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I have been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for a little over 5 years now. I used to be the only female at our club, but now our academy offers a Ladies Only BJJ class. This has been a great opportunity to get ladies in the door who otherwise might not have even thought to venture in. Throughout my years of training, I have heard many arguments that women should not be treated any differently than men, but what I have found is that every student is different and every student should be treated accordingly. Everyone has a backstory of why they visited the gym, for self-defense, fitness, or whatever. Understanding the whys and understanding the individual student and teammate are important.
In Jiu-Jitsu there has been a recent trend of having super fights and sub only more and more often ! People love super fights because we get to see the best of the best go at it even when there is a weight or age separation. While we have seen many great matches between metamoris, polaris pro and ebi there are a few matches many fans are still dying to see . While most of these matches will probably never happen they are fun to play with and think about. So lets discuss what is in my opinion the top super fights we would all like to see.
If you have been training for even just a few years you have seen many people come and go. The vast majority of people never make it past white belt and even fewer get to purple belt. The trend continues all the way to black belt and even beyond. It has been said that only 1-3% make it to black belt and probably only 25% of the people at back will ever reach coral or red in the LONG RUN (mostly due to the time it takes.)
Recently, we wrote about the traits of a successful jiu jitsu player. Here’s 7 more of them sure to upgrade your game!
Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a partner that trains jiu jitsu with them. Most people will have a partner that will have no participation in jiu jitsu and potentially little interest in starting. This does not however mean that they will have some questions about your love for jiu jitsu. This may all be a little strange to them, so I thought I would have a look at 7 things about BJJ your spouse wants to know.
1. Why do you want to spend so much time does at the gym getting sweaty and rolling around on the floor? Jiu jitsu is extremely challenging and there are a lot of techniques to learn and drill. Plus the rolling around on the floor stuff is great fun, even though it makes me achey and sore, I love going back for more.
2. Why do you want to spend so much money on pyjamas? It’s not just about the technical and physical training with jiu jitsu its about the bjj lifestyle as well. Part of that is looking good whilst
3. Why do you want to suddenly buy leggings? I guess this is worse for guys than girls. It is pretty difficult to understand that spats are not leggings, they are a manly and colourful armour to protect you against cuts and skin infections.
4. Why do you keep turning down my cooking on the run up to a competition? Despite your food being better than something from a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, I do fight in a weight category. On the run up to a competition I have to watch what I eat to make sure I am within my category. This is nothing to do with your cooking and I sincerely apologise for how grumpy I am during this time also.
5. Why are you on the computer at night so much? Well trying to figure out the counter to the sweep or submission you got caught with in class takes time. This time on You Tube is important research. As is commenting on all the Facebook posts about slick techniques and new jiu jitsu gear. This also ties in with points 2 and 3.
6. Why did that guy win by wrapping his legs around your head? This may be difficult for those that don’t appreciate the intricacies of what you are doing. I would recommend making them sit through the entire feed of the world masters as you comment and explain the techniques to them. A word of warning, this may be the make or break point of your relationship.
7. What do you mean girls train at your gym to? Yes women to train jiu jitsu. This does not mean that the women at my academy look like they are going out partying. In fact the women will have no make up, ritz hair and are frequently just as sweaty as I am. It also comes to a point where you stop actually seeing them as females. To the point where you actually do a double take when you eventually see them in a dress.
Hopefully these will give your spouse a good insight into the art/sport you enjoy so much.
If you’re an avid competitor, you might have a few tournament traditions or rituals you go through before actually competing. I think these traditions are important; they help you relax can help you focus on the task at hand. Here are some examples of what I do and go through to help me focus.
Every morning of the tournament, I try to eat the same thing. Fruit and oatmeal. I try not to stray from this, because I don’t want to eat something heavy that will make me feel slow. I try to keep it simple & I may drink a cup of coffee, too, to wake me up. I never cut weight for a tournament, because I never want to feel that stress if I am on point or not. I want to make sure I am going in hydrated and well rested.
I try to make sure I am dressed out and ready an hour before my division is called. This gives me plenty of time to tape up, get warmed up, and make friends with the ring coordinator so he/she does not forget my face. (And give me a break, if I ever have to sprint to the restroom.) I have had times where I am cutting it close and never had a good warm up and felt unprepared mentally going in.
I have a specific routine of warm ups I do before stepping out onto the mats. It involves hip movements and getting my legs warm. Usually, I feel as if they are the first to go! So, moving around helps me feel well and loose.
These are just some of the things I try to do before competing. It helps me feel comfortable. Some people like to listen to music, but I am always fearful I will miss my name being called. Everyone has their own routines, and of course, the more you compete, the more you will feel comfortable competing!
What are some of your traditions or rituals?
Once you have been training a while one of the main things that starts to happen is a growing aversion to being tapped. I have to admit that I include myself in this group too. But if I have been caught I will always accept it. I am definitely not getting injured for the sake of ego. But I have started to realise that trying to avoid the tap can have an impact on my training. I am slowly realising that I need to tap and learn.
We all have positions or techniques that we feel comfortable in. Some are guard players and some are guard smashers. But once we are out of our comfort zone what happens? Things can quickly turn sour. We are playing our B, C or even D game. Once we establish a favourite, we tend to avoid the uncomfortable and naturally gravitate towards where we feel most confident. This confidence keeps us as far away from tapping as we can get, because no one was that. But is this really a good thing? Especially if you are a beginner.
I have noticed that when I roll I end up in positions where I think I’m OK here, but in reality I’m not. I have not given myself enough experience of being close to the tap and fighting back to a dominant position. Like most of us I want to avoid that tap, even in during a club roll. But this does me no favours when I end up in the same situation in a competition. In the words of Kenny Loggins we have to “ride into the Danger Zone”.
Putting ourselves in this situation is a great learning experience. It puts us under pressure and makes us think and focus whilst in these uncomfortable situations. This gives your brain the opportunity to get used to working in this environment. This can be really useful in both retaining the techniques and also getting used to the pressure. Yes there is an immense risk I will get tapped, but when I’m rolling with a friend in the academy is it that bad? Even if you get tapped by a lower belt is it that bad? Yes it will affect your ego, but looking at what you can learn from the experience, it is well worth it.
If you have ever been in competition and been on the back foot. You will know it has an impact on your thinking. The more pressure your opponent puts you under, he more it affects you. If you don’t know what to do or how to get to where you want to be, what is left? Well it’s survival and that is not a good place at all. When you are not playing your game, you are allowing your opponent to play theirs. Then things go even further down hill. Developing confidence in yourself that you have something you can play, means you are not surviving but advancing. While the clock is still ticking you still have a chance, a chance to get back to you favourite positions and finish the fight.
Next time you are rolling, let your guard get passed or let your partner get a high mount and see how bad things can get and how you would recover and advance the situation in your favour. Practising like this will allow you to get deeper in trouble but still be confident that you can recover. This experimentation, will cause you to tap a lot. You have to put aside the avoidance of the tap, embrace the tap, make it your friend, even go for a coffee with it. These taps are going to help you improve and feel more confident.
Unfortunately many people have many other priorities outside of the Jiu Jitsu Academy. I know , I know what a shame. These people may truly love Jiu Jitsu, but have poor time management or are simply overwhelmed by life and thus may only train 2-3x a week. For many of us training many days a week is so normal we look at these people as if they simply don’t love Jiu Jitsu the way we do, but in many cases they do. I want to talk about three crucial tips to increase what you get out of every class. Three ways to gain more.