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Story and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) can be compared to a story in several ways. Here are a few possible comparisons: Narrative structure: Like a story, BJJ has a beginning, middle, and end. A BJJ match often starts with two opponents sizing each other up, then progresses through various stages of positional dominance, and ends with a submission or a decision. Similarly, a practitioner’s journey in...

Skin Peels

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Peeling skin on the bottom of the feet and toes can occur for various reasons, including excessive sweating, friction, or fungal infection. In the context of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), it is common for practitioners to experience this issue due to the constant pivoting and gripping on the mat. Here are some steps you can take to treat peeling skin: Keep the area clean and dry: Wash your feet...

Feel Like A Pariah During Rolls?

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art that requires mutual respect, trust, and a willingness to learn from others. However, if you’re finding that people don’t want to roll with you, it might be time to consider why. Here are some possible reasons why people might not want to roll with you, along with some tips to help improve your training experience: Lack of experience: If...

Rolling Etiquette

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In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), there are certain etiquettes that are expected of practitioners when rolling or sparring with training partners. Here are some general guidelines: Always bow before and after sparring with your training partner as a sign of respect. Communicate with your training partner to establish the intensity and level of sparring that is appropriate for both of you. Keep your...

Preventing Finger Injuries In BJJ

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a contact sport that involves various grips, holds, and throws, which can put your fingers at risk of injury. However, there are a few strategies you can follow to prevent finger injuries during BJJ training: Focus on technique: Proper technique is crucial in BJJ to prevent injuries, including finger injuries. Make sure to learn and apply the correct grips, holds, and...

Choosing the Right Size Gi

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Choosing the right Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Gi is important for your comfort and performance on the mat. Here are some tips on how to choose a BJJ Gi that fits you correctly: Consider the size: BJJ Gis come in different sizes, so it is important to know your measurements to find the right fit. Measure your height, weight, chest, waist, and hips, and then compare these measurements to the sizing...

Safe beginner Takedowns

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Here are five takedowns that are generally considered to be safer and more appropriate for white belts in BJJ: Hip throw (O Goshi) – This technique involves throwing your opponent over your hip. It’s a relatively low-risk technique that can be effective if executed correctly. Foot sweep (De Ashi Barai) – This technique involves sweeping your opponent’s foot out from under...

Promotion to Blue Belt

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Getting promoted to a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) requires consistent training, dedication, and improvement over a period of time. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to how to get promoted to a blue belt faster in BJJ, as promotion is based on several factors, including technique, mat time, and competition performance. However, here are some tips that may help you progress faster in...

Developing Hip Mobility

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Hip mobility is essential for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) practitioners as it allows for a greater range of motion and flexibility during movements such as guard work and transitions. Here are five stretches that can help develop hip mobility and improve your BJJ practice: Hip Flexor Stretch: Kneel on one knee and place the other foot in front with the knee bent at a 90-degree angle. Keeping the...

BJJ Body Quotient

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Body quotient (BQ) in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) refers to the ability to use your body effectively to control, manipulate, and submit your opponent. It involves understanding the mechanics of the human body and how to apply them to your advantage. In BJJ, body control is key to the successful execution of techniques. By using your body in a coordinated way, you can create leverage and pressure...

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