[dropcap]P[/dropcap]roper hygiene in the Jiu Jitsu Academy is essential to uninterrupted training. I outline some easy best practices to maintaining a clean gym in the first half of this post. In the second half, I talk briefly about two of the most common skin infections in a Jiu Jitsu gym, ringworm and staph infections. The 5
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he white belt watches the smoothness of the upper belts and sometimes feels that level of fluidity is out of reach. Anyone can move smoother and increase speed in BJJ. The clunkiness of newness can be overcome. Relaxation In BJJ Unlocks Speed In BJJ Speed kills and relaxation is the prerequisite to speed (read more
[dropcap]U[/dropcap]ntil a basic understanding of relaxation is achieved there will always be a limit on what the white belt can achieve. The first major project the white belt encounters in their Jiu Jitsu Journey is to master relaxation for Jiu Jitsu. The reminders to relax and breathe seem so easy to forget in the moment.
“[dropcap]S[/dropcap]tick to your game plan!” I yelled this phrase repeatedly last weekend as I was helping coach students in a competition. Preparing for the tournament I found my biggest focus with the competitors was making sure that they had a Jiu Jitsu game plan. What Is A Jiu Jitsu Game Plan? Before we get started though,
[dropcap]M[/dropcap]y last article was about using YouTube as a tool in the Jiu Jitsu Journey. In my next few blog posts I am going to include some of the videos I have found most helpful in my Jiu Jitsu Journey. The theme of these first videos is the power of repetition. Jiu Jitsu is a
[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ow many Jiu Jitsu videos do you think there are on YouTube? (Over 1.4 million is right!) YouTube houses excellent information to help a grappler improve. For every one good video there are a handful of not so good ones. Faulty instruction ingrains bad habits that could take years to unlearn. So how can the jiu jitsu player
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen I was brand new I took cues from my training partners. Because of my slow initial growth they felt that I was an easy roll and wasn’t going to be tapping anyone anytime soon. I accepted that. My Jiu Jitsu self image was that I just wasn’t going to be very good at Jiu Jitsu.
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n my mind I finished the sweep and passed effortlessly to side control. I was going to win. But that isn’t what was ACTUALLY happening. That was my imagination separating from the realness of the moment. That was me projecting how I wanted things to go by playing a movie in my head that wasn’t
[dropcap]I[/dropcap] don’t think I submitted any of my training partners for my first year of live rolling. My gym was very “sink or swim”, and I was sinking like a cannonball. Today I am one of the highest ranked belts at that same school. I realize now that being the worst grappler on the mat
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ithin their first few years of training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, most people will hit the “Wall,” and consider quitting BJJ. Some people quit their first day trying out class and maybe Jiu Jitsu just isn’t for them. Everyone who makes it past their first day is at risk of quitting eventually. Perseverance is the trait that