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8 Ways To Improve Your Jiu Jitsu
1) Supplemental workouts outside of your academy – Try doing cardiovascular, strength and endurance training when not on the mats. Doing this will go a long way in helping your Jiu Jitsu. Stronger muscles will help you prevent injury. Cardio and endurance training will help you roll harder, longer.
2) Hang around when class is over – Inevitably when class ends a few people will hang around drilling techniques or talking about Jiu Jitsu. This is a great time to ask questions and learn tweaks for your game that you might not learn if you were to leave as soon as class ends.
3) Use what you learned in training that day – Your BJJ coach teaches specific techniques for a reason. They want you to learn how to use those techniques while you are rolling. If your coach teaches a mount escape, go for that particular escape that day when you are mounted. Doing so will give you practice with the technique and show your instructor that your were paying attention in class.
4) Increase your training hours per week – Try to squeeze in as much Jiu Jitsu as possible per week. Sometimes there are classes we could attend at our academy but maybe we don’t feel like waking up early or staying up late. Force yourself to get to the academy during those times. You will absolutely be glad that you did. I have never left BJJ class thinking, “I should have stayed in bed.”
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5) Rest/Recover – Rest and recovery is extremely important in terms of improving your Jiu Jitsu. Gains are not made in the gym. Gains are made during the period of rest. 8 – 9 hours per day of sleep will keep you energetic on the mats and will ensure that you don’t over train your body, which can set you back more than it will help.
6) Proper nutrition – “You are what you eat.” You have heard this spoken and it is true. Fruits and vegetables are your friend. Processed fatty foods are your enemy. If you adhere to a proper diet you will literally have more energy than you can burn off. Eating the wrong foods will make you feel slow and sluggish.
7) Have fun – Sometimes folks can take Jiu Jitsu too seriously. Remember why you started Jiu Jitsu. We started because it is such a fun sport! Try expressing your creativity on the mats on occasion. Forget about being tapped out. Try techniques just for the fun of it! Come to Jiu Jitsu as a child would, ready to have fun!
8) Visit other academies – Visit some other academies in your area to get some new rolling partners and fresh perspectives. Visiting other academies will go far in showing areas you areas that you can improve in. You will also make new friendships and form new relationships! This is a huge part of BJJ that keeps us all bound together and enjoying ourselves.
Below are some cool videos that offer further assistance in improving your Jiu Jitsu. Enjoy!
“My Triangles Are Diamonds Now.” – BJ Penn (Roots Of Fight)
In the video below legendary talking heads come together to discuss one of the greatest Jiu Jitsu and MMA fighters of all time, BJ Penn.
“The Prodigy” earned his BJJ Black Belt in 4 years and then went on to become a UFC champion and hall of famer.
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Guy Gets Slapped In The Face During Jiu Jitsu Match. Retaliates With Slap.
Sometimes a Jiu Jitsu match can become heated. In the follower submitted video below a guy gets slapped in the face. His retaliation slap has been turned into a thug life meme, and it’s pretty darn funny.
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Royce Gracie Returning To MMA To Fight Ken Shamrock Again
Last night during the Bellator 145 broadcast it was announced that on February 19th in Houston Ken Shamrock would fight Royce Gracie for the 3rd time, and Kimbo Slice would fight Dada5000.
Below are the videos of the announcements.
On November 12, 1993 Shamrock and Gracie had their first fight in the newly formed Ultimate Fighting Championship at UFC 1. The event was held under a one-night tournament format. Ken Shamrock submitted Patrick Smith by heel-hook in the quarter finals.
Shamrock’s opponent in the semifinals of UFC 1 was the Brazilian Royce Gracie. During the match, Shamrock grabbed Gracie’s ankle and sat back to attempt a heel hook. According to Shamrock, however, his arm had gotten tangled in Gracie’s gi and when Shamrock sat back, it pulled Gracie on top of him. Gracie then secured a rear-naked choke and advanced to the finals. The ending was a source of controversy because the referee did not see the tap and ordered the two fighters to continue fighting after Gracie had let go of the hold. Shamrock paused for a few seconds but declined, admitting to the ref that he tapped out and that it would not be fair for him to continue fighting. After the fight, Shamrock admitted that he underestimated Gracie: “I didn’t know who Royce Gracie was…when I saw him in his gi, I thought he was some karate guy.”
On April 5, 1995, at UFC 5, Shamrock got his rematch with Gracie in a match called “The Superfight,” which would determine the UFC Champion. At the time, Gracie had a reputation as being seemingly unbeatable. Gracie had obvious concerns about his relative lack of size in comparison to Shamrock, so he came into the octagon at 190 pounds – roughly fifteen pounds above what had been his normal fighting weight; Shamrock also cut his weight down to 205 pounds for the bout. Hours before the event, the UFC suddenly instituted a 30-minute time limit, mainly due to pay per view time constraints. Both Gracie and Shamrock were upset at the sudden rule change. For Shamrock, it ruined his game plan, who had been training for months to utilize his natural advantages in size and strength to wear Gracie down over the course of two hours. Shamrock and Gracie fought for the entire allotted time of 30 minutes along with 5 minutes of overtime before the match was declared a draw due to the fight not having judges. Gracie left with a melon sized welt closing his eye, a result of a standing punch due to a sudden change of the rules in which both of the fighters were restarted on their feet. Shamrock was not satisfied with his performance against Gracie, saying “it’s certainly not a win. You gain nothing (with a draw)”. Shamrock expressed desire to fight Gracie again for a third time in 1996, saying that if it went to a draw again, he would have Gracie declared the winner and Shamrock would forfeit his UFC Superfight Championship belt to Gracie. Gracie left the UFC after his fight with Shamrock and did not return until 11 years later. [Source]
Gracie and Shamrock will face each other on February 19th, 2016 at Bellator 149 in Houston, Texas.
How To Increase Your Flexibility For Jiu Jitsu – Ryan Hall
In the video below Ryan Hall details his stretching routine and how it makes his Jiu Jitsu more effective!
9:08 – Shoulder Stretch
12:00 – Lower Body
12:45 – Standing Hamstring
14:10 – Squatting Buddha Stretch
15:20 – Shoulder Belt
16:48 – Forearm & Wrist
18:12 – Lying Pectoral Stretch
20:26 – Sitting Inner Thigh
22:44 – Kneeling Hip Flexor
24:30 – Sitting Sprinters [1/2 butterfly]
27:05 – Sitting Shoulder & Back
28:52 – Sitting Back & Hip
30:57 – Granby Neck Stretch
35:08 – Neck Bridges
36:29 – Upward Dog
37:16 – Hamstring Belt
40:13 – Lying Knee
41:31 – Triangle Hip Stretch
44:13 – MMA Hip Stretch
48:00 – Butterfly Stretch
49:06 – Combo Stretch Routine