Thanks to Clemens Sunitsch for this interview. Get to know Prof. Bill Loftus from New Jersey – taken at the our V. BJJ intensive Camp, October 2017 in Cap Wörth/Austria
by Prof. Martin Guggi – in cooperation with Prof. Bert Obernosterer and Coach Markus Miedel
I wrote about weight training before! Again, I want to say that I am not against weight training – in the end I am a big fan of it, but this does not mean that I would suggest weight lifting right away to everyone.
No one should feel ashamed because he or she is strong. In any sport, and of course also in BJJ it is only a benefit if your physical condition is well developed! We always tell our students not to roll with muscles and instead focus more on technique. But we all know that a strong student with some technical skills can be a very big challenge!!! BJJ should work also without strength and as we evolve we should start trusting and focusing more and more on technical details than on strength. If your technique works because you are stronger than you did not understand BJJ. In the end techniques should always win and our techniques should work more and more without using muscle and focusing on the right body distribution, the right timing, the right angle, the right speed and so on… but of course this is not always the case. And we have to admit, that muscle power can help our technique a lot – even if it is a shortcut sometimes.
Watching high level BJJler I feel that the smaller ones apply the principles of BJJ better than the bigger ones – because they have too! They cannot take the shortcut using power instead of details – especially when they roll with more heavier and stronger guys often. Some of them get so good that even with a small body and less muscles they are able to submit bigger and stronger opponents. But not everybody is going to become such a technical skilled wizard on the mat and for some of us – even me – the goal to dominate stronger opponents will always be a goal to look up too but perhaps we will never reach this level.
Before we think about weight lifting we should start to improve other aspects before… what we often neglect.
Training your mind
Training your technique
Training your muscles
The strongest weapon we have is our brain. In the brain we can choose our attitude and our mindset and this two tools are much more important than muscle power. How often did you train and develop your attitude, how often did you think about the right mindset you have when you spar, drill and train. How often did you think about tapping and why you lost – sometimes not because of technical weaknesses but because you trained with the wrong mindset and attitude.
One day I was a conditioning coach for an Austrian ice hockey team. There was a player who was a big fan of weightlifting and looked with 16 years already like a rock. But during the game he was afraid to go against the other players of the other teams. He did not check them and attack with his amazing physic. But his co players who were much smaller and weaker than him did. So his muscle did not help him at all because he did not have the right mindset. And one day he had to stop playing because of this… But of course the smaller payers used muscle power too… but had to develop more technique and for sure had a better mindset than the big strong guy.
The same we are talking about muscle power can be said about flexibility, cardio and explosiveness. These are all great genetic gifts but if you do not bring your technique to a maximum then you invest too much time in the wrong part of the game.
If you do have fun training and enjoy being on the mat every day then you have an amazing gift. If you have the right attitude and mindset of training and living your life nothing will stop you. Develop your techniques to a maximum and after this start supporting your body and your techniques with muscle, flexibility or anything else and you are going to have a successful journey in BJJ and in life!!!
by Prof. Martin Guggi
Promoting students to a higher belt is a tricky situation. As an instructor you always think about the development of your athlete and how you can help your student to evolve. Giving belts away means a lot not only for the student who is receiving his belt but also for the school or team which they are representing. Which levels do blue belts need to have to get their belt? When is the right time to promote them to purple and finally to brown and one day black belt?
In the old days students needed to test their skills in a competition. Today BJJ is not only there for the tough guys but for everyone and some of them will never compete in a tournament. I still think that competing is something students should at least do once or twice to feel the atmosphere in competitive situations and also to see how you react for yourself under the pressure of a fight outside of your own gym. But only 20% of the students compete, some will never compete in their live. As an instructor you can organize indoor tournaments to take the fear of competing away and to prepare a few more students to compete one day.
But in the end we cannot take a competition victory for the only useful guideline to promote students. What kind of school would you have if only competitors would get promoted??? There are students who are amazing in competition but when you talk to them and explain techniques you feel that they are not ready yet – even if they won some tournaments. For me students need to develop not only their techniques but also their understanding of the art of BJJ as well. Understand why a technique works, I want to see them working on their own strength and weaknesses and to grow their own game. After a certain level I think I cannot be the only one to think about the improvement of my students – they also have to start to think for themselves. Techniques, understanding of the principles, understanding of the body movements and anatomy is part of getting closer to your next level. One day a student with a blue belt asked me why I take the back in turtle position and do not try to reversal him…. – I mean there are no stupid questions but if you understand our art, you need to have a certain understanding of the position hierarchy which a white belt should learn in the beginning.
For a long time I thought about what students need to know to get the next belt. I teach based on a curriculum and after 2 years my students should more or less be ready for their first belt – the blue belt. I like to give yellow, orange and green belts also to adults to keep them motivated and to give them more time if needed. I know that the blue belt should be the first belt for adults but I learned that BJJ was born because we did not follow traditions but developed and changed rules for a reason and this attitude was one of the main key points that BJJ became this amazing art which it is today. If we start following tradition too much because we are afraid to change for example for better motivation for our students than this is legit why to do, it in my eyes.
Belts should show that students are improving. That we have a certain understanding in your team what a student with a certain belt should know already and that you do not have to take too much care about him anymore. But students are different. I cannot expect that a guy with 120kg is able to do the same like a guy with 55kg. So I cannot compare their belts on any level. Even my way of teaching is hopefully changing over the years because I am improving as well. That’s why I moved away from having only a curriculum about techniques which my students need to know to promote them and I started to base my promotion of belts on different values.
In my eyes a blue belt should have the understanding of the fundamentals of BJJ. This takes around 2 years. But time is only a small piece. Of course the physical condition plays a big part in BJJ as well – even if we always say the opposite. But if you played American football or did gymnastics in the last 5 years and then you switch to BJJ you will be promoted faster than someone who was a “TV warrior” before starting to grapple.
65% stop training when they get their blue belt, because they did not start to set a new goal after their blue belt graduation. For me the purple belt shows if students have the heart to continue. In my eyes a purple belt already starts to filter techniques and to concentrate more on a personal game. Some start doing more footlocks, other start inverting more, other start concentration more on takedowns and the top game and some start to develop a guard which is very hard to pass. In the end they should be able to start developing their own game on the fundamentals they learned before and can now apply on their own anatomy benefits.
Are on the way to master their own game but at the same time they also know where they have their weak spots. In my eyes they already are on very high technical level and there is not a lot of difference to a black belt.
For me a Black Belt is a person who is starting to live BJJ. They are not only thinking about themselves anymore and start to do more for the BJJ community, their school or team. They are role models and persons to look up to, not only on the mat but also off the mat as well.
I do not want to have any black belt one day who is a complete asshole. If someone gets promoted from me I want to have someone who has amazing technique skills but is also an amazing human being and is a black belt in live as well.
by Prof. Renato Migliaccio
We believe that competitions are just a small part in the martial arts we still encourage everyone to experience it. Experience the preparation for it the 12 weeks prior, the diet (in case of adults), It is a for sure thing: YOU GET BETTER!
We recognize that competitions aren’t for everyone, however, we think that if you can fit competition into your schedule, you should enter one of the numerous tournaments constantly running.
In house tournaments is a great to start competing at every skill level, from new to greatly experienced. The tournaments will help kids learn how they would react or how they would function in a situation of a stress.
Actually competing brings countless benefits. Competitions act like a stress test that helps you know, which parts of your sport are strong and what are weaker. You may possibly have a really solid half guard, however, learn that you have to work how to pull or reach half guard from any position during stress.
There are holes in everybody’s game, that can be more identified when competing and maybe later fixed. Competitions open you to a larger array of Jiu Jitsu styles/games that you might not have seen in your BJJ training classes.
Competition can help kids and adults in learning how to react, how their physiology works, and how their mind works under stress. The more we do competitions and tournaments the more we will be able to function better under pressure and under some sort of stress.
Winning or losing is the part of the tournament that students need to understand. The competitions can make students not scared of losing but scared of not fighting. It’s very important if you became a black belt, but haven’t competed then there is something missing in your training.
You need to compete and expose yourself, put yourself in stress, learn your psychology, learn how you might react to the stress, and you need to know that otherwise, you will be an incomplete black belt. This tournament can give your kids the strength to move past every training level, and accelerate their rate of learning.
For the parents, we would say it’s easier to make your child get started into in-housetournaments. You will see some will do better and some will not. But the more your children do it, the better they will become.
We cannot go back and change our past and the way we started things, but we can always make a new way future. So starting competitions now are important for you to be able to get better and evolve in Jiu-Jitsu.
by Prof. Renato Migliaccio
The 5th BJJ intensive camp. This camp was very international with students coming from Russia, Czech Republic, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, England, and Belgium. We met for 4 days and trained BJJ for 5 hours a day. Each day, we had 3 classes at the same time: Beginners, Advanced, and a special class (No Gi, Footlocks, Self Defense, Wrestling, etc). We had many new people this time including people who have never done BJJ before, which will require us to have a new class, an introduction to BJJ, a very basic beginner course that is even more basic than the normal beginners class.
This is a great challenge for us to be able to teach so many different levels of students. And Hopefully in Italy we will offer 4 classes at the same time, including this very beginner class.
We also had 70 people on the mat at one time! This was a new experience for a lot of students to have to share mat-space and some felt uncomfortable not having as much space as they were used to having.
For the next camp, we can definitely look into booking a location with more mat-space, but we also wanted the students to understand that in many places in the world where BJJ or Judo is more prominent, there is often not very much mat-space.
In Brazil and Japan, there are usually many people on the mat at one time and the students have to learn to be aware of themselves, their partner, and the partners rolling around them. In most places in America and other countries where BJJ is less prominent, people are used to having a lot of mat-space and do not have to learn the same type of body awareness.
Regardless, the students were all very happy with the camp and gave us excellent feedback. The location was great because there was a lake, dorms, a mat area, and a food area that were all in the same place.
At our next camp, we hope to improve even more and add in time for a drilling class so that the students can repeat the techniques they learned. We will also work with the facility to give the students more time for food because at this camp, the students had to rush off the mat to try and get their food in time before the kitchen closes. Overall, though, the camp was great!
We had over 10 black belts attending and had Mr. Niel Owen receive his 3rd degree black belt.
We also had a Women’s Only Class for the first time at our camp and had a blast. We also had an instructor course to teach people how to properly be teachers.
Many times people think that knowing technique is the only important part of being a teacher but they are wrong. If you teach poorly, you can cause students to quit before they can actually understand the wonderful sport of BJJ.
Many of the teachers were amazed by the techniques and skills that we taught on how to teach. Many of them decided to join our consulting program that helps them not only teach classes but also teaches them how to run a school.
We also had many students join our affiliation and we would provide them with assistance on curriculum and we would come and help them by teaching seminars and deliver sylabus in order to promote their level of BJJ.
With these affiliations, we want to promote hard work and good ethics in BJJ and other aspects like competition, self defense, history, philosophy, and martial arts.
We are very thrilled about our next camps in March 2018 here in the US, in August 2018 in Germany, and February 2019 in Spain or Portugal.
Prof. Renato Migliaccio
by Prof. Martin Guggi
We just had the privilege to have Prof. Yuri Simoes from CTA here in Austria for a BJJ NoGi Seminar. I really appreciate the opportunity to learn from him. Yuri just won his 2. ADCC title.
On the seminar Yuri showed us nice ways to finish the fight starting from standing. Especially NoGi Wrestling makes a big difference in the standup game. And Yuri explained to us very well the main mistakes BJJ guys are still doing when the fight starts standing.
But what got my focus was one quote he gave us during the seminar.
“Every detail should make a difference in your game!” It matters how you grip, it matters how your angle is and it matters where you head is placed on your partners body. This is nothing new, but we forget that: when a moves works for you there is no space for details you just do because you learned it this way. If someone ask you a basic question and you do not have an answer for it – then you did not develop the move to its maximum – which is efficiency!!! Especially as an instructor you need to know what your feet, arms, head, body are doing. What the perfect angle is, where you place your hips, where and how you grip, where you need to have perfect control ….
The answer to a question a students is making cannot be: “I do it because i learned it this way” or “I never thought about this question before!”
We are sometimes much focused on drilling techniques and finding the best technique for certain situation that we forget to rethink about the technique. But from every little detail we need to get a benefit in the fight. Yuri explained why he uses one grip instead of another grip. And even this small details can really lead to a big impact in your game. For me this even means I have to rethink about all moves that I learned over the last few years. Do not get me wrong. All my teachers, instructors and training partners had no bad intention when they showed me a move. But when I want to make the move work for my body, and I am now in a level to have the knowledge to think for myself, then I have to find the best solution for me! And one day my students need to start to be able to think for themselves too. In the beginning we start by copying our instructor’s moves but later on we have to step out of their footsteps and start to develop our own game which can only be based on the moves which are perfect for our body type and anatomy.
BJJ is compared to other sports very young. Also the methods of teaching are still evolving. Some people like to drill every day, some people do not drill at all but roll as much as possible. I just talked to a friend and he said that now high level bjj guys start to do more “super special resistance training”. This means not only working out of one position but for example you are trying to get a special grip. If you got it you start over again. Then you start focusing for example placing your head on his chest – if you got it you start over again. I think this is a very nice way to focus on small details which are key points in the fight.
Instead of just focusing on supmitting for example from the mount you start break down the position in key points of the fight! This “super special resistance training”! could look like this:
The more key points you find to focus on the more you control the fight! In the end to get a submission you need to advance the fight in your direction. This means you have to win more small fights before you get the submission. You need to win the grip fight. You need to win the scramble. You need to win the position. You need to bring his attention to something else before you start your move. You need to win the submission setup and then finally, perhaps you are successful and win the fight.
In the end it comes down to what Prof. Yuri said:
“Every detail matters, to improve the fight in your favors”!!!!
And this attitude starts when you start to learn a new move. This attitude you should keep in your mind when you are drilling, working on resistance training or sparring. Never take any detail as unimportant!!! The small details make the difference in the end!
When I look at ADCC 2017 i do not see a lot of new moves anymore, but i see so many details which never came to my mind! The more I want to understand the game, the more i need to get into the small details which i took for granted so far!!!
In this article, we are going to talk about stand-up training such as Karate and Muay Thai, kickboxing or any other forms of stand up fighting or striking and the importance of training Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
In 1993, a Gracie family, represented Jiu Jitsu in the UFC, matter of fact they created the UFC to be able to promote and show the world Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as they were the most dedicated group in promoting Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
UFC is now very famous, popular and different from the initial years. UFC was a type of tournament where people had to fight 3-4 times in one night.
There were no much rules, no rounds and their intention was to show the world the importance of training/knowing Brazilian jiu-jitsu because back then people were only training stand up fighting like Karate or Kickboxing.
People were very much impressed on How much they did not know about the ground fighting/jiu jitsu, and after that everyone started training or seeking for Brazilian jiu-jitsu training.
Nowadays it is a different reality specially in America, everyone knows Brazilian jiu-jitsu or at least know a little bit to be able to get out of the holds and submissions and because of that they are able to practice their martial arts in a situation of real fight.
My theory here is that any other martial artist should know BJJ. By learning Brazilian jiu-jitsu actually, they will make their Karate or kickboxing better because by surviving on the ground, they eventually can stand up and again try to use their Karate form.
So their martial art forms actually get a little bit more complete. Everyone now needs to know Brazilian jiu-jitsu and by the way BJJ is super easy to learn in my opinion.
I had one student, competing an amateur – MMA.
he was a very good Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitor but in my opinion it was a bit too early to compete MMA, but he decided to go.
He unfortunately lost the fight. And days after the fight I asked him: “I know you have trained a lot of Muay Thai for this fight but what is the Muay Thai goal?
Your goal is actually knock the person down or out, right?” But when then I asked him how many times he had knocked someone out or down during training the answer was zero.
So he never achieved the goal in training how to expect to achieve in a real competition fight?
In Brazilian jiu-jitsu, we choke people out or get choked, we make people tap or get tapped, arm bars, foot locks, every day, without causing much damage and the person who taped can adjust, shake it off and get back at it again.
Without damage to the brain, to the skull and that’s pretty neat.
Another story from this lady. She was a Black Belt in Karate and she told me, “if I need to defend myself I’m going to knock the attacker out!” So I asked her, how many people have you knocked out in training from White Belt to Black and again the answer was zero.
So having that been said, how come you expect to go out there and knock out a man. Unfortunately, that’s the point. People expect to do in real fights what they actually never did in training, meanwhile in Brazilian jiu-jitsu the final goal of the fight happens every day.
I can’t remember, how many times I tapped someone out or I have tapped due to a choke or arm bars from White Belt to Black.
It is not the martial arts that does not work like Karate, Karate works and they work greatly The problem how you train and also the fact that stand up training is a little harder to learn and perform. They take a little bit more time to understand.
by Prof. Martin Guggi
Teaching is an Art. Knowing what you know and breaking it down into pieces, concentration on the key points and making the move useful for somebody else is not easy. We always think that everybody who is good at Jiu Jitsu must be a good teacher as well. I do not think so. Do you know the Coach of Mike Tyson? No – almost nobody does but he was the mentor of one of the best boxers of all time. You don’t even need to be the best on your sport to become a successful instructor.
I have seen blue belts teaching much better then black belts because they understood the need of their white belts much better than a black belt who is sometimes too far, advanced and cannot understand the basic questions of beginners anymore. If you are a white belt and think you cannot start a group and start to teach your friends – then start thinking again. A lot of famous coaches today started to teach already with their blue belt around their hip – because there was nobody else to teach.
Of course – too much teaching will not help you to improve in your own game – but teaching helps you so much to understand the move. If you cannot put the move in words, then you probably did not understand it yet. It happened to me a lot of times that I started to teach a new move and in the middle of the explanation I realized that this move does not make any sense…. What I said did not even make sense to me anymore…. But exactly this moments give you the right push to start searching deeper for more details and understanding of the technique. If you made a mistake go back home and start searching on the internet again to find more info about the move. Start drilling it and next time you will explain it much better to your students. Be honest to them and tell them that last time there were some details missing and now you want to correct your instructions. Nobody is mad because you are also involving as an instructor. I have never seen any person who got a world champion in one class – so making a mistake in teaching cannot ruin the development of your students even if there was some missing information in the instruction.
Even today when I have taught an armbar for a couple of times already I still try to find better explanations and words to explain my moves to students. Your students are growing and evolving but we are also evolving as an instructor, as a person or as a friend.
“If you think you are somebody you stopped to become somebody!” Sokrates
Being a teacher not only for BJJ but also in High School for Physical Education and Religion I have attended a couple of classes about the Art of Teaching. Today I want to address 4 main goals about teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which I think are the most important aspects:
When we teach, we need to make your homework first. Having a curriculum helps a lot. But you also need to prepare the class you want to teach. What is the goal of this class today? Do I want to teach a new move, do I want to focus on one or two details, do I want them to get as many repetitions as possible…? We need to be prepared before we step on the mat. In the beginning this can take a lot time. Searching in books, internet, online training …. And later on you do not even have to write anything down anymore and your classes are going to be amazing. But this needs time and personal for me: I good class is on paper first!!!
What we sometimes forget is not the “What” we teach but the “How”! I remember learning at the university that 70% is how you teach, how you treat them, how you are standing in front of your students, how you are as a person and not what you teach. This means that you can teach the best Armbar in the world but if the students do not like you as a person then you cannot convince them. Only 30% is about skills and what we teach – people remember much more how you teach, how your attitude is and what kind of person you are.
I want to give an example: “I was teaching next to a friend. This guy is an amazing BJJ athlete but he sometimes is a little bit cocky about his abilities. I do not remember what he taught, but he was telling the students that the way they are doing the move is wrong. The way they have been taught about the move is not the best way to do it….. I still remember their faces listening to his voice. The techniques he showed where fist class, but the students were not convinced about him as a person. What is this Professor telling me? That everything I learned in the past was wrong? That our Professor at home was teaching me something wrong? If you cannot convince students that you want to bring out the best in them, then your class can be amazing, but you cannot reach the students. First they have to like you, they have to trust you, and they have to feel that you respect their roots, their teacher …. This has nothing to do with what you teach. It is a matter of your personality.
Today I think that if you are a good athlete, friend, family father or teacher you have to be a good person as well. Yes, you have to be a role model 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If you are not, you can be the best in what you do, but nobody is going to listen to you for a long time. As a teacher you are in front of people the whole time. If they can only learn techniques from you but nothing more then there is a lack in your personal development. Today I even do not want to learn anymore from someone who is not also a nice person with a good heart. He can be a world champion but if he is an asshole I do not care about his amazing techniques at all. I remember what my Professor told me once: “If you reach your black belt one day but you are an asshole, what did you do last couple of years? What kind of team would you have around you if everyone is like this?”
Teaching the best techniques to your student is very good start. But if you cannot convince your students that these techniques work for them, that these techniques can save their lives one day, that these techniques can win a competition – then you waste your energy. But how to we convince someone?
If they do not trust your words then you cannot convince them. Remember what I said in the 1. topic. 70% is not what you teach but how, only 30% is about the technique. Conviction starts when you greet someone. Be the first do welcome them to the mat, be the first to smile. Be first to work harder than everybody else on the mat. Be the one you want to look up too. And if you teach a technique to not forget to talk about how helpful this move can be in a certain situation.
At one of your BJJ intensive Camps I was assistant a Professor who is really a smart guy and knows how to convince people. After teaching back defense principles he told the students: “When someone is on your back remember me and what I showed you today. Remember what we did today and if you can follow the principle I showed you today it will be much harder to submit you from the back!” He convinced them, he convinced me that this principle works. And to be honest when I do the move is really hear him in my ears tell me … “remember what I showed you”. This principle will always be in my head and I also will never forget who taught it to me!
Guess who got a lot of seminars after the camp!?
To convince people that what we teach them is really like “gold” is very important and as a teacher we have to use this skill of teaching!!! Conviction!!!
In every class I try to focus on these three aspects:
They need to have fun in the class. This can be with a stupid joke or playing a game as a warmup …. But if your class is only about getting better and there is no laugh in it then you should only train competitors and nobody else. The problem is that you cannot live from teaching competitors alone, you need happy athletes and also people who will never train for a competition.
Learning something new is very important. You do not need to make a new class all the time. Sometimes it is good to repeat the last class exactly how it was, but give them one or two more details in this class. Imagine Rickson Gracie explaining the Armbar to you, even if you have seen it for 100 of times already you better listen to him because there are details you properly have never heard before and if technique conquers all then it comes down to small details to be successful or not.
When we train and only concentrate about the smallest detail then your techniques will be on a very high level. But a lot of people also want to go home feeling that they did something today. They were sitting in the office the whole day and now they have to follow your detailed explanations again. Keep the small details for advanced students and let beginners feel the move. The better they are the more details they can concentrate on. But do not give them all in the first class. Teach 3 moves and then let them do technical sparring. Let them sweat and let them work. You cannot do the sparring for them and if they want more details they will come to you anyway!
You need to be a coach who can be a drill instructor, a motivator and a library in one person. Most of the time you need to be all three in one class. Think on what kind of students you will have if you are only the drill instructor or only the fun motivator all the time….
I think that over the time your students get very close to us and that some of them are becoming friends. Perhaps you also realized that the longer you train the less friends you have outside of BJJ…. J
Some instructors see this differently than I see it but I like to give more than just techniques. These instructors say that they come to you to teach BJJ and that’s it. But I think like this: You spent so much time with them on the mat and if you are not beneficial for their lives outside of BJJ then I think you miss something as well. Teach them the best BJJ you can but if you cannot help them to grow as a human being then I think you miss the point. We are all here on this planet to learn, to grow and to have a happy live. To grow as a person BJJ techniques will not help you a lot and if you are a black belt one day but still an asshole then your belt is worthless in my eyes.
Do not bring your problems to your students, but if they need someone to talk to, be the listener. You are their teacher, for some a friend but for all someone to look up to. As a teacher, you are role model and a leader so everything you do affects your students.
When you visit a new academy, you feel the vibes of the people and the place right when you enter. They can be very tough on the mat but how they treat you as a foreigner when you enter the gym tells a lot about the people who train there. I want to have a school where people are welcome, but on the mat, I want them to feel the power of our BJJ as well. That’s why it is so important that you as the teacher set the direction and your students will follow.
For me there is no better profession than being a teacher. But to be a good teacher you need to be harder to yourself than everybody else. If you do not train or drill as teacher you will not improve and then your students can not grow as well. But never forget to grow in both directions as a teacher and as person! The time to start is now!!!!
It is a martial art which focuses on grappling and ground fighting. It is based on movements by a smaller person, who defends themselves against a larger person by making use of techniques such as choke holds and joint locks, before forcing the opponent to the floor and subduing them. Sparring plays a major part in the sport, and drilling is a very important part of training, especially for tournaments. Since the start of the sport in 1882, it has not only been considered a sport, but also a way to promote physical fitness and character building in younger people.
The Mount and the Guard are the two most basic of positions in Jiu Jutsu. In the Mount the dominant person sits on top of the other person while facing the head of the person on the ground. From this position the oppressor can carry out such movements as strikes to the head, or punches and choke holds. These moves are not easily carried out from the position at the bottom.
Because this position is so important, the Mount is a position that you should master as soon as possible.
The Guard position is when one person has their back on the ground and attempts to control the other person by wrapping their legs around the torso of the other person. It is usually an advantageous position to be in as various joint locks and choke holds can be performed from this position.
From this position, you will also be able to transition to kneebars and calf cranks.
Erik Paulson was the first Americanto win the Light-Heavy weight title in Japan.
When the wrists are lined up, the attacker closes the grip and drives the edges of the wrists into the neck. At the same time the attacker pulls the elbows down and drives his chest in.
Usually performed with the forearm, the air choke blocks the flow of air, rather than blood.
This choke does not require great strength, it is more a matter of applying pressure on the right spot.
These holds involve the manipulation of the opponent’s joints until they reach the maximum degree of motion.
In a joint lock it is important to control the area above and below the joint.
The legs control the opponent’s body movement and the attacker has the ability to twist by holding the heel with the forearm. This creates a twisting motion when the foot is turned laterally.
Heel hooks are normally considered very dangerous locks with a high injury rate, especially to the ligaments of the knees. In some competitions, it is banned, while in others there is a time limit before release.
This refers to grabbing, pulling, bending or twisting the small appendages such as fingers and toes.
Leverage is relatively small, and can allow a smaller, weaker person the advantage over a larger person.
Grabbing some fingers is considered a small joint manipulation technique which can reinforce the attackers position and force the opponent to the ground.
Some techniques, such as the spinal lock may not be allowed in competitions, but it is worth knowing them in case you have to defend yourself against them.
Spinal locks are applied to the spinal column and they try to force the spine beyond the normal range of motion. They are divided into two categories – namely neck cranks and spinal cranks.
This movement is applied by pulling or twisting the head beyond the normal range of motion.
Applied by twisting or bending the upper body parts beyond normal range of motion, this movement is used very rarely used because it is difficult to apply well.
Typically, a wrist lock is performed by grabbing the opponent’s hand, and then bending it or twisting it.
Wrist locks can be performed from a standing position and are simply done by grabbing the hand near the wrist and tuning it in the direction it is not meant to go.
If applied suddenly or with force, it can cause ligament tears or bone fractures. They leave the attacker open to punches and other strikes.
Understanding the wrist lock may mean you are able to use it as a jab shot.
Because the aim is to make the top person unstable and fall, skilled use of this can bring him down quickly should he try to raise one leg.
By using the correct techniques and leverage, a smaller person may be able to defend him or herself against a larger, heavier person. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which was developed by the Gracie family, is made up of many stand up maneuvers. It is, however, famous for devastating ground fighting techniques. The key with this sport is to gain superior positions by taking advantage of the numerous chokes, holds and locks for which it has become known.
“Discipline and consistency. I owe these two factors all have attained in my life. Things have never happened overnight. Results have appeared as the consequence of decades long toil. It is necessary to persist.” – Master Carlos Gracie Jr.
Reasons why you can Training BJJ & How make it pay for itself.
Never Pay For Jiu-Jitsu Again!
You might not believe in it, but this is true.
The other day I (prof. Renato) attended a seminar, where the speaker said that: “ A Very Good Year Can Wash Off All The Bad Years” and I believe in it too.
Many of us want to learn Jiu-Jitsu, but finding it difficult to pay for its tuition, but why?
There are numerous reasons why we want to begin training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and let me name the most common according to my knowledge:
For Self Defense:
BJJ has been established to be one of the most successful hand to hand fighting system on the planet. It’s a great solution to defend or protect yourself on the streets and many want to learn it for self-defense purposes.
Some want to be fit, be in better health & want to be stronger. Jiu Jitsu is a fun form of fighting that requires full body exercise without being aware of the workout, that is why they want to learn it for fitness purposes. It’s warm up, drills & the fighting will literally elevate your fitness. Many want to get in shape while learning this life-saving skills.
Learning Something New
While learning something new couold be scary, many people like the challenge and attempt to try martial arts. Learning & training BJJ can quickly sharp your brain and keep yourself young and also helps in building confidence in you.
BJJ allows you to do extremely well in an athletic endeavor. That is why some want to accelerate their Jiu Jitsu so that they can take part in highest level competitions. By competing in BJJ they want to empower themselves so that they can control their life.
Some want to paint their career throughout the martial arts. They want to paint their career as a stunt in the movies, and that is why they are learning different martial arts so that they can provide better services when they are performing.
Jiu Jitsu is not only a sport, it’s a way of life. While not everybody devotes their life to BJJ, for some this is really what makes them pleased. There are ways that you can turn your passion into your career to make a living and support yourself and your family.
The Teaching Route:
You can start teaching martial art, BJJ, fitness, and kickboxing classes, giving seminars and private lessons to a sustainable income.
Start your own academy
This is one of the most rewarding ways of making a living with BJJ. For this, as an instructor, you require upholding the BJJ values that you have learned all through your experience to give your students the best promising BJJ learning.
Become an instructor
This is the most challenging way to a sustainable career in BJJ. Because it is very difficult to be an acceptable teacher to earn & hold students in the long run.
There are numerous others way like you can turn yourself into the stunt, referee, competition organizer, you could work on the organization, you could be those guys behind the desk for changing the score, you could be those guys who actually put the mats down, start up the match, you could be anything.
These all are the byproduct for the battle minimal for you to make some money when you learn Jiu-Jitsu. This is actually the decision that you can make for living out of there. And not necessarily to let you go the first go they were together.
You need to put some time and effort to learn the battle minimal requirements to make a living and support yourself
This all can pride BJJ when you learn it.
So whenever you say Jiu-Jitsu is expensive, don’t have enough money, find it little too hard or too complicated paying for its tuition these all implies that you are making enough efforts to pay for it. Now you can find many- many ways to get the money to pay for your tuitions.
To achieve your goal you have to work a little hard which is the true sense of the martial arts.
So, it’s better for you to expose yourself as a person of hard work and not feeling that martial art is cheaper for you so that you can purchase it.That the sense of life that we want for our students.
So whenever you start receiving money from Jiu-Jitsu, it is the actual money that you invested in Jiu-Jitsu. It will come back to you if you start teaching or working related to Jiu-Jitsu. BJJ will repay for your time & effort spent someday.
So think about it, think about your children and go for it.