Paying attention to the time is an important skill to develop for many reasons. In the absence of a submission, we have a limited amount of time to establish something significant. Different time frames have different strategies and levels of effort. This is my general approach. The amount of time we train impacts how muchContinue reading “Using the Timer in Bjj”
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Politeness While Rolling: Getting out of the way.
The mats should be a little crowded. But who gets out of the way of whom? At my gym, we get out of the way of upper belts. Everyone has different customs at their gym, but most have ranking systems that dictate how we interact. Upper belts are allowed more submissions, and have generally beenContinue reading “Politeness While Rolling: Getting out of the way.”
How to Start Bjj as a Wrestler
Every year about this time, a generation of wrestlers retires. District and State Championships define the top of the sport, and the season ends. Few go on to wrestle in college and even fewer become Olympians. As an adult, you can always coach. But if you want to continue gaining new skills and possibly competing,Continue reading “How to Start Bjj as a Wrestler”
Concepts in Bjj
A concept in Bjj is a description of a mechanism that makes a technique work. We usually cover one position every week. Positions may have as many as three variations that we cover. For more complex movements, I will break it down into three stages. When we progress to another position from week to week,Continue reading “Concepts in Bjj”
Don’t Mistake Speed for Timing
Speed is when you go from one point to another quickly. Timing is when you execute a movement at the correct moment. The first time someone told me to work on my timing, I exhausted myself for weeks trying to do everything fast. Hopefully this saves us a little effort. The timing window is something thatContinue reading “Don’t Mistake Speed for Timing”
How do you get to blue belt?
Every promotion in Bjj represents a change in the way we solve problems. Blue belt is the first adult promotion, so it’s an important step. We are all different, so a blue belt will look different for everyone. These are markers along the way that I like to look for. You have established your identityContinue reading “How do you get to blue belt?”