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<a href="http://okkimonosblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/pablo.png" rel="attachment wp-att-1873"><img class="alignnone wp-image-1873 size-large" src="http://okkimonosblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/pablo-1024x512.png" alt="3 ways to break the jiu-jitsi plateau" width="1024" height="512" /></a> "What now?" Do you feel stuck? Do you think your game is slowing down? Do you feel like you're not sure what to do next? <!--more--> We all go through this. You will survive and go past it. It may seem a bit overwhelming if this is a new phenomenon to you. But don't worry! I have a few suggestions that will help you break that plateau! Here are 3 great things you can do to break a plateau in Jiu-Jitsu: <strong><i>Sign up for a competition</i></strong> <a href="http://okkimonosblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/1069137_852273514817201_2910330233405494216_n.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-1874"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-1874 size-medium" src="http://okkimonosblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/1069137_852273514817201_2910330233405494216_n-300x300.jpg" alt="2014 NAGA US Nationals" width="300" height="300" /></a> This will serve as a great motivator to get you training more often and harder. Sometimes we end up in a rut because we are simply unmotivated to push any harder than we have in the past, and competition is one way to break this habit. You'll have something new and exciting to think about and plan around. Setting up goals for yourself is one great trick to push beyond your current abilities. <em><strong>Take a Jiu-Jitsu Vacation</strong></em> <a href="http://okkimonosblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/photo-1446944987594-eb9bb99c6e22.jpeg" rel="attachment wp-att-1875"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-1875 size-medium" src="http://okkimonosblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/photo-1446944987594-eb9bb99c6e22-300x199.jpeg" alt="BJJ vacation" width="300" height="199" /></a> Go on a real vacation and train while you're there. This serves two purposes: it's a break from normal life, <strong>and</strong> it helps you enjoy a new experience with new training partners. Sometimes stress has an effect on our training and a vacation may be just what you need! The new settings and new partners will inspire you and give you a glimpse into how other people integrate grappling into their every day lives. Can't do a vacation right now? Change it up with a BJJ <em>staycation!</em> Just kidding. That's training. <em><strong>Buy A New Gi</strong></em> <a href="http://okkimonosblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Good-gi-Smell.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-1877"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1877" src="http://okkimonosblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Good-gi-Smell-300x200.jpg" alt="That new Gi scent" width="300" height="200" /></a> We all know that feeling when we get a new gi. It truly feels like we were just given super powers. Sometimes this is just what we need to break the funk. New gear makes us want to wear it and in order to wear it we need to train! Sometimes you have to treat yourself. Maybe this is your time to try a different type of kimono, or maybe dabble in some no-gi. Whatever it is, a fun present is an easy way of getting yourself through a tough time. <strong>What kinds of things do you do to break through a plateau?</strong>

“What now?”

Do you feel stuck? Do you think your game is slowing down? Do you feel like you’re not sure what to do next?

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most annoying training partners in bjj

In Jiu Jitsu we rely heavily on our partners in order to progress.

We must have a partner in order to learn moves and get timing down both in sparing and in class. [click to continue…]


bjj jiu jitsu leg locks kneebar heel hook

There is no doubt that Jiu-Jitsu has changed so much since its inception there are a few disturbing trends that have remained since day one and at least one of these needs to change. [click to continue…]


“Your bjj jiu jitsu injury will heal.How well and how long it takesis up to YOU.”

We are all busy people, with day to day life and our BJJ training. Having this balance is great , but when an unexpected injury comes along it can have a big impact. Depending on the type of injury you may not be able to train as often and as hard as you would love to. [click to continue…]


10 ways to improve your bjj instruction teaching

Let’s get this straight, just because you know a tremendous amount about the subject area’s content, it does not mean you are qualified to teach it.

As an educator, I think I can get away with saying something like that. [click to continue…]


please stop saying this about brazilian jiu jitsu misconception

Do you remember some of the misconceptions you had about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when you first started? [click to continue…]

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first time rollers bjj jiu jitsu gi

Rolling, or sparring, can be very daunting, especially if you have never participated in martial arts before.   [click to continue…]


meal prepping for bjj

While reading another article earlier this week an old passion was reborn….

I read about how meal prepping can be used for Jiu Jitsu and to be healthy in general. I use to meal prep a lot and am getting back on this soon.

I want to talk about some specific reasons I have found meal prepping to be a useful tool in my own history and how it can be used to take your Jiu Jitsu and your body to the next level.

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train bjj for self defense

In the last 10 years Jiu Jitsu has changed so much.

So many new techniques have been developed and there have been so many new rules for tournaments.

Some of the change have been good , but some has lead Jiu Jitsu down a disturbing path.

Jiu Jitsu has been developed more and more for sport and less and less for self-defense.   [click to continue…]


how bjj will change how you think about everything

Once you have been training a while you will start to find that bjj will start to creep into your every day life. More and more you will find yourself not only thinking about training, looking at things differently. The skills you develop as part of your training will affect the way you think about everything in your day to day life. See if any of the following have started to affect you: [click to continue…]