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December 26, 2015

Jiu Jitsu Tips For White Belts

So recently we have been posting videos and having some discussions around some advanced Brazilian Jiu jitsu moves and techniques. Well today we wanted to go over some simple tips that white belts can read, remember and apply to their game right away.

Some of these tips might make perfect sense and some might not regardless please take the time to think about that and give them a shot. Trust us if you start following these tips your jiu jitsu will improve much faster.

The first tip we want to stress is:

Make it to class as much as you can

For some people that means twice a week and for some people it means five to six times per week. Regardless of the the number if you are supposed to be at class you need to get the most out of every class. More on that in a second.

Try not to take any breaks or miss any rounds.

When it is time to drill.. drill when it is time to spar… spar. Now we know you will get tired during class but use this time to continue to work your endurance and it is a great time to focus on your technique. If you take a break every time you are tired your endurance will not improve much. Just be safe and realize that every rep you do while you are tired and every round you do when you are tired is helping you jiu jitsu improve in a major way.

Train outside of class.

This will help you take advantage of class time like we just mentioned. It can be as simple as jogging or as complex as hiring a personal trainer. If you need some advice in this area dont be afraid to ask. But there are things everyone can do off the mat to improve. You can stretch, you can run, you can lift and more much so if you have some time and want to get better there is always something else you can do.

Ask the instructor or advanced students questions.

If you do not understand something or if you are having problems with a move or technique ask for some help. Dont be afraid to speak up ask. It will help in two major ways. The first is that the answer will help and it will speed up your learning curve dramatically. The second way it will help is that it will give your coach or instructor some more info about you and the move. This will help him or her instruct you. It is always helpful for the instructors to know what is giving you trouble or what you are thinking about the move they are teaching that day.

Dont try to be perfect… just try.

You are not going to be perfect so hopefully that takes the pressure off right away. One way to really speed up your progress is to just try things. If you look around you will probably notice most of the advanced students are always trying out new things and if you keep paying attention you will see over time they get better and better at those new things. You rarely try something day one and can apply it to your jiu jitsu game right away. Sometimes yeah sure there are tips or tricks you can add right away but more often than not you have to put your time time. So dont be afraid to mess up. Dont be afraid of trying something and having it fail just realize every time you try something out it is helping you.

Study Jiu Jitsu Off the Mat.

Just make sure it is good info! How do you know if it is good info? Well here are some ideas that will help with that. First ask your instructors. Maybe they can recommend something that they think will help you out specifically. If you are a guard player they might have a book or dvd that want you to study. If they think your guard passing needs work then they will be able to suggest something that can help in that area. You can also ask other students especially the higher ranks.

Try What Was Taught.

Whatever was taught in class that day you should try out.  It doesnt matter if it wasnt your favorite move.. try it.  If it was a move from a strange position find a way to get there and try it out.  Trying a move that day is the best way to start the process of getting good at the move.  Dont want til next class or next week.  Make sure to get some live practice with the move asap.

Hopefully those tips make sense and you are willing to give them a shot. If you have any questions dont be afraid to ask and we will see you on the mats soon.

December 6, 2015

Judo Promotional Study Guide Part II

I wanted to finish up our study guide for the upcoming Judo promotional exam.  In the first post we went over the first set of throws that you need to know for your yellow belt. Today I wanted to give you some info on the 2nd set of throws that you need to know for your green belt.

Again try to make sure you know the names of all of the throws, what they mean, how to perform them and how to fall for them. All of that is part of your test.  Here are the eight throws that make up the 2nd set:

  • Ko Soto Gari – Minor Outside Reap
  • Ko Uchi Gari – Minor Inside Reap
  • Koshi Guruma – Hip Wheel
  • Tsuri Komi Goshi – Lifting Pulling Hip Throw
  • Okuri Ashi Barai – Sliding Foot Sweep
  • Taio Toshi – Body Drop
  • Harai Goshi – Sweeping Hip Throw
  • Uchi Mata – Inner Thigh Throw

By the way if you have heard one of your coaches call the throw by another name that is okay. Certain clubs, dojos and instructors might call the throws by slightly different names but we do not want nicknames for the throws we do want a translation.

Below you will find videos of all the throws in the 2nd set. We will be practicing these throws this week so you will have time to try them out in class and get some help from the black belts.

Ko soto Gari

 

Ko uchi gari

 

Koshi Guruma

 

Tsuri Komi Goshi

 

Okuri Ashi Barai

 

Taio Toshi

 

Harai Goshi

 

Uchi Mata

 

OK I hope the names, translations and the videos help. If you give this a quick study and then get to class a few times this week you will have plenty of time to practice and we will make sure to help you out.
As always let us know if you have any questions on these throws or anything else you need to know for your test.

Scranton MMA Quick Tip Judo Vol I

Today I wanted to share a video with you that we recently shot at Scranton MMA.  We had the opportunity to film some really well produced videos so I hope you enjoy them. This first video shows a great takedown that you can use in Judo, BJJ and even MMA.

So first  things first watch the video and then read a bit more about what is going on below:

So I want to talk a bit more about the throw starting with the set up. It is very important to make sure you are in an opposite stance when you execute this throw.  Now I demonstrate this start to finish from an opposite stance but I did want to mention that I train with a great Judo / BJJ player who was able to throw me and many other people with this throw starting with a same sided stance and then switching to an opposite stance as he trapped the arm. Might be a bit more risky but again he did throw a lot of good players with that version.

I like the opposite stance from start to finish because many good players will grab your lapel when you are in that situation so you do not need to bait them into grabbing the lapel. Now if you do need to bait them a bit here are some tips.

First control the distance and what your partner can grab.  You want to make it difficult for them to grab your sleeve so you might need to break that grip or slap it away.  At the same time you dont want them to be able to grab your neck or back so you need to defend that and again control the space between you and your partner.

Next is the ‘grip’ make sure you get lots of practice with the motion and securing that arm. I love doing this almost as a fake grip break or even better after a failed grip break. It starts elbow down then elbow straight up and then elbow to elbow. Keep that arm and wrist trapped and secured.

To me once you got a good grip on that arm you are in a great position to get the takedown.  Again make sure you rep it out in practice and try it during randori or sparring a lot. You want to figure out what is working and what needs improvement.

The last detail to remember is the finishing position.  I love using throws and takdeowns as a means of passing the guard.  With this throw if you remember to bring your opposite hand behind their lead leg and use it to control their hips you will end up in a great position. You will be past their guard and you will make it very difficult for them to try to recover guard.

Here are a few more tips about adding this throw to your game. Again remember this throw is best used as soon as your opponent grips your gi. Maybe its the first thing you do in the match or maybe you do it later in the match but try to do it right as they grip before they get settled in. Work on really securing and trapping that arm.  Don’t shortcut the movement. Start elbow down and go elbow up and then end elbow to elbow. Try to keep your grip on the wrist or by the gi the entire time.  Try to keep your posture as best as you can the entire time. Focus on looking up and keeping your back straight. This will let you move quickly and have a lot of power in your movement. Last but not least focus on controlling the final position and the transition.  You want to end in a dominant position you do not want to go through all of this hard work just to end up in their guard!

I hope you enjoy the video. Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

December 3, 2015

Judo Promotional Study Guide Part I

This post is mainly for all of our Judo students that will bill testing for their next belt this month.  We are holding a promotional grading exam December 19, 2015.

For the students who are testing they will need to know the names of the throws and how to properly demonstrate them.  To help with the studying process I wanted to share with you eight videos today. These videos demonstrate all of the throws in the first set.  Anyone who is testing for their yellow belt should know this set.

The throws in the first set are:

  • Deashi Barai – Advanced Foot Sweep
  • Hiza Guruma – Knee Wheel
  • Sasae TsuriKomi Ashi – Lifting Pulling Ankle Block
  • Uki Goshi – Floating Hip Throw
  • O Soto Gari – Major Outside Reap
  • O Goshi – Major Hip Throw
  • O Uchi Gari – Major Inside Throw
  • Seoi Nage – Back Carry (Shoulder Throw)

Please do your best to know all of the names of the throws, what they mean and how to demonstrate them.  Also make sure you know how to fall for each of the throws as well.

Ok now for the videos.  Take a look and make sure you get to practice them before the exam.

Deashi Barai:

Hiza Guruma:


Sasa TsurKomi Ashi:


Uki Goshi:


Osoto Gari:


O Goshi:


Ouchi Gari:


Seoi Nage:


Ok that is the complete first set of Judo throws you should know if you are testing.  Please take a look and get some practice in.  We are spending the rest of the month reviewing and getting ready for the promotional exam.  If you have any questions just let one of the Judo instructors know and we can help you out.