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In Brazilian jiu-jitsu with a gi you wear the funny Asian pajamas. In no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu you wear shorts and usually a t-shirt or rash-guard top. You can grab onto the funny pajamas but you can't grab onto any clothes in no-gi. The gi absorbs sweat, adds friction, and provides a wide variety of grips to choke, throw, and control from. Often the ...


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I want to be able to be prepared against any kind of opponent. You are looking for a unicorn there. No martial art whatsoever is able to do that. There is no ultimate fighting art. That said, most martial arts (McDojo excluded) can give you an edge in self defence. It will shift the odds in your favour which is a good thing. However, self defence is ...


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Concepts are great In general, I agree: concepts are the underlying part of all jiu-jitsu that works. Posture, base, leverage--these will be constants across all techniques that work. I think Kit goes off the rails by extrapolating from his experience to advice for the general populace, however. For instance: One of the things I noticed early early on ...


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It seems a number of females share your problems. I read a number of female BJJ bloggers, and they have expressed similar feelings. My suggestion is to read what they have to say and maybe reach out to them: A tiny, shy woman who is mad keen on jiujitsu and gives a brutally honest account of her journey. A post a little while ago where she talks about ...


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1) Safety BJJ clubs often don't work takedowns because they regard stand-up work as more dangerous. This is not unreasonable. Even many judo schools will have prepubescent students practice more groundwork than throws. In particular, takedowns require students to pay attention to when they might get thrown, and execute a safe breakfall when they do. Being ...


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Yes, power training will positively affect your grappling. It's important to understand how. All techniques require a degree of physicality. (Muscle is, after all, what moves your body in the first place.) Physicality includes strength (the ability to produce force), power (strength applied quickly), conditioning, and other attributes like balance, agility, ...


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BJ Penn and Demian Maia The training results of BJ Penn and Demian Maia cannot be replicated at will. Some people just have natural gifts. Luck also plays a factor, as does physicality, especially as relates to avoiding injury. Without discounting the tremendous amount of hard work that he put into training, BJ Penn was bestowed with natural physical ...


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You've taken the first step in doing so - acknowledging that you're doing it. Now, where do you go from there? That largely depends on the situation, but here's a few things that might help to get you started. Learn to roll. You've been put in an arm bar, or you've been thrown, or basically any other situation that if it follows through to its natural ...


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In Living the Martial Way, Forrest Marshall makes the insight that you should run like you want to fight: if you want to fight at a slow, plodding, constant pace, then run long distances as a slow, plodding, constant pace. This advice is a gross simplification of exercise science but it is basically true in this context. Your coach is right. Long-distance ...


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This is a standard exercise in Shodokan Aikido (required for every test). We call it either "Randori" or "Jiyu Waza". We don't standardize it the way you're asking. (In Chinese martial arts, the term may be Sanshou, but I'm not sure that is standardized. Closer to Kumite) My school used to do 4 attackers, 90 seconds, with each attacker starting their ...


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I was the only 12 year old in a judo club full of brown/black belt adults, so I can identify with your experience on some levels! That said, as the beginner and the youth in this situation, the only things you can do are this: 1) Ask questions, ask for help, ask for advice. "Given my size, can you show me how I could make that technique work?" "Can you ...


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There can be too much training, but everything you've described here sounds fine. If a student is overtraining they'll notice decreased performance on the mat, sluggishness all day, difficulty sleeping, persistent hunger, and other signs. Frequent training is fine as long as the student builds up training frequency slowly and remains on point with their ...


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Just as there are many ways to skin a cat, it is important to realize that there is not just One True Mount. There are many different types of mount, and different concepts apply for maintaining them. Here are some keys I use for some of them: Low mount Ankles crossed under opponent's thighs or grapevined at his ankles. Hips pushing into opponent Knees ...


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If BJJ is around, you should do BJJ. If grappling of another kind is around--wrestling, judo, SAMBO, et cetera--you should train that. But if nothing's available, you should do general physical preparation with a slight emphasis on BJJ's specific requirements. General Strength For instance, you'd want to do some kind of general strength (not bodybuilding!) ...


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You probably gassed because you experienced an adrenaline dump. Solution: compete more. If you're training a lot then overtraining might be a culprit, but that's more easily evaluated by looking at the person's training schedule than the single data point of "gassed out in their first match". If you're not doing any out-of-class strength and conditioning ...


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Five days a week is a perfectly reasonable workout schedule for BJJ. Take care to keep your body running well: eat right, sleep plenty, and stay hydrated. It will take a while to get used to 5 days a week, and some people--due to being out of shape or by not recovering properly--may need to ramp up from only 3 or 4 classes per week for a few months.


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BJJ 5 times a week is ok as long as you follow some golden rules. Always stretch dynamically every single part of your body for at least 30 minutes. This will help to rid you of the cramps during rolls as well as muscle pain the next day. Eat correctly and get enough sleep. You definitely need to consume even more calories and get some additional protein ...


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Take a regular beginner strength program, reduce the volume, and do that alongside BJJ. So, just to spitball a program for two days a week on top of BJJ that you're doing, say, 3 times a week: A day: squat 2 sets of 5, adding weight every 3 sessions. As many sets of towel-grip pull-ups necessary to get to 25 or 30. Add weight if it only takes 2 sets. B ...


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ON BOTTOM: You're probably in the danger zone. You need to either be all the way out, or all the way in. Hanging out in-between is going to get you darce'd or passed. And you should never be flat on your back whether you are all out or all in. If you are all the way out, you should be working on obtaining the under-hook which will work to allow you to take ...


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"I'm trying to diet and exercise properly to reach my low body fat goal. (..)" That said, boxing is the way to go. The workout is quite intense, because you need to build stamina in order to box properly. "Also, I want to learn some basic self defense" For self defense, i would include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well, since it has proven its ...


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Go to each school in your area and take a few lessons in each to find the one that you will stick with and agrees with you mentally and physically. Once you start back on that road you will mature and your goals will change.


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White shows blood best, which is practical on the mat. You want to know if you or your partner has a cut or scrape. However, women recommend keeping a black gi to train in during your period (1, 2). Bleach is a non-factor because it weakens the fabric and will cause premature gi death by ripping. Blue and black look slightly more clean and sharp in more ...


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I like Dave Leipmann's response where he makes it clear that you improve with both skill and power / strength training. You combine both for the best overall effect. One of the comments I often hear in BJJ circles is that women often learn better / faster than men, because they don't have the muscle strength that men do. And so they will stop and try to ...


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I don't BJJ; however, I do karate and Judo and I agree with reasons previously provided. When I teach Judo, we know the break falls and have good quality mats so throws are executed. Even then, we don't always perform full competition strength throws so that everyone can remain safe and we can continue to train. When I do my karate class, I am even more ...


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New user and first time poster here so please correct me if I am out of line. One factor I don't believe was addressed was being able to tell if someone is going out from BEHIND. An example would be and bow and arrow choke where your training partner may have both hands in the collar attempting to defend. In this case it may appear and feel as if he is ...


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From my experience of training BJJ, I've found that this kind of 'sprint' training does help, but nothing is as beneficial as regular training and rolling. Try to relax when rolling and concentrate on breathing. If you hold your breath when rolling you'll, obviously, run out and gas.


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We are taught to practise in bjj to use a gi (uniform) you can hang it on something strong and practise pulling up if you do not have a gi to use for this excercise you can use a belt a martial art belt if possible. It helps to work your arms and you will be able to hold on with that grip when the opponent is resisting or moving.


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The general goal of not turning belly-down in judo competition is not enough. You need to develop specific, actionable goals to work on in newaza randori (and even, perhaps, with proper etiquette, to set up in tachiwaza randori) and to try out in shiai. Judo groundwork, in my view, is composed of several broad strokes: Rapidly applied chokes, which ...


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Compete now. I generally like my guys to compete at around the 4-6 month worth of training mark. Enough so that you have learned some moves and know how to roll, enough so that you might've beaten some newer guys. At this point you need to feel how a real roll against someone feels like; it's different than in the gym and you need to understand that. Even a ...


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Compete as soon as you're familiar enough with the rules to safely compete. If you know how to tap, can breakfall, and are generally familiar with the practice of Brazilian jiujitsu, there's no reason to wait. Compete at the first low-level tournament that comes up. It will give you an experience many times that of a day training in the academy. ...



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