How To Be A BJJ Instructor?

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Despite what most grapplers think, becoming a BJJ instructor is possible if you put in the work, time, and effort. Today, there are a few major Jiu-Jitsu schools that a person can go through in order to become a certified instructor. Gracie Academy Basic Certification The Gracie Academy provides instructor certification at five different levels. For example, in… Read more »

Grappling: How Can I Increase Mat Awareness?

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In grappling, mat awareness refers to someone’s ability to know where he or she is on a mat with respect to: Their opponent’s The mat’s boundaries Their own body parts Mat awareness could closely be compared to driving a vehicle. When you first learn how to drive, you’re only worried about one thing: the road right in… Read more »

Cost Of BJJ Equipment?

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The beauty behind BJJ Equipment is that it actually doesn’t require that much “stuff” in order to participate. At the very least, all you need is yourself. However, at most gyms, you’re at least going to need a gi. And there are a few more “extras” that you’ll want to consider purchasing as well. Let’s take a look… Read more »

How to Practice Jiu Jitsu At Home

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A huge misconception associated with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is that you can only practice it at the gym. Unfortunately, this way of thinking actually cuts back on your potential. By finding ways to practice jiu jitsu at home, you’ll increase your skills at a much quicker rate. Jiu Jitsu at home: Developing Your Technique By “Shadow” Grappling Shadow grappling… Read more »

Should I Learn BJJ Takedowns?

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Some grapplers don’t like learning BJJ Takedowns because they think that it isn’t going to be useful to their careers. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, whether you’re in a competition or street fight, take downs are going to be of the utmost importance. In the subsequent sections of this article, we’ll explain why they… Read more »

Famous Women and Self-Defense Jiu-Jitsu Classes

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Famous Women who’ve Taken Self-Defense Jiu-Jitsu Classes In a sport that is largely dominated by men, there are women who have reached the metaphoric summit in Jiu-Jitsu and become very famous as a result. It wasn’t until fairly recently that there’s been an upsurge in women participating in Self-Defense Jiu-Jitsu. Let’s take a look at… Read more »

How to Avoid Getting Choked or Bear Hugged

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How to Avoid Getting Choked or Bear Hugged By An Attacker There are two main moves that you’ll encounter from an attacker: the bear hug and the choke. Now, the choke can come in one of two variations: the front choke or the back choke. Both of these are equally as common and you’ll need… Read more »

Women Taking Over The World of BJJ and Self-Defense?

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How Women Are Starting to Take Over The World of BJJ and Self-Defense For a long time, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was a sport that was predominately run by male grapplers. And it remained like this for more than 100 years. However, these days, it is becoming more and more common to see women dominating in their… Read more »

Women’s Self Defense: Gi or no Gi?

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Should Women Train in Gi or No Gi For Learning Self Defense? If you’re a woman who is new to Jiu-Jitsu, you’re probably wondering what the best way to learn would be. More specifically, you can either train with the gi or without one. Both offer their unique set of advantages and disadvantages, and we’ll… Read more »