the belief that the benefits of wearing a rash guard whenever you are rolling far out weigh the freedom you feel without it.

 

There are several reasons why I advocate the use of a rash guard under the gi.

 

Muscle Compression can help prevent injury. There have been several studies on how wearing a rash guard after rolling can speed up injury recovery due to the compression of the muscles. Just as there are compression braces that reduce injuries of the knees and ankles, rash guards may also reduce the occurrence of minor acute injuries.

 

Reduce the spread of bacteria. In the gi, it is common practice to open the gi in order to destabilize your opponent, setup for gi chokes, or to use as leverage for a pass. Additionally, during intense rolling, the gi will naturally open, exposing your opponent’s chest. This exposes as much as 40% more skin surface area and increases the change of bacteria exchange exponentially.

 

Wick away moisture for better grips. I find myself resetting my gi and tieing my belt every 10 minutes of rolling (or every other round). The more I roll, the more sweat accumulates, increasing the chances of me transferring that sweat to my hands in between rounds. Next thing I know, I try to take advantage of my opponent placing their palm on the ground, and as soon as I grab their wrist for the Kimura, they slip right out. Sure being sweaty can work to our benefit but we touch our bodies just as much as our opponent’s. Wearing a rash guard, will help to alleviate some of that sweat transfer.

 

Prevents mat burn. This is one of the original purposes of wearing a rash guard. When rolling no-gi, skin contact on your typical BJJ mat can cause friction scars. For people like myself, who has had several surgeries, the likely hood of mat burn is pretty high. Though the gi provides a barrier between the mat and your skin, it can worsen friction from rolling. The weave patterns on gi’s are designed to be strong and allow for griping, but it also creates a lot of friction. This is especially true for elbow passes or any other movements that require you to plant part of your arm on the mat. Wearing a rash guard can divert some of that friction to the rash guard, or even displace it all together, as it’s surface is a lot smoother than your skin.

 

Difference between a rashguard and a Compression shirt?

 

With that said, rash guards and compression shirts are not the same. In fact, all rash guards are not created equal. Typical compression shirts are made of 4 panels and are not designed for constant contact. As a result, the movements are restricted, and the shirt is more likely to ride up over your abdominal while rolling. Good rash guards are made from a minimum of 6 panels. The stitching is very durable and is built to resist sleeve pulls and stretching.

 

Unfortunately, IBJJF and Naga do not allow a rash guard under the gi for competitions.

 

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7 Highly Effective Habits For Jiu-Jitsu Newbs

 

by Mark Munster
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Evolve Academy Gaithersburg, MD

 

“Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless – like water. You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Be like water my friend.”– Bruce Lee

 

DRINKING FROM A FIRE HOSE

 

 

You’ve probably heard the expression before.  Meaning, there is so much coming at you, you can’t possibly absorb it all. But the best possible way to absorb water when you’re starting your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) journey? Be a sponge.

As you start out, you’ll be exposed to many new things:

  • Unique body movements
  • Wearing a heavy Gi or a rash guard for the first time
  • “Grips”
  • Unique positions (e.g., the Guard and it’s many, many variations)
  • Basic and advanced techniques (all of which will seem advanced at the beginning)
  • Different instructors and instruction methods
  • BJJ theories and application (i.e., sport vs. self-defense)
  • A myriad of different body movements (e.g., shrimping, bridging)
  • Joint pain
  • Being choked
  • Taped fingers and other body parts
  • Different training partners (all shapes, sizes, and……smells)
  • Physical and mental stimulus
  • Aches and pains (hello mat burn)

And that’s just inside the Academy!

 

By the way, ALL of this is GOOD STUFF!

But the journey within and around these things is like floating around the ocean without navigation. It can feel like you’re drowning while you’re just trying to doggy paddle around the sharks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In order to make the beginning of your journey more productive and give it structure, I decided to share a VERY POWERFUL resource I’ve found successful in tackling my personal and professional life, and correlate it to BJJ.

PRACTICE MAKES HABITS

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has basic, clear advice for people to implement in their lives. A framework for personal effectiveness.

It focuses on 7 primary habits you can develop to have effective human interaction.  One of the more popular phrases people use such as “Win-Win” stems from the writings in this book. (Editor’s Note: People misuse “Win-Win” all the time. Keep reading).

I decided to review the 7 habits and correlate them to the Jiu-Jitsu journey. There are a lot of details behind each habit, so visit the link above to learn more.

  1. Be Proactive – We’re in charge. We chooseExcuses the scripts by which to live our lives. This means not blaming your surroundings, genetics, job, or dog for reasons you’re not able to train, or get better from training. You control your journey. Don’t fall into the trap that life happens to you – YOU make it happen. A solid article related to this habit was recently published at White Belt BJJ.
  2. Begin with the End in Mind – Start with a clear destination in mind (set goals). All things are created twice: a mental creSlogan_BCAation and a physical creation. In BJJ, your goals should be to improve yourself everyday. Being a certain belt doesn’t mean the end of your journey. You should be learning and setting goals in a continual loop. Have you ever heard when someone gets their black belt, they say that they are just now beginning to learn? That’s your mindset. In BJJ, there is no end, only milestones of achievement.
  3. Put First Things First – Make training a priority. Responsibilities and your life will get in the way of even the most organized person. Make it a priowhite belt shrimprity to train. If you can’t train, you should be thinking about problems and how to solve them. Do your research by reading books or watching videos. Also, contextually, it could mean focusing the majority of your training on the Jiu-Jitsu building blocks and less on the esoteric or advanced movements. The old axiom, “you need to walk before you can run” will serve you well in the long run.
  4. Think Win-Win – Just to clarify, a “Win-Win” is when both people win. In business, this means agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying to both parties.  When you train, it should be a mutually beneficial experience for you and your training partner.  HOWEVER, I AM NOT ADVOCATING A 100% WIN-WIN MINDSET!  I think for competition purposes, we need to adopt a “Win-Lose” mindset as well. Clearly, if you compete, your goal is not to make your opponent look good. Also, in a self-defense scenario, if negotiations fail, you MUST win to survive. That’s your mindset. In the Academy, you should find training partners that share this perspective. (Note: There are 4 other scenarios of winning and losing, but these are the most applicable to BJJ).
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood – In BJJ, you should do what you can to understand the art you are studying.  Use a notebook to capture notes, review them, and come back to the next class with a deeper understanding.  When you improve your understanding, you’ll be able to ask more insightful questions that are more meaningful to developing your understanding of BJJ.
  6. Synergize – This is the “two heads are better than one” idea. You should use the Academy and your training partners to create synergies. Like a laboratory, you should be dissecting, hypothesizing, and testing out theories to make them part of your learning. Some great resources for this I’ve found are the Creative Jiu Jitsu Facebook Group, and White Belt BJJ.
  7. Sharpen the Saw – To be effective, we must devote the time to renewing ourselves physically, spiritually, mentally, and socially. This means making the most out of your time outside the Academy to renew your spirits and energies for BJJ. Pursue other interests, spend time with friends and family, read a book, watch TV, anything that will help you sharpen your saw.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Building habits takes time, patience, and practice. Being open to new things means you need to create the mindset of absorbing everything, keeping what is useful and discarding the rest. Being in a self-reflective state at all times will improve your on and off the mat flow. Like water.  But before you can be like water, be like the sponge.

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