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>>87372
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Going on my first tournament in 2 months as a fresh blue belt. Any tips?
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>>103916
Don't go 100%, don't worry about your opponents. Do dynamic stretching and a warmup roll with a teammate. Go through tactics with your professor.
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Who is responsible for BJJ comps evolving to have cringe shit like guard pulling, butt scooting etc? Why can't it have ADCC like rules that award takedowns and give negative points to guard pulling?

I just can't take BJJ seriously vs Submission Wrestling and Catch-Wrestling because of it..
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>>104034
Modern sports should have specialization, that's how they survive and become useful
>Submission Wrestling and Catch-Wrestling
Low rivalry rubbish no one cares about and no one competes in
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My academy is shit and the only other place in town has a tranny as head coach
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I've been kickboxing for years and just started bjj. I've been at it for 3 months. I don't really feel like I'm any better than I was on week 1. I forget 90% of the moves we drill after like a week, and I end up just rolling based on intuition like always. I have like 4 techniques I've picked up in that time that I actually use. Unlike striking, I can't just practice moves at home or watch youtube videos, I need a partner. So most of what I'm taught is in one ear, out the other. It's much more difficult to measure progress. I have fun doing it, I just feel discouraged and want to kickbox again.
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>>104034
I refuse to pull guard. I'm lucky to have an awesome professor that thinks pulling guard is for pussies and teaches us proper takedowns instead.
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>>104048
3 months is not nearly enough to see progress. It took me about 9 months before I started to get comfortable. The learning curve is steep. It's why most people quit before even getting a blue belt.
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If I'm going to focus my energy into one guard and sweep, is butterfly and the sumi gaeshi sweep going to give me a lot of bang for my buck?
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>>104048
Same bro, I blame my coaches though because the way classes are structured we work one technique two times and then move on to something completely different, fucking dumbass BJJ coaches never heard of curriculums or pedagogy lmao
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>>104090

I can't blame my coaches, I'm surrounded by people who are great at bjj and we're taught by the same people.
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>>104035

You're not wrong but there's a danger in over specialisation. See Olympic Weightlifting removing the overhead press then collapsing in popularity, or WTF Taekwondo devolving into foot fencing, or Judo removing ground work and or takedowns starting below the belt. BJJ used to be a complete art, removing any striking like in the Gracie defensives makes sense from combat sports p.o.v. but removing takedowns makes it just become MMA ground game rather than a full art..
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>>104042
Any places in nearby towns? I'd drive extra to avoid a troon coach lol
>>104048
This is just how it is as a white belt. It's the same for me.
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>>104094
Yeah, you are right, but I think there is difference between doing sports for yourself (where competing is a tool for your improvements) vs doing sports for sport achievements. In the first case if you do Olympic lifting you can just add overhead press for your training, if you do Judo you can still throw in some freestyle wrestling workouts and etc.
>BJJ used to be a complete art, removing any striking like in the Gracie defensives
I don't really like the idea of "complete arts", I think the most beautiful thing about combat sports is that you can mix any arts you want and study them from their specialists. It's better learn striking from boxers then from Gracie defensives
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>>103915
White Belt here, I thought Open Guard and Half Guard were the same, wanted to learn half guard and "wasted" three hours watching three HOURS of Danaher's 8 hour Open Guard Go Further Faster video.
Best of all, the page I ripped it from does not have his half guard video.
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>>104191
Open guard is important, too. If you're so new that you don't know the differences by name, you can still absorb a lot of helpful things.

Half guard is really fun, though. I hope you find some good stuff soon.
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>>104189

To be fair, you're not wrong, my school teaches BJJ 4 days a week. They have additional classes 2 days a week for Wrestling and Judo. Depending on if you primarily do Gi or non-Gi you're expected to cross-train in one of them. But I just hate butt-scooting and guard pulling man..
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>>104186
Yeah, thankfully. I'd rather spend an hour back and forth than train under a tranny. I don't get how these people even get into martial arts.
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>>104203
As a judo guy that only does BJJ 1/week or so, guard pulling and buttscooting is novel - so I find myself playing guard more often when I do BJJ.
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>>104195
The first two hours were super helpfull general stuff, like how to grip the gi properly, and how to unbalance someone with the gi. After that Danaher started talking about transitioning to spider guard from the default open guard, and I realised that he is definitly not talking about half guard lol.

I think I will watch his guard passing, guard retention and full guard vids next, they are much shorter and the based chinaman who uploaded them to bilibili has those.
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Any of you bros have tips how to train solo? Or tips on how to retain information better in general.
I do train at a gym several times a week but classes "aren't what they used to be" so I have to become self-taught for the most part. I had the idea to simply follow along instructionals without a partner but a lot of stuff really doesn't yield much profit without the added friction and mass a partner contributes to the equation. Still good for some movements though. I've also understood visualizing is a good technique and it's actually helped me internalize some tricky grip fighting sequences.

People mention taking notes a lot but I never journaled privately or took notes while in education besides key words, so I don't know of a good way to take notes for BJJ. I used to take notes for my first month of training, but later as I tried to go over them I realized I myself had no clue what I was describing in those early notes.
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>>104224

I've done it when I have had to. Like a takedown went wrong and I ended up on the floor instead, so I quickly pulled guard.

But seeing dudes do it in BJJ comps with no takedown attempts drives me nuts. Like I thought the point of BJJ was to take things to the ground to negate the advantages an opponent may have.. Not just ground fighting per se. It loses part of the point if no effort it made to get your opponent to the ground in the first place ffs. Not to mention makes the art/sport look ridiculous.

Like I said it's understandable but imho bad for the sport in the long run. Like Oly Weightlifting losing the overhead press, or bodybuilding becoming about dick skinned mass monsters, or WTF Taekwondo becoming foot fencing, or Karate's point competition format making it poor at actually fighting compared to full contact combat sports like kickboxing, or powerlifting allowing stupid arches with no ROM on the bench press.

Once those things became the norm the sport had peaked and was just useful as something to cross-train to help with other sports..
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>>104274
Because there's no reason to remain standing once you have a good idea of who's better at takedowns. You'd have to change the scoring to encourage people to stand up - make the reward worth the risk. Maybe 4 points if you take your opponent down without getting entangled in their guard.
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>>104311
Basically this. When people know you're better than them at standing, they'll always pull guard. Even at your own gym. It's a problem with how matches are scored and with people being unable to be uncomfortable in sparring.
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>>104311
>>104323

The ADCC rules fix this for no gi with negative points for guard pulling.

https://adcombat.com/adcc-rules-regulations/

It's how it should be for Gi comps too
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>>104340
They really don't, because they don't have the other rules that enforce standup action - so the median ADCC match has some thoroughly passive and mediocre wrestling. It's an improvement, don't get me wrong.
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I'd like your thoughts on this :
I'm a disabled military veteran - i have had three surgeries - two on my knee and one on my neck/ spine
my gym doesnt know any of that, i train to stay sane and healthy - essentially blowing off steam and getting out of the house.

I've been at this for years and I honestly dont feel comfortable competing (I've done a few here or there in the early years but i have slowly stopped going to them)

now, my coach is implying he wants me to compete , 'go hard' and all that chit because I have my own style and go to set ups that compliment what I can do.

I dont want to tell anyone about my service related injury, because it feels like a cop out- i feel like I would get treated 'with kid gloves' if it got out or given lenience when it comes to promotion

If they keep bringing this up, should I just level with them about my limitations and what my goals are or just avoid it going further?
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Anyone know a place to read fundamental stuff about injury prevention? I want to avoid knee destruction, back pain, neck pain, and spinal injuries during BJJ. The people I see mentioned a lot (knees over toes guy, supple leopard) all come with loads of people criticising them. Where can I just find the most fundamental information that everyone agrees on?
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>>104274
because usefulness is overrated. these are sports we do for entertainment, combat in current day involves gunpowder not kata
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>>104697
Just tell him to fuck off and quit being a fag. You don't owe him anything other than your sincere effort in class. You pay that faggots bills.
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>>103916
I never competed in bjj but i did wrestling.
think of it as nothing but a harder, more tiring, but also more fun spar.
unless youre a genius, youre going to lose some matches, so take it easy, loosen up, and focus on having fun to motivate you to go to more tournaments.
also, try your best to relax and stay warm and comfortable between matches, one thing i find about myself is that i get way too hyped up and cold and then get very uncomfortable between matches. you want this to be a positive experience.
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>>104034
nobody per se is responsible, its all ruleset, and all grappling arts have their shit rulesets that prevents it from being the "ideal grappling art". ideally, the grappling ruleset should imitate a real life fight as close as possible, but guard pulling becomes viable because you simply can't strike in grappling. also theres mats so you cant slam someone while hes pulling guard as effectively, and its even illegal in some comps because its fucking dangerous.
i personally really like judo because of the standup focus, but they too have their issues.
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tldr basically trying to talk myself into doing this regularly.

Went to my first class. I'm a recovering neet and it was pretty intense for me mentally. I have zero experience with martial arts and I felt like a helpless newborn starting bottom with someone on top of me with full mount. I was relying way too much on my strength because I wanted to keep up with the other white belts.

The experience of actual grappling compared to only ever watching some ufc was really eye opening, Using some super basic hip escape shrimping stuff when rolling really worked. I realized that this stuff this bjj 'art' was legit.

It was fun in the moment, but afterwards I felt really down. Like I made a fool of myself. It's all in my head though, the people were nice.

It's cool that no one pressured me to sign up or anything afterwards. Just shook hands and thanked me for being there. There's a couple of bjj gyms around but I think this one is on the smaller side. There were probably 15 people there and a renzo affiliate.

For unlimited instruction its $175 per month 1 year contract. 100 for 5 classes. It's pretty steep + needing to buy a gi kinda sucks.
All in all it was a good experience. Maybe it would make me less of a pussy so I don't have to make a blog tier post here.
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>>104838
It's a good way to put yourself out there and network, most people in martial arts are autistic as fuck and generally have a lot of shared interests. BJJ is fun because it's limitless, there's always new things to learn and explore.
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>>104238
That's all related to offensive. If you're a white belt you should focus entirely on pin escapes. If you insist on learning something offensively, learn the armbar. That's all that matters at your level.

>>104270
You can train solo by shadow drilling along with instructionals. You have to get used to it.

>Or tips on how to retain information better in general.
Go into every class with 1 thing you want to improve on. Another thing that helps is teaching. That has the highest memory retention rate, so talk to your drilling partner. It's super important.

What you should track are what you got hit with the most that day. After a week, you'll see your biggest flaw to work on. For me right now it's got dang kimura traps, so every roll that is my #1 focus. Elbows in. Even if it means limiting my game, I am going to focus on not getting kimura trap'ed.

>>104697
Simply tell him, "I have no plans of competing & I won't compete because competition isn't safe. I don't care what anyone says, I'm not risking it."

If he doesn't respect that, you need to leave because he's putting your safety, health, & financial freedom above his 1st place team award that is going to just sit on a shelf.

>>104732
Danaher has a free train safe instructional.

>>104838
This is literally just a blog post lol

I'm training at B Team & doing ADCC this year. It's really fun. AMAA
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>>104838
I'm not sure I have advice, but before I did BJJ I did not leave the house or socialize whatsoever (except for work). Everyone at my academy has been super nice and I think it's been healthy for me to get some oxytocin and be around people. If you want another loner autist BJJ friend to talk to I can give my contact. Keep going anon!!!
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>>104917
>Danaher has a free train safe instructional
Anyone know where to find this? Seems to have been taken down from the site and isn't on the Terabox
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>>104048
I feel you bro, I'm in the same boat
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Could anyone please rate the instructional "curriculum" I'm going to work through to supplement my classes?

JULY
Fundamentals Of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Escapes Gi & No Gi By Lachlan Giles

AUGUST
The Guard Retention Anthology: Through The Legs And Close Range By Lachlan Giles & Ariel Tabak

SEPTEMBER
The Guard Retention Anthology: Around And Under By Lachlan Giles & Ariel Tabak

OCTOBER
Connected Reaction: Half Guard By Paul Schreiner

NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
The Half Guard Anthology By Lachlan Giles

Background:
been going to classes 3x a week for 6m but you guys were right about teaching methods and pedagogy in BJJ being a mess kek
i like training at my gym but the "move of the day" style teaching is really inefficient (not unique to them by any means) and my fundamentals are built on sand. Rather than just blame them for my deficiencies, I know I need to also take responsibility and make a bigger effort outside of the mats too. Would appreciate any insights, thanks bros
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>>104985
>July
Good. Pins & Escapes First

>August
Bad. Guard Retention will come later. Guard retention is actually a very technical & difficult skillset. After pins & escapes next you should learn Guard passing. This should be your August focus.

>September
ehhh. I'll be honest you'll be better off learning Power Ride or Power Top. It's more modern & you're really going to need to know how to stay on top. Power Top is going to help you with that. Guard is kinda meh desu unless you're a higher belt.

>October
That's good. Half Guard is a great place to start for learning guard.

>November/December
Armbar. You need a submission or you're likely to get bored. The armbar is the only submission you should really think about as a white belt & I have stats to back it up. My blue belt speed run instructional will be on BJJFanatics at the end of the year & will involve this.

But seriously though... As a white belt you really should be putting minimal time into guard retention. Guard is going out of style at the highest level & people are going more towards from a defensive posture right back into attack. Why go into guard when you can go right into threatening an armbar from bottom side control to force them up & then go ashi?
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>>104990
Actually, I'm changing my answer. September should be half guard. October should be guard passing and add 1 new guard pass every 2 weeks until January(guard passing is chaining passes together, not just 1 good pass), November will be ankle picks & hand fighting if you start standing. If you start seated, then it should be bodylock passing, and December can be the armbar. This sets you up so that when January rolls around & you have all these mat virgins joining you can maul them with confidence.
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>>104990
>>105008
thanks for the advice and taking the time to reply so thoroughly
Im pretty confused by some of your points that seem pretty different to what's usually suggested by the established coaches (and then parroted by the less qualified masses). Not trying to debate since I'm not at all qualified to do so (especially if you're who I think you are) nor do really I have my own opinion on this anyway but I just want to see if I'm understanding the logic/motivations behind your approach. I also can't overstate just how dogshit my fundamentals are as a whole which is why I've got this "ground-up" curriculum plan in the first place.

>passing before retention
I know the game evolves which is why I'm not referencing so much the old school masters and their STREETZ adages but even some of the more open-minded new school guys (Danaher, Lachlan etc) consider escapes and guard retention as the first two skills to work on. I appreciate your sentiment on the latter's difficulty and complexity but I don't expect to actually master it at this stage either... maybe just develop a cursory understanding before moving on and revisiting later down the road. I'm not married to this idea either obviously. I just hadn't thought about "formally" looking into guard passing this early on because the guys at the gym who are clearly better just dictate the offence and immediately smother me whereas those of a similar/worse level are barely guarding themselves or play right into mine (also shitty but hey). Being in/creating a situation where I can actually work on passing someone's guard outside of compliant drilling is a puzzle in and of itself since I'm that bad overall (see previous point about dogshit fundamentals)
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>>104990
>>105008
(continued -- >>105034 got too long)

>power top/power ride
before you changed your mind, was this early pairing intended to encourage a more proactive approach immediately after learning escapes? I think I've been pretty passive because I just don't feel equipped to mount a successful offence. I honestly feel more comfortable attacking from closed guard than mount which is probably resulting in all kinds of bad habits.
If you're now saying work on half guard sooner and leaving top game -related stuff for another time, that also makes sense to me

>armbar
This is super interesting to me. I had initially thought to invest in Kimura first since they seem so versatile as both a sub from every position and as a controlling position itself. Do you have any additional info on why the armbar should be the only sub a white belt realistically needs to be thinking about? Not asking to be convinced one way or another, I'm just really curious
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>>105034
I'm at one of the top 3 gyms as a full time member. You can trust my advice. We're blue+ only but starting a WB class specifically built off my stat analysis.

If you want a secret OP suggestion, learn omoplata from closed guard & how to do a single x sweep. white belts don't hold the opposite leg so they don't have a clue how to stop it. elbow control makes it work. daisy fresh omoplata. single x sweep because white belts keep their legs spread far apart normally. bad posture/stance.

Bodylocking will make it easy because the entry is easy vs hobbyists(your school is a hobbyist school since you're asking this here)

> I think I've been pretty passive because I just don't feel equipped to mount a successful offence.
You can't mount an offense because you have no defense. If you aren't confident in your defense you wo'nt be confident in your office. That's how the game works.

I have another graph showing armbar as the most successful to END the match as well, so it's most often hit & finished.

You don't need to worry about the RNC for the reasons I mentioned earlier. At WB level, if you get the back, you win. You don't even need to finish the choke. It's about skill diff.
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>>105060
If he's in the gi, the bow-and-arrow is basically the RNC of that division
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>>105088
Yep. That is correct. There's very few RNC's in the Gi
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Are IBJJF rules killing gi jiujitsu?
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>>104917
>I'm training at B Team & doing ADCC this year. It's really fun. AMAA
How many years of experience do you have?
Do you train jiu jitsu full time, professionally? If not what do you do for a living?
What is your home gym like?
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>>104985
Is there a specific reason you're looking at pretty much only Lachie and Ari's stuff? They are good coaches but their styles are very much suited to manlets with high flexibility (Ari especially) so depending on your body type, it might not be the best. Although anything is better than nothing and they're certainly not bad.
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>>105136
What should I watch if I am a manlet and very inflexible
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>>105137
Not sure because I'm not a manlet, and to be honest I haven't watched those instructionals, but just remember that those guys have physical attributes that a beginner won't have. Ari is made of rubber and Lachie is no slouch in flexibility, but has crazy leg dexterity.

I just know I've had people who would be watching them roll then come over and try what they saw on me straight after and not realise why it doesn't work, and I sorta have to tell them "no" when teaching them. It might even be cheaper, but if you are a beginner, I'd recommend the stuff on Lachie's SubMeta or whatever that subscription service is called. It's basically made for beginners and there's a lot of stuff on there. A bunch of my students will basically just use that at open mats and teach themselves and drill for months.
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>>103915
did any of you ever lose to a girl?
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>>105135
That's a good question. Less than a year I taught a move last night.. It was pretty wild. I know yall are thinking BS at this point lol. but I'm not lying. You'll know who I am come ADCC.


>Do you train jiu jitsu full time, professionally? If not what do you do for a living?
Yes, 3x a day. I only roll at lunch though because I don't do PEDs. Most of the pros are rolling twice a day. I'm older so it's once a day for me. I'll drill HEAVILY in lunch/afternoon. I also teach a private before each lunch class, so it's 7-8:30 morning class, 11-12 private 3x a week, 12-1:30 lunch class, 7-8:30 afternoon. I'm not teaching the Private at B-Team. I'm doing it at my place for a girl that trains a little up north from us.

>What is your home gym like?
Bro i don't need to. You have no idea what these rolls are like fr.
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>>105164

>>105137
The manlet answer is beyond fucking stupid. It should have to do with your body composition & size/build. You aren't going up against a 240lb 6'2 incel who THINKS he's a gigachad but in reality sucks at BJJ & Just muscles everyone at his home gym in the FW division. If you're short/stocky/strong learn from Nicky Rod

>Do you train jiu jitsu full time, professionally?
I guess I'm technically a pro because I don't have to worry about money, but I'm not one of the big dogs if that's what you're asking. I have a sponsor that takes care of everything but I'm poor af. I get 3.3k a month "after taxes" along with my tournament expenses paid for.

If you're one of those idiots that thinks

>You're <loser belt than me<>wtf do you know <laughing emoji>? No way you know more than me

your entire world is about to get assfucked. There's a whole new gen of grapplers coming out the woodwork that are blue belts that can dominate 95% of the black belts out there because they're learning entirely from instructionals. Getting every single little immaculate detail down right the first time & not having to wait for your dumbass to show it to them over the course of 10 classes sprea dout over 5 years.

BJJ scene is going to be entirely different in 5 years. We're in the 2009/2010 League of Legends era. People are getting away with saying crazy shit on social media/etc. 5 more years it'll be like how league is now. People will get cancelled permanently for saying one simple thing on IG because of sponsors & how much money is going to be in the sport. Most people, even the competitors, truly have no idea how big BJJ is going to become

> Less than a year
If you're wondering "How are you there", it's simply because I wanted it lol. I've got an 85+% tournament win rate, I started competing at Blue after 6 months, & Purple at 10? 9? I forgot. I'm also my own coach. I never had a coach, just a gym to roll at really.
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>>105141
Never, women are inferior and even the best women's grapplers would lose to hobbyist men.
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>>105166
I'm sorry that your gym sucks & everyone are only getting participation belts, anon. But I hope you're enjoying your roleplay server, i mean gym!
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>>105171
Woman moment
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>>105172
Hobbyist moment
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>>105137
Pressure pass guys
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>>105164
>>105165
Why not PEDs? Just curious since from what I understand almost everyone takes them at that highest level of competition
>I'm older so it's once a day for me
How old? Maybe you dont want to identify yourself but can you give a range
>If you're wondering "How are you there", it's simply because I wanted it lol
That is fucking sick dude.
Did you train any other sport before starting BJJ?
What would you say it takes to get to that level?
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>tfw you're a slower learner than people who started after you
>tfw you immediately forget what the instructor taught you while your partner does it effortlessly
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>>105525
instructionals are your friend
also drilling but 99% of people in gyms are low IQ bydlo who don't understand the way learning works, so good luck finding a drilling partner
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>>105164
How do you like training with Craig?
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>>104917
>I'm training at B Team & doing ADCC this year
>>105164
>Less than a year I taught a move last night.. It was pretty wild
You're so full of shit it's hilarious. Only 5 people from B-team are going to ADCC and none of them have less than a year experience. Also, morning class is at 8am retard.

Source: I train at B-team and know all of the ADCC competitors. You're a fuckin dork. AMAA
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>>105756
How do you like training with Craig?
Also, I thought this dude was full of shit too, but I saw Tim Spriggs dropped out and was thinking maybe this fag is the replacement.
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>>104048
You will roll with intuition for a few months and start to do what you want to after a year at least
Thats why some pro mma fighters with striking backgrounds simply cant learn to grapple
Because it sucks if you are used to striking
Sucks to train and you feel really emasculated when getting beaten up compared to striking where you have the strikers chance
Stick to it and you will expand your understading about fighting as a whole
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>>104966
Not him but i would like the autist bjj friend
Do you use discord?
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>>105787
>How do you like training with Craig?
It's awesome but I definitely spend more time around the other guys (Izaak, Nicky Ryan/Rod, Damien, Nick Ortiz). Craig typically only teaches morning classes (which I don't go to), but he's on the mats morning & noon sessions. The gym is so fucking tough and everyone is very friendly. We usually do 3 positional (mount, turtle, closed guard) and 3 open rounds after instruction/drilling (45ish minutes).
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>>104034
At least in no gi at the higher levels, it seems to me that guard pulling is basically done with. Flo's event last night had barely any
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>>105860
Yes! it's R1112#5894
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>>105902
How long have you been training in total?
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>>104917
I contacted my coach and told him my goals and comfort levels and asked specifically what I need to work on to progress. He said “cardio and more rolls during training” - which seems kind of dismissive but it’s all the Feedback I got. Not passing not positions drills , just more live rolls
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>>105902
Sounds like an awesome class format. Hope to get down there one day
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>got some more cauliflower in my ear
>it's more towards the inside this time
>just drain it once then ignore it like I usually do
>fully hardened up now
>earhole on that side is now noticeably smaller
Fug
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Damn had my first real spazz encounter today. Almost broke my fucking knee. Good thing I will probably never see him again, because he has apparently been going to the gym for years but I havn't seen him once despite being there every time for the last few months. With that attendance rate it will be over a year before I have to roll with him again.
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>>105165
could you elaborate on the sponsor? How the relationship started and whats expected of you, etc?
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>>106202
Those people just show up to "test" themselves based on my experiences
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>>105947
11 months. I compete against competitive purples as it currently stands.

>>106118
I'd highly recommend it if you're athletic & aren't an idiot. "move of the day" usually includes about 10-15 details so come prepared.

>>106330
It started because I'm friends with their marketing person. I got lucky basically. It's a very large brand & I got a feeling I'm about to pick-up another one. It's best to come about these naturally than to shop around.

> and whats expected of you, etc?
I'm making daily vlogs leading up to ADCC after every single training session. The plan is to upload them one day at a time after I win my division so there's a drip feed of content. People are going to be very interested in how I approach training because I'm not a dolomite.
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>>104809
This is exactly what my judo sensei said, he told me it is just another randori and it stuck with me and helped my nerves a lot
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Developing pinched nerves because of neck cranks
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>>103915
Im trying to learn De La Riva and shit is so complicated.
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>>106669
What are you having trouble with?
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Any advice for a 5’8 chubby dweeb extremely anxious about going to a bjj class?
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>>106659
Tap earlier. I fucked my neck up for like a year because I refused to tap to shitty darce attempts.
>>107001
Just go. Most people get anxious about going. You'll likely feel that way for a while, and pushing through that phase will make you a better person. Start eating better and training. Within a year you'll be in good shape and maybe even a decent white belt
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>>107001
i'm 5ft 8 and skinny, with friends around my height who are chubby (some taller, some shorter, not a big deal)
what is it you're specifically anxious about? because your weight/chubbiness will NOT be the limiting factor in being dogshit at the beginning, it'll be your complete lack of technique and knowledge
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>>107005
Idk, I’m not the most confident guy and the dudebro bjj folks intimidate me (at least in my mind). My conditioning is also nonexistent so I’m worried I’ll go too hard too fast, get nauseous and look pathetic
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>>107009
>look pathetic
the truth is no one actually cares about you enough to notice kek everyone is just focused on trying to improve themselves, not think about how the new guy looks. chances are you'll basically be invisible and people won't even remember what you look like (let alone your name and traits) for a while
also i've seen doughy guys and absolutely jacked guys alike get gassed out, no one gives a shit. that should be the last thing on what might well be a long list of things putting you off from training

>not the most confident
you're not going there to flirt, you're there to train. you need bare minimum social skills to operate in that kind of environment. just basic shit like "hey man, thanks for the roll i learnt a lot" already puts you ahead of a lot of pseudo lone wolf types. that being said, stuff like that will help a lot with first impressions and more people will help you out once you get settled in
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I hate rolling with women, Im too autistic for it. I dont make a scene or do anything incel like but the whole roll im screaming internally.
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Another day of getting beat up and tapped
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>>107081
It’s so weird when bjj guys talk about getting “beat up”
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What happens in a tournament when a guy is just inhumanly strong puts way too much force in a technique and snaps the opponent's bone/s?
Can someone like pic related (Levan Saginashvili, a seemingly unbeatable arm wrestler) win his way to a black belt just by using brute strength to break bones and insta-win?
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>>107003
I started tapping earlier to them but it grinds my gears how even the higher belts do these retarded neck cranks in training as if I'm there to get spine issues
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>>107057
I hate rolling with women too
They come 100% for the kill looking to murder me but if i gently sweep them and land on mount to chill they will never look in my face again and complain about me to their cuck bfs whk brought them to train
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>>107001
>>107009
martial arts is one of the most autistic hobbies known to man and 9/10 people who do it for more than a year are certified autists, you cannot stand out or be bullied in such an environment
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Last week I subbed 4 separate people in rolls, this week I got my shit pushed in every second I was on the mat. I only go to fundamentals gi classes rn and it's a toss-up whether other whitebelts will even show up, which determines if I'm winning or just drowning in blue and purple for an hour.
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>>107293
Yeah you should call those guys out when stuff like that happens
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saw this mask of napoleon. reminded me of danaher lol
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>>107267
there's more to fighting than strength. strength helps a lot and can make the difference between two equally skilled people, and can make up the difference between a stronger guy and a not as strong but marginally more skilled guy. but a big part of the philosophy of bjj is using leverage to negate strength differences. okay, you're stronger than me. but your arms aren't stronger than my legs, and if i know how to use my legs against your arms and you don't know how to use your strength to stop me then i can snap your arms regardless
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>>107385
Of course. But I'm talking about a guy who's so strong that can snap bones with little to no effort. If you can do that, would it be against the rules to instawin by grabbing the opponent's arm and snapping it before he has any time to do anything?
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>>107406
no
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>>107412
Have there ever been examples of someone using brute strength to win in such a way?
Could a strongman achieve success in the world of BJJ this way?

I mean, look at this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50hBOwY37_4
If Devon were serious he could've easily hurt Firas to the point of making him unable to continue the fight.
Now look at how easy it was for Levan to overpower him:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIOa0ajZpCE
How well do you think he would do in BJJ?
Could a red belt beat him?
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>>107416
well weight classes exist for a reason and firas isn't anything special. black belt just means you've been practicing for a long time, doesn't necessarily mean you're world class. that dude is way bigger than firas, he wouldn't be competing against him in a competition. size makes a huge difference when it comes to combat sports. obviously a big dude like levan could potentially manhandle some black belts if there's a significant size disparity.
the mechanics in an arm wrestling match are isolated; it's all in the arm and the support muscles. if your opponent is just stronger than you, there's not really much strategy to counter it. as opposed to submission grappling where if i know or feel you're better than me in some areas I'm going to avoid them and target your weak points. so it's easier to manhandle and brute force your way through arm wrestling because that's pretty much all it is. jiu jitsu gives the weaker guys outlets to avoid that.
do I think a red belt could beat him? lol probably not, all the coral belts are old guys. if they weren't geriatrics then yeah they'd beat him in a submission grappling match.
what you're wanting to know is could Levan beat Gordon Ryan in a submission grappling match just through sheer strength, and the answer is absolutely not because you need more than just strength to win in submission grappling even if it does give you a really big advantage in a lot of scenarios
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>>107416
https://www.instagram.com/p/COs1vAHnpin/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
here's UFC fighter Gunnar Nelson grappling with Hafthor Bjornsson. big size disparity, you can see Gunnar struggles with the strength and weight but it's not a straight manhandling. and that's with Hafthor actually knowing a little but about grappling too. levan would be grappling people much bigger than Nelson in a competition
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>>107418
Thank you very much for the insight.
You're right, in a BJJ match Gordon would probably find a way to win, but could Levan just use his monster strength to snap Gordon's elbow or something? Meaning could he just bypass the grappling and just grab+twist his way to victory (assuming he'd be strong enough to do that, of course)?
And seeing how badly he injured Devon during their arm wrestling match, he could probably cause some ligament damage to BJJ practitioners that are as big as him as well.

Ultimately it's kinda the same question as "could an elite BJJ grappler beat a chimp/gorilla?" The more skilled you are, the more of a size difference you can overcome, but the bigger said difference is, the easier it is to use "dirty tricks" that basically sidestep the grappling altogether, no?
Unless a BJJ expert can use his technique to keep him from ever being able to grab him. Would that be possible?
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>>107433
But here Bjornsson is only trying to use grappling. I'm asking "what if he started to try and injure his opponent?" I'm guessing he could easily grab his hand or foot and at least tear the ligaments.
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>>107434
well the strength disparity between a gorilla and even the strongest man on earth is astronomical compared to say Gordan Ryan and Levan Saginashvili. no amount of skill is stopping a gorilla from ripping your face off.
even if Levan is significantly stronger than Gordon for example i don't think the disparity is so great that he could just ignore the fundamentals of grappling and start ripping limbs off. and attempting to do those things just opens you up to get attacked, too.
strength is an amazing asset to have when you know how to apply it. but you take one REALLY REALLY strong guy who is a mediocre grappler and put him against another REALLY strong guy who is one of the best grapplers on the planet, i don't think the disparity between humans is great enough for it to make up that difference.
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>>107440
I mean, he beat Devon, who has top tier strength, with seemingly zero effort.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ygJtx4qreQ
Look at the strength he has in his wrist alone:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBWlqC82npE
If he grabbed Gordon's arm or foot, with the intention of twisting it to break it (something he seems more than capable of doing in a second), what could Gordon do to avoid letting Levan injure him?
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Do you ever hulk out to get out of bad positions? I'm one of biggest guys in the gym and even just 3 months in I can tap almost every white belt going 80%. I tried dropping the intensity recently to focus on technique, but when they get close to submitting me, I brute force my way out. I know it's an ego thing.

I'm fine with losing if I gave it my all, but feels weird to tap after going easy.
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>>107531
No, I don't care about winning against anybody at my club in rolls, it became apparent pretty quickly that doing that just leads to shittier development for the person who does it. It can be observed every time some hobbyist blue belt comes in weighing 220lb and wrecks small white belts with ease but then an equally small competitive purple belt goes up and manhandles him, making it look like the big guy's just been wasting his time and effort sabotaging his own development by relying on his bigger mass. I'm myself very athletic and still young but I'd rather be one of those unimpressive looking black belts who effortlessly handle rolls than to be stronger than everybody else and rely on physical differences. And I realize that relying on my strength would just delay getting there. It's an inner conflict between the instant gratification "I want to win this roll" versus the very long term "I want to become an expert". I mean we're doing a sport not strength measurement. Relying on strength when you are stronger than your training partner also makes you unpopular, which will lead to people being less inclined to help you get better.

It's obviously better to be stronger than your opponent in any situation, in any sport, but training is for skill development not for winning against partners.

I agree that it feels weird to tap especially if the other people are themselves treating it as a win-or-lose situation, but you should shift your perspective to view that as an opportunity to develop your ego management. It's not a fight, it's training. It's not a fight, it's training. It's not a fight, it's training. Make it a mantra.
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>>107558
Thanks. I'll keep working on it. Like I said, part of it is definitely ego. I also get the urge to match the energy of my partner. Last practice during live rolls several of my partners were gassed and I wasn't breathing hard at all. Feels weird not to give that energy back.

Especially one roll with a bowling ball of human. After a couple nasty cross-faces, I'm just thinking "fuck this, I'm gonna roll this little shit".

In the end I do want to compete, so I'd rather be a jacked black belt than an unassuming one. I have a huge amount of respect for Lachlan Giles, but it's guys big AND skilled guys who win the absolutes.
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I got subbed twice by a guy who started at the same time as me today and twice more by a one stripe wb. Unironically thinking of killing myself.
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>>107596
Everyone has off days. Weight difference maybe?
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>>107599

If anything I was heavier. I'm just ass. I'm very passive and make every move very deliberately and slowly cause idk what the fuck im doing 90% of the time and i don't want to hurt somebody.
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Starting to think maybe BJJ class is fucking pointless and I should just pirate instructionals, I'm a few months in and I'm learning a bunch of random shit that I can't remember, don't know how to escape submissions, side control, back control, or mount, and the only subs I can pull off in rolling are subs that I already knew before learning BJJ like the kimura and rnc.
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>>107650
I can empathize. This week sucked for me. Last couple weeks were way better, but I'm starting to think it was because I had been watching instructionals and then going to class with the intent of testing a few moves. I had way more confidence moving towards those positions and submissions. I didn't always land them, but at least I had a plan. This week was just "slow down and play more guard/bottom positions". A bit more vague.
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>>107661
Are you using what you were drilling in the live rolls after? That's when I try to cement it in my brain. Especially helps when I'm successful even once. E.g. using lockdown to keep a brown belts hips below mine while buying myself sometime to think.
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>>107661
I've had the exact same problem most of this year because my instructors haven't been taking their job seriously, it's only in recent weeks that one of the instructors started instructing again and is actually going by a curriculum and understands pedagogy. Use instructionals and look into another place to train if it doesn't improve.
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What’s the point of going to Gracie in NYC if all their good/GOAT trainers left? Danaher isn’t there anymore, There’s no fucking point. Fuck this gay gym running off a brand name.
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>>107821
move to austin, texas
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Can you be too fat for some submissions? I started BJJ morbidly obese, lost a bunch of weight, but still I do not have very sharply defined arms, there is a coat of fat over my muscles there. When we had Anaconda chokes I couldn't get the choke at all, it felt like trying to choke someone with a fluffy pillow. I am really bad at guillotines aswell. Is this a technique issue or do I need to drop bodyfat% to make these chokes tick?
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>>107661
>BJJ class is fucking pointless
>learning a bunch of random shit that I can't remember
Pay attention moron. If you can't remember what you learn in class, you likely can't remember stuff from instructionals. My first gym kind of sucked, and I used instructionals a lot to help out my learning, but you have to get good at what you learn in class and ask questions.
>>107821
>Danaher isn’t there anymore, There’s no fucking point
Danaher isn't the only legit Renzo black belt, and there are even Danaher black belts that teach there. Danaher black belts use the same systems/lingo. Alternatively, move to Austin (tho Danaher's classes are hellish and packed)
>>107934
>do I need to drop bodyfat%
Yes
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>>107596
iktf. at my gym you have to be specifically invited to open mat. a guy who started a month after me got invited 2 weeks into training and i still havent been invited despite training since April
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got the ghost escape working on guys my size last night
feels good bros
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>>107984
To his defense, instructors providing a good curriculum and caring to provide good pedagogy makes a world of difference for learning. When you're new to grappling the sport is also very overwhelming and you'd have to rely on dumb luck or good advice in order to figure out a good way to approach studying by yourself
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>>108107
Nice. Love that escape and it shows up often, especially if they haven't quite settled side control yet
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does anyone know how to do john danahers ambar the video has such shit perpective
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>>108129
idk what video you're talking about specifically but download the instructional if you're watching some BJJ fanatics youtube video
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>>108138
nta but Enter the System - Armbars on the terabox only has volumes 1-4 for some reason. have you found the full instructional somewhere else?
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>>108145
I haven't looked for it but I generally manage to find any instructional I'm looking for through either knaben or btdig
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When I elbow escape from side control I can get my knee to my elbow but then it goes wrong and somehow I get pinned again. In the Danaher instructional he says to take your knee to the mat and push it under his hips to capture one of your opponent's legs between your legs. But if you're doing that then what's to stop him from going over or around your knee (which is on the mat) back into side control? I think that's what happened to me, I struggle to recall what happens when I roll desu.
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>>108129
Elaborate. From guard? From mount? What video?
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>>108187
I cant find it now but it was if he was sitting besides his arm
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>>108325
Probably from mount then. Was he doing it from s-mount, with one knee on top of the opponent's head and the other pointing towards their feet?
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>>107984
>do I need to drop bodyfat%
>Yes
I meant for the choke specifically, not in general, but yeah I know I know. Guess choking someone with something as cushy as pool noodles for arms is not the most effective approach
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what's the best no-gi half guard instructional for a beginner? lachlan's half guard anthology looks incredible but also kinda approachable. i've heard good things about paul schreiner's but that's in the gi. gordon ryan's look too advanced as well and danaher's new wave stuff looks like it's got a heavy emphasis on leg attacks
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Wish my parents would have put me in BJJ or wrestling as a child. Is it too late to get a picture like this if I'm already in my 20s? How do I make an opponent cry?
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>>108475
you can win tournaments sure but they probably won't be significant enough for your opponent to feel crushed enough to cry, nor will you feel any kind of extreme elation a kid might when presented with a shiny thing
the closest you might get is if you had friends/rivals in your group or maybe even just classmates and bullies who were always bigger than you and you demolish them at a bbq or reunion etc in front of their wives and girlfriends

but for real, you're better off just putting this petty shit behind you and love bjj for what it is
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>>108482
yeah no shit I was just having fun at the fact the little girl decided to use that as her cover photo as if it wasn't a total dickhead move
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I have chondromalacia patella. I don't really feel pain in my knees, but I've been diagnosed. Would BJJ fuck me up TOO bad? I would expect some damage like any other physical exercise, but am I being retarded by considering BJJ instead of something else? Anyone here has a similar problem? I asked a black belt in my local gym and he was very vague.
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>>108475
Wow what a narcissistic bitch. Anyway, grow up. Imagine wanting to make other people cry just to boost your ego. Going into BJJ with 0 martial arts experience will actually destroy your ego.
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>>108682
>chondromalacia
Most BJJ dudes have fucked knees. Runner's knee is fine compared what other people end up with.
Go for it. If your knee starts hurting too bad then quit.
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Anyone know where to see Xande Ribeiro's diamond concept videos for free?
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>>107934
>>108336
update: I can do arm trianglr chokes now, I was probably not too fat for them and just had shit technique, but I also lost a few kg.
Coach told me to push the shoulder away, grip my tricep instead of my bicep, then bring the elbows together, worked like a charm, people tapped real fucking fast.
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Every time i put someone in an armlock from closed guard they are able to pull their arm away from me is there any thecnique that can help me convert a failed armlock into a sweep or maybe into another submission?
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>>109328
Sorry for lack of punctuation im an actual favela monkey
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>>107661
It's Mario Party or building a puzzle. You learn sections at a time and it takes a long time before you see the whole thing put together. Get privates if you want to work on a single thing or uh go to another school and see if it is more your style.

I don't like instructors that warm up or do a ton of calisthenics and random jogging around the mat type shit, I like ones that warm up with sweeps you know like doing actual bjj that you are paying to do

>>109328
Yeah. Triangle or Omoplata. Canto choke
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>nervous about going to first bjj class
>think that if I announce that I’ll be visiting the class to the coach on Facebook messenger, I’ll be compelled to actually go
>coach says he’d be glad to have me
>don’t go, block on messenger
>over the next few months do this 2 more times
Now I’m too embarrassed to go because the coach probably thinks I’m a retard
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I've spent time learning escape from side-control principles as the first thing I'm trying to get good at and I think I understand things like when to use each escape and how to try to combo escapes together (like going for turn-away escapes as a way to set up turn-towards escapes), but the escapes still don't work for me. What more can I do to improve? I feel like I have stopped making progress and even though I think I know the details I just never get the escapes to work.
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>>109416
i think the biggest filter is realizing that positions like full guard and side control are completely embarassingly gay.
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>>109416
where did you get your details from and in what way are your escapes not working? do they at least work on people around/below your level?

i just watched Lachlan Giles' fundamental escapes instructional and also added the side control ghost escape series from Brian Peterson/TeachMeGrappling on Youtube since it looked fun + i was struggling with side escapes the most
escapes aren't supposed to be some infallible magic trick
and obviously i still get stuck against people much better but these two resources helped me the most
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>>109390
Just go. I started at 30, out of nowhere. One day, for no reason at all I tried a few class and just kept on going. Mind you it was gracie Barra and I had to buy all their shit. I'm 4 years into it already and can't imagine stopping anytime soon
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>>104191
Did you find a torrent for the open guard dvd? Ive been looking or that.
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>>109390
You blocked the guy???? Why????
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>>109416
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4g6fVOjAG4

There's more to it than getting out, first you have to protect your arms and deny them chokes as well. You have to defend the position then escape. You have to have a posture in bottom side control.

Watch this guy. Especially at 12 mins.

A lot of it is timing and that you only figure out with mat time and specifically training live from that position. So watch this video and then go live from side control with different people at the end of class until you feel comfortable.
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Mr Jason Chen (I know it's you here nigga), what pin escape and guard passing instructionals would you recommend working through? I'm a white belt coming up to my first year and I've massively neglected my fundamentals. I can't guard pass for shit and have to rely on a lopsided game which relies on spazzy attacking.
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>>109390
>probably thinks I’m a retard
because you are one, who the fuck acts like that? you have bigger concerns to focus on than picking up a hobby
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>>109390
somebody posted this on reddit lol
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>>109516
Sorry I meant Jozef Chen
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>>109538
how do you know jozef chen browses 4chan(nel)?
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>>109516
>>109538
I'm not Jozef but he's big into Danaher/Gordon stuff. If you watch his passing, it's clearly Danaher's (and maybe Craig's) material.
New Wave passing is probably your best bet. Craig's Power Top series has great passing but doesn't dive as deep as Danaher's
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>>109547
is Danaher's new wave no gi passing going to be enough of a system to work with or do i need to watch his gi go further faster stuff on passing first/as a base?
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>>109545
Just a guess. Sounds like at least a couple of the high level b team niggas are here.

>>109547
Thanks mi bredda. I'll try get through it over the next few months. NWJJ isn't nearly as laborious for Danaher standards
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Anybody tried rolling on drugs? Couple of guys at my gym and my old muay thai gym show up right after smoking cannabis from time to time but that seems retarded to me. I'm more curious as to how doing acid or shrooms might affect the thinking process while rolling and how stimulants (meth) might improve or hinder learning and retention of techniques.
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I got my first stripe but I think my instructor gave it to me so I don’t quit
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>>109635
yes, that's the sole purpose of stripes
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just heard that there are coaches that don't let their students drink water during sessions lmao
why do so many bjjfags put up with this cult shit? imagine being a grown man and a paying customer and being told you can't drink water lmao
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>>109628
people who smoke weed regularly don't really get that affected by it. it's like being a functioning alcoholic but with weed. the weed brings them to normal level and without it they're irritable and perform worse
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any good webm examples?
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>>109645
>why do so many [...] ?
name one

>>109646
They get noticeably slower reaction times and seem to think a bit incoherently when they show up high desu
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>>109552
>is Danaher's new wave no gi passing going to be enough of a system to work with
Absolutely, unless you train in the gi a lot. Highly recommend watching matches with good passing while you're learning. The hardest part about learning passing is chaining things together and seeing people do so will help a ton.
>>109577
>couple of the high level b team niggas are here
There's guy here lying about going to ADCC (brackets are already full, he's retarded), but I am a low level b team-er who can answer any questions about the gym/classes/material.
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>>109810
The guy lying about going to the ADCC is pretty weird man, seems like quite a bit of effort to fabricate the lie
Anyways, did you live in austin prior to training at b team? Do a lot of people move to austin just to train at b team?
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How do you guys go about learning from instructionals? Give some protips!
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>>103915
I want to learn BJJ but I want the emphasis on techniques that are still effective for self defence which seems like no-gi being the better option. I hear most “traditional” (traditional for a very modern iteration of grappling style) teachers say do it in a gi for a certain timeframe first… and the bjj gyms around won’t let you into no-gi without 3 stripe white belt.
I get that the slower pace would be better for learning some fundamentals. But, how well would those fundamentals actually carry over outside the pace and feeling of both participants wearing a gi, compared to learning ground-up in a no-gi setting?
No-gi would be taking classes at an mma gym compared to gi first being required at a bjj gym.
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>>109928
Why would no gi be better for self defence?
In any case, I don't think you should worry too much gi vs no gi and just train somewhere you are actually happy with.
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>>109938
Felt like the pace was a lot faster, more physicality, harder offence without gi grip, no chokes requiring Gi collar
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I suck at BJJ
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all i care about anymore is getting pins and takedowns
just spam judo throws and pins all class idgaf anymore its the only thing im better at everyone else than
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tips for actually retaining shit taught to me?
I'm a low iq and have adhd
ive gotten meds, I try to sleep/eat more and tried to focus more and thats helped and i write shit down and review it more frequently, but is there anything else that you people recommend doing that works for you?
>>109975
>more physicality
in some ways yes in others no, your hands and fingers get fucked with the gi and it can be very rough on your body. It's not super fast movement, but its super physical/more tiring in some aspects when you have to deal with that slow grinding pressure.
NoGi often includes wrestlers though who have crazy conditioning, but like 99.9 of BJJ people aren't wrestler-conditioned.
>But, how well would those fundamentals actually carry over
Extremely well. Even if you do some shit like spider guard you still get to do a lot of the same movements and fundamentals with retaining a guard as an example.
>No-gi would be taking classes at an mma gym compared to gi first being required at a bjj gym.
For me personally I'd just evalulate which one performs better (more competition trophies, quality of students, reviews and attendance, ect) and your vibes with the instructors in the free sessions you get with both. That vs trying to make it a gi or nogi thing. If I were super interested in competing in nogi I'd still pick a world class gi heavy gym over one that doesn't do gi at all, learning fundamentals is so important.
>>108475
what a queen
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Wtf leandro lo is dead
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any streams for Ryan v Pena?
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My middle knuckle hurts. I am doing BJJ for cardio so I care about my health -- I don't want to give myself arthritis in the process.

Has anyone tried the "hook grip" (or "open grip")? It's where your knuckle is straight instead of bent and the end of your fingers are what grip. Will that make me more likely or less likely to damage my joints?
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>>109916
>The guy lying about going to the ADCC is pretty weird man
It is weird, considering Mo is very transparent about ADCC invites.
>>109916
>Anyways, did you live in austin prior to training at b team?
Yes, I didn't move here for training just lucky enough to live in a good BJJ city
>>109916
>Do a lot of people move to austin just to train at b team?
Yes, a shit ton. Probably same for New Wave I would bet. B-Team has a bunch of Australians and Europeans that come here and stay as long as they can legally, and then dozens of Americans that decided to move here. Some have remote jobs and some just said fuck it and moved (many knew the guys from Jersey/Puerto Rico)
I'm not a competitor really, I just love working with high level people and it's made me so much better at jiu jitsu. If I had time/strength to train 2x a day (like many people at B-Team) I would be a fucking killer in no time
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>>109928
Wrestling skills from BJJ will be most effective for self defense. A white belt with a few stripes & mediocre wrestling will do quite well.
Just train consistently for a year before you worry about optimizing.
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How do I make myself go to BJJ tonight? I’ll be tired after work and looking for justifications to get out of it
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>>110273
pre pack your bag, if it lies there next to your door you already invested some work into going and sunk cost makes it less likely for you to bail
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>>110273
Pray
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Do any BJJ practitioners have a hard time with the art and sport they love having been invented by a family of thugs and criminals? Most martial arts, even if they're bullshit, at least try to incorporate some vaguely noble lore into their history. But BJJ is just a bunch of rich pricks being rude, aggressive and violent, often towards people who didn't deserve it, then getting away with it.
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>>110387
Who gives a fuck? You’re not a criminal. The vaguely noble lore in other martial arts is just propaganda anyway. The Gracies are trash humans but my money goes to my local BJJ instructor, not the Gracie family.
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>>104048
Stick with it. I started jiu-jitsu when I was 14 with a bunch of adults because I was too big to roll with kids and I was also the only teenager. I don't even know why I stuck with it for so long, because I had the same issue with never being able to remember techniques. Best advice I can give is to just keep rolling. Eventually you're going to start favoring more intuitive movements without even thinking about it, you'll start acting from muscle memory when guard passing/shooting for takedowns, and your overall movement on the mat will improve overall.
Typically I try to get in AT LEAST 5 rolls after drilling for an hour. The more often you train, the faster you'll improve. Just stick with it, find your style, and don't be afraid to ask higher belts for advice. You're gonna make it.
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>>110078
Looking for this too, also Clay vs. Mesquita
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>>109522
>they censored "retard"
god i hate reddit
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>>110406
I figured that was the mentality; although I don't practice BJJ obviously, from other people I've spoken to and things I've read, it seems like the art and the sport have moved on just fine independently of them.
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>have to be "invited" to open mat at my gym
>most people get invited after getting their 1st stripe
>still hadn't gotten invited on my 2nd stripe, while everyone at my level (& some below) already had been
>guy with no stripes gets invited
>i'm at a loss, feel singled out as the dumbest person in the gym
>ask coach kind of upset why i still haven't been invited
>he tells me it must've been an "error" and invites me
>day later he "addresses the class" (doesn't mention me in particular) about how "everyone has their own personal journey/own speed in jiu-jitsu"
>now confused about whether i was not invited due to an administrative error or because i suck
>now have extreme social anxiety when i go to open mat because i feel like im not supposed to be there
Cool
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>>110881
>open mat
>open
>have to be invited
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>>110897
i know
they said they wanted students on the mat to "know what they were doing"
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>>110881
>>110897
lol this it sounds retarded
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>>110243
>don't want to give myself arthritis
just ease up and work on something else instead of giga grips, much like weight lifting I imagine maybe you're overworking your knuckles and need to rest them
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>>110243
Tape your fingers. Don't hold on to grips at any cost. Be careful and mindful about what grips you are taking and how you take them.

I like fuji tape. Grappz are alright too.

>>110387
Not everyone is Mr. Rogers and I expect current MMA fighters at my gym to be pieces of shit and I'm pleasantly surprised when they are not. So no I don't care about that.

>>110881
Change gyms. I bet they have a punch card and make you only wear their shit too huh?
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>>111002
>I bet they have a punch card and make you only wear their shit too huh?
EXACTLY THAT. Lmao how did you guess? I paid for a year's worth of classes like a fucking naive idiot though. Might get hired at a different gym and get a free membership though.
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>>110881
I've not been to an open mat yet, I've still to receive my first stripe as a white belt.
I started four months ago, but i had 5 weeks off at one point because i broke my rib. I think generally you get your first stripe after 3-4 months?
We are all on our own journey of course.
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>>111089
>I think generally you get your first stripe after 3-4 months?
At my academy, it's usually after ~25-30 classes. The stripes are attendance based.
We're all on our own journey sure but I felt I was specifically singled out/forgotten and it left a bad taste in my mouth
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>>111092
gym politics is the dark side of training martial arts
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>>111093
I just don't understand what I did. I didn't have beef with anyone and kept to myself. I went 5x a week (more than most people there). Just weird
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>>111092
>it's usually after ~25-30 classes
Yeah. I'm probably around 25 classes now, I'll probably get one say within another month, but if i hadn't earned it, it wouldn't mean anything. I've had a couple private lessons with my instructor too.
Also an open mat should be OPEN, just turn up.
>>111093
The social side of things of starting a new place can always be hard. I think if you keep going then you get to know people. People are strange when you're a stranger.
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>>111089
I signed up in October and didn't get a stripe till June.
Time spent training is only part of the equation.
If you are consistently training with the same instructor they'll see you as a regular putting in effort.

Have a good attitude and keep training. I got my next two really fast for winning tournament rolls then I didn't get a 4th and got my blue like a year+ after my 3rd stripe, I'm also at a gym where promotions don't make any sense lmao



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