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How to improve my skills when I'm highest ranked

Realistically a collection of white belts aren't going to challenge you much if you've been training for 14 years. I'm reasonably new, tiny and a girl so I'm probably not ever going to find myself in ...
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Best to learn for self defense: Wrestling, Boxing, or Jiu Jitsu

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 ...
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What is the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gi/no-gi controversy?

Gi and no-gi have a long rivalry in BJJ and grappling that has changed character dramatically over the course of the art's history. Most modern jiujitsu practitioners from the US train both and don't ...
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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 is using wristlock throws so frowned upon in BJJ even though they are not illegal?

First, you need to ask your instructors and senior students about anything you see them turning their noses up to. Do this reflexively. Always ask why. If they have no good answer for you, other than ...
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How can I become a good training partner

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 ...
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What do the colors of Gi in Jiu-Jitsu mean? Which should I get?

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). ...
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What is the most effective way to teach Jiu Jitsu

This is an age-old question about training in general. It's generalized as the "Breadth vs. Depth" dilemma. A "Depth First" training philosophy would prefer to train in a small number of things, but ...
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How do blood chokes actually work?

According to forensic science it is pressure applied to the carotids and not the veins that causes loss of consciousness, although pressure on the veins leaves specific signs of strangulation when ...
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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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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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Preferring BJJ concepts over Technique?

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 ...
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Doing MMA or a doing multiple individual martial arts, which is more effective?

The question asks which is more effective: Doing MMA or doing multiple different martial arts. There are a couple of different interpretations about what is meant by "effective" in this context, ...
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Will training Muay Thai affect my BJJ skills?

No. The only asset is if you have to train less BJJ to training Muay Thai. If you will train MT and will have the same hours of training of BJJ this is not an issue. As a martial art, you need spend ...
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Arm bar crushes the groin

I assume you are working on the arm bar known in judo as juji gatame. The principle in this technique is the use of a class 2 lever to hyperextend the opponent's elbow joint. Resistance is in the ...
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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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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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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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How should a BJJ practitioner run?

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 at a slow, ...
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Arm bar crushes the groin

I prevent testicle crushage while armbarring my partners and opponents by: Pulling the arm further towards my head, so their elbow is across my pelvis and not my crotch Squeezing my knees tighter on ...
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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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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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How to improve my skills when I'm highest ranked

I feel you, bro. Smashing them or putting yourself in bad positions doesn't really help. In my similar situation I see three options: Train something else Make each of them a black belt in something ...
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Why is using wristlock throws so frowned upon in BJJ even though they are not illegal?

Most throws in BJJ descend from western wrestling, or Judo. In both of these arts, the focus is on taking the opponents balance. Resisting one of these throws does not matter much: if someone is ...
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How do blood chokes actually work?

What I've picked up over the years about how blood chokes actually work - and I could be wrong - is this: There's a nerve in the neck called the Vagus nerve. One of its many functions is to sense ...
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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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