(Gracie Breakdown) What EXACTLY is a Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt?
In this video Rener and Ryron Gracie discuss their belt system in relation to other systems of promoting white belts.
Jiu Jitsu Reality Show – BJJ Library Challenge One – Episode 3
This is the first season of the BJJ Library Challenge One, a reality show and competition about the Jiu Jitsu way. Six black belts have come together to compete against one another to win a cash prize and the opportunity to face a proven champion, Alexandre Ribeiro. Xande is an 8-time world champion and 2-time ADCC champion.
Who will become the BJJ Library Champion and face Xande Ribeiro in a superfight?
If you missed the first two episodes here they are below for you!
Leg Lock Tutorial and Training with Eddie Cummings – Firas Zahabi
Sorry white belts in the gi. This particular post may not be the most suitable for you.
If you move onto advanced no-gi or freestyle grappling this new video from Georges St-Pierre’s coach, Firas Zahabi, will prove to be very helpful!
(For now though you can still have a great time attacking with the straight ankle lock!)
(Photo from Roger Gracie’s Instagram)
Roger Gracie Returns To Gi Competition In July Vs Comprido
Ok guys now it’s official, I’m fighting Rodrigo Comprido at the American Nationals during the UFC expo in Las Vegas July the 10th or the 11th. It’s a 10 min match. It has been a long time since I fought with the gi and I’m really looking forward to it. Let’s go! – Roger Gracie
Roger Gracie is widely considered the greatest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion of all time.
In 2005 Roger competed in the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship and won all 8 of his matches both at the super heavyweight and absolute weight classes by submission. In the 2009 Mundials he submitted all of his opponents in the super heavyweight and the absolute weight classes with a choke from the mount. Roger has not been submitted in competition since he was a blue belt. Gracie has 10 wins at the IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships as a black belt, with three of those victories in Open Weight competition (source Wikipedia).
Can’t wait for July!
The Art of Ukemi: How To Break Your Falls For Jiu
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!
Easy Takedown For White Belts Who Don’t Want To Pull Guard
Another great video our friend Nick “Chewjitsu” Albin!
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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