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While teaching the standup throws portion of a class at Gracie Barra I was trying to communicate to the class ( largely made up of white belts ) the idea of using your opponent’s momentum to set up the opponent for the throw. I paused and asked the class “Does anybody here know what the “jiu” in jiu-jitsu stands for?” Several sets of shoulders shrugged and blank stares were the response. I saw that I needed to explain further.
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5 Basic Things You Need to Learn about Jiu-Jitsu SO there you are finally deciding to get off your couch and try out that awesome thing that you saw in MMA being shown on primetime TV. You finally said, “hey, my body is a huge mess, and girls dig MMA fighters. Right?” And then you… Continue Reading »
Sparring is going against a teammate in a fight, where enough rules are set to avoid injuries. Often sparring is a good way to gauge someone’s skills, especially in BJJ. Now the big question is, should you spar? Or better yet, are you ready to spar? I can still remember the first time I was asked… Continue Reading »
The 7 People You Meet Training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Anyone who has trained in martial arts long enough will be exposed to a wide range of people and personalities. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is no exception and can arguably have the greatest diversity. As one of the fastest growing forms of self-defense, it attracts people from all… Continue Reading »
Grappling vs Striking Martial Arts Philosophy Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling martial art similar to Judo or Wrestling, where you learn utilize proper timing, technique, and leverage to control/submit an opponent after closing the distance and taking them to the ground. This goes against the philosophy of most traditional striking martial arts (Karate, Tae Kwon… Continue Reading »
6 Great Tips for Women Thinking about Getting into BJJ Everyone Can Get into Jiu-Jitsu Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone. There are no exemptions to this rule. Everyone can practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu! Women will no longer go down in history as the stiletto-sporting gender in corporate wear. Nowadays, beneath the lipstick and the make up… Continue Reading »