In this video I share 5 tips and modifications that you can make to your BJJ game that you can implement today to help keep you on the mats, limit re-injury, and actually improve your overall jiu-jitsu game.
In this latest episode of the BJJ GOONS podcast Tim Spriggs and Tony Peranio (wbbjj.com) discuss the most recent UFC events, this forthcoming ADCC that Tim is competing in, the topic of BJJ privilege, and lots of advice for new grapplers!
We also give you a sneak peak of the gym that we built into the podcast studio. Lots of great content will be coming soon.
Hip switched top half guard can be an excruciating position for the person on bottom if the guy on top is good with pressure. This is certainly never a position you want to be in and is not an offensive bottom half guard position at all (outside of a “hail mary” club the head sweep).
In this video Lachlan Giles teaches how to prevent getting caught in this situation, and how to get out of it if you do get caught there.
I saw a post today in the white belt BJJ Facebook group where an older man was nervous to compete even though he is addicted to the sport. This hearkened me back to when Celebrity Author and Chef Anthony Bourdain (R.I.P.) took the time to compete in the IBJJF New York open.
Anthony was 60 years old at the time but he still went out there and did it, and won!
Hope this is inspiring to older grapplers out there!
First – Anthony Bourdain – Renzo Gracie Academy
Second – Alexey Iskhakov – Mike Moses’ Competition Team
Did you ever try out a Jiu-Jitsu class and were immediately thrown to the wolves?
There are different types of BJJ academy and different types of BJJ instructors. Some are lackadaisical in approach while others have a curriculum and a system in place to advance students.
Often times the new student join the former type of academy and has a horrible experience which turns them away from the art forever. The lucky students are those who enter an academy with a proven regiment.
I am not saying that you need to join a “Gracie Jiu-Jitsu” academy, but you should try out more than one academy before committing.
You should be looking for an instructor that cares about you personally and is willing to help and assist you along your journey.
Our art is too beautiful to miss out on because of a single, solitary bad experience.
The sensei on the right said that he knew that brown belt when he was a blue belt long time ago. He also stated that he was a “hard”/good blue belt . He had been practicing BJJ in different gyms and came to his dojo as a brown belt. They said that a lot of the gyms are charging to graduate the students, which they don’t agree. They spoke to the student and he agreed that his BJJ is not in a brown belt level and agreed to be demoted. Both sensei gave him a purple belt and stated that he is a “hard”/good purple belt or Duro as they called. At the end they said: ” Please don’t skip any belts folks. When you skip a belt is a shame to our sport!” That’s basically what was said.
Do you agree with the coach or should the student have kept his brown belt?
Here is one of the most basic armbars for the new white belt about to hit the mats.
Many times when you have an opponent in side control they will turn on their side and give you this armbar, or you can facilitate it like in the video by cupping behind your opponents arm and pulling him into you.
Note: Always keep in mind the Kimura is usually available in this situation to chain as an attack.
Cauliflower ear, also known as perichondrial hematoma or wrestler’s ear, is a deformity of the ear caused by trauma. Cauliflower ear occurs when blood pools in your pinna after it’s been hit or struck. The pinna is your outer ear. This pooling of blood, known as a hematoma, needs to be treated right away.
If the hematoma is not treated permanent hard tissue scarring occurs.
Unfortunately cauliflower ear is highly prevalent in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as wrestling.
Typically one wold get hit in the ear and develop the hematoma. They would go to a doctor or a teammate with a syringe, and have them suck out the blood. After that the ear is stitched up. The wound needs to have pressure constantly applied or it will fill back up again rendering the surgery useless. At least two weeks will be needed off of the mats.
Headgear is surely one way of preventing cauliflower but it does not work 100 percent of the time!
If you truly want a unique and affordable way to prevent cauliflower ear, you need to check out www.Earsplintz.com. (This product is not worn during training. It is only to be work after training has concluded.)
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“I think it’s a phenomenal product for the general public to be able to use… It comes with very detailed directions, very easy to follow directions. Being able to apply that in the youth setting really allows the athletes to keep the shape of their ear better. Especially if they’re not interested in wearing headgear.” – Corey James
They sent me some to try out and I could not wait to dive in. As I explain in my video I just competed this past Saturday at a Newbreed Jiu-Jitsu tournament in Maryland. The first thing my opponent did was slap the side of my head and ear. It isn’t puffed out but it has been sore for 2 days.
The earsplintz arrived in a really cool zippering hard case. Inside was everything you need to craft your splintz. If you can do a boil and bite mouthguard you can easily make these.
You simply follow the instructions which are simple!
Mix one scoop of each container together, rub it around like putty or dough until it becomes all one color.
You then take putty and rub it in your hands until you get a 3 – 4 inch rope.
You squish that into the mold to about half way up the wall.
Next you take 1 and a half scoops of each container and rub together as you did the first. This time you will squish that ball into the inside of your ear creating that impression.
Next you clamp the molds in and put on the supplied headband and wait five minutes. Then voila! Your earsplintz are ready to go.
They immediately began making my ear feel better even during the molding process. If you’ve ever had sore ears from grappling you can imagine how good these would feel applying gentle pressure. For added effect you can freeze them! Oh the joy is overwhelming!
So these cost about $140 on Amazon and $120 through www.earsplintz.com. If you use code WBBJJ you will get an additional $10 off bringing it down to about $110. This is way cheaper than surgery and way cooler than wearing headgear for Jiu-Jitsu!
There is enough material in the containers to make at least 3 molds. You can keep one in your bag, one in your car and one in the freezer!
The company is partnered with USA wrestling and has been in business for about a decade.
I have reviewed plenty of products for Jiu-Jitsu but this item has been the biggest blessing thus far!
Not happy with the product? Get a refund! It’s that good.