What if My Jiu Jitsu Instructor Isn’t a Black Belt?

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What if My Jiu Jitsu Instructor Isn’t a Black Belt? Most people couldn’t imagine training at a BJJ gym that didn’t have a black belt Jiu Jitsu Instructor. However, it’s important to realize that, throughout your BJJ career, there are going to be times when you aren’t going to get trained by a black belt…. Read more »

What’s The Best Guard to Use During Jiu Jitsu Competition?

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What’s The Best Guard to Use During jiu jitsu Competition? You’ve trained hard; you’re in shape, and now its competition day. But you’re still wondering: what is the best guard to use during jiu jitsu Competition? As you might already know by now, Jiu-Jitsu is associated with dozens of different guards. These range from the… Read more »

Best Dieting Tips for The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle

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The Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle Jiu-Jitsu is about eating right just as much as it is training hard. Consider food the “fuel” that allows   you to practice efficiently. If you fuel your body the wrong way, then you won’t be able to maximize your time at the gym. Let’s take a look at exactly what you should eat to make… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Learn About Jiu-Jitsu Training

Developing Positive Skillsets and Belief Systems through Jiu-Jitsu Training Jiu-Jitsu is a sport that will push you both mentally as well as physically. Ask anyone who’s been grappling for some time and they’ll tell you that the skills that you gain from Jiu-Jitsu can also transfer over into life. From pushing through obstacles to overcoming negative thinking,… Read more »

What Does Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Teach You?

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Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a special martial art in the sense that it can teach you things that come in handy both on and off the mat. What does Brazilian jiu-jitsu teach you? For one, it teaches you how to defend yourself against stronger and bigger opponents. Secondly, it teaches you how to become a more… Read more »

Can Anyone Do BJJ?

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Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a sport that revolves primarily around grappling and submission-based moves. For this reason, it is often said to be one of the most efficient forms of martial arts for one-on-one self-defense situation. Can anyone do BJJ though? In short, yes. This isn’t a sport that discriminates against size, age, weight, or experience…. Read more »

BJJ For Weight Loss?

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Can I Lose Weight With Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a grappling-based martial art that is designed for the sole purpose of helping fighters control the pace of a fight when in a clinch or when on the ground. Based on this alone, it’s easy to see that a huge amount of cardiovascular training will… Read more »