First Jiu Jitsu Tournament Experience (Long Read From A White Belt)

 

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First Jiu Jitsu Tournament Experience (Long Read From A White Belt)

 

I am a white belt, 2 stripes. Been at this for 6 months. I am 34 years old and train 3 times a week. I have a 3 year old kid and a wife.

 

I heard there was a submission only tournament coming up soon so I checked the website, saw the weight classes and decided right then I needed to get out of the heavy weight division. I was 232 when I started in March (250 at the beginning of the year) and when I decided to sign up I was 213. WELL that gave me 2.5 weeks to get below 205.

 

I weighed in at 201. I overshot a little but was NOT in the monster class so that was good. Considering there was a few absolute gigantic human beings in that class, and one from my school who constantly works me.

 

I show up early, support the one kid of a teammate that was competing and was starting to get nervous. There was a few of the tykes I was glad I didnt have to face. Holy shit they are fearless.

 

My teammates start in the blues and purples and I am watching feeling scared now. I also now know how easy some of my friends were taking it on me. NOW I have doubts.

 

The little white belts start getting called and I know then I need to check the brackets posted. I tried sizing up the guys in rules meetings but I am not finding ANYONE my size. Now the fear starts to roll in that I am going to get moved up. Nope. I was right. I was having a hard time because there was just me and one other white at that range that were going for Gi.

 

Some of my friends are at the brackets and I hear “That’s cantreed right there”. So I turn around and see the guy I am rolling with. He has an inch on me, maybe more. But by the look of him, I have multiple t-shirts older than him. So I introduce myself and tell him it’s my first comp. Find out he is actually younger than MOST of my clothes that I have just thrown out because of weight loss.

 

Only takes about 15 minutes and its my turn. I remember removing my socks and stepping on the mat. It was squishy. Would really consider it soft compared to the mats at my gym. I get to my place, am informed this would be unlimited time because its for the gold, loser gets silver. I am stoked. I get a medal. It had dawned on me before but now its real. Now I can’t look at him. I kneel down to stretch my knee ligaments out prepared to be in guard for at least a bit before this guy sweeps me or takes me to the deep end of my cardio and drowns me.

 

I still cant look at him. I am looking at the ground. Hands tap. Heart pounds then stops. I hear my breathing and my coaches and teammates. Arms in elbows tight. The guy looks a bit hesitant. I am freaking out. I haven’t done much stand-up. Hurt my shoulder trying just recently. But I can’t feel it.

 

SO f–k it… I shoot. I grabbed a leg. Shoulder in, push and boom I am in top half. Top half guard. Something 6 months ago I barely knew what it was. I go for paper cutters. He is trying to gain guard and gets it. I bring my foot up and pin his arm. Wiper back leg out and break guard. I pass to half. I am ok with half. Paper cutter again. He is just letting me get that grip. I feel my heart again. I have got it. We grip fight for a few seconds but this grip is going NO WHERE! Cat 9 hurricane could blow through and it will be just me and this gi. I get light and pick up my hips. He rolls me.

 

I am devastated. I get guard and try to break posture. The guy leans up… and up… too high. I hip bump him and sweep him back down. He nails half pretty quick. But its almost quarter… I am high on him. So I slip my hand under his head and I hear my professor “I like what you are thinking… do that!” He turns his head away from me and I lock the Ezekiel and push. Took a second or two but he tapped. We hugged. I probably hugged him harder than I should but I wanted to cry. I had accomplished something I was not sure I could do. I did something that seemed crazy away of my abilities.

 

He tapped. I won. I won gold. I won the weight cut. I won the fear of competition. I won in front of my family. I won.

 

Then the pain in my forearms set in. The breathing was wrecked. The nightmare of having to do that again jumped in my head. I knew I would have been worthless if I had. I thanked everyone I could see. My coach hugged me for at least a minute. My professor said he was so proud. I felt like a kid. Being that fatherless kid most of my childhood these actions and these words were not doing well for my manly accomplishment because I was breaking.

 

Podium time. I am standing on top. I kneel down for my medal and it’s really real. I hug the guy next to me, I hug my mother who as embarrassed as I was she showed up I was so happy she did. I hugged my teammate/rolling partner for basically the whole of my bjj training. I hugged the other guys coach.

 

Then I thought about what I needed to do next. Learn armbars, better sweeps, takedowns, work cardio and forearms apparently. MAYBE stay at this weight just gain some more strength? Either way, compete again. Cause that was such a damn rush. Losing might have taken some of the shine from it, but I am a zero ego kind of guy. I don’t think I would have been to down on myself.

 

Either way, first comp, first win, first gold medal, won’t be the last of either, and still more firsts to come!

 

– Thank you S. Reed, a JJ Machado White Belt from Knuckle Up Jax for allowing us to share your story!

 

Grip Fighting For BJJ White Belts – Part 1 – “Standing Position”

 

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Grip Fighting For BJJ White Belts – Part 1 – “Standing Position”

 

When you first start out in Jiu Jitsu it can be easy to overlook the importance of grip fighting both standing and on the ground. We are so excited to get a sweep or land a submission that the art of grip fighting might seem boring.

 

As you progress you begin to realize that grips are imperative to have a knowledge of, if you wish to advance further in Jiu Jitsu.

 

Our good friend Nick “Chewjitsu” Albin of Derby City MMA made this video specifically for you white belts of WBBJJ.com! Thank you very much for the video brother! Nick has a wealth of Jiu Jitsu tutorials on his YouTube channel so be sure to subscribe!

 

 

Stay tuned to WBBJJ.com for part 2 – “Grip Fighting On The Ground”, coming soon!

 

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Joe Lauzon Says He Has Only Been Paid Half For His Fight At Metamoris

 

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Joe Lauzon Says He Has Only Been Paid Half For His Fight At Metamoris

 

Joe Lauzon says that Metamoris has only paid him half of what he is owed for his fight against Dillon Danis at Metamoris 6. He states that he thinks the reason is because of poor pay-per-view sales.

 

In a recent podcast Joe was asked if Metamoris pays on time.

 

He replies that the event happened on May 9th, and he was supposed to be paid 45 days later. That time passed and Joe emailed them saying, “Hey what’s going on?”

 

Metamoris replied that they didn’t have his tax information, which he then sent them. Days continued to pass until finally Joe decided to text Ralek Gracie to see what was going on.

 

He was then sent half of the money and was told he will have the rest in a couple of weeks.

 

BJJ Brown Belt Demoted To Purple Belt By Jiu Jitsu Coach

 

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BJJ Brown Belt Demoted To Purple Belt By Jiu Jitsu Coach

 

A new video has surfaced of a guy who was a purple belt that started all of the sudden wearing a brown belt. His coaches rolled with him and realized that his skills were unequivocally not technical enough for the brown belt level. So, they demoted him back to purple.

 

The student did not object.

 

“Today I had to do something that leaves me very sad with the conduct of a few coaches. This guy used to train at the Monteiro academy a while back. He was a tough blue belt, but never took BJJ seriously. Last week he showed up at my academy with a brown belt, I started watching him roll and noticed he didn’t have the technical ability of a brown belt, no chance. I spoke to him and he accepted this. I didn’t want to know who awarded him the belt, all I know is that here at academia Monteiro, your belt needs to be tied around your waist by Waldenes Massulo”

 

 

10 Things You Should Have In Your BJJ First Aid Kit

 

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10 Things You Should Have In Your BJJ First Aid Kit

 

This is a list of items that I keep handy for any injury situations that I might encounter while sparring Jiu Jitsu. Keep in mind that I am not a doctor. Obviously you should always seek the advice of a medical professional!

 

That being said, these are my 10 must-have BJJ first aid kit items, and why I keep them handy.

 

1. Athletic tape

 

– This is one of my most important items to have. Inevitably we are going to jam our fingers, toes, ankles or wrists. Thankfully properly applied athletic tape will keep you rolling while preventing further damage to the injury. Athletic tape can be pricey so it is better to buy multiple rolls at a time. This is a good deal from Amazon.com.

 

2. Ankle, Knee, Elbow Sleeves + ACE Bandages

 

– Sometimes we pop our knees, ankles and elbows. Sometimes it is because we move incorrectly and sometimes it is because we forget to tap as white belts. The compression effect of these items is soothing to the damaged joints. Ace bandage comes in handy when you bruise your shins. I always wear my knee sleeves when rolling. I keep the ankle and elbow sleeves handy for when I injure those body parts. This is just my personal preference.

 

3. Cold Packs

 

– Cold packs are quintessential for muscle pulls when you are trying to use the RICE method of healing (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Bags of ice can obviously be used but I find that cold packs are far more convenient.

 

4. Heating Pad

 

– I find that a heating pad works best for pulled muscles in the neck and back. I sometimes alternate between heating pad and cold packs for therapeutic relief.

 

5. Syringe (for those 18+ years of age only)

 

– My doctor allows me to keep two around in case I get a massive cauliflower ear. Use at your own risk though. It is absolutely recommended to go to a doctor to have them drain your ear, period.

 

6. Antifungal Spray

 

– Thankfully everyone that I train with is responsible about keeping themselves clean. However I always keep a can of antifungal spray handy just in case some ringworm appears unexpectedly. Sometimes I will give my entire body a quick spray after a shower for good measure.

 

7. Triple Antibiotic Ointment

 

– I keep some around for minor cuts. This one is really a no brainer that everyone should have handy whether you do Jiu Jitsu or not.

 

8. Finger Splints

 

– Finger jams are fairly common in Jiu Jitsu. I personally have a trigger finger on one of my pinkies and some other jammed fingers as well. My doctor recommended splinting the finger while rolling and while sleeping, and then leaving it off at other times.

 

9. Kinesio Tape

 

– This tape is very nice for muscle pulls and tears. Proper application of the tape helps to keep the muscle working properly and it feels great. So far I’ve only had to use this tape once for a shoulder pull and it felt great while rolling.

 

10. Bandaids and Gauze

 

– This is another no-brainer that every household should have. Every once in a while we get little scrapes, cuts and dings. Using bandaids and gauze will help keep your new white gi bloodstain free!

 

What other items do you keep handy that I should add to my list?

 

I hope you enjoyed the read. Good luck staying healthy and injury free!

 

The Most Detailed Butterfly Guard Sweep Tutorial Ever

 

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The Most Detailed Butterfly Guard Sweep Tutorial Ever

 

Firas Zahabi just released another incredible tutorial. This one covers the powerful butterfly guard “hook sweep”.

 

“The Butterfly Guard is one of my favourite Guards because it is so dynamic, but be careful it is an advanced Guard, not only are the moves more technically sensitive they also require a lot of timing. Even though I consider this Guard more advanced I like to teach it early on. Starting from blue belt, I definitely teach a lot of open Guard and the Butterfly Guard is a must know.” -Firas Zahabi

 

 

“Road to Pan Ams” – A New Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Documentary

 

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“Road to Pan Ams” – A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Documentary

 

This new documentary featuring BJJ competitor Justin Court is filled with wisdom in terms of competition mindset and training Jiu Jitsu in general. The cinematography and editing look fantastic too. Not only will you learn from this video, but it also contains a cameo from our black belt bud, Nick “Chewjitsu” Albin!

 

Hope you enjoy!

 

 

Prof. Pedro Sauer’s Daughter Groped, Attacker Pays The Price (Wristlock Tutorial)

 

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Prof. Pedro Sauer’s Daughter Groped, Attacker Pays The Price (Wristlock Tutorial)

 

Via Gracie Academy:

 

Professor Pedro Sauer was on vacation in Greece and he just texted me this video! Back story: A crackhead gropes his daughter in the crowd and flees. Pedro’s wife points the guy out sitting on a curb. Pedro wrist locks him until he cries and makes him apologize to his daughter. Left hook to the body was just a bonus reminder not to do it again! Learn self-defense, their are crazy people everywhere and unless Professor Sauer is your father, you will have to fend for yourself!

 

Click the player below to watch the events unfold!

 

Professor Pedro Sauer was on vacation in Greece and he just texted me this video! Back story: A crackhead gropes his…

Posted by Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

 

Here is a standing wristlock tutorial taught by Professor Sauer himself.