Five Grappling Super League Preview

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Jul 30, 2015 12:00:00 PM


In the last couple years, BJJ competition has taken a turn towards a different direction. In addition to having the tournaments we are all so used to, where anyone can compete and test themselves, more “pro” events have been popping up for pure spectating reasons. The most notable of the recent efforts have been created by Copa Podio and Metamoris. Although these two events are different in format, the goal is fundamentally the same – organize entertaining jiu-jitsu matches that people want to see, but also in a way that is a sustainable long term business so more events can be organized in the future. 

Five Grappling Super League has now stepped up to bring its perspective on how these events should be organized and presented. For those of who don’t know, Five Grappling is one of the top tournament circuits in North America, held throughout the year in major cities. They have placed a strong focus on helping North American BJJ athletes showcase their skills against other locals but also against top international BJJ athletes. On August 2nd, they will hold their first pay-per-view event which will include super fights and an eight-person tournament for both men and women – two separate categories. This will be the first time that an organization is making an effort to showcase women’s BJJ on this level. 

The men’s mini tournament is stacked with some talent that you don’t usually see in the spotlight. Five Grappling has created a great opportunity for rising stars to showcase their skill. The eight men participating are Tim Spriggs, Bruno Bastos, Yuri Simoes, Hector Lombard, James Puopolo, Joao Assis, Abraham Marte, and Lucas Rocha. These are all notable athletes, so the question is: who has the best chance of taking home the $10,000 prize money? When taking into consideration all the aspects of age, accomplishments, physical ability, and technique, the overall advantage must go to Yuri Simoes. 

Simoes is one of the youngest of the bunch. In no-gi he is the most accomplished, with Joao Assis as a close second. Both these guys are world no-gi champions. Assis has won the ADCC championship and Yuri won the absolute division at the Worlds. However, if we nitpick and look at the details, Yuri is younger and has been more active lately than Assis, which should give him the advantage. But it won’t be an easy win at all with athletic specimens like Marte and Spriggs in the mix. 

The 8-woman tournament also has a great mix of ladies including Fabiana Borges, Tammi Musumeci, Nyjah Easton, Karen Antunes, Chelsea Bainbridge-Donner, Luiza Monteiro, Mackenzie Dern, and Leanna Dittrich. Most of these names may sound foreign to most of you since the female BJJ scene does not receive nearly as much attention as the men’s, something Five is looking to change. 

Mackenzie Dern is the name that stands out most from this bunch and that’s for good reason, since she won the absolute World Pro title earlier this year, surviving a match against Gabi Garcia. She has, by far, the best chance of winning the $10,000 prize. Luiza Monteiro, another world champion, has the dark horse chance of winning as well. Expect these two to make it to the finals, assuming they are on opposite sides of the bracket. 

The event will also feature two superfights between some household names; Otavio Sousa versus Keenan Cornelius and Joao Miyao versus Gary Tonon.  Not only are these guys some of the top competitors in the world, but you get the whole “America versus the world” vibe from these matches – which is part of Five’s goal, to showcase American talent. Expect the favorites to win, Cornelius and Miyao.





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5 Things All Companies Consider When Sponsoring an Athlete

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Jul 23, 2015 4:00:00 PM


Brand Loyalty

One of the most important things all major companies consider before endorsing a new athlete is brand loyalty.  Brand loyalty is a consumer behavior related to personal preference for a particular company, brand name, or product line.  Loyal customers purchase products from their preferred brand regardless of convenience or price.  This is the kind of relationship companies want to have with the athletes they choose to endorse.

It is imperative for athletes seeking sponsorship to have a strong history with the products or brand name they are seeking to promote.  After all, you will act as an ambassador of sorts for their brand through representing their company name and logos on your t-shirts, competition uniform, banners and social media platforms.  You should demonstrate brand loyalty before seeking sponsorship with a company.   


Brand loyalty is directly related to the personal integrity of the athlete.  Being completely and utterly loyal to a company or brand is an ethical commitment. Your personal integrity, as well as the integrity of the sponsoring company, means that wearing and otherwise promoting any other brands within the same market is wrong.  The integrity to be loyal to your sponsors and their brand means not only wearing their products and supporting their products but believing in them.  As a sponsored athlete, every class, every tournament, every photo opportunity is a chance for you to proudly promote and show support for your sponsors.  This is easy when you are honestly proud of the products you promote.

Integrity also speaks to the willingness of an athlete to promote their sponsors without being prompted.  If you have chosen your sponsors correctly, promoting the brand won’t be a hassle; it will be welcomed habit.  Companies also want to know that the athletes they choose to support have a high level of personal integrity in the practice room and on the competition mat or canvas.  

A high level of sportsmanship is a prerequisite for getting and maintaining the sponsorship relationships you need to support your competition career. Winning certainly helps, but if you lose a match, it doesn’t mean your sponsors are going to stop believing in you.  After your opponent’s hand is raised, you shake their hand and the hand of their coach and learn from your mistakes.  



Athletes seeking sponsorship need to know how to present themselves as potential ambassadors.  The first thing every athlete needs is a brief one-page resume reviewing commitment to the brand or product, recent achievements, as well as a detailed description of how you will promote that brand within your community.  A solid resume should also outline a history of competition results, with focus on your recent victories within the past year.  Providing a list of products that you already use and believe in, a clear explanation of what you are looking for from your sponsor, and pictures/videos of you competing in the company’s products are all very important elements of a sponsorship resume.  

Knowing what you want from the brand before applying for sponsorship is key.  If you are seeking a gear sponsorship, lifestyle/apparel sponsorship, help with competition entries, travel, incentives or training costs/tuition, then be sure to communicate that up front.  Often times, taking a diversified approach to seeking sponsors can help athletes here.  While you may seek a gi sponsorship from your favorite kimono company, you might receive assistance with your competition entries from sponsors within your local community.  Very rarely will any one single company provide an athlete with full support for all of their training, competition, and travel expenses.  

Circle of Influence

An athletes’ circle of influence is an important factor in sponsorship.  The broader the circle, the more an athlete can give back to their sponsors.  Effective sponsorship involves much more than wearing a kimono in the local tournament. 

If you own a Jiu-Jitsu school, your circle of influence could involve introducing both the students on your own mats to your sponsors’ products as well as the other coaches and school owners within your association.  If you don’t own a martial arts school but are an active competitor, you can still promote your sponsors by wearing their gear during training and networking with those around you.  Every time you explain why you prefer the brand name rash guard and fight shorts you are wearing, you are solidifying your relationship with your sponsor. 

Social media platforms are also key communication avenues for your circle of influence.  Sharing pictures and videos of your sponsor’s brand establishes a clear track record of loyalty.  Once sponsored, promoting your sponsors brand on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. will help promote both the athlete and the sponsor.  Making and sharing posts about your sponsors products and creating your own pictures and videos of your competition footage in all of your favorite products can reach thousands on major social media platforms. 


For most companies, consistency is a major consideration when endorsing an athlete.  Do you have a strong commitment to training?  How often do you compete?  Are you committed to continued competition?  

These are all important questions, that aren’t always necessarily based exclusively on your competition results.  While in the Jiu-Jitsu world many companies look at who is making the podium at major IBJJF events, consistent competition can be just as important.  Every time you step on the mat is a chance for you to promote your sponsor. 

Companies want to know that once they invest in you the relationship will continue and even grow through mutual benefit and support.  It is important for companies to know that you are committed to furthering the relationship through consistently doing your part. 

In short, companies want to know that the athletes they choose to support will consistently and effectively communicate brand loyalty to their circle of influence with sincerity and integrity.  My relationship with my amazing sponsors is based on these principles and should provide you a model for building your own list of sponsors.


My name is Brian Wilson; I am a purple belt in BJJ, full-time martial artist, owner of Força Martial Arts & Fitness in Russellville, Arkansas, and a sponsored athlete.  I am also a historian and martial arts scholar holding a Master of Arts in History. 



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Is It A Good Idea for BJJ Athletes To Switch To MMA? (Part 1)

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Jul 16, 2015 5:30:00 PM


This has been an age-old question. We’ve seen it happen so many times, both successfully and unsuccessfully. So what is it that makes the difference? What is it that motivates someone to leave BJJ and is it usually a good idea? Let us look over some prime examples try to understand what it really takes.


Example 1: Marcelo Garcia 

No one needs to sit and discuss the achievements of Marcelo Garcia. As one of the household names in jiu-jitsu, Garcia is a five-time world champion, pan-am champion, and a four-time ADCC champion. 

Being a multi-time ADCC champion is a very prestigious achievement, and more importantly, it shows a type of specific grappling proficiency that would presumably make you more adept at picking up MMA. Undoubtedly, this is something that crossed Garcia’s mind, because in 2007, he had his one and only MMA fight in Korea with the K-1 Hero’s organization. 

For the jiu-jitsu community, this was a big deal because Marcelo was easily, pound-for-pound, the best grappler in the world at the time. There was little doubt in most minds that he would have any difficulty against his opponent, Dae Won Kim, a local that no one had ever heard of before. 

The fight had gone as expected with Marcelo taking Kim’s back and maintaining it up until the second round. Although things seemed to be going according to plan, the fight resulted in Marcelo taking strikes to the face that opened up an extremely large and deep wound on his forehead. The one moment where he didn’t have back control - he got seriously beaten. 

It’s not like Marcelo took the fight on short notice and couldn’t prepare for any striking - he had time. It seemed that even after all the top level grappling he did, basic defending, and probably some discomfort from the MMA gloves, stopped the best in the world from submitting his opponent after more than one round of back control. The grappling community was indeed shocked, even if it was his first MMA fight. 

After this fight, it was clear to Marcelo that MMA was not for him. Perhaps it was far too gruesome and a continued career in jiu-jitsu would be a far better option. But what was it that stopped Marcelo from translating his supreme jiu-jitsu to MMA, especially against an unknown opponent? The most obvious thing that people say is that he just didn’t have “it”. And what is “it”? As many already know, MMA requires a mix of skills – grappling is only a fraction of what you need to know. Marcelo just didn’t have a knack for feeling the striking, even if it was his first match ever. Would he have improved if he continued training? Of course. But would he have been a top competitor? That’s the big question. 

The body type and level of athleticism Marcelo had seemed to be exclusive to jiu-jitsu and he managed to use it perfectly for that. But as we will see with other examples in the next few blog entries, the level of athleticism and natural animalistic drive for striking is one of the major forces to make the transition from BJJ to MMA a good idea.




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How Necessary Is Strict Discipline in Jiu-Jitsu Tournaments?

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Jul 2, 2015 4:30:00 PM


We’ve seen it all before when watching tournaments: from turtle-slow belt tying to running around the mat space in celebration, BJJ allows it all – but is it really a bad thing? That all depends on what you expect from a sport based on a martial art. In judo, discipline is of the utmost importance. Judo is mentioned here as a comparison to jiu-jitsu because they share the same roots.

In judo, discipline is upheld for almost every single thing. This includes bowing at the mats every time you enter and exit, making sure all your fingernails and toenails are trimmed, your gi is properly closed and washed, your belt is properly tied and so forth. These are rules that apply in the dojo and at tournaments. 

Tournaments have their own additional set of rules in judo. Competitors are to bow in upon entering the mats. They must then bow again before entering the inner circle of the mat space and once more once they reach the ref. All of these practices are formalities, but we have seen that BJJ is not nearly as strict, especially in most gyms. You’ve surely noticed at least once or twice someone at your gym with a horrible smelling gi. In a proper judo gym, they would have been asked to leave. Few instructors put in the effort to even make sure their students tie their belts properly. 

But that’s just in class - at BJJ tournaments, we can see guys do all sorts of crazy things; celebrating for 30 seconds after the match has finished, not properly tying their belts for the arm-raise, talking during the matches, or even talking back to refs. In judo, these things are basically forbidden. If you talk during the match or if you take too long to tie your belt, then you get penalized. 

BJJ has made an effort to mimic many of these judo rules. However, many are not implemented as strictly as they should be. But the big question is, does it really matter to have all these rules? They don’t really effect how good you are at jiu-jitsu, so what does it matter? It is a matter of opinion, but it comes down to pride in the sport and martial arts and how you want to carry yourself on the mat. If you work at a bank or office, why bother putting on a tie? You can get the same work done in shorts and a t-shirt. Things like tying your belt properly, maintaining personal hygiene, and bowing when entering the mats are reflections of yourself and are also respectful to your teammates and teachers. If you burst into excitement at a tournament, and run in front of your teammates in the stands and cheer while the ref and your opponent are waiting to close the match, it’s disrespectful. If you tie your belt poorly at the end of a match with your gi half open, it’s just messy and can also be seen as disrespectful. Ultimately, it is necessary to have these rules to uphold the image of the sport. Many dream of jiu-jitsu becoming an Olympic sport one day, and having a high level of organization is definitely a requirement. 




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Why Opening An Academy Is So Great

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Jun 25, 2015 5:10:00 PM



Opening your own academy (the dream of any hardcore jiu-jitsu practitioner) cannot be a reality for many, as most have chosen to be professionals in other areas. If you are unhappy with your current workplace situation or if you ever wanted to run your own business, opening a gym can be worth some serious consideration.

The beautiful thing about an academy is that there is actually a lot more room for creativity in starting one than people expect. You can really make the gym your own interpretation of what you think is necessary. For example, the academy doesn’t have to be just jiu-jitsu; you can attach whatever other activities that you think help accommodate jiu-jitsu and the healthy lifestyle that is associated with it. Activities like crossfit, yoga, general weight training, muay thai, and other fitness activities are all suitable and will also help draw more people into your business. 

There are also great personal benefits when owning your own gym. You get to work in a field you love and contribute to spreading jiu-jitsu around the world. In addition to making a living from jiu-jitsu, you could also potentially have more time to train. For a lot of people that are not BJJ professionals, finding time to train can be very difficult because of all the other facets of life that needs to be juggled; family, work, chores, and other hobbies. However, by combining jiu-jitsu and work in the form of an academy, you can possibly find more time to pop onto the mats. On the other hand, some professionals may actually find it more difficult to properly train, depending on how they choose to run their academy. Their attention is usually divided amongst teaching and managing the business. Hopefully, you will eventually have a team of students ready to help you train more often and assist in running the business. Whether you’re the instructor, manager, or investor, this will all help you with your personal jiu-jitsu game.

Another beautiful thing about opening a jiu-jitsu gym is the fact that the sport is still growing around the world. There are many cities that have an interested crowd but no qualified instructors to open a school. If you ever wanted to move abroad, with the proper research and networking you could make your dream a reality through opening a gym. Countries like Korea, Thailand, China, and parts of Europe have plenty of space for jiu-jitsu to grow and develop. There are only a handful of schools in their major cities. 

If you’re unhappy with your current job status or work-life balance, making the switch to a gym owner is an amazing idea. You will be able to build something meaningful and if it’s successful, you can pass down your knowledge and love of BJJ throughout your area.



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Alternate Gear You Need for BJJ

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Jun 18, 2015 3:30:00 PM


Many people think that all the gear you need for BJJ is a gi or a rashguard and shorts and you’re good to go. This is not entirely true. While those are the basics of our sport, there are other items that would be helpful in your jiu-jitsu journey.



BJJ is a contact sport, and anyone that has been training long enough knows what it means. Often we come out with some small cuts or bruises. While most of the time these are minor injuries, there will always be that occasional collision with a spazzy partner that will inadvertently elbow, knee, or head-butt you in the face. Sometimes these hits will be strong enough to not only cut you, but damage your teeth as well. 

A mouth guard is an easy answer to this problem. Consider it as a type of insurance. To some, it may constrict their breathing as they get used to it. This will also be another thing you have to remember to bring to the gym and wash from time to time. But unlike cuts that heal, a broken or knocked out tooth doesn’t heal on its own. Do not to push your luck! Just wear a mouthguard and roll with some peace of mind.



Tape can be nicknamed the “injury protector”. It does a great job of supporting many smaller joints (such as fingers and toes) or minor existing injuries so you can train with less pain, or no pain at all. The application varies depending on the severity of the injury, but one thing that has been seen over and over again in academies is that tape is an essential part of anyone’s training kit. Of course, if the injury is severe, you should stop training until it has time to fully heal. For many, tape really helps find a balance between taking time off to heal an injury and continuing to train.


Sweat Towel

This is getting into more of the “it’s not necessary” territory, but this is still something that is nice to have with you. We sweat a ton in BJJ, especially in warmer weather. Sweat towels are not the massive shower towels. They won’t take much space in your bag and when you wash it, it can dry quite quickly because it’s thin and small.


Protein shaker

Supplements are very important to the BJJ athlete. Jiu-jitsu takes a heavy toll on the body and if you’re nutrition is not up to par, you can suffer. Having a protein shaker in your bag, along with that scoop of protein or whatever supplement you like to take, will let you get the nutrients into your system as soon as possible so you can recover and be ready again to train the next day.


Water bottle:

This is another extremely important item. Rather than buying bottles at your gym, or if there is no water fountain, bringing a large water bottle with you is key. It is generally a good idea to always have a large water bottle with you, because as athletes we require a large intake of fluids, far more than the average person. If you ever had a chance to glimpse at some of the professionals of our sport, you will notice that many of them carry around large jugs of water everywhere they go. It’s absolutely critical to stay hydrated at all times.



Grab some accessories for your kit. Try out Jits Grips as a supplement to your training, and keep those digits secure with Tape-and-Roll.




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2015 World Championship Aftermath: Black Belt Male Adult Part 2

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Jun 11, 2015 5:30:00 PM



Medium Heavy Division:

This year we saw a disruption of the division since Leandro Lo moved up in weight. Either Lo didn’t feel like cutting weight or he wanted a greater challenge – but it doesn’t matter since he won anyway, defeating Alliance’s Tarsis Humphreys in the finals to bump Guto Campos down from second place in 2014 to third place. 

This would be Lo’s fourth consecutive world championship and there is no telling what he could do next. He had a very strong and successful performance at the Abu Dhabi World Pro against Buchecha – a much larger opponent. If Lo keeps this up, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him trying to contend for the heavyweight title just for kicks. He also competed in the absolute division but fell victim to an armbar from Bernardo Faria from Alliance who ended up winning the entire absolute division. 

Heavyweight Division:

Craziness here – the return of Xande Ribero. Xande had won his first heavyweight title in 2004, then had lost it to Robert Drysdale. He then dominated yet again for three consecutive years after that. For the following 7 year stretch after that, the division was won by others like Rodolfo Vieira and Bernardo Faria. But this year, there was no Rodolfo and Faria had gone up a division years before. The path for Xande was clear. 

Xande did it again, this time beating veteran Lucas Leite in the finals. It’s just amazing to see both these veterans still making it to the finals in impressive fashion. Lucas Leite is especially impressive since he is usually much smaller than his opponents. 

Super Heavyweight Division:

This used to be Rodolfo Vieira’s division, but with an injury keeping him out of the scene for 2015, Bernardo Faria was able to take the gold, defeating Gabriel Rocha in the finals. Faria has always been considered one of the top three heavier BJJ fighters in the world alongside Vieira and Buchecha, but has always been bested by those two. This year he had his chance and he took it. 

We also have Igor Silva and Yuri Simoes taking third place on the podium. This is Yuri’s second world bronze medal and he is still young. We can expect him to move up through the ranks as the years pass. 

Ultra Heavyweight Division:

We have an interesting change here since the former champion, Marcus Almeida Buchecha, had injured himself in the preliminary rounds of the championship. Buchecha has been one of the most dominant champions in history with three consecutive absolute titles. Unfortunately, this year that streak had to end due to the injury. This led way for some new placement amongst the medals with Gabirel Lyrio Lucas taking the gold. 

Absolute Division:

There were no surprises here. With the absence of Buchecha and the usual runner up Rodolfo Vieira, the path was open for the next in line, Bernardo Faria, to take the crown. So without surprise, Trans takes the silver. However, we did see Leandro Lo make a mark in the absolute division, winning the bronze medal. It will be interesting to see how he does in later years and whether there will ever be an absolute champion that is below the heavyweight mark.




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2015 World Championship Aftermath: Black Belt Male Adult Part 1

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Jun 9, 2015 11:30:00 AM



Every year, the entire jiu-jitsu community looks forward to seeing who will become the next world champion, especially at the black belt level. This year, the results are a blend of obvious answers but also a few surprises along the way.


Rooster Division:

No surprises here. We have almost the exact same results as last year, except Rafael Freitas from Gracie Barra is the new bronze medalist along with Ivaniel Oliveira who wins bronze again. But it’s Bruno Malfacine who is most impressive here, once again winning the title for a seventh time defeating Joao Miyao yet again in the finals (albeit in a controversial referee’s decision). But at this pace, it’s only a matter of time until Joao will win his title. Bruno will be a tough opponent to defeat, but without Caio Terra in the division for the time being, Miyao will dominate. 

Lightfeather Division:

Without Guilherme Mendes in the picture, Paulo Miyao was able to reach his goal of becoming world champion. Although it’s always unfulfilling for fans to see the absence of the defending champion, it does not take away from Paulo’s achievement – although probably in his mind, he is wishing that he could show the world how he would do this year against Gui. This is a thought that every champion keeps in mind when they win the title; did they really take it away from the previously reigning champ? At the moment it looks like it won’t be happening any time soon, as Guilherme chose to retire and spend his time focusing on his gym and his soon-to-be-born baby. 

Feather Division:

No surprises here whatsoever. The exact same results as last year except we now witness the ascent of Gianni Grippo who placed third, replacing Alberto Paiva from 2014. Mario Reis joins Grippo for bronze and we see Rafa Mendes and Cobrinha battle it out in the finals again, with Rafa coming out on top by 6 points - Cobrinha couldn’t even score a point. However, considering the age gap between the two rivals, Cobrinha doesn’t cease to amaze me. Especially since he is turning 36 years old this year, which makes him 10 years older than Rafa. 

Light Division:

Once again, experience dominates “youth”. Neither Michael Langhi nor Lucas Lepri are actually old, but considering they are both 30, it is impressive that they can stay on top and hold the youngsters at bay. Both Alliance members dominated the division and it was Michael Langhi’s turn to take the gold since Lucas Lepri won the division last year, so in a sense they are both 2015 world champions. I wish we could see the two face-off, but we won’t be seeing that outside their academy. JT Torres also makes a re-appearance at the podium as a bronze medalist, a drop from last year because of Michael Langhi’s performance. 

Middle Division:

Last year, Leandro Lo had won this division. But this year he decided to move up in weight, leaving the crown to this division wide open for the taking. Not surprisingly, Claudio Calasans took it, defeating GF Team’s Vitor Oliveira. Both these competitors are new to the podium this year, bumping down two veterans of the division, Otavio Souza and Victor Estima to bronze.




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What To Expect In A Good Seminar

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May 21, 2015 5:00:00 PM




Seminars are one of the best ways for someone to pick up new knowledge in jiu-jitsu. Every instructor has a different style, and while the basics of jiu-jitsu pertain to everyone (regardless of body type), the fancy and more specialized moves for your body type are sometimes harder to find and properly train. The best thing to do is to go to seminars with professors that have a similar body type to you and are famous for techniques that you can already do on a basic level. If you end up going to a seminar with them, you will hopefully be able to learn the details of the technique that you have been missing. Seminars are meant to be supplementary; they are the icing on the cake, and not the cake itself. 

This is why traveling is such an important part of jiu-jitsu. BJJ is a deep and diverse sport in which you will never stop learning. The secret is not to know and master every single move, but to know all the basics and then layer them with some trickery of your own. Almost every jiu-jitsu master has their own specialty that they have developed since early belt levels. Sometimes you have to seek out that specific instructor to really pick their mind and gain that knowledge. For example, if you’re a De La Riva user, and you highly depend on that position, first priority should be to seek out a Ricardo De La Riva seminar. Considering that he originally developed the position and has been using it for decades, it puts him levels above the competitors that use the De La Riva guard today. Also, don’t forget that guys like De La Riva have decades of teaching experience and will be able to communicate the techniques in the best way possible.

The biggest complaint you will hear after a seminar is that the professor didn’t show anything “special” or it was “too basic.” It’s true that sometimes professors don’t want to share their top stuff at seminars to people that are not part of their own academy. In the majority of cases, the only people that will say the seminar wasn’t “‘special” or was “too basic” will be those who are not experienced enough to see the finer details of a position. 

Find seminars with people that match your style. Make sure that when you are at the seminar, you really pay attention to the particular details of a position – you should hopefully find new aspects you didn’t know. You’d be surprised at how many black belts attend seminars and still come out with their eyes opened.




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5 Things You Must Consider For Competition Prep

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May 14, 2015 2:00:00 PM




Here are some quick tips of things you should do before a competition, ranging from 3 months out to right before your match. This mainly pertains to beginners that want to start competing. As you become more advanced, you learn what details work best for you.


  1. Start your diet early.

Most competitors have to cut some weight to make the most out of themselves at competitions. If you like competing at your walk-around weight, and you do well, then lucky you! But most have to go through the task of reaching a certain weight, and it’s not easy. The best trick is to lose fat and retain as much muscle as possible during the weight cut. More experienced competitors usually have their own system for this, but it can be very hard for beginners. One of the simplest tips is to start your diet early – don’t procrastinate. Starting early will give you some leeway if you still have some weight to cut. One of the most embarrassing things is to get to the scale overweight and get disqualified. 

  1. Start all of your hard rolling early.

The logic here is that you need time to recover from all your hard training. The earlier you start all your shark tanks and conditioning, the earlier you can begin to restore your body for the competition. Also, if you have any injuries, as a result from that training, then you have time to recover and continue your training so you can compete again. 

  1. Know when to rest.

It’s good to train hard, but you have to train hard in moderation. Overtraining can very easily lead to injury. If you’re feeling nauseous or feeling some sort of pain, think about it and decide if it’s worth stopping and taking a day off. Training hard is important, but training smart is more important. There is no point in showing what a tough guy you are in the gym and training through injuries. Rest properly and you can show everyone what a tough guy you are in the competition, where it really matters. 

  1. Stop hard training one week before competition.

There are various different theories on this, but it’s been said by many professionals in the past (ie. Xande Ribeiro and Marcelo Garcia) that taking a week off before a tournament allows you to not only be physically ready, but it also helps mentally with your nerves and anxiety. You can still do light exercises to keep your body warm and sharp, but nothing strenuous. 

  1. Learn new moves early.

If you really want to add new moves to your arsenal, you have to do it at the beginning of your training camp. Unless you are insanely talented, you need time to let the technique sink into your regular game. In tournaments when you are exhausted, you will only resort to your top techniques that are second nature in your game. If you want to expand that repertoire, you need to add those new techniques as early as possible. Adding new techniques right before a tournament is generally useless.






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