Do you watch fights?

Do you watch fights?

Do you watch fights?

Do you use fight footage to improve your Jiu Jitsu? I use it all the time! I try to find a fighter, that does something specific that I would like to learn, and then I find competition videos of that fighter.

Take notes

I take notes while watching the matches, this way I have use my mind and not just mindlessly watch the screen. Keep watching the same move over and over again, and try to see if you can find it in other fights.

I have divided my notes into Guard, Passing Guard, Mount, Back Mount ect. Under Guard, I have the different type of guard ect. When I find something specific I add it in the right section and I put the name of the competition and a link to the video, this way I can always go back and watch it again, and most likely you have to after you tried it out on the mat.

If you don’t know who does what in BJJ, then here is a short list to get you started

  • Half gaurd
    Lucas Leite
  • Butterfly guard
    Marcelo Garcia
    Adam Wardzinski
  • X-Guard
    Marcelo Garcia
  • Deep half guard
    Alexander Trans
    Bernado Faria
  • Omoplata
    Clark Gracie
    Otavio Sousa
  • Open Guard
    Abmar Barbosa
    Braulio Estima
    Felipe Pena “Preguiça”
  • Berimbolo
    João Miyao
    Paulo Miyao
    Rafael Mendes
  • Guard passing
    Leozinho Vieira
    Guilherme Mendes
    André Galvão
    Lucas Lepri
    Rodolfo Vieira
    Leandro Lo
  • Spider Guard
    Romulo Barral
    Leandro Lo
    Michael Langhi
    Ricardo Vieira

A learning tool

This has been a great tool for me to learn about new positions and techniques. And if you see it done in competition at the highest level, you’re pretty sure that it works!

I recommend that you use YouTube or even better get an account on Flograppling.com. Just want to say that I have nothing to do with Flograppling, but I think that it is great to have a site with so much footage in one place.

You have to watch it, drill it, watch it again, drill it again

You have to watch it, drill it, watch it again, drill it again and do it again

Now go and watch some Jiu Jitsu


Look how much fun we’re having watching BJJ fights

 

Be a good training partner

Drilling technique

There are good and bad training partners. Some people think that everything is a competition and try to make it hard for you to do the technique.
It is very easy to defend or do something to spoil it for the other person, but that is not the point, you job is to give the right feed back to you training partner, because he is not your opponent. Your job is to help him perfect the technique.

In Judo and other Japanese martial arts they have a name for the training partner, Uke . Uke (受け)is in Japanese martial arts the person who “receives” a technique. The action of uke is called “taking ukemi (受け身).” Literally translated as “receiving body”, it is the art of knowing how to respond correctly to an attack and often incorporates skills to allow one to do so safely. From wikipedia

I think that it pretty much says it all

When you are the uke, it is not your turn to train, it is your partners turn to try out the technique, so give him the feedback that he need to perform the technique correctly.You can increase the resistance, accordingly to how good your partner is at performing the technique.

Training partner

For some people this is very hard to understand, and they will try to make it a fight every time they train. That will only slow down the process of learning, not just for them, but also for all the people that they train with. I have even seen people try to defend the technique in drilling, this is wrong. Don’t do that please.

That makes me feel like this

That is why it is not everybody that I train techniques with. It can be hard to find somebody that has the same idea, as you have about drilling technique. If your partner doesn’t give you the feedback that you need, let him know, he might not be aware of what he is doing. Some people needs to be told many times 🙂

See you on the mats

I did this in English because we have some students in the academy, that don’t understand danish.

Lad være med at overdrive din træning

Lad være med at overdrive din træning

En ting som jeg ofte bemærker hos nybegyndere, er en tendens til at blive meget grebet af BJJ, hvilket ikke er en dårlig ting. Problemet opstår i at man hele tiden vil lære mere for hurtigt. Man vil have svar på sine spørgsmål, og derfor træner man mere end ens krop kan klare. Der er mange som starter op med at gå fra nul træning til BJJ træning 5 gange ugentligt. Resultatet er at efter et par måneder, så ser jeg dem ikke mere, og det er tit, fordi de bliver skadede eller brænder ud. Det kræver noget tid for kroppen at vende sig til at træne BJJ. Det nytter ikke noget at man starter med at træne, hver dag og helst 2 gange om dagen, 5 dage om ugen. Det kan de fleste ikke holde til, man skal langsomt bygge sin træningsmængde op, så man kan holde til det over tid.


Det er ikke en spurt, og du behøves ikke have travlt. Den største hindring i at blive god til BJJ er lange perioder væk fra træning. Ikke at du har én eller to hviledage om ugen. Lange pauser fra træning sker ofte pga. at man er blevet skadet eller er kørt død pga. for meget træning. Det er altid ærgeligt, at opleve når folk stopper med noget som, de virkeligt er glade for, fordi de ikke kan styre deres træningsmængde.

En grund til at folk brænder ud, kan være at Jiu Jitsu tager tid at lære og der ikke er instant gratification. De finder ud af at det tager tid og dedikation, så når de har brugt 3 måneder på at træne BJJ, og stadigvæk ikke mestrer det, mister de interessen.

Mist ikke modet endnu, de fleste vil kunne opnå et godt niveau i BJJ, hvis bare de er konsistente i deres træning. Jeg vil anbefale nybegyndere at starte langsomt op med BJJ, begynd med 2-3 træningspas om ugen. Mærk efter i kroppen hvordan træningen påvirker dig, lad være med at træne hvis du føler at dine led gør ondt. Ømme led er tegn på at du trænger til restitution og hvile.

Hvis målet er at blive verdensmester i BJJ, så er det klart at man skal træne mere end 2-3 gange om ugen, men det er stadigvæk vigtigt at  træne klogt og hermed undgå at blive skadet. Igen må jeg pointere at træningsmængden langsomt skal optrappes, så man på sigt er stærk nok til at klare daglig træning eller mere.

Hellere træne med fuldt mentalt fokus end hovedløst, du vil få meget mere ud af din træning, hvis du er mentalt tilstede når du træner. Hellere lave 10 gode repetitoner end at lave 1000 dårlige. Ser alt for tit folk lave drills som om det bare er noget der skal overstås. Kvalitet frem for kvantitet. Hvis man vil blive dygtigere, er det vigtigt at man tager ansvar for sin egen udvikling og passer på sig selv og sine træningspartnere.

Ovenstående skal ikke forstås som, at man ikke skal passe sin træning, det skal man. Det er ment som inspiration til jer som ønsker at udvikle jer indenfor BJJ.

Vi ses på måtten

 

Cleaning out my closet

Just went though some old DVDs and found these fights from Gameness 2005

Really fund to see these fights after so long time. I was a purple belt at the time

I had one fight in my weight class but lost it on points to Tor Toreng that now fights in the UFC.

In my second fight at went against Alexander Trans when he was just 15 years old, but still bigger then me 🙂

Lost the finale in the open to Iran Mascarenhas.