15 Tips And Strategies For White Belt Jiu-Jitsu Competitors




15 Tips And Strategies For White Belt Jiu-Jitsu Competitors


1. Decide whether you’re going to do takedowns or pull guard. If your standup strategy is a single technique like a “double-leg”, and you are unable to make it happen, just pull guard. If you started Jiu-Jitsu with takedown experience, make for yourself a set of parameters. For example, “If it’s halfway through the match and nothing has happened in terms of standup, I’ll pull guard to get the match going.”


2. Relax Relax Relax. What I mean by relax is to maintain a presence of mind.


3. There’s nothing wrong with being nervous. Don’t spend all your emotional energy fighting your own nervousness. Just accept it.


4. If it’s your first competition, remember that you only have to win each match once. In the training room, you can be lazy because you know there will be more rolling. You think, “Why burn up all my energy fighting this position now when I have another 30 minutes of rolling left?” This doesn’t apply to competitions. When competing you have to go full throttle each match from start to finish.


5. Most White Belts start strong. Few White Belts end strong.


6. I remember feeling extremely nervous watching competitors perform certain “advanced” techniques. For me, it was the flying armbar. I was deathly afraid of flying armbars – despite never having been flying armbarred. I’ve heard other people get nervous because they see someone do a Berimbolo or attacks feet a lot. Believe me when I say that styles make fights. You can have the fanciest, jitz-flow, surfer hand sign grappler look amazing in one match, and get completely shut down by a “boring” pressure oriented grappler the next.


7. Patches and stripes don’t mean a person is good.


8. Muscles don’t mean a person is good.


9. School affiliation doesn’t mean a person is good.




10. You will experience time distortion. Everything might seem much faster (or slower) than it seems in the training room. Once you watch it on tape, you’ll realize the match was the same speed as training.


11. You don’t have to mean mug or be friends with everyone before the match. Do whatever makes you comfortable and don’t let your competition dictate your pre-match ritual. You don’t have to look people in the eyes (the “staredown”), perform the Catholic hand sign, or reenact Russell Crowe’s prebattle routine from Gladiator in order to win the match. Just do what makes you comfortable.


12. Put competition into context. The first time you step onto the mat, you’re just trying to get your nerves right. You’re not going to look like Bruno Malfacine out there. That’s ok.


13. You have to learn to compete as much as you have to learn Jiu-Jitsu. They are related but separate skills.


14. You don’t control winning or losing 100%. The referee and your opponent also play huge roles. That being said, the biggest variable that you control is yourself. Win or lose, keep your focus on what you could have done better.


15. Enjoy it.


About Julius Park: I am a Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. I’ve produced BJJ World Champions from Blue Belt up to Brown Belt. My next goal is to get a student to the Black Belt World Champion level and into the UFC. I have an English Bulldog, Ghostface, who has so far resisted all training methods. I teach out of Crazy 88 Mixed Martial Arts gyms in the Baltimore area.



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Jiu Jitsu Reality Show “BJJ Library Challenge One – Ep. 1”




Jiu Jitsu Reality Show “BJJ Library Challenge One – Ep. 1”


This is one of the best Jiu Jitsu videos I have seen in a while! It is a fun watch with a ton of great BJJ action. Saulo and Xande Ribeiro gather 6 dangerous Black Belts under one roof to fight for a chance to face Xande in competition.


The Black Belts selected for the reality show are Brian Mingia, Victor Schlosser, Dennis Hallman, Victor Barreto, Luke Costello and AJ Sousa.


In this first episode the competitors meet each other at the BJJ Library academy to start off the show’s challenges. First, a game of “King of the Mountain” is played where all of the Black Belts (including Xande) test their take down skills against one another. The last man standing wins.


Next up is a more cerebral challenge. The competitors must balance a large pipe filled half way with water, and then squat with the pipe for 5 seconds. It sounds and looks easy but you can see in the guys faces that it is quite a feat to pull off.


A lot of excellent Jiu Jitsu action ensues! I don’t want to spoil it all for you so check it out!



This Is What Bad Jiu Jitsu Instruction Looks Like




This Is What Bad Jiu Jitsu Instruction Looks Like


As Jiu Jitsu continues to grow as a sport there will be a greater and greater influx of people who have convinced themselves that they are proficient in the art. Thankfully we have YouTube, where most of said Jiu Jitsu artists go to post their “instructionals” to an unsuspecting public.


The BJJ community is so well connected that usually within an hour of upload, these silly videos are shared and seen by all.


For those of us who practice BJJ under legitimate instructors, these videos can prove to be quite hilarious! Check some of the funnier ones I’ve found below!



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BJJ Guard Concepts And Submission Chaining




BJJ Guard Concepts And Submission Chaining


This is a 3 hour mega resource featuring techniques from Eddie Bravo, Ryan Hall, Vinny Magalhaes, Rener Gracie and many more!



Hope you enjoyed the video! Good luck in your Jiu Jitsu Journey!


Kit Dale Ostracized In Mainstream News For Being A Bad Parent




Kit Dale Ostracized In Mainstream News For Being A Bad Parent


Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and this is one of those instances. BJJ madman Kit Dale is known for his zany antics, viral videos and loony social media posts. Unbeknownst to Kit, his Facebook page has been being monitored for potential worldwide mainstream media news!


Kit recently posted this picture:




Someone at Yahoo! News picks up the story except they claim that it is actually Kit Dale in the photograph advocating this harsh form of parenting. Other news outlets quickly picked up on the story that a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion from Melbourne, Australia named Kit Dale was making his daughter wear an imposing shirt to ward off any potential suitors. Check out the ABC news video below:


ABC Breaking US News | US News Videos


Kudos to Kit for inadvertently punking so many people!


The awkward moment when you're named as the worst father of the year and you don't even have kids LOL#blamekit#kitdaleyouarenotthefather

Posted by Kit Dale on Thursday, April 23, 2015




Mackenzie Dern Makes History By Defeating Gabi Garcia




Mackenzie Dern Makes History By Defeating Gabi Garcia


Mackenzie Dern makes history by defeating Gabi Garcia in the females absolute semi finals. Dern now faces GF Team’s Vanessa Oliveira in the female’s absolute finals of the Abu Dhabi World Professional cup 2015.


“I fought her like five times and every time was learning, first time I tried just to survive and that didn’t work and she submitted me fast, so this time I decided to attack but not over expose, obliviously I tried but I couldn’t get any advantages. I’m just so happy the strategy was good.” – Mackenzie Dern