Do You Really Want to be a Black Belt – Or Just Faking It?

Do You Really Want to be a BJJ Black Belt – Or Just Faking It?

Let’s say that you’re a BJJ Instructor and you have two students that show up to join your school on the same day. You talk to both of these prospective students to find out their backgrounds and this is what you learned about both of them:

After talking with Grappler #1 (G1), you learn that this grappler was:

– very confident, showing little or no self-doubt about wanting to achieve the BJJ Black belt

– very athletic and had been involved with martial arts since he was a child

– a black belt in a traditional martial art

– a successful point-fighting competitor and enjoyed competing

– owned every grappling video on the market at the time and would spend hours watching those tapes

– had a dedicated area in his apartment for grappling training

After talking with Grappler #2 (G2), you learn that he was:

– lacked self-confidence, just wanted to train and not sure about achieving black belt because he didn’t think that far ahead or see it as a goal

– wasn’t very athletic and had study martial arts for a few years as an adult

– never earned a black belt from another style because he didn’t stay dedicated to one style long enough to achieve the goal

– was afraid to compete and always lost in the few events that he’d participated in during his previous martial arts experience

– owned only one grappling video and didn’t watch it too often because the moves seemed too basic and weren’t that flashy for him at the time

As the instructor, if you had to make a prediction which of these two students would become a dedicated student and commit to training enough to become a bjj black belt, who would you choose?

Personally, I think the obvious choice is G1. In fact, that’s who I would’ve picked to be the more committed student and eventually earn a black belt. With that background, G1 seems guaranteed to make it to black belt and G2 probably won’t make it beyond blue belt.

And that’s what makes life funny, because things don’t always turn out the way they appear in the beginning. In real life, G1 (an old training partner) was a good student, a big fan of grappling, and will occasionally drag the gi out of the bottom of his closet to train a little to this day…but never made it to blue belt! It was G2 (me), the one unlikely to make it beyond blue belt, that fought through all my roadblocks to reach black belt.

The reason I gave this scenario is to emphasize the point that there is no way of telling “who’ll make it to black belt” or not. If you find yourself closer to G2 (me) in the scenario above, know that you can reach your black belt goal if you’re willing to work hard, listen to the people around you that have been where you’re trying to go, and always believe that you’re going to achieve your goal to become a bjj black belt, no matter how long it takes! And it may take a long time and be a difficult journey for you. But the more difficulty you encounter along the way, the greater the satisfaction will be when you reach the destination. And your destination should be the black belt!

The only thing that can stop you from reaching your black belt goal is you. So, do you really want to be a bjj black belt…or just faking it?

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Purchasing Jiu Jitsu Gis

Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that is performed on the ground and is based on certain techniques that involve a lot of flexibility. It is for this reason that you have to be very careful in buying the uniform. The quality of the cloth and its stitching is of utmost importance. Besides this, the uniform has to have a proper fit. When the Jiu Jitsu uniforms match all these qualities, only then it is worthy of being purchased. The dress may have the perfect look and color but may not fit you and be very uncomfortable as it can tear in between an act and cause a lot of discomfort and embarrassment.

The material of the Jiu Jitsu Gi can be of single weave. This means that the cloth will be very thin and light. It is of great utility in summer, as it gives comfort while training as well as while participating in a tournament. The dress must fit you perfectly as it helps proper movements. As the cloth is of single weave, you have to be careful as it undergoes wear and tear easily. If you use it with care it will last for quite some time

The next type of Jiu Jitsu dress/uniform is of the double weave variety. It lasts longer than the single weave. The dress is thick and durable. It is usually tough and stiff in nature. As it is double weave, it is thick and very comfortable too. It is very difficult to get a hold on the collar due to this reason. It is a long lasting uniform for which you don’t have to bother. The third type of dress is the gold weave dress. As the dress is very tough and durable, it does not tear easily. It fits slightly better than the double weave uniform. In comparison to the single weave it is thicker. It has a very good quality.

The Jiu Jitsu Gi pants are of great importance as a lot depends on the drawstrings of the pant. In looks, it is a bit different from the normal kimono pants. Rope drawstrings are more durable and it holds the pant in place too rather than string-tie pants. They are wider and more durable. Some have a wide opening near the ankle whereas some are tapered. It is on the basis of the opening near the ankle that the opponent can grab the leg of the participant or the one who is wearing the pant.

The dress is incomplete without the belts that not only holds the jacket in place but also tells you the category of the fighter. You can purchase your uniform from mainly two companies- Atama and Keiko. The uniforms made by Atama are tough and durable and so are those made by Keiko. In case of the pants, it is the drawstrings of Atama that is made up of string-tie that causes inconvenience. While that of Keiko is made up of rope string. The pants are tapered in case of Atama that makes holding of the knee difficult during a game. The Keiko pants are wider that gives ample opportunities to your opponent. The best part about the Jiu Jitsu Gi is that they are made in such a manner that they last for quite a while. You can buy your dress from MMA Warehouse too.

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Source by Shawn M. Nassiri

Serafin BJJ Gym Review


Ultimate Fitness Evanston

823 Emerson St

Evanston, IL 60201



Jeff Serafin- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt (Jack McVicker / Megaton Dias)

Current Schedule:

Monday: 5:30pm Gi

Tuesday: 12:00pm Gi, 6:00 pm No-Gi

Wednesday: 7:30pm Gi

Thursday: 12:00pm Gi, 6:00 pm No-Gi

Friday: 5:30pm Open Mat

Saturday: 10:30am Gi

Sunday: Open Training


Serafin Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is located within Ultimate Fitness Evanston.

Parking: There is adequate parking all around the building and on the street. Make sure not to park in the dry cleaner’s parking directly in front of the building. They are old and cranky. Don’t park there.

Jeff Serafin has an incredible space to train in. There is a cage, full boxing ring, heavy bags, a LOT of mat space, weight equipment (including other training equipment like ropes and two extra rooms with even more equipment in them), lockers, and showers. There was a lot of room on the mat with the 15 people training on a Saturday morning.

My experience:

Traffic was really nice on my Saturday morning excursion to Serafin Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Evanston, IL. I arrived late regardless (kind of my m.o.) so I missed what would’ve been the first 10 minutes of a Ginastica Natural class. I wanted to include it in the review anyways because it’s an awesome addition to the classes offered at Serafin Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and it is not currently listed on their website.

The warm-ups for class were brief and simple, but definitely sufficient. From there we moved straight into technique.

Technique for the day (and for the previous classes as well) was working on the omoplata.

We went through entries into the omoplata and drilled those.

Then we discussed a way to break down the opponent’s posture once we lock it in and drilled it.

Next were two alternate shoulder locks from the omoplata (near and far side shoulders) and we drilled.

Last was a collar choke from the omoplata based on whether the opponent gives you the far side shoulder or not. This was drilled as well.

I wrote this in a specific manner to make a point. Jeff teaches each move individually and doesn’t overwhelm students with instruction (as some instructors may do). I noticed that the majority of students were not having great difficulty when allowed to drill on their own. He breaks things down into understandable chunks.

Also, Jeff spent a lot of time talking about theory behind what we were doing, why we were doing it, and why it will work. If you’ve never read Matt Thornton’s blog about the effectiveness of ‘Aliveness’ training, you should. I don’t know if Jeff has, but I believe that the method that Thornton and Serafin both use to teach technique is one of the most effective methods for teaching BJJ. I loved what Jeff had to say about the omoplata being a position / guard and not just a submission.

Along those same lines, after technique we sparred 50-60% with a partner with the omoplata already locked in. I won’t go into a large diatribe about why this is essential for understanding, but I was really happy that Jeff uses this method to reinforce what was just taught. The things that he taught that day have stuck with me and immediately became a part of my game because I was able to drill it on a lightly resisting partner. Very good idea for building muscle memory.

The class was made up of mainly blue and white belts, but I do not believe this to be typical of Serafin Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Most of Jeff’s higher belts were taking a break because the class I came to was right after a big competition and many of them were taking the day off to recuperate or travel. Still, Jeff’s blue belts are nothing short of awesome. They’ve almost all been with him from their beginning in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and it was obvious.

After the omoplata sparring, we went into free sparring where I was paired with blue belts, and also had the opportunity to roll with Jeff. The blue belts all gave me a great deal of trouble and I can tell that the skill level at Serafin Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is very high. I’ve been to gyms in the past (prior to the inception of this venture), where I was able to dominate everybody except for the instructor. This is NOT the case with Jeff’s students. I was swept, mounted, tapped, etc. by a very skilled group of guys.

The sparring was very intense, but controlled. Every person played a unique game (this is a good thing because some gyms have everybody trying to play the exact same game) and every match was competitive. Even the white belts that I observed played games based on solid basics each with their own individual flair.

Rolling with Jeff was a fantastic experience. He stressed the importance of control and when I rolled with him, I felt that control. Jeff has his own game and is very good at it (watch out for those kimuras!), but he is absolutely amazing at shutting down your game. I tried everything:

De la riva? Nope.

Berimbolo roll? Nope.

Okay, closed guard? Nope

Half guard? Crap, I forgot he loves half guard. Nope.

Okay. He pulls guard. I get swept like it’s my first day.

When time was called I was simultaneously bummed and overjoyed. I didn’t want the roll to end, but I’ve never felt control and patience like Jeff had with me. I was different being controlled, but not being smashed. Great experience.

Total berimbolo fail.

Jeff was exceptionally hospitable and very welcoming to a visitor. I was surprised to learn that the more I travel, the more I discover how we all know the same people. Jeff has been a part of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu scene in Northwest Indiana, Illinois, and Chicago areas for over ten years. Jeff and I sat and talked for a long time after class was over and I feel that’s pretty typical of Jeff. He was very willing to give his time to benefit his students.

Students in Evanston are very fortunate to have Jeff. His academy is large, has great training equipment, and excellent instruction. That being said, I hope this review has been an accurate representation of him and his academy. When choosing an instructor, often times you need to look at their personality. I will (hopefully) be doing an interview with him soon.

Thanks for reading! A special thanks to Jeff for opening up his academy to me!!

Again, thanks for waiting so many weeks for this review!

I’ll have my reviews of Mota Martial Arts and Gracie Barra Chicago up next week so keep your eyes tuned for that!

More to come this summer!

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Source by Brendan Evan Hufford

I Am Bored! 3 Ways to Never Be Bored Again!

Being bored is not a good feeling. Many people are looking for new things to do in their daily lives. With the popularity of mixed martial arts and the UFC, many people have started training in martial arts. The UFC has changed martial arts and brought it to the fore front of society. There are many different types of martial arts that can be practiced. If you do some research about martial arts and find a good fit, you will not have to think to yourself, “I am bored, what should I do?” You will just practice your art when you get that feeling.

One particular style of martial arts that was popularized by the UFC is   Brazilian   jiu-jitsu . Royce Gracie fought in the early 90’s and showed that a smaller man can defeat an opponent of much larger size using the right technique and conditioning. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a style that is practiced by many people in the U.S. and Brazil. It is also gaining acceptance in other countries overseas. Learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can teach you have to use technique, leverage, and be patient while teaching you self defense. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is primarily focused on grappling and submissions. Strikes are not emphasized in the curriculum of traditional  Brazilian   jiu-jitsu . Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one option for the person that is always saying, “I am bored.”

Another type of martial art that is popular in the U.S. is muay thai. Muay thai is a national sport in Thailand and was popularized in the United States by Grandmaster Chai of the Thai Boxing Association of the U.S. and also the UFC. Grandmaster Chai brought the sport to the U.S. and the UFC facilitated a large scale venue for fighters to practice the art in a mixed martial arts. Muay thai is characterized by kicks, punches, elbows, and knees. Kicks and knees to the legs are allowed in the sport, and clinching using a technique known as the “plum” is also legal. The plum is used to break the posture of an opponent to throw a knee into the body or head of the other fighter. Muay thai can also be practiced without a partner using a technique known as “shadow boxing.” Shadow boxing entails throwing strikes and combinations without a partner. Since you can practice many muay thai techniques without a partner, there is no reason to say, “I am bored, what should I do?”

Another martial art that is popularized in the UFC is wrestling. Wrestling stresses balance, leverage, strength, and conditioning. Having a good base is an important asset for any physical sport. Wrestling also teaches perseverance to its practitioners. The object of the sport is to take your opponent down and pin him or her. In practice, you always have to get back up and try again. This mentality can be used in many important facets of work and general life endeavors. The popularity of wrestling has increased significantly because of the UFC. There are many open wrestling clubs available so one should never have to think to themselves, “I am bored.”

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Source by Bob Blamer

Judo GI

Judo is a fight form that is deadly and graceful at the same time. These two warring adjectives actually define the extremes of the fight form very aptly. It is an ancient fight form that developed in Japan but now it is quite popular in the whole world. It has been adapted by different cultures and has also been modified somewhat by the developing times, however, the essence of judo is etched in proper discipline and the effort of regular practice that sharpens and hones the skill.

There are various levels to the training and a person moves up the levels with a grading system this is an interesting and very systematic approach to the levels of learning.

The judo GI is the uniform that is worn by a person training in judo. They have to wear the uniform for competitions and trainings. They start off with the beginner level and the level is marked by the colour of their belt which is white for the first level. The GI is made up of coarse grain cloth and that helps with the fact that even during excess training they do not have the fear of ripping the material. The material should be cotton as that provides breathability and the comfort required during heavy training and that is also needed to avoid any fault in precision.

The next level in the training is the blue belt which then moves on to the blue belt, orange belt and so on up till the black belt. This is the last major step in apprenticeship in judo and the highest level to be achieved is the 10th Dan.

The techniques of the fight are also influenced by the GI of the form. Judo GI is used in many of the moves that make it a very direct and important part of the fights. There are chokes and guillotines that require the fighter to grab hold of the opponents arm or neck in a vice with the help of the GI to choke them or cut the air supply to any of their body parts that makes them vulnerable and unable to properly use the particular body parts against their opponents in the tussle.

The trainer should determine for the early beginners the type of GI that they should wear. This is because it provides a professional and experienced opinion on the choice that works for the best with the trainer.

The GI can be heavy weight or light weight depending upon the weave of the GI. Different people have different preferences regarding the GI and they are therefore advised to practice with both the types of weaves to get a grasp of what suits them best. Many people rely on the heavy weight weave GI for training purposes because it provides a sort of hindrance that helps in the strength training and they have light weight weaves of GI designed specifically for competitions and exams or grading ceremonies where the speed and the agility have to be on clear display.

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Source by Chang Frappang

Anderson Silva Versus Demian Maia – Predictions at UFC

It’s been touted as the match “between MMA’s best striker vs. MMA’s best grappler.”

Although I feel that there is much to this statement, the truth is that there is much more to this fight.

If Silva can keep the fight standing or more importantly if Demian is unable to bring the fight to the ground and fast, then it will be a short night for Maia. Silva’s striking skills and spped are too much for most strikers in the sport, so when loking at a fighter like Demian Maia, who is predominantly a grappler, he won’t stand a chance on the feet. But the good news is that Maia has great takedown skills and even greater ground skils as he is easily one of the best ground grapplers in Mixed martial arts and that issaying a lot considering the Brazilian Jiujitsu talent in the UFC.

Not to say that Silva himself is a slouch on the ground, he is not. But despite being a Brazilian Jiujitsu black belt he still isn’t of the same caliber and Maia who has one of the most precise and skilled ground games in the sport bar none.

The thirty two year old originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil is not only a second degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu but also has won several grappling tournaments through out the years including the ADCC 2007 77-87 kg. weight division. As well as others.

Most importantly is that he has won six out of his seven UFC matches and five of those by submission, including dominant victories of some UFC notable like Nate Quarry, (who did nothing in his bout against Maia) and Chael Sonnen, the number one middleweight contender, who lost by submission to Maia as well.

What the outcome will be depends on several variables but one thing is for sure, no one wants to see this fight develop into a boring match that Silva had against another Brazilian jiujitsu stylist in Thales Leites.

That fight had Silva avoiding the ground against leites and Leites avoiding the stand up. What we were left with was a boring match in which both fighters were trying to pull the other into their respective ranges and neither willing to comply.

One thing is for sure though, Silva remains an exciting fighter who is undefeated in his previous ten matches, and this match has the potential of going either way in an exciting fashion.

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Source by Kosta Megas

Starting BJJ Class

So you’ve Decided to start BJJ.

You have purchased some BJJ equipments, a set or two sets new BJJ gi and have even been to the gym or club. Perhaps you have exercised a few times, but you didn’t do very well. Your instructor tried to feed you jiujitsu education and tips, but it only confused you.

Whenever you actually would like to play and enjoy the exercise, so do yourself a big favor.

Take some lessons to enhance your jiu-jitsu techniques! Here’s the options you can choose : A. You can find out a friend who’s really good, and have some extra practice. B. Find a local pro at any of the local jiu-jitsu classes and expend some cash. Most of them will track your development and help you to improve your skill. C. Watch all the jiu-jitsu match and download it when you can. Buy Instructional video from your instructor (it really help your development even faster). D. Plunk down the cash and have a private lesson with your instructor for some serious training.

Whichever option you decide to pursue, the most important thing is to learn from your lesson, especially if you’re paying someone. Pay attention to what you’re instructed. As soon as possible you need to go to local competition to have an experience. Even professionals that you watch on video spend a lot of time at the practice.

Your jiu-jitsu experience will be more enjoyable once you can go down the fairway not side to side. The more you practice and play better you’ll get at the game. Don’t forget your jiu-jitsu equipments! I can’t count the number of times, I’ve had to turn around and go back home because I forgot my equipment. If you can, just put your jiu-jitsu equipment in a special bag. Enjoy the Game!

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Source by Budi Mutsuclan Wibowo

UFC 124

UFC 124 featured one of the most significant draws on it’s roster, and no it’s not Josh Koscheck’s frizzy hair. I am talking about a Canadian fighter who goes by the name Georges St. Pierre. GSP has made simple work of clearing out the entire welterweight division. UFC 124 saw the rematch of GSP vs Josh Koscheck for the welterweight title. Koscheck used every available moment of camera time during his stint on TUF 12 to yap about his “upcoming victory” over Georges. Georges kept noiseless on the show and decided to use Saturday night to give Koscheck a first hand lesson in “talk is cheap”.

GSP, a recognized wrestler, had been working with famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach leading up to his bout with Josh Koscheck. I would say that this was money well spent considering that St Pierre used his swift jab to pretty much close the right eye of Koscheck. Now, since this fight didn’t display much   jiu   jitsu , we will move on, but I do want to use this fight as a wonderful example of how unused the jab is in MMA. To many fighters in MMA use the windmill tactic when it comes to the stand up game. Hopefully, after seeing this, more fighters will recognize it’s value and spend some effort in the gym working the jab with their trainers. It probably doesn’t harm to have Freddie Roach there to give you some recommendations either.

UFC 124 also had some fascinating submissions on the card. I am someone who understands a good Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter. This is why we pointed out Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, Dustin Hazelett on our site leading up to the event. Well, you can’t get anything and everything correct. Hazelett faced Mark Bocek on the prelims of UFC 124 but his fight was aired live for free on the UFC’s website. Hazelett made his come back to 155 pounds, only to be given a very unfriendly treat from Bocek. Bocek was able to lock in a very seamless topside triangle and rolled to his back. Bocek was able to finally push the arm of Hazelett across the body to cause the tap but not before giving Hazelett some elbows to the head to remember their time together by.

The only other submission win on the card goes to Jim Miller who handed Charles Oliveira his first loss of his MMA career courtesy of a kneebar. The fight started with Oliveira appearing to be the aggressor in the  jiu   jitsu  game. Oliveira attempted a guillotine as Miller shot in for the single leg and was searching for what might have been a triangle before sliding down to the leg of Miller as Miller stood up. Miller had some  jiu   jitsu  ideas of his own though. Miller snatched the leg and rolled into a kneebar of his own. Now, I am not sure what Oliviera’s kneebar evade approach was, but continuing to strike Miller in the ribs with no thought for your own leg was probably not the strategy to use at this moment. Oliviera, instead, made a decision to keep the side hammer-fists going and was obligated to give up at the 1:59 mark of round 1.

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Source by Jeremy Weedman

5 Top Tips For Buying A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi

Here are the five most important features you will need to consider when purchasing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu GI:

1. Material. Probably one of the most important elements is the fabric use. Almost all of the research and development in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Kimono has been on the materials used. Lighter and thinner material is how most of the newer   Brazilian Jiu Jitsu   GI’s  has started to be made. Some companies even use their own special mix of cotton. A  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu   GI  should be lightweight, strong, and durable.

2. Weave. A more recent improvement in Jiu Jitsu Kimono is the type of weave that the gi is made from. There are various weaves including single weave, double weave, gold weave and pearl weave. Single weaves are lightest but not as strong as a double weave and hence double weaves are heavy. Gold weaves are strong and comfortable and are of medium weight but they suffer from shrinkage after washing them. In my opinion the pearl weave is the best weave. A pearl weave is light in weight, strong and does not suffer from shrinking. Most GI companies have their own special type of weave and they name it with their own brand of name but most new weaves are effectively just pearl weaves.

3. GI Trousers. Most Jiu Jitsu Gi trousers are made from drill cotton and come in various weights including 12 oz and 8 oz. Some are made from military rip stop. These trousers are very light in weight and are very strong. Some trousers have a material drawstring. This is the most common drawstring but is not the most effective they come undone quite easily. The best option is the rope drawstring. These are very strong and they vary rarely come undone.

4. Lapel. The Kimono lapel is normally made form a strong material. Newer Gi’s have started using rip stop to cover the lapel. Rip stop is a stronger material than a normal weave. The material inside the lapel is sometimes just normal cotton stuffed thickly inside of the lapel but most of the top brands have a rubber insert inside the lapel. This helps in drying the gi and also makes it harder for people to apply collar chokes on you while you’re wearing the gi.

5. Branding. Branding varies from GI to GI. It comes down to personal preference. Some people prefer a  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu   GI  that is plainer and some prefer a kimono that is a bit bolder. Most GI’s have some patches on them with the branding of the company and some also have logos embroidered on the GI top or on the trousers. Some newer Gi’s now have contrasting stitching running through the gi and also printing inside the GI jacket.

A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu GI are the most essential piece of equipment you’ll need to be a submission fighter. For inspiration you can check out what the pro’s are wearing as this will always give you a measure of how good a  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu   GI  is. Some fighters wear a rash guard under the  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu   GI  this helps with preventing from mat born diseases.

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Source by Tony W Carter