The History of BJJ – Part 2


Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil

Ultimately, in Japan many variations of the Art (Jiu-Jitsu) took form, together with Karate, Aikido, and Judo. However these arts have been lacking important items of what the entire artwork of Jiu-Jitsu initially held. Quickly the day of the Samurai came to a finish, the gun replaced the sword, and new sportive methods to apply martial arts have been developed. This lack of reality created years of confusion within the martial arts community, a confusion that legendary Bruce Lee would later to as a ‘classical mess’. The ‘sport arts’, akin to Judo and Kendo have been great in the way in which of providing their practitioners a secure option to realistically practice the methods of their system, however usually restricted their practitioners with too many rules to keep up effectiveness as a combative style. The extra traditional fight schools had been merely practising methods not appropriate for the modern-day fight, and with no approach to safely test them, training in these arts grew to become like swimming with out water. It wasn’t till the sport art of Judo and the fighting art of Jiu-Jitsu had been introduced to the Gracie family in Brazil that the true art of Jiu-Jitsu could be delivered to life once more. Japanese Jiu-Jitsu (practiced as Judo) was introduced to the Gracie family in Brazil (@ 1915) by Esai Maeda, who’s also referred to as Conde Koma. This name happened when Maeda was in Spain (1908). Whereas in Spain, Maeda, having some monetary troubles, used the Japanese verb “komaru”, which means to be in hassle, to explain himself. Maeda determined this did not sound correct, so he dropped the final syllable and altered it to “koma.” The phrase “conde” comes from the Spanish language, that means “Count.” Later in his life, Maeda would be given the Brazilian title of “Conte Comte,” or Count Combat.

Maeda was a champion of Judo and a direct pupil of its founder, Jigoro Kano, at the Kodokan in Japan. He was born in 1878, and had became a student of Judo in 1897. In 1904, Maeda was given the chance to journey to the US with one among his lecturers, Tsunejiro Tomita. Whereas within the U.S. they demonstrated the art of Judo for Theodore Roosevelt at the White House, and for cadets on the West Point Military Academy. This is an exert from Roosevelt’s letters to his children on wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu (notice the spelling is Jiu-Jitsu, not Jujutsu because of the fact that it’s earlier than 1950):

White House, Feb. 24, 1905.

Darling Kermit:

“… I still box with Grant, who has now develop into the champion middleweight wrestler of the US. Yesterday afternoon we had Professor Yamashita (Yamashita was Roosevelt’s Jiu-Jitsu teacher earlier than Meada and Tomita had arrived there to the U.S.) up here to wrestle with Grant. It was very fascinating, however after all jiu jitsu and our wrestling are to date, aside that it’s tough to make any comparison between them. Wrestling is just a sport with guidelines virtually as standard as those of tennis, whereas jiu jitsu is absolutely meant for practice in killing or disabling our adversary. In consequence, Grant didn’t know what to do except to place Yamashita on his back, and Yamashita was completely content to be on his back. Inside a minute Yamashita had choked Grant, and inside two minutes extra he received an elbow hold on him that may have enabled him to break his arm; in order that there isn’t any question however that he might have put Grant out. To date, this made it evident that the jiu jitsu man may deal with the typical wrestler. However Grant, within the actual wrestling and throwing was about nearly as good as the Japanese, and he was a lot stronger that he evidently hurt and wore out the Japanese. With a bit of practice within the art I’m certain that one of our huge wrestlers or boxers, merely due to his drastically superior power, would be capable to kill any of those Japanese, who although excellent men for his or her inches and pounds are altogether too small to carry their very own in opposition to large, highly effective, fast men who’re as properly skilled.”

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

(Theodore Roosevelt’s Letters to His Children. 1919. NEW YORK: CHARLES SCRIBNER’S SONS, 1919 NEW YORK: BARTLEBY.COM, 1999)

Maeda finally parted methods with Tomita, and settled in Brazil. Maeda was staying in Sao Palo City to assist set up a Japanese Immigration colony. At the moment Brazil held the biggest population of Japanese individuals outside of Japan. He was aided in Brazil by Gastao Gracie, a Brazilian of Scottish decent, who’s first expertise with Jiu-Jitsu was more than likely by managing an Italian boxer named Alfredi Leconti, who fought a buddy of Maeda in November of 1916.

For a while in Japan, Judo and Jiu-Jitsu have been nearly synonymous. Judo was often known as Kano’s Jiu-Jitsu. Regardless, this answers the query, “why do they call it BJJ and never Brazilian Judo?” As a result of they have been primarily the identical factor on the time, keep in mind, the Gracie family was studying Jiu-Jitsu and Judo whereas Kano was nonetheless struggling to point out the distinction between the 2 and popularize his art. Within the early 1900’s there was little or no distinction between the 2. In truth, Judo was merely a set of Jiu-Jitsu styles, whose strongest factors have been put collectively to make what then grew to become Judo. The Gracie family was introduced to Judo at a time when the Kodokan had not too long ago suffered a terrific defeat to the grappling style of the Fusen Ryu. This may be in comparison with the Ultimate Fighting Championship of the early 1990’s, when most martial artists have been trying to fight Royce Gracie standing. They’d all finally discover themselves on the ground, the place they had been at a loss as to what to do. Consequently, grappling turned very fashionable over the subsequent ten years and lots of styles started to include grappling techniques into their curriculum. Royce Gracie was merely doing what had already been performed within the early 1900’s by the Fusen Ryu to Judo practitioners of the Kodokan, so we are able to simply draw the conclusion from the expertise in our personal time that when Meada arrived in Brazil, he was a pupil of a Kodokan that was including “new” grappling techniques to its system.

To show gratitude to Gracie for his assistance in the colonization, Maeda taught Gastao’s son Carlos the essential techniques of Jiu-Jitsu. Carlos Gracie then taught his brothers Oswaldo, Jorge, Gastao, and Helio. In 1925 the brothers opened their first school, and Jiu-Jitsu was cultivated right into a more effective martial art and sport referred to as BJJ. What made this version of Jiu-Jitsu more practical was the fixed exposure of its practitioners to actual conditions. Between their very own schools, BJJ players would compete in a sportive technique to hold the techniques of their art sharp. The Gracie household would problem a problem to all others to struggle with out guidelines. In these no rules or ‘vale tudo’ fights, the Gracie family and their students would evaluate the techniques of their combat art.

“If you wish to get your face crushed and effectively smashed, your ass kicked, and your arms damaged, Contact Carlos Gracie at this address…”

— Brazilian newspaper advert, circa Twenties

Via the last fifty years, many BJJ schools have opened and broken away from the unique members of the Gracie family, making refined variations in styles inside BJJ. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Machado Jiu-Jitsu, and BJJ are all totally different schools of the identical art. The Gracie family itself has tons of of members who don’t all affiliate with each other.

The formal instructing of Jiu-Jitsu to Brazilians by the Gracie family started in 1940 when Helio opened an academy in Rio. Over the following 18 years, in the event you needed to study Jiu-Jitsu from the Gracie family in Brazil, you had a alternative of 4 academies, all of which have been positioned in Rio. The Gracie’s weren’t the one one’s instructing Judo and Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil, however they have been definitely the most popular, instructing over 2000 students in that 18 yr period. A very good instance of this is Mehdi, a Judo master who came to Brazil from France in 1949, and nonetheless teaches there now. There have been Judo schools in Brazil since the early 1900’s and Sao Paulo nonetheless has a really large Japanese population. Mehdi’s record of students embody BJJ Black Belts Mario Sperry, Rickson Gracie, and Sylvio Behring, simply to name just a few. That is one other instance of Judo’s affect on BJJ and that Helio Gracie didn’t invent it. The Gracie family developed the art of Judo right into a simpler rules-free style. Whereas in Brazil, I realized a few Grand Master named “Fadda,” who learned Jiu-Jitsu from a person named Luis Franca. Like Carlos Gracie, Franca additionally learned Jiu-Jitsu (Judo) from Meada. Fadda took the Jiu-Jitsu he learned from Franca and began his personal school of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil. His recognition will not be as great because the Gracie family, however nonetheless, he’s an example of BJJ being refined and practiced outside the Gracie family. His students compete in BJJ tournaments and take into account their art separate from both Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and the older types of Jiu-Jitsu in Japan. This stands as proof that BJJ and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu just isn’t the identical thing.

In 1967, the first federation of BJJ was created by Helio Gracie, and the system of belts as we all know it was developed (white, blue, purple, brown, and black). Around the time the Carlson Gracie team was born within the early 1970’s, the Gracie family made their first break up. Carlson Gracie was the son of Carlos and a really respected Vale Tudo fighter. He claimed many victories whereas defending the Gracie family name, together with avenging certainly one of Helio’s only a few losses. There were now two sides of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Family, students below Helio and students beneath Carlson. Helio’s side would argue that Carlson’s style of Jiu-Jitsu concerned an excessive amount of power and that it was Helio who developed the technique additional because of the truth that he was a lot smaller than his brother Carlos, who taught it to him. The actual fact remains that it’s principally the identical Jiu-Jitsu with a number of natural variations in teaching strategies within the precise utility of methods. Robson Gracie created a brand new federation in 1988 and Carlos Gracie Jr. created the Confederacao Brasiliera in 1993. Carlos Jr.’s federation is essentially the most active one worldwide and is responsible for the event of the World Championships. The concept of the Mundial (World’s) is to draw overseas rivals in hopes of creating BJJ an Olympic sport. This was all accomplished around the time Royce was winning the first UFC (early 1990’s) and giving America its first distinguished style of BJJ. Members of the Gracie family should not the only ones to operate federations and associations of BJJ who could set up tournaments or give rank inside the art. In an interview with Andre Pederneiras, a fifth degree black belt in BJJ and founding father of the Nova Uniao team, he was asked about his involvement within the promotion of BJJ and group of the art’s first event. He acknowledged that he had organized the first BJJ tournament in 1993, then the next questions had been requested:

“What’s the distinction between the primary BJJ event you created and the BJJ Confederation (Carlos Jr.’s) Event?”

“Worth for one. In my event, I charged rivals ten dollars per particular person and Carlos Gracie Jr. charged thirty dollars. I only charged ten dollars, however I held the event in an costly place known as Club Hebraica. On the time his tournament was held because the Clube Guanabarra and I do know he paid nothing for this place.”

“Did you collaborate on this event with the president of the BJJ Confederation, Mr. Carlos Gracie Jr.?”

“In fact not. The confederation didn’t exist but once I was placing this match collectively. After my thought, Carlos Gracie created the Brazilian Confederation and began to make the opposite Brazilian tournaments.”

“So principally he made a a lot higher revenue than you probably did?”

“Precisely. I created the tournament so that each one BJJ fighters may compete and have a very good time, to not get wealthy. Our priorities are have been simply completely different.”

(from interview for Jiu-Jitsu.net, August 2001)

JJ Machado on the Gracie Family’s affect:

“Carlos Gracie Jr. was our teacher from the start. While you say Jiu-Jitsu you need to link it to the Gracie family. That is the family that began our Jiu-Jitsu style and we’re only one a part of that clan. I feel that everybody at the moment that is aware of BJJ discovered it, straight or not directly, from a member of the Gracie family. I feel everybody needs to be grateful to them for that.”

example of how BJJ is really a blended martial art and never developed PURELY by Gracie members of the family is illustrated in a query from an Interview with Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti by Kid Pellegro:

“You might be one of many few Black Belts from Rolls Gracie, what was it like studying from him?”

“It was spectacular, Rolls as the very best of his time, moreover being an amazing teacher he was additionally an unbelievable individual. I trained with him from ‘seventy four till ‘eighty two when he died. He died on June sixth, ‘eighty two and I had obtained my Black Belt in February. He would teach numerous self defense, stand up, and ground fighting, with and with out gi. It was a really complete class. He had began to do wrestling, so he added a whole lot of the wrestling attacks, single leg and double legs takedowns. So Rolls revolutionized the Jiu-Jitsu along with his new positions. As a matter of fact, the “Triangle” was invented by certainly one of his students, Sergio Dorileo, Sergio had been learning a Japanese book of positions and invented the Triangle. At the moment all people would cross the Guard the standard method with one hand on the biceps and the opposite hand between the legs and low, so rapidly, should you would attempt to move Dorileo’s guard you’d find yourself in a triangle. What was thought-about the best means did not work anymore. Are you able to imagine!!! Everyone had to return and rethink quite a bit. It was an unbelievable expertise, I discovered a lot from Rolls, even the way in which he heat up the class was special. It was one of many biggest losses in my life and it took me years to recover from. I nonetheless get choked up, to at the present time, when I reminisce.”

In the course of the mid 1900’s whereas Vale Tudo (free-style fighting) was growing in Brazil, there have been specialists of Judo, wrestling, capoeira, and boxing mixing collectively in these no-rules contests. It’s inconceivable to assume that as these competitions happened, the contributors would not cross-train and “borrow” techniques from their competitors. This interview, taken from Black Belt magazine, illustrates this point:

Black Belt Magazine: “At what level in your Jui-Jitsu training did you resolve that the art’s techniques required modification?”

Helio Gracie: “I did not invent the martial art. I tailored it to my necessity-what I required for my weight and lack of power. I discovered Jui-Jitsu, however a few of the strikes required a whole lot of energy, so I couldn’t use them. I could not get out from a few of the positions I realized from my brother due to my lack of power and weight. So I developed different methods out.”

Black Belt Magazine: “Why did not anybody earlier than you refine the methods of traditional Jui-Jitsu right into a simpler fashion?”

Helio Gracie: “As a result of most individuals who practice the martial arts have already got bodily strength and talent that I did not have. I wanted to create these [techniques]. This was the one approach I needed to compensate for my lack of power.”

Regardless of the place you reside or what style of Jiu-Jitsu you practice, all of us owe some extent of respect to the Gracie Family for introducing us to BJJ. The Gracie family is accountable for a big a part of the modern development or improvement of Jiu-Jitsu. The time period Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is used to explain the distinction between the ‘old’ Jiu-Jitsu (jujutsu/Jiu-Jitsu), and the Gracie family’s development of the art by the 1900’s. Now that ‘Gracie Jiu-Jitsu’ has spread throughout Brazil and to the US, many champions of the art are being born that aren’t Gracie Family members. These champions are contributing to the art’s development by bettering on techniques and creating new ones. The majority of fundamental movements should still be Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, however because the art develops, the term ‘BJJ’ becomes extra acceptable. As an increasing number of innovators contribute to the art outside of Brazil, it will definitely could also be applicable to easily name the art ‘Jiu-Jitsu’.

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BJJ Kimonos – Gis Collars & Sleeves


BJJ Kimonos are all made to have a collar however every Jiu Jitsu Gi collar is made a different way.

BJJ Kimonos with thick collars are believed to cut back the ability in your opponent to choke you. Nonetheless, some Jiu Jitsu fighters could imagine that the really thick collars are dangerous as a result it’ll make you’re feeling like you’re choking your self out since it’s so thick. At times when individuals wear BJJ Kimonos with actually thick collars very tightly wrapped, it might really feel because the collar is already choking them. The collars are also called the lapel which signifies the entire collar ranging from the underside of your Gi going all the way in which as much as your collar and again down the opposite side. Often this lapel on your BJJ Kimonos can be made from rubber and coated with cotton. So you might ask what is best, a thick or skinny collar? The reply is, it’s your personal private preference. Try them each out and whichever fits you finest, than that’s the finest for you. A standard sized one from a Pearl Weave Gi could be finest if you’d like it to be within the middle, to not skinny and never too thick.

The sleeves on your Jiu Jitsu Kimonos may also play an element when selecting your Jiu Jitsu Gi. Some BJJ Gi manufacturers have made their sleeve cuffs very large and a few have made there’s extra slender. Once more this comes down to private choice. Large sleeve cuffs can appear a bit saggy and permit your opponent to simply grip them utilizing his spider guard and different techniques however, they may very well be useful to you as a result of they might enable you along with your chokes such as the Ezekiel choke. Additionally it is really helpful to watch out buying your BJJ Kimonos which have slender sleeves to ensure they aren’t too slim as they might not be accepted by the strict IBJJF Gi guidelines, particularly after you shrink them. So make sure your Jiu Jitsu Gis have nice collar strength in addition to good cuff sizing that’s IBJJF Authorised before your subsequent BJJ Gi buy.

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Getting ready For Your Jiu-Jitsu Tournament


Getting into your first Jiu-Jitsu tournament is usually a very daunting process. If you happen to train at a very good gym you should not have to do it by yourself though. Competing against different opponents is vital to constructing your game. It helps you discover what works for you, what would not work, what you are good at, and what you have to improve on.

Game Plan: Have a game plan that you work on previous to going. Know what your strengths and weaknesses are. It’s best to have an idea of what you’ll do when you get on the mat. Are you going to attempt to wrestle them down for these initial factors, or are you going to attempt to pull guard immediately? What position are you most comfortable in? What are practical ending submissions you would land in precise competition? If you’re unsure on setup a game plan, ask your instructor to help you.

Weight: Know the weight class you’ll compete in. The first time you compete, you need to most likely not try to cut weight when you have no expertise in doing so. Know when you’ll weigh in and whether it is along with your Gi on or with out it. There are numerous specifics that may depend upon the tournament you might be getting into, so be certain that to test the principles.

Guidelines: Know the principles for the tournament you will compete in. There might be particular rules that the tournament follows. Each group has their very own little intricacies that make them differ slightly from different ones. If it’s your first event, you’re most certainly a white belt. Test and see what strikes are allowed for white belts. There will likely be a listing of submissions you might be usually not allowed to do (akin to leg locks, for instance).

Things to Bring: Good things to bring to the match will likely be your Gi, an additional Gi (in case you have one), water, snacks, digital camera, video camera, cellular phone, and your folks! Tournaments can take a very long time too and sometimes are held in gymnasium type areas with uncomfortable bench seats. Some form of blanket or pillow could be good too as a result of you might be ready some time.

Win or Learn: Be practical with your self. 50% of the individuals who compete within the first Jiu-Jitsu match lose. It happens. You study just as much, if not more, by losing than winning. Jiu-Jitsu is more than just about winning, it’s in regards to the journey. Competing in a tournament will actually assist you to develop as a Jiu-Jitsu student and martial artist. You’ll be taught what you appear to be good at and what that you must work on.

Overall, there are plenty of issues to consider earlier than you enter your first Jiu-Jitsu tournament. Talk to different students and the instructors at your gym. Get recommendation from them on what they did throughout their first event. They need to have the ability to offer you good insight into the good things they did and the errors they made. Be sure that whenever you get there, have fun! It is all in regards to the journey.

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Health Benefits of Practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


Health is essential in all our life’s and we must handle our own well being. Some even say that health is wealth. This assertion might be true as a result of in case you didn’t have well being you possibly can be healthy enough to take pleasure in your wealth, so to be able to be rich you have to be healthy. Let’s make your search for discovering the right sport to join to get the utmost benefit within the bodily health, well that sport would be Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu isn’t only the quickest rising martial art but additionally it is confirmed to be the most effective martial art on the planet. So simply by studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you have already got a bonus over everybody else. Nonetheless, the health advantages of training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are simply wonderful. It’s stated you would lose wherever from seven-hundred – 1,500 calories in a single training session of Bjj. To lose that very same quantity in running on the treadmill you would need to run for many hours to attain the identical results from Bjj. Whenever you train in this sport your heart is beating really quick and the faster your heart beats means the more fats burning your work out is. And although it’s possible you’ll not really feel it throughout training, your muscle mass are working like crazy throughout your training sessions. Believe me when you train 5 times per week and eat proper you can have a six pack with a little bit of sit ups and you will note that your physique is fairly toned.

One other nice health benefit if Jiu Jitsu is the truth that it keeps you energetic as a pastime. When you’re active and have a healthy heart that additionally implies that your sex life would attain additional heights. Ask many wifes of Bjj practitioners and they’re going to let you know how it has helped them. In truth, many individuals now take this martial art as a lifestyle for them. Many individuals additionally use this as a coping mechanism. What I imply by that is, when folks get stressed some individuals drink, smoke, or do numerous things however Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the very best of coping mechanisms. If you’re stressed this will get lots of stress off your day by day life. Bjj decreases stress dramatically.

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The Jiu Jitsu Diet


Before everything, do not eat greasy meals with excessive fats content material a number of hours earlier than coming to jiu jitsu class unless you need the embarrassment of throwing up on the mat! Additionally, it isn’t useful to cut carbohydrates out of your food regimen as a fast solution to drop some pounds. When studying the game of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the quantity of energy you’ll burn each class might be excessive. Carbohydrates are very important to recovery and energy stores in your body. The very best system is to cut calories whereas sustaining balance of carbs, fats, and protein.

The 60/20/20 breakdown appears to work the most effective; that means 60% of your daily caloric consumption ought to come from carbs, 20% from fats, and the remaining 20% protein. The typical individual training BJJ takes in 2500-3500 calories per day. In case your purpose is to shed weight strive reducing 600 to seven-hundred energy out every day whereas sustaining good workouts. The remaining calories must be wholesome power wealthy meals so you do not really feel depleted from cutting calories. Bear in mind, in Jiu Jitsu competition, you need to be as light as doable and powerful as possible.

One other area of significance is what to eat previous to training. Like I mentioned, cheeseburgers would not be a sensible alternative prior to practice. There may be some flexibility right here, nonetheless something excessive in carbs and low in fats can be positive. Ex: oatmeal, sandwich, pasta, bean burrito, rice chicken bowl, soup, PB and J, and many others.. After practice you wish to eat a low calorie meal. That is the place you need the chicken breast and greens meal. After training at night is while you wish to eat your smallest meal of the day. The most important meal of the day would then be breakfast. Because the old saying goes, most important meal of the day for a purpose. A typical strong breakfast can be eggs, wheat toast, potatoes, and a meat choice. There are plenty of substitutions one can add into this weight-reduction plan and plenty of choices.

One good rule of thumb when making an attempt to drop some weight is, eat your calories, and do not drink them. Which means attempt to keep away from consuming a number of juices excessive in sugar, massive espresso drinks, smoothes, and alcohol. Simply taking this easy step can actually make a giant difference in weight loss as an individual can simply drink a thousand calories a day in junk. Ex: I do not wish to point out anyone’s name however his initials are Jay Shellhammer, drinks like 10 sodas a day, keep away from this. Let me know in case you have any questions simply reply on the blog web page.

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Jiu Jitsu Belt Ranking System


The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu adult belt ranking system is as follows:

• White
• Blue
• Purple
• Brown
• Black

In case you are new to BJJ and even have some knowledge about completely different martial arts you could have a look at this and imagine it’s a lot simpler to progress your belts in BJJ, this isn’t the case. In actual fact, the time it takes to get out of your white belt to your black belt often can be round 10 – 12 years. In contrast to different martial arts that make you test to get your belts, In BJJ your teacher decides to give you your new Jiu Jitsu Belt promotions at any time when he believes you might be prepared. Some instructors additionally use a stripe system to understand how close you’re to your subsequent belt degree since acquiring the upper belt might take years. Students often can be getting four stripes on their belt and their fifth stripe can be their new belt promotion.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu children belt system is as follows:

• White
• Yellow
• Orange
• Green

Many BJJ schools use these belt systems for their children which is generally so they don’t get bored. They might not need to give a 9-year old boy a blue belt since he has been training for two years however as an alternative might receive his yellow belt. This child belt system stops as soon as they hit the age of sixteen. From that time on they might be utilizing the adult Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belt system.

Bear in mind, there isn’t a set syllabus for the strategies it is best to know in an effort to get your blue or every other belt. As a substitute, students are promoted after they present they can cope with varied conditions that the following belt degree would give you the chance to take action. As soon as the Teacher believes the student is prepared he’ll promote him to the following belt degree by giving him his new belt. If you need to progress your belts as quick as you possibly can the advice can be to ensure you are coaching with the proper BJJ gear, practice as often as you may and naturally at all times hold in form. Many instructors would inform you that the more you compete the sooner you’ll get your Jiu Jitsu belt promotions. Good Luck!

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50-50 Guard – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Technique


50-50 Guard – Historical past of the Position

Open guard positions are categorised as Butterfly guard, X-guard, Spider guard, De la Riva guard, Rubber guard, and 50-50 Guard. On this paper, it’s give attention to the 50-50 guard positioning and strategies.

The 50-50 guard position was recognized from Roberto “Gordo” Correa, a purple belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Teacher. In a while the place was adapted by the Mendes Brothers: Rafael Mendes and Guilherme Mendes adopted by Bruno Frazzato and Ramon Lemos from the Atos Jiu Jitsu Team. The 50-50 guard will also be utilized in Judo to get the battle off the ground.

The 50-50 guard may be worked out by combining the X-guard on the defense mechanism of martial arts. This combination is referred as leg lock. Within the fight sports activities, it’s a sort of leg control that types “exterior leg triangle.” On this position, the fighter on the bottom place crosses a triangle on his opponent’s leg. This permits the leg to be dominated and leaving the arms free to work on sweeps and submissions. This position has been closely criticized to be used in competitions with restricted use of leg locks. As a result of potential of stalling a contest when the competitor on top is unable to pass the guard and the competitor within the bottom is unable to efficiently execute a sweep.

The benefits of 50-50 guard are stalling to drive a stand up. It stops the opponent capacity to advance position. Second it frees the fighter arms as much as work for a sweep. It may well additionally distract the opponent to the place the opponents fear a lot about getting out of the fighter roll due to the leg locks when the opponent posture up.

Studying the fundamental martial arts is perhaps troublesome. Each position has a danger however, it will be simpler in case you have ardour, willpower, intuition and application on every position you execute. It’s studying on methods to defense as soon as self which is the frequent cause folks go into martial arts and Jiu Jitsu. It additionally growing our hand and leg abilities on when and the right way to carry out the totally different position.

There have been no actual report on what techniques or suggestions ought to be finished on 50-50 guard. However, one factor for positive when you’re on fight sports activities or martial arts you should follow to achieve the right positioning and techniques. This documentation is useful however, I counsel an understanding, video clips and professional coach will allow you to take up every approach and execute them accurately.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Self Defense


Have you ever ever been in a fight? Sadly most of us have not less than as soon as. Chances are high for those who did not begin it you have been taken without warning and win, lose, or draw you felt a little bit bit sick when it was over. That is a really pure response and when you had the dangerous luck to lose it is possible you have been injured and traumatized as well. A factor like that may have devastating results in your self esteem however once you fall off the horse it is best to get on again.

I am definitely not suggesting you run out and begin a fight however I’m saying you must think about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu self defense strategies and here is why. The world is loaded with bullies and so known as “tough guys” and you do not have to go far to seek out them. They’re simple to identify, distinguishable by the best way they dress, tattoos, or the dangerous angle they show with their body language. Principally we simply cross them by and attempt to keep watch over them like sharks circling within the depths however like sharks individuals do assault and often it is unprovoked. Attempting to decipher the explanations for it or using prevention methods are equally ineffective. If you’re attacked all that goes right out the window and all that is left is if you can deal with it and never get damage.

That’s precisely the purpose that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu self defense methods will show their most worth. There are nonetheless many different advantages to BJJ self defense methods and you do not ever have to struggle once more to reap these rewards. BJJ may be very actual. MMA pros all, everyone of them master this talent. Consider the self confidence you’ll construct realizing even a bit of of the strategies MMA fighters use to beat one another. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be an unimaginable way to get in shape that by no means will get boring.

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BJJ Belt Requirements…


Belt levels are important for several reasons beyond the traditionally obvious; they allow us to place techniques in order of importance and build in a logical order. Just as anything you build, the foundation must be solid first and will determine the limits of our structure. The belt ranks help us to award students for their achievements, time in and aid in goal-setting.

Before listing the requirements for each belt, I would like students to know that there are several associations (federations, etc …) of BJJ and each has their own set of expectations for pupils. Within those associations, individual instructors will often have their own different requirements. This is (one of the reasons) why in doing research for my books, I sought instruction from many different places; you wouldn’t write a book on a subject without interviewing more than one person. The only common or similar requirements held by most schools were for blue belt level. Beyond that, there were almost no common requirements for Purple, Brown and Black Belt. In fact, even in the schools where teachers had instructional products, such as books and DVDs outlining specific requirements, their actual students were not held to those exact criteria.

It seems as though the BJJ Belt requirements are somewhat of a mystery that has been further deepened by the release of popular works which erroneously outline techniques into specific belt levels. By training with so many different instructors, I have noticed where there are common requirements and where there are not. I have also been able to develop a curriculum that will realistically and efficiently prepare a student for each level, meeting the expectations of any instructor you might be training under.

The First Belt: Common Requirements

The techniques required from white to blue belt are usually very similar from one association to another. If you look at Jiu-jitsu as a housing development, you will notice that all of the foundations are made form the same block and are of similar dimension. It is important that these foundations are strong because they will be the moves that all the rest are built on. Once a foundation is built, people may choose what color they want to paint their homes and the details within, but the fundamentals must be the same. I like to call these fundamental techniques “A” group moves; they are the first moves you will try in a sequence and the moves that all others grow from. Learning these techniques first will help develop the required coordination needed to perform later techniques with greater ease, making advanced development faster and more efficient.

Blue Belt and Above

After a student reaches blue belt level, the foundation has been built and it is time for adding moves to set up and sequence. It is also time to look at some variations and different situations like different guard types and ways to pass those leg positions. Instead of coming up with specific moves that each student should definitely be learning, it is best to present problems for a student to solve along with a number of different solutions that may fit individual body types and aptitudes accordingly. For example: instead of saying that in order to reach purple belt, you must learn two specific butterfly guard passes, I will show three or four and through teaching experience, have noticed that different people prefer different passes, regardless of level; it’s about body type and how some connect better to certain movements than others. Of course, I will arrange certain techniques, including guard passes in sequence for students so that they can remember it more easily and set moves up on advanced opponents, suggesting a certain linking of techniques, but I allow room for growth and variation, caring more that the student was able to solve the problem than simply learning ‘my’ move. There will always be more than one way to solve a problem and a good teacher should recognize that what works for him may not work for someone else; therefore, he should be able to present his students with different options that will suit certain body types or physical attributes and/or limitations differently.

With all this being said, I will list the requirements for Blue Belt that are pretty common between all associations. For Purple, Brown and Black, you will see some required techniques, but you will notice how I present the problems that must be solved from each position.

You can find all of the solutions for belts blue and above in my Mastering BJJ DVD set or in my eTraining section.

Both are available at

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Beginning…


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be classified alongside the sports of Judo and Taekwondo, being a martial art and combat sport. As well as being used for the art of self defense, it is great in character building in the young person, giving them a focus and aim in life.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is said to have come about due to a large immigrant population of Japanese in Brazil, its’ invention being a relatively new one, in the twentieth century. It is derived form the Japanese martial art of Judo, and although is very similar in many aspects, ranking being gained by stripes and bjj belts, it sets itself aside from Judo by being a sport that is more focused on ground fighting.

The main focus of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the capability to grapple your opponent to the ground, locking them into a position from which they are unable to move, regardless of the weight of the opponents.

The Jiu Jitsu Gi is the formal uniform used when training and fighting Ju Jitsu. Again, it is very similar to that of Judo, but the legs and arms are slightly less loose. Traditionally the Bjj Gi must be warn for all training sessions, and although no Gi is allowed by some, when fighting in tournaments, it is compulsory.

Ranking in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, again follows a similar pattern to those of both Judo and Taekwondo, the black belt being the highest and much respected ranking. Depending on commitment levels, it can take up to or more than ten years to obtain the black belt. Bjj Belts are categorized into junior and senior, seniors starting at the age of 16.

Like its’ counterparts, Judo and Taekwondo, it is encouraged from a very early age, being both a healthy practice, as well as a method of learning both self defense and self discipline. From its’ development in the early twentieth century, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has become a very popular and well practiced sport, holding many competitions worldwide, as well as at local levels.

The main techniques for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, that stand it apart from its’ ancestor Judo, are the techniques of joint locks, choke holds, and submission holds. These techniques show the individual that they do not need to be scared of an enemy or opponent who is bigger, or stronger than themselves, in one clean move, they can have their opponent immobilized on the ground.

It is important that all youngsters learn self defense in today’s society, but also it is of explicit importance that their knowledge is not abused. In learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the individual also builds character and self control, making them a well rounded person, able to use their knowledge in the correct situations. It is often argued if the Brazilian art of Jiu Jitsu came from the Japanese art of judo, or that of Japanese Ju Jitsu, but from either or both of the above, has developed a worldwide recognized martial art and combat sport.

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