I had a chance to sit down with Gianni Grippo right before his seminar outside of Chicago, Illinois. I was incredibly impressed not only about what he had to say, but how he said it. His sincerity and transparency were obvious and it was really hard not to be impressed by somebody who is so focused and successful but also holds nothing back.
I now present the result of 18 minutes of randomness with Gianni Grippo:
This is something I talk a lot about here on the OkKimonos Blog, but one of the first things you can do to help your child is know where you fit in the whole learning/competing/training process. You can really be one of three things:
Bruce Brown, a special presenter for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) recommends that you just pick one and respect the others. (Awesome photo above by Cooperfoto.com!)
For example, if you’re a fan (which is what most parents will be):
Positively encourage and support the players
Let the coach do his/her job
Let the official make the calls without offering your opinion on each call
Help your child keep things in perspective by first making sure that you have the proper perspective!
Being a BJJ Parent isn’t easy, but it’s definitely rewarding!
But not every kid loves to train BJJ. In fact, a lot of them quit.
Recently, we surveyed many of our readers and found 7 reasons that kids will quit training BJJ.
Try to avoid these things if you want your child to be successful in BJJ:
1. Criticism and yelling – There’s a huge difference between cheering and criticizing.
2. No playing time – Kids need time to play. They “train” very differently from adults
3. Over emphasis on winning – Focus on what they did well. Not just if they won or lost.
4. Poor communication – Make them feel comfortable letting you know what they think or how they feel about BJJ.
5. Fear of making mistakes – Mistakes are okay. And so is losing. As long as they learn! Make sure they know that.
6. Boredom – For kids, BJJ has to be just as much about fun as it is hard training. Jumping around, doing tumbling drills, and grappling games are all part of them learning about their bodies. Adults can’t sit and drill an armbar for 30 minutes straight. Don’t expect kids to!
7. Not learning – Don’t be afraid to go over with your child what they went over in class. Let them show you what they learned. If they aren’t learning, they won’t enjoy it.
Double DQ at the 2013 Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu Jitsu for Keenan Cornelius and Paulo Miyao in the brown belt open weight division.
Both were warned four times but their double guard pull position warranted not enough action from the ref.
This is exactly how their match went at the 2013 IBJJF Pan American Championship.
They are shocked as only Kaue Damasceno is left on the podium.
You could say the 50/50 and double guard pull game is shunned in Abu Dhabi.
The tremendous irony in this situation is that Kaue Damasceno was also DQ’ed in the semi-finals for slamming Keenan. So all 3 medalists were DQ’ed but only Paulo and Keenan are left without prize money and medals. Keenan explains in the video below:
The Pan-American Jiu-Jitsu champions crowned it’s black belts last Sunday, and innovated by conducting doping tests on 10 random medalists. Gabi Garcia, weight and absolute champion, released the list of nine athletes tested by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation and USADA, the agency that conducts the examinations.