1.2.16

BJJ / Grappling / MMA tips: getting back into jiujitsu

What's the best way to get back into Jiujitsu?

Jiujitsu is an integral part of my life, but, as a part time grappler, there are times when I cannot train for a couple of weeks, or even more. Obviously if I can sneak in a session here or there I will but that's not always a possibility. 

Some may have to take a shorter or longer break from training. This could be due to work, family, moving home or even an injury. Hopefully, these obstacles subside and we find our way back to the mat, but people are often too eager for their own good when getting back into training and it's not uncommon for them to burn out within the first month or so. I know this because I have been that person. 

Here are 5 pieces of advice I've gathered over the years that I hope may be of value to you:

28.1.16

BJJ gi review: Scramble - The Godfather



The Godfather BJJ Kimono from Scramble.

Officially licensed, this gi features a 550gsm pearl weave top and 12oz cotton twill pants. Prints of The Godfather himself, Don Vito Corleone, adorn the inside of the gi.



20.1.16

BJJ / Grappling tips: TRAINING SORENESS IN COMBAT SPORTS



This article was first published on Badboy- UK with the kind help of subject matter expert DOM KINSEY – Founder and Head Coach of Iron Warrior Fitness. I hope you enjoy it and that you gain something from Dom's infinite experience and wisdom.

A certain level of soreness after training (AKA Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS for short) can be a welcome reminder of the great session you had the day before, but sometimes it can be a crippling pain that restrict the amount of training you can do. I spoke to Strength and Conditioning expert Mr Dominic Kinsey on the subject of DOMS and he shared a few helpful tips to handle this love / hate relationship.

15.1.16

Jiujitsu Lifestyle Humor: anti Gracie Diet Song Titles

courtesy of graciediet.com/ 
I tried the Gracie Diet for a couple of months over the summer and quite enjoyed it. If you're thinking about giving it a go, I recommend getting Grand Master Rorion's book on the subject because not only does he explain the diet (the rules of which you can find at here) but he helps you get into it in a structured phase-by-phase manner. If the Gracie family are good at one thing, it's deconstructing something and teaching it to the masses!

Nonetheless, I thought it'd be fun to put together a list of song title that involve food combinations that violate the rules of the Gracie Diet. There's literally loads! Here are my select ones.

Sweet like chocolate by Shanks & Bigfoot:



Never eat dessert. Sweet foods and savoury (cooked) flavours should not be mixed!

Banana pancakes by Jack Johnson



What? Were you not listening? Why would you mix eggs, flour, milk and butter (cooking fat) with a fruit? Tisk tisk!


4.1.16

BJJ Tips: Guard attacks are sweeps, submissions, back takes and standing back up

I don't have my book in front of me but the concept is
echoed around Renzo-Danaher's book 
Mastering Jujitsu
My jiujitsu teacher professor Eddie Kone has me teach classes under observation and gives me regular INVALUABLE feedback on both content, class management and lesson planning. Recently I taught a lesson on the clinch and the leg hook takedown under his supervision. As part of the warm up, I taught the technical stand-up and then we drilled it against resistance*. Sounds simple right? You try it.

Perform the technical stand up while someone is laying their weight on you. Not even trying to pin you. Just laying some weight on you.

The reason I like the choice of topic is for two reasons: the way the curriculum is taught and the reason behind why it's taught the way it's taught.


17.12.15

The purpose of jiujitsu & judo

What is the purpose of Gracie or Brazilian jiujitsu, or indeed any martial art?

Is it self defence?



Why did you start training jiujitsu or any other martial art?



Is it for proficiency in fighting?


Is it to practice a sport?



4.12.15

BJJ / Grappling Tips: How Much Resistance Should I Use?



Check this beautiful video by BJJ Hacks called "Let Your Jiu-Jitsu Flow to Get Better" about Clark Gracie




Why do I feel it's important to dial the resistance down when training Jiujitsu?

Tombstone analogy:

20.11.15

BJJ Competitor Interview: Patrick James - New School BJJ

Patrick is a sponsored athlete by both
CIMAC/ADIDAS and The Jiujitsu Brotherhood.


One of the many fantastic people I've met at New School BJJ in Battersea is Mr Patrick James. We were chatting after training a few weeks back and decided to do a quick interview for the readers and here it goes:

Hi Patrick. Are you currently training / teaching Martial Arts? Is that Full time / Part time? 
I'm teaching & training BJJ part time.


Which arts do you study / teach and under whom?  
I study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at NSBJJ and teach at Triccs BJJ Academy


How long have you done that?
4 years in Jan 2016


How do you manage to fit your own training around work and family time? 
I recently changed my job to allow more time to train, I have 2 children who are working/university. My girlfriend has a demanding job during the week so it not a real problem.


Do you compete in your sport(s)? Have you won any competitions? 
Yes, I have taken part in over 20 competitions and lost twice in my weight division.

 

Competition
Year
Belt
Weight
Category
Medal
Southern Open
2012
Blue
Under 76kg
Masters
Bronze
Southern Open
2013
Blue
Under 76kg
Masters
Silver
English Open
2011
White
Under 70kg
Senior
Gold
English Open
2012
Blue
Under 70kg
Senior
Gold
GFT Open
2014
Purple
Under 76kg
Adults
Gold
Bristol Open
2013
Blue
Under 76kg
Masters
Gold
Seni London Open
2013
Blue
Under 76kg
Masters
Gold
Grapplers Showdown
2013
Purple
Under 76kg
Adults
Gold
London Open
2012
Blue
Under 70kg
Senior
Gold
London Open
2012
Blue
Absolute
 
Silver
London Open
2013
Purple
Under 76kg
Senior
Gold
London Open
2013
Purple
Absolute
 
Gold
European Open
2014
Purple
Under 70kg
Masters
Gold
Rome Open
2014
Purple
Under 70kg
Masters
Gold
Master World International
2014
Purple
Under 70kg
Masters
Gold
World Masters Open
2014
Purple
Under 70kg
Masters
Silver
British Open
2015
Brown
Under 70kg
Masters
Gold
Surrey Open
2015
Brown
Under 76kg
Masters
Gold
London Open (Final below)
2015
Brown
Under 76kg
Masters
Gold