Although most of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu takes place on the ground, it is vitally important for the BJJ white belt to learn to to “breakfall”. Inasmuch as the white belt needs to learn how to take someone down to the ground, they also need to learn how to be taken down safely!
Ukemi comes from the Japanese root verb “ukeru”; to receive. In the sport of Judo, throws (or ippons) are utilized to forcefully throw the opponent to the mat. Therefore breakfalls are taught during the very first classes. In BJJ we do some breakfall drills but it is not always focused on as much as it should be.
Learning how to properly breakfall will teach you how to absorb the force that comes from a strong throw. Check out the videos below to learn how to breakfall safely for Jiu Jitsu.
Hope this post will help keep you safe and injury free in your BJJ journey! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to sign up to our email list for BJJ tips and tricks!
Oftentimes white belts will resort to pulling guard in competition out of fear of not having takedown experience. This takedown is low impact and easy to perform. Enjoy!
“I got a question on my blog recently asking about a solid takedown for a white belt with no prior wrestling or judo experience. In the video I share an effective takedown that I show to many of my new students. I’ve seen this technique work numerous times for my students and even myself in competition. It’s simple, effective and even if you haven’t wrestled a ton, is pretty easy to implement into the game.” – Chewjitsu
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A New Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Video Game Is On The Way
Not only is there a new BJJ game on the way (For PC, Android and iOS), but you can also have yourself and your academy injected into the game via crowdfunding.
The game looks to be in the vein of retro 8-bit games like Pokemon and Final Fantasy. The makers of the game can explain better than I, so check out their video below and if you want to contribute to the making of the game, check out their indiegogo campaign!
How To Master Jiu-Jitsu – The 2 Most Important Aspects Of Training – Firas Zahabi
If you like a good ol’ fashioned Jiu-Jitsu philosophical discussion then you are going to love this video. Tristar gym coach Firas Zahabi has been on a tear lately with fantastic BJJ instructionals and tutorials. Firas is widely known as the coach and friend of MMA legend Georges St-Pierre.
Firas studies under John Danaher. Check out this amazing brand new video from BJJ hacks featuring the great coach of great coaches.
The Jiu Jitsu Gi. Oh how we adore you. You are an extension of us and are symbolically representative of us. We take you into war on a daily basis. You are the weapon that our opponents use against us; you wear my weapon, and I, wear yours. Ironic is our relationship, yet we love you so.
We all love our BJJ Gi’s and we all hope that we can make them last as long as possible. It is not only important to properly care for your Gi to make it last for many years, but the proper care of your Gi will also prevent you from being the loathed “stinky person” to roll with.
Here are some helpful hints written by my teammate Nic C. followed by some supplemental videos on how to keep your Gi in pristine condition!
Cleaning Gi’s with vinegar and baking soda.
When you get home throw everything you sweat in into the washing machine, including your compression shorts/rash guard/cup/jock.
Throw in 1 -1.5 cups of distilled white vinegar, make sure you get your collar, arm pit, crotch areas on your Gi.
Depending on your washing machine: pre-soak or rinse without spinning in the vinegar + warm water. Let it sit and drain. (If I get home at 10pm I’ll let the vinegar work until i get up in the morning)
Then, add a cup of baking soda to the load and a small amount of detergent. (Too much detergent that doesn’t get rinsed out is what collects additional funk.)
Wash heavy with warm water. Use the second rinse if your machine has it.
If your gi is still a little funky, repeat the process. If it starts out the worst thing ever, seriously soak it in the vinegar. If you don’t want to do this whole process every time, do it every third wash and wash it heavy with Tide Sport in between, but again, don’t use too much detergent and rinse an extra time. Get vinegar and baking soda from a price club if you can. I get huge things of baking soda for pool maintenance for under $10, and the vinegar is equally cheap. If you get a brand new Gi, washing it in vinegar first will help set the color better.
If you have any questions just ask, or Google how to refresh old dingy cotton towels.
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