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BJJ sparring partner avoiding me

♫ Let it go ♫ You talked to him several times, you made overtures, and still he refuses. There is no point in continuing to pester him into doing something he does not want to do. And that is okay. ...
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Why don't we strangle with the hands in BJJ

Choking with hands wrapped around the throat is not efficient The goal of chokes in BJJ and judo is to cut off blood to the head at the carotid arteries and jugular veins, which can render a person ...
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How do I avoid getting a cauliflower ear while practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

A common precaution is to wear wrestling headgear, which is designed to protect the ears, while practicing. Cauliflower ear is caused by impacts or rubbing on the ear. Headgear will reduce both of ...
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Should I give up my back on purpose so that I can do this throw?

You do not purposefully give your back. You do not "give" anything. Applied correctly, your back is safe. There are some misconceptions here. You do not simply "give your back". Throwing is something ...
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What's the name of this sweep and where did it originate?

You're describing the knee push variation of "Scissor Sweep." It's very common in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. There are two main ways to do it from full guard. Both involve getting control of one arm in ...
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BJJ bloodborne diseases

Worry about blood-borne diseases is overblown. I practice judo, which has very similar training practices to BJJ. Over the years, I have seen many injuries and even a death by heart attack, but I am ...
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Does BJJ adequately train defence against "ground and pound" situations?

Today we focused on some details of escaping mount. This involves controlling the opponent's hips with your arms. Good luck doing that in a MMA fight when your head is being caved in with ground and ...
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Can I do Brazilian jiu jitsu and Tae Kwon Do at the same time

This is actually two questions you're trying to answer. The first question is: Will it be too confusing to learn two styles at the same time? The second question is: Are the two styles compatible? My ...
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Are Omoplatas legal in judo?

Yes, omoplatas are considered a variant of ashi-gatame or hiza-gatame.1 3 The IJF Referee Commission has confirmed their legality on multiple occasions,1 2 both as a submission, and as a turnover: ...
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What is this person talking about on the relationship between judo and BJJ?

The person is perfectly correct, except with the last sentence. I guess this is a semantical problem. You can say "X branched off from/of Y", which says X is a descendant of Y, or "X ...
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Sumi Gaeshi or Obi Tori Gaeshi?

I take Toshiro Daigo's book Kodokan Judo Throwing Techniques to be the official word on throw classification. Daigo is the chief instructor at the Kodokan, the mother school of judo in Tokyo, Japan. ...
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How has BJJ innovated since diverging from Judo?

I think it's important to make a distinction between "someone, somewhere in the Judo community has used this at some point" and "this is widely known and used in mainstream or competition Judo". There ...
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Street fights that ends on ground is BJJ is the ultimate solution?

There is no "ultimate method" in a street fight. Ground grappling is really good if you end up in a one on one fight, on the ground, with no weapons involved. Fights tend to go to the ground ...
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Risk of head injuries or cognitive impairment from training BJJ?

Head injuries in Judo and possible differences between Judo and BJJ The studies1 quoted in this answer about head and neck injuries in judo come to the conclusion that: severe injuries in judo are ...
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How can I tie my belt so that it doesn't come off during rolling/sparring?

Instead of doing a 'simple' belt knot, I use a variant where you put the ends of the belt between the two layers of the belt while doing the knot. This picture: shows how to do it starting with the ...
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In the earliest UFC fights, why didn’t fighters punch Royce Gracie during / after Gracie’s double-leg takedown move?

I am a BJJ blue belt 4 stripes and also train wrestling about once a week. The double leg attack is usually preceded by a fake or some kind of distraction before changing the levels. This creates a ...
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Why can't you rip your arm out of a BJJ arm lock?

I am going to assume we are talking about the cross body arm lock (juji gatame, in judo). It is possible to escape before an opponent sets in a joint lock tightly. This basically involves ...
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If I'm 12 and a white belt, what belt will I be when I turn 18?

I talk about this in more detail in my answer here: What Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belt ranking at age 16 after 11 yrs experience? The answer is that most BJJ schools will automatically convert (without ...
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What are the differences between traditional Jujutsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Kano created a hybrid martial art from existing jujutsu in Japan and named his hybrid judo. What made judo novel was not the introduction of new techniques, but the manner of training them. The ...
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Why do people wear frayed black belts?

People actually sell belts that have been distressed, especially black belts that have their color faded so much that they can almost pass for a dirty white belt. Many martial artists distress their ...
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Source: Hélio Gracie being offered a Kodokan Belt and refusing?

You may be considering one aspect of the story of the match between Helio and Masahiko Kimura. Kimura identified Helio as being a 6th dan in Judo in his biography and some accounts describe it as him ...
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Why isn't striking part of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

BJJ inherits this treatment of striking in rolling from judo. Strikes were removed from judo randori (free play) because Kano could not figure out a way to train them safely. Only relatively safe ...
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Why is BJJ sold as a "self-defense" art when it does not allow slams?

Allowing slams (and hence teaching DEFENSE against slams) seems to be a crucial part of BJJ. But [they] don't they train that. Every BJJ gym I've trained at for more than a couple months has taught ...
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Why aren't forbidden moves in grappling sports like Judo and BJJ also a problem in MMA?

Usefulness of "dangerous" moves why haven't we seen more people landing badly (or purposefully) on legs and breaking them? Because it's actually really hard to cause damage with these ...
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Where did knee-on-belly come from?

Knee-on-belly in BJJ likely originates from judo, as it is depicted in several early 20th century judo manuals (under the name uki-gatame, "floating hold"): My Method of Judo (p.154) (1955) ...
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BJJ: HOW to use technique over strength when rolling?

I agree about slowing down. Also, pay attention to what you are doing. If you do any move that would not work on somebody twice your size and strength, then let it go. When with a tiny partner, never ...
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Baratoplata vs Kimura

The kimura, omoplata, and barataplata are all attacks on the shoulder. The end result is the same but they apply the attack in different ways. The end result is to isolate the uke's (receiver's) ...
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BJJ bloodborne diseases

As @mattm states, the risk of transmission is low. This does not mean that it doesn't exist, but the likelihood of it happening is actually very low. Just from a knowledge standpoint, you are much ...
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Is there any maximum time for staying in a belt in BJJ?

No, there is no maximum or minimum time limit. There are several organizations that claim to be the governing body of BJJ, but none of them are official. (One overbearing organization, the IBJJF, ...
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Are there any Judo techniques which are illegal in BJJ?

The IBJJF specifically bans1 two judo-throws where uke lands on their head/neck. Despite the IJF prohibiting throws which "may endanger or injure the opponent especially the opponent’s neck or spinal ...
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