I went to a different sort of seminar this weekend. Cristiane Barobosa-Timoteo and Giulio Timoteo came to Fabio's to teach us about training to prevent injuries and to recover from them as well. Before I get into the seminar, here are a couple of videos about what Physiotraining is about:
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Posted by A.D. McClish at 10:15 AM
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Today, a friend of mine and I were getting coffee and she said she wanted to try out bjj with me. Of course, I was excited. So my friend asks me, "So what is the goal of jiu-jitsu?"
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Posted by A.D. McClish at 6:03 PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I read a great post by BJJ Cailin morning about belt promotions and McDojos. Hopefully, schools that use belts as marketing tools won't spread in BJJ like they have in the other martial arts.
Handing out belts before students have earned them is not only dishonest, but it robs the student of one of the greatest benefits of BJJ: learning to face yourself--and keep going--when you hit the wall. I think that actually having to EARN a belt helps you grow not only in bjj as a self defense art, but it also helps you grow as a person. Sometimes it takes months or years to get past a snag in your learning process. It forces you to be lose your pride and be humble, to think critically about the techniques and to adapt.
Also, handing out unmerited belts waters down the sport. It certainly won't help the student if they want to compete. They will get trounced at tournaments.
I know it is not my place to judge how other schools do things. But if a school is handing out belts based on time spent practicing BJJ, that sounds illegitimate to me. As Jenn said in her blog, different people develop at different paces. Six months in training will put some students farther than others. Automatically handing out a stripe or a belt to someone based on time devalues the belt system. Just my opinion.
Posted by A.D. McClish at 11:10 AM
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
If you are new to BJJ, here is a tip that will save you some time and energy: Don't try to gi choke someone while you are inside their guard.
Twice today, someone tried to gi choke me from inside my guard. What they did was try to stack me from inside my guard and then use pressure to keep me pinned and try to gi choke me.
It didn't work. Why? For a number of reasons:
1) Their arms are outstretched, in my guard, just asking to be arm-bared. Because their weight is forward, my hips are mobile and, even when you are trying to smash the ever loving crap out of me, I can maneuver around to get an armbar from guard.
2) Because their weight is forward, they are in prime position to be swept, with me ending up in mount.
3) When you are in someone else's guard, your primary objective should be to pass. Any submission you try on the person's upper body will only be exposing your arms and neck for submissions.
Now that I've gotten that off my chest... :)