The truth is what it is. This is a science. Airplanes have gone through SIGNIFICANT changes in the last 20 years, but, aerodynamics have not. We can play with placement of the wings on the body, but the teardrop shape of the wings don’t change. No one has built a plane that looks like you’re pushing an open umbrella! It wouldn’t work. All science is the same. BJJ is no different. Although we make constant improvements, they are changes that the untrained eye may not even see. I have changed a lot of things from the way I learned them. But most people would be hard pressed to notice them if we held them up side by side. There’s a delicate balance. Find the improvements, without straying from the scientific essence of the art.Read More
See, the problem is that there’s training, and then, there’s testing. And they aren’t the same. Testing, is when the outcome is important. Self defense, tournaments, etc., but on the mat in the gym, that’s training. That’s where you want weaknesses, and holes in your game exposed. That’s where you try moves that you’re not good at yet and pay the price. And that’s awesome. Every time you get beat, you have the chance to improve something. You have the chance for your Jiu-Jitsu to grow! That should be exciting. Awesome, in fact.Read More
Long before the media craze, BJJ was involved in MMA. Back then it was called Vale Tudo (anything goes). No protective equipment, no weight classes. There were very limited rules, no eye gouging, no biting, and that’s about it! In this realm (when I first started fighting), BJJ reigned supreme. People were amazed at the unprecedented superiority of BJJ. As far back the late 19th century, the root arts of BJJ were untouchable in the world of real fighting.Read More
I want the person that is almost sure they can’t. There’s just this faint glimmer of “maybe” buried in there. I want the not athletic. The not strong. The people who aren’t sure if they “can” but can’t stop daydreaming about it!Read More
I was watching a group of our students spar the other day, and could just tell……. Nobody was working on anything. Sure they were sparring (a tad too hard), and they were certainly trying to “win”. But, after a few rounds, I called everyone in, and said “What’s your point, in this training session?”.
In jiu-jitsu people often look at various training partners as weights. That guy is like trying to lift 100 pounds, she is like trying to lift 200 pounds, Jay is like trying to lift infinity pounds, and so on. When I say 'lifting' in terms of jiu-jitsu, I am not necessarily talking about "winning", but rather being able to do something against a particular training partner, achieve some goal (i.e., sweep, pass, submit, or maybe just not allow the training partner to advance past a certain point on the ladder). Let's say passing the guard of a particular training partner is like lifting 200 pounds, but you can only lift 100 pounds. You get better, and eventually you can lift those 200 pounds (i.e., pass their guard). The problem comes because people tend to lock a training partner into a particular weight; that a particular training partner is always like lifting X pounds. Why's that a problem? Let's continue with this scenario to highlight why.
And when this happens to you for the first time, the frustration can build. Imagine going from getting better just from doing the warm-ups, to now it taking a few months for you to see/feel as though you've made even a modicum of progress. What's wrong? Are you getting worse? Or is everyone else getting better at a faster rate? Why? And as with lifting, people might change their programming (how much they drill, roll live, take class, etc.), or just quit out of frustration.Read More
So, if I know I may only have a few months……. I need to prepare you as best I can. So, in the Basic Curriculum (White Belt stripes 1 & 2) everything is about basic defense. In the Intermediate (stripes 3 & 4) it’s more about attacking. Hell, I used to call it “Self Defense” and “Fighting Fundamentals”, because that was a more accurate description of the concepts in each. One was about “not getting beat up”. The other was a little more in the “beat them up” vein.Read More
I can’t tell you how often I pose this scenario to “advanced” BJJ people, and hear “replace guard”, or “go inverted guard” or some such nonsense. Yes, that shit can work. And yes there are dudes in the world that can sweep me on my head with it. But that’s not the fucking point. Christ, Liberace made an excellent living playing the piano, and wearing bedazzled jumpsuits. Doesn’t mean you tell you kid to do that instead of going to school!!!!Read More
So, is the implication that based on this study we no longer need to learn takedowns? I am sure some are drawing that conclusion based on the number of headlines I have seen this morning seemingly declaring the death of takedowns in BJJ schools.
Okay, full disclosure. I am a blue belt, have had exactly zero MMA fights, and have watched exactly zero UFC promotions from start to finish since UFC III. Where I have some authority to speak on the issue is that I can read . . . and put sentences together . . . and stuff.Read More
That's not to dismiss the importance of adequate recovery. However, the concerned is misplaced, and tends to lead to rather absolutist positions grounded in nothing more than one's opinion. For instance, I recently on the interwebs and read on a comment thread about strength and conditioning for jiu-jitsu that you should not squat more than once per week. Cannot be done because you will not be able to recover. And I have to say, I agree with this. Well, I mean, I did agree with the notion that a person cannot squat more than once per week and train jiu-jitsu. Well, that is until, you know, I actually tried to squat more than once per week.Read More
For you to realize all the beautiful things that can come from training (or a relationship), you have to learn to love the little things. The deep things. Not just the surface. It's fine to enjoy the "honeymoon" phase in your training. The huge leaps in progress. The "light-bulb" moments where things suddenly make sense. That's super cool. But after a while, they get less frequent. And smaller.Read More
Don’t get me wrong…… I’m not blaming HER. I’m blaming society at large. She probably has no idea that a woman her size could legitimately beat the shit out of a guy his size with the right training. To me this is kind of like seeing a group of people watching someone at the edge of the grand canyon. All the people know the rail is busted, and NOBODY tells this person. And they all watch as they lean on the rail, and fall over. That’s not the victims “fault”. It’s everyone watching.Read More
Here's an episode of his podcast where talks about how he trains both lifting and jiu-jitsu. While he cannot train both at optimal levels, the frequency of his lifting and the total volume (for instance, he can still squat in the 700s despite not focusing his training on lifting) are incredible.Read More
Ok, this is the number one reason that more women don’t do BJJ. They seem intrigued, interested, but when it comes to actually doing it…. it’s just so…… awkward.
They all ask if there’s any way to do BJJ, or something like it but without all the actual touching of people. Or at least could they just bring their cousin/freind/sister and only practice with them. But basically, they want to make it less awkward.Read More
Here’s my problem. Back in the day, groin shots were legal. And I never once saw a guy stop from one. I was kneed in the groin like 5 times in a row my first fight. There was an old UFC (when it was still Vale Tudo) where Keith Hackney hit Joe Son in the directly in the groin like 30 times, and the dude never stopped.Read More
Great little compilation of the upkick in MMA. They're one of the first things people learn who train under Jay; either at the Academy or via Functionalbjj.com. They're a great way to maintain distance when you're on the ground, and, as shown in the video, a way to end the fight.