How To Be A Good BJJ Partner When A Teammate Is Injured

 

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How To Be A Good BJJ Partner When A Teammate Is Injured

 

Any BJJ addict will tell you that there is nothing worse than having an injury that prevents you from training. That being said, often times an injured BJJ addict will attempt to train through the pain.

 

What can you do as a good training partner to help someone who is injured to be able to roll safely? Below are a few thoughts to consider.

 

– First and foremost, drop the ego. It is only one five minute match with a teammate. You don’t have to “win” against someone who is injured. There is no glory to be gained.

 

– Let your teammate initiate where the roll goes. They may normally be a pressure passer but because of a knee injury may be forced to play more open guard. Allow them to get into a position and then work from there. Be like Rickson Gracie and “flow with the go”.

 

– Be mindful of their injury. If their right shoulder is hurt, don’t go for Kimuras, Omoplatas, Americanas, etc. I would like to say that this is stating the obvious but believe me, people will attack an injury. Most times it is not done intentionally, but in the heat of a roll, movements can become reactionary.

 

– I know this may sound crazy to some of you, but you can even give up position for an injured teammate, and give them a chance to be offensive! Wild sounding, I know. Doing this will give you a chance to work on your defense, without having the pressure of having to do so.

 

– If you know someone is injured and know how to practice arte suave (the gentle art), help out the injured person by calling them out a few times in a sparring session, to prevent them from possibly furthering their injury by rolling with an overzealous beginner.

 

 

If you are the injured person listen to your doctor and take heed their advice!

 

When you get to the point like you feel you can begin training again, be sure to pick the right people to roll with. Stay away from the spazzy, explosive types. It is not necessarily a size issue, most larger advanced belts have learned how to roll with smaller people over the years.

 

If you get called out by someone to roll and you feel that rolling with them might not be the best idea, simply tell them. They can quickly re-injure you if both you, and they, are not careful. Academies are generally filled with people who all get along and consider each other extended families. Saying something shouldn’t be an issue.

 

Also be sure to talk to your coach so that he can give you some extra attention when it comes time to spar. He can anticipate potentially dangerous situations while watching you roll and give you a warning if needed.

 

Again, always listen to your doctor. I am not one. This is an opinion blog from a laymen. Click here for full disclaimer.

 

Hope this post is helpful to some of you and I hope you remain injury free!

 

Chael Sonnen vs Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral set for Metamoris 6

 

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[via Ariel Helwani of mmafighting.com]

 

A rematch of UFC 55 is coming to Metamoris 6.

 

Chael Sonnen will meet Renato “Babalu” Sobral on May 9 at Metamoris VI, according to Sonnen. Metamoris founder Ralek Gracie confirmed the news, as well. Gracie said the event would take place in Los Angeles, but he would not confirm the location just yet. Gracie added that Sonnen vs. Sobral will not serve as the main event, which will be announced in the coming days.

 

Metamoris is a grappling promotion that features 20-minute, submission-only matches. There are no points given so a winner is only declared if there is a submission.

 

Sonnen made his promotional debut in August when he was submitted by Andre Galvao at Metamoris IV. Sobral competed at Metamoris III last March, fighting to a draw against former UFC veteran Dean Lister.

 

Sobral spoke about his desire to compete against Sonnen on Friday with MMA Prime.

 

“Babalu” spoiled Sonnen’s UFC debut in 2005, when he submitted “The American Gangster” via second-round arm-triangle choke at UFC 55.

 

Video Proves Pitbulls Make Great Jiu Jitsu Training Partners

 

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Video Proves Pitbulls Make Great Jiu Jitsu Training Partners

 

There are those who want to place bans on this breed of dog because they are “supposedly” naturally aggressive. This video proves that not only is such not the case, but that pitbulls make great Jiu Jitsu Training partners!

 

Via Gene Gook, the videos producer: KIDS, DO NOT ATTEMPT THESE TECHNIQUES ON PITBULLS. These pitbulls have been professionally trained in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Stay tuned for our ongoing Pitbull BJJ video series. For all you haters out there, no animals were injured during the filming of this video.

 

 

What WBBJJ.com Followers Have To Say About Quitting

 

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This White Belt needs some advice. Let’s show him that he came to the right place. What say you all about his predicament?

 

“I’ve been training almost a year and I have 3 stripes on my white belt, and one stripe white belts are tapping me! I desperately need some encouragement before I throw in the towel and walk away. I expect color belts to tap me, but EVERYONE taps me! Any words of wisdom?” – Mike B.

 

Share your advice in the post below!

 

 

Gabi Garcia Postpones MMA Debut

 

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(via mmafighting.com)

 

Jiu Jitsu star Gabi Garcia won’t be making her mixed martial arts debut this month.

 

The nine-time Jiu Jitsu world champion and two-time ADCC gold medalist signed a contract with Brazilian promotion Jungle Fight to fight on March 28 in Sao Paulo, but decided to postpone her MMA debut to a future date.

 

Jungle Fight president Wallid Ismail confirmed the news to MMAFighting.com.

 

Garcia was originally set to compete for the first time in MMA on Dec. 23 in Tokyo, Japan, but Real Fight failed to find an opponent for the Brazilian.

 

A black belt under Fabio Gurgel, hasn’t lost a Jiu Jitsu or grappling match since 2009, Garcia plans on cutting down to 185 pounds for her first MMA bout.

 

Jungle Fight 76 takes place March 28 in Sao Paulo and marks the promotion’s debut on network television in Brazil. The fight card will be headlined by Elizeu Zaleski vs. Jose Diaz for the welterweight title, and features bantamweight champion Jonas Bilharinho trying to win another title, as he takes on Fabiano Nogueira for the 145-pound championship. Women’s strawweight champion Erika Almeida will also put her title on the line that night, facing Tania Pereda.

 

Logan Cook Puts Opponent To Sleep With “Logeoplata”

 

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I remember the first “Logeoplata” landed in competition as well as the second. Logan Cook has landed his signature move yet again, this time putting his opponent to sleep.

 

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Below Logan gives a tutorial on how he sets up and performs the technique!

 

 

Check out our coverage of another “Logeoplata” win here.

 

Thank you for sending in the match and keeping us posted on your progression Logan! Oss!

 

Triple Amputee American Veteran Trains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

 

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Joey Bozik is an Iraq War veteran. He was severely injured in Iraq when his Humvee rolled over an IED.

 

He then spent eighteen months at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.

 

He ended up losing both of his legs and one of his arms. His remaining arm functions at around 70 percent.

 

The accident took place in 2004. Since then, Joey Bozik has also gone all in with competitive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

 

 

 

Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Reality Show On The Way

 

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(San Diego, CA) – March 1, 2015 – Be one of 6 upcoming Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) black belts selected to participate and compete in a reality show about the Jiu Jitsu way under the coaching and mentorship of legendary Jiu-Jitsu Hall of Famer, Saulo Ribeiro.  Winner takes home a $2,500 purse and a BJJ Library Video Series.  The grand finale of the show will feature the winner in a contest with one of the greatest BJJ fighters of all time, Jiu-Jitsu Hall of Famer, Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro following a special set of rules designed specifically for this singular match. Participants take home the experience of a lifetime. The program will tape March 17-21, 2015.  To be considered, send resume to: [email protected] by March 10, 2015.

 

“These upcoming black belts will gain knowledge not only about Jiu-Jitsu but about themselves while sharing their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey with the world,” Saulo Ribeiro said.  “This is an exciting platform from which the world can experience the depth and magnificence of the Jiu-Jitsu way of life.”

 

About University of Jiu Jitsu and its Founders: 

 

Affiliated with the Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu organization, the University of Jiu Jitsu was founded and is operated by celebrated brothers Saulo and Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro.  Saulo Ribeiro is a 4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a six-time World Champion in five different divisions as well as a two-time winner of the Abu Dhabi Championship Cup (ADCC). He is also the author of the bible of Jiu-Jitsu, the best selling Jiu Jitsu University. Xande Ribeiro is a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and six-time World Champion as well as a two-time ADCC Champion and considered the best pound for pound BJJ fighter of all time.

 

Clark Gracie Shows Guard Replacement And Sweep

 

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Clark Gracie and Adem Redzovic are back at it again! This is a great technique for white belts because it can oft times prove difficult bridging and creating space when you don’t have the underhook in half guard.

 

We practice this frequently at my academy. We call it the “Life Saver” to help us reference the move, because it can truly be just that when you are getting smashed and passed.

 

 

Here is the “Open Guard Translated” video that Clark and Adem are referencing. It is truly one of my favorite technique videos. I can assure you that if you haven’t seen it yet, that it will help your BJJ game.