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why bjj is good for your mind

As practitioners we are all well aware of the physical gifts Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gives our bodies.

It is great exercise and when we eat right we see a transformation in our physique. However, the physical aspect is not the only thing influenced by Jiu-Jitsu:

The mind is also transformed by training.

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injuries in bjj 2

I have had to have a few long breaks whilst training BJJ and have really hated the forced time off the mats.

During these times I have come up with a number of ways of coping with this time away from training.

If you have been training for a while being side lined because of an injury could leave a massive void in your life, which can have a big impact on you.

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the real reason your guard does not work

Why do I keep getting my guard passed so easily?

Why can’t I seem to submit my opponent when I clearly should have the edge?

Have you been asking these questions to yourself lately?

If so, you must be having guard problems.

But what’s the real reason your guard doesn’t work?

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WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR A BJJ BLACK BELT

I was asked what I would be willing to do for a Black Belt in BJJ.

Of course, the first answer that came to mind was “ANYTHING!!!”  I mean, who wouldn’t? Who doesn’t want to see years and years of “blood, sweat and tears” manifest into something so tangible and rare?

And although I feel that the goal of achieving the rank of Black Belt in BJJ is an awesome idea, I also think that sometimes we miss out on what is really important here….

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HOW BJJ IS GOOD FOR YOUR MIND PART 1

It’s common knowledge that playing regular sport and exercise is beneficial to your physical health, however, the lesser know fact is that physical exercise can have a positive effect on mental well-being too. Extensive research has shown that participating in regular sporting activities have reduced levels of anxiety and improved mood. Having said that exercise is good for you, the question is how is BJJ good for your mind?

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HOW TO OVERCOME THE BJJ INJURY BLUES

I’m writing this a week after having surgery to repair an umbilical (belly button) hernia (ripped or torn muscle that creates a hole). For the first few days I was unable to sit, cough, laugh, sneeze or make any basic movement due to the incisions they made in my abdomen. For three days I was a cloud of pain medication and general misery.

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mom of 3 trains bjj 10 times per week

My whole life is time management.

Kendall is a mom of 3 and trains 4-5 days per week, often twice per day.  When I heard about her story, I couldn’t help but share it.  I do a lot, running 3 websites, a BJJ brand, and about to launch a podcast on top of working full time and being the best dad and husband I can be.  But, her time management skills put me to shame.  Without further, ado, let me introduce you to Kendall. – Brendan

I train 4-5 days a week ,sometimes twice a day now that I have decided to compete in the Pan Ams. I also have three children ages 1, 3 and 7.

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jose aldo bjj black belt

Not too long ago, I wrote about how Xande Ribeiro criticized certain instructors for giving away BJJ black belts to MMA fighters who never (or rarely) train or compete in the gi.

Now UFC Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, is speaking out as well.

In a recent interview with Tatame, Aldo said the following (translated):

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5 tips stronger

It’s totally understandable that most BJJ athletes want to stay at a weight that they feel comfortable.  The problem arises at the lower weight classes where the athletes have less to cut and can’t afford to add on extra muscle weight and get pushed up to the next weight class.

Additionally, more muscle means more oxygen is needed so as you’re trying to improve your strength, you also have to try to keep your endurance up, which is complicated.

Luckily, we’ve known for a long time that if you want to get stronger and put on minimal amounts of muscle, there’s a few tricks that’ll help:

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why should women train brazilian jiu jitsu

When this video first came out, there was a lot of discussion (read: keyboard wars) over the validity of it with a lot of people saying she was using BJJ inappropriately.

Lots of arguments took place on forums that she was using her jiu jitsu aggressively.

Here’s a fun challenge if you’re not sure if she went a bit overboard in the video above.

First, watch the video.

Still feel that she went a bit too far?

Watch it again. But, this time, watch the man in the background

See what happens?

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